Shock of a New Beginning

Kicking off 2018, an award-winning movie star hosted the January roulette. All the Rouletters shared how they experienced new beginnings.BRENNAN UTLEY suggested many ways to begin, complete with hyperlinks, which he signaled reading, using finger cymbals.

RYAN GOSSEN created new normals with the in-laws and a toddler.

HOPE RUIZ shocked the host by NOT reading about the three bunnies Santa gifted her.

AUDREY BRAZEEL was anxious to start her new year by just sitting there…when she thrives in chaos.

URSULA PIKE provided vivid examples of why beginnings are wonderful and endings suck.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON celebrated the outing of open-secret sexual predators in Hollywood and other workplace environments.

INVISIBLE THOM shared, among other things, his morning routine of reading astrology and the comics.

OPEN MIC ARTISTS

Please click below to view the performances of the following artists: BRIAN GROSZ, STEPHANIE JOHNSON, BRENNAN UTLEY, HOPE RUIZ, JADE BOVE, R. G. HOOK, RYAN GOSSEN, SHERRY LOWRY, & INVISIBLE THOM

BRIAN GROSZSTEPHANIE JOHNSON BRENNAN UTLEY NICOLE CORTICHIATO HOPE RUIZ JADE BOVE R. G. HOOK RYAN GOSSEN SHERRY LOWRY GRACE FLEMING

INVISIBLE THOM

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Festivus Miracles

Fabulous marvel

Facetious milestone

Fantabulous magic

The host came prepared for a Festivus celebration in Rouletter style with a personal Bah Humbug on her sweater and then passed out Festivus Miracle candy canes.

The venue was decked out with a seasonal selection of literary delights.Although only three features were officially on the docket, miracles abounded with more artists arriving just in time to share their work.STEPHANIE JOHNSON shared her experience about her first GYN appointment.

HOPE RUIZ wrote about her Warrior Weekend, where, among other things, she walked on hot coals.

HAYLEY LUHR searched high and low for the most valuable treasure.

TERESA Y ROBERSON praised the virtues of internet porn birth control for men and the latest penile implant devices.

THOM THE WORLD POET served up an international smorgasbord of festivus miracles.

Click on the link below to see the open mic performances of the following artists: STEPHANIE JOHNSON, HOPE RUIZ, TERESA Y. ROBERSON, & THOM THE WORLD POET.

 

Reinvented Pasts

Raw pride

Real prize

Radiant person

Despite the rain, pro football game and other events around town, the rouletters rose to the occasion for the penultimate 2017 show.As reflected in the collection of theme-inspired books, we presented pieces based on “Reinvented Past.”Plus, part of our message was stylishly displayed on our T-shirts.The Jigsaw Puzzle Master hosted this month’s event.HOPE RUIZ took a nostalgic and spiritual journey through East Texas ghost towns.

POET KEN documented the changes between the past and the present through two of his ol’ punk rock songs from the ’80s.

MARIA CLARK revealed that even flawed people could do some good.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON acknowledged how we were all puzzle collectors, making the prettiest, most successful picture we could throughout our life.

THOM THE WORLD POET, the hybrid Santa of the afternoon, encouraged questioning the reinvention of the past.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link below to view the performances of STEPHANIE JOHNSON, MARIA CLARK, THE POET BUTCHER, CARRIE ANN PAULO, BRIAN GROSZ, LYNN HERRICK, ELLEN BRAVERMAN, ROSEMARY GUZMAN HOOK, THOM THE WORLD POETSTEPHANIE JOHNSONMARIA CLARKHOPE RUIZURSULA PIKETHE POET BUTCHERJRCARRIE ANN PAULOBRIAN GROSZLYNN HERRICKELLEN BRAVERMANROSEMARY GUZMAN HOOK

THOM THE WORLD POET

A Dark & Stormy Night

Aberrant dangerous shape-sifting ninja

Ancient devilish scary ne’er-do-well

Abnormal deceitful scraggy numen

‘Tis the season for spooky tales.Even a rouletter from Houston came up for the occasion.Eventually, all the rouletters were in the space to share stormy tales.One rouletter even wore her “cloak and dagger” attire and brought a rainmaker to lend out to others in case anyone wanted to create a dark and stormy night.Adding to the festive mood, Malvern Books celebrated its 4th anniversary, pumping out all the cake the audience could digest.The mini group picture only involved the two rouletters who dressed for a nightmarish afternoon. BIRDMAN 313 survived the raging storms preceding Hurricane Harvey.

MICHELLE SAVAGE-MENA showed how her inner turmoil played out on an airplane between two guys near the bathroom in her fight for elbow room.

CATHRIN GORDON revealed the making of an artist (or a lesbian serial killer).

MARIA CLARK told about what happened when the Purple Guy appeared.

STEPHANIE WEBB described when “dark and stormy” became “dark and steamy.”

TERESA Y. ROBERSON chronicled the evolution of her anxiety-induced nightmares.

