Launch and Reception for 2011 Anthology

On May 21, VAO Publishing held the reception/book launch for Along the River at 7:30 pm in the Douglas Clark Studio on 700 N. Main Street, McAllen. Despite the stifling heat and humidity, a large number of people attended, showing their support for the writers included in the anthology and for Valley Artistic Outreach, the parent organization of VAO Publishing. After about a half hour of mingling and refreshments (including Angélica Maldonado’s legendary margaritas), several of the poets who’d contributed to the anthology did readings. Afterward, the recipients of the three poetry and three prose prizes were announced. Copies of the anthology were on sale for $10, and they were snatched up pretty quickly.

VAO Publishing is thrilled to have had the opportunity to get the work of these worthy writers before the public eye. Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Río Grande Valley is VAO Publishing’s first annual collection of local authors. It features poetry and prose by a host of local talent, including the short story “The Time About the Dog” by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-screenwriter of the recent films Shorts and Machete.

Prizes were sponsored by Dr. Michael Flores, Josefina González, Maritza Park, Emily Anderson, Javier Villanueva, Luie Solís, Carol Concha, Roberto F. Loredo, Elizabeth Cásares, Betancourt Taxes, José Valdez, Abel Muñoz, Velma Rangel, and Debbie S. Rodríguez.

Refreshments were available due to the generosity of HEB.

Anthology Submissions

Calling All Writers from the RGV!  Get your stories, essays or poems published in a new anthology.

VAO Publishing is accepting submissions for its upcoming title Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Río Grande Valley.  The anthology will be available in April in trade paperback (through VAO as well as Amazon and other outlets) and eBook form (for Kindle, iPhone, iPad and Nook). 

Authors whose work is selected for inclusion will receive a free copy of the paperback.  There will additionally be six monetary prizes for the three prose pieces and three poems judged by a panel to be the most appealing.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, you should submit your work—in English or in Spanish—as attachments to an e-mail directed to  Submission deadline is March 1, 2011.

For further information, call us at 956.246.0353 or drop us an e-mail at the above address.

About VAO Publishing

VAO Publishing is a division of the non-profit Valley Artist Outreach.  Our mission is to promote the voices of writers in the Río Grande Valley.  To achieve this goal, we are implementing a three-pronged strategy:

  • editing an annual anthology of local talent
  • publishing a small number of titles by Valley authors each year
  • providing creative writing workshops to aspiring local writers

Please direct any inquiries to