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WLT Presents One Page Salon & Deep Vellum Emergency Fund Fundraiser LIVE WEBINAR

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6/6/2020 From 8:00 PM CDT to 9:30 PM CDT


Having trouble registering? Email Becka at and we'll get you added to the list. Thanks!


One of Austin's most beloved reading series - One Page Salon - is going virtual and teaming up with the Writers' League of Texas for a special evening of quick readings, feel good fundraising, and lots of literary shenanigans.

One Page Salon (called "the best literary evening in town" by the Austin American-Statesman) is the brainchild of novelist, screenwriter, and comedian Owen Egerton. For this special virtual event, five outstanding authors will read one page from a work in progress - which means the audience will be among the first to hear original new material from these talented writers. The brilliant and funny (and brilliantly funny) Owen Egerton will emcee.

PLUS: The One Page Salon Lottery goes virtual! We'll be continuing the tradition of having one audience member read one page from a work in progress - this time, the lucky winner will be added to the slate of readers for the next live event, July 11. If you'd like to enter the lottery for a chance to be our July OPS Lottery Readerfill out this form and join us at the event on June 6th to see if your name is called.

All proceeds from this June event will go to support the newly announced Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists. IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION, simply select the "Suggested Donation" option. If you'd like to donate more than $10 (thank you for considering it!) increase the number from 1 to whatever.

Of course, we also know that many in our community are experiencing lost wages and work right now and we don't want this event to be cost prohibitive. If you can't make a donation this time around, simply select RSVP and you'll be added to the registration list at no charge, no problem!


Featured readers:


Tim Bauer is an Austin-based playwright. He has written a documentary play about the zombie attacks in Harwood, Texas; served as Associate Head Writer of the immersive extravaganza The Speakeasy in San Francisco; worked as a regional rep of the Dramatists Guild; and was both a PlayGround Resident Playwright and a member of the Magic Artists Lab at Magic Theatre. His plays — such as Zombie Town, Gyroball, Exit Wounds, and The Secret Rulers of the World Go To Camp — have been produced or developed by theaters across the country, including Southern Rep, Hippodrome Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Sleepwalkers Theatre, and ScriptWorks.



Joe Brundidge (Element 615) speaks in a cadence that doesn't break down across barriers of race, age or geography. Soulful stanzas echoing something between Coltrane & Cyrano, Element 615 is unapologetically romantic; devoid of pretension & delightfully sensual. His work promotes thought as a natural bi-product of itself, while unambiguously uniting his audience with an honest, compassionate take on the human experience.





Bill Cotter was born in Dallas in 1964. His first two novels, Fever Chart and The Parallel Apartments, were published by McSweeney’s. A middle-grade adventure novel, Saint Philomene's Infirmary, was published by Henry Holt in 2018, and the sequel, Second Chance, will be out early next year. Cotter's short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. An essay, "The Gentleman's Library," was awarded a Pushcart Prize. Cotter lives in Austin, where he labors as an antiquarian bookseller.







Sanderia Faye, PhD, is a Professor at Southern Methodist University. She is also a professional speaker, activist and sommelier, where she pairs wine with books. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award. She is the founder and host of LitNight Reading Series. Faye’s work has appeared in the Southwest Review, Rain Taxi, Nat Brut, the Collagist and other literary journals.




Jennifer Hritz is the author of two novels, The Crossing and I, too, Have Suffered in the Garden. Winner of the Chris O'Malley Fiction Prize, she holds an M.A. in Literature and Language and a Ph.D. in American Literature. Themes of memory, psychological trauma, and betrayal fill her fiction, including her forthcoming novel, Slow Burn, which will be released this fall. Her short story, “The Killing Jar,” was recently named First Runner-Up for the Los Angeles Review Short Fiction Award and was published in February. She lives in Austin, where she writes and teaches creative writing workshops for girls.





John Pipkin is the Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at UT-Austin. His first novel, Woodsburner won the New York Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Massachusetts Center for the Book Novel Prize, and the Texas Institute of Letters Stephen Turner Prize. His second novel, The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter, was named Book of the Month by The London Times. John has received fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, and Dobie-Paisano, and he is currently completing a novel about the Tour de France during WWII.








The second largest state in the country, Texas is home to thousands of writers of all different backgrounds and walks of life. But with the publishing and book distribution industries on hold as a result of COVID-19, many of these writers are experiencing dire financial insecurity.

On May 13, Dallas-based nonprofit publisher Deep Vellum, launched the Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists, the only statewide initiative to provide financial support for Texas writers through the COVID-19 crisis. As long as funds last, Deep Vellum will be awarding grants of at least $200 to Texas writers who demonstrate financial need. The fund was started with a generous gift from a Deep Vellum board member, and now the Writers' League of Texas is partnering with Deep Vellum to help grow the fund. All donations made by anyone registering for the Saturday, June 6, One Page Salon event will support the emergency fund.

In addition, if you are a writer who would like to apply for the fund, you can submit an application here. The deadline for applying for this first grant cycle has been extended to
Monday, June 8.