Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Scissortail: Schedule of Readings

Scissortail Creative Writing Festival
10th Annual: April 2 – 4, 2015
East Central University – Ada, Oklahoma

Thursday, April 2

I. 9:30 – 10: 45 Estep Auditorium

Hank Jones – Tarleton State University
If You Put Words Together Just Right
Jessica Isaacs – Seminole State College
Deep August
Ben Myers – Oklahoma Baptist University
New Poems from One-Horse Oklahoma

II. 11:00 – 12: 15 Estep Auditorium

karla k morton – Denton, Texas
Constant State of Leaping
George McCormick – Cameron University
Inland Empire
Raquel Rivera –McKinney, Texas

*** Lunch ***

III. 2:00 – 3: 30 North Lounge

Carol Hamilton – Midwest City, Oklahoma
Such Deaths
Terry Dalrymple – Angelo State University
Dead Dogs
Jennifer Kidney – Norman, Oklahoma
Some Things I Lost
Brady Peterson – Belton, Texas

IV. 2:00 – 3:30 Estep Auditorium

Rilla Askew – Kauneonga Lake, New York
Mark Allen Jenkins – Univ Texas at Dallas
Worse Places than Zanesville Ohio
Mary Stone – Missouri Western State University
Mythology of Touch
Alan Berecka – Del Mar College
Invested & Other Poems

V. 3:45 – 5:00 Estep Auditorium

Gary Worth Moody – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Skinned Light
A.J. Tierney – Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Cell
Alan Gann – Plano, Texas
A Teaching Artist Reflects

VI. 3:45 – 5:00 North Lounge

Andrew Geyer – Univ South Carolina -Aiken
Charlotte Renk – Athens, Texas
The Tenderest Petal Hears
Jim Wilson – Seminole State College
Koroviev and Behemoth

VII. 7:00 – Estep Auditorium

(Music by Jonathan Isaacs begins at 6:30)

Featuring Mary Kay Zuraleff 

(Reception for Authors to follow)

Friday, April 3

VIII. 9:00 – 9:50 Estep Auditorium

Joey Brown – Missouri Southern State Univ
The Right People for the Right House
Michael Dooley – Tarleton State University
Then Came the Rain 
Elizabeth Raby –Santa Fe, New Mexico
Beneath Green Rain

IX. 9:00 – 9:50 North Lounge

Sally Rhoades – Albany, New York
living in the wild space
Clarence Wolfshohl – Fulton, Missouri
Due Cultivation: Poems from Little Dixie
Maureen DuRant – Cameron University
Tell Me Again, I Forgot Already

X. 10:00 – 10:50 Estep Auditorium

Paul Austin -Kauneonga Lake, New York
If They Ask for Poems
Julie Chappell – Tarleton State University
Mad Habits of a Life
Ron Wallace – Durant, Oklahoma
Of Hawks and Horses

XI. 10:00 -10:50 North Lounge

Bayard Godsave – Cameron University
Torture Tree
Phil Morgan – Blanchard, OK
Anompolichi the Wordmaster
Walter Bargen - Ashland, Missouri
Gone Beyond Beyond West

XII. 11:00 – 11:50 Estep Auditorium

Featuring Steven Schroeder

*** Lunch ***

XIII. 2:00 – 3:15 North Lounge

Jason Poudrier – Cameron University
Holding Midnight
Michelle Hartman – Ft. Worth, Texas
Irony and Irreverence
Johnie ‘Catfish” Mahan – Edmond, OK

XIV. 2:00 -3:15 Estep Auditorium

John Morris – Cameron University
One True Note & Other Poems
Sarah Webb – Burnet, Texas
How Love Comes to Us
Jerry Craven – Lamar University
Sandjack Carson and the Schoolmarm

XV. 3:30 – 4:45 Estep Auditorium

Brent Newsom – Oklahoma Baptist University
Love’s Labors
Gail Henderson – Edmond, Oklahoma
A Versified Woman
William Peter Grasso – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Facing War: One Woman’s Struggle

XVI. 3:30 – 4:45 North Lounge

Hardy Jones – Cameron University
Mudbug Come Clean
Jessica Glover – Oklahoma State University
Hunger House
Tom Murphy – Texas A & M – Corpus Christi
Ear to Receiver

XVII. 7:00 Estep Auditorium

(Music by Rowdy Folk begins at 6:30)

Featuring Darrell Bourque
Moonlighter’s Combo & Open Mic
(Ada Arts & Heritage Center)

Saturday, April 4

XVIII. 9:00– 10:30 Estep Auditorium

Rob Roensch - Oklahoma City University
The Second Most Improved Shoegaze Band
in Edmond, Oklahoma
LeAnne Howe – University of Georgia
Memoir of a Choctaw in the Arab
Revolts, 1917-2010
Jerry Bradley – Lamar University
In the Company of Mice
Leslie Ullman –Arroyo Seco, New Mexico
Progress on the Subject of Immensity

XIX. 10:45 -12:15 Estep Auditorium

Donald Levering - Santa Fe, New Mexico
For a Glass Harp Player
Carol Coffee Reposa – San Antonio, Texas     
What Family Doesn’t Have Its Ups and Downs?
Larry D. Thomas – Alpine, Texas
Goatherd & Art Museums
Dorothy Alexander – Oklahoma City, OK
Whistling in the Dark

XX. 12:30 – 1:30 Estep Auditorium

Grand Finale: Featuring Heid E. Erdrich

(Fisher High School Contest Winners) 


  1. The session of the Scissortail Festival that I attended was the the session that Sarah Webb read her poetry in the Estep Auditorium. I really enjoyed how all of her poems were about love, yet they weren't all necessarily the same type of love. I also really enjoyed getting to hear poems read out loud by the people who wrote them.

    Cora-lee Snow

  2. I attended the session where John Morris and Sarah Webb read their poetry. I really loved Sarah Webb's poetry. One poem that I really liked was her poem about a toddler. I think it was titled World and Word. This poem described a toddler who was intoxicated with colors and sounds. One of Sarah's lines read, "... hunger for objects insatiable." I really loved that. It perfectly describes any young toddler who is learning about the world. I also really like the poem about caring too much about what others think about you. One line I really liked was "Divers say there is a depth from which you cannot rise."

    I really liked Sarah's poetry because it was engaging and evoked images.

    Courtney White

  3. I attended two sessions during Scissortail. I heard Jason Poudrier, Michelle Hartman, Johnie ‘Catfish” Mahan, Brent Newsom, Gail Henderson, and William Peter Grasso. I believe that William Peter Grasso was my favorite.

  4. I made it out to the first session, and I'm really glad I did. It was a pleasure to get to listen to Ben Myers, Oklahoma's Poet Laureate. It's hard to say if he were my favorite, from that session, but I can definitely relate to him in a more linguistic sense than the others. His poetry was all uniquely Oklahoman, and deeply rooted in and dependent upon, our colloquialisms.

  5. My personal favorite was one of Sarah Webb's, I can't remember the name exactly, but it was about a young boy getting sexually harassed by a Catholic priest. This reading made me feel uncomfortable, but that's what made it so beautiful: it made me feel something.

    Bria Gambrell