We're still thinking about -

The call for submissions to the May/June issue of qarrtsiluni (edited by Kat and the remarkable Lucy Kempton) featured Turo's photo of water at Encinitas, CA. Look in the current edition for Kat's poem "2012" and Turo's photograph, "Dressing for the Storm." Scroll through previous issues of qarrtsiluni online for Kat's photographs, "Maya Cycle," "Our Roots," and "Beyond the Gate," and poems, "Cyclamen" and "Between Season," her new media poem-without-words, "Diabutsu," and the photograph, "Nymph Prowl," and poems, "Poesis in Plato's Garden" and "Blue Morphos."

e moderated "Removing the Veil: Women Writers of the Middle East" at Texas Book Festival, November 1, featuring writers Bapsi Sidhwa, Randa Jarrell, and Zara Houshmand. They drew a beyond capacity crowd! Their books--all beautifull--are Sidhwa's The Pakistani Bride, Jarrell's A Map of Home, and Houshmand's The Mirror Garden. Please take a look at their phenomenal books.

We're just not ready to take down our memories of the Dia de los muertos ofrendas, including the one curated by Turo's sister Mary Jane and mother Maria at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, through November. This ofrenda, or altar, is dedicated to Texas artists who've passed, including Luis Jimenez and Raul Salinas.

The 2009 Texas Poetry Calendar include Kat's poem "4th of July" -- guess where the editors put that one?

The new TPC has a gorgeous cover of a Texas quilt, but we still like to show off "Flores Tejanas" on the cover of the 2008 Texas Poetry Calendar (And Kat's poem, El arbol milagroso," alongside Easter week.) Look for "El arbol" now in Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair: The Best of Texas Poetry Calendar.

The 2008 di-verse-city anthology, released April 11 at the Austin International Poetry Festival, includes Katherine's poem "Spanish Plums" on page 21. . .

Celebrating Texas Poet Laureates at the Texas Book Festival: Kat with laureates Steve Fromholz, Alan Birkelbach and Red Steagall.

A National Folk Treasure at the Texas Folklife tribute, una Tardeada con Santiago Jimenez, Jr. See the video on Channel 16 in Austin.

On the Texas/Mexico border, a new generation of immensely talented mariachis, ballet folklorico dancers, and conjunto musicians are training and producing professional productions while they are still in high school.

Looking out on the world