In the painting that graces the cover of this edition of Tapestry, “La Virgen en la Frontera” shines her beneficent light on the blank city below. From one of the buildings a word, “poema,” floats upward just where one would expect the smoke from a chimney to rise in dedication to La Virgen, to art’s inspiration. This simple but evocative painting reminds us that art, music, poetry, and story emerge from sources deep within the individual, from sources of inspiration. It reminds us that art links us together as a community, just as in the painting La Virgen’s light shines on the entire city, all of its buildings, not just a few.  And as the term the poet and artist Octavio Quintanilla has coined, “frontexto,” a mashup of the words “frontier” and “text,” to describe his mix of art and poetry, the works in this edition of Tapestry represent the meeting ground between inspiration and text.  By bringing together visual, aural, and the discursive texts, by bringing together established and emerging artists and thinkers, Tapestry creates a kind of frontier, a middle ground between borders where new and interesting things happen. Like the word “poema” that disrupts the boundary between La Virgen’s glow and the ordinariness of the city, many of the pieces in this volume cross borders between the everyday and the special moments of life to create new works of art.

Dr. Susan Roberson

Professor of English

Women and Gender Studies Director 


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Featured Artist

Octavio Quintanilla

Instagram @writeroctavioquintanilla

Twitter @OctQuintanilla

I began my FRONTEXTO (Text / Image / Resistance) project, (the term frontexto is a blend of frontera and texto, border/text) on New Year’s Day of 2018 because teaching full-time left me without time to write during the long semesters. And so, I challenged myself to carve some time out of the day, or evening, to write. It was also a way for me to commit myself more fully to my art and to stop making excuses as to why I was not producing work, which often had to do with the lack of time.
Since January 1, I have been writing a poem in Spanish every day and publishing it on social media. The text is usually accompanied by an image sketched (usually) on a Moleskin 3.5” x 5.5”. This paper lends itself nicely to the smearing of ink, which is part of my technique, and the size of the page creates limitations that lead me to consider issues of scope in terms of text and image. Sometimes the text covers most of the page; other times, it is the image that takes over. Almost always the text and image correspond in some way. Overall, lyricism and brevity are at the core of these visual poems. Recently, I have been using color, which opens more possibilities for the image and also for the text.

I decided to write in Spanish so I could think and feel in a language I am fluent in, but that I needed to practice. I wanted to become intimate with it and add more layers and nuances to the frontera Spanish I grew up speaking. Also, in these tumultuous times in the United States, where people are being attacked and discriminated against for speaking Spanish, I consider that writing it, and speaking it, is a way to resist anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies.

Mid-March, an exhibit is forthcoming at the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. I’ve also had exhibits at the Weslaco Museum and the All State Almaguer art space in Mission, Texas.

In This Issue


Francheska M. Garcia

Matthew J. Krug

Richard L. Miller

Victoria Mirales

Maria Castillo

Michael M. Martinez


Aakash Bista

Amanda Lee Calderon

Andru Guerra



Martisha Montemayor

Emilie Bilman

Sheree La Puma

Ronald Walker

Anna Taborska



Morgan Maas

Leonel Elizondo

Luis DeLeon

Daisy Diaz

Sophia Hurley

Baliah C. Leal

Noah Ruiz

Jorge Vidales

Devin Cowen

Jacob Perkins

Samuel Davila

Benjamin J. Rangel

Layla Tejada

Isabella Alarcon

Carissa Palacios

Avery J. Fernandez

Tavian M. Berry

Gus Redding III

Jessica Alvarado

Gabriella Brietenfeld

James Brunfield III

Billy Co


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Robert Goddard

Sheree La Puma

Erica E. Garcia-Ginnett

Emilie Bilman

Nakshatra Singh

Ronald Walker

Cynthia "Cynda" Garza

David Sullivan

Carl Scharwath

Debbi Brody

Martisha Montemayor

Amber D. Badger

Jenni Vinson

David B. Prather

Plaserae Johnson

David R. Morgan

William D. Mainous II

Charles Edward York




Betty Ballantine

Susie King Taylor

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History of the Corrido

The Girl from San Diego


Michael Gorman

Kaitlynn Garza

Russell Shelton

Dillon Garcia

Karla R. Pineda

Kaley Dodd

Riffat Rizvi



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