Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tuesday poetry events for your pleasure - 3 readings

The Writer's Garret
a non-profit literary arts organization based in Dallas

Gabor G. Gyukics
in a
Reading and Discussion
Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus
6115 La Vista Dr., Dallas TX 75214

Tuesday, February 12th - tonight
7 pm Discussion
8 pm Reading

GABOR GYUKICS will read his own poetry and also lead a discussion of the work of ATILLA JOZSEF, regarded by many as Hungary's greatest 20th century poet, who wrote in intense emotional tones that swung between despair and hope about both the personal & the societal, uncompromisingly, with vivid, often startlingly surreal imagery, or with stark confessional realism. He invigorated old poetic forms with a new freedom, orchestrating his poems with fresh rhythmic patterns that seemed simultaneously modern and timelessly familiar.

GABOR G. GYUKICS was born in Budapest, and divides his time between the US & Hungary. He has published five books of original poetry & five books of translations of Hungarian poetry to English including Swimming in the Ground: Contemporary Hungarian Poetry with Michael Castro. He received the first Fust Milan translator's prize from the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1999.

FREE, but donations will be happily accepted!
Call 214-828-1715 or email gen@writersgarret.org for more info.


2nd Tuesday Poetry Series
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1309 Gendy St., in the Arts District
7 to 8 p.m.

Featuring Anthony Douglas and A.J. Houston
Of the Fort Worth Slam Team

Suitable for a General Audience - FREE admission and open to the public

ANTHONY DOUGLAS was born in Shreveport in 1965, and grew up in Fort Worth where he was graduated from Polytechnic High School in '83. In 1987, after a stint in the Army, Anthony was paralyzed in a drive-by shooting. He emerged from a difficult recovery motivated to work with at risk-kids; inspiring them to express themselves through the written word. He has worked for MHMR  and other agencies, and is currently teaching at the Fort Worth Can Academy.

Anthony started writing at Tarrant County College with encouragement from his English professor, Violet O'Valle. He received his degree from Texas Wesleyan University in 1999. In  1996 Anthony was the subject of a two-page feature in the Star Telegram. At that time, he was involved with the Zawadi writers, a group of community activists started by Greg Johnson, the late Fred Fowler, D.C. Cornish and Sonja Babers.

Also in that same year, he was invited to join the SawGrass Poetry Performance Troupe as one of its original members. In 200l he co-founded Fort Worth the Slam Team with poet/ entrepreneur Mike Guinn. Anthony is currently working on his second book, Memories of Duct Tape. His first book, Dismembered Rainbow by was published by Temba House Press in 2004.  His chapbooks include Scattered Snapshots, Expressions in Verse, and Kaleidoscope in the Dark, which he co-authored with Mike Guinn.  His poems have appeared in university journals. including Aries and The Script,

He ranked 19th in  an international spoken work competition in 2004 in Greenville, S.C., placed in several national competitions as a member of the Fort Worth Slam Team. Anthony says: "Writing is the most significant thing in life today for all of humanity. I believe that writing saves lives; that it has, and it always will."

A.J. HOUSTON, a five- time member of the Fort Worth Poetry Slam Team, grew up in Dallas where he was encouraged by his mother to spend extra time on reading and math after school. This taught him discipline, the love of words and performance, and put him at the head of the class.

On his own, and with the Slam Team, he has performed at schools, churches, recreation centers, colleges and libraries, and has participated in slam events throughout the U.S. He has produced three CDs, Love Seasons, The Awakening, Verse 1, and published five chapbooks, including Just Flow, Sunday Shoes, Counting Petals, Anchored in Prose, and Refrigerate After Opening. He lives in Fort Worth and has five children, ages eight through twenty-five. He is the founder of the production company, Not Just Alphabets,

Special Valentine's Program
at the Embargo
210 8th Street in downtown Fort Worth
8:30 p.m.


For Mature Audiences - FREE admission and open to the public

"A Special Valentine Poetry Showcase" with an open mic hosted by  with the Fort Worth Slam Team, features LaLove Robinson, "Austin's Most Divalicious Poet." Music provided by D.J., Francis J., and live music by Mo Brown and Company.

Embargo host Mike Guinn promises "Candlelight, soft music, and some of the most sensuous poetry ever written."

The Fort Worth Slam Team is the highest profile and most active performance poetry entity in the Metroplex, sponsoring ongoing contests, features and open mics, as well as special events. Slam Team members have distinguished themselves with performances of great power. For more information, go to www.mikeguinn.com

The Embargo sponsors a slam competition on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, and open mics on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays.

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