February 5, 2018
Austin Poetry Society Museletter
Monthly Meeting: February 17

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Our guest speaker is Alan Berecka . He is a librarian at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. He has authored four full collections of poetry. His latest  The Hamlet of Stittville  is a collaboration with his boyhood friend John Klossner, a nationally known cartoonist whose work is often in seen in the  New Yorker.
  Berecka was named the poet laureate of Corpus Christi in February of 2017. In late 2017 he published his third chapbook,  The Fall of the Leaf  which is based on Imogene Holst's cello suite of the same name. The poems came about through a collaboration with Susan Sturman who is the first cellist of the Corpus Christi Orchestra and a professor of Music at Del Mar College.
APS Saturday Critique Group

Join the next meeting of the APS Saturday Critique Group Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m at the Old Quarry Branch Library, 7051 Village Center Dr., Austin.

Bring 10 copies of a poem in progress to discuss with friendly poets. The group is facilitated by Elizabeth Kropf. Email elizabethrebeccakropf@gmail.com for more information.
APS Open Mic Night

The next APS Fourth Thursday Open Mic Night will be Feb. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at NeWorlDeli , 4101 Guadalupe, hosted by Linda Marie Cossa.

This month's featured readers are: Steve Brooks, Thom the World Poet, Louise Richardson and Robin Barrett.
Poetry Contests and Calls for Submissions

  • The Austin Poetry Society Annual Contest is now accepting entries, with more than 20 categories and cash prizes up to $200. The deadline to enter is April 1, and you must be a current member to qualify.

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

Resources for finding contests and submission opportunities:

Returning to the Museletter: Member publication announcements!

Thanks to the generous volunteer efforts of new APS member Tim Wright, the Museletter will return to publishing APS member news starting in the March issue of the Museletter, starting on March 5.

Please email any publication or other poetry news to us at musecarta@gmail.com
and be sure to include " MEMBER NEWS" in your email subject line.
Poetry Events
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 1-3pm, All Ages Community Open Mike and launch of "Faux News" by Vernon Rust, Half Price Books, 5555 N. Lamar, Austin.

Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:15-9pm, reading at Book Woman, 5501 N. Lamar, hosted by Cindy Huyser.

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30-8pm, Temple Live Poets , Belton Library, 301 E. 1st St., Belton. All ages theme reading hosted by Donna Bowling. Theme: "Shock of the New."

Saturday, Feb. 10, 12:30-2:30pm, Poetry Aloud round robin open mike at Georgetown Public Library, hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson. Theme: Minor Violations.

Sunday, Feb. 11, 4-6pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 .  Austin Writers Roulette.  Austin Writers Roulette is an uncensored, theme-inspired spoken word and storytelling event. It features a different monthly theme and line up of artists who perform their original written works such as poetry, essays, and spoken word. This month’s theme is “Talk Dirty To Me.” 

Thursday, Feb. 15, 7-9pm, Thirsty Thursdays at Council Chambers, Dripping Springs, hosted by Nancy Fierstien.

Friday, Feb. 16, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 Carl Phillips Reading & Book Launch.  Join us for an evening with acclaimed poet Carl Phillips. We’ll be celebrating the recent release of his new collection,  Wild Is the Wind . This event is sponsored by the Michener Center for Writers.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7-8pm Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 ACC Creative Writing Department’s Balcones Prize Winners.  Join us for something rather special: Austin Community College’s Creative Writing Department will be introducing us to the two winners of their  2016 Balcones  Prize: fiction winner Tara Laskowski and poetry winner Jacqueline Allen Trimble.

Friday, Feb. 23, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.  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).

Saturday, Feb. 24, 1-2:30pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.  Malvern’s Line/Break Poetry Book Club.  We’d like to invite you to join Malvern’s Line/Break Poetry Book Club, a brand-new reading group for those of you interested in exploring works from our expansive poetry section. For our inaugural meeting, we’ll be discussing  The Black Unicorn  by Audre Lorde.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.  Malvern’s Multi-Verse.  Join us for a FREE monthly reading series, Malvern’s Multi-Verse, in which we explore the infinite possible (multi)verses of Austin’s boundless literary universe! 
Thursday, March 1, 7:30pm. Wake the Dead Round Robin, 1432 Old Ranch Road 12, San Maros. Hosted by Anthony Rockeymoore.

Sunday, March 4, 1-3pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.  The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged.  In association with VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities), we’re delighted to present an inclusive (mic-less) open mic for writers and musicians.
Sunday, March 4, 4-5pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.  An Afternoon with David Cavanagh, Sharon Webster & Steven Ray Smith.  Join us for an afternoon with poets David Cavanagh, Sharon Webster, and Steven Ray Smith.

Monday, March 5, 7-9pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 .  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. 

Wednesday, March 7, 7-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 .  An Evening with Helen Dimos.  Join us for a reading from visiting poet Helen Dimos and friends (TBA).

Friday, March 9, 7-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 .  Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice.  In the interview series Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice, emerging and established writers talk with host Chaitali Sen about the power of words and the role of art in reflecting and changing our world. This month’s guest is poet, playwright, and activist Juli Berwald.

Austin International Poetry Festival

Mark your calendar for the Austin International Poetry Festival from April 5-8.

Check out the schedule on the AIPF website here.

Celis Brewery/poet collaboration opportunity

Celis Brewery's Tap Room (10001 Metric Blvd., Austin) is planning a release party for its newest beer, an oatmeal stout called Dark Odyssey, at 5 p.m. Feb. 11, and is interested in collaborating with Austin Poetry Society members for a possible poetry performance during the release.

For information, contact Teresa Mikulastik
Austin Poetry Society | P.O. Box 41346, Austin, TX 78704 | www.austinpoetrysociety.org