Dear Poets and Poetesses,

From Austin, the live poetry capital of the known universe, and beyond,,,

APAL Poets Guide

All events free unless otherwise noted. Some venues pass the jar for featured poets.

This is the week of 1998 National Poetry Slam, right here in hometown Austin. See this week's Austin Chronicle for cover stories, 1998 Austin Slam Team profiles and more.

Full 1998 NPS bout schedules and venue locations are listed below the Announcements Section.

1. Monday, August 17 - Fado Irish Pub, 214 W. 4th (next door to Ruta Maya Coffee House). 7 pm. Open mic event with surprise hosts. Various slam poets, poets, people, bartenders, stray characters. fmi contact krysten_at_swbelll.net or buddydog_at_texas.net

2. Tuesday, August 18 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th & Lavaca. APAL open mic, sign up at 6 pm. Sara Sutterfield Winn and Maslow host. Featured poets: New York poets/editors Brett Axel and Amy Ouzoonian, along with visiting national slam poets. Brett and Amy are seeking submissions for their publications. Find out more about their tour at http://www.mhv.net/%7Eaxels/neshows.htm

fmi e mail maslow_at_flash.net

3. Tueday, August 18 - Alamo Draft House, 409 Colorado. Starting at 8 p.m. $2 Admission. Slam-related movies, including SlamNation (which screened at the Alamo during South By Southwest), Slam (featuring Saul Williams from the '96 New York team and Beau Sia from the '96 New York team and '97 Mouth Almighty team), Wammo's video for "There Is Too Much Light In This Bar," and the '98 Nationals PSA, which promises to be 30 of the greatest seconds of your life. Marc Smith will also be there to give a reading and a pre-Nationals invocation.

4. Wednesday, August 19 - Mojo's Daily Grind, 2714 Guadalupe. MASTERPIECE THEATER, 4:30-6 p.m. Slam Hall-of-Famers deliver the poems that made slam great. 477-MOJO

5. Wednesday, August 19 - INCOMMUNICADO PRESS BOOK PARTY, Fringeware (2716 Guadalupe, 494-9273), 4:30-6 p.m. A reading with authors Steve Abee and Jimmy Jazz.

6. Wednesday, August 19 - 1998 National Poetry Slam begins! Tickets available at Waterloo Records, 6th and Lamar and Austix 3710 Cedar Street. Tickets for Finals on Aug. 22 are available at the Paramount box office, 703 Congress Ave. See special 1998 NPS venues/bouts schedule following announcements. For more details, visit http://slam.home.texas.net/98Nationals/welcome.htm

7. Wednesday, August 19 - Movements Gallery 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your Own Breath. Tammy Gomez hosts, 9-10:30 pm. fmi tejana.tongue_at_mail.utexas.edu

8. Thursday, August 20 - POETS LIVING ROOM, BookPeople (6th and Lamar) noon-2 p.m., 472-5050. Round-robin open mic, Taos style.

9. Thursday, August 20 - GRAMMAR RODEO AND SPELLING BEE, Mojo's, 2716 Guadalupe. 1-2:30 p.m. Not for the faint of heart, thrills and spills guaranteed.

10. Thursday, August 20 - BookPeople (6th and Lamar) 2-3 p.m. A reading with the father of the slam, Chicago poet MARC SMITH

11. Thursday, August 20 - Mojo's, 2714 Guadalupe, 2:30-3 p.m. POETICALLY INCORRECT, Poet talk show discussing the state of contemporary poetry.

12. Thursday, August 20 - NIGHT OF THE CHIHUAHUA, Mojo's, 3-4:30 p.m. All Latino, all burrito, and looking to spread some panic. With Kenn Rodriguez (Albuquerque), Danny Solis (Albuquerque), Marta Sanchez (Seattle), Guy Gonzales (New York), Trinidad Sanchez (San Antonio), and many more.

13. Thursay, August 20 - Fringeware, 3:30-4:30 p.m. JUSTIN CHIN, JEFF MCDANIEL, AND TARIN TOWERS.

14. Thursday, August 20 - MANIC D PRESS BOOK PARTY, Fringeware, 4:30-6 p.m. Hosted by Juliette Torrez (San Francisco), Bruce Jackson (San Francisco) and Jeff McDaniel (Los Angeles).

