Hey. You want to know what happened last weekend at Barnes & Noble in McAllen, Texas? We blew them away. That's what happened. They loved us so much they wanted us back. So after taking our time to respond we said, hmm okay, we'll be back on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm. No exceptions! And they knew it was an offer they could not refuse...
So this weekend we are proud to present to you The No-Name Poets Cafe: A New Literary Movement!
Is this already sounding a bit pretentious? Maybe. I think it is the fact that I am calling this gathering on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Barnes & Noble a "movement."
The fact of the matter is that, while it is "new" and it is a "movement," it is by no means nameless.
That is, "NoName Poets Cafe" is the name of the new group, and it is intentional. The reason being that naming something immediately cages it, freezes it, stunts its growth. Anybody who is a "minority" in this country understands this to some degree. Being Latino, Hispanic, Minority, are labels designed to put us in certain categories. And people are designed to generally obey rules and stay within established parameters.
The NoName Poets Cafe is a space that we at The Raving Press have designated to foment the contributions of people who don't easily fall into a particular category, or who refuse to be confined by labels.
It is also to accommodate those of a more fluid nature who have no issue taking different shapes and colors. In essence it is a space for everyone. But more than that, it is a space for those who are seeking to be catalysts in their own world. To shake up, change, and rearrange things around them.
Come out to our event and join the NoName Poets Cafe. It says "poets" in the name but it is for everyone. Singers, performers, poets, spoken word artists, painters, small business owners wanting to spread the word about their product.
What will you find at this event?
Balance. Diversity. Incorporation of more aspects of life than one. Poetry and art cannot subsist without industry. Industry cannot survive without art.
There it is. In a nutshell.
We'll see you at Barnes & Noble Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 6 pm.
(Visit our Facebook Event Page)
We will be closing out the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley Barnes & Noble Book Fair by The Raving Press on the day after our event.
But the fair continues at Barnes & Noble online. Buy books, gifts, and other qualifying items using our book fair id: 12050555 and Catholic Charities will receive 20% of the sale.
Thanks a lot.
Until we meet again.
Keep reading and creating!
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Gabriel H. Sanchez is an author, poet, actor, editor, and publisher from the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas, on the border with Mexico. Gabriel is the author of "Once Upon a Bad Hombre," "The X Series," "The Martian Ones: Tales of Human Folly," and "The Fluid Chicano." You can read more about him and his other projects at gabrielhugo.com or on his Facebook page: @gabrielhugoauthor.
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