Third Thursday

Our Third Thursday program offers free and open to the public monthly discussions on the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together four distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by the Writers' League of Texas' Program Director.

Third Thursday

Thursday, April 18, 2019

7:00 pm start

Blanton Museum of Art 

200 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78712


Free and Open to the Public



"Words/Matter: Visual Art and the Written Language"


The Writers' League is partnering with the Blanton Museum of Art for a panel discussion inspired by itsexhibition, Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton. The exhibition draws from the Blanton's holdings, which are among the largest collections of Latin American Art in the U.S. The focus is on interdisciplinary exchanges between artists, writers, and activists in pursuit of shared aesthetic and political ideals and "art as public discourse" with striking images combined with compelling messages to produce socially empowering art. Three authors will discuss art as public discourse.


mónica teresa ortiz is a poet born and raised in Texas. Her first poetry collection, muted blood, was published by Black Radish Books in 2018. Winner of the Host Publications Chapbook prize, her book of crónicas, autobiography of semiromantic anarchist, was published in March 2019.





Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Mexico and New Mexico, José Skinner writes about hard times on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. His short story collection Flight and Other Stories received much critical praise. His gritty and imaginative stories have appeared in Boulevard, Third Coast, Colorado Review, Florida Review, Quarterly West, and Bilingual Review, as well as in the anthologies Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the Narco Violence, In the Shadow of the Strip: Las Vegas Stories and Las Vegas Noir. He reviews books for the Texas Observer. His latest collection is The Tombstone Race.





Annar Veröld is a Honduran-American poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the short films Ophelia, In Between and Moonwater, and served as producer and cinematographer for Felted. When not filmmaking, Annar works as Production Editor for the Austin-based small press Host Publications. Recently released collections include Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas by Fernando A. Flores and the I Scream Social Anthology. She proudly curates the monthly feminist reading series I Scream Social with Schandra Madha.


Can't attend in Austin? This panel discussion will be recorded and made available as a podcast through Soundcloud.









This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.