Josie Bustos Mixon, survivor of domestic violence, born and raised in Mission has put together a poetry venue to help bring awareness to the issue of violence in our culture.

Domestic violence is an issue that affects all races and cultures but the focus of this venue will be on the Latino/Hispanic or Mexican Culture. Her poetry reflects her personal experiences with domestic violence. The goal of her poetry reading is to help educate the public about the effects of domestic violence on the victim. It is also meant to educate our youth of the hidden issues that we need to speak out about. Domestic abuse should not be a tradition that we continue to pass on but rather we need to do our part to end the cycle of violence.

Mixon is now an award-winning awareness advocate and a force to be reckoned with. An activist speaking out to communities and support groups, she is now featured at various reading venues in South Texas. She is a highly sought after voice and has spoken at local and national conferences which focus on sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Mixon will speak about her experiences as a writer and perspectives on her poetry at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, at Speer Memorial Library’s community room. She invites the public to join her on the debut of her latest collection of poetry, “Off the Beaten Path.”

Her publication credits include three published collections of poetry — “Reflections of My Battered Life, “Of Flesh and Flesh and Bone I Am Woman, Surviving Abuse” and “My Brown Eyes Are Not An Invitation To Be Blackened”. She co-authored the screenplay Can You Believe It, which premiered at the Carver Community Cultural Center, in San Antonio in November 2008. In October 2009, she was the recipient of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative’s Phoenix Award.

Speer Memorial Library is located at 12th and Kika De La Garza Loop in Mission. The library is open (except holidays) Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Library’s homepage can be accessed for information via the Internet by entering www.mission.lib.tx.us.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information you may contact Josie Mixon via her email at gdmrngbtful@yahoo.com.