Monday, February 28, 2011

Laurel Crown Foundation

From the Laurel Crown Foundation:

Now you can become a member of the Laurel Crown Foundation and help
promote poetry and the visual arts in San Antonio and the surrounding area.

Should you become a member of Laurel Crown, you are still eligible
to enter and compete in the poetry and art contests for the cash prizes,
and we offer $1,400.00 in cash prizes and awards.

You can now become a member of the Laurel Crown Foundation! This is your opportunity to have a part in the exciting work Laurel Crown is doing in the San Antonio area promoting poetry and art.

*Memberships are for one year and are tax deductible. The following levels are available:

--Sponsoring Member $25 (Your name will be published in the anthology on a special membership page)
--Silver Member $50 (Your name will be published in the anthology and you will receive an anthology)
--Gold Member $100 (Your name will be published in the anthology; you will receive an anthology and a DVD of the program)
--Diamond Member $200 (Your name will be published in the anthology, you will receive an anthology and a DVD of the program, plus you may submit a poem to be included in a special membership section of the 2012 anthology and on the Laurel Crown Website. Poems must conform to contest guidelines)

Make your check payable to the Laurel Crown Foundation, detach and return to 4147 Acorn Hill, Suite 1, San Antonio, TX 78217.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Moonlit Skin

Moonlit Skin
A love story told
under the cover of night
letter marries line
Linoleum Block Prints by
Steve A Prince
Haiku Poems by
Valerie Sweeney Prince, PhD

On Thursday, February 24th 2001
At 6:30 PM

Jim Kane will conduct a Gallery Talk
Moonlit Skin
and the work
Steve A Prince

StoneMetal Press Printmaking Center
1420 S. Alamo St. #101

StoneMetal Press funded in part by grants from The Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Antonio, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, Humanities Texas and Alice B Kleberg Foundation.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sagebrush Review

From Sagebrush Review:

Greetings comrades,

We at the Review wish to extend our appreciation to everyone who submitted work for judging in this year's journal. The submissions have already been organized and released to our judging panel. The material for publishing will be selected before Spring Break, at which time we will inform all authors and artists of our choices.

Also, there are TWO readings to attend this week:

Bonnie Lyons and Sagebrush Review presenters, Wednesday February 23rd, Barnes and Noble at La Cantera, 7 PM
Shihan, Slam Poet, Thursday February 24th, UTSA Ski Lounge, 8 PM

I hope you all can make it out. Additionally, if anyone has information regarding fundraising options or advertising opportunities for the journal, please let one of us at the Sagebrush Review know and we will see that you are credited for your support. Thanks, gracias, merci, and xie xie.

Cooper Dale Harris
Managing Editor
Sagebrush Review

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series:

UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series, featuring poet Kevin Clark


From Dr. Wendy Barker, UTSA

Kevin Clark's new book Self-Portrait with Expletives won the Pleiades Prize and was published by Pleiades Press in 2010. Denise Duhamel says it's "the book I've been waiting to read. . . . ." Intimate, hilarious, attentive, political, Self-Portrait with Expletives is a mature, commanding book by a poet confident in his craft." David Kirby says "It's as though there's nothing this voice can't say; it's personal, provocative, and I want to hear it again and again." And David St. John: "This is the kind of collection of poetry that gives us the courage to face the days to come."

Kevin is a delightful human being, a vibrant reader, and I promise you won't regret taking the time to come.

UTSA Main Campus, Business Building University Room (2.06.04)
Friday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review: Neptune's Inferno

Here's a book review of "Neptune's Inferno" that appeared in the San Antonio Express-News yesterday.

Neptune's Inferno Review

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Awaken the Sleeping Poet

Awaken the Sleeping Poet, Barnes & Noble

Thursday, February 24, featuring
Marian Haddad and Toni Falls.
And Marian will be debuting her new book:
Wildflower. Stone.

