Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Collegiate Creative Writing Contest

Congrats to the winners of our Collegiate Creative Writing Contest (from left to right): Kayla Esther Ciardi, Lyndsey Key, and Ashley Loper.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

It's On!

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

From the Director: 2016

On behalf of our sponsors and the many volunteers who help make the 11th annual Scissortail Festival possible, I welcome you to East Central University and to Ada, Oklahoma. This year we welcome 18 new voices to the program. One of my great delights is to see writers from across the country meet each other and become friends, fellow voices continuing the call for common sense and courageous virtue through the media of fiction and poetry. We also will award 8 collegiate writers from Texas and Oklahoma at the after party on Friday night. Hope you can attend. As usual, on Saturday we will award 26 high school students from over 600 entries from across the state. We salute all the teachers who make this happen!

Some things are changing at ECU. Two of the most enthusiastic supporters of the Scissortail Festival are moving on to other places. Phyllis Danley, Executive Director of the ECU Foundation, and Dr. Mark Hollingsworth, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, are leaving ECU. All of us associated with the Department of English and the festival offer a great big thank you to both of you for your wonderful support of the festival! You both will be missed.

There is much trouble in our world today. You hear, as I do, about the bombing in Belgium. And we hear about the subtle, and not-so-subtle attacks on our public school systems across the nation, the aggressive assault on general education, budget cutbacks and other misgivings about our relationship with each other in our democracy. Now, more than ever, I think we need the voices of artists reminding us to be, first of all, human, first of all, humane. I look forward to meeting each of you, hearing your presentations. I hope the artists and all the visitors have a truly fulfilling experience these three days.

I leave you with the lovely, haunting words of Jonas Zdanys, part of his poem “The White Bend of the River” from his book The Thin Light of Winter:

Time drifts past.
Only stones desire nothing.
The air is filled
with the sound of birds
murmuring of love
And despair.

See you soon!

Ken Hada

Scissortail after Dark

Scissortail after Dark
Jazz Standards by
The Moonlighters Combo
Awarding Winners of the Undergraduate
Creative Writing Contest

8:30 pm, Friday, April 1, 2016
(following Naomi Shihab Nye’s Evening Session on campus)

Cosponsored by Sigma Tau Delta & Literati

Directions to Ada Arts & Heritage Center, located on the corner of 14th St. and Rennie St.

            1) From ECU campus, get on Mississippi St., turn left heading south. (Mississippi St. is immediately west of the University).

            2) Get in the right lane proceeding south to 14th St.

            3) Turn right (west) on 14th St., Proceed west (about 4 blocks), arrive at Rennie St.

            4) Ada Arts & Heritage Center is on the left corner of 14th & Rennie.

            5) Parking across the street, and in the church lot adjacent to the Center.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Scissortail 2016: The Poster

Winners of the 12th Annual R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest

Poetry Winners
First Place: Sydney Campbell, "The Siren," Norman North. Teacher: Lezlie Christian
Second Place: Hayden Burleigh, "Ever," Bixby. Teacher: Mrs. Fisher
Third Place: Augusta Emmerson, "Who," Norman. Teacher: Sara Doolittle

Honorable Mention
Caitlynn Land, "A House," Purcell. Teacher: Ms. Liz Leonard
Savanah McDaniel, "Burn," Bixby. Teacher: Betty Fisher
Fabianna Chaparro, "Where Are You From (I Don't Know)?" Edmond North. Teacher: Ms. Abigail Guinn
Cheyenne Fulks, "Life," Purcell. Teacher: Ms. Leonard
Jesee Riley, "Rose," Antlers. Teacher: Ronda McCarter
Emalee Hicks, "Melodious Beauty," Vinita. Teacher: Ms. Dianna Just
Camille Hemry, "Resistance to Running," Norman. Teacher: Sara Doolittle
Sarah Turner, "Memories of Dust," Lawton. Teacher: Doc Freeman
Alyssa McLinden, "Not My Last Chance," Lawton. Teacher: Doc Freeman
Stephanie Penate, "Midnight," Norman. Teacher: Sara Doolittle

