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Endless Poetry
Portrait of an artist as a young man
Film Review  July 28, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Well into his 80s, Alejandro Jodorowsky, cinema’s utmost surrealist shaman, has found a new burst of film creativity by mining his own personal history. Endless Poetry is the second in a planned five-part autobiographical cycle, and is the follow-up to 2013’s The Dance of Reality, Jodorowsky’s magisterial evocation of his childhood in Tocopilla, Chile, and the film that broke his 23-year film screen silence..."

April Is National Poetry Month
And there are plenty of ways to celebrate
DAILY Books  April 1, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...It must be a sign: "National Poetry Month" fits in a haiku...."

Poetry at Round Top Returns
Visit this 'paradise for poets' this weekend
DAILY Books  April 23, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...We've called it the "Finest Paradise for Poets" and "the best kept secret on the American poetry scene." And now, well, the secret's out...."

An Evening of Poetry
Bullock welcomes poet laureate
DAILY Books  April 25, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Surely you've realized by now that we're celebrating National Poetry Month, yes?..."

Revisiting Poetry in Motion
Poetry With Wheels needs help to keep spinning
DAILY Books  May 1, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Not quite a year ago, we wrote about Poetry With Wheels, the partnership between Capital Metro and the Austin Poetry Society that brings local poetry to placards in unused ad space...."

Poetry To Ponder the Universe To
Nick Courtright to read from 'Punchline' this weekend
DAILY Books  March 23, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Locals may recognize Nick Courtright's byline from his features work at the Austinist, where he serves as Interviews Editor and once asked Weird Al about method acting, but he considers more philosophical matters in his new collection of poetry, Punchline (Gold Wake Press)...."

The Power of Poetry
Johnston High English teacher makes poets out of school's urban immigrant youths
News Story  June 1, 2007, by Michael May
"...The five Johnston High School seniors met twice a week after school in the room of English teacher Camille DePrang and wrote poetry. These are not kids who have grown up thumbing through their parents' bound copies of Whitman and Dickinson..."

Poetry in Motion
A new partnership will bring poetry to the Cap Metro fleet
News Story  June 15, 2012, by Monica Riese
"...Transportation often finds itself at the heart of poetry; something about the metaphors of motion keeps the two entwined...."

Austin International Poetry Festival
Books Story  April 15, 1999
"...In entertainment terms, especially in Austin, anything reaching that milestone should move into the institution category. The seventh annual Austin International Poetry Festival, which takes place this week, follows a deceptively simple formula: Get as many poets into town as possible and let them read..."

Austin! International! Poetry! Festival!
Writ in thought, spoke in words.
DAILY Books  April 6, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Ric Williams: Why Austin for an International Poetry Festival ? Ashley F. Kim: Statistically, Austin is in the top 10 as far as poetry scenes in the U.S..."

Poetry Is for the Sake of the Life
Postmarks  May 23, 2006
"...Unfortunately, few students utilize these resources. Our space is used more often as a study lounge than as a poetry salon. I had hoped to consult Stanley once more for guidance..."

Poetry in Motion
Capital Metro partners with local society to feature poems in buses
DAILY News  June 6, 2012, by Monica Riese
"...Transportation often finds itself at the heart of poetry; something about the metaphors of motion keeps the two entwined...."

2008 Austin International Poetry Festival Preview
Books Story  April 4, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...Not sure yet how to celebrate National Poetry Month? Why not sample the many and varied options the 2008 Austin International Poetry Festival has to offer? The fest – the largest nonjuried poetry festival in the world – kicks off Thursday, April 10, and runs through the weekend. Morning workshops are reserved for registrants only (the late registration fee is $50), but there's gads more to hear, see, and do..."

Poetry in Emotion
Katherine Catmull never intended to pursue a career in acting. In fact, she seriously avoided it for as long as she could, choosing instead to earn her degree in English literature. Why is revealed in this profile of one of Austin's most sophisticated and literate performers.
Arts Story  October 6, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"...Still, that's pretty unusual. So I never got scared of [poetry]..."

Poetry as Activism
Raul Salinas' Passion for Literature and Life
Books Story  March 21, 1997, by Phil West
"...To call the scene incongruous might be an understatement: it's September, and Raul Salinas has just arrived for a reading at the expansive Barnes & Noble superstore in northwest Austin. The reading has been organized by John Berry and Herman Nelson, two stalwart members of the Austin open mike poetry circle, and it's being held on a small platform on the second floor, a sort of pier looking over a sea of best-sellers and cash registers...."

