BookWoman 2nd Thursday

 

The BookWoman 2nd Thursday Poetry Reading And Open Mic

This well-attended monthly reading series takes place at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX) each month from 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come out, bring your poems, and see what your poet friends have been talking about!


 Upcoming Features


Featured Reader: Griselda Castillo

Thursday, June 9, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Griselda Castillo is an unapologetically bilingual poet and creative nonfiction writer from Laredo, Texas. The youngest daughter of Mexican immigrants, she is a first-generation American and explores her Mexican-American heritage and identity in much of her work. Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Spark + Blink, Unlikely Strangers, Chachalaca Review, and the di-vers-city anthology.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows.


Featured Reader: Jonathan Moody

Thursday, July  14, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Cave Canum fellow Jonathan Moody will be our feature. Moody is the author of The Doomy Poems (Six Gallery Press, 2012) and Olympic Butter Gold, which won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize.  Moody holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, and his poetry has appeared in various publications such as African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands, Boston Review, The Common, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Harvard Review Online.  He lives in Fresno, Texas, with his wife and son and teaches English at Pearland High School.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows.


Featured Reader: Jason Edwards

Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Austin poet Jason Edwards will be our feature. Edwards joined the Dallas Slam Team in 1997; in 1998, the team received the first perfect score for a group piece in slam history, and won second place in the 1998 National Poetry Slam. In 2001, he and Ragan Fox formed “TriggerHappyJacks,”  a gay performance troupe combining poetry, performance, art, theater, and comedy. After a difficult period that included the loss of his trans-sister and the emergence of schizophrenia, he returned to writing outside of competitive space, recorded an album, and in 2015 was featured at the 20th Anniversary of Austin Slam.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows.


Featured Reader: Sarah Cortez

Thursday, September  14, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Houston Poet Sarah Cortez will be our feature. Cortez, is the author or editor of a dozen books, including the poetry collections of How to Undress a Cop and Cold Blue Steel, and , most recently, Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows.


Featured Readers: Huston-Tillotson Showcase

Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Faculty from the oldest university in Austin will be featured in this showcase!

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows.


Featured Reader: TBD

Thursday, November 9, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

TBD

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows.


Featured Reader: TBD

Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

TBD

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows.


Past Events

BookWoman 2nd Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic with Vasilina Orlova

Thursday, September 11, 2014 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX)

Feature Vasilina Orlova is the author of Contemporary Bestiary (Gutenberg Printing Press Independent Group, Austin, 2014). Born in the village of Dunnai in the Russian Far East in 1979, she has lived in Vladivostok, Moscow, and London, and is now based in Austin, Texas. She holds a PhD in Philosophy. and is the author of seven novels in Russian, including The Voice of Fine Stillness, the Wilderness, and The Supper of a Praying Mantis. She has also received several Russian literary awards, including the Anton Delvig Prize laureate for her poetry book Barefoot (2008).

Writing and publishing in English since 2012, her poetry and prose have been translated into English, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, and Russian.

Check out Cindy Huyser’s interview with Vasilina Orlova here.


Braided Stream — Janice R. Campbell and Toni Falls

Thursday, October 9, 2014 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX)

Come early to enjoy Braided Stream, an hour-long collaborative poetry performance, followed by an open mic and book signing.

6:45 p.m. — Renée Suaste on guitar
7:15 – 8:15 – Braided Stream
8:15 – 8:45 – open mic
8:45  Book signing

Janice Rebecca Campbell is a poet, artist, photographer, and graphic designer. Janice is the author of two books of poetry, pink merrymaking allowed in the midst of green geometry and A Disturbance in the Field: Collected Poems 1971–2013, and co-author of Braided Stream: A Poetry Duet, a collaborative performance and book with poet Toni Heringer Falls. One reader describes her poetry as “events from ordinary life distilled into meaningful, beautiful poetry—the poems are often quiet yet can pack a surprising punch.”

