August 2017

WiVLA August Meeting
Social Media Can Be Your Friend
Instagram? Snapchat? Facebook? Twitter? Are you lost in a sea of different kinds of social media?  
    August’s meeting will be an introduction to social media and how it can help your writing or art business. Lee Steiner, WiVLA member and a seasoned computer and marketing expert, will give us an introduction into each kind of social media and how it can enhance your outreach to potential and regular customers. If you need or want more information about social media, look for our future Social Media Workshop that will be held most likely in January 2018 and in which you will receive more information and specific help setting up your own social media services. Meanwhile, in summer days, we hope you can join us for Lee's helpful and practical presentation.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Archway Gallery at 2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006
5:45 – Mix and Mingle
6:15 – Business meeting
6:30 – program
7:45 – Dinner at Brasil’s, Dunlavy and Westheimer, optional and Dutch treat.
[The Editor wants to give an acknowledgement to the website where I find free images. This one for the August meeting is attributed to AlbersHeinemann. Thank you to the site and the graphic artist! km]
President's Message: One of the Powerful Gifts of WiVLA to "share and view and discuss" 
We lost our beloved Peggy Sexton several months ago. She lived a life true to her art and committed to encouraging others’ art journeys, and thus her message lives on in her many artist and writer friends, colleagues, family members, and admirers.
   Peggy with her partner and Maggie Baldwin and her husband enjoyed art outings together. Maggie described them as rich in exploration and discussion. They would attend gallery openings or other art gatherings together and then discuss what they had seen over dinner.
   How much deeper an experience can be had by sharing and discussing with others! One person interprets one way, another person feels differently, and both come away with a new perspective regardless if their own view on the art changed or not.  Click here for entire message.
   Cori Austin
That's Karleen Koen in the bright light speaking to a rapt crowd of 40 members and guests on July 18, 2017.
A Stall of the Narrative/A Sell of the Book
Best-selling author and WiVLA founder Karleen Koen shared practical, emotional, and entertaining ways to pull yourself out of a creative stall and energize your creative work. Attendees were delighted to see an introductory video about Karleen's novel-in-progress "Before Versailles" and to hear her many gems of advice about how to keep the creative juices flowing and be productive.
   Karleen not only emphasized her points with handouts, slides, and humorous stories but also she shared her hard-won wisdom about tackling research, doing the writing work before the editing "hat" goes on, and keeping perspective on your goals. She recommended specific practices such as morning pages and artist dates to release creativity and strengthen resolve about a project. Along with such personal advice, Karleen shared detailed information about publishing conferences and opportunities, writers who have inspired her, and a bibliography of helpful texts about writing.
     A lively Q&A session followed the talk and the audience gave Karleen a well-deserved standing ovation and thanks.
Join Us for RENEWAL:
One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community
Exhibition, Reading, Premiere

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston TX 77096
on Sunday, August 20, 2017    

2:00 pm - Art Show Opening and Reception
3:00 pm - Literary Readings
4:00 pm - Jewish Community Center’s Concert - the original piece of music commissioned for “The J” will be performed.
Click here to see the list of the WiVLA members who are participating in this wonderful show and event.

There's a discount too -- see below.       
   Save the date of Saturday September 9th, when the Second Writers Family Reunion occurs. It’s hosted by Writespace and introduces Houston’s large writing community, from Inprint to Public Poetry, to one and all. WiVLA is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event.
   WiVLA writers have a chance to 

