2015 started off with some great opportunities for writing, reading, and sharing work.
First, I again had the honor of being a featured poet at the monthly Austin Writers Roulette show. The January theme was “Redemption,” and host Teresa Roberson once again rocked a thematic outfit. I performed three short, silly poems about feeling guilty for irrational things. We had a wide range of poems and stories, some honest and haunting. There were so many brave authors sharing vulnerable but inspiring work.
Despite living only about 90 minutes from Waco, the only time I’ve spent there has been driving through it. But Waco poet Jenuine Poetess, founder of In The Words of Womyn, invited me up for ITWOW’s birthday celebration/daylong writing retreat. I arrived in time for the afternoon potluck where there was amazing food. After two workshops that brought forth some incredible work from all participants, I got to hang out, eat delicious Vietnamese food, and then participate in a reading/open mic, as well as a silent auction. I made some excellent new friends, and found out that Waco has its charms.
February is already shaping up to be a busy month! If you want to come hear me read, I’ll be at the following venues:
February 7th: Expressions
Baha’i Faith Center
Theme: For the Love Of! Note: None of the poets at this event will be reading original work. We will be reading the work of deceased poets, and celebrating their lives
Doors at 6:00 p.m., reading starts at 7:00
Admission Free, but please contribute to the potluck or bring canned good donations for Poets Pantry
February 8th: Austin Writers Roulette
Theme: Bad Date Night This is one of the rare instances where I’ll be reading nonfiction rather than poetry.
Admission Free, but $5 donations encouraged to help us pay rent for the venue.
February 13th: V-Day Erotica Reading
I’ll be hosting this event, and featuring Jasmaine Cash, Faylita Hicks, Denise Hudson, and Cindy Huyser.
June 16th is the big day! At 4:00 p.m. at BookWoman, I’m officially celebrating the release of We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are. I’ll be reading and signing copies of the book, and of course, there will be food. Come join me for a fun celebration!
Finally, on June 20th, I’ll be the featured reader at Thirsty Thursday, held at the New Life Lutheran Church in Dripping Springs. The reading starts at 7. Admission is free, but food pantry donations are encouraged.
The Big Poetry Giveaway is happening again this year, and this year it’s being hosted by the amazing Susan Rich. Last year was the first one in which I participated, and I had a great time connecting with writers and readers. I can’t wait to see who comes along this year!
There are two books I’m offering this year. The first one just so happens to be We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are, which will be published next month by Finishing Line Press. Last April I was so bummed that I didn’t yet have a publication of my own to give away. This year I’m ecstatic that I’ll be sending somebody my book.
If you’re one of those wonderful people who has already pre-ordered my chapbook, I’m also offering Dale Smith’s American Rambler. Dale Smith, currently based in Toronto, is a former Austin poet, and this book makes me regret that I didn’t discover his work until after he’d left.
To enter my drawing, please leave a name and contact info on the comment section of this post. Please also specify whether you have a preference for one book or another. On May 1st, I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner.
Because there might be some new visitors to this blog, and because posting introductions can be fun, here are a few tidbits about me:
I’m back from a great trip to North Carolina, tired but happy. While I was away, I realized that I forgot to add something exciting to my Poet About Town post from last week. This Wednesday, I’ll be featured on Writing on the Air, a show hosted on 91.7 KOOP. I’ll be talking about my chapbook and the Feminist Poetry Festival.
The show runs from 6-7 p.m., and will also be streaming live on KOOP.org, so you can listen if you live out of town! And if you’re on Twitter, you can ask questions during the broadcast by directing them to @WritingOnTheAir.
I’m very excited to have this opportunity. Thanks to Francois Pointeau for bringing me on!
This weekend, I’m attending the Southern Writers Symposium. (I’m writing and scheduling this post ahead of time, but hopefully by the time this gets published, Jon and I will be about ready to land in North Carolina.) I’m looking forward to a change of scenery, especially because I’ve only been to North Carolina once and loved it the first time.
On March 8th, I’ll be a featured reader at the International Women’s Day Reading at BookWoman. I’ll be reading alongside Faylita Hicks, Cindy Huyser, ire’ne lara silva, Jessica Ochoa Zamarripa, and organizer (and Austin Feminist Poetry Festival feature) Liza Wolff-Francis. I’m honored to have been invited and excited to be participating.
And speaking of honored, on March 17th I’ll be a featured reader at the KinCity Reading at the Twig Book Shop in San Antonio. This is an invite-only reading series, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to showcase my work here.
March is going to be a busy month, indeed. I can’t wait.
I’ll be reading at two Texas Poetry Calendar events this month. Both are free and open to the public, so come on by if you have the time.
First, I’ll be participating in the Texas Poetry Calendar reading at the Georgetown Poetry Festival. The reading will run from 1-3:30, but there will be poetry events running Friday through Sunday, including workshops and a haiku hike. Since the entire festival is completely free, I recommend all Austin-area writers attend. I had a fantastic time last year, and can’t wait to see what’s in store. The entire festival is held at the Georgetown Public Library.
Later in the month, there will be a Texas Poetry Calendar reading at The Twig bookshop in San Antonio. This is one of my two favorite bookstores in San Antonio, so I’m looking forward to reading there. I missed out on this reading last year, so I’m especially glad I have time to attend this time.
There’s even a place to donate if you want to help support the festival. I’ve set up a PayPal account, and I’m looking forward to setting up a bank account for the event.
I’ve got big plans, not just for the festival, but for the future. After this year, I’m planning on doing the work to get us registered as a nonprofit. I’m excited to be creating a festival that I hope will endure long-term.