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Map of Austin Poetry #320 March 2006

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  • Midge Kocen
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 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.

      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


      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
      at dfwreview@...


      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
      visit http://www.austinslam.com/

      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
      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!
      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!


      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
      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.
      Featured poet:
      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
      call 512-844-5491


      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


      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
      Ancestor Series)
      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


      (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
      AIPF Forum.

      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
      own poems?

      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 year‚s price
      *Register your venue for a nominations location

      For more info: www.greatpublishing.com
      (703) 566-0162
      (f) 703.442.4136

      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.

      Much love,

      Stazja McFadyen
      Founder of Map of Austin Poetry
      Co-founder of Poets For Human Rights

      Poets For Human Rights

      Dear Friends,

      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
      will create.

      Much Love,
      Larry Jaffe
      Poets for Human Rights

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      The MAP is posted online at:
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