• All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.
  • For footage and recaps of past events, check out our YouTube channel and blog.
An Evening with Nathan Brown & Jena Kirkpatrick
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a reading with poets Nathan Brown and Jena Kirkpatrick. Nathan will also provide us with some musical entertainment!

nathan-brownNathan Brown is a songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet from Norman, Oklahoma. He is also serving as the current Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma for 2013 to 2014. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD in English and Journalism but mostly travels now, performing readings and concerts, as well as leading workshops and speaking in high schools, universities, libraries, and community organizations on creativity, creative writing, and the need for readers to not give up on poetry. He has published nine books. Less Is More, More or Less just came out. And Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems, released last summer, was a finalist for the 2013 Paterson Poetry Prize and the Oklahoma Book Award. A previous book, Two Tables Over, won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award. He has two Pushcart Prize nominations, and his CD, Gypsy Moon, came out in 2011.

Jena KJena Kirkpatrick, Poet for Hire, is editor of the poetry anthology Writing for Positive Change, for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Texas. She is co-editor of the diverse-city Youth Anthology for the Austin International Poetry Festival. Jena is an artist instructor for Badgerdog Literary Publishing through the Friends of Austin Public Libraries and in Boys and Girls Club locations throughout central Texas. Jena tours nationally, opening for musicians and leading creative writing workshops as a member of the Trio of Poets who just released their first self-titled CD. Jena writes Poems on the Spot on her antique typewriter at local farmers markets and events. Jena was recently a featured artist in Poets and Writers, the Daily Texan and the Austin American Statesman. Over the last two decades, Jena has self-published seven books; co-written, directed and produced three multi-media performance art shows; competed in two National Poetry Slam competitions; and released her first poetry and music compilation CD, Dangerous Snakes. Any weekend it’s warm here in Texas, Jena can be found surfing behind a speedboat on Canyon Lake.

Texas Poetry Calendar Reading
Dec 6 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For seventeen years, the Austin reading for the Texas Poetry Calendar has been the culmination of the fall calendar readings for Dos Gatos Press. This year’s calendar reading is no exception, with close to thirty poets sharing Texas-related work, including their poems from the 2015 Texas Poetry Calendar. Over the years, the Austin reading has grown from local poets to poets from around the state. This year expect to hear poets from the other urban areas—Houston (Darla McBryde, Jerry Hamby, Stan Crawford, Kelly Ellis, Vanessa Zimmer-Powell, Kristina McDonald); DFW (Travis Blair, Aliene Pylant); San Antonio (Toni Falls, Janice Campbell)—and from East (Anne McCrady); West (Loretta Diane Walker); and South Texas (Cathy Downs); as well as a bevy of outstanding poets from Austin and Central Texas. This is the perfect way to experience poetry live, hosted by Texas Poetry Calendar editors Scott Wiggerman and David Meischen, who are especially excited to have moved the Austin reading to Malvern Books.

List of readers:

Janice Campbell, Gloria Amescua, Darla McBryde, Jerry Hamby, Christa Pandey, Laura Cottam Sajbel, Claire Camargo, Joe Blanda, Toni Falls, Mary Lynn Stafford, Kristina McDonald, Katherine Oldmixon, Anne McCrady, Bruce McCandless, Cathy Downs, Loretta Diane Walker, Amy Greenspan, Travis Blair, Brady Peterson, Jan Spence, Margie Roe, Shubh Schiesser, Kelly Ellis, Allyson Whipple, Vanessa Zimmer-Powell, Sarah Webb, Cindy Huyser, Stan Crawford, Aliene Pylant, Nikki Loftin.

Texas Poetry Calendar

ACC/AISD Student Art Opening & Poetry Reading
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a collaborative art opening and poetry reading with students from Austin Community College and Austin Independent School District.

Vision and Voice

Vision + Voice is a new collaboration between Austin Community College and Austin Independent School District that promotes literacy and creative expression by combining artwork from ACC students with poetry from AISD students. In the spring of 2014, ACC’s Arts & Humanities Division hosted a poetry contest open to all AISD students. AISD students submitted over 800 poems and a panel of judges selected one winning poem and 2-4 honorable mentions per grade for a total of 52 poems (you can watch videos of the winning students reading their poems here). Each of the fifteen winning poems has been paired with an original artwork by an ACC student to create posters designed to promote literacy and creativity. These posters will be displayed throughout AISD and ACC campuses, and in many other public spaces in Austin, including at Malvern Books through the month of December. We’re delighted to feature these art works in our store, and to host an art opening and poetry reading that celebrates this wonderful collaboration. Come to Malvern Books and…

See the posters!
Hear the poems!
Meet the poets!
Eat the cake!

