Second Thursday Open Mic featuring Sarah Cortez hosted by Cindy Huyser
Sarah Cortez, a Councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters and Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, has poems, essays, book reviews, and short stories anthologized and published in journals, such as Texas Monthly, Rattle, The Sun, Pennsylvania English, Texas Review, Louisiana Literature, Arcadia, Langdon Review of the Arts, The Midwest Quarterly, Southwestern American Literature. Her debut poetry collection, How to Undress a Cop, won the PEN Texas Literary Award. Her books have placed as finalists in the Writers' League of Texas awards, Los Angeles Book Festival Awards, and the PEN Southwest Poetry Awards. An anthologist of eight volumes, she has won the Southwest Book Award of the Year, multiple International Latino Book Awards, Border Region Librarians Assn. Award, Press Women of Texas Editing Award, and the Skipping Stones International Honor Award. Her most recent anthology is Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials. She is both a Houston and Texas finalist for poet laureate.
Vanishing Points combines stunning photographs of Texas roadside memorials by photographer Dan Streck with poems from four authors, including Cortez. This book, with graphic design by Nancy J. Parsons, has already been named a 2016 Southwest Book of the Year and won first place for editing in the Press Women of Texas annual awards. It has also been shortlisted for an International Latino Book Award and won the prestigious First Place in Editing from the National Federation of Press Women.
A Round Robin style Open Mic follows the feature. Bring poems to share!