15. Thursday, August 20 - Mojo's, 4:30-6 p.m. PROP SLAM

16. Thursday, August 20 - Borders (10225 Research Blvd, 795-9553), 6 p.m. WRITERS CORP CYBER SLAM

17. Thursday, August 20 - Barry's Coffee House, 517 N. Third, Temple, Texas. Open mic, signup 7:00 pm. Central Texas Live Poets Society presents featured poet Larry Jaffe. fmi contact mgreene_at_sage.net

18. Thursday, August 20 - Resistencia Bookstore (2210-B South First St.) will host poetry readings by Nuyorican Poets. 8:30 pm. The event will feature Miguel Algarín, winner of 5 American Book Awards and founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Miguel Algarín, distinguished poet and Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, will read from his latest book Love is Hardwork (Simon and Schuster, '97) and his book-in-process Dirty Beauty. Following, the poetry continues with the internationally known poets of the Nuyorican Poets Slam Team and special guests (Martin Banks and other guest musicians). Miguel will conduct this ceremonious gathering of poets / artists / community, historically commemorating connections between the Nuyorican Poets of the Northeast and the Chicano Poets of the Southwest. FMI call Resistencia Bookstore (512) 416-8885.

19. Thursday, August 20 - 1998 National Poetry Slam continues. See section below for venues/bouts.

20. Friday, August 21 - POETS LIVING ROOM, BookPeople, 6th and Lamar. noon-2 p.m.

21. Friday, August 21 - Mojo's, 1-2:30 p.m. THE TRUTH ABOUT SUPERHEROES. Reality love bites from the writers in this gay and lesbian showcase. With Douglas A. Martin (Athens), Ken Hunt (Madison), Lyska Janacek (Fargo), Justin Chin (San Francisco), Scott Klein (Detroit), Thea Iberall (Los Angeles), and many more.

22. Friday, August 21 - BookPeople, 6th & Lamar, 2-3 p.m. PATRICIA SMITH. A reading with the four-time poetry slam champion, Boston poet Patricia Smith.

23. Friday, August 21 - POETICALLY INCORRECT, Mojo's, 2:30-3 p.m.

24. Friday, August 21 - CHOCOLATE CITY, Mojo's, 3-4:30 p.m. This African-American writers showcase promises to be delicious. With Boogie Man (Cleveland), Jerry Quickley (Los Angeles), DJ Renegade (Washington DC), Roger Bonair-Agard (New York), Bruce Jackson (San Francisco), and many more.

25. Friday, August 21 - DOUG MARTIN, SPIKE GILLESPIE AND BOB REDMOND, Fringeware, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

26. Friday, August 21 - HEAD-TO-HEAD HAIKU SLAM, Mojo's, 4:30-6 p.m.

27. Friday, August 21 - SOFT SKULL AND MOUTH ALMIGHTY PARTY, Fringeware, 4:30-6 p.m. Hosted by Sander Hicks and Bob Holman.

28. Friday, August 21 - FRIDAY NIGHT BOUTS INDIVIDUAL SEMI-FINALS

The top ten poets in the individual all-arounds get on the high beam for two rounds of mayhem. The top six will move on to Saturday night. See NPS section below for venues.

29. Saturday, August 22 - BookPeople, 6th & Lamar, noon-2 p.m. POETS LIVING ROOM

30. Saturday, August 22 - Mojo's, 2714 Guadalupe. 1-2:30 p.m. FIRESTORM All-fem reading series, guaranteed to burn your ears. With Genevieve Van Cleve (Austin), Christina Springer (Pittsburgh), Lea Deschenes (Laguna Beach), Sabrina Hayeem-Ladani (Albuquerque), Lisa Martinovic (Fayetteville, AR), Anne MacNaughton (Taos) and many more.

31. Saturday, August 22 - Fringeware, 2-3 p.m. BOB HOLMAN A reading with poetry impresario and slam godfather Bob Holman from New York.

32. Saturday, August 22 - APAL open mic at Quack's is taking a break today,,, next Saturday, August, 29, the open mic resumes, in a 7:30 pm time slot.

