Denton Poets’ Assembly last met on Saturday April 19. During the meeting, members read a Cinquain based on our March lesson. J. Paul Holcolmb presented a lesson on the sonnet.
He will present a lesson on the "Stretched Sonnet" this Saturday.
Quoting J. Paul, “I wanted to do it this month because Roberta Bowman came up with the innovation and her funeral was last week. This will be remembering her in a literary way. Also, it will follow the lesson on sonnets so folks should have something to stretch.”
Members and guests also read free choice poems in April.
The Merging Visions Reception held on Thursday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Visual Arts proved to be a resounding success. Merging Visions, is a collaboration exhibition between Denton Poets’ Assembly and Visual Arts Society of Texas.
DPA elects officers for the upcoming year during the May meeting. Members planning to vote must be in attendance.
Beth Honeycutt made the following announcement-
Saturday, May 24 11:30 a.m.
Artists ShowPlace Gallery
15615 Coit Rd., Suite 230, Dallas, TX
(corner of Coit and Arapaho)
Please spread the word. I'll be reading with two other fantastic poets who have also published chapbooks with Finishing Line Press.
Saba Razvi is a lecturer in writing and literature at the University of Houston-Victoria. She is the author of the chapbook Of the Divining and the Dead. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and her master's from the University of Texas in Austin, where she was also a Michener fellow. Her poetry has appeared in Diner, Karamu, the Arbor Vitae Review, Arsenic Lobster, and Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality. David St. John called her poems "lithe and electric" while Carol Muske-Dukes said of her chapbook, "This is a book filled with night-terrors, but lit by the powerful protective beams of this extraordinary poet's dazzling imagination."
Michael J. Grabell's first poetry chapbook, Macho Man, won the Finishing Line Press prize and was nominated for a Pushcart. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry anthology, Best New Poets 2009, Southwest Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Rattle, and Tampa Review. He has won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and was runner-up in the River Styx International Poetry Contest. Grabell is an investigative reporter for ProPublica, where he has produced stories for the New York Times, NPR, and Time magazine. He is also the author of Money Well Spent?, a narrative history of President Obama's stimulus package and his efforts to revive the economy for the Great Recession.
Beth Honeycutt is a paralegal, poet, and healer from Denton. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas and a founding member of the Denton Poets' Assembly. Her poems have appeared in the Texas Poetry Calendar, BorderSenses, and the Wichita Falls Literature & Art Review among others. Her first poetry chapbook, Finding Direction, is a collection of poetry that is rooted in the realm of the everyday world but which soon flies into a realm where dragons still exist and spindly-armed tree branches might just step out into the stars. Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, called it "the poetry Howard and Lovecraft would have loved."
Special thanks to Solana deLamant for helping to set this up. Her chapbook, Places at the Edge of Silence, was published earlier this year by Finishing Line Press.
Denton Poets’ Assembly meets on the third Saturday of each month, 10AM - Noon at the Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland Street, Denton, TX 76201. Free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit www.DentonPoetsAssembly.weebly.com