Thursday, April 6, 2017

Scissortail 2017: It's On!

As of 9:30 this morning, the Twelfth Annual the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival is under way. If you're not here yet, come soon! We'll be here through Saturday afternoon.

Monday, April 3, 2017

From the Director, 2017

It’s Festival time again! Welcome to ECU and to the 12th annual Scissortail Festival. On behalf of colleagues, students and administrators who work so hard to make this gathering successful, I welcome you.

Bring your work. Bring your creativity, your voice. Join together in celebration of the writing arts. What could be more important? As Austin Phelps once said, “wear the old coat and buy the new book.” I hope you buy books. I hope you make friends. I hope you are inspired as you inspire others. Another quote: “The purpose of a Liberal Arts education is to learn that a person can like both cats and dogs” (Sonjay Anand), and Seamus Heaney says “the end of art is peace.” Too much divisiveness. Too many muggles and mudbloods! Thank you for bringing your unique voice to us. We hope that all of us, with our various voices, blend together to demonstrate the value of the Liberal Arts.

It is with wonderful anticipation that I welcome each of you to our campus and to this renewal of energy, spirit and friendship.

Ken Hada

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Scissortail 2017: The Poster

Winners of the 13th Annual R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest

Poetry Winners
First Place: Carmela Holt, “Creation.” Norman High School (Sara Doolitle)
Second Place: Heather Smith, “Forgotten Detail.” Edmond Memorial High School (Kelly Bristow)
Third Place: Daniel Lamothe, “Infirm Days.” Norman North High School (Lezlie Christian)

Honorable Mention
Pranshu Adhikari, “Tell Me.” Norman High School (Sara Doolitle)
Grace Pantalone “Kids These Days.” Norman High School (Sara Doolittle)
Brenna Sawney, “Boys Will Be Boys.” Sallisaw High School (Whitney Sharp)
Liberty Walton, “Serrated.” Edmond Memorial High School (Kelly Bristow)
Victoria Butler, “Animal Instincts.” Norman North High School (Lezile Christian)
Martha Beliveau, “I Am Providence.” Norman North High School (Lezlie Christian)
Macy Bratcher, “Unengaged.” Norman North High School (Lezlie Christian)
Rachel Le, “Every Wand’ring Home.” Union High School (Mrs. Flower)

Fiction Winners
1st Place: Taylor Johnson, “The Shadow and His Christopher Wren.” Allen High School (Allie Gastineau)
2nd Place:  Ashley Gorton, “A Girl Who Tocks to Clocks.” Norman North High School (Lezlie Christian)
3rd Place: Jacob Perry, “The Wreck of the HMS Paragon.” Norman High School (Sara Doolittle

Honorable Mention
Emma Rose, “Smile for the Camera.” Norman High School (Sara Doolittle)
Chloe Shames, “An Account of Sleep Paralysis.” Norman High School (Sara Doolittle)
Tala Trad, “Underground Encounters.” Edmond Memorial High School (Kelly Bristow)
JoJo Roberson, “Untitled.” Stratford High School (Tina Benge)
Kenneth McGraw, “The Isle of Enigma.” Sallisaw High School (Dusty Sifers)
Augustus Kmetz, “Key in a Locked Drawer.” Norman High School (Sara Doolitle)
Casey Butler, “Again Some Day.” Norman North High School (Lezlie Christian)
Lauren Barnes, “Full Moon.” Norman North High School (Lezlie Christian)

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017: Schedule of Readings

12th Annual: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival
April 6-8, 2017
East Central University
Ada, Oklahoma

Thursday, April 6

I. 9:30 – 10: 45 Estep Auditorium  

Brady Peterson – Belton, Texas
From an Upstairs Window
Rebecca Hatcher Travis – Sulphur, Oklahoma
Constant Fires
Michael Dooley – Tarleton State University
Mary, Mother of …

II. 11:00 – 12: 15 Estep Auditorium

Elizabeth Raby – Santa Fe, New Mexico
A Matter of Time
Paul Bowers – Northern Oklahoma College
The Lone, Cautious, Animal Life
Dorothy Alexander – Santa Fe & Oklahoma City
Birds, Bees and Misogyny: Verse & Paragraphs

*** Lunch ***

III. 2:00 – 3: 15 North Lounge

George McCormick – Cameron University
Sarah Webb – Burnet, Texas
What the Moon Saw
Jim Benton – Ft. Worth, Texas
Poems of the Scissortail’s Nest

IV. 2:00 – 3:15 Estep Auditorium

John Morris – Cameron University
On Wickedness, Art and Solubility
Mary Anna Evans – University of Oklahoma
Only a Time Machine
Gary Worth Moody – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Upon Fevered Ground

V. 3:30 – 4:45 Estep Auditorium

Jennifer Kidney – Norman, Oklahoma
Deadhead, Hog Farm, Grass and Other Things
William Peter Grasso – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Just a Matter of Time …
Greg Stapp – Norman, Oklahoma
Whatever Counts as Blood among Locusts