THOM THE WORLD POET spoke powerfully about the real-life nightmare of gun violence, followed by the light evoked when strangers come together helping one another out.

OPEN MIC

Click on the following to view the video clips of the open mic artists: STEPHANIE JOHNSON, MARIA CLARK, BIRDMAN 313, QUIET STORM (STEVE QUAKENBUSH), CATHRIN GORDON, LYNN HERRICK, URSULA PIKE, ELLYN SNIDER, BRIAN GROSZ, HOPE RUIZ, ARALYN HUGHES, THE POETIC BUTCHER, & INVISIBLE THOM (THE WORLD POET).

STEPHANIE JOHNSON MARIA CLARK BIRDMAN 313 STEVE QUAKENBUSH CATHRIN GORDON LYNN HERRICK URSULA PIKE ELLYN SNIDER BRIAN GROSZ HOPE RUIZ ARALYN HUGHES THE POETIC BUTCHER

THOM THE WORLD POET

Ol’ School Soul Food

 Offbeat salty scholastic fun

Olden sugary sweet fondue

Olfactory sacred spicy fodder

The soulful collection of books greeted customers and Rouletters alike for this month’s theme. The host and international head chef served up a delicious array of narratives and songs.The Rouletters described their childhood foods or fodder from their school days. WILLIAM HILL sliced up a delicious tale about his winter as a caterer.

HOPE RUIZ recounted how her school days fed her soul and shaped her as a woman.

BRIAN GROSZ recalled some offbeat salty scholastic fun.

MARIA CLARK shared what was food for the religious soul.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON savored the memory of all the different foods she experienced while teaching abroad.

THOM THE WORLD POET proclaimed being a great lover of food, who ate everything and let it pass through him.

OPEN MIC

Please click on the link below to view the performances of the following artists: STEPHANIE JOHNSON, MARIA CLARK, BRIAN GROSZ, HOPE RUIZ, DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL, LYNN HERRICK, & THOM THE WORLD POET.  

STEPHANIE JOHNSONMARIA CLARK BRIAN GROSZ HOPE RUIZ DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL LYNN HERRICK THOM THE WORLD POET

Some of the poets had an after dinner discussion.

The Other Me

Talented odd mind

Twisted offbeat model

Titillating otherworldly memories

As the Austin Writers Roulette theme table showed, the rouletters gathered to talk about their other selves. The all-knowing goddess hosted.For a second month in a row, the ladies outnumbered guys. ALLYSON WHIPPLE donned three different personas: I-10, a rancher and an ancient Meso-american mythical figure through her poetry. SARAH GUNN shared nature and family identity poetry. ROSEMARY HOOK revealed her emerging self.  MAGGIE MANNELL showed how a person changes throughout time. URSULA PIKE contrasted between her foreign and domestic self. HOPE RUIZ recounted the evolution of herself. MARIA CLARK read a haunting tale about multiple “me’s.” TERESA Y. ROBERSON announced that as the all-knowing goddess, her superpower was knowledge, her cool gadgets were books and her archenemy, Ignorance, latest dastardly deed was to destroy the integrity of the meaning of words. THOM THE WORLD POET related how his “other me’s” were the reflection of other people.

OPEN MICELLEN BRAVERMAN SARAH GUNN MARIA CLARK ALLYSON WHIPPLE NORI HUBERT BRIAN GROSZ HOPE RUIZ MACKENZIE MILKSLYNN HERRICK JULIETTE SURRATT MASON MCCLAY

THOM THE WORLD POET

Sound & Flight

Smashing figment

Sizzling fantasia

Soaring formationThe AUSTIN WRITERS ROULETTE celebrated their 5th anniversary.The host welcomed a standing-room only crowd to their “Sound & Flight” show.The group picture had a certain patriotic flair.Malvern Books set out the “Sound & Flight” books prior to the show. DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL described a flight into zero gravity.

KATHLEEN MAJORSKY wrote a love letter to the city of Austin before her flight outta town.

JANE HAMMONS told the story of how a little girl learned how to fly.

KATHY REEVES read the mystical tale of a woman’s night-time journey.

URSULA PIKE took the audience on a flight of fancy into the future world of 2044.

REBECCA RAPHAEL celebrated 16 years of newfound sounds.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON described how to escape the looming dead end.

THOM THE WORLD POET brought the Australian flag as his sound and flight visual aid.

OPEN MIC

Click on the video to see the below to see the performances of: ELLEN BRAVERMAN, ANA IRIS, STEPHANIE JOHNSON, REBECCA RAPHAEL, BRIAN GROSZ, DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL, ROSEMARY HOOK, ELLYN SNIDER, BRANDY INGRAM & THOM THE WORLD POET.


ELLEN BRAVERMAN ANA IRIS STEPHANIE JOHNSON REBECCA RAPHAEL BRIAN GROSZ DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL ROSEMARY HOOKS ELLYN SNIDER BRANDY INGRAM THOM THE WORLD POETThe number 5 balloon flew into the sky at the end of the show, providing a visual representation of how time does indeed fly.

