Map of Austin Poetry #320 March 2006
- Hello Poets,
Welcome to the MAP of Austin Poetry.
The success of the MAP depends on the help of all involved in
scheduling, running and all things Poetry.
If your mail bounced last month, I apologize, my email address moved
their server last month and ran into some problems. It took over a week
to get it al fixed.
Much thanks to Thom the World Poet for sending me the listing of
Poetry readings in and around Austin. Venue Hosts I will keep your
listing in the monthly MAP up to date if you send me the info.
NO INFO - NO CHANGES.
Please send me any changes new venues, closed venues, changed venues,
specials at a regular venue. Anything to help know what poetry is
happening in Texas. I say this because we include Dallas, Ft. Worth,
Irving, San Antonio, San Marcos, Houston, Corpus Christi, Kileen,
Sherman. College Station, Irving, etc. The areas not in Austin always
have the location at the beginning of the posting.
As many of you who know me, know I don't usually get to any Poetry
venues. Please email me the information at least three days before the
end of each month. I will post on either the last day or first day of
each month so you know what's going on.
If anyone has any suggestions or comments, don't hesitate to e me at
I. AUSTIN POETS GUIDE
Most events are free, unless otherwise noted. Some venues pass tip jar
for featured poets.
More extensive listings of Austin literary haps can be found in the
Austin Chronicle, Litera column, online at: www.auschron.com - open
"calendar," then open "litera."
Mondays @THE HIDEOUT =Free Open Uni-verse.Uncensored weekly poetry
open mike hosted by BEVIN KERITH SHAW
617 Congress from 7-10pm.FREE! Poets Pantry venue
Genuine Joe Coffeehouse, 2001 West Anderson Lane features
Genuine Poetry, every Monday night from 7-10 pm, Hosts: Eric Wheeler
and Kathleen Romana
(Corpus Christi) Cassidy's Irish Pub, 601 N. Water Street, downtown
Corpus Christi. 6:30 p.m. to 9 Ballabajoomba Poetry Open Mic and Slam.
Hosted by Stefan Sencerz. fmi call (361) 879-0534.f
Ruta Maya World Headquarters, 3601 South Congress Avenue. 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday evening open mic co-hosted by Maslow and Aaron Sanders. fmi
contact maslowpoet@... POETS PANTRY-bring canned food.
Tuesdays@RUTA MAYA= Tuesday Fool Moon March 14-GEOFF BROOKS
(Australia) features @POETRY ACOUSTICA -from 8-10pm on the front
porch-acoustic improvisations with a tangle of drums,guitars and poetic voices raised.
3601 South Congress 707-9637 FREE!
(San Antonio) Sun Poets Society in San Antonio. Barnes & Noble, 321 N.W.
Loop 410, across from North Star Mall. 7 p.m. Sun Poets Society, hosted
by Rod C. Stryker. Free. fmi call (210) 325-8122
(San Antonio) Puro Slam, Sam's Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson (at
Broadway). $2. 9:30 p.m. intro DJ set, with resident DJ Klassen.
10-10:20 poet sign up for slam, which begins at 10:30 p.m. puro ¡SLAM!:
the sport of spoken word! fmi contact phil west at puroslam@...
(Fort Worth) People's Poetry Open Mic at Black Dog Tavern
903 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth, TX from 8 til 10 Hosted by Tim
Thompson for more information contact Crystal Dozier DFW Poetry Review
Ego's, 510 S. Congress Ave. $3. Open mic at 7 p.m. Austin weekly slam,
sign up begins at 7:30, slam at 8. $100 in cash prizes to top three
winners. Mike Henry, Slammaster. Plenty of free parking at Ego's. fmi
Neo-Soul Lounge and Poetry Reading, 7522 N. IH 35. Hosted
By 13. Every Wednesday $6 cover starts at 8:00pm
Kitchen closes at 10. FMI www.southflavas.com or call 512-844-5491
Wednesdays @CAFE CAFFEINE 909 West Mary Suite A 4479473 from 7-9pm
CAFFEINATED POETRY with just a taste of music-acoustic.FREE!
