- All events are held at Malvern Books, 613 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705.
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Malvern’s own Tyler Gobble is launching his first poetry collection, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK (winner of the 2013 Cargill First Book Poetry Prize), at Malvern Books, and we couldn’t be more delighted/honored/STOKED. Join us for a celebratory night of readings from Tyler, Layne Ransom, and Jason Tobin, and for music by Lost John.
“These poems aren’t just one thing, or another, they are instead stuffed with so much energy that they are spilling all over the pages. Like industrious, tiny humans, they seep everywhere, sprawling across memories and dreams, carrying with them scars and shreds of real hope. Even better, More Wreck More Wreck is bubbling with the absolutely kick ass beauty of a great imagination let loose.” —Peter Davis
“These poems ask for permission and possibility, hopefulness’s redecoration in a purely American landscape of . . . rollercoasters, pizza parties, front porches, politics, pet dogs, and tank tops. These poems live in ‘the carnival of what is,’ and they shout from the rooftops: live! live!” —Alexis Orgera
Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, and four poetry collections—Milk and Filth; Goodbye, Flicker; The City She Was; and Odalisque in Pieces. Milk and Filth was a finalist for the NBCC Award in Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. She recently co-edited the anthology Angels of the Americplyse: New Latin Writing. A CantoMundo Fellow, she is the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press. She teaches in the creative writing MFA program at New Mexico State University.
Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Laurie Ann Guerrero is the author of Babies under the Skin (Panhandler 2007), A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying (Notre Dame 2013) and the forthcoming A Crown for Gumecindo (Aztlan Libre 2015). Her honors include the 2012 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize, 2013 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, and a 2014 International Latino Book Award. She holds degrees from Smith College and Drew University. Poet-in-Residence at Palo Alto College, she lives and writes in the Southside of San Antonio.
Join us for an evening with writers Rob Brunet and Brannon Perkison.
Rob Brunet will be reading from his novel Stinking Rich, a “deviously funny” crime caper that asks “what could possibly go wrong when the backwoods Libidos Motorcycle Club hires a high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana?” Brunet’s fiction has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Thuglit, Out of the Gutter, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Noir Nation, Shotgun Honey, and numerous anthologies. Before committing to writing, he ran a digital media boutique producing award-winning Web presence for film and TV, including LOST, Frank Miller’s Sin City, and the cult series Alias.
Brannon Perkison is a fellowship winner with the SLS Literary Seminars and two-time finalist at the Writers’ League of Texas manuscript contest, the largest of its kind in the state. His novel, The Do-Nothing, was a Quarter-Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and earned the praise of best-selling author Louis Sachar with whom he studied. Brannon Perkison was born in Hawaii in 1969, the Navy-brat son of an intelligence officer. He was brought up in the piney woods of East Texas and has also lived in Germany and Ohio before moving to Dallas, Texas in 1998.
Stop by Malvern Books to enjoy an afternoon of folk/experimental country music with musicians Jackson Emmer and Alison May.
Jackson Emmer is an American Folk and Experimental Country composer, known mostly for his songwriting, unique vocal style, and dynamic performances. Emmer also plays the guitar, mandolin, and banjos. A prolific DIY artist, Emmer has self-released 21 records since 2007, both solo, and with old-time band The Howling Kettles. He collaborates frequently with Alison May, and performs with the group Hot Eagle. Emmer was born in Chicago, but raised in California and Colorado.
Alison May is a folk singer, song writer, and multi-instrumentalist who has been performing, writing and recording out of Oakland, CA since leaving her native Texas in 2012. In 2013, May promoted the release of her first album, Earnest Keep, with two regional tours through the South and Midwest, one of which was by way of Amtrak train. May’s latest album is called Loved/Dark.
Join us for an afternoon with poets Catharine Savage Brosman, Tomás Morin, and Erin Belieu.
Catharine Savage Brosman is Professor Emerita of French at Tulane University and Honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield. She is the author or editor of nineteen scholarly volumes. On the Old Plaza, just released, is her tenth collection of poetry. Her previous creative publications comprise two volumes of personal essays and nine collections of verse, including Range of Light, devoted to the American west, and Under the Pergola, featuring poems on Katrina and other Louisiana topics.
Tomás Q. Morín’s poetry collection A Larger Country was winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine, and his translation of Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Macchu Picchu was published by Copper Canyon Press. His poems have appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Boulevard, Poetry, New England Review, and Narrative.