  • build community
  • develop writing friendships, 
  • learn from more experienced writers 
  • fortify their knowledge of craft
  • learn about critique groups
  • hear WiVLA members participate in a panel discussion about WiVLA
  • Get $20 off their registration -- see special code below
  • Tickets are available for all-day or half-day sessions. WiVLA members receive a $20 discount. Here’s the link for more information and to register: 
EVENT DATE: Saturday, September 9th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
PRICE - Between $35 and $115, depending on ticket type REGISTER at this link & use the code WOMANOFWORDS to receive $20 off the ticket price! A portion of ticket sales purchased using this code goes to support WiVLA.
   Click here to see the promotional flyer and detailed info. We hope to see you the WRITERS FAMILY REUNION!
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Memoir Workshop with Donna Johnson – Rewrite Your Life: Finding Meaning in Story on October 7, 2017
   Donna wowed us with last March’s program, “Finding the Poetic Truth in Memoir.”  We knew we wanted more time with her in a workshop format.  We are happy to announce that she is coming back to Houston to give a Workshop for us entitled “Rewrite Your Life:  Finding Meaning in Story.”
   Often we view memoir as the chronology of a life—what he, she, or they did to us and when they did it. But in our hearts we know we are more than what has happened to us. In this class we explore the use of insight and theme to construct layered narratives that can offer fresh perspectives and stories rich in resonance and meaning.
   The place will be Central Market, 3815 Westheimer Road, in the upstairs Community Room. Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm with an hour lunch at 12 noon. Food and drinks from outside the store are NOT allowed in the room. Lunch may be purchased downstairs in the store.
   Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, this is an opportunity to write deeply from your heart’s understanding, which you may not know until you let your pen guide you. Writing often achieves a deepening awareness of the meaning of the past and how it aligns with the person you are today.  
   Don’t delay! Sign up for this amazing opportunity today – before it fills up. Spots are limited. (LINK – Editor’s note: we will adding the link on the website soon.) And, while you wait for October 7 to arrive, find a copy of Donna’s Holy Ghost Girl and savor it. 
   Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a critically acclaimed memoir deemed “enthralling” by the New York Times and  “compulsively readable” by Texas Monthly. Holy Ghost Girl made the Memoirs We Love list twice and was named as a Top 10 Pick by Publishers Weekly. The book took top honors at the New York Books for a Better Life Awards and won the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize. Donna has written about religion, family and culture for the Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, the Dallas Morning News, and other publications. 
Find your Inner Goddess for November’s

WiVLA Reading at Archway
   WiVLA writers are invited to participate in the annual WiVLA Reading at Archway Gallery on November 16, hosted as it is every year by our dear friends at Archway Gallery. But this year, there’s a different slant involving artist Becky Soria’s show, Landscapes of the Goddess Within, which opens to the public November 4.
   Between November 4 and 16, WiVLA writers and artists who write are invited to tour Becky’s show and write a short piece from something in her work that inspires you. Becky Soria may even give WiVLA members a special tour (more to be revealed).
    Poetry, play, fiction, essay, memoir….the genre is up to you, writer/artist who writes. However, the length is not.
Topic: The goddess within
Length: 500 words or fewer. To qualify to read, the reading must be no more than five (5) minutes. This means reading aloud and timing yourself. We’ll ring a bell if you go over time in the reading. Dogs will be released, and the text might be destroyed. (The chairperson is kidding, of course, but we are committed to good timing.)
Sign up: Coming soon, closer to November. 
Reading date: Evening of November 16 at Archway Gallery
Event: WiVLA’s annual reading at Archway Gallery, a tradition of many years.
   Are you intrigued? We hope so. Please watch the newsletter and notice emails for more information.  (Literary Co-chairs)
With the projector light on her face, Kathy Wood gets June audience members on their feet.
A Personal Essay: A Bolt of Energy from Kathy Wood's Talk
[Editor's Note: This short piece was penned by Judith Shamp to capture the inspiration that blossomed at the June monthly meeting. Thank you, Judy, for submitting the essay. ] 
    Energizing, informing, community-building and mentoring are a few words capturing  the power of the program by WiVLA member, Kathy Musick Wood. (Kathy's impressive resume and a history of the Fly Dance troupe and their professional accomplishments were available at the meeting.)
    Learning about her passion for dance and how she merged into the realm of hip hop, working with self-taught, formally-untrained dancers speaks highly to her adaptive approach. Another unique characteristic of Kathy's work, as a choreographer, is her ability to get into the hip hop dance vocabulary, bringing the raw talent of dancers into energetic expressions fitting the dancers' strengths. Her  motivational outlook, paired with the ability to evaluate dancers and their strengths, creates new dance expressions as she continues introducing the concept and action of the importance of taking leaps of faith. In other words, through dance, Kathy mirrors basic concepts of life such as the value of moving forward, exploring, inventing and making new paths.
    Kathy isn't afraid of taking risky leaps, and in that dynamic of growth, her dancers are encouraged to follow suit and they FLY -- jump, twist, and turn together in synergistic, awe-inspiring performances. WiVLA members weren't at all surprised that at the end of Kathy's presentation, she asked members to "circle up." Music began [to play] from somewhere and participants explored hot moves at the beckoning of Kathy.  

