Wildest Dreams

This month’s roulette was hosted by Strict Librarian.Rouletters came out in full force for their “Wildest Dreams” event. STEPHANIE WEBB riffed of the wildest dreams from different times of her life.

RON SEYBOLD told of his own love and basketball story.

NICOLE CORTICHATO gave a taste of her fantasies and nightmares.

RG HOOK explained how the adventure of a lifetime cannot be planned.

JONATHAN WOODS showed what can happen when you give into your impulses.

ROBERT CARRANZA wondered if She existed only in his dreams.

ILENE HADDAD demonstrated that sometimes the wildest dream was actually the funniest.

GARRETT ANDERSON rode the rollercoaster of nightmares.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON wished that a magical book would cure the human condition.

THOM THE WORLD POET lead a guided reading from his poetry book of dreams, which he distributed to the audience beforehand.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link below to few the following open mic artists: STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO, LINDA MASTERS, ANANYAA RAVI, DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL, EDITH BLACKBIRD, BRENT CROSSON, & THOM THE WORLD POET 

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO LINDA MASTERS ANANYAA RAVI DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL EDITH BLACKWELL BRENT CROSSON

THOM THE WORLD POET

Too-Woke Insomniac

LITTLE RED hosted this month’s Austin Writers Roulette.  She brought all her star power to the show. But she did NOT walk the straight and narrow like in the fairy tale.The Rouletters were bright-eyed and bushy tailed for the Too-Woke Insomniac event. THOM THE WORLD POET spoke of the coming end times whether we’re awoke or not, but from midnight to dawn are the poets’ hours. Accompanied by DANIEL DAVILA on guitar.

RT KILGORE revealed a post-apocalyptical world with walls.

ELLEN SWEETS navigated through political correctness one Lyft ride at a time.

RG HOOK shined a spotlight on dangerous, willful ignorance.

STEPHANIE WEBB attempted to clean up the environment, starting with the nonprofits.

HOPE RUIZ battled with the dominant narrative.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON described the battle to control the narrative between the Extreme Dominant Narrative Defenders and the Extreme Politically Correct Crusaders, using a popular fairy tale.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link below to enjoy the performances of the following artists: DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL, HOPE RUIZ, STEPHANIE E. FRENO, DANIEL DAVILA, ELLEN BRAVERMAN, DANIEL BARON & ELIZABETH KAHURA.

DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL HOPE RUIZ STEPHANIE E. FRENO DANIEL DAVILA ELLEN BRAVERMAN DANIEL BARON

ELIZABETH KAHURA

Volcanic Summer

 

An Upper Management Thug hosted the roulette this time around. The Rouletters came to share their volcanic tales and memorialize BRIAN GROSZ.BRIAN GROSZ, a gruff-voiced adrenaline-filled storyteller who, even in death, managed to sound like a cross between a joke and one of his crazy adventurous stories: “A man walks into a bar and…collapses.” We dedicated this show to him.  HOPE RUIZ recounted a summer experience that changed her life.

PAUL NORMADIN gave a hot, horny lesson about physics.

RT KILGORE shared an idyllic summer day at Barton Springs and a new species.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON warned that the craziness of the world continued its craziness, thanks in a large part due to the rise of an insidious evil machination.

THOM THE WORLD POET, accompanied by DAVIEL DAVILA on guitar, advised to interact with people in person rather than virtually.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link to enjoy the following open mic artists:  DANIEL THE WORLD WARRIOR, DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL, RENEE AMOS, HOPE RUIZ, URSULA PIKE, RG HOOK, RAW, EDITH “BLACKBIRD,” THOM TERRIFIC WITH DANIEL THE WORLD WARRIOR. 

DANIEL DAVILA DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL RENEE AMOS HOPE RUIZURSULA PIKE RG HOOK RAW EDITH “BLACKBIRD”

THOM THE WORLD POET with DANIEL DAVILA on clarinet

Apology Allergies

For this Roulette, Bougie Nerdy Black Woman hosted.Still, The Rouletters showed up to not apologize for being who they are. DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL showed that in the great drama of life, you can’t keep apologizing for who you are.

NICOLE CORTICHIATO couldn’t bring herself to apologize for an elementary reaction from a crush.

HOPE RUIZ owed no apologies for her inner strength.

CHARLA HATHAWAY was unapologetic about exploring her own sexuality and healing others.

STEPHANIE WEBB offered no apologies to rich people.

RG HOOK delivered the most f-bomb laden nonapology about the changing demographics due to forced immigration. TERESA Y. ROBERSON spoke of being unapologetically comfortable in her own skin, regardless of whether she was too Black or not Black enough for some people.

