Border Senses Release Party
by Mari Gomez
Border Senses literary journal is an important part of El Paso's artistic community. A few years ago I worked for Border Senses as a reader of fiction and poetry and learned the intricate process of creating a beautiful artistic journal like the one about to be released this Thursday. Border Senses has continued to move forward since its inception, creating exciting new projects and inspiring young teens to learn the craft of writing.
The journal was started in 2000 with the mission of providing local writers and artists a platform to share their voices and images. Since then it has published 19 issues of the bilingual literary and arts journal. The twentieth issue will be released Nov 13th, at the Stanlee Rubin Center.
The event will be an interactive installation between literature and art with readings taking place throughout the Gallery's current exhibit titled Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder and Index.
Some of the artists featured in the exhibit are: Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Olga Guerra, Roberto Cárdenas, Gina Arizpe, and Francis Alÿs. You can find out more about the art exhibit here.
Yasmin Ramirez, executive director for Border Senses, told me that they wanted to do something special this year, so they teamed up with the Rubin Center in order that they may create a more three dimensional reading.
"The Rubin center has always been supportive of BorderSenses and when the idea of trying an interactive event, they naturally came to mind. The event will not only feature readers from this year’s journal, but BorderSenses staff members who wrote creative pieces inspired by the pieces in the current exhibits."
The night will be a kind of hybrid of poetry and art, a kind of merging event, in which the literature and the art is in conversation with each other. Readers will include: Diana Esparza, Carlos Fidel Espinoza, Maria Miranda Maloney, Ritchie Marrufo, and Robin Scofield.
Authors featured in the journal will be featured throughout the museum, which include Ivanov Reyes, Gene Keller, and Sylvia Aguilar Zeleny
"Issue twenty is a special and rare accomplishment in today’s literary magazine publishing environment. The voices of the borderlands will continue to inspire creativity and provoke debate and meaningful conversations, and BorderSenses will do its part to promote the efforts as a platform for such work. " Yasmin said.
The 20th issue will feature artist Angie Reed Garner who describes herself as a narrative oil painter. Many of her pieces merge the surreal with striking scenes. Her work explores gender, place, continuity and discontinuity of self, marginality, public/private-the refusal of (self) alienation.
Border Senses is also active in the community through various other projects, all of which encourage the art of writing and the importance of self expression. It has also published nine issues of the book series, Memorias del Silenceio: Footprints of the Borderland, which is an ongoing series of writings by area farm workers in partnership with El Paso Community College.
Two years ago Border Senses introduced a project called ForWord which offers creative writing workshops to High School students in the El Paso area. ForWord recently released Volume II of their annual chapbook.
Check out the Border Senses event this Thursday at the Rubin Center for the Arts and get a double injection of art. Journals will be available for sale for $15.00 and all proceeds will support Border Senses projects. Previous issues and all BorderSenses merchandise will be available. Finally, the release will have a silent auction featuring artwork from Jake Valentine, photography from Federico Villalba, and Daniel Rios among others, signed books from distinguished authors Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Richard Yañez, Maceo Montoya, and much more!
Nov 13th, 2014
Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Arts/500 W. University Ave