Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cool New Stuff

Just in case you missed the flash mob poetry event, Sunfish Records was kind enough to get a video of me!

Katie's On YouTube!

Now I officially feel cool.

The flash mob event also got international media coverage (harharhar)

Ok, so a journalist from Reynosa was there and wrote an article in La Manana. But the best part? My picture is there! Would you like to check it out? Of course you would!

Read about Katie in Spanish

So now I'm feeling cool. Why don't I leave you with a beautiful picture of the talented poet Kamala Platt, who also read at the event.

Kamala Platt at 100,000 Poets for a Change

There's a lot coming up. This is exactly why I love the fall. Keep an eye out for future announcements on all the exciting poetry stuff I've got planned :) Well, to me it's exciting anyway.

I'm off to think of new ways to torture my students (as if hammering MLA into their little heads wasn't enough).


Monday, September 26, 2011

The 100,000 Poets for a Change Reading in El Valle

Well, there weren't 100,000 poets at the McAllen event....

but! That didn't mean we didn't enjoy ourselves.

Here's Daniel's write up on the event. I'll share, since, well, I'm lazy to do my own.

Readings for the first-ever 100 Thousand Poets For Change ( global event focused on social change--were held on Sept. 24, 2011 at over 700 events in 95 countries. This event set a world record as the largest poetry reading in history. In the coming days we'll be uploading documents--such as photos, fliers, and poems--that will be archived by Stanford University, in recognition of significant Web-based events; i.e., Stanford archives important Web sites for posterity.

The Rio Grande Valley focused on environmental issues and protesting the proposed expansion to the Border Wall. We had a cozy crowd, but it allowed us to make new friendships, make new connections, and start conversations about future collaborations between artists, activists, organizers, teachers, and advocates.

Our readers included Katie Hoerth, Kate McSwain, Kamala Platt, Tiffany Anderson, Erika Said, Jose A. Cardenas, Rossy Lima, Monica Ramirez, and Daniel Garcia Ordaz--local event organizer.

We met at the McAllen Creative Incubator. The audienc also included Chris Pauley, a metal sculptor from Washington State now in the Valley, Rachel Udow, Kenton White, Lynn Brezosky, Gerald Padilla, Michael Gerleman, Sandra Cano, Cheli Sierra, and Alan Padilla, among others. Lady Mariposa was also with us, in spirit, along with several other poets who weren't able to make it due to previous committments or other issues. We will definitely be back again next year!

Special thanks to Jamie Tabak and Sunfish Records for your support.

Michael Rothenberg, global event creator, has already decided to begin planning to make this an annual event. Join us!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Poetry Flash Mob


Ok NOW I feel cool to finally be a part of a FLASH MOB!


The Rio Grande Valley will be one of the hosts and participants of the global event, "100 Thousand Poets For Change," being held simultaneously on Sept. 24 in 350 cities and 70 countries as part of the largest poetry reading in history to promote environmental, social, and political change.

A "flash mob poetry reading" is planned for 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the McAllen Creative Incubator (1001 S. 16th St., McAllen, Texas.)

Poets reading in the Valley will be focusing on local environmental issues and speaking against the proposed expansion of the Border Wall, which is cutting off access to ecotourism for the region as well as cutting off access to water for ocelots and other felines and other mammals, cactus wrens and other birds, such as chachalacas.

Amalia Ortiz, Katie Hoerth, Kamala Platt, Kim Snyder, Ray Perez, Francisco Pina, Katy L. Martin, Julie Corpus, and Daniel García Ordaz are among the many invited poets and entertainers scheduled to appear.

For more information, contact Valley event coordinator Daniel García Ordaz at

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The official release from the global organizer is attached and copy/pasted below:



Michael Rothenberg, Founder

100 Thousand Poets for Change

P.O. Box 870

Guerneville, Ca 95446

Phone: 305-753-4569

Poets Worldwide Unite for the Truly Historic "100 Thousand Poets for Change" Event

Poets in 350 cities representing 70 countries are currently organizing the largest poetry reading in history

with over 400 individual events scheduled to take place simultaneously on September 24th to promote

environmental, social, and political change.

Poets, writers, artists, and humanitarians will create, perform, educate and demonstrate, in their individual

communities, and decide their own specific area of focus for change within the overall framework of

peace and sustainability, which founder Michael Rothenberg stated, “…is a major concern worldwide and

the guiding principle for this global event.”

Bob Holman and Margery Snyder, in a recent article on said, “the beauty of the concept of 100

Thousand Poets for Change is that it is completely decentralized and completely inclusive.”

The events range from a poetry and peace gathering in strife-torn Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to poets in

Nogales, Mexico and Nogales, Arizona reading poems to each other across the border fence. There are

13 events in Mexico City alone, 24 events planned in India and 7 in Nigeria. Poetry demonstrations are

also being organized in political hotspots such as Cairo, Egypt and Madison, Wisconsin. Along the Platte

River near Omaha, Nebraska poets will be demonstrating against TransCanada’s planned Keystone XL

tar sands pipeline.

More examples of events can be easily accessed on the home page of the 100 Thousand Poets for

Change website at

All those involved are hoping, through their actions and events, to seize and redirect the political and

social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability.

Each city organizer and their community has an individual Event Location blog page on the main website

for posting written material, poetry, artwork, photos, and video to document this global mega-event across

national borders.

