Friday Wrap Up

Upcoming Texas Literary Events



Thursday, March 8,  8 PM

Mary Gordon – called by The New York Times “America’s preeminent novelist of Roman Catholic mores,” she is also a memoirist who discusses with directness her mother’s descent into earlier years because of Alzheimer’s.KERA (90.1), Thursday, March 8, 8 PM

Next week: (March 15, 8 PM): Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich’s first book of poems, Jacklight, was published in 1983, followed a year later by Love Medicine, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Love Medicine eventually became the first in a remarkable series of novels concerned with the Native American experience, including The Beet Queen, Tracks, The Bingo PalaceThe Antelope WifeThe Master Butchers Singing Club, and The Painted Drum.

Badgerdog & Ballet Austin Present: In Front of Strangers I Sing

Austin, TX–(March 6th) At Ballet Austin on Sunday, March 11th, Badgerdog presents “In Front of Strangers I Sing.” The event, part of Ballet Austin’s ongoing Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, will feature performances by writers aged 8 to 80, alongside our special guest: Chorus Austin.

In January, Badgerdog’s teaching-artists began incorporating new lessons into their ongoing work in the classroom, lessons that highlighted writers of witness and exile. Our students encountered the work of poets like Osip Mandelstam, Federico García Lorca, and Mercé Rodoreda, writers who suffered through periods of genocide and civil unrest, writers who continued to write—if secretly—in the face of grave danger. The writers in our programs studied these poems as pieces of history and as evidence of courage, as bits of truth, and messages of hope. The work of these exiled writers inspired Badgerdog’s Youth Voices and Silver Voices to reflect on history’s most frightening moments and offer their own words of bravery, peace, and resilience.

Join us at Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater (701 W Riverside Dr.) from 2pm-3pm on Sunday, March 11th. Audience members can also receive a free chapbook with our writers’ work and essays about the courageous writers that inspired them.

WordSpace Presents Dallas Poetry Slam @ Deep Ellum Outdoor Market

When: Saturday March 17th, 12pm

Where: Deep Ellum: Indiana and Malcom X

From noon-3, every hour on the hour, poets from the Dallas Poetry Slampump up the jam Deep Ellum Outdoor Market with a 15 minute performance between music sets.

WordSpace Student Readings at SMU Literary Festival

When: Wednesday March 21st 6:30pm, Reception at 6 pm

Where: SMU McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall

Who: Booker T. Washington, Hockaday, Greenhill, Yavneh, Texans Can Academies

WordSpace is greatly honored to present their annual Dallas area high school students reading at the 2012 Southern Methodist University Literary Festival.

Johnson City Library invites you to celebrate Poetry Week at the Library March 12 to 15.

Monday, March 12 at noon, bring a brown bag lunch and a favorite poem for a Poetry Slam. You can sign up at the door to read your poetry or just come to listen.

Come participate/appreciate poetry. All ages are welcome.

Join us March 15 at 6:30pm for a Poetry Reading at Chantilly Lace (call for directions).

Hors d’ oeuvres will be served and readers need to sign up ahead of time. BYOB of wine. Space is limited so please RSVP

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