Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Always happy to share the stage with my friend Daniel Garcia Ordaz. Especially if it's for our youth.
Alonzo De Leon Middle School hosted a wonderul event inviting parents and their children to a festival promoting literacy.
Here are some pics. There was a blackout for most of the reading part but blinds were open and we managed.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Lupe is an internationally published poet, in book and online formats, including Norton's -Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories From The United States and Latin America, The Bayou Review (University of Houston-Downtown), Flash (University of Chester, England)- the international forum for flash fiction, Huizache, the magazine of Latino literature, Luna Luna Magazine, La Noria, Glassworks and Revista Síncope (D.F., México).
In 2012 Lupe was honored as one "Houston Press' Creative 100s" - a annual spotlight on the Houston Press blog site where 100 artists & arts supporters are featured throughout the year . Lupe, along with the rest of the Librotraficante organizers, was also awarded the 2012 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for the defense of Mexican American Studies and literature across the Southwest United States. Lupe also served as Fiction and Poetry editor for the online literary journal - Drunken Boat - on the Librotraficante Portfolio for their 18th issue. As of 2014, Lupe was selected as a CantoMundo Fellow and continues to work on submissions, creating more writing workshop opportunities and continues to share his poetry with local high schools, colleges and community/arts centers.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Pasta, Poetry & Vino picks up steam to end the 2015 season and get back into it in January with award winning author Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein.
His work is inspired and fueled by the quest for social justice and the Beat tradition of the American highway. He has recently been published by UT-RGV's journal "riverSedge",WritingRaw.com, and Kool Kids Press in Portland, OR. "His new collection, "Sacred Wounds" is available from Slough Press."
Covington is a Pushcart nominee, a 100% disabled veteran, and a convicted felon.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I remember asking Juan Felipe Herrera if he would contribute to writing the introduction to TWENTY: Poems In Memoriam, the collection offered to the children, parents, families, and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the community of Newtown, Connecticut. Already busy with being the poet laureate of California, he took the time to write a beautiful intro.
I have never met JFH, but he has inspired me through the years with the approach he takes on writing especially during times of crisis and disaster. He's a first responder!
Congratulations maestro! I am honored to be a poet, living and writing at a time when you take the helm of U.S. Poet Laureate.
The price of cilantro just went up!
Saturday, May 30, 2015
A flood warning didn't keep words from flowing tonight at Pasta, Poetry & Vino's 49th celebration.
Our featured poet Rodney Gomez introduced us to his beautiful poetry and award winning book, "Spine" winner of the Gloria Anzaldúa prize (Newfound 2015)
It was an intimate reading, with a diverse dynamic of writers fueled with honesty and passion for the written word.
No holds barred words from the depths of each poet and I was lucky enough to absorb each word. That's why PPV is such a gift to all who attend.
Thank you to our featured poet Rodney Gomez for honoring us with his poems and friendship.
In June we have featured author Gabriel Sanchez with his debut collection "The Fluid Chicano" (Slough Press 2015) and Vincent Cooper of San Antonio author of "Where The Reckless Ones Come To Die" (Aztlan Libre Press 2014)
See you in June!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A copy of my new book, Beautiful Scars : Elegiac Beat Poems came in today's mail. Just in time for me to have and read at this year's Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival in which I am honored to be a featured poet. Here are a few teasers.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Beautiful Scars: Elegiac Beat Poems is an emotional pulling back of the curtain, an explosion of longing, loss, love and—always—hope.
In his third collection of poetry, Edward Vidaurre, a razor-sharp voice in Hispanic American poetry, tears through layers of mourning and separation with the indomitable spirit of a man in pieces yet ultimately and unrepentantly in love and determined to stay intact. Armed with the definitive knowledge that Faith, Hope, and Love never hover too far distant, Vidaurre takes on death, grief, and loss intuitively aware that there’s light at the end of the tunnel--with love unapologetically leading the way. Vidaurre’s Beat journey in Beautiful Scars includes photographs and quick sketches of the torn pieces of family and relationships but also of newly-formed creations from his reshaped world. With an introduction by Beat scholar Dr. Rob Johnson Jr.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Hello friends of poetry. As I work on my third book of poems, check out any one of my books "I Took My Barrio On A Road Trip" (Slough Press, 2013) or Insomnia (El Zarape Press, 2014) and leave a review on amazon.com
El Zarape Press the publisher of my third book tentatively titled Fragments, will select past reviewers to preview my new collection. If you are a book reviewer and are interested in writing a review please reach out to me @ email@example.com
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