 Toni Heringer Falls graduated from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) with a BS in elementary education and from St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX) with a MA in counseling. She is a retired teacher, psychotherapist, and an inactive Licensed Professional Counselor. Formerly from Jonesboro, Arkansas, she now lives in San Antonio with her husband and an ill-mannered dog. Her poetry has been published in anthologies and publications including The Dreamcatcher, San Antonio Express-News, Sustaining Abundant Life, Texas Poetry Calendar, Voices Along the River, and Voices de la Luna. The poem “Gift” won first place in the San Antonio Poetry Fair, 2010.

Check out the interview with Janice and Toni.

Featured reader: Natalia Treviño

Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX)

Born in Mexico City, Natalia grew up in a Texas where her mother taught her Spanish and Bert and Ernie gave her lessons in English. Natalia has won several awards for her poetry and fiction including the 2004 Alfredo Moral de Cisneros Award, the 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2012 Literary Award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio.

Her first book of poetry, Lavando La Dirty Laundry, is available from Mongrel Empire Press and most online bookstores.

A member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, Natalia has been working to increase young adult literacy since 1992 in her teaching career and through programs sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Gemini Ink, and the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center.

You can read a virtual interview with Natalia Treviño here.

 Cindy Huyser hosts. An open mic follows – bring your poems!

Featured Reader: David Meischen

Thursday, December 11, 2014 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX)

Poet and fiction writer David Meischen will be our feature. David Meishen has been a poet and poetry teacher for thirty years. He has had poems in The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, Borderlands, Cider Press Review, and other journals, as well as Two Southwests (Virtual Artists Collective, 2008), which showcased poetry from the Southwest of China and the United States. Meischen has participated in four collaborative poetry and art shows, most  recently Ekphrasis: Sacred Stories of the Southwest (Phoenix, AZ, Obliq Art, 2014). Meischen has recent fiction in The Gettysburg Review, Bellingham Review, The Evansville Review, and elsewhere. Winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest in Mainstream Fiction, 2011, and the Talking Writing Fiction Contest, 2012, he has finished a novel in stories. Meischen is a co-founder and Managing Editor of Dos Gatos Press; he lives in Austin, TX, with his husband-also his co-publisher and co-editor-Scott Wiggerman.

Cindy Huyser hosts. An open mic follows – bring your poems!

Read the interview with David Meischen here.


Featured Reader: Donna Snyder

Thursday, January 8, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX)

Donna Snyder publishes work in literary journals and anthologies throughout the United States and on-line, and has presented readings in Sitka, Alaska, Venice and Santa Monica, California, Boston, New York City, Denver, and throughout New Mexico and Texas. Her book reviews appear in Red Fez, the El Paso Times, and other venues.  She is a contributing editor to Return to Mago, an international webzine which since 2012 has featured a continuing series of her poems based on the divine feminine principle and the role of women in world culture.  Her poetry is featured monthly in VEXT Magazine, a webzine of international art and literature.

Virgo Gray Press released her chapbook, I Am South, in 2010, which was resissued in 2014.  Also in 2014, Chimbarazu Press released Poemas ante el Catalfaco: Grief and Renewal.  In 2015, NeoPoiesis Press will publish her book Three Sides of the Same Moon.  She is working on a poetry collection for Slough Press.

Snyder’s work as an activist lawyer advocating on behalf of indigenous people, immigrant workers, and people with disabilities has garnered multiple prizes and recognitions.  She founded the Tumblewords Project in 1995, and continues to coordinate its free weekly workshops and other events.

Cindy Huyser hosts. An open mic follows – bring your poems!

Read the virtual interview with Donna Snyder.


 Featured Readers: Sarah Hackley and A. R. Rogers

Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX)

Tonight’s features are two up-and-coming poets who have recently released their first chapbooks.

