March 7, 2018
Austin Poetry Society Museletter
Editor's note: The APS Newsletter sent on March 6 contained incorrect biographical information for our guest speaker. A corrected version is below.
Monthly Meeting: March 17

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

Monthly Contest entries will be due at this meeting.

Our guest speaker is Ken Hada . Hada is a poet and professor who lives in the Cross Timbers region of Oklahoma. Ken finds the natural order a powerful presence for writing. His work received the 2017 SCMLA Prize for poetry. In addition, his poems have been featured on the NPR program,
The Writer’s Almanac, and his book, Spare Parts, received the Wrangler Award from the National Western Heritage Museum. His work has also been recognized as finalist for the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and twice finalist for the Oklahoma Book awards.

His published poetry collections include Bring an Extry Mule and Persimmon Sunday (Purple Flag Press, 2017, 2015), as well as Spare Parts,
   Margaritas
& Redfish, The Way of the Wind and The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill - a collaboration with his brother Duane’s plein air watercolors, tracing the White River
from its source in northwest Arkansas 700 miles downstream to the Mississippi River.
Ken also has an ebook, Contour Feathers, and Way of the Wind is available in ebook as
well. Ken is a professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where he directs the
annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. An active reader of his work at venues
around the country, Ken also helps to edit the journal All Roads Will Lead You Home. For
more information, please see kenhada.org
APS Saturday Critique Group

Join the next meeting of the APS Saturday Critique Group Saturday, April 14, 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 March 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at NeWorlDeli , 4101 Guadalupe, hosted by Linda Marie Cossa -- this will be her final open mic night as host.

This month's featured readers are: Claire Vogel Camargo, Lori Coker, Gordon Magill, Greg Robinson, Valerie Inman and Preston Kirk.

Louise Richardson will host APS Open Mic starting in April.
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.

  • The Texas Poetry Calendar, now published by Kallisto Gaia Press, is seeking submissions for the calendar and another paying market published by the press. Details available on the website here.

  • A new bimonthly magazine, Mothering With Imagination, is seeking submissions, including poetry of interest to mothers. No more than 35 lines per poem. Submit two poems at a time. Email: creativeparentingtoday@gmail.com


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


Member Publication News

Benjamin Nash recently had poems accepted in Red River Review and Pembroke Magazine.

Brad Strahan has had three acceptances since the beginning of the year. Four poems were accepted for the new Kings Estate Press: and four more were accepted for the 7th Heron Clan anthology. The Lyric, accepted his poem "Being Backward."
Marcelle Kasprowicz's next collection is at the printer, and is entitled "Once the Continent Was Immense."

Anjela Villarreal Ratliff had several poems accepted or published in recent months: "Torching Truth" appeared in  The Enigmatist ; "Infinite Grind" in  Latinas: Protest and Struggles in the 21st Century USA  (Red Sugarcane Press); "Devotee, "Driven," and "The Rift" in  Women in the Southwest: From History to the Frontline ; "Repurposing the Hours" in  Blue Hole ; "Connecting Dots and Donuts" in  The Book of Donuts (Terrapin Books). She had a total of 12 cherita (6-line narrative poem) published in several issues of  the cherita: your storybook journal  from June-December 2017. Her poem “Merged Mundos” was a winner of the San Antonio Tricentennial Poetry Contest, and will appear in a forthcoming anthology. Five of Anjela’s artistic photographs were featured in  Pilgrimage Magazine . Two of her other artful photos appeared in the February 2018 issue of the  San Pedro River Review.  

Gordon Magill’s poem “Roaming the Great Basin” was published in Echoes of the
Cordillera: Attitudes and Latitudes Along the Great Divide, Museum of the Big Bend,
Sul Ross University, January 2018. His poem “In San Juan Canyon” was published in Weaving the Terrain: 100-Word Southwestern Poems, Dos Gatos Press, January 2018. Gordon’s poems were published in the 2017 Enigmatist and Blue Hole. Gordon also has had several poems published in 2017 in Sun Stanzas, the poetry section of the Williamson
County Sun newspaper. Additionally, over the past year Gordon interviewed a dozen Austin-area poets, including Ralph Hausser and Kaye Voight Abikhaled for TEXAS NAFAS, an Austin Public TV program produced by Farid
Mohammedi. These interviews and those of other Texas poets on Texas Nafas are
available for viewing on AustinFilm.org.