Austin Free Poetry Festival
Books Story  November 8, 1996
"...If you could put the Austin International Poetry Festival in a diorama, you might have something like the Austin Free Poetry Festival: smaller and more self-contained than the real thing, but with a number of the characteristics that define the event. The festival, to be held Sunday, November 10 at Book People (6th & Lamar), is intended as a warm-up for local poets and volunteers who will drive the Fifth annual AIPF next March..."

Poetry Printed in 'Chronicle' Is Vulgar
Postmarks  January 9, 2009
"...Dear Editor, I am writing in response to one of your issues and its use of poetry and selections from area poets. Your choices invariably depend on profanity, lewdness, and vulgarities (and that is the printed version of all the selections, not the spoken)..."

Austin Poetry Slam
Mike Henry bid adieu to the slam he hosted for 15 years
Arts Story  December 31, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The first decade of this millennium is coming to an end. Mike Henry knows that as well as you do, but you didn't spend that decade (and the half-decade before it) running the Austin Poetry Slam..."

Poetry Roundup
Coffee House Press celebrates National Poetry Month with six new titles.
Books Story  May 2, 2008, by Yvonne Georgina Puig
"...Coffee House, the nonprofit literary press out of Minneapolis, released five diverse poetry titles during April's National Poetry Month. The Romance of Happy Workers, the new collection by Anne Boyer, co-editor of the journal Abraham Lincoln, draws foremost on the author's Midwestern roots..."

More Poetry
Postmarks  April 29, 2004
"...Dear Editor, Good poetry is often surprising – as was the fine piece by Abe Louise Young on the Austin International Poetry Festival in your April 16 issue ["Gathering Up the Wanderers," Books]. It was a gratifying surprise to see this publicity..."

Poetry Festival Continues
Books Story  April 4, 1997
"...of this year's Austin International Poetry Festival, says, "It's hard to structure without it being carnival-like," she's giving an entry-level history lesson to the annual event...."

Poetry in Prison
The Freehand Arts Project steps into the county jail
News Story  February 9, 2017, by Mary Bryce
"...Created in 2014 by Kelsey Shipman, the Freehand Arts Project brings highly qualified volunteers to the county jail to teach classes on creative writing, art, and poetry. (Carter joined on as co-director in 2016.) Freehand has reached hundreds of inmates as well as officers, and has been instrumental in publishing two anthologies of inmates' writings, poetry, and drawings – Jail Fat and 3am – that will soon be available online..."

National Poetry Slam Opening Bout Schedule
Arts Story  August 3, 2007
"...5 Manchester Oklahoma City Austin - NeoSoul Tucson St. Louis Honolulu Milwaukee New York - Urbana San Antonio Fayetteville Ann Arbor Baltimore Lincoln Austin - Ego’s Boise Palatine Dallas - Poetry Grind Corpus Christi Chicago - Green Mill Miami Randall Providence Vancouver Denver - SlamNuba Fort Worth 9pm BOUT NO..."

The National Poetry Slam
Aug. 9-12 in Austin
Arts Story  August 4, 2006
"...This city last hosted the National Poetry Slam in 1998, to great acclaim. Since then, the sport of spoken word has grown, and so has its big dance..."

The Poetry of Pain
The Fires
Books Review  August 5, 1999
"...Given the dark sexual undercurrents of this novel, as well as its heroine's struggle to resist repression and lies, it may be no surprise that Madonna has already picked up The Fires' movie rights. But the novel's greatest strength won't be caught on film; it's in Steinke's exquisite, loving rendering of the poetry of pain..."

National Poetry Slam Results
Books Story  August 18, 2006
"...In its debut National Poetry Slam, Austin's own Team NeoSoul/SouthFlavas (profiled as part of our preview) finished second out of 73 teams, sealing its run during the finals at the Palmer Auditorium (the NPS took place in Austin for the first time since 1998; it will return in 2007). Team Denver emerged as champion – after eliminating Austin's other representative, Team Ego's, in the semifinals – while Seattle's Anis Mojgani won his second consecutive individual crown..."