Freedom Reimagined

Fabled resistance

Faceted rights

Fated rein

According to the theme table, The Austin Writers Roulette gathered to recognize “Freedom Reimagined.”The host showed off her reimagined freedom before the show began.

The rouletters posed for an avant garde group picture before the show.
LARRY MAYFIELD shared the tools his father taught him how to use.

ALLYSON WHIPPLE brought newfound freedom for inanimate objects through her short stories.

PAUL NORMANDIN gained newfound freedom by confronting his past.

T-BIRD told us what happened when America walked into a bar and other travel stories.

HOPE RUIZ danced with a reimagined freedom.

STEPHANIE WEBB declared her reimagined freedom.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON pointed out the lasted star in her intersectionality constellation.

THOM THE WORLD POET exuded the personification of reimagined freedom and recited the Ten Commandments of reimagined freedom, based on what an individual lacks.

During intermission, one of the largest roulette audiences perused the pride theme book table.

Click on the link below to view the open mic performances of the following artists: BRIAN GROSZ, STEPHANIE JOHNSON, ALLYSON WHIPPLE, JEFFERY HOLLIE, HOPE RUIZ, LARRY MAYFIELD, & THOM THE WORLD POET.

OPEN MICBRIAN GROSZ STEPHANIE JOHNSON ALLYSON WHIPPLE JEFFERY HOLLIE HOPE RUIZ LARRY MAYFIELD

THOM THE WORLD POET

Othering & Mothering

Overlooked ministering

Open-minded male

Omniscient motherhood

The host was prepared to navigate everyone through the Mother’s Day event.  Malvern Books created a Mother’s Day-inspired table to greet the masses. Rouletters shared their true and fictional mother narratives. LARRY MAYFIELD paid tribute to his mother by providing a narrative to the treasures preserved in her button jar.

KELLY RUXER shared a short story about a mother’s intuition with a twist.

URSULA PIKE gave a reality check about 21st century motherhood.

HOPE RUIZ read a love poem dedicated to her child. Then, she channeled her inner male and read the chronicles of BRIAN GROSZ’s maturing relationship with his mother.

KATHY REEVES provided poignant examples of how people mother others.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON recommended more GPS, girl-perceived sightings, to navigate the country where it needs to go just like her sisters did when their mother drove around lost.

THOM THE WORLD POET, accompanied by LARRY MAYFIELD, explained that every day is Mother’s Day with grandmother’s wisdom.

Prior to the open mic, URSULA PIKE gifted Austin Writers Roulette producer, TERESA Y. ROBERSON, with a beautiful bouquet flowers for her “mothering” of the show.

OPEN MIC

Click on the video below to see the performances of the following artists: BIRDMAN 313, DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL, STEPHANIE JOHNSON, LARRY MAYFIELD, ROSEMARY HOOK, & THOM THE WORLD POET.

BIRDMAN 313 DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL STEPHANIE JOHNSON LARRY MAYFIELD ROSEMARY HOOKTHOM THE WORLD POET, accompanied by LARRY MAYFIELD

Pretense Is Underrated

Playful indecency usurped

Pretending intellectual understanding

Precocious icy undertaking

There was a new sheriff in town.

Fortunately, that didn’t deter the rouletters, who came out in international force, thanks to the 25th anniversary of the Austin International Poetry Festival.

A selection of “Pretense Is Underrated” books was thoughtfully procured by Malvern Books. Two of which, actually had the word “pretense” in it, but thanks to the magic of  displays, one had sold prior to the show.
DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL showed us that sometimes pretending everything is okay makes it easier to survive the unacceptable.

JUSTIN BOOTH exposed the character behind a persona.

TERESA Y ROBERSON shared her recent experience of enforcing access to handicapped services when capitalism threatened to encroach.

THOM THE WORLD POET pointed out the fakery in our world to pretend we’re not in the same world as our fathers.

OPEN MIC

Please click on the link below to enjoy the open mic performances of the following artists: Birdman 313, Christina M. Jackson, Trev the Road Poet UK, Ray Bellon, 
Stephanie Johnson, Philip Drexler, LeeAnna Cervantes, Brian Grosz, Ailana Larson,
David Young, Ursula Pike, Sam Carfagno, Stephanie Morrissey, Hope Ruiz,
Brian Grosz (reading for Thom the World Poet)

BIRDMAN 313

CHRISTINA M. JACKSON

TREV THE ROAD POET UK

RAY BELLON

STEPHANIE JOHNSON

PHILIP DREXLER

LEEANNA CERVANTES

BRIAN GROSZ

AILANA LARSON

DAVID YOUNG

URSULA PIKE

SAM CARFAGNO

STEPHANIE MORRISSEY

HOPE RUIZ

BRIAN GROSZ reading for THOM THE WORLD POET