Archive for Poetry – Page 2

Events & Readings with FlowerSong author jo reyes-boitel

upcoming events

  • November 1 : Panelist at Mundo Zurdo Conference (full program here), Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
  • November 15, 6pm : Reading at Bella la Brew, presented by Aransas County Poetry Society, Rockport, TX
  • December 1, 3pm : Annual Peace Market at Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
  • December 7, 6pm : Sound Museum SATX, featuring new music, spoken word, and digital art, MBS Southtown, 1115 S Alamo. Presented by Darren Ryan | No Reality TV, San Antonio, TX
  • January 2020 : details to come, opening for Wendy Barker, Twig Bookstore, San Antonio, TX
  • February 27-29, 2020 : Panelist at Peoples Poetry Festival, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
  • March 6, 2020 : AWP off-site reading, Queer poets at Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, San Antonio, TX

Poetry Workshop by jo reyes-boitel, author of Michael & Josephine

If you wondered about the novel in verse, wonder no more! I will be teaching a novel in verse course over 4 weeks at Gemini Ink. “Notes to Gilgamesh: Crafting a Novel in Verse” is a wonderful starting point for understanding the form, its history, and its use in modern storytelling. The class will also let you get started on your own novel in verse. Don’t miss this class!

FlowerSong Books Pushcart Prize Nominations, 2019

FlowerSong Books is pleased to submit the following FSB family nominations for the 2019 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. We are excited to have their excellence represent the press!

Jo Reyes-Boitel – House Sitting for San Martín de Porres

Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros – Blessed Be The Mother

Eduardo Vega – I Didn’t Write This Poem For You

Odilia Galván Rodríguez – The Color of Light

Reyes Cárdenas – Tortured Barrio Songs



“Matt Sedillo is stone-cold the best political poet in America.  Every wildly inventive line is the snap of a switch blade. Forget the pretentious toffs who poetize for the NPR crowd.  Sedillo is Vengeance — the one we’ve been waiting for.”

–Greg Palast, Author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and recipient of The George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award 

“It’s the poets who inspire me and Matt is one of the finest of a generation. “

– Roxeanne Dunbar Ortiz, Author of an Indigenous People’s History of the United States and recipient of the The Lannan Lifetime Achievement Prize for Cultural Freedom

“Matt Sedillo’s poetic work is full of history, struggle, tragedy, anger, joy, despair, possibility and faith in the struggles of working class people to overcome the forces of capitalism and racism. If Patrice Lumumba, Rosa Luxembourg, Emiliano Zapata and Ella Baker were alive today, they would all be reading and sharing Matt Sedillo’s work with their comrades in service of organizing the next revolution. He is truly the poet laureate of struggle.”

– Paul Ortiz, Author of Emancipation Betrayed  and Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program


FlowerSong Books Author Showcase

First Look: Tortured Barrio Songs

Reyes Cardenas, Chicano poet, has a new book out with FlowerSong Books. Tortured Barrios Songs is really not one book, but a trinity of three books, each tied to and adding to the understanding of the others. Cárdenas brings to bear, once again, his signature no-holds-barred humor, crossed with a stinging criticism of the injustices of being poor in America, something reflected sharply in all three sections of the book:

  • Andrés Sobaco, El Numbnuts, a flowing and painfully beautiful novel-in-verse set in the West Side barrios of San Antonio
  • El Ocho Patas, a darker, more philosophical and metaphorical tale of the man with eight legs
  • Canciones Desesperadas, a collection of poems unveiling the formative root experiences of the poet and other real people in his Vonnegut-style karass of a barrio

Together, they make a book both irreverent and yet somehow filled with respeto for life and the universe. The tender sacrileges with which he addresses God, or Christ, or La Llorona, remind us of a man whose tragedies have been so crushing that the hope within him has become even more persistent, and even more resilient.

la bloga interview with Odilia Galván Rodríguez

Odilia was recently interviewed about her newest book, The Color of Light, on la bloga.

First Look: Chicharra Chorus

Eddie Vega‘s Chicharra Chorus is, like its namesake, the ever-present South Texas cicada, a tiny but persistent witness, an almost unnoticed physical presence whose voice is long and lingering and leaves us haunted with the tragedies of everyday reality. Vega’s casual tone is deceiving. It bears an innocence and a gentleness that only hint at what lies deeper. These poems go down easy, like a cool agua fresca, but their ingredients are complex and powerful, ground in a homemade molcajete, fruit of heirloom seeds cultivated for centuries. This is a poet whose sensitivity to human suffering is draped gracefully in a finely tuned sense of humor. Vega’s poems demonstrate his ability to dance a humorous balancing act between two cultures and between the aching of our dreams and the chill of our realizations. Everyday life (and death) receive their tributes, in poems like There was no Carne Guisada, and a sci-fi voyage into the future, Ice Age, rings too true for comfort, and too ironic for us to not shiver at unending echoes of prejudice and immigrant exclusion. In true Vega style, he ends the collection with People of Olmos Park, every bit a joke, but true, where the punchline is dagger sharp. One cannot read Eddie Vega without sensing one’s compassion deepened, one’s heart more human.
– Carmen Tafolla, State Poet Laureate of Texas

First Look: Michael + Josephine: a novel in verse

Forthcoming from jo reyes-boitel.

“Michael + Josephine is the story of what every great love is—the clash of the everyday and the divine, the push and pull of what our lives demand and what our hearts long for, the hurt of everything we fight for and what we do not fight hard enough for. In these poems, jo reyes-boitel wields a pen that is feather light and scalpel sharp to dissect love, cauterize memory, and examine the unknowable.”

— ire’ne lara silva, author of Blood Sugar Canto and Cuicacalli/House of Song