33. Saturday, August 22 - Mojo's, 3-4:30 p.m. YOUNG VOICES SLAM. Open to poets 21 and younger.

34. Saturday, August 22 - Public Domain, 807 Congress Avenue, 4-5 p.m.AUSTIN CINEMAKER COOP presents EXQUISITE CORPSE FILM FESTIVAL, A Super 8 film screening, made collaboratively, modeled on the poetry writing exercise.

35. Saturday, August 22 - Fringeware, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ELLYN MAYBE W/ SPECIAL GUESTS

36. Saturday, August 22 - Mojo's, 4:30-6 p.m. RAP SLAM

37. Saturday, August 22 - Fringeware, 4:30-6 p.m. 2.13.61 PUBLICATIONS PARTY, Hosted by Ellyn Maybe.



38. Saturday, August 22 - 1998 National Poetry Slam finals. Paramount Theatre. 703 Congress, 8 pm. Tickets $11 available at Paramount Box Office.

39. Sunday, August 23 - Sunday Salon at DiverseArts Little Gallery at Heritage House, 810 E. 13th Street. 3 pm. Special guest L.A. poet Larry Jaffe, joined by Dr. Marvin Kimbrough, Tammy Gomez, Marla Fulgham, Akwesi Evans, Floyd Freeman, Stazja McFadyen. A tribute to Lorraine Hansberry; Nicole Eutsey presents winners of OurStory competition. For more information, call 479-8735

40. Monday, August 24 - Jovita's 1619 South First St. Open mic readings 7-9 pm. Brett Axel and Amy Ouzoonian feature.

41. Monday, August 24 - Ebony Sun Java House, 1209 E. 11th Street. East Side Black and White poets, hosted by Stazja McFadyen. Open mic sign up at 7:30 pm. Featured poet: Larry Jaffe. fmi call 625-3368

42. Tuesday, August 25 - Ruta Maya Coffee House, 4th & Lavaca. APAL open mic, signup at 6:30 pm. Hosted by Sara Sutterfield Winn and Maslow. Feature: L.A. poet Larry Jaffe. fmi e mail maslow_at_flash.net

43. Wednesday, August 26 - Movements Gallery, 211 E. 6th St. BYOB: Blast Your Own Breath. Tammy Gomez hosts, 9-10:30 pm. fmi tejana.tongue_at_mail.utexas.edu

44. Saturday, August 29 - Past Poetry Project performance at Windsor Village Library. 2pm The Past Poetry Project will be reading LIGHT POETRY (of Lewis Carroll, Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash & others) on Saturday, August 29th, at 2pm, at the Windsor Village Branch Library (5851 Berkman Dr). Call 928-0333 for directions.

45. Saturday, August 29 - Saturday Night Live Poetry at Quackenbush's Coffee House, 2120 Gaudalupe. Back in the evening time slot, APAL open mic sign up at 7:30 pm. Featured: Saturday Morning Writing Group and Thom the World Poet, releasing "August 1998" chapbook. Hosted by Diane Fleming. fmi e buddydog_at_texas.net

46. Sunday, August 30 - Electric Lounge. Volunteer Party for the Nationals. It's not over till there's a party. Genevieve Van Cleve's going away party. CD release party for Tin'a Fine Ass Lingere, the live CD we did at the Lounge a couple of months ago. 9pm. This is an open party.Anyone that wants to come is welcome.

Featured Poetry - This week's theme: Poems in Spanish/English translations.

Next week's theme: Faeries and mythical creatures

Following week's theme: Smiles

1. Steve Vera is a board member of Austin International Poetry Festival. (Thanks, Steve, for helping me figure out how to include the diacritical marks).

Monwa

Monwa es mi diva, desearé

Por Ella, me tropiezo en

Este Chaparral lleno de víboras.

Por Ella, me arrastro en esa orilla

De peñascos vibrantes en las nubes.

Sus olas eroden mi alma: Ella me sombrea

Del sol de virtud

Por Su luna de néctar.

Aunque subo la montaña

De la luz de la vida, no temeré

Perfección: porque crezco en Ella;

Sus cuevas y cañones me endurecen.

Me da esperanza que mi última lágrima

Ablandará las escamas de mis enemigos.

