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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

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.

submitted by kenne g. turner

Photo by Felix Sanchez.

Photo by Felix Sanchez.

Dede Fox to Read at Barnes & Noble Saturday

Posted in Information, Poetry, Schedule, Writers with tags , , on September 18, 2009 by mclac

Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Montgomery County Literary Arts Council (MCLAC) writer Dede Fox will read at the Barnes & Noble at The Woodlands Mall this Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Poets Unleashed series. Poets Hallie Moore and Melissa Morphew will also be reading.

Dede-FoxDede Fox attended the University of the Americas in Mexico City and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.  Her poetry and short pieces have appeared in Sol, Poetry Revolt, Swirl (2006-2009), Poetry at Round Top (2007-2009), A Summer’s Poems, and Texas Poetry Calendar. Dede was a juried poet at the 2007 Houston Poetry Fest, and her poem “Chapultepec Park” won the 2008 Austin International Poetry Festival. Other credits include The Treasure in the Tiny Blue Tin, a children’s novel, and nonfiction for Rand McNally and Highlights for Children. Dede is a school librarian and has taught with WITS for two years.

What: Poets Unleashed reading, followed by an Open Mic session
Who: Dede Fox, Hallie Moore, and Melissa Morphew
Where: Barnes & Noble at The Woodlands Mall (1201 Lake Woodlands Drive)
When: Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!

MCLAC Partners with Good Books In The Woods

Posted in Books, Information, Poetry, Writers with tags , , on September 14, 2009 by mclac

Celebrating a New PartnershipCelebrating a New Partnership

For years the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council (MCLAC) has made available the visiting author’s books for sale at each  Writers In Performance (WIP) series event.  Now that a great literary bookstore exist in the south county area, “Good Books In The Woods,” has agreed to have the visiting author’s books for sale throughout the WIP season. As a result of this partnership, more people will have an opportunity to learn about the series and the authors scheduled to present.

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Dave Parsons, Jay Rohfritch and Cliff Hudder

Dave Parsons, Jay Rohfritch and Cliff Hudder

Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration, 2009 Video

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

Walt Whitman 2009 Collage Title blogI’m guessing, but the 2009 Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration is the 16th in Montgomery County, Texas. Over twenty poets reading their favorite Whitman poem and one of their own, plus four Whitman scholars sharing the research and writings and soprano, Marion Russell Dickson, made this year’s event the best yet – even without our leader, Dave Parsons, who was in Georgia attending the funeral of his uncle. With so many participating, trying to capture photos and video of the event was fun, but the real challenge came in trying to create a less than ten-minute video. To do real justice to everyone who participated, an audio script with a storyboard using photos and video clips would have been the best approach. However, not having the time to write the script, it has still taken two months since the event to post this entry. Even so, I hope this video gives the viewer a good summary of our annual celebration.

If there are those who might be interested in working with me to plan a visual and audio production of next year’s event, please contact me.

kenne g. turner

Larry Heinemann Video

Posted in Writers with tags , , , on March 17, 2009 by mclac

Larry Heinemann is a very good writer because he is first a very good story teller. This video contains about twelve minutes of clips from over an hour recorded at Heinemann’s reading at Lone Star College – Montgomery, February 19, 2009.