WIP Fall 2009 Schedule

Now in our 17th year, events are still free and open to the public.

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

For more information, contact Cliff Hudder (936) 273-7399 or Dave Parsons (936) 524 6537.


September 17, Thursday, 7:00 PM, LSC-MONTGOMERY B-102

RICH LEVY was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1956, and raised on the north side of Chicago and in Sioux City, Iowa. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and his poems have appeared in Callaloo, Pool, Boulevard, Gulf Coast, High Plains Literary Review, The Texas Observer, The Texas Review, and elsewhere. Since 1995, he has served as executive director of Inprint, a nonprofit literary arts organization based in Houston, Texas. He is a jazz obsessive, with a collection of recordings that borders on the obscene. He and his wife, Katie O’Harra, have three teenage children, two dogs, and one sleepy cat.


“Rich Levy’s poems are densely peopled. A big, various cast of characters fills these pages, from a man buying greeting cards at Walgreens to Coleman Hawkins, friends and children, Robinson Jeffers and people watching Shakespeare in the park, so that the reader meets here a man embedded in community, feeling and fumbling his way through, trying to live an emotionally genuine life, by turns wry and disappointed, tender or comic or curdled. In others words, very much alive.”


“Rich Levy is the Jacques Cousteau of American suburban life. He is deeply familiar with its strange,

tentacled, bioluminescent life forms—the dark space beneath a liquor cabinet, the solitary green dress hanging from a chair back, the locked bedroom door of the teenage child. Most of all, he knows the loneliness of the suburban American male, a non-endangered species, standing in his dark living room at 2 AM, hairy-backed and middle aged, looking at the moonlit backyard with longing for something he can’t name. Everything his poems reach for, they catch, in lucid images and sinuous lines, and a dark, humorous, and original sensibility.”


“Rich Levy’s poems are immediately engaging. Savvy, stunning, serious and funny at once. He has the ability to weave daily detail into a fabric so wide and well textured, a reader might look around after a single poem and say, Why did I not notice all these things this way before?”


October 15, Thursday, 7:00 PM, LSC-MONTGOMERY B-102

LOWELL MICK WHITE is the author of two forthcoming 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.

November  4, Wednesday, 2:00 PM, Univ. of ST. THOMAS, JONES HALL

November 5, Thursday, 7:00 PM, LSC-MONTGOMERY B-102


Holly Hughes, editor of BEYOND FORGETTING: Poetry & Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State University Press) will lead readings, with an Introduction by the distinguished poet Tess Gallagher; of the poignant responses to Alzheimer is by disting- uished writers from through out the United States and abroad.

Among the readers will be poets 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, Larry Thomas, Carolyn Dahl, and Sherl Nelms, Dave Parsons, and Janet Lowery. ALL PROCEEDS FROM BOOK SALES WILL GO TO THE ALZHEIMERS  ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH TEXAS.

December 9, Wednesday, 7:00 PM, LSC-MONTGOMERY B-102

WENDY BARKER has published four collections of poetry. Her latest 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 book, THINGS OF THE WEATHER. Barker has published five collections of poetry. Her collection, 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.

December 10, Thursday, 3:00 PM PANEL, LSC- MONTGOMERY LIBRARY


A panel of distinguished Dickinson scholars and poets Wendy Barker and Susan Wood 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.

7:00 PM GATHERING OF POETS READING, THE CORNER PUB ( on the square in Conroe)

We will again have twenty distinguished poets, creative writing professors, the panel and community literary leaders, lead by Montgomery County Poet Laureate Dave Parsons, 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.


2 Responses to “WIP Fall 2009 Schedule”

  1. Found it!. I wll not be able to come as I have a prior appointment, but perhaps I’ll be able to make the Dec one.

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