The Conjure Woman hosted the Grand Finale of The Austin Writers Roulette. For this special occasion, her sister flew in from Virginia. After 8 years of producing The Roulette, a menagerie of extra details had to be taken care of–hint, check out the sign.
They finally got things together!The Conjure Woman’s sister (CWS), a former model, used the time prior to the show as an impromptu photoshoot, despite the fact that several housekeeping tasks needed to be done. BIRDMAN 313 joined in on the impromptu photoshoot.The Conjure Woman indulged her sister, stating that this was the closest to a wedding shoot she’d get.Nonetheless, since this was the last show ever, a little picture-taking indulgence was in order. STEPHANIE WEBB lent a friendly hand getting things together for the show.Newcomer JASON HILL discovered The Roulette at the eleventh hour. Despite the invitation-only status of this last event, Hill reached out weeks in advance with a compelling story and arrived early to participate. The Conjure Woman created an introduction and snuck him onto the lineup. The impromptu photoshoot evolved into a hybrid family reunion crossed with a farewell tour. THOM THE WORLD POET came decked out in his signature yellow and DONNA DECHEN BIRDWELL dressed in costume in solidarity to the theme.Even the pedestrian tasks, such as getting the video release forms from THE MALVERN BOOKS staff, was documented.As Rouletters arrived, the farewell photoshoot continued with PAUL NORMANDIN, BRENNAN UTLEY,JACK MCCABE while the host ticked off attendance, HOPE RUIZ during a breather in between hosting duties, then joined by others since we were already posing. LARRY MAYFIELD traveled the farthest to participate in the grand finale. NICOLE CORTICHIATO merely wanted to meet CWS, but of course, became a part of the photoshoot. And gracing the place minutes before the festivities officially began, RENEE AMOS and RG HOOK breezed in. How appropriate that one of the celebratory cakes provided by MALVERN BOOKS reminded one of a present since the venue itself has been a gift to the literary community. The second cake provided by MALVERN BOOKS had a split personality, half vanilla and half chocolate with a scrumptious raspberry filling.The Conjure Woman exacted her own photoshooting revenge just before the show.Rouletter JIM TENNY gifted a series of host pictures. Finally, the picture everyone had been waiting for, the group photo. The Conjure Woman rang finger cymbals three times to open the show, explaining that unlike previous Roulettes, all featured artists had received an invitation to perform and since many responded, every feature had a timed 5-minute slot and there would be no open mic. ALLYSON WHIPPLE led the audience in a creative mediation.
In the end, TERESA Y. ROBERSON invited the AWR fans to check out her upcoming podcast about CBD & Poetry.