Welcome to this new edition of our poetry-art.com website. Here you will find news and updates about our new book The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi. You will also see a calendar of upcoming events, as well as information about how to arrange a presentation, workshop or traveling exhibit. Our first poetry-art book and exhibit, Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives : Fronteras: dibujando las vidas fronterizas, continues to be very popular and received a starred review from Library Journal. Click on the Book tab above to learn more about each of our books.
We've launched a new gallery of Reefka's artwork available for sale at reefka.com.
Please be sure to check this new site for a comprehensive viewing of her artwork and contact us if you are interested in purchasing a piece of art.
Recent and Upcoming Events
  • September 2, 2016 The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi
    International Latin American Poetry Festival, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas
  • September 17, 2016 Reading and Book Signing: The Magic of Mariachi
    Brownsville Historical Museum, Brownsville, Texas
  • November 5-6, 2016 Reading and Book Signing: The Magic of Mariachi
    Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas
  • March 1, 2016, 9 a.m. The Idea Academy Gear-Up
    UTRGV, Brownsville, Texas
  • March 2, 2016, 9 a.m. Region One Gear-Up
    UTRGV, Edinburg, Texas
  • March 4, 2016 Librarians Day, FESTIBA.
    UTRGV, Edinburg, Texas
  • April 2, 2016 San Antonio Book Festival
    San Antonio, Texas
  • September 11 & 18, 2015 Borderlines/Fronteras presentation.
    PSJA School District, Pharr, TX
  • February 14, 2015 "Deamwalkers," Benefit Art Exhibit for the Food Bank RGV.
    Watch slide show of exhibit here: Dreamwalkers Slideshow
    Opening Reception 4 to 8 p.m.
    Michael McCormick Gallery, Taos, NM
  • December 6, 2014 Ekphrasis Workshop and Evening Reading.
    Sponsored by Blue Light Press, San Fransisco, CA
  • October 15-18, 2014 Borderlines/Fronteras presentation.
    Texas Association of Bilingual Educators (TABE), McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, TX
  • May 2, 2014 "Sacred Stories of the Southwest," Ekphrasis Group Show.
    Obliq Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
What others are saying about Borderlines...
“Hurray for Steve and Reefka and the magical work they are doing crossing fronteras.”
— Sandra Cisneros
“The poetry carries a grace and a toughness that are equally eloquent in the Spanish translation, and the drawings leave the reader entranced by the exquisite beauty of truth.”
— Carmen Tafolla
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The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi
Prominent not only in the Rio Grande Valley but throughout the southwest, mariachi music remains a powerful influence in Mexican culture as a colorful and engaging form of art.
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Featuring 25 drawings in charcoal, conte crayons, and pastels, Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives (Fronteras: Dibjuando las vidas fronterizas) pairs portraits of people who live and work along the U.S.-Mexico border with bilingual poems that have been inspired by each of the drawings.

By placing poetry and art side by side we invite you into a world of image and word, figure and figure of speech. In a world in which borders continue to be sites of conflict and mistrust, we offer this book as a testimony to the people who live and work along the U.S. / Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley.