¡Arriba Baseball!

On June 30, 2013, VAO Publishing released ¡Arriba Baseball! A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction, edited by Robert Paul Moreira.

Arriba cover

From Dodger Stadium to the Astrodome, from the Río Grande Valley to Chicago, from Veracruz to Puerto Rico, from high-school teams to stickball in the streets, from the lessons of fathers to the excited joy of daughters, from massive cheering in the stands at Wrigley Field to the dynamics of family and community echoing on the diamond, these fifteen stories use the sport of baseball to explore geographical, cultural and dream-like spaces that transcend traditional notions of the game and transform it into a universal yet wholly individual experience.

Featuring the work of Dagoberto Gilb, Norma Elia Cantú, Nelson Denis, Christine Granados, René Saldaña, Jr., and many more.

Book Details
ISBN: 9780615781839
Price: $11.99

¡Juventud! to Feature Award-Winning Authors

In January 2013, VAO Publishing will release ¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border: Stories and Poetry. Edited by René Saldaña, Jr. (author of The Jumping Tree, The Whole Sky Full of Stars, A Good Long Way) and Erika Garza-Johnson, this YA anthology will feature work by notable authors David Rice, Xavier Garza, Álvaro Rodríguez, Diana López, and others.

Call for Submissions for Border Noir

VAO Publishing is accepting submissions for its upcoming title Border Noir: Hard-Boiled Fiction from the Southwest, edited by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-author of the recent film Machete. The anthology will be available in May 2012 in trade paperback and eBook form.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, you should submit your work through our submission form. Submission deadline is March 1, 2012.

Content Guidelines:
The simplest definition of noir is fiction that focuses on mostly amoral characters, that typically involves crime or misdeeds, and that evinces a bleak or fatalistic view of the universe. However, noir doesn’t have to be overly depressing or serious; in fact, black humor is often a secondary characteristic. And though noir usually features stripped-down, utilitarian prose, it doesn’t have to; a complex, dense and subtle style can also be used to create stories in this genre.

See this article for a very clear (and amusing) discussion of the common traits of noir fiction.

What we’re looking for in Border Noir are stories set in the US Southwest (or with origins in/implications for the area) that explore the darker, tougher and grittier underbelly of life in this region. We are interested in everything: straight-up hard-boiled detective fiction, procedural police stories, tales of ordinary losers trapped by the consequences of their own actions, gothic pieces, and even edgy magical realism that borders on the horrific or phantasmagorical.

We are especially looking for authors from south Texas or the Southwest, but we are also interested in compelling work by writers from elsewhere who are able to capture something essential about this region.

Authors will be paid an initial $25 upon acceptance, plus a 2% royalty on the first 600 copies sold.

For further information, call us at 956.246.0353 or drop us an e-mail at noir@valartout.org.

About the Editor
Álvaro Rodríguez has been writing since childhood and, in fact, did his best work when he was 11. With filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, he is the co-writer of the wishing-rock children’s movie SHORTS (2009), and MACHETE (2010) starring Danny Trejo and Robert DeNiro, and is the screenwriter of the vampire western FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER (2000). His short stories (including a Pushcart Prize nominee) have appeared in The Mesquite Review, flashquake, BorderSenses and Popcorn Fiction.

Awards for Along the River

At the reception for VAO Publishing’s 2011 anthology, the following awards were presented:

Prose
Álvaro Rodríguez–First Place Prose for “The Time About the Dog”
Daniel Tyx–Second Place Prose for “First Day”
Evangelina Ayon–Third Place Prose for “The Pulga”
Robert Brown–Fourth Place Prose for “The Strange Case of Hugo Rose”
Alfredo Ortiz–Fifth Place Prose for “What Hides in the Closet…”

Poetry
Richard D. Givens–First Place Poetry for “McAllen Morning”
Verónica Sandoval–Second Place Poetry for “No, Trovador”
Yaresy Salinas–Third Place Poetry for “Bohemia, aquí sentada”
Kristin Michelle Keith–Fourth Place Poetry for “In My Dreams”
Edwin Sandoval–Fifth Place Poetry for “¿Tenemos?”

Congratulations to the award recipients and all the other very talented writers who contributed to the volume.

Prizes 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

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.

Sponsors
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.

Along the River

On May 18, VAO Publishing released Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Río Grande Valley. 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, including the short story “The Time About the Dog” by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-screenwriter of the recent films Shorts and Machete.
This volume is the first in a projected series of annual anthologies that will 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.


Contributors
Álvaro Rodríguez
David Bowles
Angélica Maldonado
Yaresy Salinas
María Ramírez
Daniel Tyx
Mónica G. Hernández
Félix Omar Vela
Evangelina Ayon
Lois Marie Garza
Charlene Bowles
Robert Brown
Cindy Jáimez
Virgilio B. Valencia
Alfredo Ortiz
Javier David González
Matthew Madrigal
Olga Lidia Cervantes
Richard D. Givens
Verónica Sandoval
Edwin de Kock
Gwenda J. González
Jonathan Corey Mangan
Kristin Michelle Keith
María Piedra
Ludivina V. Vásquez
María de la Luz Quiroga
Clarrissia Nerio
Nina Medrano
Rosalia Arriaga
Anna Lilia Castillo
Gloria M. Alvarado
Edwin Sandoval
Book Description
These unique voices combine in a harmony of Mexican and American, of magical and ordinary, of tragedy and triumph. From established writers to emerging talents, the contributors to this volume represent the depth and beauty of a community that is just beginning to make itself heard.
Book Details
Paperback: 168 pages
Publishing Date: May 18, 2011
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN-10: 0615480667
ISBN-13: 978-0615480664
Product Dimensions: 5″ X 8″
Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
Book Availability
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