April 1, 2019
Austin Poetry Society Museletter
APS April Monthly Meeting

The APS Monthly Meeting will be April 20, 1:30-3pm at the Carver Library, 1611 Angelina St, Austin

May, Sept, Oct, and Nov meetings are all at Carver Public Library.

The March APS Monthly Contest popular vote and judge's picks will be announced.

Invite Someone New

Know anyone who is a writer or wannabe writer or poet or reader of poems? Invite them to attend a monthly meeting or forward them a copy of the newsletter. We are better when more interested folks attend.
Nominating Committee

A Nominating Committee for board members of APS is being formed. A partial slate of candidates for next year's Board Members is below and additional members are needed. Please consider volunteering for this adventure. You may provide just the spark needed. Contact Carie Juettner, Sonny Regelman, Claire Camargo, Cathleen O’Shea, Barbara Gregg or e-mail to austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com

Slate of Proposed Officers 2019-2020
President – VACANT
Vice-President – Diana Conces
 Secretary – Claire Vogel Camargo
 Communications Director – Carie Juettner
 Treasurer – Michael D. Jones
 Membership Director – Sonny Regelman
 Member at Large – VACANT
 Member at Large – VACANT

* Newsletter Editor – Jeffrey Taylor 
* Anthology Editor – Diana Conces

Contact anyone on the board with suggestions (including yourself) for the vacant positions. The vote of present members will be held at the May meeting.

Letter from Barbara Gregg

I have been very honored to serve on the board of APS for the last several years. I’ve also had a lot of fun and met so many wonderful people in these years. I plan to retire from those active roles at the end of May although I’ll still be active in APS. The current slate of officers for the next two years has vacancies that may be calling your name. Here is a chance for you to provide your skill and energy to an organization that supports something you believe in and that needs your support.
APS Saturday Critique Group

The Critique Group will not meet in April.

All 2019 dates are Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm:
  • May 4 - Milwood
  • June 8 - NW Hills UMC
  • July - no meeting
  • Aug. 3 - Old Quarry
  • Sept 7 - NW Hills UMC, Rm 101
  • Oct 12 - NW Hills UMC, Rm 101
  • Nov 9 - NW Hills UMC, Rm. 101
  • Dec 14 - NW Hills UMC, Rm. 101
APS Open Mic Night

The APS Open Mic will be Thursday, April 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe, Austin, hosted by Louise Richardson.
Poetry Contests and Calls for Submissions

Please send contest and calls for submission information to musecarta@gmail.com

Sequestrum Reprint Award Have a poem previously published in a small journal, on your personal blog, or long ago and far away? Long to see it in print again? Submissions close April 30, earlier if heavy volume so submit early.

Visions International has started looking for poems for the 2019 issues, our 99th & 100th (our 40th Anniv.). We hope to see work from our friends back in Austin. Our Website is:  www.visionsi.com .

Vallum  is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry for Vallum 16:2 issue on "Fear". For more information visit: http://www.vallummag.com/upcoming_issues.html

Poetry at Round Top , April 12-14, 2019, registration is open online up to the start of the conference. Workshops and accommodations fill  very  quickly, so early registration is advised.

Poetry Society of Texas Annual Contest is now open for submissions. Details at https://poetrysocietyoftexas.org/contests/annual-contests/. Deadline is Auust 15, 2019

Poets & Writers maintains searchable databases for Writing Contests, Grants & Awards, and for Literary Journals. A Submissions Calendar also is available to help get your work published.
Poets & Writers print journal is available at the Central Library. The display and classifieds ads list many contests and calls for submission. There are frequently articles listing current contests and calls.

How to Submit Poems for Publication - advice on preparing your poems for submission here.


Member Publication News

Rachel Talen 's "Colored Ribbons of India" took second in the Texas Night Sky Festival's poetry contest. Winners are published in  NightScape Magazine.  The festival's Website is at http://www.texasnightskyfestiva l.org/ .

LaVern Spencer McCarthy won two 1st Places, one 2nd Place and four Honorable Mentions in Poetry Society of Oklahoma's Annual Contest.

Kaye Voigt Abikhaled's poem, "Kingfisher" was published in Houston's Mutabilis Press Anthology, Enchantment of the Ordinary.

Nancy Fierstien has two poems the AIPF anthology. Two more of her poems can be heard on the "Book Report" CD just released by Seadog Studios -- a delightful collection of 40 tracks recorded by poets at the Georgetown Poetry Festival last Fall. 
Reports from March
APS March Monthly Meeting

Angélique Jamail discussed her campaign on Kickstarter to launch her latest book.
Poetry Society of Texas

Poetry Society of Texas podcast, interview of Anne McCrady by Lisa toth Salinas at  this link .

National Federation of State Poetry Societies

The NFSPS January 2019 quarterly newsletter, Stophes , is available now.
Poetry Events
Hosts, please e-mail featured poets and schedule changes, including the first week of the following month, to musecarta@gmail.com .

Other Austin area poetry event calendars are at Spirit Thom's calendar ( https://calendar.yahoo.com/worldpoet.rm# ) and Austin Poetry ( https://www.austinpoetry.com/ ) .