First Wednesdays@VINNY's ITALIAN CAFE 1003 Barton Springs 4828484
Acoustic poetry and music with BRUCE JONES and theMONOTONES.FREE!
Hosted by KATHLEEN ROMANA 7-9pm
(Ft Worth) Open Mic at the Artistic Blends Coffee House & Gallery. From
7:30 - 9 pm Hosted by Michele Baker For more information contact Susan
Vogel Taylor at blizmadriztm@...
Thursdays @AUSTIN JAVA COMPANY 1208 Parkway from 6-10.30pm
Thursday March 2- SEX POETRY NIGHT - Wild uncensored open mike
hosted by RHEI-improvisors welcomed!FREE!
(San Antonio) Ruta Maya Riverwalk, 107 E.Martin (zip code: 78215), weekly open-mic is
slated for Thursdays beginning at 8pm. Hosts: Johnni Cheesepot and Rich Perin. FREE. ALL
ARE WELCOME. Come support this Austin institution spread some peace down in San Anto,
eh? We need it. For more info, email Rich at beatorphan@..., Ruta Maya Riverwalk's
phone number: (210) 223-MAYA
(Ft. Worth) Four Star Five Minute Writing Workshops every Thursday night from 7 pm til 10
pm at the Four Star Coffee Bar 3324 West 7th Street Fort Worth, TX 76107 hosted by Cliff
& Brenda Roberts fmi contact brephoenix@... or vanpire13@... or call 817
SUNDAYS@VentanaDel Soul 1834 East Olthorf from 7-9pm 707-7447
March 12-RICHARD LORANGER (New York)features@Ventana Del Soul
6-9pm and launches his new collection-POEMS FOR TEETH
Djs,dancers,poets ,comedians mix and merge every Sunday evening.FREE!
(Addison TX) Located at 5th Avenue at Abbotsford Ct
14775 Midway Rd. (817) 937-8301
5TH AVE SOUL SUNDAYS POETRY OPEN MIC
THE STATES BIGGEST OPEN MIC HOSTED BY MIKE Guinn
EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT FEATURING SOME OF THE BEST
POETS IN THE COUNTRY!
Music Provided By D.J.
Doors open at 7:30PM: Show starts 8:15-10:15PM
Only $7.00 Admission, $4.00 for Poets
Out of town poets are always free!
FREE PARKING - FREE SPACE FOR VENDORS
You will never get enough of 5TH AVENUE SOUL SUNDAYS
Email: jordanmichaelg@... for more info.
http://www.mikeguinn.com>www.mikeguinn.com for contest and features.
(Fort Worth) at the Border's Books and Music on Hulen and I 20 in the
music section. 7-9 p.m. This is an open round robin type venue which is
censored. Rotating Hosts are Dot Maynard, Michele Baker and Helen Jones.
For more information email Susan Vogel Taylor at blizmadriztm@...
(Fort Worth) Poets of Tarrant County meet at 10 am til noon each First
Monday in the First United Methodist Church on the corner of 7th Street
and Henderson in downtown Fort Worth TX. for more information contact
President Cliff Roberts atvanpire13@...
(Fort Worth) First Monday Nights features a different poet or
artist/musician at the Black Dog Tavern 903 Throckmorton St., Fort
Worth, TX from 8 pm til 10 pm for more information contact Crystal
Dozier, DFW Poetry Review at dfwrevie@...
VINNY's ITALIAN CAFÉ 1003 Barton Springs Rd.482-8484
Starts 7pm sharp-9pm in the POETS GLASS CASTLE ROOM
Your fine host KATHLEEN ROMANA
Featuring BRUCE JONES and the MONOTONES
First Wednesdays also has fine Italian dressing,
Petrachan salads, Dante entrees! Just ask!
