September 3, 2018
Austin Poetry Society Museletter
APS September Monthly Meeting

The APS September Monthly Meeting will be September 15 at Little Walnut Creek Library. The presenter will be Brittani Sonnenberg. The topic will be: I n Praise of the "Lazy" Poet: How embracing idleness can take your poetry to profoundly new places. Drawing on insights from poet Matthew Zapruder and the late Brenda Ueland, we will discuss the paradox of "work ethic" in a creative practice. 
APS Memberships Expiring

All APS memberships expired in May, so now is a great time to re-up for next year—don't miss out on any of the contests or great meetings. You can renew your membership at any Monthly Meeting or online here.

New Newsletter Editor

Jeffrey Taylor is the new newsletter editor.
APS Saturday Critique Group

Join the next meeting of the  APS Saturday Critique Group Saturday, September, at 1:30 p.m at the Millwood Library, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin, 78727.

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 September 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at NeWorlDeli , 4101 Guadalupe, hosted by Louise Richardson. The featured poets will be: Valine Inman, Greg Robinson, and Linda Gordon. Plus Lynn Herrick if she decides to do it.
Poetry Contests and Calls for Submissions

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

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, a Montreal-based literary magazine is soliciting contributions for Vallum 16:1 “Connections” "Poetry is the shortest distance between two humans," Lawrence Ferlinghetti aphorized, in 2012. Of what nature is that connection? What, in a poem, makes us feel close to another human, especially one we've never met? How do we connect?  Details

Tricentennial Poetry Project San Antonio residents may be interested in submitting. See Thirty Poems for the Tricentennial, A Poetic Legacy Exhibit for details.

ATX Flowdown is Austin’s first Hip Hop freestyle jazz jam, with a goal to link together two local music communities that are one in the same. Live bands are becoming increasingly popular with rappers/lyricists. At ATX Flowdown, we will be playing jazz standards over a live beat for lyricists to perform over. If interested contact Sloan Fussell: 469-644-5080, sloanfussell@icloud.com.

Poets & Writers has a continually updated Web page at Writing Contests, Grants & Awards.


Member Publication News

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.

Anjela Villarreal Ratliff’s poem “On Bended Knee” was accepted for inclusion in The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics, edited by Diane Lockward.

Christa Pandey's poem "Awakening" will appear in the Indian journal Gnosis and her poem " Sowing Seeds of Peace" was accepted for the anthology of the Tyler Peace Fest.
Kaye Abikhaled has been named Youth Program Director for the Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) 2019.

Brad Strahan's poem "Insight" was accepted by The Lyric.

Benjamin Nash had two poems accepted by lluminations Literary Magazine and two poems accepted by Slow Trains.

Nancy Fierstien is pleased to have poems in print this Fall -- in the Peace anthology produced in Tyler, TX, in The Enigmatist published by Joyce and Mike Gullickson, in the Waco WordFest anthology, and in The True-badour literary newsletter published by Ernie Lee. Three more poems can be found in the Animal Tales anthology released in Salado in July.

Ailana Larson has corrections for the 2018 Annual Contest results. Her first name is spelled with one 'n'. Contest #17 winner is "Listening Hearts". Contest #14 honorable mention is "Hurray!" by Ailana Larson.


In Memoriam

Barbara Ann Youngblood Carr remains passionate musician, poet, performer, publisher, host of venues, carrier of Spirit via poetry, music, and sharing. She honors all who come in contact with her by an awareness of Nature and people that is unique. She brings ordinary life into Universal themes-from cockroaches to Fort Davis, Cherokee Dreaming to Indigenous stories. She encourages the young to see the world in different ways and the old to cherish the stories in their lives. She invests time, energy, and attention to the art and craft of community poetry, being a Foundation Board Member of Austin Poets International, Tablerock Poetry Festival, Austin Poetry Society, as well as running a BORDERS ON THE WORD venue for nearly two decades. Her specific contributions of energies creates poetry where no poetry was possible before. Her intelligence, wit, drive, and sense of humor enlivens so many readings in so many locations. Barbara gives to all, with a generosity of Spirit which ennobles all poetic processes. She needs to be remembered for her positive presence, for her sense of vision and purpose-for her capacities to lead and support in so many areas of poetic achievements. Barbara Youngblood Carr lives in this present moment, as long as you remember her.

— Thom Woodruff
Poetry Events
Hosts, please e-mail featured poets and schedule changes, including the first week of next month, to musecarta@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 2, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café, 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard. Open mic hosted by Element 315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B., and Hot Tamale.

Monday, September 3, 8pm-midnight, Buzz Mill Coffee   1505 Town Creek Drive 78741 . Fort 2 Famous , h osted by Stephanie J. Morrissey,

Tuesday, September 4, 8-10pm, Hill's Cafe , 4700 South Congress 78745 , Hearsay Poetry , featuring Jena.

Wednesday, September 5, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks 78745. Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, September 5, 1-3pm, Half Price Books, 5555 North Lamar. Community Poetry, hosted by Thom Woodruff. Theme: Awaiting the Fall.

Wednesday, September 5, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St, Austin, 78702. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

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

Thursday, September 6th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705. UT Creative Writing M.F.A. Graduating Students Reading. Join us for a reading from final year students in The Michener Center for Writers and the New Writers Project M.F.A. programs in creative writing at UT Austin. With readings from Rachel Engelman, Hannah Kenah, Chessy Normile, Sarah Matthes, Raye Hendrix, Leah Yacknin-Dawson, and more.

Friday, September 7th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705. Hazem Fahmy Book Launch. Join us in celebrating the recent release of Hazem Fahmy’s debut chapbook, Red//Jild//Prayer, winner of the 2017 Diode Editions Contest. Hazem will be joined by Jasmine C. Bell, Jordan Cooley, and Mark Cugini.

