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Holiday Party 2018

Holiday Party Food
Yummy Holiday Spread

On December 11 the San Angelo Writers Club held its 2018 Holiday Party. Club members contributed dishes and desserts for a potluck spread. Everyone filled their plates and the evening commenced with munching and socializing.

After everyone was settled with their plates, the club members began their tradition of letting each member read a short bit of their year’s work. Several members read from their work. The contributions ranged from poetry to prayer, from serious and heart-felt to humorous.

The evening ended with more munching and more socializing before we broke to reconvene in the new year.


Holiday Party Gallery

Preston Lewis

Preston Lewis Speaking at SAWC

On November 13, Preston Lewis, the Spur Award-winning author of more than 30 western, juvenile and historical novels on the Old West, spoke to the San Angelo Writers Club about historical research and how he uses his findings to incorporate humor into his novels of the Old West. Preston is best known for his comic western series, The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax. Preston’s latest novel, Bluster’s Last Stand published by Wild Horse Press, won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for western humor.  The national award was presented in a ceremony in Fort Worth the last weekend in October. Preston holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Baylor and Ohio State, where he was a Kiplinger Fellow. He earned a second master’s degree in U.S. history at Angelo State University. Lewis is a past president of Western Writers of America and the West Texas Historical Association, which named him a fellow in 2016.

Preston Signing His Books

Lewis’s  Bluster’s Last Stand is the fourth book in The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax series. Previous books in the series include The Demise of Billy the Kid, The Redemption of Jesse James, and Mix-Up at the O.K. Corral. The latter two were both Spur Finalists from Western Writers of America.

When he is not writing or researching, Lewis enjoys traveling and photographing historic sites of the Old West and the Civil War. For more information, visit Preston’s website.

Lewis and Captivated Audience

New SAWC Banner

The long-awaited new banner photo has arrived! The new bookshelf contains thirteen books authored by members of the San Angelo Writers Club. See if you can spot them all. Hint: there is one with no title! If you’d like to see the list, just continue.

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SAWC Holiday Party a Success

Stan Denny is first in line.

The SAWC Holiday Party was held December 12 at First Place, 14 Harris Street, San Angelo, Texas. Coffee and “snacks” started at 6:30 pm. Only instead of snacks, there was a holiday spread that was quite impressive (see the picture at right). The picture shows Stan Denny, resplendent in his read coat, leading off the charge on the food. For a while, the members settled down to talking and chewing.

Dana Glossbrenner leads off.

After sufficient attention was paid the scrumptious food, President Mattie McKee opened the floor to readings from the members. The business meeting and reading started late because, well, we couldn’t talk with our mouths full.

Each member was allowed 5-10 minutes to read from his or her recent writing. The evening’s presentations included poetry, selections from novels, excerpts from memoirs, and a poem from a collection of poem-prayers.

Members pose for group photo.

After the individual presentations the members and new members posed for a photo. The evening closed with best wishes for all for the holiday season and the new year. Join us in 2018 for another great year of the San Angelo Writer’s Club.

Also, visit the holiday party gallery.