Fiction Winners
1st Place: Sadie Sieck, “Swim Time,” Norman North. Teacher: Lezlie Christian
2nd Place: Peter Biles, “The Antarctic Dream,” Latta. Teacher: Melinda Isaacs
3rd Place: Taylor Austin, “Family Tree,” Deer Creek. Teacher: Jason Stephenson

Honorable Mention
Sydney Campbell, “Lucid,” Norman North. Teacher: Lezlie Christian
Hayley Jumper, “Empty, Carbonated Silence," Claremore. Teacher: Teresa Smith
Megan Vander Bloomer, “Ode to Viceroy,” Moore. Teacher: Eileen Worthington
Brigette Drabek, “One Last Time,” Moore. Teacher: Eileen Worthington
Mary Davis, “A Cloak of Ashes,” Norman North. Teacher: Lezlie Christian
Grasyn Fuller, “Dear Miss Ruston,” Norman North. Teacher: Lezlie Christian
Willow Kirkpatrick, “The Visit,” Norman. Teacher: Sara Doolittle
Christopher Butcher, “The Selfless Quisling,” Yukon. Teacher: Cheryl Corlee
Brooke Fellows, “Vluerona,” Glenpool. Teacher: Phillip Harriman
Doris Zhou, “A Perspective on Siblinghood,” Norman. Teacher: Sara Doolittle

Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 Scissortail: Schedule of Readings

11th Annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival

Thursday, March 31

I. 9:30 – 10: 45 Estep Auditorium

Michael Howarth – Missouri Southern University
Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things
Dorothy Alexander- Santa Fe, Oklahoma
Coming & Going: Departures & Homecomings
Paul Austin – Norman, Oklahoma
Monk, and other poems

II. 11:00 – 12: 15 Estep Auditorium

Andrew Geyer – University of South Carolina - Aiken
Pink Elephants
Jenny Yang Cropp – Cameron University
String Theory
Shaun Perkins – Locust Grove, Oklahoma
Poem Life

III. 11:00 -12:15 North Lounge

Steven Schroeder – Chicago, Illinois
The Moon, not the Finger, Pointing
Kerri Vinson Snell – McPherson College
Topography of the Light-Filled
Nathan Brown – Wimberly, Texas
To Sing Hallucinated: First Thoughts on Last Word Words

*** Lunch ***

IV. 2:00 – 3: 15 North Lounge

Charlotte Renk – Athens, Texas
This Great Turtle Heart: The Tao of Turtlism
John Morris – Cameron University
One of the Things You Wouldn’t Think a Man Would Remember
William Peter Grasso – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Operation Fishwrapper

V. 2:00 – 3:15 Estep Auditorium

Sally Rhoades – Albany, New York
Where Light Falls
Clarence Wolfshohl – Fulton, Missouri
Three-Corner Catch
Yvonne Carpenter – Clinton, Oklahoma
From an Oklahoma Farm

VI. 3:30 – 4:45 Estep Auditorium

Brent Newsom – Oklahoma Baptist University
You a Good Man
Mary Anna Evans – University of Oklahoma
A Nice Atheist Boy
Tom Murphy – Texas A & M – Corpus Christi
American History

VII. 3:30 – 4:45 North Lounge

Joey Brown – Missouri Southern State University
Rayshell Clapper – Seminole State College
Not a Bad Girl
Charles Etheridge – TX A &M – Corpus Christi
The Brenner Pass

VIII. 7:00 – Estep Auditorium
(Musical Prelude: OPUS 1begins at 6:30)

Larry D. Thomas – Alpine, Texas
As If Light Actually Matters
Rilla Askew – University of Oklahoma
Home Territory
Paul Bowers – Northern Oklahoma College
The Lone, Cautious, Animal Life

