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May 2015 Third Thursday

5/21/2015 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Writing Poetry: Passion, Process, and Publication

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)

Please join us for a discussion about the craft and business of poetry. We have invited four award-winning poets who come from varied backgrounds and literary traditions to give the panel a broad vantage point. We'll discuss the particular passion a poet must carry in order to produce work, the actual process of producing the work, and the distance a poet must establish between himself and the work in order to successfully publish. While each of these are highly personal to the poet, we’ll learn how four of Texas’ best poets have carved their way.

Our featured panelists will be...


Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the author of eight books of poetry and nonfiction. Recent awards include the University of Pennsylvania’s ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency, a NEA Fellowship in Poetry and the Amy Clampitt Residency. Her sixth book of poetry, The Year of No Mistakes was awarded the Writers’ League of Texas Book of the Year Award for Poetry (2013-2014). Her second book of nonfiction, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine was released last year and spent three months on New York Times Bestseller List. For more information, please visit:



Derrick Brown

Derrick C. Brown is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of five books of poetry and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He is from Austin TX.



Carrie Fountain

Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, and Tin House. Her first collection, Burn Lake, was a winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award and was published by Penguin in 2010. Penguin published her second collection, Instant Winner, in 2014. Fountain is writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband, the playwright Kirk Lynn, and their children.




Sasha West

Sasha West’s first book, Failure and I Bury the Body (Harper Perennial), was selected for the National Poetry Series and the Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry Award. She has also received Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarships, Pushcart nominations, Inprint’s Verlaine Prize, and Rice University’s Parks Fellowship. She holds an MA from Johns Hopkins and a PhD from the University of Houston, where she ran Gulf Coast. She currently teaches writing at UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. Next fall, she will join the faculty at St. Edward’s University.





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.