Sarah Hackley is the author of Preparing to Fly, a personal finance book for women leaving abusive partners, Finding Happiness with Migraines: A Do It Yourself Guideand the Amazon women’s poetry bestseller The Things We Lose Her poetry also has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including the The Bridges of America: Homeless Poetry Anthology, YARN, Rawboned, Crucible, and the Austin Younger Poets Award Anthology, and on the walls of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. She is currently at work on her first novel.

A. R. Rogers’ debut chapbook, tiny nothing, was released in the fall of 2014 by Raw Paw Press.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!


Featured Reader: Joe Jimenez

Thursday, March 12, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX)

Featured poet Joe Jiménez is the 2012 recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Poetry Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Jiménez is the author of The Possibilities of Mud (Korima Press 2014) and A Silver Homebody Flicka Illuminates the San Juan Courts at Dawn, the recipient of the 2011 Gertrude Press Poetry Chapbook Prize. He lives in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit joejimenez.net.

Check out the virtual interview with Joe Jiménez here.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows. Bring your poems!


April, 2015 – Austin International Poetry Festival

As it turns out, the opening night for the Austin International Poetry Festival fell on our 2nd Thursday. Rather than compete with AIPF’s activities, we decided to take a “bye” for the month of April.


Featured Reader: Susan Rooke

Thursday, May 14, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX)

Susan Rooke writes poetry and fiction, and has had dozens of mainstream and fantasy poems published in both print and online publications.  Most recently her work has appeared in Concho River Review, Naugatuck River Review, Red Weather, Kentucky Review, The Avalon Literary Review, inkscrawl, and the anthologies Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems (ed. Jonas Zdanys, Lamar University Press 2015), and Twice Upon a Time (Kind of a Hurricane Press 2015).

A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Best of the Net nominee, she also had her poem “All Hallows” (which first appeared in Melancholy Hyperbole) featured for Halloween on “Freshly Pressed” (WordPress.com).  Her writing career began much longer ago than she would care to admit with a contest-winning fantasy short story in The Twilight Zone Magazine.   She hopes to publish her fantasy novel The Space Between in the coming year. And this time she means it.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows. Bring your poems!

And don’t forget to check out the virtual interview with Susan.


Featured Reader: Ire’ne Lara Silva

Thursday, June 11, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX)

ire’ne lara silva lives in Austin, TX, and is the author of two chapbooks: ani’mal and INDíGENA. Her first collection of poetry, furia, was published by Mouthfeel Press in 2010 and received an Honorable Mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award in Poetry. Her first collection of short stories, flesh to bone, was published by Aunt Lute Press in 2013. ire’ne is the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, a Macondo Workshop member, and a CantoMundo Inaugural Fellow. She and Moises S. L. Lara are currently co-coordinators for the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows. Bring your poems! And check out the virtual interview with ire’ne.


Featured Reader: Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein

Thursday, July 9, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Our feature, Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein, is a poet from San Antonio’s west side. She’s the author of 3 collections of poetry, Peace in the Corazon for which she won the Premio Poesia Tejana, & Another Water Bug is Murdered While it Rains in Texas. Her latest book, Te Prometo, debuted February 2015. Her work is in the anthologies, This Promiscuous Light, Cantos al Sexto
Sol and Penguin Press’s first Latina collection ¡Floricanto Si¡. She has been featured in The Express News, The Current, Backbeat Magazine, The Texas Observer and NPR. She lives and writes in San Antonio’s Art Deco District with her family.

Cindy Huyser hosts. An open mic follows — bring your poems!


Featured Reader: Kaye Voigt Abikhaled

Thursday, August 13, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Poet Kaye Voigt Abikhaled, is the author of Club des Poètes (2004); Lyrics of Lebanon (2006); Childhood in the Third Reich: WW II and Its Aftermath (2000 and a second edition in 2006). A bilingual edition in German and English, translated by the author, was also published in 2006. She is a member of the Austin Poetry Society (APS) since 1985, member of the Poetry Society of Texas (PST) since 1987 and of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). She was named Life Member of PST in 2013. Born in Berlin, Germany, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1960. Her poems have been published in English and translations in German, in state, national and international poetry journals. She was the editor of A Galaxy of Verse from 1999-2004, chaired the Poetry in Schools project for the Poetry Society of Texas and was appointed Counselor for the Austin area of the Poetry Society of Texas in 2003.  Her poetry was named First Runner Up of The Fernando Rielo World Prize for Mystical Poetry in Madrid, Spain in 2000 and Finalist in 2008.

