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 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

 

Dog Days & Cat Nights

This month’s collection of Austin Writers Roulette books included the host’s first novel, Tribe of One.The Rouletters came out to share mostly cat adventures. RG HOOK shared her road trip adventures with a cat through the Mojave desert.

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO sang about transitioning from a man into a woman.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON told about the challenges of hustling like a dog during the day and partying like a cat at night while middle aged.

THOM THE WORLD POET contrasted the differences between dogs and cats, loyal and independent, respectively.

OPEN MIC ARTISTS

Click on the link below to see the performances of the following open mic artists: STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO, BRIAN GROSZ, RG HOOK, HOPE RUIZ, ELLEN BRAVERMAN & THOM THE WORLD POET.

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO BRIAN GROSZ RG HOOK HOPE RUIZ ELLEN BRAVERMAN

THOM THE WORLD POET

Never-Ending Tomorrow

The Rouletters started the Never-Ending Tomorrow with a photoshoot that had more cameras than usual, which was prophetic since they had a near standing-room only audience. Ms. Sandman hosted the event.Our venue, Malvern Books, gathered books which complemented our theme. NICOLE CORTICHIATO checked off her list of never-ending things, explained among several poems.  HALEY CAMPBELL detailed the never-ending challenges of health care.

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO gave us a snapshot of her never-ending transitioning journey.

RG HOOK told about the never-ending battle to save her husband’s life.

TERESA Y ROBERSON amused the crowd with her on-going adventures with insomnia, technological upgrades, and lists of checklists.

THOM THE WORLD POET shined a light on the never-ending wheel of prescription drugs, deadens jobs and everything in between.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link to see the performances of the following open mic artists: BIRDMAN 313, URSULA PIKE, BRIAN GROSZ, LIABLEWRITER, KELLY J, RG HOOK, PYKASU KOUBE, ROBERT PORTER & THOM THE WORLD POET.

BIRDMAN 313 URSULA PIKE BRIAN GROSZ LIABLEWRITER KELLY J RG HOOK PYKASU KOUBE ROBERT PORTER

THOM THE WORLD POET

Minding Another’s Business

The host symbolically took her place in the Black Woman Network.In honor of Mother’s Day, ABE LOUISE YOUNG concluded a writers’ workshop before the roulette began.The rouletters touched upon different aspects of minding another’s business. LIABLEWRITER witnessed, as a voyeur, another’s relationship.

ALLISON JONES weighed the benefits of knowing too much versus being blissfully uninformed.

KELLY J pondered parallel versions of herself on a road more or less traveled.

CARRIE ANN PAULO wished to be in another’s head, then back out again!

STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO shared how supporting LGBTQ rights is everybody’s business.

BRENNAN UTLEY told us about what happened when an insomniac just tried to mind his own business.

SPENCER MIRABAL showed how to tend to love ones as a bother and son.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON shed light on the original Internet: The Black Woman Network.

THOM THE WORLD POET minded everyone’s business in the universe of poetry, storytelling and truth-telling.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link below to view the performances of the following open mic artists: DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL, STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO, KELLY J, BRIAN GROSZ, LIABLEWRITER, SAM TREVINO, BRENNAN UTLEY, RG HOOK, & THOM THE WORLD POET.

DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO KELLY CARA BRIAN GROSZ LIABLEWRITER HOPE RUIZ SAM TREVINO BRENNAN UTLEY RG HOOK NICOLE CORTICHIATO

THOM THE WORLD POET

Drugs & Fantasies

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Rouletters spoke about drugs and fantasies, and welcomed poets who were in town for the Austin International Poetry Festival.The host translated a line from her spoken word piece into binary code and featured the number 8 on her dress. HELEN BUCK noted that drugs are anything that gets you high–in this case, her grandkids.

R.G. HOOK experienced drug flashbacks while cleaning up.

BRENNAN UTLEY recorded surreal conversations, making the audience feel that SOMEONE must be high.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON revealed her fantastic dream where people represented zeroes and ones, reflecting and sharing their values.

