Valley International Poetry Festival Schedule



KICKOFF EVENT: BOUNDLESS (ANTHOLOGY) RELEASE PARTY
Thursday, APR 23
7 TO 9 P.M.
Mission Historical Museum (900 E. Doherty, Mission)
 Note: Bus. 83 in Mission splits into one-way streets.
 Book sales are limited to the anthology. All other events are open for book sales.
 Outdoor event (weather permitting).
 Donations welcome: $$$, cookies, chocolate.
FRIDAY, APR. 24
  
POETS IN THE SCHOOLS
 8 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
 Progreso High School
 Poets: Laura Peña, Danielle Hernández, Lucinda Zamora-Wiley, Eddie Vega
 Amalia Ortiz, Featued Poet, Eddie Vega, Jeannette Moreno, Odilia Galván Rodríguez
 San Benito High School
 Poets: Beto Conde, Gene Novogrodsky, Jim Griswold, Bryan Nichols, Alejandro Sanchez, Meliton Hinojosa
  
Weslaco East High School
 810 S Pleasantview Dr, Weslaco, TX 78596
Poets: Trevor Wainwright, Alonzo Spiceman Acosta , Daniel García Ordaz
  
UT-Pan American
1201 W. University Dr., Edinburg, TX
 Room: ARHU 256 (upstairs)
 2 p.m.
 Poets: PW Covington (Featured Poet), Shirley A. Rickett (Featured Poet), Katie Hoerth, Mary Ann Escamilla, Amy Becker-Chambless, Charles McGregor, Jeannette Moreno McNeill, and César De León
 Contact: Katie Hoerth and Marianita Escamilla
 Note: Pre-event lunch is planned, and there will be cookies! Student Open Mic after.
FRIDAY, APR. 24
 POETRY SLAM
 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The Flying Walrus (downtown McAllen)
 204 S 17th St, McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 627-0211
 Note: Downtown Parking Garage (221 S. 15th St. McAllen)
 7—8 p.m. STC and UTPA Student Readings
 8—8:40 p.m. Featured Poet not competing in Slam
 8:40—9:30 Adult Poetry Slam Contest
 Note: Only Registered Poets may compete.
SATURDAY, APR. 25: Concurrent Readings Across the RGV
 GROUP ONE: LOS AQUI NOMAS! McAllen/Mission (scroll down for GROUP TWO)
 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Three Concurrent Workshops and Readings
 McAllen Creative Incubator
 601 N. Main St., McAllen
Workshop #1: “Poem as Planet”
 9* to 10 a.m.
 Shirley Rickett, Featured Poet, author of Transplant
 Note: Room is in 2nd Floor; max: 30. Public welcome, but Registered Poets get priority.
  
Workshop #2: “Postcard Poetry”
 10 to 11 a.m.
 Laura Peña, member, Academy of American Poets
 Note: Room is in 2nd Floor; max: 30.  Public welcome, but Registered Poets get priority.
 Workshop #3: “Arrivals: A Look at the Endings of William Stafford Poems”
 9* to 11 a.m.
 Featured Poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Awards
 Note: This will be a two-hour workshop (with a break and time to share.)
 Room is in 2nd Floor; max: 30. Public welcome, but Registered Poets get priority.
Quickie Readings: 11 to 12 p.m. (strict end time)
 Featured and Registered Poets Only will read; No open-mic.
 12—2:00 p.m. (Lunch—on your own)
 2—4:30 p.m.: Afternoon Delight Readings
 Mission Historical Museum (900 E. Doherty, Mission)
  Featured Poets: Amalia Ortiz, Edward Vidaurre, Erika Garza Johnson, Shirley A. Rickett, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez
 Registered Poets: Daniel García Ordaz, Nianna Gustovich, Marianita Escamilla, Laura Peña, Jeannette Moreno McNeill, Harold Rodinsky, Eddie Vega, Danielle Hernández, Charles McGregor, César De León, Amy Becker-Chambless
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 GROUP TWO: LOS TRAVELERS
10—11 a.m.: Workshop
 Paragraphs On Padre, South Padre Island (Bay side)
 “Mobility in Poetry; Continuing Beat Travelogues,” by Featured Poet PW Covington
 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Just A Quickie Readings
 Paragraphs On Padre, South Padre Island (Bay side: 505 Padre Blvd. SPI)
 Featured Poet (about 10 min.): PW Covington
 Registered Poets (about 7 min.): Emily J. Foltz, Katie Hoerth, Trevor Wainwright, Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Meliton Hinojosa Jr., Lucinda Zamora-Wiley, James Griswold, Arturo Saldaña, Julieta Corpus, Alonzo Acosta
 Note: It’s possible books may be considered for purchase by the store—at a discount. Check books in upon arrival.
 Lunchtime Readings: 11:15—12:15
 Rio Grande Grill
 417 W Van Buren Ave, Harlingen, opens at 11 a.m.
(956) 423-1817
 Registered Poets: Eugene Novogrodsky, Chip Dameron, Beto Conde, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Alejandro Sánchez, John R. Meza
 Afternoon Delight Readings: 1 to 2:45 p.m.
 Galeria 409
 409 E. 13th Street, Brownsville
 Readings by Registered Poets: Eugene Novogrodsky, Chip Dameron, Emily J. Foltz, Beto Conde, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Alejandro Sánchez, John R. Meza
 Lunchtime Readings: Afternoon Delight
 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
 Rio Grande Grill
 417 W Van Buren Ave, Harlingen, opens at 11 a.m.
(956) 423-1817
 Featured Poet PW Covington
Registered Poets: Katie Hoerth, Trevor Wainwright, Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Meliton Hinojosa Jr., Lucinda Zamora-Wiley, Linda Romero, James Griswold
  
POETRY PACHANGA IX
  
McAllen Chamber of Commerce
 (1200 Ash Ave., McAllen)
 6 to 7 p.m.: Private Dinner
 Note: For Featured & Registered Poets & Pre-Paid Guests Only
 Doors open to the public at 6:45 p.m. Books, t-shirts, CDs, available for sale.
 7—8:30 Featured Poets Readings:
 Amalia Ortiz
 Cindy Williams Gutiérrez
 Edward Vidaurre
 Erika Garza Johnson
 PW Covington
 Shirley A. Rickett
 8:30—9 p.m.: Registered Poets: Haiku or 1-Minute Poems Only!
Alejandro Sánchez, Alonzo Acosta, Amy Becker-Chambless, Arturo Saldaña, Beto Conde, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Bryan Nichols, César De León, Charles McGregor, Chip Dameron, Daniel García Ordaz, Danielle Hernández, Eddie Vega, Emily J. Foltz, Eugene Novogrodsky, Harold Rodinsky, James Griswold, Jeannette Moreno McNeill, John R. Meza, Julieta Corpus, Kathy Raines, Katie Hoerth, Laura Peña, Linda Romero, Lucinda Zamora-Wiley, Marianita Escamilla, Mark Vasquez, Meliton Hinojosa Jr., Nianna Gustovich, Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Trevor Wainwright
 9 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.: Open Mic (one poem—3 min. Registered Poets Only)
SUNDAY, APR. 26
 10 a.m. Dr. Gloria E. Anzaldúa Panteón visit
 Note: Must RSVP so we know to expect you, since directions take too long.
 Meet @ Starbucks at Hwy. 107/University Drive in Edinburg. Leave at 10:05 a.m.
 Lunch at Treviño’s in Edinburg for anyone interested.
 

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