Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ramona and rumi: Love in the Time of Oligarchy: & unedited Necessary Poems

Edward Vidaurre has done it again! This chap-book collection cuts with the erotic edge of night, and explores inspirations that range from lipstick smears to screaming guitars. Edward is a true "peoples' poet" and remains a central figure in the Indie Lit scene he has helped nurture for years, along the banks of the Rio Grande River in deep South Texas. This chap book turns mostly inward...introducing readers to his love, his passion, his lust, his muses and inspirations. This is a poetic masterpiece that we can all relate to, with an honesty we can all aspire to bring into our own lives and loves.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Free Workshop Fail! Turns into a blessing in disguise

So, I was really pumped up about Saturday mornings workshop, "Catching Quetzalcoatl: Overcoming Writer's Block" a FREE workshop as part of the Poet Laureate series. I got home from work at 3:45AM and set my alarm for 8AM. I woke up, read a little out in my backyard while Lorca and Winston (Schnauzer and Terrier mutt mix respectively) did their business on the nopales and pile of crab grass i'm yet to pick up. Anyways, I showered and put on my new t-shirt (see photo). Drove to Starbucks to get a box coffee for the workshop, they give you cups and sugar and the fixings. Then I headed to De Alba bakery for a delicious mix of pan dulce. Then got to the McAllen Creative Incubator, went up to the classroom and set up. Waited, Waited, here comes Anaia Irish with her cool white framed glasses and sat down to chat with me. 

Workshop was from 10am to 12:30pm, we had coffee and chatted til 12:30pm. 

Thank you Anaia for lifting my spirits today. We talked about life, spirituality, poetry, photography, and then we headed out to Harlingen where she has an exhibit up at Platform 204 called: Soror Dolorosa: Our Sister of Sorrows 
(a few pics only, go out and see this wonderful exhibit)

Then we headed out to have lunch at Rio Grande Grill, where Danyul Wright hooked it up with the Brisket, Anaia got her cajeta fix, Tam visited from San Anto, and Cayetano played the harmonica like a beast.

If you enjoyed this post, please like and share with friends. I will be doing artist interviews, book reviews, prompt posts, and more. 

Look for my new book coming later this month from Hercules Press.

Oh yeah! Here's the Shirt!


When Liliana told me about the opportunity to enter a pageant for Miss Plus World in Atlanta, Georgia this July. I thought of the work that was going to go into it and how worth it it would be. Go for it! You are a beautiful woman and you've been putting in work in modeling and empowering others. You've been a role model and inspiration to many women in your community and I know the support will be there. 

I believe in you and I support your mission. 

I love you! 






Go to this link to order your shirt today!

 T-Shirt design is from an original painting by Mexican-American Painter, Gabriel Trevino's "Great Tortilla Maker" series. You can find Trevino's work at

 Two pictures of Liliana that I love. I took the one with the brick wall. :)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Catching Quetzalcoatl: Overcoming Writer's Block: a Poet Laureate Workshop Series

Catching Quetzalcoatl: Overcoming Writer's Block
a Poet Laureate Workshop Series
by Edward Vidaurre the 2018 City of McAllen Poet Laureate

Why Quetzalcoatl? The Aztec god of wind and wisdom supports learning, priestly study, writing, and books. His form and imagery embody what it is to be a poet, from his feathers to his wind breastplate.

Using his image and story as a focus, we will show examples of how to turn anything that grabs your attention into an opportunity to write! 

This workshop will be generative. You’ll walk out of here with several drafts of poems that you can then refine.


What: Catching Quetzalcoatl: Overcoming Writer's Block (a Poet Laureate Workshop Series)
Who: Edward Vidaurre, City of McAllen Poet Laureate 2018
When: Saturday, June 9, 2018 10am to 12:30pm
Where: McAllen, TX TBD
Cost: $20.00

One workshopista will take home David Bowles' new collection:
Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico Lindo

The stories in Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky trace the history of the world from its beginnings in the dreams of the dual god, Ometeotl, to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in Mexico and the fall of the great city Tenochtitlan. In the course of that history we learn about the Creator Twins―Feathered Serpent and Dark Heart of Sky―and how they built the world on a leviathan's back; of the shape-shifting nahualli; and the aluxes, elfish beings known to help out the occasional wanderer. And finally, we read Aztec tales about the arrival of the blonde strangers from across the sea, the strangers who seek to upend the rule of Motecuhzoma and destroy the very stories we are reading.
David Bowles stitches together the fragmented mythology of pre-Colombian Mexico into an exciting, unified narrative in the tradition of William Buck's Ramayana, Robert Fagles's Iliad, and Neil Gaiman's Norse Myths. Readers of Norse and Greek mythologies will delight in this rich retelling of stories less explored.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Meet The Author and Book Release CenzontleMockingbird

