Welcome to the Austin Poetry Society!

The Austin Poetry Society (APS) encourages the reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry.

 

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Thank you!

The Austin Poetry Society received a generous donation in honor of Patricia Fiske.

“Patricia Fiske has led a diverse creative life. She was an actress, performing at Zachary Scott Theatre in such shows as The Sunshine Boys, Tovarich, Mornings at Seven, Tribute, and A Life.

At Hyde Park Theatre, she was in The Princess Travels, Nuts, Piano Bar, and Final Touches. She also performed in Quail in the Pines at the Paramount Theatre and in Miss Liberty at the Zilker Hillside Theatre, where she had a standing ovation for her performance. She also performed in several films, Olympia, The Last Run, and Borderlands.

During the seventies, Patricia became a puppeteer, performing with her friend, Linalice Carey as The Bijuberti Puppet Players. They created over twenty-five shows and presented them at malls, in homes and in Hyde Park Theatre, which Linalice founded. Seven of her puppet plays have been published, as well as a book, CURTAIN CALLS-PUPPETRY FOR SENIORS, published by the Hogg Foundation.

She began writing poetry in the eighties and performing them at open mics around town. She has four chap books of her poetry, Late Bloomer, Old Yellow Dog, Lantana Lives, and Sacred Cycle. Her book, Spirit Rocks, is shared with three other poets.

Her poetry appears in: RUSTIC RUB, POESIA Y CALLE – 1996, AIPF SAMPLER – 1996, DI.VERSE.CITY TOO.

She founded a group called Ripe ‘N Ready, which performed works by the John Henry Faulk Theatre and was called, Prime Pickin’s.

She began writing for the theatre, starting with monologues and short plays and founded a production company, Writers for the Performing Arts, which produced four monologue and short plays shows for which she wrote and directed. More recently, she has written a memoir, Secrets I Couldn’t Tell My Children.”

 

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Patricia Fiske

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Happy Belated 90th Birthday, Patricia Fiske!

We Love You!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The January/February Monthly Contest Results are in!

A big thanks to Gloria Amescua for judging this month’s finalists and to everyone who came to the February meeting for voting on the popular vote. Here are the results:

GENERAL VERSE:

Judge’s Results
1st place = Two Pebbles in the River by Diana Conces
2nd place = The Landscape is Always Changing by Jennifer Bloom
3rd place = The Plan by Patti Renaldo
4th place = She Named Him John by Barbara Blanks
5th place = Enchanted Vista by Von S. Bourland
 
Popular Vote
1st place = Two Pebbles in the River by Diana Conces
2nd/3rd place = tie between The Plan by Patti Renaldo & Enchanted Vista by Von S. Bourland
4th place = The Landscape is Always Changing by Jennifer Bloom
5th place = She Named Him John by Barbara Blanks

LIGHT VERSE:

Judge’s Results
1st place = The Contractor’s Lament by Diana Conces
2nd place = Wrinkled, Rumpled, and Saggy by Barbara Blanks
3rd place = A Conceited Decorated Heart by Von S. Bourland
4th place = Jump by Ralph Hausser
5th place = The Lizard by Patti Renaldo
 
Popular Vote
1st place = The Contractor’s Lament by Diana Conces
2nd place = Wrinkled, Rumpled, and Saggy by Barbara Blanks
3rd place = A Conceited Decorated Heart by Von S. Bourland
4th/5th place = tie between Jump by Ralph Hausser & The Lizard by Patti Renaldo

Congratulations!

APS Annual Contest Entries Due April 1, 2017!

The APS Annual Contests are now open. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2017. Visit our contests page for detailed guidelines and a list of this year’s contests and prizes. Then start writing those award-winning poems. Good luck!

Send us your Poetic Insights!

Where do you find poetic inspiration? Who first introduced you to poetry? How has poetry changed your life? Do you have a funny poetic anecdote to share? APS is looking for short, poetry-related insights to post on our website homepage each month. If you’re interested in providing a snippet of poetic prose, email us at austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com. Blurbs should be 200-300 words long and accompanied by a photo of you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t forget to renew your membership!

All APS memberships expire in May of each year, so now is the perfect time to renew. We’ll be starting up the meetings and monthly contests again this fall, and you don’t want to miss out! To renew your membership or join for the first time, visit our Join the APS page. You can submit your application online or print a copy and mail it in. We hope to see you all again this September!

April 2016 APS meeting

Share Your Photos!

If you have pictures from our Annual Awards Ceremony or any of our recent meetings that you would like to post to our Gallery page, email the files to austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com. If you did not take the photos yourself, please tell us who did so we can give proper credit. Thanks!

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APS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

If you are a member of the Austin Poetry Society and would like to volunteer, please email us at austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com. We are currently looking for a treasurer, as well as people to chair various committees. Let us know if you can help!