  • Call for WiVLA photos: Regina Vitolo Mader encourages everyone to share their WiVLA photos to a Google album. Click here to read her thoughtful request and see more details. Use this link to the album itself. And, finally, use this one for a how-to tutorial on Facebook.
  • WiVLA has been conducting a survey from the email address Thank you to those who have responded! There is still time to respond -- please look for an email with the subject line: "We want your opinion" or "Reminder - We want your opinion." Open the email and the survey pages appear. Thank you!
  • The fundraiser at Cafe Boheme netted WiVLA $286.80. It was a fun evening and we thank all who participated and Fresh Arts for facilitating the schedule!
  • Editor’s Choice to repeat items from Regina, social media guru: Facebook Group:
    WiVLA has a Facebook group for MEMBERS ONLY. If you would like to join, you can go directly to the link and send a request, or you can email Regina at, and she can send you an invitation to the group. Here is the link:
  • Writer and WiVLA member Debbie Blumberg is looking for people to profile for an online publication, Folks magazine. It tells the stories of extraordinary people who refuse to be defined by their heath issues. Here's a recent story she did for them:  There are plenty other examples on the website as well. She would very much appreciate any introductions to people or any leads! You can reach Debbie at

Please send in your news by the 20th of each month - art exhibits, literary works, news, etc. -  for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter to
  • donna e. perkins has a work accepted into the Big Show at the Lawndale Art Center. The Big Show will be on view from July 7 to August 12, 2017. donna will participate in the Big Show Slide Show on Thursday, August 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • Member Jane Chance has a poem "Homage to Neptune" accepted by Harbinger Asylum. Jane writes that her brother, who started writing poems very recently, submitted poems as well and had one accepted for the July issue. Jane says, "What’s fun about this is both the poems have something to do with dogs." 
  • Sally Worthington was awarded Second Prize for her watercolor/monotype piece titled Grassland at the Archway Gallery Ninth Annual Juried Exhibition. Congratulations, Sally!
  • Sylvia Cooper announces the publication of the second part of her memoir Better Out Than In Part II. She continues the story of her journey to freedom and while not an easy one, the journey shows there can be a happy ending for victims of domestic violence. See the cover and book jacket text  here
  • Save the date for Fringe Festival Anything Goes night on Sunday, September 10. Member Margo Stutts Toombs will be presenting Mona Meditation Maven.
  • Margo also reminds everyone that the Alley Theatre has good tickets at a senior citizen rate for most shows. You can order the tickets a week in advance and they will be held at Will Call. See the Alley website for more details. Link
  • Varsha Saraiya-Shah writes: "My poem Closets Redeemed will be performed in the following event.  
    Saturday August 19, two shows at 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm at the MATCH. Here is the link to the event page
    ‘Kāvya - Poetry in Motion’ in six segments weaves together poetry ranging from 13th century Sufi works and 17th century Japanese Haiku to 19th to 21st century Gaelic, Estonian, Dutch, Spanish, Indian, and English literature, set to music that spans a range of classical and contemporary genres, and interpreted through Indian classical and Western contemporary dance. This has a running time of 65-70 minutes. Tickets: $17 in advance and $22 at the door.
  • [Editor's Choice to repeat] Tayyba Kanwal is happy to announce the following to all WiVLA members: Fuente Collective is a new organization with a mission to catalyze creativity through online and on-location national and international retreats and events. We plan to launch multi-lingual artistic programming, especially in Spanish.
    Founded by Tayyba Kanwal with three fellow passionate writer-artists, we launch our programming this summer. We are thrilled to offer our first Youth Studio. We held the first of our “Write Wild” retreats, a July day in Kemah focused on generating new ideas and work, experimenting outside the participants' usual, genre, style, and even art form.  Look for more "Write Wild" retreats in the future.
    More about Fuente Collective:
    More about Creative Self-expression Youth Studio for 8 - 16 year-olds:
    Contact or sign up for our newsletter here:
    We look forward to seeing WiVLA members at our retreats and will keep you updated on interesting programming!
  • Editor’s Note: We know a lot of you are showing your work and getting articles and books published, so we ask you to send the information to by the 20th of each month. We want to support you and come to your openings and readings; timely info to the newsletter gets the word to members and their friends and contacts.