VI. 3:30 – 4:45 North Lounge

Tom Murphy – Corpus Christi, Texas
Prometheus Unbound
Carol Coffee Reposa – San Antonio, Texas
Incident at a Party
Richard Dixon – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Winding Stair

VII. 7:00 – Estep Auditorium
(Musical Prelude: begins at 6:30pm)

Featuring: Patricia Hampl

(Authors’ Reception follows at Vintage 22)

Friday, April 7

VIII. 9:00 – 9:50 Estep Auditorium

Sally Rhoades – Albany, New York
Through the Layers
Rob Roensch – Oklahoma City University
Victor, Jonah, Laney

IX. 9:00 – 9:50 North Lounge

Jessica Issacs – Seminole State College
The Deer in the Corn & Other Poems
Michael Howarth – Missouri Southern State U
Scream Three Times

X. 10:00 – 10:50 Estep Auditorium

Paul Austin – Norman, Oklahoma
Michelle Hartman – Ft. Worth, Texas
Lost Journal of My Second Trip to Purgatory

XI. 10:00 – 10:50 North Lounge

Shaun Perkins – Locust Grove, Oklahoma
The Book with the Beacon Lights
Juan Perez – Corpus Christi, Texas
Protesting Politically

XII. 11:00 – 11:50 Estep Auditorium

Ben Myers – Oklahoma Baptist University
Poems in Various Forms
Roxie Faulkner Kirk – Morris, Oklahoma
The Northeast Corner Section

XIII. 11:00 – 11:50 North Lounge

Joey Brown – Missouri Southern State U
Cross-Cut Stanzas
Todd Fuller – University of Oklahoma
Cherry Kool-Aid vs. Post-Truth America

*** Lunch ***

XIV. 2:00 – 3:15 North Lounge

Clarence Wolfshohl – Fulton, Missouri
Scattering Ashes
Terri L. Cummings – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Nature of Nature
Ron Wallace – Durant, Oklahoma
Songs for Lesser Gods

XV. 2:00 -3:15 Estep Auditorium

Alan Berecka – Del Mar College
The Hamlet of Stittville
Margaret Dornaus – Ozark, Arkansas
Prayer for the Dead: Recently Collected Poems
Terry Lucas – Mill Valley, California
A Small Desert Town

XVI. 3:30 – 4:45 Estep Auditorium

Katherine Hoerth – U.T. –Rio Grande Valley
Revisionist Mythmaking in Texas
Chera Hammons – Amarillo, Texas
Born under a Bright Horizon
J.C. “Catfish” Mahan – Edmond, Oklahoma
I Hate Poetry

XVII. 3:30 – 4:45 North Lounge

Dan Wilcox – Albany, New York
Where’s the Nearest Ocean?
Jennifer Luckenbill – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Water Below
Lyman Grant – Austin Community College
Old Men on Tuesday Mornings

XVIII. 7:00 Estep Auditorium

Featuring Leif Enger
(Musical prelude at 6:30 pm)

Saturday, April 8

XIX. 9:00– 10:15 Estep Auditorium

Ann Howells – Carrollton, Texas
Conjuring the Chesapeake
A.W. Marshall – Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Bend
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish – Oklahoma City U
Elegies & Love Poems

XX. 10:30 -11:45 Estep Auditorium

Andrew Geyer – Univ. of South Carolina-Aiken
Jenny Yang Cropp – Cameron University
Poems from Concordance
Nathan Brown – Wimberly, Texas
Don’t Try

XXI. 12:00 – 1:00 pm Estep Auditorium

Grand Finale: Rilla Askew
University of OklahomaSnake Season
& Awarding the Dr. Darryl Fisher
State High School Contest Winners

2017: Scissortail Biographies

Dorothy Alexander, author of four poetry collections and one memoir, is a founding member of the Oklahoma Woody Guthrie Poetry Readers. Her work, deeply rooted in Oklahoma, embraces a form she calls “narcissistic narrative.” She also indulges in “selfie” poetry. Her publications include a volume of ekphrastic poetry and art, Lessons From and Oklahoma Girlhood, The Art of Digression, a Memoir in Fragments, Borrowed Dust, The Dust Bowl Revisited, as well as poems and essays in several anthologies. Dorothy received the 2013 Carlile Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. In an alternate universe she is a lawyer and a municipal judge in rural western Oklahoma. She spends 35%  of her life in Santa Fe, New Mexico, along with her spouse, Devey Napier.

Rilla Askew is the author of four novels and a book of stories. She’s a PEN/Faulkner finalist, recipient of the Western Heritage Award, Oklahoma Book Award, and a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novel about the Tulsa Race Riot, Fire in Beulah, received the American Book Award in 2002, and was selected for Oklahoma’s One Book One State reading program. Askew’s essays and short fiction have appeared in Tin House, World Literature Today, Nimrod, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and elsewhere. Her recent novel, Kind of Kin, is published by Ecco Press, and her collection of essays, Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place will be forthcoming from the University of Oklahoma Press in 2017. She is married to actor/writer Paul Austin, and they live in Norman, where Askew teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma.