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La Valiente 2014 :: Writers Who Persevere
Honoring Gwendolyn Zepeda + Rich Levy

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | 7-10 PM
Home of Mehnaz Shafi + Muzaffar Qazilbash,
6348 Westchester Ave., 77005

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. Committee Levels Below

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, VBB will hold our annual La Valiente fundraiser in the West University home of Mehnaz Shafi and Muzaffar Qazilbash.

The evening will include small bites from local eateries Brasil Cafe, Canopy, Houston Dairymaids, La Mexicana, Radical Eats, and Whole Foods-Montrose; libations courtesy of Deep Eddy's Vodka and Saint Arnold's Brewery; a performance by Houston's own Devil Killing Moth; and a special treat from our beloved honorees, Gwendolyn Zepeda + Rich Levy- Trust us, you don't want to miss this!

La Valiente 2014 is an opportunity for YOU to support VBB by helping us to reach our goal of raising $20,000+ so we may continue our ground-breaking work in our Borderlines series.


El Sol: ($2,500+)
(6 tickets to the fundraiser- 1 limited edition, customized chapbook by Gwen Zepeda + Rich Levy- special VIP tickets to our 2014-15 living room art productions)

Edward & Helen Oppenheimer Foundation

La Luna: ($1,000+)
(6 tickets to the fundraiser -1 limited edition, customized chapbook by Gwen Zepeda + Rich Levy)

Anne + Albert Chao, Diana Dávila + Roman Martinez, Gayle + Mike DeGeurin, Faculty Members from the University of Houston Department of English Empire Studies: Hosam Aboul-Ela, Margot Backus, Ann Christensen, Karen Fang and Lynn Voskuil

La Estrella: ($750+)
(4 tickets to the fundraiser + 2 VBB Art Catalogues)

Dorothee Sauter + Josef Helfenstein

El Corazon: ($500+)
(4 tickets to the fundraiser + 1 VBB Art Catalogues)

Carmen Peña + Rudy Abrego, Heidi + Greg Armstrong, Bettie Cartwright, Helen Fosdick, Zita Giraldo,
Kathy + Robin Harrison, Suzette Jones,
The Crane Foundation, Salma + Riaz Siddiqi,
Martha Claire Tompkins, Mark Wawro + Melanie Gray

La Mano: ($250+)
(2 tickets to the fundraiser + 1 VBB Art Catalogue)

Neelofur + Sami Ahmad, Asma Ahmed + S. Answer Hussain, Yolanda Alvarado + Victor King, Cameron Armstrong + Terrell James, Arte Público Press, Christine Diaz + Gordon Anderson, Jonathon Glus, Saundria + Jerome Gray, Marc Grossberg,
Janice Hale-Harris, Kori Hinton + Kofi Burney,
Dinah Chetrit + Rich Levy, Marilyn Jones + Brad Morris, Maha + Omar Saeed Khan, Shazma Matin, Hadia + Osama Mawlawi, Azra + Zamir Rauf,
Beverly + Howard Robinson, Sally + Bill Russ,
Sehba Sarwar + Rene Saldivar, Joyce + Mohammed Salhoot, Vanessa + Juan Solá, Alice + Robert Valdez, Andrea + Bill White,
Lorraine Wulfe, Katherine + Mark Yzaguirre

as of July 2014

Since 2003, VBB and our Board have honored artists and activists who reflect our organization's passionate commitment to speaking out and inciting social change through art. This year, we return to our literary roots (VBB began with a poem and a bookstore, after all) by honoring Gwendolyn Zepeda and Rich Levy, two writers + poets who continue persevering to carve out spaces for their work and their voices

We invite you to join us on Saturday, August 23rd as we honor these two renowned Houston writers to celebrate their achievements!

All support for La Valiente 2014 goes toward funding VBB's Borderlines project, through which VBB explores connections between two border regions, North America (US, Mexico, and Canada) and South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh) through artistic expression and creation. For more information about Borderlines, please visit our interactive website, Vimeo, or Flickr pages.

About the La Valiente 2014 Honorees

Gwendolyn Zepeda

Gwendolyn Zepeda is a Houston-based author that is best-known for her works of fiction, including Growing Up with Tamales; Houston, We Have a Problema; and Lone Star Legend. Zepeda is also an accomplished poet. She has several chapbooks and published poems to her name. She recently launched her new book of poetry Falling in Love with Fellow Prisoners. In 2014-15, Gwen was appointed Houston's first Poet Laureate.

Rich Levy

Rich Levy earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and his poems have appeared in Boulevard, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, High Plains Literary Review, Pool, The Texas Observer, The Texas Review, and elsewhere, while his first collection of poetry Why Me? was published in 2009. A jazz obsessive with a collection of recordings that borders on the obscene, Levy serves as executive director of Inprint Inc. and serves on VBB's advisory board.

La Valiente 2014 Planning Committee includes Yolanda Alvarado, Carmen Peña Abrego, Kathy Harrison, Ana Laurel, Jacsun Shah, Sehba Sarwar, and Katherine Yzaguirre.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors:

Arte Publico Press   Brasil Cafe     CanopyCopydotcom   Dairy MaidsDeep Eddy   La MexicanaRadical EatsSaint Arnolds Brewing CompanyWhole Foods
*All donations are tax-deductible and will go towards the support of VBB. Art Catalogues are annual publications we create to highlight our annual living room art productions.

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