Thursday, March 02, 2006

A Pink Spot in a Red State

I'm looking forward to AWP and seeing Austin for the first time. Out Traveler magazine just happens to have an article about Austin in the current issue: "Lone Star: Why Austin really is the brightest, gayest spot in all of Texas." Check it out here and see what clubs and hotels and sites they recommend.

I'd love to meet up with any blogger poets who are there. Back channel and let's set up a time. Maybe a group gathering Wednesday evening? Or at one of the many many many receptions?

Or come to one of the panels I am on (see date and times at right), and say hi! (or "howdy" if you are feeling really Brokeback). I'll have Dean with me, so you can meet my better half.


Anne said...

Wish I could make it this year! Have a drink or three for me. :)

Collin said...

Austin is so fun. There's a great diner/burger/beer joint over on 6th called Waterloo Ice House that is cool for lunch. A VERY cool record store next that still has aisles of vinyl records. Heaven! If you have time, go down South Congress to Ruta Maya coffee house. There might be a poetry reading happening.

I'm missing AWP to for Austin Poetry Festival. If you've never been, this is one of the best events I've ever attended. Four days of total poetry immersion. Good features, too. This will be my third year at Austin. It was tough to miss another year of AWP, but it will be Atlanta next year. I hope I'll get to meet you and all the other poetry bloggers.

gina said...

I'll be there. I'll look for your reading, or find me at mine. Or, I'm staying at the Omni.

Peter said...

Collin: Atlanta in 2007 sounds great. Hope to see you then!

Gina: I'll look for your reading.

Lorna Dee Cervantes said...

Sorry for leaving the long, but I wanted to make sure you & Dean get this invitation. I can't wait to meet you!

Wednesday 6:30 - ? 6 - 9?
Pecan Tree Restaurant & Blue Bonnet Banquet Room
Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake
20 North Highway 35
(esquina del rio y carretera)

Orale! TIME TO GREEZE! Who's up for meeting po'bloggers everywhere? I'm up for hosting a meet & greet marathon monopoem reading, dinner, drinks on wednesday evening especially for all my poetry blog buddies - that means you, buddy! Esa!

Let me know as soon as you can, RSVP, and give me a ball park figure on who all would be interested in private sit-down banquet buffet for $25, buffet & host bar for $40, or bar in room for reading (sit-down & order food & drink off restaurant menu first) or, hey, we're all poets, we're all poor. We'll buy our tacos elsewhere and convene later in the boardroom. So just let me know who can come - the more the merrier & more economical, especially if y'all can chip in. Otherwise, we'll have food, water, juice, beer, wine, witty new friends (even if only on the page) and poetry. What else is there? Love? PISH-TUSH. O, was that a hair? So, hey, grab your sweetie, round up your buddies, avoid the posse and poesy over to Town Lake (the river, son) and convene beneath the shadow of the freeway with me & my "bums and babblers." Any time you get there is when you're there.

But I have to order (commit cash) by today, and I have no idea if there are a dozen of us or 4 times that.

Come help me celebrate my new book in 15 years, DRIVE: The First Quartet by reading me your best poem. And help us unite - You have nothing to lose but your poems! Don't be shy (like me) - POETRY ON!

$50 will get you a signed copy of DRIVE, a banquet buffet (selection of 2 entrees, sides, desserts, etc. let me know veggie/ vegan food preferences), no-host bar & a cool place to meet up with other poets.

Or, whatever level you can contribute & I'll spring for the room, service & tax, maybe snacks. Or, just let me know you'd like to just come, or contribute only so much, or would prefer we all order off the menu (more time) and carry our drinks from The Tavern. (We can't bring any food or drink into the hotel.) We may even have SONG!

So, spread it around!

PoetDee AT LornaDeeCervantes DOT ya'know

YEA!! (I'm hearing Donna Summers in my head - somebody help me! Read me a poem!

I'm so excited. . .

Peter said...

Lorna: I'll back channel you. xop