Virtual Open Mics: Focus Texas

Greetings fellow poets and poetry readers. Because of circumstances beyond our control, many poets and writers have been unable to meet at their regularly scheduled open mics and reading events, depriving us of that much needed social exposure and aural literary nourishment.

Tenacious and stubborn as ever, poets have taken to the internet and are sharing their work through virtual open mics and other such literary events! To support the cause of poetry and live open mic sessions, Virgogray is publishing a list of ongoing virtual open mics localized to Central Texas. We look forward to publishing an expanded list of virtual open mics and poetry readings. If you are interested in having your virtual event included in our list, please feel free to begin correspondence at:

Place in subject line: Virtual Readings

Please note: Zoom meeting ID’s and passwords are changed per event, we are working on a page to keep these events current as possible. Coming soon.



1 PM: INDEPENDENCE AIRPORT – hosted by Geoffrey Hall

8 PM: STAY @ HOME OPEN MIC – hosted by Richie D. Marrufo & brought to you by the Barbed Wire Open Mic Series (El Paso)



1 PM: CORROBOREE – hosted by Geoffrey Hall



5 PM: AUSTIN POETRY SOCIETY OPEN MIC – hosted by Louise Gail Richardson 

7 PM: PERMIAN BASIN VIRTUAL OPEN MIC – hosted by Jack Campbell (Odessa)

7:15 PM: BOOK WOMAN OPEN MIC – hosted by Cindy Huyser (Austin)

7 PM: WAKE THE DEAD – hosted by Mark Anthony Rockeymoore (San Marcos1st Thursday only)

6:30 PM: TEMPLE LIVE POETS – hosted by Gwendolyn Gray (2nd Thursday only)

11 AM: POETRY ALOUD – hosted by Mike & Joyce Gullickson- (Georgetown)

12 PM: 100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE -hosted by Jack Campbell (Odessa)



12 AM: MIDNIGHT MUSE – hosted by Thom Woodruff & David L. Young (Sunday morning)

7 PM: SPOKEN N HEARD@KICK BUTT – hosted by Hot Tamale, Ernie B, Lost in Thought (Austin – SKYPE)

2 PM: STONE SOUP SESSIONS (3rd Sunday only)




7 PM: GREEN STREET POETS VIRTUAL OPEN MIC – hosted by Toho Journal (Philadelphia)



1O PM: SOAPBOX POETS (California – 10 PM CTD)



8 PM: WILDE BEAT POETS – hosted by LYDIA PERCY (New York – 8PM CTD, final Saturday only)

Virgogray Press Featured on Voice of the People Radio

I will be joining November Hanson host of Voice of the People Radio program on The UFO Paranormal Radio Network for a little chit chat about my book The Terrorist and other marvelous topics. Please join us live on the net and also, if you happen to be in the New Orleans area, you can tune in on UPRN 105.3 FM. The broadcast begins at 8 PM central time; 6 PM pacific time. Visit for more information on programming and check out some of November’s past podcasts too as there is a wealth of information and resources from some amazing individuals…


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.