(Authors’ Reception follows at Vintage 22)

Friday, April 1

IX. 9:00 – 9:50 Estep Auditorium

Alan Gann – Dallas, Texas
Literary Springboards
Jason Poudrier – Cameron University
What about Fitch?
Jennifer Long – Eufaula, Oklahoma
I Swim Upstream

X. 9:00 – 9:50 North Lounge

Hank Jones –Tarleton State University
More Life to Lead, More Books to Read
Sarah Webb – Burnet, Texas
Rock and Friends
Robert Broyles – Oklahoma City, OK
Love Lost

XI. 10:00 – 10:50 Estep Auditorium

Bayard Godsave – Cameron University
The Clay Eaters
Jennifer Kidney – Norman, Oklahoma
Tempus Fugit
A.W. Marshall – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Simple Pleasures

XII. 10:00 -10:50 North Lounge

Ann Howells – Carrolton, Texas
Under a Lone Star
John Yozzo – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Broaching Wife & Epithalamia Over Time
Chera Hammons – Amarillo, Texas
The Poetry of Bomb City

XIII. 11:00 – 11:50 Estep Auditorium

Michael Dooley – Tarleton State University
The Cowboy and the Hippy Chick
Terri Cummings – Oklahoma City, OK
A New Season
Todd Fuller – University of Oklahoma
Binaries at the End of Nostalgia

XIV. 11:00 -11:50 North Lounge

George McCormick – Cameron University
Inland Empire
Michelle Hartman – Ft. Worth, Texas
My Inheritance & other poems
JC “Catfish” Mahan– Edmond, OK
Autumn on Costa Brava

*** Lunch ***

XV. 2:00 – 3:15 North Lounge

Rebecca Hatcher Travis – Sulphur, Oklahoma
Constant Fires
Haesong Kwon – Little Priest Tribal College
Independence Fighter
Gary Worth Moody – Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Burnings

XVI. 2:00 -3:15 Estep Auditorium

Walter Bargen – Ashland, Missouri
Did You Say That! – Persona Prose Poems
Brady Peterson – Belton, Texas
He Writes Poetry and Makes Soup
Maryann Hurtt – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Once Upon a Tar Creek: Mining for Voices

XVII. 3:30 – 4:45 Estep Auditorium

Chris Ellery – Angelo State University
Sunday of Divine Mercy
Chip Dameron – Brownsville, Texas
Drinking from the River
Robin Carstensen – TX A & M-Corpus Christi
Ode to Before We Were Dance and Form

XVIII. 3:30 – 4:45 North Lounge

Hardy Jones – Cameron University
Praying Hands
Lucie Smoker – Enid, Oklahoma
Make More With Your Short Sticks
Debbi Brody – Santa Fe, New Mexico
2nd Generation American: Ancestor Influences

XIX. 7:00 Estep Auditorium
Featuring Naomi Shihab Nye
(Music by Rowdy Folk begins at 6:30 pm)

followed by Moonlighter’s Combo
& Awarding Collegiate Writers’ Contest
at the Ada Arts & Heritage Center
(the corner of 14th & Rennie Streets)

Saturday, April 2

XX. 9:15– 10:15 Estep Auditorium

karla k. morton – Fort Worth, Texas
For the Love of the Horse
Ron Wallace – Southeastern State University
A Song for Lesser Gods
Julie Chappell – Tarleton State University
Mad Habits of a Life

XXI. 10:30 -12:00 Estep Auditorium

Elizabeth Raby – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dodging Ice
Terry Dalrymple – Angelo State University
Dead Dogs
Jessica Isaacs – Seminole State College
Dumplins & other poems
Alan Berecka – Del Mar College
Post Modern Nostalgia

XXII. 12:15– 1:15pm Estep Auditorium

Grand Finale: Featuring Ben Myers
& Awarding the Dr. Darryl Fisher
State High School Contest Winners