Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Welcome Fall 2011!

Yesterday marked the beginning of Fall 2011, the first day back for many college students.

And, I'm not a college student anymore. How strange does this feel? Very, indeed, very.

My adult life has always been centered around the university. I started college as a wide eyed and bushy tailed 17 year old, and I've never left the university enviornment. It sure is cozy here... I think I'll stick around! :-D

But this fall, I'm done. No more classes to take, no more degree plans to follow, no more academic goals in mind. And it feels awfully strange.

I had seriously thought about taking a graduate English course this fall, but then with my new teaching assignment, I figured I kind of needed to focuse. Plus, I've still got my PhD apps to work on, though, that future is looking a bit cloudy at the moment. Its so hard to figure out life!

LOL. I'm really happy where I'm at right now. I'm writing, I'm publishing, I'm teaching (and so far I LOVE it), I have a great day job, a beautiful house, and life is... well... pretty darn close to perfect. And I want to get it all messy applying to PhD programs, moving to God knows where, making peanuts for money and and and...

But isn't that how life get's beautiful? Anyway, I've got some big questions to answer about myself, my future goals, and who I am. I think the next few months will require some soul searching, and some cliched poetic deepness. I mean, I know PhD is in the future for me, and I'm going to keep working towards it. But now that I'm teaching, it just doesn't seem to have the same priority it had before. I don't know. I'll figure it out. But for the time being, it's time to go and work on a poem.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

That's Professor Hoerth to You, Punk!

:-D

I'm excited. I just got the news that I'll be teaching an English 1301 course at South Texas College this fall.

I'm really fortunate to have this opportunity, and not to mention... did I mention? I'm excited about it! If you've read this blog, you'll know that this was probably my biggest and loftiest goal for the year -- to teach a college level class.

This will be my first experience teaching post-secondary education, I mean, I've been a teacher before, but with college students? And at night? That means that probably, the majority of my students will be older than me... (I'm still in the under 25 club, ahem).

Ah I'm up for the challenge!

So now, I shall be busy with syllabus, going over my text book, and come Monday, meeting my oh so lucky students.

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

My main worry is keeping my motivation up for other things. Typically, when I teach, I kind of get absorbed into it. I live/breath/eat teaching. So my challenge for the upcoming fall will be to continue my PhD apps, keep at my poetry, study for the GRE, advise advise advise, publish, and... work at being a damn good professor. Oh, and don't forget keeping my eager blog readers informed!

Can I juggle it all?

I've so got this.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Conte 7.1

Check out the latest issue of Conte: A Journal of Narrative Writing here!

You may especially be interested in my poem :-D South Texas Lawn Song.

So happy to see it up on the site.

So check it out, ok?

More exciting things to come!

Monday, August 15, 2011

On the Other Side of the Desk...

Well well well...

I've always wondered what it was like to read poetry slush... what thoughts editors might have while going through "the stack," what makes them pull one poem aside for that ever illusive "maybe pile".

Well... I'm about to find out!

That's right folks! I'm reading poetry submissions for Fifth Wednesday Journal!

Today I read my first set of submissions. Its a bit... well... strange, to be on the other side of the desk. I certainly don't profess to know everything there is to know about poetry. My aesthetic is just that, an aesthetic. So, I'm a little nervous to maybe "not get" a poem and chuck it to the "no" pile, just because something's too obsure, or or or overly confessional, or my own bad mood.

LOL.

But that's how the editorial process is, isn't it?

And there's something (I think anyway) inherently magical about "good poetry," that makes the toes curl. Whatever the style, there's some special quality and texture to something that's "good," and I hope hope hope I can find it in the submissions I'm assigned.

Anyway, I'm thankful that my say is indeed very small with FWJ. I'm just one of many eyes that goes over a poem. So if I chuck out a gem, well, it won't be entirely my fault.

So YaY! I'm excited for this opportunity!

Onward! ;)

Friday, August 5, 2011

If at first you don't suceed...

Today I received an email from AWP informing me that my panel, Border Bodies: Womanhood in Verse, has been accepted for inclusion in the 2012 conference.

For me, this is a moment to savor. A year ago today, I was down and out about my AWP rejection. But I've always remained positive that my year was coming. Here I am today, making plans to head off to Chicago to present among some of the most talented poets and writers of our time.

I'm trying not to be so giddy about the whole thing, trying to compose myself with the professionalism I'm supposed to have... but it's soooo damn hard :-D :-D :-D

Ok here goes!! ::HAPPY DANCE::

I just can't believe how far I've come in a year... how everything is just coming together, and how all the hard work is paying off.

So here's a note to my future self: If at first you don't suceed, keep on trying. Eventually (and sometimes sooner than later) you'll get what you're working for.

Oh happy happy day :-)

Will I see you there?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Catch Me Again at Poetry Pasta and Vino!

I'll be back ;)

Here's all the juicy details of my next reading:


Time Wednesday, August 24 · 7:30pm - 10:00pm




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Location Carino's Italian

421 E. Nolana Loop

McAllen, TX



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Created By Edward Vidaurre



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More Info It's back!



"Pasta, Poetry & Vino"



Some of the proceeds from this event will help the non-profit organization

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The McAllen Arts Council.



The McAllen Arts Council is an organization comprised of local artists representing various artistic disciplines. It meets monthly, and oversees several projects:



ArtE Magazine



Published quarterly, ArtE covers the arts in McAllen. Staff oversees the editorial, sales, layout, printing and distributing of the magazine.



McAllen Arts Grants



The MAC offers grants annually to local artists and arts organizations. With matching funding from Texas Commission on the Arts, the arts program has offered up to $16,000 in grants per year. Staff oversees the application, grants panel selection and follow-up processes.



Fine Arts Exhibition



The MAC also sponsors a fine arts exhibition each year at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. The committee sets the parameters of the exhibition, extends the invitations to exhibit, oversees the set-up and dismantling of the exhibition, and promotes the event.



Website



The MAC also maintains a website to promote the arts and individual artists in the City.



Hosted by: Carino's Italian, The McAllen Chamber of Commerce & Barrio Poet Edward Vidaurre.



If you have not been to this event in particular, come and enjoy a night of great food, music, art, and the Rio Grande Valley's best in poetry.



For more info on booking a spot on the readers list of poets please contact Edward at 956.789.9905.



Featured Musician: Ray Perez



A born and bred Valley Local, Ray Perez picked up a guitar,learned a few chords, and started a rock band in high school called Brio. They performed all the grunge rock standards: Nirvana covers, Fugazi, Porno for Pyros, but mainly were known for playing their original music. After performing local keggers and festivals, Ray moved to San Marcos for a short time before finding himself in Austin, TX, all the while continuing to write and record his original material. In 2004, saw the rise of the social media craze and Perez did not hesitate to jump in head first, finding every blog and website that would feature his music. He garnered attention by offering original songs and cd's for free to anyone that wanted them. Receiving responses from New Zealand, Belgium, Canada, and the UK, as well as requests from all over the States. Ray found himself at the right time in the right place through the power of the internet. When websites began to host MP3's for upload and download, he again took advantage of the medium and broadened his already expanded fan base. After returning to the Valley in late 2007 and continuing efforts as a web based troubadour, Ray finally found a means of offering up his free songs to benefit charity, yet another passion of the singer/songwriter. Now sponsored with Sun Fish Records as a Sun Fish Artist he is able to continue to do so, but at a much higher quality of recording then his past attempts. So make sure to keep an eye out on Ray Perez as he continues to grow and give you music as he believes it should always be...100% Free.