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.
Gloria Amescua is an inaugural member of CantoMundo, a national Latino poetry community. She resides in Austin, Texas and received a Masters degree from the University of Texas in Austin. Gloria has a chapbook, Windchimes. She has published in several journals, including Awakening, IXHUA, Di-Verse-City, Kweli Journal (www.kwelijournal.org), Generations Literary Journal, Texas Poetry Calendar 2013, and Acentos Review, August 2012 (www.acentosreview.com). A workshop presenter for youth and adults, she was also a 2011 resident at Hedgebrook?s Writers in Residence program in Washington.
Come out at 7:15, and bring a few poems to share! I’ll be reading some new stuff, and also some selections from my chapbook because….
We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are goes up for pre-order this month! On January 15th, you can start placing your orders, which will ship in April. Finishing Line Press is offering a shipping discount for all pre-orders, so order now! The book won’t be available on Amazon until the pre-order period is over, so this is the time to get a jump on getting your copy.
And, as I mentioned yesterday, I’m participating in the 30/30 Project as a fundraiser for Tupelo Press. Any amount you can give helps! Check out the blog, enjoy the poems, and contribute.
This feels like the month I’m just trying to empty your wallet. But poetry is always a good cause. Do it for Maxwell!
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.
I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be the featured poet at the Kick But Coffee Spoken and Heard poetry open mic on Sunday, September 9th. I’ll be doing thirty minutes of material, which means this will be the longest reading I’ve done. I’m working carefully to set up a good balance of poems. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free (though if you’re going to come, please at least buy a cup of coffee to help support the venue).
September 27th-30th brings us the newest incarnation of the Austin International Poetry Festival. I’m excited to see the changes, and also glad that some things are staying the same. There’s a great lineup of featured poets, and I look forward to all the readings, open mics, and workshops. I’ll definitely be reading at least two or three of the open mics. The festival is free to the general public (though donations are appreciated), so please come out and help us celebrate poetry in Austin.