Sus tormentas de arena irritan sus ojos.

Por Ella, busco fuentes suaves

En estas dunas áridas para que miren.

Sin duda, la aventura me empujará

Dentro de Su volcán para siempre.

Y adoraré en la matriz de Monwa

Hasta que todas las estrellas sean novas.

Monwa

Monwa is my diva; i shall desire.

For Her, i stumble through

This snake infested chaparral.

For Her, i crawl that edge

Of vibrant cliffs on clouds.

Her waves erode my soul: She shades me

From the sun of virtue

For Her moon of nectar.

Though i climb the mountain

Of the light of life, i will not dread

Perfection: for i grow in Her;

Her caves and canyons harden me.

She makes me hope my last tear

Will soften the scales on my enemies.

Her sandstorms sting their eyes.

For Her, i comb these arid dunes

For soothing springs to help them see.

Surely, adventure shall always

Thrust me into Her volcano.

And i will worship in Monwa's womb

Till all the stars are novas.

Steve Vera

2. Sue Littleton co produced El Festival Hispanica during '98 Austin International Poetry Festival and co-hosts the monthly Poesia Y Sur Spanish/English reading series at Mexic-Arte Museum.

Oda a una Esponja Griega

Grecia.

Sueño inalcanzable.

Entre mis manos

la enorme esponja rubia

huele a Mediterráneo,

ese salado perfume de arena

y pequeñas olas cristalinas

besándose.

Grecia.

Los nombres de tus islas

me acarician.

Santorini.

Creta.

Epidauros.

Tus infinitas puestas de sol

paganas y cristianas

translucen mis párpados.

Las sombras de tus antiguos heroes

caminan sobre el escenario de mi imaginación.

Me detengo en las ruinas

de los palacios derrumbados de Minos,

mis oídos abofeteados

por los bramidos enfurecidos

del Minotauro.

Arriba el cielo se arrellana, el arco del horizonte

un bostezo perezoso.

El calor me sofoca con su jadeo de bronce.

A mis pies, desde la tierra seca, agrietada,

las hierbas tiritan suavemente, sin viento,

susurrando

ancianas glorias.

¡Grecia!

Tu nombre resbala sobre mi lengua

como miel silvestre.

Me caen lágrimas de nostalgia inventada

y la pobre esponja, tan hambrienta como yo,

las devora,

acordándose

de la sal

de su mar imposible.

Ode to a Greek Sponge (Translation - Author)

Greece

Unattainable dream.

In my hands

the enormous blonde sponge

smells of the Mediterranean

that salty perfume of sand

and little crystal waves

kissing each other.

Greece.

The names of your islands

caress me.

Santorini.

Crete.

Epidauros.

Your infinite sunsets

pagan and Christian,

shine through my eyelids.

The shades of your ancient heroes

march across the stage of my imagination.

I pause in the ruins

of the toppled palaces of Minos,

my ears buffeted

by the furious bellowings

of the Minotaur.

Overhead the sky stretches, the vault of the horizon

a lazy yawn.

The heat suffocates me with its bronze panting.

At my feet, from the dry, cracked earth

weeds rustle softly, without a wind,

whispering

ancient glories.

Greece!

Your name slides across my tongue

like wild honey.

Tears of invented nostalgia fall from my eyes

and the poor sponge, as hungry as I,

devours them,

remembering the salt

of its impossible sea.

Announcements

1. Great News in San Francisco! Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the original Beats, has been named the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco! (Nicola, could you see if Stephen still has my copy of "A Coney Island of the Mind"?)

2. The 1998 National Poetry Slam needs volunteers from now until August 21st. Help stuff poet "goodie" bags on Monday evening at the Electric Lounge. Help is still needed at some of the venues and during the day time, during the Nationals. Please contact Sonya Feher, Volunteer Coordinator, at ssfeher_at_yahoo.com or 326-9692.

3. Anyone in Austin who can offer housing to visiting poets during the 1998 National Poetry Slam, beginning with the arrivals on Tuesday, Aug 18, contact maslow_at_flash.net.

4. All performance poets are invited to come and perform at the jam in las vegas! Monday night through Thursday night, september 21-24, 1998. Information on registering and attending is at <http://users.aol.com/bowerbird>.

