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.