The public is invited to meet the author of Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment, by 
Author Daniel García Ordaz, on Saturday, May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library (1906 S Closner Blvd,) in Edinburg . This event will serve as the official book release by publisher FlowerSong Books

The event will include a reading by the author as well as book sales, book signing, and Q&A. Books are available on or at any retailer.

More about the book:

A code-switching collection of diverse poetic forms, styles, and personas celebrating the dynamics of the human voice & spirit. Daniel García Ordaz, the Poet Mariachi, the author of You Know What I'm Sayin'?, encourages readers to perform the text aloud, such as his adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet." A polyglottic exhibition of empowerment through performance. Influenced by and dedicated to the memories of Maya Angelou and Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

Find more about the author atía-Ordaz/e/B00JGE4PMK.

Look what other authors have to say about Cenzontle/Mockingbird:

Daniel Garcia Ordaz's collection is a multitude of gritos, a pyre of songs, a melody that raps around your bones, covering you in blessings. The work in these pages is not for silent reverence, no, no. Garcia Ordaz spits fire out in the open and as you watch him paint the skies with words and song, you are snapping your fingers, catching all the embers as they settle in your heart. To read Cenzontle/ Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment is to celebrate all that makes up a bilingual voice laced up in lusciously lyrical truth. --Lupe Mendez, Author of Why I am Like Tequila

Daniel García Ordaz's collection feels like walking into a circle of old friends. His book is a delightful trilingual party where the chained words carry a young, straight up rhymed beat with twisted double-entendre words. Saxopholaying the music in a fresh, raw manner, allowing the mischievous metaphor to emerge like vegetables picked by his young hands in "La Labor: Migrantes del Valle" -- "in a clumsy squatted waltz in the fog through endless rows of green and dirt and sun." His verses are deeply rooted in the unapologetic Tejano way of life where los vatos locos, los rucos fufurufus, y las jainas tiran chancla all at the same time. He creates a world where Romeo and Juliet become more human. --Raúl Sánchez, author of All Our Brown-Skinned Angels

The poems in Cenzontle/Mockingbird sing with wordplay, rhythm, and honesty. Daniel García Ordaz writes edgy, fun, and moving poems that explore the contradictions of life in the borderlands and beyond. Tackling the tough issues such as racial discrimination, poverty, and gender inequality with sharp wit, endearing humor, and grace, these poems ring with empowerment for all. García Ordaz is a vital voice in contemporary poetry at once delightful and always resounding with truth. --Katie Hoerth, Editor, Lamar University Literary Press

Ekphrasis on Fresh: a Poet Laureate Workshop Series

2018 McAllen Poet Laureate Workshop Series Presents:


Walk through entire gallery and take in the Tortilla Goddess and blazing FRESH colors of Gabriel Treviños art. Let the art inspire you and make the artwork come to life through writing.

All participants will be entered into a raffle for an original art piece by the artist Gabriel Treviño after the workshop. A priceless gift.

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 9:30-11:30am We will begin promptly
Where: Platform 204 Art Gallery & Studios, 119 W. Van Buren, Harlingen,TX
Workshop Cost: $20.00 
Supplies: Included
Contact: Edward Vidaurre, 956.739.2206 (text) or

Edward Vidaurre is the author of Chicano Blood Transfusion (FlowerSong Books), Insomnia (El Zarape Press), Beautiful Scars: Elegiac Beat Poems (El Zarape Press), and I Took My Barrio on a Road Trip (Slough Press). His work appears in Bordersenses, RiverSedge, Brooklyn & Boyle, La Bloga, Voices de la Luna, and Poets Responding to SB1070, among many other venues. He is the founder of Pasta, Poetry, and Vino and the 2018 City of McAllen Poet Laureate.



As an artist I am still searching for the words that define my art, I am in no rush, I am enjoying the journey. I think in time, as I continue to produce work, certain ideas become ever changing and redefined, as new or to a more clear meaning. As a painter, if you look at the work I have been producing you can see influences inspired many things and ideas including: life, death, nature, people, and my upbringing growing up living on the border in a strong bi-cultural surrounding.

