Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Northwest Vista College to Celebrate Trindad Sanchez Works!

NVC News Release:

Northwest Vista College Hosts First Annual Poetry Vista and Borderlines:
Drawing Border Lives Exhibit

Back-to-Back Events Recognize Poetry and the Arts in South Texas

San Antonio, TX (April 11, 2008) — On April 24th, during the week of Fiesta San Antonio, Northwest Vista College celebrates poetry and the arts with back-to-back events. Guest artist Reefka Schneider and writer Steven Schneider will present a discussion on South Texas border culture and talk about their featured exhibit, Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives. The exhibit, currently on display at Northwest Vista College through April 30th, features works inspired by the everyday lives of people who live and work along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Immediately following the discussion, the winner of the Trinidad Sanchez Jr. Border Lines Poetry Contest will be announced as Northwest Vista College celebrates the First Annual NVC Poetry Vista.

“The Trinidad Sanchez Jr. Borderlines Poetry Award honors the work of a local poet who has inspired San Antonio students for years,” said Assistant Professor of English and event co-organizer, Natalia Treviño. “His message of respect for all people reminds us to reflect on our attitudes and actions toward each other.”

NVC Poetry Vista will feature readings by area poets that include Jesse Cardona, Trey Moore and Fernando Flores. In addition, Regina Chavez y Sanchez, widow of Trinidad Sanchez, will read from her late husband’s work and talk about his commitment to the community.

"This event provides renowned regional poets and artists an opportunity to engage in a dialogue on the relationship between literature and the arts,” said NVC Instructor of Fine Arts, Tim Jones.

Reefka Schneider, member of the Portrait Society of America, is a prize-winning artist who lives in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Reefka’s art work was recently chosen to be one of eight artists featured in Writing Towards Hope: The Literature of Human Rights in Latin America. She has also recently published four drawings from the Exhibit in the Afro-Hispanic Review (Vanderbilt University Press, January, 2008).

Steven Schneider is a prize-winning poet whose poems have been published internationally in such journals as Critical Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and American Life in Poetry. He is the author of several books and the Director of New Programs and Special Projects at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

Guest speakers Reefka and Steven Schneider and the First Annual NVC Poetry Vista will take place on Thursday, April 24th, starting at 10:00 a.m., inside the NVC Huisache Hall Banquet Room. All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Tim Jones at 348-2281 or Natalia Trevino at 348-2074.