Date: Thursday February 24, 2011
What: Awaken the Sleeping Poet, Barnes & Noble
When: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., with open mic from 8:00 - 9:00.
Where: Northwoods Barnes & Noble, 281 & Henderson Pass.
Who: Marian Haddad and Toni Falls

Host: Floyd (Michaud) L. Lamrouex

Saturday, February 19, 2011

On & Off Fred

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Just a quick reminder that ON & OFF FRED is THIS weekend! Saturday, Feb. 19, 11 am-6 pm & Sunday, Feb. 20, noon-5 pm. PLUS, we've added some exciting NEW evening events this year:

SATURDAY EVENING, Feb. 19th, 6:30-10:30 pm: On & Off Fred in the Park, in the Liz Davies Greenspace in the 800 blk. Fredericksburg Road @ MIchigan Ave. Music by South Texas Jazz, art videos organized by T.J. Gonzalez, and food by local vendors: Garcia's Restaurant world-famous brisket tacos, Martinez Barbacoa and tamales, and Wheelie Gourmet. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

SUNDAY EVENING, Feb. 20th, 5:30-8:30 pm: Say Goodnight, Fred, a closing reception at Long Hall Gallery, 618 W. Craig Pl.

We've had some spectacular news coverage so far--tv, radio, newspapers, magazines (see a sampling below)--with more to come through the weekend . But the weekend wouldn't be the same without you! So, please pick up your advance copy of the catalog ($10/includes admission for 2 to all Fred events) at area businesses (go to for full list), or at the Rodeo (find Oscar's Ironworks booth). And be sure to come to Bihl Haus Arts this Friday night for the ON & OFF FRED AUTOGRAPH PARTY and Opening Reception from 6-9 pm. Live music by Johnny P & the Wiseguys, hors d'ouevres, and libations!

There's more music to be had at Bihl Haus on Saturday afternoon with Possum Gizzards (blue grass) at noon and the Flying Bourbon Brothers (Americana with a Texas flair) at 2 pm. And finally, if you're up for a little exercise on Sunday, take the PASA (Public Art San Antonio) On & Off Fred Bike Tour, which starts at Bihl Haus at 2 pm.

See you on Fred!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Self-Editing Workshop

Self-Editing Workshop
Feb 20-26

Want to perk up the pace of your prose?
Don't know what to look for?
Contest judges getting you down?
Never learned the difference between POV and Show vs Tell?

Join two Roses of Roses Colored Glasses for the Self-Editing Workshop

Your Instructors: Layla Chase and Shayla Kersten

This workshop will help make your writing shine! Through the use of checklists, lectures and writing exercises for each lesson, we give you tangible examples of what to look for and how to fix it. You'll get interactive assistance from freelance editor and award-winning authors, Layla Chase and Shayla Kersten.

Passive Vs Active voice, Power words & pumping up your sentences
Eliminating implied or unnecessary words
Gerunds, misplaced modifiers, dangling participles
Point Of View and Show Vs Tell
Grammar & Punctuation
Style and Voice

To enroll, send your $20 payment through Paypal from the workshop page on

Deadline for enrollment is February 20, 2011.


"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for teaching the Self-Editing class on Rose's Colored Glasses. I took the class earlier this year and by applying what I learned to my manuscript, I managed to final in a RWA Chapter contest."

"... even more than the wonderful tips and checklist and exercises, this workshop taught us how to discipline ourselves, which I love. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

"Just want to say thank you so much for all your insight and information, ladies. I enjoyed the class and can definitely take the information and apply it to my writing. In fact, it's been useful already!"

"I wanted to express my appreciation for the time and assistance we have been given. I have learned so much and have so much to learn. Thanks heaps and I'll be doing this again

Lupe M. Gonzalez
Writing stories by and about Latinas and their lives and loves.
Released Sep 23, 2009 - A Love for Eternity, TWRP, Vintage Miniature Rose
Too Late For Romance? (Debut Book, Jun 2008, The Wild Rose Press)

Media Art Politics

Media Art Politics
Lecture by Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum, NY

7 PM, Thursday, February 17, 2011
McAllister Auditorium, San Antonio College Campus (1300 San Pedro Ave.)
Lecture is free and open to the public

For more information, please contact Debra Schafter, Visual Arts Department, SAC, 210.486.1042


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Monday's SLHW Meeting

Fellow Writers,

This is just a friendly reminder that there will be a meeting of the Society of Latino and Hispanic Writers of San Antonio at Barnes and Noble, San Pedro Crossing, on Monday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting with feature a founding member of the Society, Mary Lou Barrera, who will be speaking to us about Public Speaking for Today's Writers. She will walk you from the all important call from your agent to the accolades you will receive once your speech is done.