THOM THE WORLD POET, accompanied by DANIEL DAVILA on guitar, brought up  the fact that indigenous people of his homeland, Australia, along with other indigenous people, were owed more than an apology.

 

Click on the following link to view the performances of these open mic artists: BIRDMAN 313, TREV, JEFFREY & JANELL TAYLOR, ELLEN BRAVERMAN, DANIEL DAVILA, RG HOOK, FONTY FOX, NICOLE CORTICHIATO, HOPE RUIZ, & SUNDAY THOM accompanied by DANIEL DAVILA  on oboe.

OPEN MIC BIRDMAN 313 TREV JANELLE & JEFFREY TAYLOR ELLEN BRAVERMAN DANIEL DAVILA BRIAN GROSZ RG HOOK FONTY FOX NICOLE CORTICHIATO HOPE RUIZ EDITH TAPIA

THOM THE WORLD POET & DANIEL DAVILA on oboe.

Laugh at My Lovelife

Once again, Cindie’s outdid itself with the His and Hers gift baskets for the best performer in both categories. These prizes were rewarded at the end of the show by audience applause.
Cupid hosted the show, explaining to the audience that they may think that she’s misfired some love arrows in their lives, but she assured them, the arrows always landed where they were supposed to and they’d just had to deal with it.
At least Cupid gifted audience members genital-shaped candy to cope with the bitterness of love gone wrong.
Cupid’s philosophy is, “One person’s heartache is another person’s punchline.” So, these Rouletters came to share their love survival story/punchlines. RG HOOK dealt with one of the age-old dating dilemmas: is a future boyfriend or criminal?

SUSAN MACK shared some ancient words of love.

LARRY MAYFIELD had his own version of the dating game.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON asked the contemporary, independent single woman’s question: why do men always f*ck it up?

THOM THE WORLD POET spoke from the heart of the joy and love for his homeland and his mother.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link below to view the performances of the following Open Mic artists: LARRY MAYFIELD, BRIAN GROSZ, R G HOOK, CAROL LENNOX, EMMA TUCKER & THOM YES.

LARRY MAYFIELD BRIAN GROSZ RG HOOK CAROL LENNOX EMMA TUCKER THOM THE WORLD POETAll the women shared the fun Hers basket in a four-way tie. BRIAN GROSZ won the audience vote for the His basket.

Yet he graciously shared some of the goodies with the other guys.

The End Is the Beginning

The Seasonal Butterfly hosted this last Roulette of 2018.The Rouletters gathered around and performed to a packed room. LARRY MAYFIELD showed that the end of childhood innocence started the appreciation of family traditions.

URSULA PIKE reminisced about an end-of-the-year gift exchange.

ASA MORRIS turned the corner for a better life, but still dealt with his past.

HOPE RUIZ delved into the romance of beginning again.

JIM TENNY moved past remorse to forgiveness.

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO shared the things she had to give up in order to embrace the woman she’s become.

BRENNAN UTLEY told an alliterative story about acceptance.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON recounted her series of career transformations.

THOM THE WORLD POET, accompanied by DANIEL DAVILA on clarinet, spoke about past lives and reincarnations while bringing continuous sunshine to whichever self he was.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link to view the performances of the following open mic artists: STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO, COLLEEN SAFFRON, BIRDMAN 313, JIM TENNY, ELLEN BRAVERMAN, KATI TAYLOR, BRENNAN UTLEY, HOPE RUIZ, BRIAN GROSZ, DANIEL DAVILA, CHRISTINA CULVERHOUSE, THOM THE WORLD POET, accompanied by DANIEL DAVILA.

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO COLLEEN SAFFRON BIRDMAN 313 JIM TENNY ELLEN BRAVERMAN KATI TAYLOR BRENNAN UTLEY HOPE RUIZ BRIAN GROSZ DANIEL DAVILA CHRISTINA CULVERHOUSE

THOM THE WORLD POET, accompanied by DANIEL DAVILA on acoustic guitar

Attitude of Gratitude

Lady Liberty hosted the Roulette on Veterans Day 2018.Two Rouletters had served in the Armed Forces: JIM TENNY in the Navy and STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO in the Air Force.Although the host dressed in costume, JIM TENNY wore his actual uniform from more than 20 years ago.The Rouletters gathered on this patriotic holiday to share their gratitude narratives. URSULA PIKE was grateful for the life hack demonstrated by her dog, Hercules.

HOPE RUIZ led the way for the Self Evolution Revolution.

STEPHANIE WEBB expressed gratitude for not being alone in the struggle.

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO documented her transitioning journey with gratitude for everyone who’s helped her along the way.

JIM TENNY witnessed self-evident truths that all men are created equal.

TEREA Y. ROBERSON expounded upon what it meant to be a part of We the American People, inclusively.

THOM THE WORLD POET praised the veterans in his family and worldwide…and the people who supported Global Peace.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link to view the performances of the following artists:  STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO, JIM TENNY, SPENCER MIRABAL, VALERIE KLIEWER, LYNN HERRICK, HOPE RUIZ, BRIAN GROSZ, JOE BRUNDIDGE, THOM THE WORLD POET

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO JIM TENNY SPENCER MIRABAL VALERIE KLIEWER LYNN HERRICK HOPE RUIZ BRIAN GROSZ JOE BRUNDIDGE

THOM THE WORLD POET

Otherworldly Intrigues

An alien hosted this month’s Austin Writers Roulette.The Rouletters didn’t seem to mind, though.

LARRY MAYFIELD detailed two different worlds he didn’t want to live in here on Earth.

RG HOOK shared visitation dreams from her husband.

JOSH DAVIS told about his journey to the astral plane.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON fantasized about alien technology defying The Second Law of Thermodynamics to right the world.

THOM THE WORLD POET stated his experience with a new-age guru, then led the audience in a read-a-long chant about saving the Earth.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link below to see the performances of the following open mic artists: LARRY MAYFIELD, STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO, BIRDMAN 313, KATE O’CONNOR, LIABLEWRITER, ELLEN BRAVERMAN, RG HOOK, & THOM THE WORLD POET accompanied by LARRY MAYFIELD on flute

LARRY MAYFIELD STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO BIRDMAN 313 KATE O’CONNOR SCHNACK LIABLEWRITER ELLEN BRAVERMAN RG HOOK

THOM THE WORLD POET accompanied by LARRY MAYFIELD on flute.

Out of Tune

The host may have been out of tune, but definitely not out of time…Especially for 10 shillings and 6 pence!The Rouletters harmonized through their discordant narratives. SPENCER MIRABAL read a trilogy of out of tune poems.

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO shared questions from the heart.

SHLOMI HARIF spun a discordant tale of two Stevies.

HOPE RUIZ fought against the grain of the dominant narrative.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON discussed a myriad of discordant experiences, including her most recent: complimenting White people on their tans.

INVISIBLE THOM embraced reclaiming the sacred and harmonizing with nature.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link below to enjoy the performances of the following open mic artists: STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO, SPENCER MIRABAL, URSULA PIKE BRIAN GROSZ, JIM TENNY RENEE AMOS, HOPE RUIZ, SAM TREVINO, MASON MCCLAY, MIKE MATTHEWS, NICOLE METTS, MAX PERRY, & INVISIBLE THOM 

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO SPENCER MIRABAL URSULA PIKE BRIAN GROSZ JIM TENNY RENEE AMOS HOPE RUIZ SAM TREVINO MASON MCCLAY MIKE MATTHEWS NICOLE METTS MAX PERRY

INVISIBLE THOM

 

Eight Reasons To…

All the “Reasons” books reflected the variety of ways the Rouletters interpreted the theme.Both long-time and new Rouletters came out for this show…even more than who were on time for the group photo. RG HOOK stated why one should fall in love.

SPENCER MIRABAL gave advice to his future children about how to fly.

MITCHELL COHEN explored life exploration.

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO shared significant events and people in her life.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON enumerated the reasons not to be poor.

THOM THE WORLD POET accompanied by musicians REBECCA ASHE and DANIEL DAVILA intertwined his spoken word reasons with the clarinet and acoustic guitar.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link below to view the performances of the following open mic artists: STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO, SPENCER MIRABAL, DANIEL DAVILA, BRIAN GROSZ, RG HOOK, MASON MCCLAY, REBECCA ASHE, ELLEN BRAVERMAN, HOPE RUIZ, LIABLEWRITER, RENEE AMOS, THOM THE WORLD POET, REBECCA ASHE & DANIEL DAVILA

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENOSPENCER MIRABAL DANIEL DAVILA accompanied by REBECCA ASHE BRIAN GROSZ RG HOOK MASON MCCLAY REBECCA ASHE accompanied by DANIEL DAVILA ELLEN BRAVERMAN HOPE RUIZ LIABLEWRITER RENEE AMOS THOM THE WORLD POET accompanied by musicians REBECCA ASHE and DANIEL DAVILA

REBECCA ASHE & DANIEL DAVILA