Poet, Ed Hirsch at Lone Star College – Montgomery

Posted in Poetry, Writers with tags on April 6, 2010 by mclac

In the early 1990’s, poet Ed Hirsch was on the faculty of the Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.  Montgomery College was just starting up classes, and under the leadership of Dave Parsons also started a poetry reading series. One of the first readers that caused the Conroe Courier to write, “Culture comes to Conroe,” was Ed Hirsch. Much has happen to both the reading series and Ed since then.

A best –selling author and poet, President of the Guggenheim Foundation and recipient of many awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award and a MacArthur Genius Grant, Hirsch will read from his newest of eight collections of poetry, Living Fire: New and Selected Poems.

Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m.

Lone Star College-Montgomery Library.

Hirsch is author of eight collections of poetry and four prose books.  His 1986 collection, Wild Gratitude, received the National Book Critics Circle Award; and For the Sleepwalkers (1981) received the Lavan Younger Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University.

Hirsch publishes regularly in numerous national magazines and journals and teaches creative writing at Wayne State University and the University of Houston.  He lives in New York City.

This event is free to the public and includes a signing reception.

Writers in Performance is presented by Montgomery County Literary Arts Council, Lone Star College-Montgomery Library, Conroe Commission on Arts and Culture, Good Books in the Woods, Academy for Lifelong Learning and SWIRL, the student magazine of art and literature.

Good Books In The Woods will be at the event selling Ed’s books.

For more information call Dave Parsons (936) 524-6537.

(Photo source: Campion – NY Times)


Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration Photo du Jour

Posted in Photos with tags , on February 11, 2010 by mclac

December, 1999

December, 2009

Writers In Performance Photo du Jour

Posted in Information, Photos, Writers with tags on February 9, 2010 by mclac

1990’s Writers In Performance Event at Barnes and Noble In The Woodlands

February Writers In Performance – Ben Fountain

Posted in Books, Information, Writers with tags , , on February 8, 2010 by mclac

Ben Fountain’s fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review and Zoetrope: All Story. He has been awarded an O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, the PEN.Hemingway Award. Brief Encounters With Che Guevara earlier won the 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for distinguished first book of fiction, and Barnes & Noble honored Mr. Fountain with a “Discover Great New Writers Award.” The book also awarded the prestigious $50,000 Whiting Award. He lives with his wife and their two children in Dallas, Texas.

February 18, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. in the Lone Star College – Montgomery library.

Learn more about the Writers In Performance Series spring schedule by clicking here.

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Why I Hate Telling People I Teach English

Posted in Books, Poetry, Writers with tags , on February 8, 2010 by mclac

During her reading December reading at Lone Star College – Montgomery, Wendy Barker read a recently written poem, “Why I Hate Telling People I Teach English,” which I was able to record and post on my blog – http://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/why-i-hate-telling-people-i-teach-english/

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Wendy Barker – “Nothing Between Us”

Posted in Books, Poetry, Writers with tags , , , , on December 12, 2009 by mclac

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Poet Wendy Barker read from her new novel in prose poetry, Nothing Between Us – The Berkeley Years this past Thursday evening. You can read more about her appearance and view a video on my blog site http://kenneturner.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/wendy-barker-nothing-between-us/

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December MCLAC Events

Posted in Poetry, Writers with tags , , , , on November 20, 2009 by mclac

December 9, Wednesday, 7:00 PM, LSC-MONTGOMERY (Library)

WENDY BARKER has published six collections of poetry. Her book, Way of Whiteness, won the Writers League of Texas Violet Crown Award for Poetry in 2000 and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry Barker, Poet in Residence at UTSA, will read from her award-winning poetry books and poems from her newest books, Things of the Weather and Nothing Between Us: The Berkley Years.

December 10, Thursday, 3:00 PM PANEL,



A panel of distinguished Dickinson scholars: Dr. Martha Nell Smith, PhD (University of Maryland), Janet Mcann, PhD (Texas A&M University),Wendy Barker, PhD (University of Texas San Antonio) will discuss Emily Dickinson’s relationship with the men in her life. Brenda Wineapple’s new book that details her remarkable friendship with Thomas Wentworth Higginson, White Heat, will be the catalytic source to the discussion of WHITE HEAT: THE MEN IN DICKINSON ’S LIFE.


THE CORNER PUB (on the square in Conroe )

We will again have twenty distinguished poets including Texas State Poet Laureate, Paul Ruffin, creative writing professors, the paneland community literary leaders, lead by Montgomery County Poet Laureate Dave Parsons, will read their favorite Emily Dickinson poem as well as one of their own works.

MARION RUSSELL DICKSON will kick of the event with a performance of opera pieces written to the words of Emily Dickinson’s poems.  Ms. Dickson’s most recent of many honors was her recital debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, which took place in March of 2009.   Currently, Ms. Dickson is a Guest Artist with New York City based Distinguished Concerts International, New York and is on the music faculty at The University of St. Thomas.

Poster by: Dave Parsons