San Angelo Writers Club

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Members Read

Laurel Scott

The May 14th meeting of the San Angelo Writers Club was dedicated to readings by the members. Each member was allotted five or so minutes to present new writing, old writing, or just magnificent writing. After our usual snacks and chat, the festivities got started right on time. Laurel Scott served as the master of ceremonies for the evening.

Ava Mills led off and read from an article of hers in Old West Magazine. Martha Saucelo is a new writer who has been thinking about Mexican-Hispanic culture and traditions. She read some heartfelt poems about being a woman and her relationship to Hispanic culture. John Osterhout read a scene from his book-in-progress, Mack Alpha Nine, a science fiction tale about an agent of the Galactic Enforcement Agency. Mattie McKee read from her book about her time working for members of congress. This story involved a stolen, misnamed pecan tree planted on the capital grounds. If it has to do with Texas, it has got to be bigger than life.

Pam Baklund was asked to produce a family history and rather than make villains out of family members, used the “Nobody” and “Somebody” constructs to make an exciting tale. (This comes from a popular cartoon: Who broke this vase? Nobody.) Stan Denny read three short poems: Spring Waxwing, Sounds, and Edges. Sally Fuller read poetry. The first poem envisioned the separation between life and death as an old metal fence and noted that you could love on either side. She also read Ouija board, which was more about love and closure than a child getting into trouble for using the board. Brenda Baranowski read three poems: Depressed at Breakfast, My Drinking Fire, and Let’s Have Sex and the Grammar Lesson. Lucian Czarnecki read a story about his pack out when he left Taiwan. It involved two counterfeit bills, the Taiwanese police, a small gun, and a disappearing colonel.

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Brian Turner to be Featured at Writer’s Conference

Brian Turner will be the featured writer at the 22nd Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton. See the Writer’s Conference home page here.

Mr. Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, the 2007 Poets Prize, and others. Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper’s Magazine, and other fine journals. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and more. His recent memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”

Visit Brian Turner’s author page at Blue Flower Arts.

 

Lone Star Literary Life

If you love writing and live in Texas, you should know about Lone Star Literary Life. Lone Start Literary Life is the brainchild of Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon, former speakers for the San Angelo Writers Club.

Here are two excerpts from their web page:

Lone Star Literary Life is dedicated to the idea that Texas readers and writers deserve their own lair—a virtual speakeasy of letters where wordsmiths and bookworms are embraced as part of our state’s reading and writing community. So, howdy and welcome. You seem like our kind of folks.

With Lone Star Literary Life, if you don’t know about Texas books, it’ll be your own fault.

Visit the site. There are reviews, e-newsletters, book blog tours, podcasts, calendars of book event, stories, photos, and interviews.