Virgogray Press & the Austin International Poetry Festival: The Whole Story

Alright so the Austin International Poetry Festival is looming largely over us next week. Yes, it is finally here. So here’s the skinny on Virgogray’s role in the Festival and how we’re supporting. Viva la poesia!

Friday April 24th, 2009

MARC OLMSTED will be taking place in a public reading on Friday evening.

Where: Westminster Manor                                                                                                                                                                      4100 Jackson Avenue

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

 

Saturday April 25th, 2009

MARC OLMSTED  presents: “Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake” as part of The Austin International Poetry Festival. “Sketching” was Jack Kerouac’s term for recording images seen and the associations and memories they invoke with a snapshot-like technique of minute particulars and attention to the words that convey them precisely rather than with “editorial” language (generalities of object and emotion). Poets, fiction writers and journal keepers are all welcome to participate in this two hour workshop!

Where:Huston-Tillotson University                                                                                                                                                     900 Chicon St.  Evans Building Rm 300

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

MARC OLMSTED & MICHAEL AARON CASARES to host  a public reading for the Austin International Poetry Festival on Saturday afternoon. Readers at the event include Cynthia Gail Manor, James D. Ardis, Marcelle Kasprowicz, Mark Ilan Unger, Michael Guinn, Terri Vaughn, Whatamelon, Garrett Middaugh, Dillon McKinsey!

Where:Huston-Tillotson University                                                                                                                                                     900 Chicon St.  Seabrook Chapel

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

 MICHAEL AARON CASARES at special music & poetry event at AIPF! Michael will briefly present a selection of poems.

Where: Marias Taco Expres                                                                                                                                                                          2925 S. Lamar

Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

MARC OLMSTED will be reading at the Austin International BIG READ at Ruta Maya HQ! The big read gathers all the featured poets who are reading at this years festival! Be sure to come check out this event!

Where:Ruta Maya HG

Time: 7:30 PM

Marc Olmsted @ Huston-Tillotson University

Marc Olmsted @ Huston-Tillotson University Saturday April 25th, 2009 10:00 AM

Marc Olmsted @ Huston-Tillotson University Saturday April 25th, 2009 10:00 AM

 We are happy to announce that Marc Olmsted will be hosting a poetry workshop entitled “Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake” as part of The Austin International Poetry Festival. “Sketching” was Jack Kerouac’s term for recording images seen  and the associations and memories they invoke with a snapshot-like technique of minute particulars and attention to the words that convey them precisely rather than with “editorial” language (generalities of object and emotion). Poets, fiction writers and journal keepers are all welcome to participate in this two hour workshop! The workshop will take place on Saturday April 25th, 2009 at Huston-Tillotson University (900 Chicon St. Austin, TX) in the Evans Building Room 300. The workshop will be held from 10 AM till 12 noon.

Allen Ginsberg, Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Marc Olmsted - October 1996, DNA Lounge, San Francisco.

Allen Ginsberg, Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Marc Olmsted - October 1996, DNA Lounge, San Francisco.

Allen Ginsberg said Marc Olmsted was “…one of the few practitioners post-Kerouac that had picked up on the loose and lucid form that Kerouac had developed.”

From this comes the basis of Marc’s workshop, which typically covers a ten week period, but will be tailored for this special presentation during National Poetry Month.

A Little of What’s Going on in San Antonio during National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month Events

Happy National Poetry Month everyone! There’s a whole lot going on around and I wanted to point out some events that are happening in the hometown of Virgogray Press, San Antonio!  Here’s a handful of events. For a full listing please email below.
 
PS Sorry for not posting this a bit sooner, I have picked up with current listings:
 
April 3-May 31
Stonemetal Press

4 PM Dramatic Reader’s Theatre production based on
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
OLLU / Library Community Room

Saturday April 4th

10:30 AM Awaken the Sleeping Poet – students reading
1:30 PM Awaken the Sleeping Poet – adults reading (includes college
students)
San Antonio Museum of Art
For information about this event –
Society of Latino & Hispanic Writers of San Antonio
Laurel Crown Foundation (info@laurelcrown.org)

2 PM Reading from Native Soil: Poems from South Texas Poets
School by the River Press
Readers include: Roberto Bonazzi, Karen Kelley, Naomi Nye,
John Brantley, Rosemary Catacalos, Jesse Herrera,
Michelle Paulsen
Central Library / Gallery

7 PM Michael Anderson performs “Anarchist Pep Rally”
OLLU / Library Community Room

Exhibit: The Deeper Side: Images & Poetry by
David Drymala
April 5 – May 31
Viva Books

Sunday April 5th

2 PM Reading
Readers include: John Hammond, Carol Coffee Reposa,
Cyra Dumitru, Felipe Barajas, Olga Samples Davis,
Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Nan Cuba, Bella Merriam,
Sylvia Carrazales, Dan Constantin, Andrea Eskin

The Twig
For more information call The Twig / Dinah Price
826-6411 or Jim LaVilla-Havelin 224-1848

Monday April 6th

6:30 PM “Poetry with Power” reading by visiting
English poet – Agnes Meadows
Bihl Haus Arts

Wednesday April 8th

5 PM Jo LeCoeur reading and signing from
Medicine Woods (published by Pecan Grove)
The Twig

7 PM Poetry Celebration / ACCD Student Poetry
Competition and Guest Readers
San Antonio College / McAllister Auditorium

Tuesday April 14th

Copies of “The Wasteland” by T.S. Eliot available for all
taxpayers
LVPL

Sunday April 19th

7 PM Reading by Josie Mixon & Dr. Josie Mendez Negrete
and an Open Mic
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
7:30 PM Reading by Michael Aaron Casares
Gemini Ink
Tuesday April 21st
7 PM Radical Dreamers: Teen Club Annual Open Mic
Henry A. Guerra Jr. Branch Library

Thursday April 23rd
11 AM Poetry Fiesta – Borderlines in SA
Guest Readers and presentation of the
Trinidad Sanchez Award
Northwest Vista College / Banquet Room in Huisache Hall

Saturday April 25th
1 PM Dead Poets Slam – share your favorite poem by a dead poet
LVPL / Porch

Tuesday April 28th
6:30 PM screening of SYLVIA (Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath)
Cinema Soledad Series
Central Library

Friday May 2 – Sunday May 3rd
Poetry at Round Top
7th annual festival weekend
readings, workshops, events
speakers include:
Tony Hoagland, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kay Ryan, A. Van Jordan,
Judith Kitchen. Stan Sanvel Rubin, Robert Bonazzi, Jenny Browne,
Ed Madden, Virginia Dupuy

For more info:
Jim LaVilla-Havelin / lavhav@earthlink.org