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 Events
  • September 16 - November 4, 2017 Borderlines: Drawing Border Lives Exhibit
    Brownsville Historical Association (Historic Brownsville Museum site), Brownsville, Texas.
  • October 14, 2017 Lecture by Dr. Steven Schneider,
    "Colliding Forces Along the U.S. / Mexico Border"

    Brownsville Historical Association (Historic Brownsville Museum site), Brownsville, Texas.
  • February 15-18, 2017 The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi
    Southwest Popular Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • January 29, 2017 The Magic of Mariachi / La Magia del Mariachi
    Museum of South Texas History, Edinburg, Texas
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.