Saturday, May 31, 2014

Insomnia: Book Release Reading And Signing

The public is invited to meet the author at a Book Release event featuring Edward Vidaurre, presenting his new collection of poetry, INSOMNIA (El Zarape Press), at 7:30 to 9 p.m. on June 6 at Cordoba Cafe (1303 N. 10th St, McAllen). Books will be available for $8.

In his second collection of poetry, Edward Vidaurre offers new poems focusing on--and inspired by--bouts of insomnia, and the vivid dream-like imagery that a lack of sleep creates. With an introduction by award-winning Katherine Hoerth. Pick up this book on those weird and wonderful nights when it’s 2:07 a.m. and the waning echoes of yesterday’s shattered dreams and sprightly nightmares reverberate madly against the thickly transparent rays of the moon. In this collection of poems, Edward Vidaurre captures the lingering accusations and celebrations of the night that mingle with the fresh affirmations of the morning through poems filled at times with umbrage and desperation and at others with the sort of devilish charm that has come to define his candid wit. Like a bad dream that won’t go away or a good dream that just makes one’s day Vidaurre’s new collection, Insomnia, rouses us with a twitch and spilt coffee jerk and lulls us with knowing nods to those moments of clarity and opaqueness, of sweetness and acrimony, of haunting realism that can’t help but keep us awake for just one more poem.


Conceived in El Salvador and born in Los Angeles, California, in 1973, Edward Vidaurre, has been published in several anthologies and literary journals, among them: La Bloga, Bordersenses, Interstice, La Noria Literary Journal, Left Hand of the Father, Brooklyn & Boyle, and Boundless—the Anthology of the Valley International Poetry Festival 2011, 2012, & 2013. His book I Took My Barrio On A Road Trip (Slough Press) was published in 2013.

Vidaurre co-edited TWENTY: Poems in Memoriam, an anthology in response to the Newtown, CT, tragedy, and Boundless 2014: the Anthology of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival.

His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He resides in Edinburg, Texas, with his wife and daughter.

He hasn’t slept well in years.

Insomnia, El Zarape Press, 2014

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