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

The APS Monthly Meeting will be May 18, 1:30-3pm at the Carver Library, 1611 Angelina St, Austin. The Annual Contest winners will be announced. The Spoken Word Contest will take place at the meeting and the winners chosen by popular vote. There will be an annual meeting and a voice vote taken for election of officers.

Sept, Oct, and Nov meetings will all be at Carver Public Library.

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.

New Feature: Board Profiles

There are a lot of Austin area poetry activities. To help us recognize each other, there will be a short bio with picture, one person each newsletter. It seems only fitting to start with Barbara Gregg, outgoing president.

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 – Christa Pandey
 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.

Barbara Gregg

Barbara Randals Gregg has published in di-vêrsé-city, Blue Hole, Enigmatist, Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, Wingbeats I, several years of Texas Poetry Calendar, and previous editions of Poetry of the American Southwest. She currently serves as President of the Austin Poetry Society.
APS Saturday Critique Group

The Critique Group will meet on Saturday, May 4 from 1:30-3:30pm at the Millwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

All 2019 dates are Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm:
  • 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, May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe, Austin, hosted by Louise Richardson. April group photo below.
Poetry Contests and Calls for Submissions

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

Visions International has started looking for poems for the 2019 issues, our 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". The deadline is May 15. For more information visit: http://www.vallummag.com/upcoming_issues.html

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

August POetry POstcard Fest

AKA PoPo. The Fest was initiated in 2007 by poets Paul Nelson and Lana Ayers and involves people signing up to send 31 original poems on postcards to folks on their list before the end of August. It is the biggest annual fundraiser for SPLAB . Registration ( here ) ends July 14, 2019. Detailed instructions are on the Website with the registration.

Member Publication News

Kaye Voigt Abikhaled has been notified by the UK Film Festival Script Competition Team that her script, "Rail Road to Siberia" has made it to the final 50.

Brad Strahan 's poem "Walt Whitman Speaks" was accepted by Reunion .

Christa Pandey's poem "Memories" was included in the Poetry@Round Top 2019 Anthology, and her haiku "last bouquet tossed" in Best Austin Poetry 2017-2018.

Jeffrey Taylor's poems "Burden" and "Dare Devil" were included in the Best Austin Poetry 2017-2018 anthology.

Kaye Voigt Abikhaled honored 'Poets Past' in a remembrance at the Austin International Poetry Festival and is the editor of this year's di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology. She hosted the Youth Awards celebration at St. Edwards.

Nancy Fierstien was presented with a Poet of the Year Award from the  Friends of the Dripping Springs Community Library

Reports from April
APS April Monthly Meeting

Diana Conces presented a writing exercise she is developing. Those present gave it a try with encouraging results. I expect several of the resulting poems to make it into publication. Thank you Diana. She also showed her recent books.
Diana Conces (left and seated above) featured at April APS Monthly Meeting. Left photo by Claire Vogel Camargo (in photo above, back row, second from left). Diana, editor of Best Austin Poetry 2017-2018 distributed copies. She is also a candidate for APS Vice-President. Come to the May Monthly Meeting and vote.
Poetry Society of Texas

Poetry Society of Texas podcast, interview of Anne McCrady by Lisa toth Salinas at  https://soundcloud.com/user-861335533/pst-podcast-episode001-featuring-annemccrady-with-host-lisatothsalinas . The second podcast features Budd Powell Mahan hosted by Terry Jude Miller at https://soundcloud.com/user-861335533/pst-podcast-episode-002-budd-powell-mahan-with-host-terry-jude-miller.

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/ ) .

Wednesday, May 1, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe, 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin. 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 1, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Thursday, May 2, 6:30-8pm , 1432 Old Ranch Road 12, San Marcos , Wake the Dead , 3 rounds of original poetry. Hosted by Potato Mike.

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

Sunday, May 5, 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, May 6th, 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 TBA.

Tuesday, May 7th, 6-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  Pterodáctilo Presents: Poetry & Ptamales Party.  Join us for a celebration hosted by  Pterodáctilo , the bilingual journal and blog run by graduate students in UT Austin’s department of Spanish and Portuguese. This bilingual event will feature poetry readings… and tamales!

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

Tuesday, May 7, 8pm, Attabar, 1300 E. 6th, Austin . Hearsay Poetry hosted by Brooke June Harman.