“The Vision + Voice collaboration contributes to the culture of literacy we want for our district. Students were able to engage in authentic literacy experiences and the community is given the opportunity to celebrate their passion, creativity, and talents.”—Dr. Pauline Dow, AISD Chief Academic Officer

“The creative arts are important factors in student success and retention. By pairing the AISD poems with the artwork of ACC students we have created an enduring showcase for student work. We are thrilled to be able to partner with AISD on Vision + Voice and look forward to this being an annual project.”—Lyman Grant, ACC Dean of Arts and Humanities

Raw Paw Reading Series: Mind Maze
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for the Raw Paw reading series, which celebrates the release of a new issue of their poetry imprint, Mind Maze. Come along and enjoy this literary synergy of events and publications!

Raw Paw was founded in Austin, Texas, in 2010. Their new poetry title, Mind Maze, is released every month and showcases twenty poems by one of Austin’s best—all wrapped in a patterned, screen-printed cover designed by Nicole Carleton.

B & C Book Club
Dec 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

B & C Book Club has been with us since we first opened our doors, so it’s only appropriate that they meet to discuss Macbeth on the weekend of our first anniversary!

“We read all types, we take all types. Aim to keep things light and fun.” Hosted by Jon Meador. Please visit Austin Book Club for more information.

Book Club

An Evening with Peter J. Story & Joanne Fox Phillips
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with writers Peter J. Story and Joanne Fox Phillips.

Peter and Joanne

Peter J. Story lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife and their two pugs. He writes code by day and fiction by night, considering himself an author of deliberate, genre-free stories with a soul. While his is not a pen name, he does enjoy chuckling to himself about how well it suits his passion. Things Grak Hates is his debut novel.

Joanne Fox Phillips is the chief audit executive for SemGroup Corporation, an oil and gas company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her first novel, Revenge of the Cube Dweller, was published in July 2014 by River Grove Books in Austin, Texas. Joanne was born in San Francisco and grew up in Menlo Park, California. She currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband Phil and her two rescue dogs, Rocky and Memphis.

Albert Huffstickler Birthday Celebration
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a poetry reading and birthday cake to celebrate the late, great poet laureate of Hyde Park: Albert Huffstickler.

Albert HuffsticklerAlbert Huffstickler (December 17, 1927 – February 25, 2002) was born in Laredo, Texas, but he lived in Austin in his later years, and became a local literary legend. You could usually find him in a café in Hyde Park, decked out in suspenders, smoking, drinking coffee, and working on a poem. (Rumor has it he wrote a poem a day, and his impressive publication record—four full-length collections, plus hundreds of poems published in chapbooks and journals—lends veracity to the story.) He was a two-time winner of the Austin Book Awards, and in 1989 the state legislature formally honored him for his contribution to Texas poetry. In May 2013 a new Hyde Park green space at the corner of 38th and Duval Streets was named Huffstickler Green in his honor. Huff was a friend and inspiration to many, and everyone who knew him talks of his kindness, his honesty, and his passionate support for local literature. Austin Community College English professor W. Joe Hoppe, who will be reading tonight, describes his friend and mentor as “a great encourager of poetry.”

Finnegans Wake Reading Group
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Finnegans Wake Reading Group of Austin is a monthly get-together to dive into the depths of James Joyce’s greatest, weirdest, and most notorious masterpiece.

The process is to take turns reading aloud from the text, which allows its musicality to flow forth. Then we all discuss our interpretations and the many meanings and themes contained within the selection we’ve read.

We’ll read 2 or 3 pages of the book, depending on how many people are there and how much time we spend discussing the content.

This event is FREE and open to everyone. NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of Joyce or Finnegans Wake is required, just have an open mind—and be prepared to read aloud in front of strangers.

For more information, please visit the reading group’s website.

Finnegans Wake

A representation of the book’s structure by Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.

The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged
Dec 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In association with VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities), we’re delighted to present an inclusive (mic-less) open mic for writers and musicians. Join us for this fun and friendly afternoon suitable for performers of all ages and abilities!

Footage from previous Lion & Pirate open mic events can be seen here:

Lion and Pirate December

An Afternoon with Mong-Lan & Abe Louise Young
Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon with writers Mong-Lan and Abe Louise Young.

Mong-LanMong-Lan, Vietnamese-born multi-disciplinary American artist, poet, writer, painter, photographer, musician, singer, dancer and teacher of Argentine tango, left her native Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Awards for Poetry, and other awards, Mong-Lan’s poetry has been nationally and internationally anthologized to include being in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize.

She is the author of eight books and chapbooks which contain her poetry and artwork—the most recent of which is One Thousand Minds Brimming: poems & art. Other books include Song of the Cicadas (Juniper Prize, finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award); Why is the Edge Always Windy?; and Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art. A Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in poetry for two years at Stanford University and a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam, Mong-Lan received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. She has taught at the University of Maryland in Tokyo, Stanford University, and the University of Arizona. She is currently working on a novel, books of poetry, books which contain her artwork, etc.

DEAR Texas Presents the Best of Texas Association of Authors
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the winners of the Texas Association of Authors’ fourth annual Book Awards Contest. We’ll have readings and book signings with the winners of the Fiction and Poetry categories.