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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Review : Edward Vidaurre - Chicano Blood Transfusion (2016) By Gabino Iglesias as seen on Dead End Follies

Long before I started reviewing, I stopped reading poetry. I’d always been a fan, devouring LorcaBukowskiGirondo and Neruda the same way I devoured horror and crime novels. Then, after a few years reading contemporary poetry, I got tired of it. It took me a while, a couple of years, in fact, but I figured what was wrong: the poems were sometimes beautiful and sometimes mediocre, but they were the same in that they rarely said anything of substance. That’s when I started reading poetry again, but only the kind that makes me feel like I’ve witnessed/experienced something. This kind of verses, the ones that affect you and stick to your ribs, only come from writers who have lived and who happen to be natural storytellers. Edward Vidaurre is both of those things and his latest book, Chicano Blood Transfusion, is a soulful trip to a barrio that’s as real and collective as it is imaginary and personal. 
Chicano Blood Transfusion is packed with themes, but those that emerge as cohesive elements are both the most important and the ones that made me mention Vidaurre in a recent article when talking about books that capture Texas: la frontera, memories, suffering, and mestizaje. These are poems that can play in the same arena most contemporary poetry plays in, but they also get dirty and head to el barrio, make you listen to the bullets being fired, and force you to deal with the ghosts of those who didn’t make it:
The missing,
they recite “Howl” across the Rio Grande
but not the Ginsberg lament for his brethren
but the howls of suffering souls crammed in stash houses
across our children's playgrounds, those left
for dead in sweltering sardine packed vessels—
those left alive to remember hell is real.
There’s a new wave of writers exploring the space where identity, multiculturalism, racism, and literature meet, and Vidaurre is at the forefront of that groups when it comes to poetry. What he brings to the table is a hybrid song that’s part barrio poet, part scholar channeling Gloria Anzaldúa, and part visceral reality pulled from a corrido playing somewhere in Texas near the Mexican border. What is being said matters and that’s why it deserves to be read, but it’s being said in a way that uses the tools and liberties that poetry offers. Drink in the last line of “Stray bullet #3”:
Corridos play,
en la cocina
Mamá stirs el caldo
en la sala
la más chiquita falls into
her tea set: she serves
blood to her dolls.
Vidaurre celebrates his youth and women (“Lips of a Chola” is a standout among many great poems) with entries that are as beautiful as they are entertaining, but he never strays far from the realities around him. He remembers things and shares them with readers with his emotions in full display, but he also calls attention to present issues like “gente running and jumping over la pobreza into el racismo” in this country. More than give the collection a gloomy tone, this balance makes the “light” poems shine and puts more power into the punch delivered by those packed with darkness. That the writer can walk this line without ever losing his balance is a testament to his writing chops and something that should put him on the radar of poetry fans everywhere.


When I think of 911- I think of the ones that fell from the buildings to their death via suicide, I hope they died before hitting, I hope they had every beautiful memory playback in slow motion as they fell, I hope they heard the voices of all that loved them in beats by dre sound into their ears, I hope they felt the ripping from their backs as wings were growing out, I wish they had time to see the sunset and sunrise during their descent, I wish they tasted the sweetest fruit in their mouths and the speed of their trip felt like a glide, I hope that when they hit they were watching from a cloud safe and sound.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Vive el Amor Music Concert and Poetry Reading Featuring: elio & Edward Vidaurre

Vive el Amor Music Concert and Poetry Reading

1704 Dallas Ave
Mcallen Texas 78501
Club 1704 Down Town
NOVEMBER 19TH $10.00 Tickets Doors Open @ 7:00 p.m. 

Fiesta De Lectura Family Literacy Night: Alonzo De Leon Middle School, McAllen,TX

Sharing poetry at Alonzo De Leon Middle School's Fiesta De Lectura Family Literacy Night.

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

Pasta, Poetry & Vino adds a double feature in January

Pasta, Poetry & Vino is excited to announce two gems in the Houston literary scene as features. Welcome Jasminne Mendez and Lupe Mendez. This is our first double feature. The date will be in January of 2016.