FIRST AND THIRD FRIDAY
Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A South First. (First and third Fridays)
Café Libro provides a forum for emerging artists to perform and
experiment with poetic/musical expression in a community
gathering. Other young MCs, poets, artistas, and audience are invited to
come share and enjoy the cantos & cuentos.
fmi contact revolu@...
(Killeen, TX.) Starbucks 7 p.m. Poetry Night at Starbuck's Established &
Inspiring Poets: Come & make your talent known! fmi contact Michelle
(Houston) The First Friday reading at Inprint House,
1524 Sul Ross, across from the Menil,
The First Friday Poetry Reading on Friday, March 3 will feature
LYMAN GRANT, an Austin poet whose first book of poetry,
Text and Commentary was published by Mandala Publishers
in 1993 and who is currently working on two more books, to be
entitled Shape Shifter and How Easy It is to Vanish.
The reading will be at Inprint House, 124 Sul Ross.
Doors open at 38:340 p.m. Free. An open reading after the
featured poet. FMI phone Robert Clark at 713 521-3519
or visit http://www.houstonpoetryfest.net/ and click on First Friday
Poetry In The Arts - Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe (9th and
Guadalupe, next to the Austin Public Library). 2 p.m. Poetry in the Arts
fmi contact 453-7920. fmi on the Poetry in the Arts organization, go to
Expressions at Austin Baha'i Center, 2215 E.M. Franklin Ave
926-8880 www.austinbahai.org from 7-10 pm
Saturday March 4-AUSTINS HIDDEN TREASURES
featuring DEB AKERS,REGGIE GOODWIN,PEGGY LYNCH,VINCE QUINLAN,RHETT PONDER with
GARRISON MARTT and CONNER CRAIG reading Welsh Poetry!
www.austinbahai.org Admission-Plate of food for the POT LUCK @interval and cans of
food for the POETS PANTRY
(Houston) Poetry Society of Texas, Houston Chapter HOUSTON CHAPTER has
moved Still held the 1st SAT of the month at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm in the
new, state-of-the art library: McGovern-Stella Link Houston Public
Library, 7405 Stella Link. The Library is 1/2 mile South of Holcombe on
Stella Link, next door to YMCA - entrance in rear For more information,
please CONTACT: Lois L. Johnson, President - Hou Chapter, P. O. Box
1221, Dayton, TX, 77535 - phone 281/799-7617 or email
(Sherman, TX.) - Texoma Poetry Society meets the 1st Saturday of each
month from 2 til 4 in the meeting room at Sherman Public Library (cr.
Washington and Travis Streets) in Sherman Texas. President Emeritus
Leona Welch is in charge until further notice and the contact
information for them is (903)464-0140 or mail to: lrwelch@...
(Houston) Borders River Oaks, (corner of Kirby and West Alabama. 8 pm
The Poetry Reading Series is sponsored by the Art Institute of
Houston Poetry Club and hosted by Ken Jones.
MAR: Angelique Jamail's Kinkaid Creative Writing Class
APR: TimeSlice Anthology Reading ( In honor of National Poetry Month
followed by an open reading (2 poems maximum) . fmi contact poetken@...
(San Marcos) Lucy's, 131 E. Hopkins, San Marcos. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
$6 cover after 9 p.m. Open mic poetry begins at 9:30 p.m. Neo-Soul &
Poetry Lounge, hosted by Know-torious. fmi visit www.southflavas.com or
Barnes & Noble in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. 7-9 p.m. Hosted by
Herman Nelson and John Berry Featured Poets and Round Robin. FMI
518-8985 (Barnes & Noble)
FRI - Mar 10 - 7 pm - Barbara Youngblood Carr will present an evening of
music and poetry at Westminster Manor, 4100 Jackson. FMI 454-4711
(Westminster) or 343-7940 (Carr
SECOND AND FOURTH FRIDAY
LA TAZZA FRESCA 37th/Guadalupe- Featured poets and musicians
perform fresh compositions!