Allyson Whipple will guest host. An open mic follows — bring your poems! And check out the interview with Kaye.


Featured Reader: Cheney Crow

Thursday, September 10, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Poet, linguist and sculptor Cheney Crow began writing as a young girl in Washington DC.  She earned her BA at Sarah Lawrence College, and in 2014 she completed her MFA in poetry at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, The hiatus between arts degrees included more than a decade in Europe, a PhD in Applied Linguistics, and many years of teaching at UT. In the last year Cheney’s poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, the online journal Human Equity through Art (HEART), the arts magazine Terminus, and Tupelo Quarterly, where her poem was a semifinalist in theTQ7 contest, and will be included in the anthology Best of Tupelo Quarterly. Her ekphrastic poem “Execution at the Temple” was selected for honorable mention in the 2014 Maine Media Character Contest. Last fall Cheney gave a workshop called “Claiming Collective Wisdom” at the Austin Feminist Poetry Festival. This year one of her poems will join Cindy Huyser’s in Dos Gatos Press’ Texas Poetry Calendar.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic! And don’t forget to check out the virtual interview with Cheney.


 Featured Reader: Logen Cure

Thursday, October 8 , 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Logen Cure is a poet and teacher. She is the author of three chapbooks:  Still (Finishing Line Press 2015); Letters to Petrarch (Unicorn Press 2015); and In Keeping (Unicorn Press 2008). Her work also appears in Word Riot, Radar Poetry, IndieFeed: Performance Poetry, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She lives in Dallas-Fort Worth with her wife. Learn more at www.logencure.com. And check out the virtual interview with Logen here.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!


 Featured Reader: Ken Fontenot

Thursday, November 12, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Poet and novelist Ken Fontenot is our feature. His most recent book of poetry, Just a Trace of Moon: Selected Poems from 2006 – 2013, was published in 2015 by Pinyon Publishing. He is the author of the novel For Mr. Raindrinker which has been reissued by Alamo Bay Press in 2015. His poetry collection In a Kingdom of Birds won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for best book of poetry in Texas in 2012. Fontenot has published his own poetry and poetry in translation in number of journals, including Borderlands; Texas Poetry Review. Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!

You can read the Virtual Interview with Ken here.


Featured Readers: Louise Gail Richardson and Laura Guli

Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Louise Richardson is a native Austinite and a 1971 graduate of Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) with a BA in History. She is a playwright, poet and novelist. Her comedy “Hamlet the Dane” received a full production at Capital City Playhouse in Austin in 1991. Her musical “Chanteuse” was produced at the Silver Spur Theater in Salado in 2011 and at the City Theatre and Daugherty Arts Center in Austin in 2012, with its music winning a 2011 ASCAPlus Award. The CD “Songs from Chanteuse” is available at BookWoman. She has had poems published in “Mermaid Tales” in 2013 and “Dog and Cat Tales” in 2014 through Tablerock Poets in Salado. Louise has hosted poetry and music open mics at Maria’s Taco Xpress and Recycled Reads in Austin and co-hosts the Star Coffee Open Mic in Round Rock. Her works can be found in books at Amazon.com, music at Reverbnation.com, and videos on her YouTube Snardfluk Channel. Check out the virtual interview with Louise here.