Poetry and Light
The SXSW Film Awards Ceremony
Screens Story  March 17, 2000, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...Neuwirth's association with Pennebaker dates back to 1965 in Berkeley when he assisted Pennebaker during the making of Don't Look Back, a documentary following a very young Bob Dylan on tour through Europe. As Neuwirth explains, Pennebaker doesn't make films, he makes movies -- that project "poetry and light on the silver screen." When Pennebaker took the stage, he graciously accepted his tribute with a speech crediting his wife and partner in film for over 20 years, Chris Hegedus. Filmmaker Michael Moore (Roger & Me), who happened to be in town following our beloved governor George W..."

See, Poetry Does Pay
UT prof and poet A. Van Jordan wins national fellowship
DAILY Books  November 12, 2008, by Kimberley Jones

Poetry of Shattered Dreams
Postmarks  March 31, 2007

Words for Words
Spoken-word artists on their art form, the National Poetry Slam, and one another
Arts Story  August 3, 2007
"...The National Poetry Slam overtakes Austin starting Aug. 7 at venues all over town (see the schedule, p.42, for times, dates, and venue info)..."

Words Are Bonds
Worlds intersect at the 17th annual Austin International Poetry Festival
Books Story  April 17, 2009, by Michael Agresta
"...After wading through the crowds for all the various music, film, interactive, theatre, crawfish, kite, and grumpy-donkey festivals that pop up around town every warm-weather weekend in the spring, you could be forgiven for not knowing that Austin also hosts a poetry festival, and an internationally notable one at that. Poetry tends to draw smaller crowds; if a recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts is correct, the readership of poetry in America has declined by more than 50% in just the last 16 years..."

Words on the Wall
The Mexic-Arte Museum exhibition "Brazilian Visual Poetry" is an ambitious attempt to trace a history of visual poetry among Brazilian artists since the Fifties, but the show feels fragmentary, defining poetry in the broadest of terms and presenting the work in an inconsistent manner.
Arts Story  February 22, 2002, by Merchant Adams
"...So, what is visual poetry? To tell the truth, after seeing the exhibition "Brazilian Visual Poetry," I'm not really all that sure. I approached the show expecting it to deal with concrete poetry, a movement begun roughly in 1952 by brothers Haroldo and Augusto de Campos, and Decio Pignatari that attempted to facilitate an integral relationship between language and visual arrangement of words on the page..."

All Over Creation: Renewed Faith
On coming back to an appreciation of poetry's remarkable resonance and relevance
Arts Column  November 20, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Okay, I admit it: Once upon a time, I wrote poetry...."

Slam Sisters
The Women of the World Poetry Slam brings Austin a spoken-word contest that's about more than scores
Arts Story  March 21, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...Every slam poet has a conversion story. For Lacey Roop, it all started with an open-mic poetry night at the Hideout Coffeehouse, where she was studying for a macroeconomics exam..."

State of the Slam
The 1999 Austin Poetry Slam Team barely missed making the finals of the recent National Poetry Slam in Chicago, but after the trials and tribulations of the past few months (which continue into the present), the team was just happy to be there.
Books Story  September 3, 1999, by Christopher Gray
"...Nine-tenths of a point. That's how much the 1999 Austin Poetry Slam Team missed advancing to the finals of the National Poetry Slam (NPS) August 11-14 in Chicago..."

Word Is Out
After Broadway, Def Poetry Jam goes national and Austin's Pro Arts Collective snags them
Arts Story  February 13, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...Poetry went uptown in 2002. In the biggest city in the country, in that tony neighborhood that means theatre, this underappreciated little language-driven art form that has scraped by in the coffeehouses and bookstores of the land muscled its way in among the megamusicals and million-dollar star vehicles and shouted, "Hey, America, the word still matters!" It was a gutsy move putting poetry on Broadway, but producer Russell Simmons had already succeeded in putting it on television – as an award-winning HBO series – so he had reason to believe that poets could find an audience on the Great White Way...."

Big Circus of Life
Books Editor Clay Smith and Litera columnist Ric Williams handicap which of the 200-plus international poets attending this year's Austin International Poetry Festival will be best bets.
Books Story  April 19, 2002, by Ric Williams and Clay Smith
"...Poetry has always been considered the finest of arts. The best of music, art, drama, literature is described as poetry when it touches that deep well of truth and beauty that comes closest to describing the inexpressibly mysterious condition of being achingly, poignantly, maddeningly human..."

What About Our Snaps?
Previewing the 2010 Austin International Poetry Festival
Books Story  April 9, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Yes, yes, we all know Austin majors in music, but certainly it minors in poetry. The city plays host and hub to one of the most established poetry scenes in the nation, a fact lost on many locals since it isn't electrified and amplified from every street corner..."