Hosted by JohnniZanni and Kathleen Romana.FREE!
Mitchie's Fine Black Art and Gift Gallery, Lincoln Village Shopping
Center, 6406 North IH 35, Suite #2800, Austin, TX 787525, 4 p.m. to
6 p.m. Monthly poetry slam hosted by Reggie Goodwin. fmi call (512)
Cafe Mundi, 1704 East 5th, Austin. 9 to 11 p.m. Word/Jazz
(Dallas) The Poetry Society of Texas meets at the Preston Royal
Library in Dallas Texas from 2:30 to 4:30. This meeting is open to the
public and has a featured poet and a program each month October through
June. For more information contact: President Budd Mahan at
Arboretum Barnes & Noble, 10,000 Research Blvd. 7:30 p. Poetry workshop hosted by
Barbara Youngblood Carr (author of "All Roads Lead to Our Ancestors" - 4th book in her
And co-hosted by John Berry. Those interested in attending should bring 10
copies of a work for friendly critiquing as well as be prepared to create a
short new piece with a themed subject during the workshop. FMI 418-8985
(Barnes & Noble) or 343-7940 (Carr).
(Bastrop) Green Chai Cafe, 601 Chestnut, Bastrop, TX. 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Poetry circle round robin style, hosted by India Rassner-Donovan
(Fort Worth) Fort Worth Haiku Society meets at the Four Star Coffee Bar in the reading
room at 3324 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107 from 1 pm til 4 pm (except April and
October). Contact President Brenda Roberts at brephoenix@... or
fwhaiku@... for more information.
Triumph Cafe and Coffee Shop, 3808 Spicewood Springs Rd (just off MOPAC No.).
WED - Mar 22 - 7 pm - Borders-on-the-Word - One of Austin's longest-running
poetry venues - Always hosted by Barbara Youngblood Carr. Featured poets/authors
in Mar are (1) Salvador SeBasco, author of children'sbook "The Boy, the King and
the Chihuahua" - Come and meet him and enjoy his enthusiasm for writing/storytelling
that is contagious; and (2) Usha Akella, one of Austin's newest, most enthusiastic
poets who creates very interesting compositions that you will enjoy. For the open
mike following the features, bring poetry about St. Patty's Day; Mar - "In like a lion,
Out like a lamb" - (TX winds prove that to be true); the Ides of Mar like in Julius
Caesar - or whatever. FMI 343-1875 (Triumph Cafe) or 343-7940 (Carr).
Austin Poetry Society meets the Fourth Saturday of each month, 2 to
5 p.m. Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition. Open to the public. fmi
contact Dillon McKinsey at rimer777@...
Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX. 2 p.m. The
Past Poetry Project. fmi contact gemartt@... or go to
LAST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
(Fort Worth) Barnes and Noble on University (just off I30) from 7:30 til
9 pm. Hosted by Robert Wynne and features different poets each month
along with a favorite dead poet. For more information contact
coordinator Susan Vogel Taylor at blizmadriztm@...
1. Austin International Poetry Festival Thursday, April 20, through Sunday, April 23
Calling all Poets: The Austin International Poetry Festival Wants You
More than two hundred poets will gather in and around Austin to read their works,
network with established and beginning artists, and offer inspiration to poet "wanna be's"
during the fourteenth annual Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF). You can be one of
the featured poets if you register by Wednesday, March 15, at www.aipf.org.
The Festival, which runs from Thursday, April 20, through Sunday, April 23, will showcase
an eclectic collection of poetry, from traditional to slam, and feature more than twenty
poets from around the world, including Kay Ryan (The Niagara River), August Kleinzahler
(The Strange Hours Travelers Keep), Ilya Kaminsky (Dancing in Odessa), and Ron Koertge
(Making Love to Roget's Wife). The AIPF will also highlight two highly touted slammers,
Logan Phillips and Sonya Renee.