-bowerbird_at_aol.com

Ed.'s note: Another Jammer signed up from Austin: Neil Meili. Take advantage of bowerbird's visit to Austin during NPS. Contact him at bowerbird_at_aol.com

5. Congrats to Ernie Cline, 1998 Austin Slam Team member, for winning the weekly slam at the Electric Lounge last week. Visit the 1998 National Poetry Slam site at http://slam.home.texas.net/98Nationals/welcome.htm

6. Chris Vannoy of St. Petersburg, Florida, who has contributed several poems to APAL e-newsletter, was voted among the four fave poets of summer '98 on Janet Colligne's Petals of the Rose poetry website. Congratulations, Chris! You can read his work at http://members.aol.com/lilacborn/arbor.html

7. There's been a noticable increase in number of signups at the APAL open mics at Ruta Maya on Tuesday, and Quackenbush's on Saturday (featuring: Aaron Sanders and Patrick Wharton -- both incredible!), making for some dynamic reads. I'd like to hear from you guys who come to APAL open mic, letting me know what you most enjoy about the venues, and any suggestions for improvements.

8. Notice to all Brits: In a few short weeks, Genevieve Van Cleve, recently retired Austin Slam Master, and 1998 Austin Slam Team member, will be arriving in Bristol. Darcy Harris will also be traveling to England soon, before relocating in San Francisco. Take exceptionally good care of these treasures. -- Signed, Guido

1998 National Poetry Slam Schedule of Venues/Bouts and related stuff

WEDNESDAY, August 19

OPENING CEREMONIES, Electric Lounge (302 Bowie, 476-FUSE), 1-3 p.m. Competing teams and individuals meet here for the lovefest. Check-in is mandatory; stick around for the team introductions.

WEDNESDAY BOUTS

Electric Lounge - 302 Bowie, 476-FUSE

1: Ann Arbor v. Bellwood, IL v. Boston v. Parmalee Cover (Watsonville,CA)

MC: Taylor Mali 7 pm

2: Oklahoma City v. Ozarks v. Mission District v. Gary Drilling (Sarasota, FL) MC: Deb Marsh 8:30 pm

3: Laguna Beach v. Cleveland v. Hyannis v. Stephanie Tillison (Santa Fe, NM) MC: Juliette Torrez 10 pm

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 409 Colorado, 867-1839

1: Connecticut v. Greenville v. Chicago v. Jasim Mohamed (Rinkeby, SWEDEN) MC: Sonya Feher 7 pm

2: Seattle v. Fargo v. Missouri Ozarks v. CiroViomantes (Seattle)

MC: Wammo 8:30 pm

3: Brockton, MA v. Minneapolis v. Worcester v. Gayle Danley (Silver Spring, Md) MC: Michael Brown 10 pm

Blondies 510 Rio Grande, 472-7343

1: Hot Springs v. Vancouver v. Pittsburgh v. Reverend Bart (Houston)

MC: Kim Holzer 7 pm

2: Providence v. Roanoke v. Dallas v. Paul Bullock (Lubbock, TX)

MC: Allison Durazzi 8:30 pm

3: Los Angeles v. Salt Lake City v. Detroit v. Rolf Springer (Phoenix, AZ)

MC: Ray Davey 10 pm

Ritz Upstairs 320 E. 6th, 474-2270

1: Manhattan v. Montreal v. Winston-Salem v. DJ Renegade (Washington, DC) MC: Phil West 7 pm

2: Portland v. Santa Cruz v. Asheville v. Adam Gottschalk (Bellingham, WA)

MC: Boogie Man 8:30 pm

Ruta Maya 4th & Lavaca 472-9637

1: New York v. Hollywood/Los Feliz v. Kalamazoo v. Rus T.Russell (Madison, WI) MC: Larry Francis 7 pm

2: Ft Worth v Urbana-Champaign v Knoxville v Garland Thompson, Jr (Monterey) MC: Jill Battson 8:30 pm

Twist 505 Neches, 320-TWST

1: Albuquerque v. Venice Beach v. Mesa v. Al Letson (Jacksonville, FL)

