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

Survival 101

Tags

Strategic options

Stylish outcome

Selective opportunity

The Survival 101 books prepped the audience for the latest roulette. Another theme table, to celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day the following week, displayed books by Irish writers.
Finally, the front table commemorated Women’s History Month.  The host arrived in her best survivalist fashion. Then, the Rouletters took to the stage for a group picture, most of whom wearing boots!YESHUA UDELLE sought a survival spark.

DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL explained survival in the lifeboats of of religion and science.

HOPE RUIZ survived the great outdoors.

TERESA Y. ROBERSON advised how to stay on the right side of natural selection.

BRIAN GROSZ shared his latest post apocalyptic survival plan.

THOM THE WORLD POET spun an extended poem about how to survive the ever-changing world.

During the intermission, the boot-wearing Rouletters took a group shot.

OPEN MIC

STEPHANIE JOHNSON

Please click on the link below to view the performances of STEPHANIE JOHNSON, HOPE RUIZ, DEAGLE, & CLIFF MARROQUIN

HOPE RUIZ DEAGLE CLIFF MARROQUIN BRIAN GROSZ

Please click on the link below to view the performances of  BRIAN GROSZ, RAY BELLON, & ROSEMARY HOOK

RAY BELLON ROSEMARY HOOKTHOM THE WORLD POET

Romance & Other Patriarchal Fantasies

Ravishing overdone pretentious fling

Rhapsodic ornery passionate flirtation

Relationship of paroxysm fascination

1-valentines-malvern The Austin Writers Roulette convened to celebrate Valentine’s Day the best way they knew how–creatively unconventional!2-cindies-malvern For a 3rd year in a row, Cindie’s donated two gift bags. 3-cindies-bags One for the best female and male performers.4-la-rouge-goodies Also, for the 3rd year in a row, La Rouge donated audience gifts, which decorated their seats, making everyone a Rouletter Valentine’s.5-theme-inspired-booksIn the spirit of “Romance and Other Patriarchal Fantasies,” Malvern Books created a theme-inspired display of related books.
6-hostess-cleaning The hostess did a bit of cleaning up before the show.7-loving-donations The stage was set. 8-la-rouge-goodies-awr-card The audience’s chairs were decorated with parting gifts. 9-dessert And there were three choices of cookies, including an irregularly phallic-shaped cookie!10-dessert Actually, it was pretty harmless looking when flipped over on the elf side.11-theme-inspired-costumes Thom the World Poet gifted the show with the Valentine’s Day balloon and some flowers.13-group-shot After all the preliminary pomp and circumstance, the show began on time with one rouletter running in just as the group pictures were being taken.14-hope-ruizHOPE RUIZ delivered a powerful sermon about romance and the patriarchy.15-me TERESA Y. ROBERSON reiterated what Hattie McDaniel, the first Black actress who won an Oscar for her role as “Mammy” in Gone with the Wind, said, “I’d rather play a maid than to be one!”

Click on the link to watch the performances of Hope Ruiz and Teresa Y. Roberson:

16-brian-grosz BRIAN GROSZ detailed handling fake breasts during a chance encounter with an adult movie star.17-thom THOM THE WORLD POET started by asking the crowd if they wanted a box of emptiness or something that lasted forever like plastic flowers.

Click on the link to watch the performances of Brian Grosz and Thom the World Poet:

18-valentines-displayDuring intermission, participants and the audience had an opportunity to peruse the Valentine’s Day collection of books.

The Open Mic
19-donna-dechen-birdwell DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL20-stephanie-johnson STEPHANIE JOHNSON

Click on the link to watch the performances of Donna Dechen Birdwell and Stephanie Johnson:

21-brian-groszBRIAN GROSZ
22-hope-ruiz HOPE RUIZ23-ray-bellon RAY BELLON24-david-lester-young DAVID LESTER YOUNG25-thom THOM THE WORLD POET

Click on the link to watch the performances of Brian Grosz, Hope Ruiz, Ray Bellon, David Lester Young, & Thom the World Poet:

26-prize-winners

HOPE RUIZ won best female performer and all four guys tied for first place and shared the prize.

27-sleepy-cupid

Although we had a tired Cupid, everything still came up roses!

Spiritual Renewal

Soulful recharge

Splendid revitalization

Sensual rejuvenation

1-group-shot The Rouletters said their “Happy New Year’s” by sharing their spiritual renewal narratives and music.2-birdman-313 Birdman 313 conjured up a spiritual storm.3-stephanie-webb Stephanie Webb started off the New Year with a motivating cheer, “Fight for You!”

Click on the link to see the performances of Birdman 313 and Stephanie Webb:

4-ursula-pike Ursula Pike took a spiritual journey in her new car to Ishi Pishi.5-rebecca-m-raphael Rebecca M. Raphael described the sensuality of the sound of words, using poetry.

Click on the link to see the performances of Ursula Pike and Rebecca M. Raphael:

6-brian-prioleau Brian Prioleau read about the inner peace found in an apocalyptic time.

7-me Teresa Y. Roberson spoke of yoga rejuvenation after cursing and cheating through the bikram series.8-david-kendall David Kendall gave witness to the holy spirit found in a Black Baptist church.

Click on the link to see the performances of Teresa Y. Roberson and David Kendall:

9-brian-grosz Brian Grosz explored the artistic side of finding one’s soul in 17 syllables.

10-thom-david Thom the World Poet, accompanied by David Kendall on guitar, spoke of renewal within our lives and throughout nature.

