Archive for May, 2015

It is incredible the feedback and enthusiasm that young people show for poetry and the creative process. Here are just a few scenes from the two most recent workshops provided by CONCA members:

Rossy Lima, author of Ecos de Barro, presented a workshop on Nahuatl poetry to much acclaim from the students and staff. She starts off by examining the  established love of poetry in the Americas long befor the presence of Western thought in this hemisphere.

Isaac Chavarria, author of Poxo, presented his workshop excercise which involves the game of “Loteria” which always seems to win first place as far as fun activities go.

Chris Carmona, author of I Have Always Been Here, Beat, and My (Mex)quite Beat Refried Revolution, engages students in “Poetry Calistenics” which is a series of verbal exercises with tongue twisting rhymes which leads to the formation of a collaborative poem; also loads of fun for the young kids.

I, Gabriel H. Sanchez, provide the final exercise on a self-exploration of the individual’s identity by talking about my family and culutural background and how it led to the poetry that comprises the work in my book “The Fluid Chicano.”

The students are then led to create a poem of their own at the end of each exercise which is inserted into their very own “CONCA Workshop Chapbook” which they keep as their first official poetry publication.

It is an honor and a  priviledge to be helping inspire in these young minds a little interest that can transform into a great result in the future for the stories of the border to be told by more and more of the people of this region.

(Some pictures were taken at the Llano Grande Center. Other pictures presented here were taken at Donna North High School and Donna High.)

Gabriel H.S.

CONCA Director of Public Relations

Students from the University of Brownsville, with CONCA in attendance, engaged in poetic discourse Thursday, May 7, 2015. The location was El Hueso de Fraile, a local coffee house/sandwich shop that transforms into a live music destination where those in attendance are allowed to bring in their own drinks after hours. In their own words stated on their Facebook page:

“El Hueso De Fraile is a family run, culture preservation center, which offers a unique atmosphere in south Texas. A delicious coffee or organic tea, a made from scratch, family recipe sandwich, and some delightful music and art from all cultures create the perfect lunch. Later, at night, the place embodies a candle light, warm, ambiance full of entertainment, and positive energy, where music of all kinds and and people of all ages and life paths coexist.”
More and more our region is being populated with a diverse mix of people with discerning tastes and critical minds who seek to exercise their creative talent on stage. We seek to help spur on this development of the arts along the U.S. – Mexico border and ask that others join us in support of the arts.
Photography by Isaac Chavarria

The Coalition of New Chican@ Artists visited the Donna High School to lead their “Young Hearts, Brave Voices Poetry Workshop” for an entire day on Monday, April 27. The students all poured their minds and everything in them into crafting out authentic pieces of literature that simply astounded us. These young minds will grow to be great creators of poetry and art. We look forward to keep working with public schools. It is always a pleasurable experience seeing fresh perspectives take shape.

Gabriel H. Sanchez

Below are some images of the sessions. Photography by Isaac Chavarria and Gabriel H. Sanchez