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In this Issue From the Editor Board Bites - June 10 - WiVLA Board Meeting July Meeting Program information WIVLA NEWS Poet's & Prose Cafe Table Announcements and Upcoming Events Calendar of Events
President's PenWIVLA Members,"The summer moon hung full in the sky.For the time being this was the great fact in the world". Willa CatherThis is the month where the president is obligated to lament the brutal heat of the Texas summer.This is when summer reading becomes abundant.My summer choice is Body and Bread by Nan Cuba.Her debut novel weaves an interesting story that reminds us that surviving is the hardest work of all.How fortunate are we to have her in person at our upcoming July meeting?Time to mark your calendar now! Our second show of the season will bepresented in the Book Gallery of the Museum of Printing HIstory on September 19th. The title of the show is: Freeing The Word In Small Spaces.We will make our WIVLA voices heard.
I am pleased to announce that Marian Szczepanski has become the head of our 2013 Advisory Board. This consists of seven tenured WIVLA members. This board will meet quarterly and act as a helpful think tank for the existing board of directors. They will assess and formulate ideas to help send our organization forward.
At our June meeting, Casey Kelly spoke to us about her lengthy and star studded journey into the film world. She spoke of a list she created and shared her many responses with us. Her list completed the phrase: "I once"..
Your response to this phrase would be???
"Caress your artistry with soulful spirit and wistful passion."
FROM THE EDITOR_____________________________________* The newsletter is seeking articles, book reviews, cafe/restaurant reviews, art exhibit/museum reviews and poetry and prose submissions for "Poetry & Prose Cafe Table". Please submit via the WiVLA website: firstname.lastname@example.org. The newsletter editor does edit all submissions for content.
Board Bites - June 10 WiVLA Board Meeting
*Plans are taking shape for the September WiVLA show slated for September 10-17 - more information and prospectus to follow.
*Plans for WiVLA's 20th Anniversary continue to take shape. More information to follow.
*Cindy Rasche continues to work on the formation of a Critique Group. A start date has not been set yet.
*Cori Austin reported that more members have been added to the Sketchbook Group. The group meets once a month. Contact Cori for more information.
July Meeting and Program informationPlease mark your calendars for an informative evening.Tuesday, July 16, 2013The July WIVLA meeting will feature a very exciting writer. Nan Cuba will be our guest speaker.Nan received her MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She has taught English and Creative Writing at several universities and high schools. She is founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary center, and is currently an associate professor of English at Our Lady of the Lake University. She was twice the runner-up for the Dobie Paisano Fellowship and received a Fundación Valparaiso Residency Grant in Mojácar, Spain.Cuba is author of the recently released novel Body and Bread, named one of "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now" in O, The Oprah Magazine and also in The Huffington Post's "Fifteen New Releases to Put On Your Reading List." The novel is the story of anthropologist Sarah Pelton, who uses her professional skills to analyze her childhood experiences to find out why the older brother she idolized committed suicide. What she discovers, instead, is that her brother is not the person she thought she knew.Praise abounds for Body and Bread. "... Cuba's piercing coming-of-age saga vibrates with youthful yearnings," wrote Carol Haggas for Booklist. The San Antonio Express News review called the novel "a beautiful examination of family dynamics in the wake of suffering, and the ways that grief continues to shape our lives far beyond the death of a loved one."Cuba writes prolifically across genres. As an investigative journalist, she reported on causes of extraordinary violence in publications such as LIFE, Third Coast, and D Magazine. Her short stories, poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in anthologies such as Of Risk, Courage, and Women; Inheritance of Light; and New Growth 2; and in journals, such as Quarterly West, Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry & Prose, the Harvard Review, storySouth, and Connotation Press.Sharing with Ms. Cuba will be a unique experience for all of those in attendance. Please join us.
