September 1, 2019
Austin Poetry Society Museletter
September Monthly Meeting

The September Monthly Meeting will be September 21, 1:30-3pm at Carver Public Library, 1161 Angelina St., Austin. Remember September Monthly Contest submissions are due then. You can submit in person, by e-mail, or through Submittable. Details here.

Invite Someone New

Know anyone who is a writer or wannabe writer or poet or reader of poems? Forward them a copy of the newsletter. We are better when more interested folks attend.

Best Austin Poetry 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 volume of  Best Austin Poetry  is available for just $1.75 at Lulu.com. The book contains all of the first place poems from the 2018 Annual Awards, and the 2017-2018 Monthly Contest winners. Order copies for your friends and family!   Lulu.com

APS 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

The positions of President and Member at Large are currently vacant. If you or someone you know is interested in working with the Austin Poetry Society to organize meetings and events, plan contests, and help involve members in the Austin poetry community, please email us at austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com.
APS Board Profile - Sonny Regelman (Membership Director)

Bio: I discovered poetry writing in the sixth grade as a means of making sense of life in suburban
Pennsylvania. Throughout my youth, I was frequently published in my hometown newspaper,
The Reading Eagle , which may be a commentary on the popularity of the form in that area! I went on to earn a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Creative Writing from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston. Just prior to beginning graduate school, I nabbed a job at an educational publisher and have been creating educational content for the past 23 years. I relocated to Austin 14 years ago and just started an MBA program at Texas State University. I also teach writing and editing classes through The Writing Barn here in Austin. I am currently participating in the August Postcard Poetry Festival which has given me the impetus to write a lot this month! I also recently had 5 poems included in Event Horizon , issue 9.

I am honored to be a member of the APS board because it gives me an opportunity to meet so many fantastic poets and to be an active member of the creative community in Austin!
Saturday Critique Group

The Critique Group will meet September 7, 1:30-3:30pm at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church , room 101, 7050 Village Center Dr, Austin.

All 2019 dates are Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm:
  • Oct 12 - NW Hills UMC, Rm 101
  • Nov 9 - NW Hills UMC, Rm. 101
  • Dec 14 - NW Hills UMC, Rm. 101
Open Mic Night

The Open Mic will be Thursday, September 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe, Austin , hosted by Louise Richardson. There are no features so bring your best for the round robin.
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 .

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. The 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.

If you need some inspiration, subscribe to Poetry Daily

Member Publication News

Nancy Fierstien had 2 poems accepted for publication in C entral Texas Writers Society anthology: "Fog Lake" and "If Butterflies Would Rule the World". "Welcomed Home" will also appear in the October issue of The True-badour. "A Lasting Peace Needs Star-lit Skies" will appear in the  2019 Art of Peace anthology. One of her poems will appear in the Waco WordFest anthology. Two poems will be published in an anthology about the Texas Hills by the library in Boerne.
Janelle Curlin-Taylor had "Journey Through the Ozarks" accepted by Blue Hole , the Georgetown Poetry Festival anthology.

Jeffrey Taylor had " Poem in Two Voices" and "Desperately Made Boats" accepted by Blue Hole , the Georgetown Poetry Festival anthology.

Diana L. Conces ’ poems “Boardwalk” and “Of Night” were accepted for publication in  Blue Hole . Her poem “Regeneration” was accepted for a future issue of VIAS .

Benjamin Nash had a poem published in Red River Review.

Christa Pandey is happy to announce the publication of her new chapbook "Who am I? Who are We?" (KDP Amazon). She also has a poem "Stars" in the upcoming issue of Blue Hole. “A just response” was accepted for this year’s Art of Peace Festival (Tyler) anthology.

Reports from August
Poetry Society of Texas

Poetry Society of Texas podcast 006 features Lisa Toth Salinas with host Courtney O’Banion Smith

Interview with Loretta Diane Walker on PBS . She will be the feature at Waco WordFest in October.

The August PST newsletter is now available for download.
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 Thom's the World Poet's calendar ( https://calendar.yahoo.com/worldpoet.rm# ) and Austin Poetry ( https://www.austinpoetry.com/ ).

Harriet's Writing Group (Wednesdays) is on indefinite hiatus.

Sunday, September 1, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café , 613 W 29th St, Austin . Spoken & Heard . Open Mic hosted by Element315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B, and Hot Tamale.

Clear The Shelves Sale, Sep 2 – Sep 15, Malvern Books , 613 West 29th Street, Austin . We’re offering 50% off 1000+ titles, and select journals, cards, and t-shirts will be on sale too!

Tuesday, September 3, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam .

Wednesday, September 4, 1-3pm, Half Price Books , 5555 N. Lamar, Austin. Community Poetry , hosted by Thom Woodruff.

Wednesday, September 4, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Wednesday, September 4th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books , 613 West 29th Street, Austin An Evening with Sarah Herrin, Aimee Mackovic & Christia Madacsi Hoffman.  Join us in celebrating the upcoming launch of visiting poet Sarah Herrin’s chapbook,  The Oceanography of Her  (Papeachu Press). Sarah will be joined by Aimee Mackovic and Christia Madacsi Hoffman.

Thursday, September 5, 6:30-8pm , 1432 Old Ranch Road 12, San Marcos , Wake the Dead , 3 rounds of original poetry. Hosted by Potato Mike.

Saturday, September 7th, 7-9pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.  The Lion & The Pirate Open Mic with Spirit Thom and The Old Hats.  In association with Art Spark Texas (formerly VSA Texas) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest, we’re delighted to present an inclusive open mic for writers and musicians. This month we also have two featured guests: Spirit Thom and The Old Hats.