In order to keep things fresh I push for a playful creative process in a sort of spontaneous approach. There is no certain style or color pallet that I like to follow it is mostly experimental, as I also like to experiment in painting on non-traditional surfaces. As I move forward as an artist I feel it's ok to play and experiment in order to find new directions and continue to learn.

"The skateboarding culture has always been an influence in my art. For me both have always come hand in hand, I think at the same time i got into skateboarding , I started doodling and sketching and were talking about 25 years ago if not longer. I think this show "Fresh" takes me back to that moment where artistic ideas first started flowing and that expressive nature in me took over. "

-Gabriel Treviño

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Join me at these events

Join me at these events!

January 14, 2018 Poets Against Walls Generative Writing Workshop: @ The McAllen Creative incubator : Hosted by Resistencia en la frontera: Poets Against Border Walls 601 N. Main St., McAllen, TX-2-4pm

January 15, 2018 8th Annual MLK Day at Cine El Rey @ 4pm

January 19, 2018 IV Aniversario, Enero Rojo Lunar Anthology release @ 1010 S Standard Ave, San Juan, TX @ 6:30PM

January 20, 2018 Austin Poetry Society- Guest Speaker from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at theYarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

January 25, 2018 Poetry Celebration Featuring Edward Vidaurre McAllen Poet Laureate 2018 @ The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library 6-8pm

January 27, 2018 Stop the Wall: Rally to Save Santa Ana NWR
Hosted by Save Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge 11am-2pm

February 8, 2018 Love & Chocolate Poetry Night from 6-8pm @ The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library

February 23, 2018 People’s Poetry Festival Corpus Christi, TX
Bridges Not Borders 12:15-2:00 Panel
Women, Gender and Health 2:15-4:15 Panel

March 2, 2018 2018 Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) Community Day from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the City of Edinburg Courtyard located at 415 W. University Dr. in Edinburg, Texas.

April 26-29, 2018 The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival (11th Annual)

On-Going: Called to Rise Anthology: Call for Submissions
The McAllen Poet Laureate invites submissions from students throughout the lower Rio Grande Valley for a new poetry anthology by and for youth: Called to Rise.

We call on students in elementary school, middle school, and high school to submit poetry that reflects and conveys their lives living at this particular time in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The theme is “healing and hope”.

Poetry Celebration Featuring 2018 Poet Laureate of McAllen, TX

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Called to Rise Anthology Call for Submissions

Called to Rise Anthology
Call for Submissions

The McAllen Poet Laureate invites submissions from students throughout the lower Rio Grande Valley for a new poetry anthology by and for youth: Called to Rise.

We call on students in elementary school, middle school, and high school to submit poetry that reflects and conveys their lives living at this particular time in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The theme is “healing and hope”.

The anthology will be divided into three different sections for elementary school, middle school, and high school poems. It is expected that the anthology will be published in hardcopy, perfect-bound form as well as in a digital format and distributed widely. The anticipated publication date for the anthology is early Fall, 2018.

Selected contributors will receive one free copy of the anthology, with additional copies available for sale. In addition, contributors will be invited to read at a book release reception along with the editors.

1. Poems may be written in any form and be of any length. However, given page constraints, shorter poems will have a better chance of selection.
2. The theme is “healing and hope” but this can be interpreted loosely. We invite students to be as creative as they’d like.
3. Students may submit with their parents permission or parents may submit on behalf of their children.
4. Only one submission per student.
5. A submission consists of a maximum of five (5) poems.
6.There is no guarantee of selection. The number of entries selected for inclusion depends on space constraints and the number of submissions.

How to Submit
DEADLINE: March 27, 2018
Selected contributors will be notified of their selection no later than May 1, 2018.

Submissions should be sent as a pdf file attachment to:

Subject Line: Called to Rise Anthology

The submission email should include a very short cover letter including the following information:

1. Name of student
2. Grade level at the time of submission
3. School at which student is enrolled at the time of submission
4. Home city/town
5. Contact information, including email address and phone number

Contributors will be asked to submit a form signed by their parents (for those students under 18 years of age) granting all first publication rights to the publishing press.

Questions can be sent to

The Editors
Entries selected for contribution to the anthology will be selected by the past, current, and future Poet Laureates of McAllen, Texas.

