The 13th Annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival will be held April 5-7, 2018 at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
I'd heard rumors, all of which turned out to be true. Scissortail is an amazing gathering of literary talent that manages to remain down to earth and keep everyone in attendance that way too. Ken Hada and his crew at ECU do everything first class, and Ada is a great town. Never guessed I’d eat world class babaganoush and falafel there. Thanks, Mazan! Highlights for me included hearing Jim Wilson read from his memoir about Lebanon, Carol Reposa read a lights-out poem about immigration fears, Paul Austin read incredible poems on Wittgenstein (complete with dramatic forehead slapping), Chet Baker, and the not-famous actor, Jason Roberts read great fiction about a Dallas-dwelling character named Donovan, Melissa Morphew read a wonderful list poem about Tennessee, Joey Brown read an insightful list poem about lists, and Larry Thomas read a hard-hitting poem about father/son love and approval and car washing. Plus, I sat through the most aesthetically diverse poetry reading I’d ever seen featuring the lovely, insightful work of Abigail Keegan, the swirling insights and sermons of Al Turner (“ephemera should be more permanent”), and the pop culture/rap/confessional mashup of Phil Estes. Page One show a great idea; good to see so many younger writers there and active. And I was only there one day, and I know I missed a lot too. Bravo Ken and ECU! Vive Scissortail!
Listening to the poetry that I got the luxury of hearing inspired me to be a better writer.
Here's my take on the last day:http://dwlcx.blogspot.com/2011/04/last-day-scissortail-creative-writing.html
I attended the Scissortail Writing Festival April 1st from the time of 10 - 10:50.. readers were Carol Reposa and Paul Austin. I enjoyed both readers quite a bit, but I particularly liked Paul's reading. I really liked his "Not Famous Actor" story because it really spoke to me in a way that you don't have to be known or seen to be somebody.. he did a really great job in showing me that.
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