Laura Guli is a poet-psychologist who lives in Austin, TX. Laura graduated from the University of Virginia, where she majored in English, and later earned a Doctorate in School Psychology from University of Texas at Austin. Her chapbook, A Fiery Grace (2010), was a finalist in the Finishing Line Press New Women’s Voices competition. Laura’s poetry has been in several literary journals including Kalliope, Lilliput Review, Heliotrope, Plainsongs, Potomac Review and Offerings. In addition to poetry, Laura has published a drama-based social skills curriculum for children (Social Competence Intervention Program, Research Press, 2008). She is also currently writing a musical for children and families. Read more about Laura in her virtual interview.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!

Featured Reader: Debra Winegarten

Thursday, January 14, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

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Debra L. Winegarten is a poet, biographer, and publisher, and is on the faculty of South University. A sociologist by training, Debra is a past president of the Texas Jewish Historical Society. She has written two Jewish-themed poetry books, There’s Jews in Texas?, winner of Poetica Magazine’s 2011 Chapbook Contest, and Where Jewish Grandmothers Come From.

Debra’s biographies include Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist (University of Texas Press, 2014) and Katherine Stinson: the Flying Schoolgirl (Eakin Press, 2000). Oveta Culp Hobby has received a gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America as well as the 2015 award for best Biography from the Texas Association of Authors, and was a literary award finalist for the WILLA award from Women Writing the West. Katherine Stinson was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s “Book of the Year” award in the Biography category.

Debra is currently working on an adult biography, Zvi Yaniv: From the Mysterious Island to Nanotechnology, and a biography of two Texas women. Meeting God at Midnight by Ahuva Batya Scharff, the first poetry collection  published by Debra’s publishing company, Sociosights Press, received the 2015 Best Poetry Book award from the Texas Association of Authors. Sociosights Press be publishing its first children’s book, Almost a Minyan, in 2016.

Check out the virtual interview with Debra here.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!


Featured Readers: Sarah Frances Moran and Jenuine Poetess

Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Sarah Frances Moran is a writer, editor, animal lover, videogamer, queer Latina. She thinks Chihuahuas should rule the world and prefers their company to people 90% of the time. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Writing for her came out of a desire to help others and has evolved into full blown insistence on changing the world. Her aim is to poetically fight for love and harness the type of tender violence needed to push love forward. She strongly believes that words have immeasurable power.

She is the founder/editor of Yellow Chair Review whose inaugural issue is out in June 2015. Her work has most recently been published or is upcoming in FreezeRay Poetry, Thank You For Swallowing, Drunk Monkeys, Rust+Moth, Maudlin House, Blackheart Magazine, Red Fez and The Bitchin’ Kitsch. Her chapbook I Am A Terrorist is forthcoming with Dark Heart Press.

Her work is equal parts frustration, hope, anger, advocacy and love. At the heart of it, she’s a stick-a-love-poem-in-your-back-pocket kind of poet. She’s a huge advocate for animal welfare and works daily to combat pet overpopulation. Spay and neuter your pets, people. She resides in Waco, Texas with her partner and their small menagerie of small 4-legged critters.  You can read more about Sarah in her own words in Virtual Interview.

Jenuine Poetess has poemed her way through California and Texas since 2009.  She is the founder of ITWOW International and Waco Poets Society. Jenuine’s work has been included in such publications as di-verse-city AIPF Anthology 2013, Yellow Chair Review, and The Feminist Wire; her poem, “Colors I have Been” will be published in the forthcoming anthology Coiled Serpent set to be released at AWP2016 by Tia Chucha Press. Rooted in the conviction  that creative health is a matter of justice, Jenuine creates weird things and ponders artful ways to continue disrupting the homeostasis… check out the virtual interview here.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!


Featured Reader: Melissa Studdard

Thursday, March 10, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Melissa Studdard is host of VIDA Voices & Views, an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews, and a judge for the monthly Goodreads ¡Poetry! Group contest. She is also the author of the novel, Six Weeks to Yehidah, a poetry collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, and a collection of interviewsThe Tiferet Talk Interviews. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award and the International Book Award, among others. Her poetry, fiction, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Poets & Writers, Tupelo Quarterly, Psychology TodayPleiades, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day. Of her debut poetry collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, Robert Pinsky writes, “This poet’s ardent, winning ebullience echoes that of God…” and Cate Marvin says her work “would have no doubt pleased Neruda’s taste for the alchemic impurity of poetry.” Learn more at www.melissastuddard.com.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic! And check out the virtual interview.