Wednesday, May 8, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

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

Wednesday, May 8th, 7-8pm , Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.   ACC Creative Writing Literary Release Party.  The Rio Review  Release party is a fun-filled gathering where students, writers, and creative minds alike come together to celebrate the publication of the newest anthology of ACC’s Student Literary and Arts Journal,  The Rio Review !

Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8pm, Belton Library, 301 E. 1st Ave. Belton. Temple Live Poets hosted by Donna Bowling.

Thursday, May 9, 7:15-9pm, Book Woman, 5501 N. Lamar, Austin . Book Woman poetry reading featuring K.F. Anthony with host Cindy Huyser.

Thursday, May 9, 7-9pm, 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, May 10th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin . Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice.  In the interview series Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice, emerging and established writers and artists talk with host Chaitali Sen about the power of words and the role of art in reflecting and changing our world. This month’s Borderless will feature a conversation between poets ire’ne lara silva and Marilyse Figueroa.

Sunday, May 12, 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, May 14, 7pm, My Favorite Books, Tallahassee, FL. Open Mic Poetry and Storytelling Night hosted by Linda Marie Cossa.

Tuesday, May 14, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam.

Wednesday, May 15, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, May 15, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Wednesday, May 15th, 7-8:30pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin . Echo Literary Magazine Launch.  Echo Literary Magazine  is a publication of the University of Texas at Austin’s Liberal Arts Honors Program. It showcases the work of UT undergraduates from all majors and programs.  Echo  accepts submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art, including photography.

Thursday, May 16, 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, May 16, 7-9pm, Thirsty Thursday, Council Chambers in Dripping Springs City Hall, 511 W. Mercer St., Dripping Springs . Fort Worth poet Michelle Hartman is featured. She is bringing her newest book,  Wanton Disarray,  and has 2 more chapbooks being released to be shared as well. This month's Open Mic theme is "What is Home?" For more information or directions, call 512-858-2024.

Saturday, May 18, 12:30-2:30pm , Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library , 402 W 8th St, Georgetown , hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson.

Saturday, May 18, 1:30-3:30pm, Carver Public Library, 1161 Angelina St, Austin , APS Monthly Meeting . See above for details.

Saturday, May 18, 3:30-5:30pm, Recycled Reads,   5335 Burnet Rd, Austin. Open mic hosted by Louise Richardson.

Sunday, May 19th, 1-2pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin .  Book Launch:  Hill Country Birds and Waters: Art and Poems Join us in celebrating the launch of  Hill Country Birds and Waters: Art and Poems , featuring poetry by Jim Blackburn and artwork by Isabelle Scurry Chapman.

Sunday, May 19, 2-5pm, Stone Soup Sessions, Texas Music History Museum, 1009 E 11th St, Austin.

Sunday, May 19, 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, May 21, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam .

Wednesday, May 22, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, May 22, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin . Open Mic at Dozen Street . Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Thursday, May 23rd, 7-8pm, Malvern Books,   613 West 29th Street, Austin.   An Evening with Dimitris Lyacos & Nick Courtright.  Join us for a reading from Greek poet and playwright Dimitris Lyacos, who will be joined by Nick Courtright.

Thursday, May 23, 7-9pm, NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe St, Austin, APS Open Mic, hosted by Louise Richardson.

Friday, May 24th, 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, May 24, 7-10pm, Cherrywood Coffee , 1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin. Metaphorically Challenged , hosted by the poetic butcher.

Saturday, May 25, 12:30-2:30pm , Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library , 402 W 8th St, Georgetown , hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson.

Saturday, May 25th, 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  TBA.

Sunday, May 26, 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, May 28, 7-9pm, Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin . Open Mic.

Tuesday, May 28, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam .

Wednesday, May 29, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, May 29, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Saturday, June 1st, 7-9pm, 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, June 2, 3:30-5:30pm, Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., Austin. Poetry & Music , hosted by Louise Richardson.

Sunday, June 2, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Coffee , 5775 W. Airport, Austin . Spoken & Heard . Open mic hosted by Element315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B, and Hot Tamale.

Tuesday, June 4, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam.

Wednesday, June 5, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks, Austin . Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, June 5, 1-3pm, Half Price Books , 5555 N. Lamar, Austin. Community Poetry , hosted by Thom Woodruff.

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

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

Sunday, June 30, 2pm, Recycled Reads , 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin Past Poetry Project will be presenting Frontier Poetry: Where the West Begins, featuring poetry about the American frontier written between 1872 and 1940. The performance is free and everyone is welcome!
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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