It is not a simple thing to give a speech as everyone knows; how you prepare is one of the most important factors. Throwing in a barrage of words is not one of them. There are six steps to a successful conclusion. Mary Lou will give you an overview of each step in a fun, demonstrative class-like setting.

Mary Lou was trained in public speaking by instructors from the military. She was attached as a volunteer during the Desert Storm conflict to the 90Th Army Reserve Command. She was instrumental in helping to train a core of women volunteers, and later helped organize husband and wife teams to travel through a five-state area to help form Family Support Groups. She would instruct the group leaders to become advocates for the families left behind while their spouses were at war.

During her tenure at Kelly AFB, while assigned to the Distribution area, she became the Hispanic tour lecturer for visiting dignitaries and military personnel from various South American, Central American and European countries. As time went by, she acquired a modicum of proficiency and became a bilingual tour speaker for several of the buildings in the Distribution area.

Mary Lou advises: When you attend a lecture, you are not expected to become a polished professional speaker. You are not expected to gain perfection through this lecture. Expertise is gained through years of study and application of your knowledge to your area of study.

Keep Writing,

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Sagebrush Review: Open Mic

The Sagebrush Review
UTSA’s Literary & Art Journal
By Candlelight
Grisel Acosta

Candlelight Coffeehouse & Bar
3011 N. St. Mary’s
San Antonio, TX 78212
Friday, February 11th
7 PM

Contact Cooper @ 210-861-8377 OR if you are interested in presenting material (poetry, prose, acoustic music, art, etc.) or being featured for an event.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Dr. June Scobee Rodgers at SAC

Please plan to visit the Scobee Planetarium at San Antonio College on Friday, Feb. 18 starting at 5:30 p.m.


Book signing with June Scobee Rodgers, Ph.D.
in conjunction with Scobee Planetarium Friday Public Shows at San Antonio College.

In her new book, “Silver Linings: My Life Before and After Challenger 7,” June Scobee Rodgers, Ph.D., shares her inspiring story as the wife of the Challenger commander, and as founder of the nonprofit Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Dr. Scobee Rodgers also works with New York Times Best-Selling Authors Rebecca Moesta & Kevin J. Anderson for “Star Challengers,” an exciting, new young adult fiction series that NASA Astronaut Neil Armstrong says, “takes young readers up into space, onto the moon, and to the boundaries of their imaginations. It’s the next best thing to being there.”


Friday, Feb. 18
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. book signing
(Books will be available for purchase during this time)

Planetarium shows:
6:30 p.m. - "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" for children age 4 and up
7:45 p.m. - "Violent Universe” for ages 6 and up
9 p.m. - "Seven Wonders" for ages 6 and up
Weather permitting, following the last show, the observatory opens for free celestial viewing through the telescope.

Ticket prices:
Free for SAC and Alamo Colleges students and employees with ID
$2 – children, 4 to 17
$5 – adults, 18-54
$3 – seniors, 55+
All proceeds from this special night will be donated to the proposed Challenger Learning Center at the San Antonio College Scobee Planetarium.

Scobee Planetarium at San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Ave., 78212
(building is located off San Pedro Ave. at W. Park in lot #21)

June Scobee-Rodgers, Ph.D. is the widow of Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger. He also is the former SAC student for whom the Planetarium at San Antonio College is named. June is also the founding director and chair of the non-profit Challenger Center for Space Science Education that was started in 1986 to honor the astronauts and teacher Christa McAuliffe, and continue their mission of education.

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Challenger Center as one of the country’s most innovative projects for teaching science and math.

Holding a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and a Master's degree from Chapman College, both in Curriculum and Instruction, June is proud of the fact that she has taught in every grade-level classroom from kindergarten through college.

“ Twenty-five years after the very public tragedy of the space shuttle Challenger, June Scobee Rodgers has written her private story—her winding path through childhood poverty, homelessness, and family dysfunction to her teenage marriage and twenty-six years of love and life with Dick Scobee.

This is the story, too, of that heartbreaking day in January 1986 when Commander Scobee and his six crewmates slipped the surly bonds of Earth. That day, June's life took a new direction that ultimately led to the creation of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and to new love and new life with (Army Lieutenant General) Don Rodgers.

Her story of faith and triumph over adversity will inspire readers of every age.”