Sunday, September 8th, 4-5pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin. America, We Call Your Name Reading. Join us in celebrating the collection America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience . With co-editor Murray Silverstein, as well as Miriam Bird Greenberg, Jesús I. Valles, and Abe Louise Young.

Sunday, September 8, 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, September 9th, 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 Britta Jensen, who will be reading from  Eloia Born , a Young Adult science fiction novel.

Tuesday, September 10, 7pm, My Favorite Books, Tallahassee, FL. Open Mic Poetry and Storytelling Night hosted by Linda Marie Cossa.

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

Tuesday, September 10, 8pm, Attabar, 1300 E. 6th, Austin . Hearsay Poetry hosted by Brooke June Harman.

Wednesday, September 11, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8pm, Belton Library , 301 E. 1st Ave. Belton . Temple Live Poets hosted by Donna Bowling.

Thursday, September 12, 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.

Thursday, September 12, 7:15-9pm, Book Woman, 5501 N. Lamar, Austin . Book Woman poetry reading featuring Gabrielle Langley with host Cindy Huyser.

Sept 14-22, Art of Peace - Tyler is a week long celebration centered around the UN International Day of Peace on September 21. See https://tylerpeace.com/ for details.

Saturday, September 14, 12:30-2:30pm , Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library , 402 W 8th St, Georgetown , hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson.

Saturday, September 14th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.  Esteban Rodríguez Book Launch.  Join us in celebrating the launch of Esteban Rodríguez’s debut poetry collection,  Dusk & Dust , which explores the lives of the generations who have made their homes along the US-Mexico border, in a landscape too often neglected and forgotten. Rodríguez will be joined by Leanna Petronella, Saul Hernandez, and Gabino Iglesias.

Sunday, September 15th, 4-5pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.  An Afternoon with  Bat City Review Join the splendid folks from  Bat City Review  for a reading and celebration!

Sunday, September 15, 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, September 17, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin. Music and poetry jam.

Sunday, September 15, 2-5pm, Stone Soup Sessions, Texas Music History Museum, 1009 E 11th St, Austin.
Sunday, September 15, 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, September 17, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam.

Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Wednesday, September 18th, 7-9pm, 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 “Silver Linings” and the guests are Kathryn Schwille, Kristen Staby Rembold, Mark Solomon, Marian Szczepanski, and musical duo Joanna Howerton and Michael Cross.
Thursday, September 19, 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, September 19, 7-9pm, Thirsty Thursday, Council Chambers in Dripping Springs City Hall, 511 W. Mercer St., Dripping Springs. This month's Open Mic theme is "Reaching Across". Come celebrate Thirsty Thursday's 12th anniversary. For more information or directions, call 512-858-2024.

Saturday, September 21, 3:30-5:30pm, Recycled Reads,   5335 Burnet Rd, Austin. Open mic hosted by Louise Richardson.

Sunday, September 22nd, 4-5pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.  Texas State University Faculty Read.  Join us for a reading with Texas State University faculty members. Featured readers include Steve Wilson, Kathleen Peirce, Roger Jones, John Blair, and Cecily Parks.

Sunday, September 22, 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, September 24, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam .

Wednesday, September 25, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin . Open Mic at Dozen Street . Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Thursday, September 26, 7-9pm, NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe St, Austin, APS Open Mic, hosted by Louise Richardson.

Friday, September 27th, 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???

Saturday, September 28, 12:30-2:30pm , Poetry Aloud at Georgetown Library , 402 W 8th St, Georgetown , hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson.

Saturday, September 28th, 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  Ghost Of  by Diana Khoi Nguyen.

Saturday, September 28th, 7-8pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.  An Evening with John Poch & Jacob Shores-Argüello.  Join us for a reading from poets John Poch and Jacob Shores-Argüello.

Sunday, September 29th, 4-5pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin. International Translation Day Celebration.  Join us in celebrating International Translation Day with a reading featuring renowned translators (TBA), as well as the presentation of the award of the Harvie Jordan fedora to AATIA Member of the Year.

Sunday, September 29, 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, October 1, 7-10pm, The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 4323 S. I-35, Austin . Music and poetry jam.

Wednesday, October 2, 1-3pm, Half Price Books , 5555 N. Lamar, Austin. Community Poetry , hosted by Thom Woodruff.

Wednesday, October 2, 5:30-8pm, Dozen Street , 1808 E 12th St, Austin. Open Mic at Dozen Street. Hosted by Haydon Hoodoo and Scooter Holiday.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 7-8pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.  An Evening with Usha Akella.  Join us for an evening with Austin-based poet Usha Akella, who will be in conversation with Chaitali Sen.

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

Saturday, October 5th, 7-9pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin.  Stephanie Goehring Chapbook Launch.  Join us in celebrating the launch of Stephanie Goehring’s chapbook (Host Publications)—and Malvern’s sixth birthday!

Sunday, October 6th, 1-3pm, Malvern Books,  613 West 29th Street, Austin The Lion & The Pirate Open Mic.  In association with Art Spark Texas (formerly VSA Texas) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest, we’re delighted to present an inclusive open mic for writers and musicians. 

Sunday, October 6, 3:30-5:30pm, Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., Austin. Poetic License, hosted by Janet Kuyper.

Sunday, October 6, 7-10pm, Kick Butt Café , 5775 W. Airport, Austin . Spoken & Heard Open Mic hosted by Element315, Lost In Thought, Ernie B, and Hot Tamale.

October 19, Georgetown Poetry Festival, Georgetown Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, 9am-9pm.
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