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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)


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 –

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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

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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

Good Books In The Woods Weekly Update 9.28.09

Posted in Books, Information, Poetry, Writers with tags on September 29, 2009 by kenneturner

Hi Everyone,   Here’s what’s happening at Good Books In The Woods:

Friends of the Library Presentation Today, September 29 starting at 6:30pm Mitchell Branch Library on Ashlane Way off Woodlands Parkway Dick will be giving a presentation on his obsession with books.  He’ll be talking about his own personal collection and the origin of our book store.  He also be talking about a couple other book obsessives just to make himself feel a bit more normal.  It should be quite entertaining.  This event is at the Mitchell Branch library and is open to the public.     

Non-Fiction Book Club Thursday, October 1 starts at 7:00pm Good Books In The Woods This meeting’s book is Our Daily Meds by Melody Petersen.  Petersen was a New York Times reporter who covered health care and the pharmaceutical industry.  I’ve decided that this book is officially depressing.  A must read for anyone on prescription meds, but depressing notheless.  What happens when the FDA approves a med and recommends it be used no longer than 4 weeks, and I’ve been taking it for 101 straight weeks?  Nothing good, I’m sure.  I think my liver and kidneys are still functioning.  I think.  

William Barnes Friday, October 2 from 6pm – 8pm Good Books In The Woods Our second ALL class (Academy for Life-Long Learning) features a local author.  William Barnes will be here to duscuss his novel, The White Cockroach. The novel is about the Mexican Drug Wars currently ripping that country apart and how the violence spreads into Texas and the American Southwest.  Please join us for a fun evening with a local author.  One of William’s friends was just in here.  It seems that William was 65 when he first started writing.  I’ve also been told that he writes terrific sex scenes.  

First Friday Friday, October 2 from 8pm The art galleries are back in full swing.  We now have three art galleries, two furniture galleries, and GBITW participating in First Friday.  We’ll all be open late.  We’ve got free wine and snacks.  Come on over!  

Alberto Arcia – This is being Rescheduled. No longer October 10.  Will probably be moved to November. Alberto is the President of the Woodlands Writers Guild.  His first novel is now going to be published in late October.  Alberto will be at Good Books In The Woods reading selections from his novel and signing his book.  The novel is called “Cut and Run: The Misadventures of Alex Perez.” Some of you have already heard Alberto read excerpts at our Naughty Nite in the Woods event.  The book is hilarious.  Come hear for yourself sometime in November.  I’ll keep you informed.  

Colleen Thompson Tuesday, October 13 starting at 7pm Colleen Thompson is a local author with 15 published novels to her credit.  She will be at Good Books In The Woods conducting a workshop for the members of The Woodlands Writers Guild.  Learn to target your writing market, present your best work, and capture the attention of the right agents and editors to get your work in front of readers. Join Rita, Daphne du Maurier, and RT Bookclub Reviewer’s Choice award-nominated Colleen Thompson, author of fifteen romantic mystery/thriller and historical romance novels. A former area teacher who met her agent at a Woodlands Writers Guild conference in the late nineties, Colleen has seen her novels translated into seven languages, produced in audio form, and praised by Publisher’s Weekly. Currently working on her next novel, Colleen also takes time to write articles on the craft and business of writing for such magazines as Writer’s Digest and The Romance Writer’s Report and conduct workshops for writer’s conferences and groups. FMI, please visit her website at or stop by her blog on the writing life  This event is only for members of the Woodlands Writers Guild, but membership in the Guild is cheap.  Contact Alberto Arcia at to join the Guild.

Lowell Mick White Thursday, October 15 starting at 7pm Montgomery College Lone Star, Library I believe

The next author in Montgomery County Literary Arts Council’s Writers in Performance series is LOWELL MICK WHITE.  He is the author of two books: a story collection, Long Time Ago Good (Slough Press, 2008), and a novel, That Demon Life (Gival Press, 2009).  His work has been published in over two dozen journals, including Callaloo, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Short Story.  In 1998, he was awarded the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters.  White is currently a PhD student at Texas A&M University , where he specializes in creative writing and regional literatures, and teaches creative writing and freshman composition.

E. L. Doctorow – Alley Theatre in Houston

Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm

Meet at Good Books In The Woods at 5:30pm

Doctorow has written many novels including The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and City of God. Doctorow has won the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the President’s National Humanities Medal.  His novels have been made into movies and plays and that have been nominated for 8 Academy Awards and 12 Tony Awards.  Doctorow will be reading from his new novel Homer & Langley at the Alley Theatre in Houston.  This is part of the Inprint Series backed by the University of Houston.  Good Books In The Woods is organizing a charter bus to the Alley Theatre and back.  Please see Dick’s write-up attached as a Word doc.

Author’s Book Club

Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm

This meeting’s author is Julian Barnes.  I don’t know anything about his novels so I hope you read Dick’s write-up that was attached to last week’s Update.  I need to get reading.

Poetry Book Club

Wednesday, October 28 at 7pm

Special Halloween Event

Pick a scary, creepy, or darkly funny poem and read it to the group.  Or read some of your own scary poems.  Or write a poem just for us.  Dress up if you want.  I promise I won’t make fun of you, or your poetry.  Leon Arceneaux has joined the club and will be reading scary and haunting selections from his five published novels.  Dick thinks we’re giving a Grand Prize to the scariest original poem of the night.  I wonder what the prize will be?  Attached is Dick’s write-up of Scary Poetry Night.  I’m shivering in my boots already.

That’s what we have planned so far.  We’re working on a few other ideas so hopefully I’ll have something new to report next week.

Have you signed up for Southern Star Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest yet?  Could be too late.  Better call them and find out.
Thanks for reading,   Jay Rohfritch
Good Books In The Woods
25915 Oak Ridge Drive
Spring, TX  77380

“Body and Soul — A Poem by Rich Levy

Posted in Books, Poetry, Writers on September 20, 2009 by mclac

Rich Levy presented at the Writers In Performance Fall Series, reading from his new book of poems, “Why Me?” You can see a video of his reading of “Body and Soul.””Body and Soul

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Why Me? — Because You’re Good!

Posted in Books, Information, Poetry, Writers with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2009 by mclac

If you missed Rich Levy’s reading at Writers In Performance Series, Lone Star College – Montgomery, this past Thursday, not to fret:

Rich Levy: book signing and discussion

Brazos Bookstore

October 4, 2009

Brazos Bookstore is pleased to present Rich Levy, who signs and discusses his book, Why Me?: Poems.

Rich Levy is a poet and (since 1995) executive director of Inprint, a nonprofit literary arts organization in Houston. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and his poems have appeared in Boulevard, Gulf Coast, Pool, The Texas Observer, and elsewhere. A jazz obsessive, he and his wife have three children, two dogs, and one sleepy cat.

This debut collection, published in Fall 2009 by Mutabilis Press reveals an original, and often humorous voice, that of husband, father, artist and executive, the voice of the aging modern man confronting the often absurd and hilarious dichotomies in our society.

Brazos is thrilled to present Rich Levy, an invaluable resource to Houston’s literary life and a beloved friend to many.

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Photo by Felix Sanchez.

Photo by Felix Sanchez.