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Players of Life: Call for Submissions

Fellow Writers and friends,

FEB/MAR Edition of PLAYERS OF LIFE SAN ANTONIO MAGAZINE the number one in Business and Lifestyle is out, check it out at

We are getting ready for our next Edition: Luxury on Wheels and all our traditional sections, please send in your suggestions, proposals and ideas for consideration. Remember we need articles in Spanish and some in English; check out our sections and reader profile at our site. Be creative, original, witty, curious, professional and funny. For any questions or article submission contact me at

The game is on!


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Sunday, February 06, 2011

4th Annual On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour

From our friends at Bihl Haus Arts:

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

The 4th Annual On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour ( ), scheduled for Feb. 19th & 20th, is just around the corner! And as a Friend of Bihl Haus Arts, you're invited to a very special invitation-only Preview pARTy this THURSDAY, Feb. 10th, from 5:30-8:30 pm. The pARTy takes place just inside Loop 1604 at the studio/offices of Michael Imbimbo Inc.- Architects, at US Hwy 281 & Thousand Oaks (in the Frost Bank building).

Join us for hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and live music by Los Nahuatlatos, and prep for the studio tour by purchasing your advance copy of our famous On & Off Fred Catalog ($10 advance/$15 during the tour). On exhibit will be a sampling of works by some of the amazing 2011 Studio Tour Artists, including paintings and drawings by David Zamora Casas, Angel Rodriguez-Diaz, Rex Hausmann, David S. Rubin, David Alcantar & Russell Stephenson, sculpture by Danville Chadbourne & James Hetherington, metalworks by Dale Jenssen & Stacy Parten, jewelry by Cee Jay Black, ceramics by Mark Crutsinger & Laurel Gibson, and stained glass by Olimpia Perez, plus prints and metalworks by host Michael Imbimbo.

For more info, please see the attached invitation.

RSVP at 210.403.3636, or


And, please save these dates:

FRIDAY, Feb. 18th, 6-9 pm: ON & OFF FRED AUTOGRAPH PARTY & Opening Reception @ Bihl Haus Arts
SATURDAY, Feb. 19th, 11 am-6 pm & SUNDAY, Feb. 20th, noon-5 pm: The 4th Annual ON & OFF FREDERICKSBURG ROAD STUDIO TOUR!

Plus two NEW evening events!

SATURDAY, Feb. 19th, 6:30-10:30 pm: ON & OFF FRED IN THE PARK (Liz Davies Pocket Park, 800 block of Fredricksburg Road @ Michigan) with Art Videos plus Music by South Texas Jazz.
SUNDAY: Feb. 20th, 5:30-8:30 pm: SAY G'NIGHT FRED, closing reception @ Long Hall Gallery, 618 W. Craig

MORE info at

Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD
Executive Director
Bihl Haus Arts
P.O. Box 100806
2803 Fredericksburg Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 383-9723 (cell)
(210) 732-3502 (off)

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Spanish Group Meeting

Un recordatorio que tendremos nuestra junta en espanol el proximo Lunes.
Disculpen pero no tuve tiempo de buscar foto. Traigan algo para compartir.
Un abrazo,

Barnes and Noble, La Cantera
Monday, Feb. 7
7:30 p.m.


Thursday, February 03, 2011

Conjunto Festival Call for Submissions

From Juan Tejeda:

Camaradas: the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's landmark 30th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2011 will be held from May 10-15 at the Guadalupe Theatre and Rosedale Park. We are currently looking for literature on conjunto music for possible publication in this year's Tejano Conjunto Festival magazine. If you know of any writers who may have written about conjunto music, poems, short stories, scholarly articles, interviews with conjunto artists, your favorite conjunto recuerdos, etc., please have them send it to me as an attachment to Deadline for submission is March 2.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

SARA Monthly Meeting

From our friends at SARA:

Join the SAN ANTONIO ROMANCE AUTHORS at their monthly meeting and a hands-on workshop focusing on boosting the emotional value of a scene:

Wednesday – February 16

Grady’s BBQ

327 E. Nakoma

Come as early as 6 p.m. to order food, mix and mingle. The meeting will begin at 6:30, and the workshop will follow at 7:00.

Linda Carroll-Bradd will present “Boosting a Scene’s Emotion.” Handouts will be provided to practice techniques for layering emotion into lines of dialogue to set the tone of a scene.

Come and share in the fun!

For more information see the SARA website:

Carol Kilgore
San Antonio Romance Authors