Tuesday, April 2, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam .

Tuesday, April 2, 8pm, Attabar, 1300 E. 6th, Austin. Hearsay Poetry hosted by Brooke June Harman.

April 3-5, Baylor University, Waco, TX. Beall Poetry Festival . See Website ( http://www.baylor.edu/beall) for registration and event details.

Wednesday, April 3, 1-3pm, Half Price Books , 5555 N. Lamar, Austin. Community Poetry , hosted by Thom Woodruff.

Wednesday, April 3, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, April 3, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Thursday, April 4, 6:30-8pm , 1432 Old Ranch Road 12, San Marcos , Wake the Dead , 3 rounds of original poetry. Hosted by Potato Mike.

April 4-7, Austin International Poetry Festival . Go to the Website, http://aipf.org/ , for information about registration, schedule of workshops and readings

Saturday, April 6th, 7-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  The Business of Poetry: Journals, Contests, Collections, and More.  The Writers’ League of Texas presents a reading and discussion. Readers include Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Sunny Leal, Lisa Olstein, and Sam Treviño.

Sunday, April 7th, 1-3pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin. The Lion & The Pirate Open Mic: Austin International Poetry Festival City Read.  In association with VSA Texas and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest, we’re delighted to present an inclusive open mic for writers and musicians. Our April open mic will be an official City Read for the Austin International Poetry Festival! 

Sunday, April 7, 3:30-5:30pm, Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., Austin. Poetry & Music , hosted by Louise Richardson.

Sunday, April 7th, 4-6pm, Malvern Books613 West 29th Street, Austin.  Austin Writers Roulette. Austin Writers Roulette is a bimonthly uncensored, theme-inspired spoken word and storytelling event. This month’s theme is “Apology Allergies”—I’m sorry, but… I’m not really going to offer you an apology. Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information. Please note, this edition of the Roulette is the first Sunday of the month, so that Austin International Poetry Festival artists may participate.

Monday, April 8th, 7-9pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  Austin Community College Literary Coffeehouse: Reading & Open Mic.  Everyone is welcome to attend the Austin Community College Creative Writing Department’s Literary Coffeehouse, hosted by John Herndon. An open mic follows the featured reader, so bring poems, stories, scripts, rants, raves or midnight confessions to share, or just come to listen and enjoy.This month’s featured reader is Ursula Pike.

Sunday, April 7, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café, 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard. Open mic hosted by Element315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B, and Hot Tamale.

Tuesday, April 9, 7pm, My Favorite Books, Tallahassee, FL. Open Mic Poetry and Storytelling Night hosted by Linda Marie Cossa.

Tuesday, April 9, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam .

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30pm, Flat Track Coffeebar , 1619 Cesar Chavez, Austin . Living Room Lit.

Wednesday, April 10, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, April 10, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Wednesday, April 10th, 7-8pm , Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.   ACC Performance Poet Taria Person.  Join us for an evening with Austin Community College Performance Poet and Community Engagement Specialist Taria Person, “The Realest Person,” author of  Rainbow Elephant .

Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8pm, Belton Library , 301 E. 1st Ave. Belton . Temple Live Poets hosted by Donna Bowling.

Thursday, April 11, 7:15-9pm, Book Woman, 5501 N. Lamar, Austin . Book Woman poetry reading featuring Lucy Griffith with host Cindy Huyser.

Thursday, April 11, 7:30-9pm, Arboretum Barnes & Noble bookstore (upstairs). Austin Cavalcade of Poets meets at family friendly venue (no vulgarity, no obscene content, no streaking, etc). Hosted by Benjamin Pehr. Open mic follows.

Sunday, April 14, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café , 5775 W. Airport, Austin . Spoken & Heard . Open Mic hosted by Element315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B, and Hot Tamale.

Tuesday, April 16th, 6:30-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  Free Minds Presents an Evening with the Spring 2019 Writing Workshop.  Join us for a reading from participants of the Spring 2019 Free Minds writing workshop. Writers will share their original works of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. All are welcome to attend!

Tuesday, April 16, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam.

Wednesday, April 17, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Wednesday, April 17th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.   An Evening with Terese Svoboda.  Join us for an evening with poet and novelist Terese Svoboda, who will share work from her story collection  Great American Desert . She will also discuss her biography of poet Lola Ridge,  Anything That Burns You .

Thursday, April 18, noon, Lamar Senior Activity Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Austin. Spirit Thom and Magic Jack read poetry at the opening of the Texas Association of Retired Americans (TARA) meeting.
Thursday, April 18, 7-9pm, Thirsty Thursday, Council Chambers in Dripping Springs City Hall, 511 W. Mercer St., Dripping Springs. Theme from Ron Kewin, "Don't think twice or 3 times...". Call 512-858-2024 for directions.

Friday, April 19, release of "Wild Nights with Emily", a film about Emily Dickinson.

Friday, April 19, 7-10pm, Cherrywood Coffee, 1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin. Metaphorically Challenged, hosted by the poetic butcher.

Saturday, April 20, 12:30-2:30pm, Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson.

