An Evening of Poetry with Bill Shute & Michael Aaron Casares

3rd Annual January Poetry Reading

Ruta Maya open mic hosts featured poets, Bill Shute and Michael Aaron Casares for a night of verse and open mic. Bill Shute, a poet and publisher from San Antonio, returns for his third annual Austin reading w/ Michael, this time featuring his collection “Junk Sculpture From The New Gilded Age”. Austin poet Michael Aaron Casares (formerly of San Antonio) shares poetry from his new book “This Reality of Man” and more! Open Mic precedes and follows! Free and open to the public!

The Hideout Closes the Monday Night Open Mic after 10 Years of Poetry & Spoken Word

Photo by Undercover Mexican Girl

After a decade of poetry and free speech, the weekly Monday night Open Mic at The Hideout is closing its doors to spoken word enthusiasts. Thom Woodruff, host at the Hideout open mic for the better part of six years, is reluctant to see the venue closed, but is confident about the state of poetry in the Texas capitol. For many years with an inscrutable diligence and integrity, poets, writers, spoken word artists, musicians and comedians met on Monday evenings from 6 PM to 10 PM and entertained on the front stage in the coffee shop. The best part is it was a free and open service to the public, and quite frequently hosted featured poets and writers from Austin and around the world. So the question is, why after all these years has the decision been made to pull the plug? It seems that management of the theater and coffee shop have decided the open mic is an event not to have, or as it was put to me, “They are tired of the noise, and we’re the noise; they have the money.” And so it goes.

It is a shame to see a venue that so competently stood by the poetry and spoken word participants and creators of Austin (and so graciously hosted Virgogray Press readings) shut down. At the same time, those who attended the Monday night open mics will always cherish and remember a staple in the Austin poetry scene. With poetry readings and open mics occurring just about every day of the week, we now have a gaping hole to fill—but one thing for sure is, where there is Thom, there is poetry and an open mic close behind.

We encourage all in the Austin area, whether writers, poets or listeners, to make it out to their local open mics, support the scene, support the venue through purchase and raise awareness of these gems of free speech.

The final open mic to be had at The Hideout will be held on Monday August 29, 2011 and will feature the spoken word talents of Element 615. The event as always is free and open to the public and starts at 6 PM. Bring your poetry, bring yourself, bring your soul and indulge one last time in poetry and verse at The Hideout.

The Hideout
617 Congress Ave
Austin, TX  78701

Carroll Through the Looking Glass



A special reading of Lewis Carroll’s poetry, hosted by Virgogray Press, will take place at the Calcasieu Gallery on March 13, 2010 at 5:30 PM. A brief open mic will follow. Virgogray Press publications will also be available for purchase. Carroll Through the Looking Glass is an official Contemporary Art Month exhibit and opens during Luminaria. The Black Light Contingent presents “Carroll Through the Looking Glass,” a presentation of art inspired by the life and work of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The Contingent will present several of Carroll’s works including Alice In Wonderland, poetry from his seminal collection, Phantasmagoria, his humorous play Euclid and his Modern Rivals and will highlight interpretations of his work, published under his real name, Charles Ludwig Dodgson, “The Tangled Tale” and “Curiosa Mathematica: A New Theory of Parallels,” the latter a notable excursion into shedding light on some of the work Carroll produced as Head Lecturer at Oxford University. The Black Light Contingent will truly illuminate the manuscripts of Lewis Carroll with their visually stunning ultraviolet exhibit, a presentation of fluorescent work in homage to a literary master who inevitably captured the imagination of generations.

Carroll Through the Looking Glass
@ The Calcasieu Gallery
214 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78204

March 13, 2010
Reading: 5 PM
Gallery: 7:30 PM