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Welcome to the 7th Annual VIPF: Apr. 24--27, 2014

7th Annual Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Apr. 24--27, 2014: A plethora of poets . . . on the border, off the hook!


V.I.P.F. is a program of
Art That Heals, Inc., and is sponsored by Creative Alignment Consulting * McAllen Chamber of Commerce * Edinburg Arts * El Zarape Press * Barrio Poet Productions * Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center * Raul Tijerina, Jr. Foundation, and made possible by poets from around the world and by the Rio Grande Valley community.

~Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival: Established 2008~

"Let the plethora of words commence!"

Creative Alignment Consulting

The Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center

Founded by Daniel Garcia Ordaz and Brenda Nettles Riojas

Now Seeking Sponsors to join Art That Heals, Inc., Creative Alignment Consulting, El Zarape Press, the Mcallen Chamber of Commerce, Barrio Poets Productions, the Raul Tijerina, Jr. Foundation, McAllen Creative Incubator, the Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center and Edinburg Arts.



Celebrate National Poetry Month . . .

 . . . With a plethora of international poets!

WHAT: "7th Annual Valley International Poetry Festival
"8th Annual Poetry Pachanga"
See the full schedule for 2014.
WHEN: April 24--27, 2014
WHERE: Click Here to see a list of 2014 venues across the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas. 2014 venues will be upgraded soon.
TIME: Event times will vary throughout the weekend.
FYI: All events will be free and open to the public--except private dinner for poets. Books, Chapbooks, CDs, T-shirts, etc., for sale.
Contact: Daniel García Ordaz, Founder

  • Boundless, the offical anthology: click here for details! (Submissions for 2014 are now closed! Thanks to all who submitted!)
  • a poetry slam for youth (open to local high schoolers ages 14--19)
  • readings by college/university students
  • a poetry slam for adults (registered poets only)
  • poets in the schools--teachers, librarians--see contact below!
  • readings across the Rio Grande Valley & Mexico!
  • a field trip to the Dr. Gloria E. Anzaldua burial site
  • readings in Mission, McAllen, Edinburg, Elsa, Pharr, Weslaco, Harlingen, South Padre Island, Brownsville, and San Benito
  • readings in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico--the only festival in the world with concurrent readings in two countries!
  • proximity to shopping in Mexico
  • proximity to shopping at new McAllen mall and outlet mall in Mercedes

    (unless otherwise noted)

    [Boundless 2014 Anthology Submissions Now Closed][2014 Late Registration Will begin Apr. 7!!][2014 Registered Poets--Coming Soon: 2014] [2014 Featured Poets] [2014 Schedule of Events: 2014 ] [2014 Venues: 2014 Coming Soon!] [2014 Poetry Pachanga: 2014 Coming Soon!] [2014 Sponsors & Sponsorship Opportunities: 2014 Coming Soon!] [2014 Volunteer Opportunities: 2014 Coming Soon!] [2014 Youth Poetry Slam: 2014 Coming Soon!] [2014 Adult Poetry Slam!] [Boundless 2014 Anthology] [2014 VIPF Home]


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    Lesson plans/Info for teachers, librarians and booksellers