Saturday, April 20, 1:30-3:30pm, Carver Public Library, 1161 Angelina St, Austin, APS Monthly Meeting. See above for details.

Saturday, April 20, 3:30-5:30pm, Recycled Reads,  5335 Burnet Rd, Austin. Open mic hosted by Louise Richardson.

Sunday, April 21, 2-5pm, Stone Soup Sessions, Texas Music History Museum, 1009 E 11th St, Austin.

Sunday, April 21, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café , 5775 W. Airport, Austin . Spoken & Heard . Open Mic hosted by Element315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B, and Hot Tamale.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 7-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  St. Edward’s University Faculty Reading.  Join us for a reading from members of St. Edward’s University’s Literature, Writing and Rhetoric department. Featuring Alan Altimont, Timothy Braun, Amy Clements, Mary Helen Specht, Sasha West, and Michael Yang.

Tuesday, April 23, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam .

Wednesday, April 24, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, April 24, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street . Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Wednesday, April 24th, 7-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  An Evening with Salgado Maranhão & Alexis Levitin.  Join us for an evening with acclaimed Afro-Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão and translator Alexis Levitin. Their third collaboration,  Palávora , will be released shortly by Lavender Ink / Diálogos.

Thursday, April 25th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  An Evening with Cathy Park Hong.  Join us for an evening with acclaimed poet Cathy Park Hong.

Thursday, April 25, 7-9pm, NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe St, Austin, APS Open Mic, hosted by Louise Richardson.

Friday, April 26th, 7-9pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.   I Scream Social Reading & Open Mic.  Get your cones ready for another round of Malvern Books’ FREE reading series, I SCREAM SOCIAL, hosted by Malvern’s own Annar Veröld & Schandra Madha and featuring women-identified writers from the Austin community (and beyond). And did we mention the free locally crafted ice cream???

Friday, April 26, 7-10pm, Cherrywood Coffee , 1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin. Metaphorically Challenged , hosted by the poetic butcher.

Saturday, April 27, 12:30-2:30pm , Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library , 402 W 8th St, Georgetown , hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson.

Saturday, April 27th, 1-2:30pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin. Malvern’s Line/Break Poetry Book Club.  We’d like to invite you to join Malvern’s Line/Break Poetry Book Club! Hosted by Malvernian Julie Poole, this is a reading group for those of you interested in exploring works from our expansive poetry section. This month’s selection is  Of Death. Minimal Odes  by Hilda Hilst, translated by Laura Cesarco Eglin.

Saturday, April 27th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.   E.C. Belli Book Launch.  Join us in celebrating the launch of E.C. Belli’s Objects of Hunger, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Featuring readings from E.C. Belli, Jay Deshpande, Marina Blitshteyn, and Diana Khoi Nguyen.

Sunday, April 28, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café , 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard Open Mic hosted by Element315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B, and Hot Tamale.

Tuesday, April 30th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.   Poets & Scholars Reading: Joshua Edwards, Danielle Wheeler & Sarah Matthes.  Join us for a poetry reading with Joshua Edwards, Danielle Wheeler and Sarah Matthes. Sponsored by the Poets & Scholars reading series from UT-Austin’s Poetry & Poetics Interest Group.

Tuesday, April 30, 7-9pm, Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin. Open Mic.

Tuesday, April 30, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin. Music and poetry jam.

Wednesday, May 1, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks 78745. Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, May 1, 1-3pm, Half Price Books, 5555 N. Lamar, Austin. Community Poetry, hosted by Thom Woodruff.

Wednesday, May 1st, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.   St. Edward’s University Poetry II Chapbooks Launch.  Come celebrate the release of chapbooks generated through a partnership between writers in the St. Edward’s University Poetry II class and graphic designers-in-residence from the Risograph Lab. Authors will read from their work.

Friday, May 3rd, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.   Hothouse Literary Journal Release Party.  Join Hothouse Literary Journal for a reading from its spring publication. There will be copies of the free journal to pick up, a reading from some of the published writers, light refreshments, and conversation. Bring your friends! All are welcome.

Sunday, May 5th, 1-3pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.   The Lion & The Pirate Open Mic.  In association with VSA Texas and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest, we’re delighted to present an inclusive open mic for writers and musicians.

Sunday, May 5, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Coffee , 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard . Open mic hosted by Element315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B, and Hot Tamale.
Poetry Summer Camp
Westlake poet and literacy teacher  Rachel Talen  is offering a multi-age (3rd through 8th grade) summer camp for poetry and creative writing instruction. Express your feelings, wonders, interests, and concerns, and be inspired by your life, nature, and surroundings as you discover your voice through poetic expression. Mini–lessons on writing techniques, word choice, types of poetry, and famous poets’ work will help us develop our inner voice and inspire us to connect with ourselves and others. Students will publish their work in a class book of poems.

2019 Sessions will be offered from each weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with the location TBD, but likely a centrally located Austin café or coffee shop.

Session I June 3-7 | Session II June 10-14 | Session III June 17-21 | Session IV June 24-28
Two sessions: $400 | One session: $225 | Drop-in day: $45 

Register on the Poetry in Motion  Website or email  racheltalen@gmail.com .
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