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Mega Update! [Feb. 14th, 2005|09:01 am]
The OKC Poetry Scene


[music |"Nothing Is Wrong" by Gomez]

Here is an edited copy of Carol Koss Poetry update. (I made some changes because the Satellite Barista has closed and the uncertainty of the Hair Café readings.)


I also heard of a Gary Mex Glazner workshop that should be happening around March. I noticed that this is not in the update.


Remember that we are in the middle of our Slam Tournament to decide who will be on the OKC Team for the National Poetry Slam. The Next Semifinal will be on this Wednesday, Feb 16th.


To be added to Carol’s e-mailing list, contact Carol at CPKoss@aol.com




"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write. What human beings can be, they must be."  Abraham Maslow

THIS WILL BE THE LAST UPDATE UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF APRIL!  So, run a copy and put it in a conspicuous place.

* = IAO Sponsored Events

This update was started January 30th and will be finished today.  My apologies to the people who sent me information that did not get sent out in time. A little more than three weeks ago, I came down with the flu.  While the worst of the symptoms are over, I seem to keep relapsing and this leaves me with no inclination at all to sit at the computer. I read my e-mail - quickly - at work; then, come home and collapse.  Again, I apologize. This will be the last update until April.

KUDOS:  To DOROTHY ALEXANDER, for her article ("Poetry Lives! And Many Really Do Care") in the January 10th issue of the OKLAHOMA OBSERVER.

KUDOS: To ILENE YOUNGHEIN , for the amazing reading and booksigning this past Thursday at Full Circle.  This was a true celebration of an inspiring life. Thanks, too, to Dorothy Alexander for publishing Ilene's book.  

ART of E-MOTION Workshops:  Lynda Toney-Bahr has returned to OKC and has opened a studio at 4309 N.Western. (949-9897).  Lynda is offering a variety of creative opportunities including "Creative Journal Expressive Arts."  This is a multimedia exploration in healing and growth through movement, sound, voice dialogue, visual art, poetry, collage, and journaling. Toney-Bahr's approach is based on the work and books of Dr. Lucia Capacchione.  OKC options include workshops, private groups, private sessions, and retreats.  Free introductory workshops are offered every Thursday from 6 - 8. Please register in advance.  For a list of upcoming events, call or e-mail Lyndagtb2@yahoo.com.

Interesting website:  Audrey Streetman sent this one.  http://www.ekiwah.com. This is the site of an amazing young poet (17 years old) who has cerebral palsy. Audrey's daughter saw his story on DATELINE.

OKLAHOMA HUMANITIES COUNCIL INTERVIEW WITH FRAN RINGOLD: Check out the winter issue (Vol. 23 No.1): "On Being Oklahoma's Poet Laureate."


*Feb. 16th: The Wayward Poets at Galileo: 9 PM 
*Feb. 17th: Benedict Street Market Place: 8 PM
Feb. 26th: Julie's Juice-n-Java: 7:30 PM
*Feb. 26th: Workshop at IAO for Writers, Artists, Musicians
*Feb. 27th: Sunday / 2 PM:  Full Circle:  I-35 Traveling Poets, Kay Barnes, open mic.
Mar. 1st:  Deadline for submitting poetry related to weather to OKLAHOMA TODAY.
Mar. 1st:  Deadline for submitting work to BLOOD AND THUNDER.
Mar. 1st:  Deadline for submitting work to HERLAND poetry issue
Mar. 1st:  Deadline for requesting free copies of POETRY
Mar. 3rd:  Quartet Reading in Chickasha
Mar. 13th: Sunday / 2 PM: Norman Train Depot: Robert Ferrier
Mar. 23rd: Wednesday: Deadline for Rose State's High School Writing Contest
Apr. 6th: Wednesday: Conversations with Billy Collins
Apr. 9th: Saturday: Workshop and reading at HERLAND
Apr.22-24: Gathering and Workshop in Cheyenne / OK
May 8th: Sunday: Norman Train Depot: Carol Hamilton

*February 16th: Wednesday: Galileo (3009 Paseo / OKC) 9 PM: Every Wednesday, the Wayward Poets offer open mic time, occasional featured poets, and - on alternate Wednesdays - slam competitions.

*February 17th: Third Thursdays at the Benedict Street Marketplace: (613 N. Pottenger/ Shawnee) 8 PM:  Open mic with frequent featured poets. (April 21st = Darin Ray Smith / August 18th = Carol Davis Koss.)  I-40 east to Shawnee (Kickapoo exit). Turn right on Kickapoo.  Keep going until you see St. Benedict's Church and turn right.  The Marketplace will be on your left.

*February 26th: Saturday: LEARN HOW TO CHART YOUR SUCCESS: This is an artist management workshop uses a technique called "Appreciative Inquiry," which is aimed at helping artists in all genres find the core message in their art, and present their art more effectively to  prospective audiences. Location: IAO Gallery / 811 N. Broadway / OKC.  Time:  10 AM to 1 PM.  Cost is $25.   For more information or for a registration form, contact Mark Maxey at 405-601-1479 (m-squared@m-squared.org), or call IAO at 405-232-6060.

February 26th: Saturday: Julie's Juice & Java: (1769 Garth Brooks Blvd / Yukon): 7:30 PM. Open mic the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Surprise featured poets. Julie's is located in one of the little shops in front of Kohl's Department Store (across the street from the Ford dealership).  Poets begin gathering at 7 and reading begins promptly at 7:30.