Jasminne Mendez is a performance poet, actress, teacher and published writer. She captivates audiences through the passion and energy of her words and voice. Mendez has performed her poetry in venues all around Houston, including the MFAH, Rice and the Alley Theatre. She has shared the stage with respected writers and poets, notably, Sandra Cisneros and Taylor Mali. Mendez has been published both nationally and internationally and her first multi-genre memoir Island of Dreams was published by Floricanto Press in November of 2013. She is currently working on her second memoir Thick Skinned about living life with chronic illness. For more about her journey visit her blog: Chronic Brevity: Living with Scleroderma

Originally from Galveston,Texas, Lupe works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, the Word Around Poetry Tour and the Brazilian Arts Foundation to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public.
Mendez has over fifteen years of experience as a performance poet - having opened up for such notable writers as Dagoberto Gilb, Oscar Casarez, Esmeralda Santiago and the late Raul Salinas. He has hosted several workshop series throughout Texas and shared his poetry across the country in places like the Holocaust Muesum (Houston,TX), the Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts (San Francisco,CA) , the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque,NM) and the Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin,TX). Lupe has served as a keynote speaker at colleges and universities such as Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston, Lone Star College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Lee College in Baytown, TX.
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.
Lupe's work reflects not only his roots in Texas and the Mexican state of Jalisco ( specifically, Atotonilco El Alto, San Jose del Valle, San Juan de los Lagos, Guadalajara, Los Cuates, La Pareja), it is also a comment on commonplace issues, struggles, moments and relevant ideas and images he is humbled to witness. Lupe remarks on issues from the political to the emotional in a way that intends to connect with both the novice reader to the pro poetic writer.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pasta, Poetry & Vino (PPV) Picks Up Steam

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. 

It all started with a poetry reading at a rooftop Caribbean restaurant in Mission, Texas. I was the last one to read in the open mic part of a stellar line-up that included feature Ire'ne Lara Silva and an amazing line-up of local poets that I have grown to respect and admire throughout the years. I still remember that day and how nervous I was, and how perfect it felt. 
We are looking at getting workshops together with visiting and local poets, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, continued support of The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival held every year in April, Poets in the schools, and more...

We celebrate our 5-Year Anniversary March 2016 with the hopes of releasing an anthology of past features and the local RGV family of poets and authors. 
I see many events around the country that strive and have been going on for years and that inspires me. Poetry is alive and well in south Texas, and PPV is going to continue the tradition of getting our voices and words out to the community.  
Upcoming Events:

October 24, 2015 PPV welcomes featured author: Rossy Evelin Lima

Rossy Evelin Lima, linguist and translator. Her fist poetry book Ecos de Barro (Otras Voces Press) was recognized by the International Latino Book Awards 2014. Her second book Aguacamino/Waterpath is a bilingual poetry collection published by Mouthfeel Press. She received the Gabriela Mistral Award 2010 by the National Hispanic Honor Society. She was awarded the international poetry award Premio Internasionale di poesia Altino in Italy. The author has been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines in Spain, Canada, USA, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Italy and Mexico and is also 
included in the Antología de Poesía y Narrativa Hispanoamericana (2015 Madrid, Spain). Lima co-organizes the Sin Fronteras Independent Book Fest. The author presented at TEDx McAllen.

November Date TBD Soon PPV welcomes featured author: Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

Selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of the top ten 2014 Debut Poets, poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez draws inspiration from the silent and silenced voices of history and herstory. Her poetry collection, the small claim of bones published by Arizona State University's Bilingual Press, won second place in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Poems have appeared in Borderlands, Calyx, Harvard's Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México's Periódico de poesía, Portland Review, Quiddity, and ZYZZYVA, and have been anthologized in Basta: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women (forthcoming, University of Nevada-Reno) and Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press). Her poetry has also been exhibited in People, Places, and Perceptions: A Look at Northwest Latino Art at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington. Plays include Words That Burn which premiered at Portland's Milagro Theatre in 2014 to commemorate the William Stafford Centennial, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the rescindment of Executive Order 9066 (incarcerating Japanese-Americans in World War II), and A Dialogue of Flower & Song featured in the 2012 GEMELA (Spanish and Latin American Women's Studies) Conference co-sponsored by the University of Portland and Portland State University.
Along with a Wharton MBA and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Cindy earned an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Program with concentrations in Mesoamerican poetics and creative collaboration. A passionate educator, she has taught poetry to K-12 youth through Methow Arts, the Portland Art Museum, the Right Brain Initiative, and Writers in the Schools as well as to adults through Literary Arts' Delve Seminars, the Oregon Council for Teachers of English, and the Stonecoast MFA Program. Cindy is a founder of Los Porteños, Portland's Latino writers' collective, and of Grupo de '08, a Lorca-inspired, Northwest collaborative artists' salon.