Saturday, September 8, 12:30-2:30pm, Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library, hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson.

Sunday, September 9th, 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 “Out of Tune,” when the prevailing logic is illogical. An open mic follows the featured artists. Hosted by Teresa y Roberson.

Sunday, September 9, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café, 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard. See September 2 listing for details.

Monday, September 10th, 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. This month’s featured reader is Charlotte Gullick.

Monday, September 10, 8pm-midnight, Buzz Mill Coffee   1505 Town Creek Drive 78741. Fort 2 Famous, h osted by Stephanie J. Morrissey,

Wednesday, September 12, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks 78745. Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Thursday, September 13, 6:30-8pm, Belton Library , 301 E. 1st Ave. Belton . Temple Live Poets hosted by Donna Bowling.

Thursday, September 13, 7:15-9pm, Book Woman, 5501 N. Lamar . Book Woman poetry reading with Cindy Huyser. Poet Lisa Dordal will feature this month. Come join us!

Thursday, September 13, 7:30-9 pm, 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. Featured poet followed by open mic.

Saturday, September 15th, 7-9pm, 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, September 16, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café, 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard. See September 2 listing for details.

Monday, September 17, 8pm-midnight, Buzz Mill Coffee   1505 Town Creek Drive 78741 . Fort 2 Famous , h osted by Stephanie J. Morrissey,

Wednesday, September 19, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks 78745. Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, September 19, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St, Austin, 78702. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Saturday, September 15 3:30-5:30pm, Recycled Reads,  5335 Burnet. Hosted by Louise Richardson.

Wednesday, September 19th, 7-8.30pm, Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705. Why There Are Words. You’re invited to join us for the seventh Austin edition of the Why There Are Words reading series! This month’s readers are Jane Rosenberg LaForge, Mary Helen Specht, and Bob Livingston.

Wednesday, September 19, 7-9pm, Stellar Cafe, 257 LBJ Dr., San Marcos. Stellar Poetry, hosted by Andi Jacob.

Thursday, September 20, 7-9pm Thirsty Thursday in the Council Chambers at Dripping Springs City Hall,  511 W. Mercer St . Hosted by Nancy Fierstein. Call 512-858-2024 for directions. Wednesday, September 19, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St, Austin, 78702. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.
Thursday, September 20, 7-9pm, NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe St, Austin. APS Open Mike hosted by Louise Richardson. Features: Valine Inman, Greg Robinson, and Linda Gordon. Plus Lynn Herrick if she decides to do it.

Friday, September 21, 7-10pm, Cherrywood Coffee, 1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin. Metaphorically Challenged, hosted by the poetic butcher.

Saturday, September 22, 12:30-2:30pm, Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library, hosted by Janet Kuypers.

Saturday, September 22nd, 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 reading group for those of you interested in exploring works from our expansive poetry section. This month’s selection is Indictus by Natalie Eilbert.

Sunday, September 23rd, 1-2pm, Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705. Texas State Faculty Reading. Join us for a reading with Texas State MFA faculty. Featuring Cyrus Cassells, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Debra Monroe.

Sunday, September 23, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Coffee, 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard. See September 2 listing for details.

Monday, September 24, 8pm-midnight, Buzz Mill Coffee   1505 Town Creek Drive 78741. Fort 2 Famous, h osted by Stephanie J. Morrissey,

Tuesday, September 25th, 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. This month’s guest is poet and novelist Ken Fontenot.

Wednesday, September 26, 1-3pm, Full English Cafe , 2000 Southern Oaks 78745. Harriet's Writing Group , hosted by Robin Barratt.

Wednesday, September 26, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St, Austin, 78702. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Friday, September 28th, 7-9pm, 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). And did we mention the free locally crafted ice cream???

Sunday, September 30th, 1-2pm, Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705. Lowell Mick White & Chip Dameron Book Launches. Join us in celebrating the launch of new works from Lowell Mick White and Chip Dameron.

Sunday, September 30th, 5.30-8pm, Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705. International Translation Day Celebration. Join us in celebrating International Translation Day with a reading featuring renowned translators Marian Schwartz and Philip Boehm. Marian will be reading from her translation of Russian author Leonid Yuzefovich’s Horsemen of the Sands, and Philip will read from his translation of Polish author Hannah Krall’s Chasing the King of Hearts, which won the Soeurette Diehl Fraser award for translation given by the Texas Institute of Letters.

Sunday, September 30, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café, 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard. See September 2 listing for details.

Monday, October 1, 8pm-midnight, Buzz Mill Coffee   1505 Town Creek Drive 78741. Fort 2 Famous, h osted by Stephanie J. Morrissey,

Tuesday, October 2, 8-10pm, Hill's Cafe , 4700 South Congress 78745 , Hearsay Poetry .

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

Wednesday, October, 1-3pm, Half Price Books, 5555 North Lamar. Community Poetry, hosted by Thom Woodruff.

Wednesday, October 3, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street, 1808 E 12th St, Austin, 78702. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

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

Friday, October 5th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705. David Jewell Book Launch. Join us in celebrating the launch of David Jewell’s new book. With readings from David, John Lee, and others (TBA).

October 5-7, Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue, Lower Level Foyer, Lone Star 105, and Texas Room 116. Waco WordFest offering an exciting variety of events for written & spoken-word artists of all ages, styles, languages, genres, and levels. 

Saturday, October 6, 12:30-2:30pm, Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library, hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson.

Sunday, October 7th, 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, October 7, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café, 5775 W. Airport, Austin. Spoken & Heard. See September 2 listing for details.

Monday, October 8th, 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. This month’s featured reader is Rachel Starnes.
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