Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2011 Scissortail: Updated Schedule of Readings

Rilla Askew (Photo by Ted Waddell)
Thursday, March 31
I. 9:30 - 10:45 Estep Auditorium
Shirley Hall – Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
from Listen
George McCormick – Cameron University
The Mexican
Ken Hada – East Central University
Going Backwards

II. 11:00 - 12:15 Estep Auditorium
Alan Barecka – Del Mar College
from Remembering the Body
Rilla Askew – University of Central Oklahoma
Your Granddaddy is a Felon .. And a Christian
Jim Spurr – Shawnee, Oklahoma
The 1940's and Thereabouts

*** Lunch ***

III. 2:00 - 3:15 Estep Auditorium
Jason Poudrier – Lawton, Oklahoma
In the Rubble at Our Feet
J. Don Cook, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sublime, Absurd & Tragic
Ben Meyers – Oklahoma Baptist University
Elegy for Trains & other poems

IV. 3:30- 4:45 Estep Auditorium
Jane Vincent Taylor – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sonnets for Childhood
Jeanne Dunbar-Green – East Central University
Since It’s You and All
Arn Henderson
The Confessor & other poems

Susan Perabo
V. 3:30 - 4:45 North Lounge
Constance Squires – University of Central Oklahoma
from Red Queen Transcript
Jim Hunter – East Central University
Four White Stallions: Full Arrest
Hugh Tribbey – East Central University
Mime Box

*** Dinner ***

VI. 6:30 pm. Estep Auditorium
Featuring: Susan Perabo

*** Reception for Authors follows ***
@ Oak Hills Country Club

Friday April 1
VII. 9:00 - 9:50 Estep Auditorium
Dorothy Alexander – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Family Love Story: Portrait of a Mother and Son
Bayard Godsave – Cameron University
la Revolution de Ventose

VIII. 9:00 - 9:50 North Lounge
Jim Wilson – Seminole State College
from The Journeyman
Tim Bradford – University of Central Oklahoma
from Nomads with Samsonite

IX. 10:00 - 10:50 North Lounge
John Rodwan - Portland, Oregon
The Fighting and Writing Life
Sandra Soli – Edmond, Oklahoma
Year of the Probable Boom

Jonis Agee

X. 10:00 - 10:50 Estep Auditorium
Carol Reposa, San Antonio, Texas
Target Practice & other poems
Paul Austin – Hartshorne, Oklahoma
A Not Famous Actor

XI. 11:00 - 12: 15 Estep Auditorium
Featuring Jonis Agee

*** Lunch ***

XII. 2:00 - 3:15 Estep Auditorium
Carl Sennhennn – Rose State College
An Irish Idyll
Hardy Jones – Cameron University
Every Bitter Thing
Steven & Regina Schroeder – Chicago & Boston
Only Gifts Changing Hands

XIII. 2:00 – 3:15 North Lounge
Elizabeth Raby – Santa Fe, New Mexico
This Dazzling Heartbreak
Jason Roberts – Oklahoma State University
Jordan Jacobs – Lawton, Oklahoma
The Only Grace I Can Gather to Wake

XIV. 3:30 - 5:00 North Lounge
Abigail Keegan – Oklahoma City University
On Earth & other poems
Al Turner – Norman, Oklahoma
from Hanging Men & The World’s Worst Paper Boy
Phil Estes – Oklahoma State University
High Life
Carol Hamilton – Midwest City, Oklahoma
Umberto Eco Lost His Gun

XV. 3:30 - 5:00 Estep Auditorium
Joey Brown – Missouri Southern State University
Feral Love
E. K. Mortenson – Western Connecticut State University
The Fifteenth Station
Melissa Morphew – Sam Houston State University
Weeding Borges’ Garden
Robert Ferrier – Norman, Oklahoma
Sandplum & other poems

*** Dinner ***

Larry D. Thomas
XVI. 6:30 pm. Estep Auditorium
Featuring Larry Thomas

*** and Wrap Party follows @ ***
Ada Arts & Heritage Center

*** The After Wrap ***
Vagrant plays Vintage 22

Saturday, April 2
XVII. 9:00 - 10:15 North Lounge
Nathan Brown – University of Oklahoma
Letters to the One-Armed Poet
James Brubaker – Oklahoma State University
Al’s Sound, Big as God: An Interview about Albert Ayler
Sarah Webb Burnet, Texas
Beneath the Fields & other poems