Featured Reader: W. Joe Hoppe

Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Joe Hoppe has taught at Austin Community College since 1996. He has published two books of poetry, Galvanized, by Dalton Publications in 2007, and Diamond Plate by OBSOLETE! press in 2012, as well as many self-published chapbooks. He also hosts the monthly W. Joe’s Poetry Corner at Malvern Books. Most recently he has been working very hard (and with a lot of help) to get his hotrod ’51 Plymouth on a ’90 Dakota frame with a 60’s-era 318 engine on the road. Check out the virtual interview with Joe here.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!


Featured Reader: Anis Shivani

Thursday, May 12, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Anis Shivani is the author of several critically acclaimed books of fiction, poetry, and criticism, including Anatolia and Other Stories (2009), Against the Workshop (2011), The Fifth Lash and Other Stories (2012), My Tranquil War and Other Poems (2012), Karachi Raj: A Novel (2015), Whatever Speaks on Behalf of Hashish: Poems (2015), and Soraya: Sonnets (2016). Both Anatolia and Other Stories and The Fifth Lash and Other Stories were longlisted for the Frank O’Connor international short story award. Books forthcoming in 2016 include Both Sides of he Divide: Observing the Sublime and the Mundane in Contemporary Writing, Literature in an Age of Globalization, A History of the Cat in Nine Chapters or Less, and The Moon Blooms in Occupied Hours: Poems. Books in progress or recently finished include Death is a Festival: Poems, Plastic Realism: Neoliberalism in Recent American Fiction, and the novels Abruzzi, 1936 and An Idiot’s Guide to America.

Anis’s work appears in the Yale Review, Georgia Review, Boston Review, Iowa Review, Threepenny Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Southwest Review, Prairie Schooner, AGNI, Fence, Epoch, Boulevard, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, Verse, Colorado Review, Quarterly West, New Letters, Subtropics, Times Literary Supplement, London Magazine, Meanjin, Fiddlehead, and other journals. His criticism appears widely in newspapers and magazines such as Salon, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Texas Observer, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Austin American-Statesman, Kansas City Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, St. Petersburg Times, Charlotte Observer, and other outlets.

Anis is the winner of a 2012 Pushcart Prize, graduated from Harvard College, and lives in Houston, Texas.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!


Featured Reader: Liza Wolff Francis

Thursday, June 9, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Liza Wolff-Francis is a feminist poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative
Writing from Goddard College. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin
International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry
Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum
by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared
in Poetry Pacific, Edge, Twenty, Border Senses, Di-verse-city anthology of
the Austin International Poetry Festival, and on various blogs. She has a
chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant
Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S.
border. Every day she eats both popcorn and dark chocolate and she
currently lives in Albuquerque, NM.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!


Featured Reader: Loretta Diane Walker

Thursday, July 14, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Loretta Diane Walker is a 3-time Pushcart nominee. She has published three collections of poetry, including Word Ghetto, which won the 2011 Blue Light Press Book Award, and In This House, released by Blue Light Press in 2015.  Loretta was recently named “Statesman in the Arts” by the Heritage Council of Odessa.  Walker’s work has appeared in numerous publications, most recently Her Texas, Texas Poetry Calendar 2015, Pushing Out the Boat International Journal, San Pedro River Review, Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, Diversity: Austin International Poetry Festival, Boundless Poetry: Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems,  Perception Literary Magazine, Connecticut River Review, The Texas Poetry Calendar 2016, The Houston Poetry Festival, Siblings: Our First Macrocosm, and is fort coming in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VIII: Texas.

