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Cenzontle Mockingbird Author Reception

  • Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library 1906 South Closner Boulevard Edinburg, TX, 78539 United States (map)
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Meet author Daniel García Ordaz at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.  García will be promoting his book Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment. This is a code-switching collection of diverse poetic forms, styles, and personas, celebrating the dynamics of the human voice and spirit. The author encourages readers to perform the text aloud -- such as his adaptation of a scene from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" -- as a polyglottic exhibition of empowerment through performance. This volume is influenced by, and dedicated to, the memories of Maya Angelou and Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

The book presentation and signing are scheduled to take place at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Daniel García Ordaz is the founder of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, and is the author of You Know What I’m Sayin’? (El Zarape Press, 2006). His focus is on the power of language, which he celebrates in his writings and talks. In April 2017, García defended his thesis, Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Empowerment Through Mimicry, to complete his terminal degree, an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Over the years, he has edited several books and anthologies, such as Twenty: In Memoriam, a response by poets across the U.S. to the Sandy Hook shootings.

García is a teacher and writer, and an emerging voice in American, Mexican-American, Chicano, and Latino poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, academic collections, and anthologies. He was born in Houston in 1971 and raised in Mission, TX. His publishing experience includes editing and book cover design credits.

García is also a songwriter, former newspaper journalist, and word-maker-upper. He was one of five authors -- and the only poet -- chosen to participate in the Texas Latino Voices project in 2009 by the Texas Center for the Book, the state affiliate of the Library of Congress. He has been a featured reader and guest at numerous literary events, including the Dallas International Book Fair, McAllen Book Festival, Texas Library Association events, TAIR, TABE, and Border Book Bash.

García also served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Texas-Pan American. He lives in the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas with his wife, Gina, and their children, and he continues to teach, write, sing, and spend time in front of a crowd as often as he can.

For more information on this event, contact Raul Martinez at 956-383-6246.  The library is located at 1906 South Closner Boulevard in front of the historic Echo Hotel.