Small Press Publishing Event at the Indie Book FestBy Anne Rita TaylorI attended the Indie Book Fest on Saturday, April 20th at The Menil Museum. There were several events hosted by the exhibitors, such as "Small Press, Big Rewards: Publishing Beyond the Mainstream." Three small press publishers sat a long table under a tent on the lawn and described how they started their presses. The folding chairs were comfortable and since it was after lunch, at 1:30, and a little breeze in the air, I sat back and listened.Jason Kristopher with Grey Gecko Press (Katy), Joe Bratcher with Host Publications (Austin), and Larry Ketchersid from JoSara Media (Houston) took turns talking about the difficulties of getting published. All three agreed that e-books (electronic books) are the wave of the future.They said that writers should beware of vanity presses. An informative web site discussing warnings that threaten writers is hosted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/). A vanity press is where a writer pays someone to be published. These differ from print-on-demand places which offer self-publication (web sites like Lulu: www.lulu.com) where it is free to publish, you pay for the print, plus you keep 80% of the revenue from your book sales.Jason, Larry and Joe all agreed that writers need to follow standards for their genre. For example, if you are writing a young adult novel, you would need to know that young adults are in the age range of 12 to 18 and follow the guidelines for a young adult novel.Jason Kristopher with Grey Gecko Press was the only press currently accepting submissions, for guideline go to: www.greygeckopress.com/submit-your-book-get-published. Joe Bratcher with Host Publications (www.hostpublications.com) also publishes a biannual journal, "Dirty Goat" which features art and writing, plus Joe plans to open a book store in Austin at the end of 2013, on 29th and Guadalupe.Along with the others, Larry Ketchersid (www.josaramedia.com) and his wife had a table at the Indie Book Fest, selling their small press books. Although he mentioned he does not keep a big supply of books on hand. He prefers print-on-demand.Information about the 2014 Indie Book Fest has not been posted yet, but Zinefest will be held on Saturday, October 12th, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, located in the Museum of Printing History. For more information about Zinefest, go to: http://zinefesthouston.org/2011-schedule; for The Indie Book Fest, to sign up to receive announcements go to: http://indiebookfest.org; and to sign up at the Menil go to: www.menilccommunityartsfestival.org.
Poet's & Prose Cafe TableTo My MomBy Diane DoorShe's the oneI never wanted to be likeShe is too perfect, a great cook and a great listenerAnd her home is always pristineI didn't think I could be like her,I didn't want to beLike herBut, I do now
She's the oneI thought never loved meBut, a mother is loveAnd so I had to grow upTo realize I was wrong
She's the oneWho tried to get me not to leaveBut, now I think she understandsShe understands whyWhy I had to go my own way
She's the oneWho stays steady in my lifeShe is an example of all thingsOf all things I could beSome things I chose not to beAnd the one I miss terriblyWhen I am alone or afraidI miss my mom
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ANNOUNCEMENTSCindy Hickok was one of five fiber artists selected to represent the United States in the 14th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland. Her piece, a cafe scene using figures from paintings, won the bronze medal and will be featured in Fiber Art Now magazine, summer issue. She will also be showing her work at a solo exhibition at Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, opening June 14, to July 10, and at the Rijswijk Museum Biennial in Rijswijk, Netherlands (near Delft), opening June 14 and running through October.
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CALL FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ARTInclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
2013-2014 LAWNDALE ARTIST STUDIO PROGRAM-Application Deadline: May 31, 2013 Lawndale is pleased to announce the eighth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program. The program is part of Lawndale's ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with non-residential studio space on the third floor of the Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston's Museum District.
Artists have full access to their studios 24 hours a day, seven days a week; access to visiting artists, writers and curators; and receive a $500 monthly stipend for the duration of the program together with an initial $1500 materials allowance. Participating artists are expected to spend a minimum of 16 hours a week in the studio. Each artist will also be expected to present a workshop to the general public and the local arts community to share their practice or explore a related topic.
At the completion of the residency, the works produced during the 2013-2014 program will be exhibited at Lawndale Art Center in May 2014. Lawndale Art Center will work with resident artists to create additional exhibition opportunities during their residency.
Please visit https://lawndaleartcenter.submittable.com/submitto create an account. This will allow you to return and monitor the status of your submissions. You only need to do this step the first time you submit.
CALL FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ARTInclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).
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WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Monday, July 8, at 6 p.m.WiVLA Board meetingSosa Community Center1414 Wirt RoadHouston, TX77055
Tuesday, July 16, at 6p.m.Nan Cuba- Author of Body and BreadMuseum of Printing History1324 West Clay
For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
WiVLA 2013 Board of Directors
President Cathy Nieman (email@example.com)Vice President Jane Mulholland firstname.lastname@example.orgSecretary Rona Lesser (email@example.com)
Treasurer Pattie Berg (firstname.lastname@example.org)Membership Cori Austin (email@example.com)CommunicationsPrograms Laura Pena (firstname.lastname@example.org)Newsletter Diane Door (email@example.com)Visual ArtsLiterary Arts Mary Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sandy Wells (email@example.com)At- Large Cindy Rasche (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Historian Cathy Lachin (email@example.com)Past President Lane Devereux (firstname.lastname@example.org)