Loretta is a member of the Poetry Society of Texas, Pennsylvania Poetry Society, The National Federation of State Poetry Societies and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She teaches music in Odessa, Texas.  Loretta received a BME from Texas Tech University and earned a MA from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.    http://lorettadianewalker.weebly.com/.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic! And be sure to read the virtual interview with Loretta.


Featured Reader: Valentine Pierce

Thursday, August 11, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

“This is not the quiet tap of civilized literature; this is the loud, raw truth of life.” Valentine Pierce, author of Geometry of the Heart, comes to BookWoman from New Orleans to perform her poetry. Pierce is a spoken word artist, graphic designer and artisan. She has performed in a variety of events from poetry to plays to one-woman shows. She has produced shows with musicians, poets, dancers, drummers and lyricists. Hailing from has performed and been published throughout the U.S.

Pierce’s poetry has been developed into visual art display (“The Geometry of Life”) and choreographed by the Newcomb College for Women dance department for the inauguration of Tulane University’s president (“Rivers of My Soul”). Guaranteed to  be a memorable evening.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic!


Featured Readers: Usha Akella and Varsha Saraiya-Shah

Thursday, September 8, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Usha Akella is founder of the Poetry Caravan in Greenberg/White Plains New York and in Austin, Texas, and the author of three poetry collections: Kali Dances and So Do I, A Face that Does Not Bear the Footprints of the World and, most recently, Rosary of Latitudes. In 2012, she scripted and produced her first musical: Ek, An English Musical on the Life of Shirdi Sai Baba. She has performed her poetry on stages across the world, and Festival Director of MATWAALA, South Asian Poets Fest, in Austin, TX.

Photographer and poet Varsha Saraiya-Shah’s debut poetry collection, Voices, is slated for publication in July, 2016. Her work has recently appeared in Right Hand Pointing, and in Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston (Mutabilis Press, 2015). She lives in Houston, Texas.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Bring your poems for the open mic! And check out the virtual interviews of Usha and Varsha.


Featured Reader: Loueva Smith

Thursday, October 13, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Feature Loueva Smith is the winner of the 2015 Robert Phillips Chapbook Prize, awarded by Texas Review Press. Her poems have been published in such journals as DoubleTake and the Louisiana Review, and anthologized in Goodbye, Mexico, Untamable City, The Weight Of Addition, and TimeSlice.

Her poetry has been painted into nude watercolors by Cookie Wells for the artist’s 2015 show, Body Language, at Archway Gallery in Houston, Texas. Loueva Smith presented a reading of her poems at the opening, and Lydia Hance interpreted the poems through dance, unaccompanied by music.

Her poetry is spoken as narration in Shamed, a dance film by Frame Dance Production, choreographed by Lydia Hance. Her poetry was also presented in a dance performance by jhon stronks called Purging Honey at Rice University.

Her play Tenderina was staged at Frenetic Theater in Houston, Texas.

She is the author of The Book Of Wool And Fur, a hand-made fur-covered collection of love poems.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows.


Featured Reader: Cindy St. John

Thursday, November 9, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Austin poet Cindy St. John, author of the newly-released collection Dream Vacation (published by H_NGM_N Books), will be our feature. St. John is also the author of four chapbooks. She lives in Austin, TX, where she teaches at a public school.

You can check out the “virtual interview” with Cindy here.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows.


Featured Reader: Sasha West

Thursday, December 8, 2016 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Feature Sasha West’s first book, Failure and I Bury the Body, was a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Forklift Ohio, Third Coast, American Poet, and elsewhere. Her awards include a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference fellowship, a Houston Arts Alliance grant, Pushcart nominations, and Inprint’s Verlaine Prize. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.

Cindy Huyser hosts. Be sure to bring poems for the open mic! And be sure to check out Cindy’s “virtual interview” with Sasha.


