Thanks to all who came out for the reading yesterday at Ruta Maya in Austin, especially to those friends who came up all the way from San Antonio (the photos below are by one of those…thanks, Laurie!) early on a Sunday morning.
I opened the “Poets of the Spirit” program, reading two chapbooks, “ACRES” and “LEAF-BLOWERS.” There was an audience of about 50 at the time (more arrived later, after I read) and it seemed to go down well. I moved a number of chapbooks, chatted with the festival director and some of the other poets, and most importantly introduced new people to what I’m doing. It’s all about planting seeds and taking chances with new audiences.
There was an open mike period after that program, and I returned to a bigger audience then and read sections 4 and 6 of “STOP AND YOU WILL BECOME AWARE.” Those are political pieces that I thought would be crowd-pleasers for an Austin audience, and indeed they were!
LENA, MARY ANNE, and BILL before the reading
Thanks for the messages sent to wish me a good reading. The coffee, atmosphere, and lamb empanadas at Ruta Maya were great, and afterwards we had a nice get-together on the patio at Freebirds .
Best wishes to the Austin International Poetry Festival for continued success!