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, March 7, 7-8pm,   Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 .  An Evening with Heather Tone, Grace Ortman, and Joanna Kaminski.  Join us for a reading from poets Heather Tone, Grace Ortman, and Joanna Kaminski.

Wednesday, March 7, 1-3pm, Half Price Books, 5555 North Lamar, community open mic for all ages. BYO original poetry or read from the bookshelves.

Thursday, March 8, 7:30-9pm , poetry open mic in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Arboretum, hosted by Barbara Carr.  

Thursday, March 8, 6:30-8pm, Temple Live Poets at Belton Library, 301 E. 1st St., Belton, hosted by Donna Bowling, an all ages theme reading.

Thursday, March 8, 7:15-9pm, Book Woman, 5501 N. Lamar St., Austin. Hosted by Cindy Huyser.

Saturday, March 10, 12:30-2:30pm, Poetry Aloud! Round robin open mic hosted by Mike and Joyce Gullickson at Georgetown Public Library. Theme: Good Bones.

Sunday, March 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 "Like Night & Day." 

Wednesday, March 21, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 Why There Are Words Austin.  You’re invited to join us for the fifth Austin edition of the Why There Are Words reading series! This month’s readers are Brittani Sonnenberg, Steve Brooks, Domingo Martinez, and poet Kendra Tanacea. 

Thursday, March 22, 7pm. Press Play/Spin Poetry, 235 LBJ Drive, San Marcos. Hosted by K the Poet.

Thursday, March 22, 7-9pm , Thirsty Thursdays at the Council Chambers, Dripping Springs, hosted by Nancy Fierstien.

Thursday, March 22, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.  St. Edward’s University Faculty Reading.  Join us for a reading from members of St. Edward’s University’s Creative Writing department.

Friday, March 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, March 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 reading group for those of you interested in exploring works from our expansive poetry section. This month we’ll be discussing  Silk Poems  by Jen Bervin.

Tuesday, March 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! This month our curmudgeon-in-chief Dr. Joe will interview award-winning poet, literary translator, essayist, and journalist Liliana Valenzuela.
Thursday, March 29, 7-8pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 .  Charles Alexandar & Saba Syed Razvi Book Launches.  

Wednesday, April 4, 7-8pm Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 An Evening with Montreux Rotholtz, Sid Miller, Katy Chrisler & Stephanie Goehring.  Join us for a reading with Montreux Rotholtz, Sid Miller, Katy Chrisler, and Stephanie Goehring. We’ll be celebrating the 2017 release of Montreux Rotholtz’s poetry collection  Unmark , selected by Mary Szybist as the winner of the 2015 Burnside Review Press Book Award.

Thursday, April 5, 7:30pm. WAKE THE DEAD Round Robin at 1432 Old Ranch Road 12, San Marcos. Hosted by Mark Anthony Rockeymoore. Three rounds of round robin poetry. 

Friday, April 6, 12.30-4pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 .  Austin International Poetry Festival City Read.  We’re thrilled to be hosting a series of readings as part of the 26th annual Austin International Poetry Festival. See the  Austin International Poetry Festival website  to sign up and for the full schedule of readings.

Friday, April 6, 7-9pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 .  NEA Big Read Discussion— Citizen: An American Lyric  by Claudia Rankine.  Join us for an evening devoted to discussion of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning poetry collection  Citizen: An American Lyric , a powerful and direct engagement with race and violence in present-day American culture.

Sunday, April 8, 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, April 8, 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 "Drugs & Fantasies."

Sunday, April 8, 6.30-7.30pm, Malvern Books 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705 .  An Evening with Anna Maria Hong & Roger Reeves.  Join us for a reading with Anna Maria Hong and Roger Reeves. We’ll be celebrating the release of Hong’s first poetry collection,  The Glass Age , which won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition.

Monday, April 9, 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 TBA.
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.
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