Featured Reader: Kimberly Lambright

Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Kimberly Lambright’s debut poetry collection, Ultra-Cabin, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award, and was published October 2016. She is a MacDowell fellow, and her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Wicked Alice, The Burnside Review, Bone Bouquet, Columbia Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA, Sink Review, and The Boiler. She holds an MA in humanities from NYU and an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University. She lives in Austin and is at work on her second book: Doom Glove.

Don’t forget to check out the “virtual interview” with Kimberly!

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows. Join us for a great reading to start off the new year.


Featured Readers: Desiree Morales and Ashley Smith Keyfitz

Thursday,February 9, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Austin poets Desiree Morales and Ashley Smith Keyfitz will be our features.

Desiree Morales is a poet and educator whose work has been featured in the
forest dRIVE, Truck, and Conflict of Interest. She grew up in Southern
California and lives in Austin, Texas.

Ashley Smith Keyfitz is the author of various chapbooks & the forthcoming
collection Park of Unwired Asking from Xexoxial Editions (2017). She was a
founding editor of the press Little Red Leaves & lives in Austin where
steps on many legos, ferments anything, and designs websites for the
government.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows. Join us! And be sure to check out the virtual interviews with Desiree and Ashley!


 Featured Readers: Michelle Hartman and Ann Howells

Thursday, March 10, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Poets Michelle Hartman and Ann Howells, both of the DFW area, will be our features.

Michelle Hartman is the editor of Red River Review and author of three collections of poetry: Disenchanted And Disgruntled (Lamar University Press, 2013), Irony and Irreverence (Lamar University Press, 2015), and, in 2017, The Lost Journal of My Second Trip to Purgatory (Old Seventy Creek Press). Her work has been featured in the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, and appears in such journals as Slipstream, Plainsongs, Carve, Crannog, Poetry Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, Raleigh Review, San Pedro River Review, Concho River Review and RiverSedge.

Ann Howells is editor of the Dallas Poetry Community’s literary magazine Illya’s Honey and author of Under a Lone Star (Village Books Press, 2016), chapbooks Black Crow In Flight (Main Street Rag Publishing), The Rosebud Diaries (Willet Press), and Letters for My Daughter (Flutter Press). She is also the editor of Cattlemen & Cadillacs, an anthology of D/FW poets. Her poems appear both domestically and internationally, and she has four Pushcart nominations.

This promises to be a terrific evening! Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows.


 Featured Readers: Agnes Eva Savich and Jan Benson

Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Come out for an evening of poetry by literary haiku poets Jan Benson and Agnes Eva Savich.

Jan Benson is an award-winning haiku poet living in Fort Worth, and her work
has appeared in translation in several foreign languages. Her haiku have been published in many of the world’s leading haiku journals and magazines as well as regionally in “form poetry” magazines.  In 2016, she won or placed in three international haiku contests. She s a member of Poetry Society of Texas and The British Haiku Society, and can be reached at wordsmythwmn@yahoo.com .

Agnes Eva Savich lives in Pflugerville with her husband, two kids, & four cats. She has been writing poetry since she was 12 and haiku for over a decade. She has over 100 haiku published in literary journals such as Modern Haiku, Frogpond, and Acorn, has been translated into 5 languages, and has placed in international haiku contests. She has an early collection of poetry, The Watcher: Poems (Cedar Leaf Press, 2009) and a first haiku collection in the works.

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows.


Featured Reader: Martha K. Grant

Thursday, May 12, 2017 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. at BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar #A-105, Austin, TX

Martha K. Grant is the author of A Curse on the Fairest Joys (Aldrich Press), poetry
that explores the wounds of childhood and the grace of healing. Her work has been
published in Borderlands, New Texas, Earth’s Daughters, The Yes! Book, the
anthologies Red Sky: Poems about the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women and
Unruly Catholic Women Writers, and nine editions of the Texas Poetry Calendar . She
has a Pushcart nomination and received an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University. A
visual artist and a sixth generation Texan, she has a home and studio in the Hill
Country northwest of San Antonio.
Cindy Huyser hosts; an open  mic follows.

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