Meet Edward Vidaurre and Rodney Gomez at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library. Vidaurre and Gomez will be promoting their edited work titled Called to Rise: Rio Grande Valley Youth Anthology 2018. This is Volume 1 of the McAllen Poet Laureate Anthology Series. Vidaurre and Gomez have summoned the Rio Grande Valley’s youth to rise and share about their lives through poetry. The result is this collection of life, love, illness, politics, and hope, in which local youth (students from the 3rd grade to the 12th grade) have written from the heart.


The editors take pride in presenting select contributors of this anthology to recite their poetry to everyone attending the book presentation and book signing, which is scheduled to take place at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Edward Vidaurre is the 2018-2019 McAllen, TX Poet Laureate and author of his own poetry volumes Chicano Blood Transfusion (2016), Insomnia (2015), Beautiful Scars: Elegiac Beat Poems (2014), I Took My Barrio on a Road Trip (2013), and the chapbook Ramona and rumi: Love in the Time of Oligarchy: & unedited Necessary Poems (2018). His new collection, Jazzhouse, is forthcoming from Prickly Pear Press. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, and he is the founder of Pasta, Poetry, and Vino – a poetry reading series in the lower Rio Grande Valley. He resides in McAllen, TX with his wife and daughter.

Rodney Gomez was born and raised in Brownsville, TX. The son of migrant farmworkers, he is the youngest of seven siblings and the first to attend college. He is the author of Citizens of the Mausoleum (2018) and Ceremony of Sand (forthcoming from YesYes Books, 2019). His chapbooks include Mouth Filled with Night (2014), winner of the Drinking Gourd Prize, and Spine (2015), winner of the Gloria Anzaldua Prize. He is an editor for Latino Book Review and will serve as the 2020-2021 McAllen Poet Laureate. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the University of Texas Pan American.

For more information on this event, contact Raul Martinez Jr. at 956-383-6246. The library is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in front of the historic Echo Hotel.