~ Editor's Emphasis: I'm repeating a couple of announcements.

~~ Writers' Re-Treat, Saturday August 19, Montrose Library Conference Room 10:30 am -1:30 pm. Please bring a snack to share. Contact member Margo S. Toombs for more details. This event is free and pre-registering is helpful.

~ Public Poetry  announces a marvelous month of events. Click the blue link for PP's great web page. The website has a good write-ups and details about all events.

~~ Former WiVLA president Jane Mulholland encourages everyone to check out the Houston Writers Guild website where a full slate of events and call for entries are listed in a very appealing way. Events include Tier 2 Critique Groups.
~ Inprint opens its doors at 1520 West Main on the first Friday of every month from 9 am to 12 noon for a writing cafe. Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to write are welcome. For information, click here.  Be sure and use the link to confirm the Friday availability. A few Fridays in 2017 are blocked due to other schedules. http://

~~ Additionally, Imprint is featuring a master class on writing personal essays in September. See that notice and much, much more at   

WriteSpace is offering several workshops in August. For pricing, registration and more information, go to the WriteSpace website or contact them. Please see the WriteSpace website for details. Additionally, it's time to register for Writespace Writers' Family Reunion on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. WiVLA is a co-sponsor of this event and WiVLA members receive a discount. See the article in this issue. Use the code for the discount. 

~~ Member Harriet Riley sends a save-the-date notice for the Weird Homes Tour in Houston on Saturday October 7. Learn more and see amazing pictures at

~~ Events and upcoming shows are noted on the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) helpful website at

~~Member Debbie Blumberg says: Save the date: February 3, 2018 - Debbie is co-chair of the American Society of Journalists and Authors regional writers conference next spring in Austin (and also the co-president of the group's Texas chapter). This is shaping up to be an amazing event for writers, freelancers, book authors, content marketers--anyone who's making a living from writing--to make connections and pick up new skills. Stay tuned for more information! (HTTP://TINY.CC/ASJATX). For more information on volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, please email   

Cori Austin reminds us that Creative Mornings Houston has special and interesting programs.  Every month, creative people gather at a designated place for a program designed to inspire and entertain. There is time for networking, visiting, meeting new people, and having some kind of morning food and drink. To join, sign up for the Houston newsletter at It’s always on a Friday morning and begins at 8:30 am. The location changes each time. 

~~ Archway Gallery has website: Click here to go to the website. Monthly exhibits, special events, and coming in November a WiVLA Reading.
~~ 3rd Coast Books is now accepting fiction and non-fiction submissions in seven genres. Please go to:

~~ Art Houston is a new local magazine dedicated to all types of art and they are seeking articles. For general submission guidelines, contact the publisher at Art Houston.

~~  Writers will find an abundance of resources on this new website created by writing coach Joan Dempsey.

Calls for Entry:  Visual Art
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).

Editor's Note: This first one is a call for art and writing:
Open Call for Women's Art and Writing 
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:38 pm (PDT)

Subject: Open Call for Women's Art and Writing

Women, in all your lovely identifying forms, Pink Panther Magazine is accepting submissions of art, poetry, and prose for Volume 8, Number 2, due out for release 8 September 2017 and for future issues. Send us work that embodies the female experience,whether it be political, professional, personal, domestic, relational, social,and/or spiritual. We’re hungry for art and writing with a central focus on the woman inside and outside of these influences.