New events this year include two youth workshops, "Presentation of Performance" with
Michael Guinn and "Writing Humorous Poetry" with Barbara Youngblood Carr. For the first
time, poets can try their luck in the new "dead-poet" slam, or tickle their brain at the new
The twenty-five dollar poet registration fee to read includes a ticket to the Saturday, April
22, evening readings and reception. Go to www.aipf.org for a complete festival schedule
and to register.
Contact: Vicki Goldsberry, AIPF Chairperson 512 656-8873
2. Dear Reader:
You are on a literary news distribution list, so I am going to make the rather broad
assumption that you might be interested in poetry as well as in other forms of writing.
If that is the case, you may be interested in attending a poetry workshop. If not, just
delete this note without bothering to read further. However, if you are interested, please
keep reading, because I am about to ask for your help.
My question is, what do you want from a poetry workshop? Do you want to read the
poetry of famous poets, such as state or national poet laureates? Do you want help in
distinguishing between various types of poetry, such as nature-based vs romantic, protest
vs journalistic view, narrative vs prose poetry? Do you want to learn about the techniques
of writing or critiquing poetry and learning the various terms often used in critique
groups, such as alliteration, tone, pattern, form, texture, etc. Do you want help with your
If you are interested in attending poetry workshops in the Bay/Clear Lake Area, or even if
you can't attend in this area but have ideas about what you're looking for in your own
"neck of the woods," please respond to this note. Include the city where you live, please
(Webster, League City, Seabrook, Galveston, etc.) Give me a hand. Share your ideas.
Mary Margaret Carlisle, Workshop Leader, Writing Coach
Sol Magazine Project Director
Ampersand Poetry Journal
Aplomado Falcon Literary News
Poetry Works Workshops: 1st Sunday of each month in Seabrook
Seabrook Coffee Oasis Poetry Reading Series: 1st Monday of each month
3. Great Publishing Company LLC welcomes Texas to
The National Underground Spoken word & Poetry Awards
NUSPA! - Saturday, April 22, 2006
*Tickets for NUSPA members go on sale December 17, 2005
*Buy ads for the souvenir booklets this year and get this years price
*Register your venue for a nominations location
For more info: www.greatpublishing.com
4. With grateful joy I invite you to visit Poetry In The Arts web site, which now hosts the
MAP Featured Poetry Supplement archives at http://www.poetryinarts.org/
The archive is not yet complete but you will find more than 100 issues, beginning as early
as the third APAL newsletter in its entirety, featuring a poem by Laura Molitor, host
emeritus of the legendary Ruta Maya Tuesday night open mic, faithfully carried on by
Aaron Sanders and Mark Maslow.
Boundless thanks to J.L. Johnson, Executive Director of Poetry in the Arts, for taking on the
MAP archives, to Ingeborg Carsten-Miller for requesting it, and to Midge Kocen for
carrying on the monthly publication of the MAP e-newsletter.
Founder of Map of Austin Poetry
Co-founder of Poets For Human Rights
Poets For Human Rights
We are endeavoring with your help to take on the suppression of human
rights on this planet. As poets we have a huge responsibility to come
forth and speak only as we can and let the world know just how
intolerable this is. Poets for Human Rights has begun. There is a web
site starting <http://www.poetsforhumanrights.org>www.poetsforhumanrights.org,
a magazine called Rope and a blog which I am setting up now. Please tell your
friends about this endeavor. We can change the world and the primary
goal is freedom for all.
I encourage your response. It will take some work to get this all
going. I know many of you will volunteer to help and I appreciate it.
We plan on having an International Human Rights Poetry Festival on
December 10, 2006 (International Human Rights Day).
Personally, I am very excited about what incredible effects we can and
Poets for Human Rights
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