MC: Patricia Smith 7 pm

2: Austin v. Long Beach v. San Francisco v. Tony Gallucci (Kerrville, TX)

MC: Allan Wolf 8:30 pm

THURSDAY, August 20

Electric Lounge 302 Bowie 476-FUSE

1: Missouri Ozarks v. Portland v. Detroit v. Garland Thompson, Jr (Monterey,CA) MC: Larry Francis 7 pm

2: Hot Springs v. New York v. Brockton, MA v. Jasim Mohamed (Rinkeby, SWEDEN) MC: Wammo 8:30 pm

3: Vancouver v. Albuquerque v. Austin v. Rus T. Russell (Madison, WI)

MC: Deb Marsh 10 pm

Alamo Drafthouse 409 Colorado, 867-1839

1: Mission District v. Providence v. Fort Worth v. Paul Bullock (Lubbock, TX)

MC: Kim Holzer 7 pm

2: Boston v. Kalamazoo v. Salt Lake City v. Rolf Springer (Phoenix, AZ)

MC: Jill Battson 8:30 pm

Blondies 510 Rio Grande, 472-7343

1: Ozarks v. Asheville v. Worcester v. Tony Gallucci (Kerrville, TX)

MC: Sonya Feher 7 pm

2: Bellwood, IL v. Montreal v. Hyannis v. Al Letson (Jacksonville, FL)

MC: Boogie Man 8:30 pm

3: Chicago v. Mesa v. Long Beach v. DJ Renegade (Washington, DC)

MC: Bob Holman 10 pm

La Zona Rosa 612 W. 4th, 472-2293

1: Oklahoma City v. Santa Cruz v. Urbana-Champaign v. Ciro Viomantes

(Seattle, WA) MC: Mike Henry 7 pm

2: Ann Arbor v. Manhattan v. Cleveland v. Gayle Danley (Silver Spring, MD)

MC: Allan Wolf 8:30 pm

3: Pittsburgh v. Venice Beach v. Knoxville v. Parmalee Cover (Watsonville, CA) MC: Michael Brown 10 pm

Ruta Maya 4th & Lavaca 472-9637

1: Seattle v. Roanoke v. San Francisco v. Gary Drilling (Sarasota,FL)

MC: Patricia Smith 7 pm

2: Connecticut v. Winston-Salem v. Minneapolis v. Reverend Bart (Houston)

MC: VieVee 8:30 pm

Twist 505 Neches, 320-TWST

1: Fargo v. Dallas v. Laguna Beach v. Adam Gottschalk (Bellingham, WA)

MC: Taylor Mali 7 pm

2: Greenville v. Hollywood/Los Feliz v. LA v. Stephanie Tillison (Santa Fe, NM) MC: Allison Durazzi 8:30 pm

FRIDAY, August 21st

THE SOFTBALL GAME - 11am. Check out the Softball Game page.

FRIDAY NIGHTBOUTS

INDIVIDUAL SEMI-FINALS

The top ten poets in the individual all-arounds get on the high beam for two rounds of mayhem. The top six will move on to Saturday night

Electric Lounge, 302 Bowie, 476-FUSE, two bouts. Starts at 7 pm

La Zona Rosa, 612 W. 4th, 472-2293, two bouts. Starts at 7 pm

Blondies, 510 Rio Grande, 472-7343, two bouts. Starts at 7 pm

SATURDAY, August 22 -

SLAMMASTERS' MEETING, La Quinta Inn Capitol, Lady Bird Room, 10:30-1:30 p.m.

THE FINALS

The 1998 National Poetry Slam Finals will be held at the Paramount Theater, 8 pm. The Asylum Street Spankers, one of Austin's best-loved bands, will open the show, followed by Best Of The Week Showcase Poems, the first two rounds of the team finals, the individual finals, and the concluding two rounds of the team finals.

And afterward, THE PARTY!

That's a wrap!

Thanks to all who contributed.

Anyone wanted off the mailing list, e me.