THOM THE WORLD POET led the audience in the ABC’s of drugs and addiction.

OPEN MIC ARTISTS

Click the link to see the performances on the following open mic artists: BIRDMAN 313, HELEN BUCK, TREV THE ROAD POET, BRENNAN UTLEY, EL GUAPO, URSULA PIKE, ELLEN BRAVERMAN, DAVID LESTER YOUNG, RG HOOK, & THOM THE WORLD POET.


BIRDMAN 313HELEN BUCK TREV THE ROAD POET BRENNAN UTLEY EL GUAPO URSULA PIKE ELLEN BRAVERMAN DAVID LESTER YOUNG R.G. HOOK

THOM THE WORLD POET

Like Night & Day

Just like the theme, the Rouletters planned to take a posed picture, but that went sideways.At least the themed books were organized. LIABLEWRITER told of her travels to the Discipline Desert, first strumming a tune on her banjolele.

HOPE RUIZ reminisced about crossing multiple bridges to pursue happiness.

BRENNAN UTLEY tapped into the fever pitch between night and dawn at a festival.

ARALYN HUGHES discovered a new world, starting with her corrected vision.

HELEN BUCK revealed the double-edged sword of social media.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON chronicled her memorable moments of crossing international borders when traveling while black.

THOM THE WORLD POET, accompanied by LIABLEWRITER, poetically contrasted world events, politics, and people like night and day.

OPEN MIC

Click on the link below to view the performances of the following open mic artists: BIRDMAN 313, CASEY GLEN GRAYPOOL, LIABLEWRITER, BRENNAN UTLEY, STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO, TEXWADOR, BRIAN GROSZ, ELLEN BRAVERMAN, DAVID LESTER YOUNG & INVISIBLE THOM.

BIRDMAN 313 CASEY GLEN GRAYPOOL LIABLEWRITER BRENNAN UTLEY STEPHANIE ELISE FRENO TEXWADOR BRIAN GROSZ ELLEN BRAVERMAN DAVID LESTER YOUNG

THOM THE WORLD POET

Talk Dirty to Me

The Rouletters talked dirty at the latest show.Par for the course, the theme book table just rocked with dirty-talking books!

NICOLE CORTICHIATO shared her dirty-talking quickies: complete with a list of urban diction synonyms for “clitoris.”R. G. HOOK Revealed the three dirty words that made her fall in love.

GUME LAUREL III gave insight into encounters with desires and ridicule.

HOPE RUIZ finally told us about what bunnies do.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON blended sweet-sounding words together with bittersweet ones for her Valentine’s Day tribute.

THOM THE WORLD POET, accompanied by REBECCA ASHE and DANIEL DAVILA, spoke about the beginning of Love in the Garden of Eden and Earth’s mud.

OPEN MIC

Please click on the link to view the performances of the following open mic artists:

STEPHANIE JOHNSON, GUME LAUREL III, BATO THE POET, R. G. HOOK, BRIAN GROSZ, HOPE RUIZ, LIABLE WRITER, MAGIC JACK ATX, ARALYN HUGHES, JENNIFER BERLINER, BIG!

STEPHANIE JOHNSON GUME LAUREL III DANIEL DAVILA NICOLE CORICHIATO R. G. HOOK BRIAN GROSZ HOPE RUIZ LIABLEWRITER MAGIC JACK ATX ARALYN HUGHES JENNIFER BERLINER THOM THE WORLD POET accompanied by DANIEL DAVILA

OPEN MIC STEPHANIE JOHNSON GUME LAUREL III DANIEL DAVILA NICOLE CORICHIATO R. G. HOOK BRIAN GROSZ HOPE RUIZ LIABLEWRITER MAGIC JACK ARALYN HUGHES JENNIFER BERLINER THOM THE WORLD POET accompanied by DANIEL DAVILA

Talk Dirty to Me Fan Favorite Winners: GUME LAUREL III & JENNIFER BERLINER