*February 27th:  Sunday:  Full Circle Bookstore and Cafe:(Ground Floor / 50 Penn Place / OKC): 2 PM:   Featured poets and open mic opportunity.  This will be an unusual reading.  Featured readers will be THE I-35 TRAVELING POETS. This is a poetry group that meets monthly to critique each other's work, eat, drink coffee and wine, and schmooze.  The group comprises (as the names come to mind), CARL SENNHENN, RICHARD DIXON, AUDREY STREETMAN, CAROL DAVIS KOSS, STEPHANIE ANDREA JORDAN, JIM TAYLOR, ROBERT FERRIER, TINA KAMBOUR, (and, I may have left out a few).  Most of these poets will be reading.

IN ADDITION,  a special reading and book signing will follow.  KAY BARNES will read from her new collection, MORTAL MEANS.  KAY CAVANAUGH BARNES was born and raised in OKC, and now divides her time between Dallas, Texas and Bridgton, Maine.  Barnes earned an M.A. in English from Marquette University, an M.A. in French from Middlebury College, and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College. Her poems have been published in POETRY, AMERICA, KALLIOPE, KANSAS QUARTERLY, THE MIDWEST QUARTERLY, et al.  

(March 27th = Sheila Tiarks /  April 24th = Carol Hamilton / May 29th = Leslie Gilkeson Shrum)

March 1st: Tuesday:  This is the deadline for submitting poetry relating to weather (preferably, Oklahoma spring weather) to OKLAHOMA TODAY.  OKLAHOMA TODAY is the official state magazine of Oklahoma and publishes poetry by Oklahoma poets in each issue.  The magazine pays $40 per published poem. Work must be previously unpublished, and should be no longer than 20 lines.  You can e-mail your poetry to Senior Editor, Steffie Corcoran (steffie@oklahomatoday.com) or mail it to her at 15 N. Robinson, Suite 100 / OKC, OK 73102. (Please feel free to submit non-weather related poetry for later consideration.)

March 1st: Tuesday: DEADLINE for submitting work to BLOOD AND THUNDER: MUSINGS ON THE ART OF MEDICINE. This is the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine's literary and artistic journal.  They seek poems, short stories, artwork, and photography related to health care.  For submission guidelines, visit www.bloodandthunder.org or e-mail stacie-elfrink@ouhssc.edu.  (Copies of the last edition of BLOOD AND THUNDER are available at Full Circle Bookstore.)

March 1st: Tuesday: Deadline for submitting work to the next HERLAND VOICE poetry issue.  Mail to HERLAND Sister Resources / c/o Voice Editor / 2312 NW 39th St./ OKC, OK 73112, or e-mail to herlandsisters@cox.net. with VOICE POETRY ISSUE as the subject line.

March 1st: Tuesday:  POETRY magazine is making an offer you may not be able to refuse.  To celebrate National Poetry Month, they are supplying free copies of their April edition to reading groups. So, if you are in a reading group, send your requests to bookclub@poetrymagazine.org, or Poetry Book Club / 1030 North Clark St. / Suite 420 / Chicago, IL 60610.  All they ask in return is a brief account of your discussion.

March 3rd: Thursday: Chickasha Library / Chickasha: QUARTET READING: In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Chickasha Library, Carol Hamilton, Dena Madole, Carl Sennhenn, and Sarah Webb will spiral and crackle their collective poetry, creativity, and energy.  For time, address, and directions, contact Carol Hamilton at hamiltoncj@earthlink.net or Sarah Webb at bluebirdsw@earthlink.net.

March 13th: Sunday:  Norman Train Depot: ( 200 S. Jones /Norman) 2 PM: Featuring Robert Ferrier, reading from his new book, RHYTHMS. (May 8th: Carol Hamilton will read from VANISHING POINT.) To find the Depot, take I-35 to the Main Street Exit. Take the second turn as you exit and turn right on to Main, heading towards downtown Norman.  Keep going on Main until you see Coach's Restaurant (on your right). Cross the railroad tracks and turn right (on Jones). The Depot will be on your right. For updates and information on poetry events at the Norman Depot, contact Carl Sennhenn at csennhenn@rose.edu

March 23rd: Wednesday: Deadline for submission to  ROSE STATE COLLEGE'S "WRITE OF SPRING." This contest is open to all high school students. The categories are poetry, short story, narrative essay, and journalism-news.  Visit the website (www.rose.edu/commfriend/writeofspring/wosabout.htm) or contact Sherri Mussatto or Tim Tharp  (smussatto@rose.edu  or ttharp@rose.edu).

April 6th: Wednesday: OCU:  Conversations with Billy Collins: The Eighth Annual Center Thatcher Hoffman Smith Poetry Series. Free and open to the public. Workshop = 10-11:30 AM in the Homsey Moot Court Room 100 of the Sarkey's Law Center.  Poetry Reading from 7:30 to 9 PM in the Petree Auditorium on the OCU campus. (OKC). The evening event will be preceded by an open mic reading in the lobby just outside the Petree Auditorium. More information later, but it will probably begin at 6.

April 9th: Saturday: HERLAND (2312 NW 39th St. / OKC) I will be offering a three hour poetry workshop at HERLAND. It is called "Moved by Words."  As far as I know, there is no charge.Contact HERLAND  (521-9696) or herlandsisters@cox.net for more information, or to enroll.  (Maximum of 15 participants.)

April 9th: Saturday:  Poetry Reading at HERLAND. This will be in the evening, probably at 8, and will feature the poetry of those who participated in the afternoon workshop, who submitted to the special poetry issue, and who did neither but wish to be heard.

April 22-24th: Friday - Sunday: The annual gathering of poets, musicians and artists in Cheyenne, OK.  This year,  Dorothy Alexander will be offering a bookmaking workshop (which has absolutely nothing to do with Oklahoma's new gambling laws). There will be more about this in the next update, or - contact Dorothy at serpenta@sbcglobal.net.

Again, this will be the last update until the beginning of April. So, run off a copy, put it on your refrigerator or bulletin board (in my house, they are one and the same), and - if you have any questions, contact me.


Carol Davis Koss