OPEN MIC11-larry-mayfieldLarry Mayfield
12-stephanie-johnson Stephanie Johnson13-brian-grosz Brian Grosz14-birdman-313 Birdman 31315-brian-prioleau Brian Prioleau

Click on the link to see the performances of Larry Mayfield, Stephanie Johnson, Brian Grosz, Birdman 313, & Brian Prioleau:

16-david-kendall David Kendall17-chanan-bell Chanan Bell

Click on the link to see the performances of David Kendall & Chanan Bell:

18-scorpia-rose Scorpia Rose19-david-lester-young David Lester Young20-thom-larryThom the World Poet & Larry Mayfield on flute

Click on the link to see the performances of Scorpia Rose, David Lester Young, & Yes He Is! with Larry Mayfield on flute:

Tangled Webs

Yokelish

Anecdote

Rambling

Narrative

1-the-host The host dressed in a stray snow boot.2-group-shot Fortunately, Austin hardly ever gets any snow and the rouletters came out in full force for the last show of 2016.3-birdman-313 Birdman 313 untangled the dangers of the web.

4-hope Hope Ruiz spun the tale of the interconnected dream catcher.

5-david David Kendall told a fabulous tale about a colorful storyteller.

6-me-readingTeresa Y. Roberson speculated about the entwined stories of stray shoes found at intersections and along the side of the road.

7-brian Brian Grosz fried up some bacon about how he knows practically everyone through someone else.

8-thom-david Thom the World Poet, accompanied by David Kendall on guitar, talked about the season of homelessness, suicide and recycling childhood Christmas stories across generations.

9-aralyn Aralyn Hughes self-defined the word “witch.”

10-robert Robert Bayless kicked off the open mic.

Click on the link below to see the performances of Robert Bayless, Donna Dechen Birdwell, & Birdman 313.

11-donna Donna Dechen Birdwell12-birdman-313 Birdman 31313-david David Kendall

Click on the link below to see the performances of David Kendall & Stephanie Johnson.

14-stephanie Stephanie Johnson15-dave Dave Royal

Click on the link below to see the performances of Dave Royal, Hope Ruiz & Brian Grosz.

16-hopeHope Ruiz
17-brian Brian Grosz18-yeshua Yeshua Udelle

Click on the link below to see the performances of Yeshua Udelle & Thom the World Poet, accompanied by David Kendall on guitar.

19-thom-davidThom the World Poet & David Kendall

Fuzzy Logic

Culpable

Reckless

Absurd

Zany

Youthful

1-spinning-wheel The spinning wheel of illogical actions that don’t affect the situations they’re supposed to was in the house! 2-group-shot The rouletters came together to express the fuzzy logic they’ve experienced.3-hope-ruiz Hope Ruiz embraced her weaknesses for strength.

4-ursula-pike Ursula Pike walked the deliciously fine line between the authentic and fake.

5-david-kendall David Kendall told a fantastic tale about Woodrow’s toe.

6-me Teresa Y. Roberson spun her wheel of illogical actions that she’s encountered in her life.

7-thom-yeshua-udelle Thom the World Poet, accompanied by Yeshua Udelle, touched upon the political fuzzy logic around the electoral college and other societal conventions.

8-pete-me Pete Sebert and Teresa Y. Roberson began the open mic.

9-me Teresa Y. Roberson10-petePete Sebert11-donna Donna Dechen Birdwell

Click on the link below to see the performances of Donna Dechen Birdwell; Hope Ruiz & Brian Grosz; & Stephanie Johnson.

12-hope-brian Hope Ruiz, accompanied by Brian Grosz13-brian-hope Brian Grosz, accompanied by Hope Ruiz14-stephanie Stephanie Johnson15-yeshua Yeshua Udelle

Click on the link below to see the performances of Yeshua Udelle; David Kendall; & Thom the World Poet accompanied by Yeshua Udelle.

16-david David Kendall17-thom-yeshuaThom the World Poet, accompanied by Yeshua Udelle

Fear of Being Swallowed

Powerful

Haunting

Ominous

Backwards glance

Inevitable

Adversity

1-group-shot The Rouletters gathered to clear the air about their fears, fictional or otherwise. Check out the Fear Confessions at the end of this post.2-group-shot And all but one of us were on time! Just compare the two pictures to see who.

Click on the video link below to view the performances of the featured artists: Udelle Robinson, Donna Dechen Birdwell, Robert Carranza, Teresa Y. Roberson, Brian Grosz, & SuperThom.

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Udelle Robinson detailed the fear of being swallowed in Biblical proportions.
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Donna Dechen Birdwell read an excerpt from her novel, Flight of the Owl.5-robert Robert Carranza examined facets of death through poetry.6-me Teresa Y. Roberson read an except from her never-ending editing thriller writing project, The Fear of Being Swallowed.7-brian Brian Grosz shared his brand of haunting ghost tales from his childhood in Connecticut to present-day Austin.8-thom Thom the World Poet highlighted the real-life hauntings of social and political spheres.

Click on the video link below to view the performances of the open mic artists: Donna Dechen Birdwell, Udelle Robinson, Steve Pressler, Nori Hubert, Hope Ruiz, Stephanie, Tia Boyd, Brian Grosz, & SuperThom.

9-donna Donna Dechen Birdwell started the open mic with her weapon of choice: a pen, which hits the head and the heart simultaneously.10-udelle

Udelle Robinson
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Steve Pressler12-nori Nori Hubert13-hope Hope Ruiz14-stephanie Stephanie Johnson15-tia Tia Boyd16-brian Brian Grosz17-thom Thom the World Poet

Fear Confessions

18-joe Joe19-me Teresa20-thom Thom21-udelle Udelle22-donna Donna23-nori Nori24-hope Hope25-stephanie Stephanie26-tia Tia27-brian Brian28-fernandoFernando