Saturday, June 23, 2018

An Afternoon with Award Winning Authors

Daniel García Ordaz, Rob Johnson, Britt Haraway

 Saturday, June 30th 2018   4-6 PM

Join us for an afternoon of multiple authors reading from their books, hosting discussions and signing at Paragraphs.  This group of talented and distinguished writers will be part of a memorable literary event you won’t want to miss.  Please note the special time of this event.

Daniel García Ordaz is the founder of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival and the author of You Know What I'm Sayin'? His new collection, Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment (Poetry*Drama) was recently released by FlowerSong Books. García, who recently completed his MFA in Creative Writing from UT-Rio Grande Valley, is an English high school teacher. His work appears is Poetry of Resistance, La Bloga, Juventud!, Praxis, and several other anthologies and journals. Daniel lives in the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas with his wife, Gina, and their children.

Dr. Rob Johnson, a professor from UTRGV.  Dr. Johnson is the author of two books, The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs and his newest, Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy.   Dr. Rob Johnson is a Professor of Literatures and Cultural Studies at UTRGV specializing in the study of south Texas literature and the "Beat Generation" writers of the 1950's.

Britt Haraway has a short story collection, Early Men, which was published by Lamar University Literary Press. His stories have appeared in Natural Bridge, New Madrid, Great Weather for Media, Moon City Review,and elsewhere. His work was chosen for the Best Small Fictions 2016 guest edited by Stuart Dybek. He is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the fiction editor for riverSedge magazine. He lives in McAllen, Texas with his family.

   This event is free and open to the public.

Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd.

South Padre Island, TX

For information call us at 956-433-5057

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Writer's Workshop

Paragraphs is hosting a
Writer’s Workshop
Meeting the first Saturday of the month 2-4 PM
July 7th
August 4th

Welcome all writers at all skill levels.  Here is a chance to improve your writing skills, discuss publishing, editorial advice, critiquing but most of all inter-acting with others doing the same thing.

The session will be two hours long.  Bring pencil and paper and your active imagination.

The July 7th workshop will feature Daniel García Ordaz, former reporter at Valley Morning Star and Author of Cenzontle/Mockingbird and You Know What I'm Sayin'?. He titles this workshop, Finding The Essence. Space is limited please call Paragraphs (956)433-5057 to reserve a spot.

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

An afternoon with an author, poet or musician

An Afternoon with Award Winning Author
Patty York Raymond
Saturday June 23rd 2018   1-3PM

The ABCs to Ranching is a cultural perspective on ranching in South Texas. It is a humorous account of a mischievous young boy determined to help his father with the chores. “Let’s go,” he yells to his Catahoula Cowdog as his father warns him not to get underfoot. With one mishap after another, the young boy develops an appreciation for nature and a strong connection to his father and their heritage—all centered on the alphabet. The ABCs to Ranching is accompanied by a music CD that is sure to get the children singing and dancing! 

Patty York Raymond is an Award Winning Author and a native Texan. Her children’s book, It’s Too Windy! Was honored with the International Latino Book Award for 2016 and 2017. Her most recent children’s book, The ABCs to Ranching, was awarded Best Interactive Children’s Book by The Texas Association of Authors in 2018. Patty earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston and her Administration and Supervision from Texas A&M International University. She has enjoyed working with children, families, and educators in a variety of roles including social worker, teacher and administrator. She and her family reside in McAllen, Texas where she is an independent education consultant as well as owner/director of Abrazo Case Management Services for Children and Pregnant Women.

It’s Too Windy! is about family and how establishing long lasting traditions leads to developing close family ties that last a lifetime. Hooray! Yeah! Yippee! Yahoo! Jessica and David can’t wait to swim in the grandparents’ pool. But how long will they have to wait? The theme song, ‘That’s What My Grandma Said’ is available on iTunes and CDBaby. "Like" itstoowindy on Facebook!
Follow PattyRaymond@itstoowindy on Twitter

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057