Happy to be in central Texas this weekend at the Florence Public Library. I’ll be reading poems from Local Bird and banging on the ukulele.
Opening this week and running through March 11 in the Carr EFA Building will be an exhibition titled “Four Hands” that displays collaborative work from the last three years by my daughter Myra Musgrove and me. Myra is an artist and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY, and she will be in San Angelo this week to visit a number of art classes and then attend the gallery reception and talk Thursday, February 25 at 3:30 in Gallery 193.
This exhibition includes a large scale comic of my poem “My Song,” illustrations and poems from my recent poetry collection Local Bird from Lamar University Press, a co-authored academic article in comic format, and three other large scale digital prints of co-created comics. In addition, QR codes are on each gallery image label that provide links to further description of each image on display.
Much of this collaborative work previously appeared in print. The 24 panel comic “My Song” appeared in a four-page spread in InkBrick.
The poems and illustrations appeared in Local Bird.
And the 12 page comic article “Drawing is Learning” originally appeared in the Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning.
I’d like to thank Dr. Randy Hall in Visual and Performing Arts who curated and supported this exhibition from the beginning. And Dr. Chris Stewart, Chair of VPA, who has been very helpful throughout as we printed and framed the pieces to be included.
I’ve also included the poster for the exhibition below. This poster was designed by Dr. Ben Sum also from VPA at Angelo State. Their added collaborative efforts have helped make this exhibition a reality.
I want to especially thank my wife Marie-Clare for her inspiration.
Over all this project reflects my interest in collaborative work inside and outside the university community. I hope to be working soon with colleagues in the art program on developing a comic studies minor program. I am currently co-editing an anthology of poetry and fiction on the topic of Texas weather with a colleague in my own department. And I hope to create other collaborations with colleagues at Angelo State on an Angelo State Arts and Humanities Festival as both a recruitment event and the promotion of Angelo Stage as a cultural center for this region of the state.
My next poetry house concert is scheduled as a private event in November at the home of a friend I went to high school with back in the late 60s and early 70s. Here’s the cover of program I’m developing for that night.
This time around, my good friend Craig Calvert will be joining me to strum along and sing a couple of songs of his own. Here’s the back of the program.
I can’t express my excitement about being able to stand side-by-side with Craig as I read my poems and as we play and sing together.
I have a few live reading events scheduled for this fall. If you’re in the neighborhood, I’d love to see you. And if you would like to schedule a private house reading and ukulele sing-along concert at your home, church, or school, let me know. I’d enjoy seeing you and sharing poems from Local Bird, as well as a few new ones.
Friday, September 18. TBA. Galveston, Texas. Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference.
Saturday, October 3. 10am. Georgetown, Texas. Georgetown Public Library. Georgetown Poetry Festival. 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar Reading. My poem “Dog” is in the 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar, and I’ll be reading other poems from Local Bird as well.
Saturday, October 3. 7:30pm. Austin, Texas. Private House Reading and Ukulele Sing-Along Concert. Home of Sally Scott.
Saturday, November 14. 6:00pm. Austin, Texas. Private House Reading and Ukulele Sing-Along Concert. Home of Sandy Sykora Ross.