Slouching Toward Iambic Pentameter
Recent Poetry From the Bottom Up
Books Story  August 1, 1997, by Phil West
"...So, let's start at the most illogical place - the bottom. That is, the books I picked up a few months ago. The poetry books I'd waited for for months...."

Do They Dare?
Austin Team Portland-Bound for the National Poetry Slam
Books Story  July 26, 1996, by Brett Holloway-Reeves
"...It's a perfect Slam Team Summer: MTV gears up to rock the vote, KISS stages a reunion tour, and Atlanta burns the Olympic torch. In the absence of minor league baseball, Austin needs some locals to cheer for, and slam poetry is both more exciting and participatory than a bunch of wannabes spitting black and swinging sticks..."

Gathering Up the Wanderers
The Austin International Poetry Festival
Books Story  April 16, 2004, by Abe Louise Young
"...Two hundred poets will be wandering from cafe to bookstore to bar, stumbling in a state of linguistic intoxication and invoking the Muses and ancestors. The Austin International Poetry Festival is headquartered at Ruta Maya off South Congress, and it is one of the strangest and most compelling literary events around...."

More April Arts Fests for Your Pleasure
Don't forget International Poetry and Texas Burlesque
DAILY Arts  April 10, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Well, our eyes must have glazed over looking at the calendar. Because we missed two really prominent ones: the Austin International Poetry Festival and the Texas Burlesque Festival...."

Letters At 3AM: Karen Holden's This Music
This Music, Karen Holden's new poetry collection, expresses the connection between the self and the world
Columns  September 4, 2014, by Michael Ventura
"...That is, he was an indefinable being, even more indefinable than the rest of us. Writing a unique meld of purist and demotic Greek, obsessed by ancient history, and unabashedly sensual, Cavafy produced just a few poems a year and kept his poetry largely to himself, sharing his work only with friends and, now and then, a Greek magazine..."

Howl is a must-see for Beat freaks and poetry geeks but might not be an enriching experience for newcomers to the work of Allen Ginsberg.
Film Review  November 12, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Although never anything less than ambitious, Howl fails to satisfy in a number of ways. This film about Allen Ginsberg’s first published poem, “Howl,” strives toward (and sometimes achieves) a kind of poetry analysis on film and attempts to explain why “Howl,” more than 50 years after its publication in 1956, remains Ginsberg’s most enduring and influential contribution to the arts..."

Smells Like Team Spirit
National Poetry Slam Comes to Austin
Books Story  August 14, 1998, by Spike Gillespie
"...It's daytime now, and there is no need to shout as no band is playing, no one is in the place except for him, me, and a couple of dogs, and the huge neon stage sign: ELECTRIC, is neither buzzing nor glaring. Henry's soft tone, though, cannot conceal his passion about the upcoming National Poetry Slam, happening August 19-22..."

Adam Driver embodies the poetry of the quotidian
Film Review  January 27, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson is infused with the poetry of the quotidian, and defying the odds against this type of endeavor, Paterson is also one of the maverick filmmaker’s most accessible films. Not only is it a film about a poet, Paterson transcends its story to become a work of poetry itself..."

J. Scott Brownlee's Requiem for Used Ignition Cap
J. Scott Brownlee's first full-length poetry collection brings him back to Llano, powerfully
Arts Story  December 23, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Scott Brownlee may live in Philadelphia, but he's never far from Llano. You can sense that – see it, touch it, smell it – in Requiem for Used Ignition Cap, his first full-length collection of poetry, published this past October by Orison Books..."

Fall in re: Verse
Raking up some of the season's poetry collections
Arts Story  September 18, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...September – a month for harvest moons, back-to-school dances, gridiron action, and ... poetry? Apparently so, as the calendar became packed with events linked to the lyric art as soon as we passed Labor Day..."

Page Two: Earth, Stones, and Thorns of the Wild Ground Growing
The poetry of the right-wing soul: an appreciation
Columns  January 27, 2006, by Louis Black
"...But the best, the best way to go into this state, is still poetry. All these years later, it is poetry still..."

Gay Place
Combining noise music with performance poetry offers a space for all voices to be heard
Columns  December 1, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...The time for silence has ended. Local poet and all around badass, Hannah Jove has teamed up with Houston's Traci Lavois Thiebaud and Dallas' Lauren Belmore to put on an all-female, all-queer noise poetry show (see Saturday)..."

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