Erin Belieu is the author of four poetry collections, all from Copper Canyon Press: Infanta, selected for the National Poetry Series; One Above & One Below, winner of the Midlands Poetry Prize; Black Box, a finalist for the Los Angles Time Book Prize; and Slant Six. Belieu’s poems have appeared in places such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Tin House, and Slate, as well as multiple appearances in Best American Poetry. She is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University, director of The Port Townsend Writers Conference, and co founder of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts.
Join us for the Raw Paw reading series, which celebrates the release of a new issue of their poetry imprint, Mind Maze.
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.
The captivating Tyler Gobble hosts our monthly reading series, Everything is Bigger, which features prose and poetry and prizes.
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 evening suitable for performers of all ages and abilities!
Footage from previous Lion & Pirate open mic events can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1m7v4L8.
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.
Join us for an evening with writers Tatiana Ryckman and E. Kristin Anderson.
Tatiana Ryckman (above left) was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author of the chapbook story collection, Twenty-Something; managing editor of the Austin Review; and assistant editor at sunnyoutside press.
E. Kristin Anderson (above right) grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. Kristin is the co-editor of Dear Teen Me, an anthology based on the popular website. Her poetry has been published worldwide in many magazines and anthologies and she is the author of two forthcoming chapbooks, A Jab of Deep Urgency (Finishing Line Press) and A Guide for the Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks). She is an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at the New Yorker. She now lives in Austin.
Join us for readings and a discussion with Valerie Miles, editor of A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, a collection featuring twenty-eight of the greatest Spanish-language writers.
A Thousand Forests in One Acorn is perhaps the greatest cross-section of contemporary Spanish-language literature to be anthologized and translated into English. Composed over many years of conversations and literary adventures throughout the Spanish-speaking world, the book captures the voices of leading writers as they reflect on the particular work they consider closest to their heart, or that best expresses their driving creative obsession. Editor Valerie Miles will discuss her inspiration to assemble this formidable anthology and what it was like to interview some of the greatest authors of Spanish-language literature including: Nobel prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes, Javier Marías, Ana María Matute, and Enrique Vila Matas, among many others.
Valerie Miles is a writer, editor and translator who was born in New York and grew up in Pennsylvania, though she’s been living in Spain for over twenty years. In 2003, she founded the Spanish-language version of Granta, together with Aurelio Major, which is now on its fourteenth issue. Her articles, essays, and reviews appear in the New York Times, Paris Review, La Nación, La Vanguardia, and Granta.
Presenting W. Joe’s Poetry Corner, in which our host W. Joe Hoppe interviews a poet, who will then give a reading and answer questions from audience members. This month, Joe will play host to Christopher Carmona.
Christopher Carmona is a Chican@ Beat poet from the Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas. The Texas Observer recognized him as being one of the top five writers in 2014. He was a nominee for the Alfredo Cisneros de Miral Foundation Award for Writers in 2011 and a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2013. He has two books of poetry, beat and I Have Always Been Here. He edited The Beatest State In The Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writings with Chuck Taylor and Rob Johnson and is working on a book called Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue about New Chican@ Poetics with Isaac Chavarria, Gabriel Sanchez, and Rossy Lima Padilla to be published by Slough Press in 2015. Currently he is the organizer of the Annual Beat Poetry and Arts Festival and the Artistic Director of the Coalition of New Chican@ Artists.
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.
A representation of the book’s structure by Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.
Join us for an evening with writers Malachi Black and Michael McGriff.
Malachi Black (above left) is the author of the poetry collection Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), and two limited edition chapbooks: Quarantine (Argos Books, 2012) and Echolocation (Float Press, 2010). Black’s poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, AGNI, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, and The Southern Review, among many other journals, and in several recent and forthcoming anthologies, including Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review; Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry, and The Poet’s Quest for God. The recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship (awarded by the Poetry Foundation in conjunction with Poetry magazine), Black has since been granted fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Emory University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, UT-Austin’s Michener Center for Writers, the University of Utah, and Yaddo. Black was the subject of an Emerging Poet profile in the Academy of American Poets’ American Poet magazine, and his work has several times been set to music and has been featured in exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad. Black is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego.
Michael McGriff (above right) was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. His books include Our Secret Life in the Movies (with J. M. Tyree), Home Burial, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection, Dismantling the Hills, a translation of Tomas Tranströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola, and an edition of David Wevill’s essential writing, To Build My Shadow a Fire. His writing has appeared in Bookforum, Tin House, The Believer, PBS NewsHour, and Narrative. He is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his work has been recognized with a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. From 2009-2014 he served as editor and publisher at Tavern Books. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Join us for a reading with poets Nathan Brown and Jena Kirkpatrick. Nathan will also provide us with some musical entertainment!
Nathan 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.