Poetry on Disc: Reckoning by Michael Aaron Casares (Limited)

The Reckoning is a brand new audio disc recording from Virgogray Press. The recording is a first in a series of limited edition albums by Michael Aaron Casares. The Reckoning features 9 tracks of poetry from his book This Reality of Man and one poem, “Severance,” previously published in his New Polish Beat chapbook, Green Tea America.



Track List:

01. The Understanding
02. Please, Not Today
03. Reckoning
04. 42 Feet
05. Quality of Life
06. Force of Hand
07. Obtusely Abstract
08. Iconoclassic
09. Corporation & State (Kill the Bank)
10. Severance*


* from the chapbook, Green Tea America (New Polish Beat).



Virgogray Press Presents: The Austin Salon Poetic

Virgogray Press and the Austin Poets Association present a new poetry open mic event called Austin Salon Poetic to be held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month beginning August 20, 2012 at Headhunters Club and Lounge located in downtown Austin, TX at 720 Red River Street, 78701. We are glad to be involved in presenting a poetry open mic for the Austin community to enjoy or participate. Headhunters Club is pretty much a classic venue, standing in the Red River District for years on the corner of 8th and Red River. One may associate “headbanging” with “Headhunters,” and Headhunters is a rockin’ live music venue that does serve up metal, rock and alternative local, regional and touring acts,but Headhunters theme is more akin to a Tiki type bar and lounge, with an amiable staff and good drinks.

The Austin Salon Poetic, while primarily a poetry open mic will feature local, regional and traveling poets who wish to share their words with an Austin audience. All are encouraged to come and participate or just spectate, check out your favorite local spoken word artist and poet or just have some drinks and socialize.  The Salon will be held on the intimate “Cannibal Stage” (no zombies, please). Doors open at 7 PM, at which time you may also sign-up for the open mic which shall begin promptly at 7:30 PM, unless we have a feature poet presenting their work.  The open mic will be sign up and round robin till the end of the event. Free speech is encouraged, as well as all styles of poetry.

Upcoming Salons:

August 20, 2012 – Feature Poet: Thom Woodruff aka Headhunter Thom + Open Mic
September 3, 2012 – Feature Poet: Mike D. Knight + Open Mic
September 17, 2012 – Feature Poet: Bill Shute (San Antonio) + Open Mic
Ocotber 1, 2012 – Open Mic
October 15, 2012 – Open Mic

It is our hope to bring  new and familiar voices in poetry to downtown Austin, as well as highlight the rich literary culture of the city by sharing the art of poetry freely and to the general public. If you are a poet interested in setting up a featured reading, please do not hesitate to contact. Further information regarding The Austin Salon Poetic and The Austin Poets Association can be found at the following address http://austinpoetsassociation.blogspot.com/

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