We called the Rio Grande Valley’s youth to
rise and tell us about their lives through
poetry. What does it mean to ‘rise’? To
demand to be heard. In this collection of life,
love, illness, politics, and hope, the youth of the
Valley, ranging from the 3rd grade to the 12th
grade, and from over 15 high schools and 10 cities,
write from the heart. What a wonder that the
Valley is home to these exciting new voices that
are startlingly honest, unapologetic, and deeply
wise. Our region’s literary future is bright with
these young poets. We are proud to present them
to you here and eager to see what they have to
say in the years to come.



Are you that person who always plays “Como La Flor” on your cellphone late at night when you are sitting around drinking with friends? Sings “Si Una Vez ” at Karaoke night? Do you load up the jukebox with “No Me Queda Mas” on repeat and dance by yourself? Do you always get sad sometime in March and you don’t know why? Because Selena died on March 30th, 1995! That’s me, that’s you. And we can all tell our stories of hearing the news, twenty three years ago, that, possibly, Selena was dead. Since then, she has become enshrined in tableaus in Mexican restaurants, on candles, in graffiti, in our writings, and in our corazones. Her music is as popular as ever, and so many Tejan@s, Chican@s, and so many others have been influenced by her.

We are looking to collect fiction, nonfiction, poetry and basically anything else that can be printed on the page, as long as it in some way reflects the spirit of Selena. You will know as soon as you read this if you are someone who should contribute and probably what you should contribute as well. Let’s get this together in time to have the book in hand on the April 16 date. To do that, I’ll need all of your contributions by Jan 31, 2019. Don’t hesitate!

There will not be other Harlingens, m’ija! No real publication requirements, but try to keep longer pieces under 2500 words.

-Erika Garza, Editor

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