Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Apr. 26--29, 2018

Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival

The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, established in 2008, is a four-day poetry festival in deep South Texas held concurrently in two countries on the last full weekend in April. You don't need to register in order to submit to our anthology, Boundless. We feed you dinner on Saturday night as part of the Poetry Pachanga--the event that started it all. V.I.P.F. is a program of 
Art That Heals, Inc., and  El Zarape Press, with sponsorship from by Creative Alignment Consulting and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and welcomes poets from around the world.

2018 VIPF FEATURED POETS * MUSICIAN * ARTIST           

Meet The Featured Poets of the 11th Annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival!!

(Apr. 26--29, 2018)!!

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Eddie Vega

San Antonio, Texas

(2018 VIPF FEATURED POET)

Eddie Vega is a native South Texan. A graduate of St. Mary's University, he is a member of the 2017 Puro Slam Team and a collaborator with the Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot. Recently, he was published in the anthology, Truth to Power (Cutthroat Press) and featured in the poetry webcast, MegaCorazon. On most nights he can be found at a slam or open mic in San Antonio.

http://www.tacopoet.com

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Laura Peña

Houston/Katy, Texas

(2018 VIPF FEATURED POET)

 

Laura Peña was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Education. She is a bilingual elementary school teacher. She has been published in di-vêrsé-city, Boundless, Houston Poetry Fest anthology, The Bayou Review, Harbinger Asylum, Illya’s Honey, The Red River Review, and The Texas Poetry Calendar. Laura is a member of Gulf Coast Poets, The Poetry Society of Texas, Academy of American Poets, The Writer’s League of Texas and the critique group Poetry Works Workshops. Laura organizes Poetry Out of Bounds each year which is the official kick-off event for Houston Poetry Fest.

 http://lauraiselapena.wordpress.com

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Nathan Brown

Oklahoma/Wimberly, Texas

(2018 VIPF FEATURED POET)

Nathan Brown is an author, songwriter, and award-winning poet living in Wimberley, Texas. He holds a PhD in English and Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, and he served as Poet Laureate of Oklahoma in 2013/14. Nathan has published sixteen books. His book Two Tables Over won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award.

http://www.brownlines.com

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Robin Carstensen

Corpus Christi, TX

(2018 VIPF FEATURED POET)

Robin Carstensen's chapbook, In the Temple of Shining Mercy, was awarded first place and published by Iron Horse Literary Press in 2017. Poems are also published in the Atlanta Review, BorderSenses, Connotations Press, Southern Humanities Review, Demeter Press’s Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland, and many more. She teaches and coordinates the creative writing program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she advises The Windward Review, lit journal of South Texas and the Coastal Bend, and is co-founding, senior editor of the Switchgrass Review, a literary journal of women's health and empowerment. 

http://www.facebook.com/groups/1528657917427715/

  FEATURED ARTIST:  Alma Quintanilla Castillo is an artist and educator with Harlingen CISD. She is a resident artist at Platform 204 Art Gallery where she teaches children’s Art classes and workshops. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and her work reflects her passion for her native tongue and culture. Her art, symbolic and surrealist in style, is a means of self- expression and self-awareness inspired by nature and the relationship and connectedness between everything living. She is a resident of Harlingen, where she teaches and lives with her husband and two sons. She also has a daughter in San Antonio who is equally passionate for the Arts.

FEATURED ARTIST: Alma Quintanilla Castillo is an artist and educator with Harlingen CISD. She is a resident artist at Platform 204 Art Gallery where she teaches children’s Art classes and workshops. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and her work reflects her passion for her native tongue and culture. Her art, symbolic and surrealist in style, is a means of self- expression and self-awareness inspired by nature and the relationship and connectedness between everything living. She is a resident of Harlingen, where she teaches and lives with her husband and two sons. She also has a daughter in San Antonio who is equally passionate for the Arts.