Lina Suarez was the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of McAllen, Texas. A native of the Rio Grande Valley, her poetry is a hybrid of rancheras, polkas, pop, rock, and musica internacional. She is a past recipient of the Mexicasa Writing Fellowship and co-author of the Texas State Library’s Bilingual Programs chapter. She is the author of the YA book Cuentos Wela Told Me: That Scared the Beeswax Out of Me!. Her work appears in such venues as ¡Juventud!: Growing up on the Border and Along the River III: Dark Voices from the Río Grande.

Edward Vidaurre is the 2018 Poet Laureate of McAllen, Texas and the author of four books. I Took My Barrio On A Road Trip (Slough Press 2013), Insomnia (El Zarape Press 2014), Beautiful Scars: Elegiac Beat Poems (El Zarape Press 2015), and Chicano Blood Transfusion (FlowerSong Books, 2017). Vidaurre is the founder of Pasta, Poetry, and Vinoa monthly open mic gathering of artists, poets, and musicians. He resides in McAllen, TX with his wife and daughter.

Rodney Gomez is the 2019 Poet Laureate of McAllen, Texas and the author of Citizens of the Mausoleum (2018), Baedeker from the Persistent Refuge (2019), and the chapbooks Mouth Filled with Night (winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Prize from Northwestern University), Spine (selected by Ada Limón as winner of the Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize), and A Short Tablature of Loss (selected by Eduardo Corral as winner of the Rane Arroyo Prize). His work has appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Blackbird, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, and other journals. He is the son of migrant farm workers and the first in his family to attend college. A proud member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop and the Chocholichex writing collective, he was educated at Yale, Arizona State, Berkeley, Cornell, and the University of Texas Pan American. He reviews poetry and nonfiction for Latino Book Review and works at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He lives with the love of his life, Sara, in McAllen.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Call for VIPF 2018 Submissions Has Opened! (Closes March 23)
Boundless: The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Anthology 2017 is now accepting submissions!
Youth Section Submissions Welcome from High School Students--Same Guidelines (Bio must denote Youth Submission)!

Deadline: Mailed payment postmarked by March 23, 2018 
Submissions: E-mail Submissions Only:

Boundless will be published as a perfect bound edition with an ISBN and will be available on As always, poets do not have to attend our festival or register for our festival in order to submit for publication. 

Previous editions include poets from across Texas, New York, India, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Bangladesh, and England, etc. Be part of this exciting edition!


Submit up to three typewritten poems in a legible font. 
Poems may be of any topic, any language. (We ask for a translation if it is not in English, however.)
Strict 35-line limit per poem, not including title and spaces.
E-mail Submissions Only. Mailed Submissions Will NOT Be Accepted! 
E-mail submissions to
No previously published poems--or translations of previously-published poems--please, except from self-published chapbooks with limited distribution. 
DO NOT place your name or other identifying information on the poems themselves. 
Submit ONE e-mail with ONE attachment (with all three poems). Do not e-mail three separate attachments
The cover letter as the message of the e-mail must include:
Your Name
Title of poem(s) or first line for an untitled poem
E-mail address AND phone number
A short bio – 50 words or less –  written in third person and focusing on your life as a writer
Include a check for $7 payable to "Art That Heals, Inc."

You must supply an e-mail address for contact.

IF YOU WILL NOT COLLECT YOUR ANTHOLOGY IN PERSON, YOU MUST MAIL A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE LARGE ENOUGH FOR A 6" by 9" BOOK--not a flat 6 by 9 paper; so the envelope must be larger than those dimensions! (PAYABLE FOR $3.25). If you will pick up your copy in person, or have a friend pick one up for you, the $3.25 fee is NOT required. We will not purchase envelopes or postage for you. Should the postage cost more, we will cover it.

We strongly prefer to communicate by e-mail:
If you change your e-mail, let us know immediately. 
NOTE: You must still mail your check, or money order (made out to ART THAT HEALS, INC.):

Boundless Editorial Committee
1413 Jay Ave. 
McAllen, TX 78504
Why is there a reading fee?
We are not a vanity press. Not all submissions will be accepted. This is a grassroots festival. Our fee has actually dropped! The fee helps offset the cost of publishing the anthology. Whether your poems are published or not, you will receive a copy of the publication if you follow our guidelines.

Ramona and rumi: Love in the Time of Oligarchy: & unedited Necessary Poems

Edward Vidaurre has done it again! This chap-book collection cuts with the erotic edge of night, and explores inspirations that range f...