Send up to five poems per submission or up to two short stories or personal essays in a single .doc file attachment AND embed the text in the body of your email. For art, sendup to ten images as .jpg attachments. If we need a higher resolution version of an image for publication purposes, we'll notify you. We do accept previously published work. Send your best to Not sure what PPM is looking for? Find our full guidelines and image examples at

About the Magazine:
Pink Panther Magazine is a semi-annual international women’s art and literature publication in its eighth year. We offer a print and digital version of each issue. PPM's vision is to give women a voice through the promotion of their art and writing. The magazine aims to provide a multicultural atmosphere that focuses on today’s women's issues—a safe, nurturing place to explore ideas and celebrate the unique experiences of women in every phase of their lives.

~ June Russell, visual co-chair, sends very interesting websites that are chock full of visual and literary workshop information. See one of the most current, most interesting websites here. It is Santa Fe Workshops and they are organizing sessions in lovely destinations such as Cuba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Tokyo.

~ Think Big! The Assistance League of Houston is promoting a call for entries for an outdoor MURAL. The deadline is September 17, 2017 and the proposal details are available by clicking on these pages.

Fraction Magazine is an online venue dedicated to contemporary and fine art photography. It brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe.They accept submissions from new and emerging photographers.

~ FreshArts, of which we are members, has many opportunities for artists listed on their website - check it out!

~ Juried Art Services has a digital jurying system. Click on the link above for more information. 

~ CAFE' for Artists! is a website that lists calls for entry nation-wide. Descriptions of type of art and theme are listed, as is a link for more information. Deadlines are included.
Calls for Entry:  Literary Art
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).

~ Please see the first notice from Pink Panther Magazine under Visual Art -- the Call for Entry is for both art and writing. Thank you! 

~ June Russell, visual co-chair, sends very interesting websites that are chock full of visual and literary workshop information. See one of the most current, most interesting websites here. It is Santa Fe Workshops and they are organizing sessions in lovely destinations such as Cuba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Tokyo.

~ British publication Aesthetica Magazine has issued a call for entries with a deadline of August 31, 2017. Please see full details here.
~ Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts announces its 2017 contests and awards. The literary journal was founded at the University of Houston and holds an annual event with cash awards to the winners and publication opportunities. Please click "Contests" on their web page for full information and submission guidelines.

~ Houston Writers Guild has a call for entry notice on the guild's website

~ Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.

~ Poets & Writers has a great database of conferences and residencies for writers. Check it out.
~ A Yahoo group has an ongoing and frequently updated list of creative writing opportunities. Writers can join and the notifications come directly to your email.     
~ Winning Writers is another great website for writing opportunities. Check it out by clicking here

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Upcoming Events

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
"Social Media Can be Your Friend"
presentation by Lee Steiner 

Tuesday, August 15
5:45 Gather and Mingle
6:15 Short Business Mtg
6:30 Program Begins

Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

Sunday, August  20
Renewal exhibition,
musical premiere,
and literary reading

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish
Community Center
Events start at 2:00 pm
Please see detailed notice
in this edition of the newsletter.

WriteSpace and co-sponsors
Co-Sponsored by WiVLA
Saturday September 9
9:00 to 5:00 pm
Silver Street Studios
2000A Edwards, Houston 77007
Please see article in this issue
with details and how to obtain the 20% discount on registration.

WiVLA Monthly Meeting
"Jurors: A Literary Juror and
a Visual Juror 
Give Us the Inside Story"

Tuesday, September 19
5:45 Gather and Mingle
6:15 Short Business Mtg
6:30 Program Begins

Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy
Houston TX 77006

About Women in the Visual and Literary Arts

The mission of WiVLA is to provide an inspiring forum for women to explore and advance their creative development, to promote their work in the marketplace, and to infuse the community with their spirit of cooperation and invention.

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WiVLA 2017 Board of Directors

President - Cori Austin  

Vice President - Lilibeth Andre

Secretary - Lee Steiner          

Treasurer - Lane Devereux
Membership - Zita Giraldo and Kristine Rivers

Communications -  Mary Ramain

Social Media - Regina Vitolo Mader
Programs - Lillian Tharp     

Newsletter - Kay McStay 

Visual Arts - Dune Tencer and June Russell                       

Literary Arts - Karleen Koen and Mary Harlan            

At-Large - Josena Arquieta  and Tayyba Kanwal

Historian - Judy Shamp

Our mailing address is:
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P. O. Box 130406
Houston, TX  77219-0406


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