Much love,

Stazja McFadyen

Subj: RE: Austin Poets at Large #41

Date: 98-08-17 02:45:09 EDT

From: larry_at_jaffe2.com (larry jaffe)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

this looks great staz

l*

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #41

Date: 98-08-17 10:10:57 EDT

From: sbpvp_at_eden.com (Susan Bright)

Reply-to: sbpvp_at_eden.com

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

Thanks for the info about the poetry slam. One of our writers, Lyn

Coffin will be participating with a group from Ann Arbor.

Best

Susan Bright

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #41

Date: 98-08-17 08:58:25 EDT

From: MrPool

To: Stazja

Stazja,

Good news! My brother cancelled our fishing trip, so I will be able to accept your invitation to the Larry Jaffe party on the 22nd.

See you,

Frank

Subj: Dear Poets and Poetesses

Date: 98-08-17 04:21:46 EDT

From: salpub_at_iol.ie (Jessie Lendennie)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com



"Poetesses" - are you joking, or are you still, despite a seeming

contemporary consciousness, using such a silly, awkward, antiquated term?

Even in conservative Ireland and even among the over 65s a poet is a poet.

Jessie Lendennie

Salmon Publishin

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #41

Date: 98-08-17 02:17:29 EDT

From: realbigdeal_at_hotmail.com (Larry C.)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

Stazja, dearest...

I need your help and I'm pleased to say it does involve poetry.

My trip to New Zealand was unbelievable ! It's the greatest place in the

universe.

Apparently there are some Kiwis equally impressed with me. I've been

invited to play at the Whare Flat Folk Festival in Dunedin in January,

and I (please cross your fingers on my behalf !!! ) hope to be invited

to play at the much larger Sweetwaters' Festival about a month later

near Auckland. For the geographically challenged, those two communities

are at opposite ends of the country. I will be taking my music ( and

some poetry ) to...ooohhh...approximately 40 thousand people, if I get

an invite. Further, I'm doing radio in both Dunedin and Christchurch.

This trip is on a shoestring budget. I will lose money by the time I;m

done, but I could not pass up this opportunity ! No, I don't want cash,

what I'm hoping is that someone in A.I.P.F has friends, family or some

connections in NZ. I need places to overnight, and clubs that

would feed me and put a few quid in the hat for me to play. Couch

space and coffee are all I need, and I'll make it worth their while.

This is an odd, and presumptous request, I know...but this is a big

chance and I'm determined to pull every string I can ! Would you get

the word out for me ?

The album should be out in December. It's called "Surf's Up" and has one

poem on it, over the objections of my producer.

Thanks ! Hope all is well !

Larry Cordle

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #41

Date: 98-08-17 11:34:14 EDT

From: sbpvp_at_eden.com (Susan Bright)

Reply-to: sbpvp_at_eden.com

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

Thanks again. Here's some info about our upcoming publishing colony.

Please circulate.

Best

Susan



GULF COAST PUBLISHING COLONY (12/27/98-1/3/99): Call for Entry. Ten

selected writers to join poet/editors, Susan Bright and Margo LaGattuta,

for 7-day intensive, collaborative publishing colony on beautiful Texas

Gulf coast resulting in publication of the 17th Plain View Press New

Voices Series anthology, a national showcase for American writers and

issue-based literary work. Send 15-20 pages by Nov 15: Plain View

Press, P.O. 33311, Austin, TX 78764. Inquiries: Susan Bright,

512-441-2452 (sbpvp_at_eden.com), Margo LaGattuta, 810-693-7344

(lagapvp_at_aol.com.) Follow New Voices Series link:

http://www.eden.com/~sbpvp.

Reading Fee: $10.

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #41

Date: 98-08-17 11:33:37 EDT

From: realbigdeal_at_hotmail.com (Larry C.)

To: Stazja_at_aol.com

Love to read on 10/3. I'll put that blurb together. Thanks for your

help.

How about that coffee date we spoke of ?

LC

Subj: Re: Austin Poets at Large #41

Date: 98-08-19 04:25:04 EDT

From: jsm27_at_hotmail.com (jeffrey magee)

To: Stazja_at_AOL.COM

hey love, i ended up not going to hawaii and i want to help in the slam

in whatever possible -- you know i'm broke and want to help just to be

there -- and i wonder if you have sarah-sutterfierlds new #. jeff magee

-- you and i judged together, in english w/ sarah, ringing 27