Archive for October, 2008

Roger Jones Reads at Long Star College

Posted in Information, Poetry, Writers on October 21, 2008 by mclac

An Evening with Roger Jones

Roger Jones gave us another wonderful reading memory last night…his poems sing the immediacy of everyday life’s poignancy…asking in a way, we the reader (or listener) to open our selves up to feel the entirety of it all: the slimy and the fish itself… paraphrasing Soren Kierkegaard…another bright evening full of catalyst of new thoughts and feelings…I looked around the crowd again…again…and again…and wonder and lament at all the people that were not there that I am confident would have been fed by the bounty of the writers we have brought to the county and continue to bring…HEY OUT THERE….COME TO OUR BANQUETS…THEY ARE FRUITFUL AND FREE!!!

Dave Parsons

“The West Texas Oil Field” (Click here to see Roger Jones video)


October MCLAC Meeting

Posted in Information with tags on October 16, 2008 by mclac

Some of the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council met to continue the planning and organizing process for the 2008/09 Writers In Performance Series.  Some changes have been made in the Series schedule, which will be noted in a future posting.

Don’t forget Roger Jones will be reading this evening in Lone Star College – Montgomery Library.

time to add mileage
collecting images for tomorrow
becoming by being


(Photo Set)

Harold Bloom’s Advice, Read Emerson

Posted in Information, Poetry with tags , on October 12, 2008 by mclac

Harold Bloom’s Advice to the Presidential Candidates,

“Read Emerson”

Harold Bloom, regarded as the foremost contemporary critic of poetry writes in today’s The New York Times (“Out of Panic, Self-Reliance”), “I am a scholar of literature and religion, and would advise whoever becomes president to turn to Ralph Waldo Emerson…” His argument is based on the belief that Emerson’s view of America in the 19th century was shaped by the financial crisis of 1837.

“I acknowledge that, as far back as I can see the widening procession of humanity, the marchers are lame and blind and deaf; but to the soul that whole past is but one finite series in its infinite scope. Deteriorating ever and now desperate. Let me begin anew. Let me teach the finite to know its master. Let me ascend above my fate and work down upon my world.” Emerson

Poetry plays many roles in all cultures, but none more special that during times of crisis. Much has been written of poetry in the times of crisis, so I encourage you to “Google It, or at best read Harold Bloom’s opt-ed piece.

“The wealth of the universe is for me. Every thing is explicable and practical for me …. I am defeated all the time; yet to victory I am born.” — Emerson

Kenne G. Turner

MCLAC Board Member

Photo Credit — James Estrin/ The New York Times

Roger Jones Poster

Posted in Information, Poetry, Writers with tags , on October 11, 2008 by mclac

Are We There Yet?

Roger Jones Presents at October 16th Series

Posted in Poetry, Writers with tags on October 8, 2008 by mclac


Roger Jones was born in 1954 and grew up in East Texas and California, with pit stops in Oklahoma and Iowa. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in 1978, and two years later received an MA from the same institution. In 1986, he received a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, where he graduated “with distinction” and a 3.9 GPA. He received the 1980 Texas Review Poetry Chapbook Prize for his collection Remembering New London, and the 1993 Texas Review Southern/Southwestern Breakthrough competition award (judged by Edward Hirsch) for his collection Strata. He has published over 200 poems, articles, essays, interviews in a variety of journals, including Iowa Review, Texas Review, Hawaii Review, Evansville Review, Baltimore Review, Poem, Poet Lore, Rio Grande Review, Slackwater Review, Bloomsbury Review, Southern Poetry Review, and others. He was a past recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. As one of the faculty for the MFA Program, he is the faculty advisors for Persona, the Texas State University student literary periodical