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

The APS Monthly Meeting will be March 16, 1:30-3pm at the Carver Library. Angélique Jamail will talk about Kickstarter and being a multi-genre author, and also do a short reading and a generative poetry exercise.

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

The March APS Monthly Contest submissions close the day of the Monthly Meeting, March 16. You can submit print at the meeting, thru Submittable by 11:59pm, or by mail with a March 16 postmark.
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. 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
APS Saturday Critique Group

The Critique Group will be on Saturday, March 9, 1:30-3:30pm at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church (UMC), 7050 Village Center Drive, Rm. 101, Austin. This is across the street from the Old Quarry Library.

Bring 10 copies of a poem in progress to discuss with friendly poets. The group is facilitated by Elizabeth Kropf. Email for more information.

All 2019 dates are Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm:
  • April 13 - no meeting
  • 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 March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe, Austin, hosted by Louise Richardson.
February 28 APS Open Mic at New World Deli. Come join us next month, March 28, 7-9pm. (photo: Thom Woodruff)
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 chapbook manuscript submissions for the Vallum Chapbook Award 2019! Entry fee: $25. Details here . Deadline is April 30.

Poetry at Round Top , April 12-14, 2019, registration opens Monday, February 18, 2019, at 9 a.m. online . Registration is available up to the start of the conference, but workshops and accommodations fill  very  quickly, so early registration is advised.

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

Kaye Abikhaled was featured February 11-17 Poet of the Week at Poetry Super Highway Website.

Brad Strahan h ad 4 poems accepted by local anthology, Heron Clan .

Christa Pandey was interviewed by Ben Pehr and read ten of her poems for the program 'Texas Nafas.' The half-hour segment aired four times in February on Public Access channel 10 and will be aired from time to time in the future.

Amanda Johnston , a Round Rock poet, is presenting at a number of conference. Schedule and details here .

Benjamin Nash had a poem accepted by  Kestre l
Reports from Februaryuary 11-17. 
APS February Monthly Meeting

Lisa Grant Davis (stage name: "maljazur") and Jennine Kruger ("Doc") traced the history of Spoken Word as part of the African-American heritage back through the Harlem Renaissance to the griots (traveling poets/musicians/storytellers of West Africa). They gave several examples of Spoken Word and invited us to give it a try with content we wrote for the occasion. (bottom 2 photos Carie Juettner)

APS January-February Monthly Contest

Judge was Judith Austin Mills, a poet, musician and long-time coordinator of the Monthly contest.
General
  1. Michael D. Jones - Thursday morning, no haiku
  2. Barbara Blanks - The Conductor
  3. Ailana Larson - Peace Stands Firm
  4. Jeffrey Taylor - Story Outstays Its Welcome

Humorous
  1. Michael D. Jones - For $60 an hour, you should know this?
  2. Barbara Blanks - I Can’t Write Limericks Either
  3. Ailana Larson - Lightning Showed Me the Way
  4. Benjamin Nash - Thin

Popular Vote
General
  1. Michael D. Jones - Thursday morning, no haiku
  2. Barbara Blanks - The Conductor
  3. Ailana Larson - Peace Stands Firm

Humorous
  1. Benjamin Nash - Thin
  2. (tie) Michael D. Jones - For $60 an hour, you should know this?
Ailana Larson - Lightning Sowed Me the Way
Poetry Society of Texas

Their recently published an updated flyer in limited quantity. Please request your copy via email from:  abikhaled@utexas.edu. The PST January monthly newsletter, The Bulletin, is now available.

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 Website and Austin Poetry .

Saturday, March 2nd, 7-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  An Evening with Allison Cobb & mónica teresa ortiz.  Join us for an evening with poets Allison Cobb and mónica teresa ortiz.

Sunday, March 3rd, 1-3pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.  The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged with Special Guest Elizabeth L. Sammons.  In association with VSA Texas and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest, we’re delighted to present an inclusive (mic-less) open mic for writers and musicians. As well as our regular Open Mic event for performers of all ages and abilities, this month we are delighted to have a special guest, Elizabeth L. Sammons, who will share with us her debut novel,  The Lyra and the Cross .

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

Sunday, March 3, 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, March 5, 7pm, My Favorite Books, Tallahassee, FL. Open Mic Poetry and Storytelling Night hosted by Linda Marie Cossa.

Tuesday, March 5, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin. Music and poetry jam with clothes swap.

Tuesday, March 5, 8pm, Attabar, 1300 E. 6th, Austin. Hearsay Poetry hosted by Brooke June Harman.

Wednesday, March 6, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, March 6, 1-3pm, Half Price Books , 5555 N. Lamar, Austin. Community Poetry , hosted by Thom Woodruff.

Wednesday, March 6, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8pm , 1432 Old Ranch Road 12, San Marcos , Wake the Dead , 3 rounds of original poetry. Hosted by Potato Mike.

Thursday, March 7th, 7-8pm , Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.   An Evening with Jane Miller.  Join us for a reading from Jane Miller, who is teaching a poetry class for the Michener Center this Spring and whose eleventh book,  Who is Trixie the Trasher? And Other Questions , was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2018.

Friday, March 8, 7-10pm, Cherrywood Coffee , 1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin. Metaphorically Challenged , hosted by the poetic butcher.

