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CONCA Members pose for picture with the UPBC Champ Celina A. Gomez

CONCA Members pose for picture with the UPBC Champ Celina A. Gomez

August 17, 2014

McAllen, Tx: Last night CONCA celebrated the creation and success of its event called the Ultimate Poetry Boxing Championship (UPBC) by sponsoring the second UPBC hosted by Raquel Hinojosa of Hinovations Art Studio in McAllen, Tx. Poets from all over Texas signed up for the competition and some made the trip simply to be in the audience witnessing this unique event. The contestants were Edward Vidaurre, Diana Elizondo, Raquel Lopez, Judith Luna, Ronnie Garza, Corey Mangan, Juan Perez, and Celina A. Gomez. The bouts were intense, with every poet striking a singular rhythm and style that is of championship quality in their own right. But after all things were said and done, judges Amalia Leticia Ortiz, Priscilla Celina Suarez, and Nayelli Barrios (with the assistance of the crowd in a “sudden death” round) determined the winner of the competition to be Celina A. Gomez from Edinburg, Tx.

To present the award of an authentic UPBC champion belt hand crafted by artist Corina Carmona from Alamo, Tx. was none other than last year’s UPBC winner Amalia Leticia Ortiz from Harlingen, Tx. In her acceptance speech Celina stated in part:

“Thank you very much for supporting poetry and the arts. And please make sure to continue to support the arts. We don’t want it to die. I’m here to let everybody know that it’s very alive in the Valley…”

The event was refereed by local South Texas writer, poet, arts advocate and legendary badass from Shiner, Tx. Mr. P.W. Covington. The event was jolted during the intermissions by entertainers including CEROUNO Grupo Artistico from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, who performed a choreographed dance routine that wowed the audiences with the charisma and physicality of an NFL halftime show. Also to the stage to contribute aesthetically to the auditory and visual senses by singing and playing two songs on his own guitar came Kip Austin Hinton, a professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville in Brownsville, Texas.

We wish to thank all the people and organizations that helped make this event a reality and hope to count on you next year for CONCA’s 3rd Ultimate Poetry Boxing Championship.

About CONCA: CONCA is a Rio Grande Valley non-profit organization promoting cultural awareness and pride in our collective histories as Americans. They achieve this through the employment of discussion forums through social media, literary endeavors such as creative writing, poetry, essays, poetry readings, and presentations at conferences, as well as public spaces like libraries, public schools and colleges.

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Thank you.

Gabriel H. Sanchez,

CONCA Director of Public Relations

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C.O.N.C.A. is fortunate enough to participate in conferences throughout Texas and is beginning to venture out to California and New Mexico. Along with our work providing community workshops and poetry events, we feel confident in our progress of expanding on the meaning of Chican@. 

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