Pushcart Prize Nominations

VAO Publishing is proud to announce our 2012 nominations for the Pushcart Prize:

  • “Combustible Sinners” by Myra Infante
  • “Snow in the Valley” by Alan Oak
  • “Beneath the Encino” by Robert Paul Moreira
  • “Creating a Self-Conscious Literary World in South Texas” by Dr. Rob Johnson
  • “These Hands Which Never Picked Cotton” by Amalia Ortiz
  • “Amerika” by Dr. Christopher Carmona
  • “Summer Song” by Katherine Hoerth
  • “From the Valley” by Juventino Manzano
  • “Lorca in the Barrio” by Edward Vidaurre
  • “Nopales for Breakfast” by José Hernández Díaz

Along the River 2 Awards

The reception forAlong the River 2 went incredibly well. Many contributors read one of their selections, and Pura Belpré-winning author Guadalupe García McCall gave a wonderful closing talk.

Ten awards were presented, the top six of which had a monetary prize attached:

First place: Rossy Evelin Lima, for “Las dos lenguas”
Second place: Amalia Ortiz, for “These Hands Which Have Never Picked Cotton”
Third place: Christopher Carmona, for “Amerika”
Fourth place: Katherine Hoerth, for “Summer Song”
Fifth place: Juventino Manzano, for “From the Valley”

First place: Robert Paul Moreira, for “Beneath the Encino”
Second place: Alan Oak, for “Snow in Valley”
Third place: Alejandro Cabada Fernández, for “Doña Lipa”
Fourth place: Rob Johnson, for “Creating a Self-Conscious Literary World in South Texas”
Fifth place: Erika Said Izaguirre, for “Esta noche los muertos regresan”

Along the River 3: Call for Submissions

Calling All Writers from South Texas! Get your poems, flash fiction and essays published in the third Along the River anthology.

VAO Publishing is accepting submissions for its upcoming title Along the River 3: Dark Voices from the Río Grande. The anthology will be available in October 2013 in trade paperback and eBook form.

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

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, you should your work through our submission form. Submission deadline is May 1, 2013.

Content Guidelines:
The third volume of Along the River focuses on the darker side of life along the river. Send us your spooky stories, your demented poems, your heart-breaking memoirs. As always, we prefer pieces that either take place in this region or deal with issues pertaining to deep south Texas. And, please, try to keep things PG-13. We don’t mind frank language and subject matter, but we need to be accessible to a wide, general audience. Thanks!

Poetry: You may submit up to six poems; we would prefer not to print more than three by any one author. If your poems are in Spanish, please try to craft an accompanying English translation for the appendix. If you can’t, the editor will translate any poem selected for you.

Flash fiction: You may submit up to three pieces of flash fiction (or microfiction). These pieces should contain 2000 words or fewer. For longer fiction, please inquire first by e-mailing the editor.

Essays: You may submit up to two essays of no more than 2500 words.

For further information, drop us an e-mail publishing@valartout.org or comment on this page.

Along the River 2

On November 7, VAO Publishing released Along the River 2: More Voices from the Río Grande. Edited by David Bowles and with a cover designed by painter Noé Vela, Along the River features poetry and prose by a host of local talent.

This volume is the second in a series of annual anthologies that provide a forum for the unique vision of regional writers. Proceeds from its sale will be used by Valley Artistic Outreach to continue providing art camps for children and promoting artistic expression throughout the Valley.

Description: Thirty-nine voices mingle like the currents of the great river, flowing into deep narrative resacas and rushing from lyrical reservoirs. Just as the Río Grande wends its way through basins, bosques, deserts, fields—so these poems, stories and essays explore the variegated quiltwork of border culture, streaming somberly through the darkness and coruscating in the light.

AR2 front 2

Yolanda López
Yaresy Salinas
Vanessa Brown
Valeria Espinoza
Sylvia Pérez
Rossy Lima
Rolando Villafuerte
Robert Paul Moreira
Rob Johnson
Rachel Vela
Nina Medrano
Maria D. Piedra
Minnie Vásquez
Michael Pacheco
Linda Romero
Leopoldo Farías
Kristin Keith
Kathy Trenfield Raines
Katherine Hoerth
Juventino Manzano
Juan González
José Hernández Díaz
Héctor Gómez
G.G. García
Érika Saíd
Erika Garza
Edward Vidaurre
Diana Elizondo
Daniel Tyx
Claudia D. Hernández
Clarrissia Nerio
Christopher Carmona
César de León
Brianda Salinas
Angelo Bowles
Amalia Ortiz
Alejandro Cabada
Alan Oak

Book Details
Paperback: 243 pages
Publishing Date: November 17, 2012
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN-10: 0615723764
ISBN-13: 978-0615723761
Product Dimensions: 5.25 X 8

Book Availability
The anthology will be available through Amazon.com as a trade paperback or an eBook. Additionally, eBook versions will be available through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Along the River 2 will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores. To preview and purchase online, navigate to the book’s Amazon page by clicking here.7

Along the River 2 Launch Party and Awards Ceremony

UPDATED: VAO Publishing will be officially releasing the second volume of its Along the River anthology series on November 18, 2012. The launch party and award ceremony will take place on that date at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg. There will be music and art on tap as well as readings by contributors. The ceremony itself will get underway at 2 pm, but we encourage everyone to arrive closer to 1:30 pm to pick up a copy of the book and socialize with the authors. Light refreshments will be provided.