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3 August 2018 - First Friday Art Trail event presented by VMBEE

fresh letterpress prints by Victoria Marie Bee

live music all-night by Drew Cypert – One Man Band (instagram)

poetry & non-fiction readings - 8:30pm to 9:00pm

During the reading, attendees donated to RAICES Texas, a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free & low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, & refugees in Texas.

The BORDERLESS event seeks to support RAICES Texas & similar organizations that provide legal advocacy & representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families & leaves millions without pathways to legal status.


Curtis Bauer is the author of two poetry collections, most recently The Real Cause for Your Absence (C&R Press, 2013). He is also a translator of poetry & prose from the Spanish; his publications include the full-length poetry collections Image of Absence, by Jeannette L. Clariond (forthcoming from The Word Works Press, 2018), Eros Is More, by Juan Antonio González Iglesias (Alice James Books, 2014) & From Behind What Landscape, by Luis Muñoz (Vaso Roto Editions, 2015). He is the publisher & editor of Q Avenue Press Chapbooks & the Translations Editor for Waxwing Journal. He is the Director of Creative Writing Program & teaches Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Catherine Ragsdale is a Master's student in Poetry with her undergraduate degrees in Spanish & Marketing. 

Beth McKinney is currently a PhD candidate at Texas Tech University where she also teaches literature & creative writing. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University, and her poetry has also appeared in journals such as The Fourth River, RattleThe Minnesota Review, and Prairie Schooner.

Matthew Porto is from Long Island, NY. He holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet LoreSalamander, The Cresset, & in the anthology A Packet of Poems for Ezra Pound, published by Clemson University Press. He is currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing, poetry, at Texas Tech University. 

Valerie Wayson is a writer & teacher who's taught in Iraqi Kurdistan, Madagascar, & Texas. She holds an MFA from Georgia College & is pursuing a PhD in Creative Nonfiction at Texas Tech University.


Originally from Georgia, Jess Smith is currently pursuing a PhD in English & Creative Writing at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where she co-founded & curates the LHUCA Literary Series. Her poetry, essays, & criticism can be found in Prairie Schooner, Waxwing, 32 Poems, The Rumpus, & other journals. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School & is the recipient of scholarships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference & the Vermont Studio Center.