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

Monday, March 11th, 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 Jennine “Doc” Krueger, a poet and playwright.

Tuesday, March 12, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin. Music and poetry jam with clothes swap.

Tuesday, March 12, 7:30pm, Flat Track Coffeebar, 1619 Cesar Chavez, Austin. Living Room Lit.

Wednesday, March 13, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, March 13, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8pm, Belton Library , 301 E. 1st Ave. Belton . Temple Live Poets hosted by Donna Bowling.

Thursday, March 14, 7:15-9pm, Book Woman, 5501 N. Lamar, Austin . Book Woman poetry reading with host Cindy Huyser.

Thursday, March 14, 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.

Friday, March 15, 7-10pm, Cherrywood Coffee , 1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin. Metaphorically Challenged , hosted by the poetic butcher.

Saturday, March 16, 12:30-2:30pm, Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson. This is a change. Poetry Aloud will be 3rd and 4th Saturdays from now on.

Saturday, March 16, 1:30-3:30pm, Carver Public Library, 1161 Angelina St, Austin, APS Monthly Meeting. See above for details.

Saturday, March 16, 3:30-5:30pm, Recycled Reads,   5335 Burnet Rd, Austin. Open mic hosted by Louise Richardson.

Saturday, March 16th, 7-8pm,  Malvern Books613 West 29th Street, Austin.  An Evening with Angélique Jamail, Marilyse V. Figueroa & Nia KB. Join us for a reading with Angélique Jamail, who will be sharing work from her most recent poetry collection,  The Sharp Edges of Water. Angélique will be joined by special guests Marilyse V. Figueroa and Nia KB.

Sunday, March 17th, 1-2pm,  Malvern Books613 West 29th Street, Austin.  Larry Mayfield Book Launch. Join us in celebrating the release of Larry Mayfield’s second collection,  Tributaries and Stepping Stones. Readers include Larry and special guests Spirit Thom, Will Mayfield, Teresa Y Roberson, Arden Knight, Lydia Percy, Gia Scott-Heron, and Reed Mayfield.
Sunday, March 17, 2-5pm, Stone Soup Sessions, Texas Music History Museum, 1009 E 11th St, Austin.

Sunday, March 17, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café , 5775 W. Airport, Austin . Spoken & Heard . Open Mic hosted by Element315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B, and Hot Tamale.

Monday, March 18th, 7-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  Constance Squires Book Launch.  Join us in celebrating the launch of Constance Squires’ new collection,  Hit Your Brights: Stories . With readings from Constance and poet Brady Peterson.

Tuesday, March 19th, 7-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin . mónica teresa ortiz Book Launch.  Join us in celebrating the launch of mónica teresa ortiz’s new chapbook, autobiography of a semi romantic anarchist  (Host Publications).

Tuesday, March 19, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin. Music and poetry jam with clothes swap.

Wednesday, March 20, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street . Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Wednesday, March 20th, 7-8:30pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  Why There Are Words Austin. You’re invited to join us for another Austin edition of the Why There Are Words reading series! This month’s theme is “Alchemy” and the readers are Joe Nick Patoski, Hugh Fitzsimons III, Bronte Treat, Elizabeth Harris, Dena Afrasiabi, and Gurf Morlix.

Thursday, March 21, noon, L amar 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, March 21, 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, March 22nd, 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, March 22, 7-10pm, Cherrywood Coffee , 1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin. Metaphorically Challenged , hosted by the poetic butcher.

Saturday, March 23, 12:30-2:30pm , Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library , 402 W 8th St, Georgetown , hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson.

Sunday, March 24th, 2-3pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.   An Afternoon with Sharon Webster, David Cavanagh & Steven Ray Smith.  Join us for an afternoon with poets Sharon Webster, David Cavanagh, and Steven Ray Smith.

Sunday, March 24, 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, March 26, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin. Music and poetry jam with clothes swap.

Thursday, March 28, 7-9pm, NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe St, Austin, APS Open Mic, hosted by Louise Richardson. Featured artists poets Lydia Armendariz, Steve Pressler, and singer/songwriter Lee Chavez.

Friday to Sunday, March 29­­-31, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin, New Story Festival is a bold experiment for a better world, embodying imagination, spirituality, social action, and playful connection—defined above all by the practice of love.

Friday, March 29, 7-10pm, Cherrywood Coffee , 1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin. Metaphorically Challenged , hosted by the poetic butcher.

Sunday, March 31, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Coffee , 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard . March 3 listing for details.

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

April 3-5, Baylor University , Waco, TX. Beall Poetry Festival .


Saturday, April 6th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin.  Austin International Poetry Festival – Celebrating Texan Poets.  The Writers' League of Texas presents "Celebrating Texas Poets," a reading and discussion. Readers TBA.

Sunday, April 7th, 1-3pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged: Austin International Poetry Festival City Read.  In association with VSA Texas and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest, we’re delighted to present an inclusive (mic-less) open mic for writers and musicians. Everyone is welcome to join us for this fun and friendly free afternoon suitable for performers of all ages and abilities. Our April open mic will be part of the City Read for the Austin International Poetry Festival! 

Sunday, April 7th, 4-6pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.  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.
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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