Immediately following September 24th all documentation on the website will be preserved by

Stanford University in California, which has recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change as an historical

event, the largest poetry reading in history. They will archive the complete contents of the website,, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

Founder Michael Rothenberg is a widely known poet, songwriter, editor of the online literary magazine and an environmental activist based in Northern California.

For information contact:


Phone: 305-753-4569

All Apologies

LOL, I heard a story this morning on Kurt Cobain on NPR. It brought be back to my teenage years, listening to Nirvana, thinking I was so unbelievably cool B-)

But now I'm a poet, and so much cooler.

Ok anyway, I know I've been a terrible blogger lately. I really wanted to hit this blog with a fantastic post outlining my goals. And then it hit me -- what are my goals?

You know, in the past I've always been so goal oriented, and now, here I am, achieving them one by one... and it leaves me feeling, I don't know, mysteriously empty.

So for the past few weeks I've been doing a bit of, oh I'll just throw this cliche out there, "soul searching," and I think I've come to a good place in my life.

My goals? Are to be the greatest person I can be. And, however that materializes, well, I know I can handle it.

So anyway, I took my GRE last week and it went well. It's another step towards applying the the PhD programs I've outlined, so that feels good. But, is that what I really want? I'm not sure... in this very moment anyway. I mean, I know I'll get there, sooner or later. But for now -- I just need to enjoy being content.


My job! I am completely loving my teaching position at STC. I look forward to my evening classes, to planning my lectures, and yes -- in some twisted way, to grading. I'm absorbed, obsessed, and totally into this, just as I feared :D

Other than that? Well, with GRE craziness I took a bit of a hiatus on the writing thing, but this week I've gotten that groove back. I wrote another poem which started in free verse but has become metrical and... I'm pretty happy with it. Being workshopless, it's hard for me to be completely self aware of my work BUT, I'm getting there.

And what else? Oh, readings. Of course. I'm excited about an upcoming reading, which will be discussed in my next post.

The goal of this post (hah!), was to say -- my apologies for not blogging, that I'm still here alive and well, and that I am still very much filled with poetry.

As shall always be, amen!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Year 2 of Blogging

And so today marks the end of Blog Year II!

Let's blast to the past - this time last year
and... two years ago (almost)

I love it!

So this blog is pretty much all about me, my struggles to become a better writer and professional.

Its been a great journey. This year was super eventful for Poet Katie. I remember feeling uber resolved to finish my MFA, publish publish publish, and.... ::drum roll please:: teach!

I did it, I did it all :-)

What a fantastic year! And now, here I am today, wide eyed, bushy tailed, and ready for my next adventures.

Here's a few favorite highlights:

9/14: "I've never stripped. Nor do I have a scar riding across my abdomon from a tummy tuck or c-section. Nor do my boobs sag (promise)"

10/22: Chocolate Sundae published in McAllen Monitor

11/11: "So I totally didn't control myself and I totally had to hug everyone. I'm a dork, a complete valley girl but that's ok I've come to terms with myself." (When I presented at El Mundo Zurdo and met my Mouthfeel Press mujeres!)

12/15: I was at the library yesterday, browsing through thesis manuscripts in the special collections area. I come across a manuscript that says "Hoerth". My heart skips a beat. Did my thesis finish itself? It's a UTPA miracle! I open up the black book, and no... no indeed it is not my thesis. It was my daddy's thesis. At that moment, I imagined mine, completed, sitting next to his on the shelf. That's where it'll be come April. It must be done. Yeah, some of that motivation to finish finish finish that thesis!!

1/21: So as I had hinted at before, I'm working on my second chapbook. My publisher requested I send her a new manuscript ASAP (ahh!) and well one certainly cannot pass up such an opportunity. Can't wait! :-D Still real excited about this one

2/28: as much as I loved NACCs, I'm glad its finally over. My the time I left my book signing, I was exhausted, poetryed out, and ready for some respite NACCS! It just was exhausting...

3/16: Nuff said.

4/14: Oh oh oh, the biggest news? I passed my defense! The Ripening of Mangos is a go go, and I will be graduating with the MFA next month... WOOHOO!

Plus! La Pulga Beauties Published in Front Porch!

5/2: Did I ever mention about me applying for a scholarship with West Chester University's poetry conference/workshop?

Well, I applied - plus submitted to participate in Dana Gioia's juried poetry workshop. I got notification today that YES, I was selected to participate in Gioia's workshop and information on scholarship will come in the next few days!!!

6/16: Dana Gioia makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside: So I wave him down, and we head into an empty classroom. The first thing I ask him is, did you bring me into your workshop by some tragic mistake? Because... I'm not really a metrical poet....
and he laughs. "No no, my dear," he answers...  "You've got real promise kid"

7/27:  Today, I got an email from none other than Molly Peacock! If you've read my West Chester Saga, you'll know the story: Girl decides to wear six inch heals, Girl gets caught in Philadelphia rain, Girl meets poet, Poet offers girl ride, girl feels giddy and talks poet's ear off, etc etc...
Well long story short, Molly wanted to read my thesis. A few weeks ago (After taking an nth glance at it myself) I send it her way. And she got back to me today with some very encouraging comments.

8/15: Conte featured South Texas Lawn Song

8/3: 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. Happy dance!!

8/25: I'm excited. I just got the news that I'll be teaching an English 1301 course at South Texas College this fall.

Super year long story short:

Girl blogs about goals, girl works real hard, girl meets goals.

And now that I've met them, whatever could be next?!

Stay tuned.