XVIII 9:00 - 10:15 Estep Auditorium
Chuck Ladd – Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Reading Howard Starks
Andrew Terhune – Oklahoma State University
The Lord God is a Bird & other poems
Phil Morgan – Blanchard, Oklahoma
Anumpelichi, The Wordmaster

XIX. 10:30 - 11:45 North Lounge
Patrick Ocampo – Bartlesville, Oklahoma
A Stranger Everywhere & other poems
Tara Hembrough – John Logan College
The Abortion in the Bathtub
Dan Wilcox – Albany, New York
Sex, Death and Politics

Billie Letts (Photo by gracedbylight)

XX. 10:30 - 11:45 Estep Auditorium
Jennifer Kidney – Norman, Oklahoma
A Book of Days
John Morris – Cameron University
This Patched Town, This Home & other poems
Stephen Garrison – University of Central Oklahoma
from Revival

*** Lunch ***

XXI. 1:00 - 1:50 Estep Auditorium
Dean Rader – University of San Francisco
Works & Days
Ron Wallace – Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma Cantos

XXII. 1:00 - 1:50 North Lounge
Karen Eileen Sisk – Oklahoma State University
Karen Neurohr – Oklahoma State University
Through Okie Eyes: The Poetry of Wilma McDaniel

XXIII. Grand Finale - Billie Letts
& Winners of 7th Annual R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest 
2:00 -3:00 pm Estep Auditorium


  1. I really enjoyed Alan Bareka's poem of McDonald's. I too have seen a simple act of kindness, to go out of the way to listen to someone, lift up the spirit of a room.

  2. Agreed, Alan's poems light up a room. He's a fine poet and such a generous man. And I could listen to Ben Myers all day. I'm still thinking of those men dancing at the dump...shades of WCW...but Ben is a voice like no other. Great day of poetry all around.

  3. Super excited to see Billie Letts tomorrow! Her books got me through the blizzard last year!

  4. I am typing in response to the April 1 (11:00) readings in the Estep Auditorium. One of my favorite poems that was read today was the one about being part of a clique and bullying a girl because she was poor. I could totally relate to this poem because I myself was often teased for not being as financially well off as most of my classmates. It's so interesting to see this kind of experience from a former bully's perspective. The poem clearly expresses guilt and sorrow over her past conduct, and I believe writing about these exact feelings is probably one of the bravest things anyone can do.

  5. Jim Wilson delivered a compelling performance of a chapter from his memoir "Journeyman". The mystery and suspense of his escape from Beriut kept me on the edge of my seat. His rich, vivid details pulled me into the story. I felt as if I was there, on the scene watching him get inside the American-made cars (first a Chevy Nova and then a Plymouth) and I could feel his sense of agony when he discovers the driver is heading in the wrong direction. Mr. Wilson's memoir is a work-in-progress. I say, "Hurry, Mr. Wilson, as I want to know the rest of the story!"

  6. Excellant poetry presentation by Ken Hada. His interaction with the audience was welcoming and entertaining. His voice quality enhanced the poetry and his tone of voice contributed to the meaning of his poems. Hada's poetry is full of visuals and emotions. His transition from one poem to the next flowed smoothly.

  7. I very much enjoyed Jim Spurr's poems; they were short but to the point. Jim Spurr shared a lot of wisdom and culture to younger generations. He definitely is an inspiration.

    -Jessica Lewis

  8. Jim Spurr is an excellent poet and is not afraid to tell a story in his own way. His stories are entertaining and informing. He sheds light on how hard life was.
    -Jessica Lewis

  9. I attended session VIII among others. I greatly enjoyed Tim Bradford's poetry. There seemed to be quite a bit of Buddhist influence in his poetry, but I never got a chance to ask him about it.

  10. I attended session XI, and while it was sad that Jonis Agee was unable to make it, the authors that stepped up to take her place did a fantastic job. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and will definitely be attending next years festival.

  11. Author of "The Fifeteeth Station", E.K. Mortenson's dramatic reading was entertaining and thought provoking. Loved it.

  12. I went to session III and i liked Jason Poudrier's poems. All of his poems had vivid imagery that kept me interested. All of his war poems give what life was like overseas in a environment that he lived in.

  13. I went to session III and I really enjoyed Ben Meyers' readings. I really liked Elegy for Trains and Odin because they both painted clear pictures to me. They both are also very thought provoking.
    Clint Prucha

  14. Can anyone tell me where I can find what Larry Thomas read? It does not say by his name