McAllen Poet Laureate
The McAllen Poet Laureate invites submissions from high school student poets throughout the lower Rio Grande Valley for a new workshop program. The program will be led by the former, current, and future poet laureates of McAllen and is designed to encourage young poets in their writing development. Goals 1. Encourage the development of poets who live in and/or write about the lower Rio Grande Valley. 2. Improve the skills and abilities of young poets. 3. Provide a forum to present work and gain valuable critique from fellow poets. Content The program is not based on any specific high school curriculum or standardized test content. Rather, it will be modeled on University-level writing workshops. The program will consist of a monthly workshop, 2 - 3 hours in length, in which students will present new work for comment and critique by other student participants and the instructors. Workshops will be led by a different instructor each month. There will be twelve (12) workshops in total. Participants will be expected to produce a new poem for each workshop and to participate in workshops by reading the work of others and providing constructive comments. Instructors will set up a closed course page on a common social platform to serve as an information hub for course information. Eligibility Any student who will be enrolled in a public or private high school in Cameron or Hidalgo Counties during the program dates is eligible to apply. Students must have permission from their parents to participate. A permission and acceptance form, as well as a code of conduct form, must be submitted prior to the program start date in order to participate. If not, the selected student’s space will be given to another applicant. Dates The program will begin in May, 2018 and end in in April, 2019. A public reading will be held in April, 2019 where students will be able to share work they created during the program. Locations Workshops will be held in the McAllen area at places to be determined. Cost There is no cost for participation in the program. Students and parents are responsible for their own transportation, materials, snacks, computer access, and anything else they will need as part of the program. Applications To be considered for the program, applicants should submit the following: 1. A completed and signed application form. 2. A packet of 5 poems, as a pdf. The applicants name should not appear anywhere in the packet. Poems can be in any form and on any topic. Program participants will be selected based entirely on the potential as poets shown by the work in the packet as judged by the instructors. A total of twelve (12) participants will be selected. DEADLINE: April 1, 2018 Selected contributors will be notified of their selection no later than April 15, 2018. Submissions should be sent to: mcallenpoetlaureate@gmail.com Subject Line: Young Poet Workshop Program Questions can be sent to mcallenpoetlaureate@gmail.com. Instructors 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 Vino—a 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.
McAllen Poet Laureate
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. Guidelines 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 parent’s 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: mcallenpoetlaureate@gmail.com 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 mcallenpoetlaureate@gmail.com. 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 Vino—a 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.