Showing posts from September, 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). Adios!

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, a

Poetry Flash Mob

Booya! Ok NOW I feel cool to finally be a part of a FLASH MOB! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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.

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

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.&qu