December Date TBD Soon PPV welcomes featured author: PW Covington

PW Covington has been a figure in the Texas Indie Lit scene since the 1990's.
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",, 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.

December 19, 2015 PPV welcomes featured author: Vincent Cooper

Vincent Cooper is a poet living in the Westside of San Antonio. He is a member of Macondo Writer's Workshop (2015) and his chapbook, Where the Reckless Ones Come to Die, was published by Aztlan Libre Press (2014). His poetry has been published in several zines, journals, and anthologies around the country. Cooper is currently working on a full manuscript of poetry.

January 2016 PPV welcomes featured author: Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein

Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein is a poet and activist from San Antonio's West Side. She is the author of three collections of poetry. The first book Peace in the Corazón (Wings Press 1999), won the Premio Poesia Tejana, Another Water Bug Is Murdered While It Rains In Texas (Wings Press 2009) and Te Prometo (Paloma Press 2015). Her poetry is included in the anthologies, This Promiscuous Light, Hijos del Quinto Sol and Penguin Press's first collection of Latina Poetry, ¡Floricanto Si! She's also been published in The Express-News, The Texas Observer, La Voz de Esperanza, as well as other literary journals. She studied in master classes in creative writing with Sandra Cisneros, Joy Harjo, Pat Mora, Gary Soto, Alurista and Martin Espada. Victoria has taught poetry through the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Jump-Start Performance Co. and Gemini Ink. She has taught high school drop outs and students in the drug rehabilitation program of San Antonio's juvenile detention center. She has been featured in The Express-News, The Current, Backbeat Magazine and on NPR. She was a member of the poetry performance group The Women of Ill Repute :Refute! She hosts Barrio Barista's Open Mic Poetry. Victoria lives and writes in the Art Deco District in San Antonio with her family.

Other Readings in the works: Readings by authors of the following collections:
 ¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border & Twenty: Poems in Memoriam

¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border is an anthology of Young Adult short stories and poetry written by award-winning authors for Hispanic youth. Edited by René Saldaña, Jr., and Erika Garza-Johnson.
 Borders are magical places, and growing up on a border, crossing and recrossing that space where this becomes that, creates a very special sort of person, one in whom multiple cultures, languages, identities and truths mingle in powerful ways. In these eight stories and sixteen poems, a wide range of authors explore issues that confront young people along the US-Mexico border, helping their unique voices to be heard and never ignored.
¡Juventud! features the work of David Rice, Xavier Garza, Jan Seale, Guadalupe García McCall, Diana Gonzales Bertrand, and many others.

Twenty:In Memoriam
Poets and artists joined together to create Twenty: In Memoriam--in response to the tragic school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. This poetry collection is an offering to the children, parents, families, and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and to the community of Newtown, Connecticut. 
Poets and artists from across the U.S. humbly offer this anthology in hopes of providing a literary embrace in the face of tragedy, with works about loss and healing, fear and faith, love and hope—the hope that words have the power to strengthen the ties that unite us as Americans and as human beings with a shared sense of compassion and kindness that help us honor the past and give us the gumption to dare to move forward. 

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Edward Vidaurre, an emerging voice in Latino literature and Beat poetry. His work is forthcoming in The Beatest State in the Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writers and in Poetry Of Resistance: An Anthology Of Poets Responding To SB 1070 & Xenophobia. Vidaurre has also been published in other anthologies: Arriba Baseball!, and Juventud! and Boundless--the Anthology of the Valley International Poetry Festival 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and in literary journals, among them: La Bloga's On Line Floricanto, Bordersenses, RiversEdge, Interstice, La Noria Literary Journal, Harbinger Asylum, Left Hand of the Father, Brooklyn & Boyle--a newspaper published in East Los Angeles, his hometown. His first collection of poetry, I Took My Barrio On A Road Trip, (Slough Press) was published in 2013 and his second collection, Insomnia (El Zarape Press), was published in 2014. Beautiful Scars: Elegiac Beat Poems (El Zarape Press) was published in 2015. Conceived in El Salvador and born in Los Angeles, California, in 1973, Vidaurre is the founder of Pasta, Poetry, and Vino--a monthly open mic gathering of artists, poets, and musicians. He has been listed in Letras Latinas List of 2013 A Year In Poetry: a Weblog of the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame as well as La Bloga's On Line Floricanto Best Poems of 2013 (list of six poets). 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 the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.