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Join us for the ninth event in our Novel Night series, a monthly celebration of all things prose! Here’s how it works: two published authors will read from their books and there’ll be an audience Q & A. We’ll then have an open mic for writers who have signed up to read from their unpublished short stories or novels. And finally, we’ll have “Book Talk,” in which an intrepid Malvern staff member will introduce you to one of our favorite prose titles and invite questions from the audience. Also worth noting: there will be snacks!
This month Maria Elena Sandovici and Patrice Sarath will be sharing their fiction with us.
Wendy Barker, author of Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Experience of Metaphor (as well as numerous collections of her own poetry) will discuss the Amherst poet’s use of metaphor to challenge nineteenth-century restrictions on women.
This discussion is part of “The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson,” a series of events based around an upcoming recital by the Conspirare virtuoso choir (performances on September 10th and 13th; see their website for further details), in which they will explore the expressive power and range of Emily Dickinson’s poetry
Wendy Barker’s sixth collection of poetry, One Blackbird at a Time, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming from BkMk Press Fall 2015. Her fourth chapbook, From the Moon, Earth Is Blue, is also forthcoming in 2015, from Wings Press. Other books include a selection of poems with accompanying essays, Poems’ Progress (Absey & Co., 2002), and a selection of translations, Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems (co-translated with Saranindranath Tagore, Braziller, 2001). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2013. She is the author of Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Experience of Metaphor (Southern Illinois University Press, 1987, reprt. 1991), as well as co-editor (with Sandra M. Gilbert) of The House is Made of Poetry: The Art of Ruth Stone (Southern Illinois University Press, 1996). Recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships, she serves as poetry editor of Persimmon Tree: An Online Journal of the Arts for Women Over Sixty. She is the Pearl LeWinn Endowed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she has taught since 1982.
Join us for an entertaining evening with writers Emily Bludworth de Barrios, Tyler Gobble, and Ben Kopel (pictured left to right).
Emily Bludworth de Barrios is the author of Splendor, a book of poems from H_NGM_N Books, and Extraordinary Power, a chapbook from Factory Hollow Press. Her poems have most recently appeared in Sixth Finch, Jellyfish, and New Delta Review. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Tyler Gobble is the host of Everything Is Bigger, a reading series in Austin, Texas. He is currently a poetry fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. He has plopped out a chunk of chapbooks, and his first full-length collection, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, is available from Coconut Books. He likes disc golf, sleeveless shirts, porches, and bacon.
Ben Kopel currently lives in Austin, Texas where he acts as the Director of Language Arts for Skybridge Academy, teaching literature and creative writing to Middle and High School students. He is the author of VICTORY from H_NGM_N Books, and he is currently working on a new full-length collection, possibly titled Sutras of Love & Hate. In his spare time he is planning a wedding and writing about music for FLOOD.
Join us for an afternoon with acclaimed poet Fani Papageorgiou, who will be reading from her latest collection, Not So Ill with You & Me. Fani will be joined on our stage by poets Taisia Kitaiskaia and Kurt Heinzelman (left to right, below).
Fani Papageorgiou studied History of Science at Harvard and Law at the University of Edinburgh. Her collection of poems, When You Said No, Did You Mean Never?, received the Hong Kong Poetry Prize and was translated into Spanish. Her second book, Not So Ill with You & Me, was published in the UK in May of this year. Her book reviews have appeared in the Economist, the Times Literary Supplement, and FT Weekend.
Taisia Kitaiskaia’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, jubilat, Guernica, The Missouri Review, Juked, Gulf Coast, West Branch, Phantom Limb, Fence, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best New Poets 2015 anthology, and her manuscript, “Hello My Unspeakable Name,” was a finalist for the 2015 Southern Voices Poetry Prize judged by C.D. Wright. Recipient of a Michener Center for Writers fellowship, she is the current managing editor of Bat City Review.
Kurt Heinzelman is a poet, translator, scholar, and editor. His latest book of poems, his fourth, is Intimacies & Other Devices (2013). Demarcations (2011) is his translation of Jean Follain’s 1953 volume of poetry Territoires. He was founding co-editor of The Poetry Miscellany and is currently Advisor and Editor-at-Large for Bat City Review and Editor-in-Chief of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL). He is also an Honorary Professor at Swansea University (Wales).
Austin Writers Roulette features a different monthly theme and line up of artists who love to perform their original written works such as poetry, essays, spoken word, singer-songwriting, or excerpts from novels for 5-8 minutes (1200 words or fewer). Interested artists who would like to perform for an upcoming event can email their submission to email@example.com. Or you can show up during the day of the event and sign up for the open mic after all the featured artists perform. And of course, performance art lovers are always welcome!
This month’s theme is “Spark of Madness” and the submission deadline is September 9th. Visit the Austin Writers Roulette website for more information.
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 in celebrating the launch of Lost in the Telling, the first full-length poetry collection from poet and musician Harold Whit Williams. Harold will be joined on our stage by fellow poet Josh Boyd.
Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. He is also a prize-winning poet and recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize. He was featured poet in the 2014 University of North Texas Kraken Reading Series, and his collection, Backmasking, was winner of the 2013 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Josh Boyd is a poet residing in Austin. He started working as a spoken word artist in 2001 at the age of 17 and has performed all over the US as well as in Mexico, Spain, and Morocco. His first collection of poetry, Catacomb Confetti, was released through Write Bloody Publishing in 2010. He is currently working on an album featuring his new poetry, slated for release later this year.
“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 award-winning poets Joanna Klink and Joseph Campana.
Joanna Klink is the author of four books of poetry: They Are Sleeping, Circadian, Raptus, and Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy (Penguin, 2015). Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, most recently The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation. She has received awards and fellowships from The Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jeannette Haien Ballard, Civitella Ranieri, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Missoula and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Montana.
Joseph Campana is a poet, arts writer, and scholar of Renaissance literature. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Book of Faces (Graywolf, 2005) and Natural Selections (2012), which received the Iowa Poetry Prize. His poems appear in Slate, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. Current projects include a collection of poems entitled The Book of Life. He teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Rice University.
Join us for a reading from award-winning poets Kathleen Winter and Jenny Browne. The afternoon will also feature live music from two members of the Mojo-Folk band The Love Sprockets.
Kathleen Winter, recipient of the Ralph Johnston Fellowship, is the author of Nostalgia for the Criminal Past (Elixir Press), winner of the Antivenom Poetry Prize and the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush Memorial Award for a first book of poems. Her chapbook Invisible Pictures was published by Finishing Line Press. Winter was awarded writing fellowships by the James Merrill House; the Brown Foundation at the Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France; Cill Rialaig Retreat, Ireland; Vermont Studio Center and the Prague Summer Program. She was a winner of the City of Phoenix Seventh Avenue Streetscape Public Art Project competition, as well as the 2014 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Prize from Marsh Hawk Press. Winter’s poems have appeared in Tin House, AGNI, Poetry London, Gulf Coast, The New Republic, The Cincinnati Review and other journals and anthologies. Winter graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, and holds an MA in English Literature from Boston College and BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poems: At Once, The Second Reason, and Dear Stranger. Recent poems and essays have appeared in numerous venues, including American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, the New York Times, Tin House and Zocalo Public Square. A former James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas-Austin, she is the recipient of two Texas Writers League Fellowships and a 2012-13 NEA Literature Fellowship. For many years she worked as poet in residence for the Texas Commission on the Arts, and with the University of Iowa’s International Writers Program. She currently lives in downtown San Antonio, Texas, and teaches at Trinity University.
The Love Sprockets are a Mojo-Folk band from Austin, Texas. In 2013 a couple named Jahnavi and Addison rode their bicycles from Vermont to Texas, making music along the way. When they got there, they met Aaron Watson (Upright Bass) and Pete Van Dyck (Drums, Vocals). Now they play high energy, all-original songs that blend a variety of styles, ranging from foot stompin’ Bluegrass, rip-roarin’ Americana, heart-throbbing Soul, spirit-swelling Gospel, whiskey-drinkin’ Blues, and nap-in-the-sunshine Folk.
Join us in celebrating Banned Books Week with The Freedom to Read Foundation!
This event will feature a “read out,” with special guests, including Tish Hinojosa and Mark Smith (Director of the Texas State Library and Archives), reading from their favorite banned books. Audience members are also welcome to read. Attendance is free, but donations to The Freedom to Read Foundation will be gratefully accepted.
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is a non-profit legal and educational organization that was founded in 1969 to protect and defend the First Amendment to the Constitution and support the right of libraries to collect—and individuals to access—information. The Foundation is devoted to the principle that the solution to offensive speech is more speech, and the suppression of speech on the grounds that it gives offense to some infringes on the rights of all to a free, open and robust marketplace of ideas.
Join us in celebrating the Austin launch of Patrick Ryan Frank’s latest poetry collection, The Opposite of People (Four Way Books).
Patrick Ryan Frank is the author of the poetry collections The Opposite of People and How the Losers Love What’s Lost, which won the 2010 Intro Prize from Four Way Books. He studied poetry at Northwestern University, Boston University, and the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. He was recently a Fulbright Fellow to Iceland, and he currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Join us in celebrating the launch of E. Kristin Anderson’s new chapbook, Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press).
E. Kristin Anderson is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author who grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Kristin is the co-editor of Dear Teen Me, an anthology based on the popular website and her YA memoir The Summer of Unraveling is forthcoming in 2017 from ELJ Publications. Her poetry has been published worldwide in many magazines and anthologies and she is the author of four chapbooks: A Jab of Deep Urgency (Finishing Line Press); A Guide for the Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks); Pray Pray Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press); and Acoustic Battery Life (forthcoming from ELJ Publications). She is an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a poetry editor at Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker. She now lives in Austin, Texas, where she is currently working on a full-length collection of erasure poems from women’s and teen magazines.