This week the Austin International Poetry Festival will take place April 7-10, 2011. This is a great way to kick off National Poetry Month and we here at Virgogray Press are happy to be there. For the previous 18 years the Austin International Poetry Festival has drawn 100’s of poets and poetry enthusiasts to share in the art of poetry and the written and spoken word. All types of poets and artists gather from traditional poetry writers, to spoken word artists, to slam-style poets, music and poetry and everything else in between. The festival is headquartered at Ruta Maya, just south of downtown Austin on Congress Avenue near St. Edwards University. There will be several city-wide readings and workshops taking place at bookstores, libraries, cafes, universities, restaurants and more. I will be hosting a reading on Saturday evening at Brave New Books located at 1904 Guadalupe St, near UT Austin from 7 PM until 9 PM. The reading will feature participants of AIPF and is open to the public. I will be reading earlier that day, but details have not been released. I will be reading as part of the City-Wide Poetry read at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum earlier in the day. I will also be there Thursday at Ruta Maya. Though no VGP writers will be featured, several who have published their work with us will be out reading their respective work. Some of those writers include Elzy Cogswell, Christa Pandey, Thom Moon Bird, and Shubh Sheisser. Virgogray titles will also be on hand for purchase. Visit http://www.aipf.org/ for more information.
National Poetry Month started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and is held every April. Poets, publishers, booksellers, lit organizations, colleges, libraries and schools celebrate poetry through readings, workshops, performances, festivals, writing and sharing poetry and it’s role in our culture. This year Virgogray celebrates with the release of The National Poetry Month Chapbook Anthology which will include the work of several writers from around the globe. Also we will be publishing a new chapbook by Michael Aaron Casares entitled “Dusking’ that will be available for free, so be sure to let us know if you want one.
Dusking is a brief collection poems and includes: The Hour of the Star, Merge, In Approaching the Sun, The Watchers, Sentiments of Afterthought Reparations, Unrest, See Itself Eternal, Full of Laughter, and Contentious. It is a bit romantic, with a subtle longing that is the essence of a poet’s journey and observation.
Contentious This is where I stand today,
I am lost in limbo, I am on a
trip, and my destination
is the resignation of all reality.
Today, I see things differently.
Today, my eyes are not transfixed
upon the prize or security or the means.
Today, is not the day I’ve come to expect,
this day is trapped in a black hole,
some distant void designed to eat my future
& reality. Should I fight this gravity?
Or should this day be lost like the felon
who created it and then ceased to exist?
This is where I stand today,
Virgogray will also have some presence at The Austin International Poetry Festival. Michael will be reading on Sunday April 18, 2010 at Book People in downtown Austin, TX at 3 PM as part of the festival. You may also catch him at Mohawks on Red River for the open mic at noon, too. Virgogray chaps will be available for purchase during the festival, just talk to Michael and we’ll get you set up. For more info on AIPF check out their website: www.aipf.org.
Lastly, AWP is happening this month, too! And Virgogray will be there in the midst of all that poesy as well. Unlikely Stories and Ahadada books will be hosting an off-site reading event to take place Saturday April 10, 2010 at Michelangelo’s Wine and Coffee Bar (1 Broadway Suite B; Denver, Colorado) from 7 – 11 PM. Virgogray authors Anne McMillen and Donna Snyder will be reading at this event and you can bet they will have copies of their work with them, so be sure to check it out!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Michelangelo’s Wine and Coffee Bar
1 Broadway Suite B
Poets reading will be Janée J. Baugher, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Amy Catanzano, León De la Rosa, Adam Halbur, Judy Halebsky, Michael Harold, Deb Hoag, Anne McMillen, Jared Schickling, Judith Skillman, Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, Donna Snyder, Dayana Stetco, Violetta Tarpinian, Donald Wellman, Lawrence Welsh and Joe Zanghi! It is quoted as being “funky, avant-garde and transgressive literature by eighteen writers from Japan, Germany, Mexico, and the U.S.!” It is sure to be a stellar evening!
And as always, join us at Carcinogenic Poetry for verse old and new with an edge to it. We will be taking submissions throughout April for our next anthology, String of Pearls which will be out in May. Visit our submissions page for details. And also be sure to check out all the titles available in our catalogue! Don’t forget, the fourth book is free!