This past Saturday I went to the latest event organized by Pasta Poetry & Vino. If you don't know about this organization, it is one of the few that is consistently providing worth-while poetry events in the Rio Grande Valley. It was founded by Edward Vidaurre, a prolific poet from Califas who migrated to the RGV years back. Since, he has become a powerhouse in the literary scene of South Texas. I'm saying this guy is the Stephen King of poetry. He cranks out a collection of poems every time he yawns. That's how productive he is. He wasn't able to be at the event because he had a daddy-daughter dance to attend. Yeah, he's a good father, too. But the Pasta Poetry & Vino (PPV) had a much competent and capable m.c. in Cesar de Leon. Cesar is another one of those poets roaming the calles of RGV, working hard putting together his poetry manuscript that I'm sure will be award-winning.
The PPV this time around had as special guests the women of Vidas Cruzadas, headed by Linda Romero, a very kind and caring person. In their own words, "Vidas Cruzadas exists to offer guidance and mentorship in creative writing to clients and patients in Life Center and El Milagro Clinic as a community outreach program. Introduced in order to help give university students mentoring experience through service-learning, participants write and revise each other’s work and eventually mentor those new entering the project."
I was pleased and grateful to have been invited to this event. The poetry was sumptuous and the ambience at Sahadis lounge, bar, and café in McAllen was quintessential. If you don't know PPV, or Vidas Cruzadas, or Sahadi's, I recommend you get acquainted ASAP. They represent a trend toward perfection in the way we see art, food, and life in the RGV.
For more, contact Vidas Cruzadas, visit Pasta Poetry & Vino's Facebook page, or go to Sahadi's website.
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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