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Benjamin Myers was the 2015-2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma. He is the author of three books of poetry and of numerous essays and scholarly articles. His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, Image, 32 Poems, Measure, The Christian Century, and many other journals. His essays and reviews may be read in First Things, Books and Culture, World Literature Today, Oklahoma Today, and The Imaginative Conservative, as well as in various scholarly journals. He is a frequent lecturer at conferences and literary festivals around the country. He has been honored with an Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Dr. Myers teaches poetry writing and literature at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he is the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature.
OKC Writers -
Regular meeting time and place
3rd Saturdays each month at 10 am. (coffee 9:30), St Luke’s ME church, Room 225
222 N.W. 15th Street Oklahoma City, 73103
(driving directions: http://stlukesokc.org/index.php/about_us/driving_directions )
Enter through the northwest door,by handicap parking and go to Room 130..
Always the third Saturday of each month.At this time, meetings are being held at St Luke’s ME church. Visitors are welcome, casual dress. Come for coffee at 10:00 a.m. if you wish an opportunity to get acquainted and find a good seat. Meetings are free & open to the public. The group includes experienced writers as well as those new to literary art, according to the website. The program begins at 10:15 sharp, out by 11:30. Dues are $20 a year.
One-on-one lunch following the meeting, great chance to network, make new writing friends, and get better acquainted. Place is announced at each meeting.
EDITOR’S NOTES: OKC Writers would love to have you join; however, membership is not required to attend the meeting. Membership is by calendar year and is required to enter the annual writing contest and to be included in the member directory. Only members will receive the monthly newsletter or be able to access it online.
If you have not paid your dues, bring $20 (check or money order) to the next meeting.
Phone number at the church in case of emergency - (405) 232-1371
2019 - Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.
MARCH 2019 PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED
April Presentation: The business of ghostwriting
Dayna Dunbar, MA
Dayna Dunbar is author of The Saints and Sinners of Okay County and The Wings that Fly Us Home (Ballantine Books). Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Book Award
“Dunbar's no-frills writing style, engaging pacing and cast of kooky saints and sinners make Aletta's unconventional story about taking control of her life a pleasant, all-too-rapid read.”
— Publishers Weekly
As memoir ghostwriters, Dayna Dunbar author books based on our clients’ life stories that are officially credited to them. She does this through a process of intimate conversations and interviews with them to mine the depths of the story, and then turns those interviews into a book. More than merely transforming interviews into narrative, she helps shape the way the narrative is told (in terms of structure, voice, pacing, theme etc.) to create the most compelling story possible.
May Presentation: Judging writing - Experience as a magazine editor and contest judge
Carla Walker is editor and director of publications for Oklahoma Humanities and a 2018 finalist for the Great Plains Journalism Awards. The Oklahoma Humanities magazine fosters conversation and new perspectives through articles, interviews, and beautiful color images. From public policy issues to cultural heritage, you'll find an engaging forum for new ideas and productive civil discourse.
June Presentation: World building, a craft exercise
Traci Ison Schafer
Traci Ison Schafer, a past president of Oklahoma City Writer’s Inc., is a Contracting Officer (civilian position) for the United States Air Force. She and started her career at the infamous Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which she used for the backdrop of her first book, the science fiction novel The Anuan Legacy. The Anuan Legacy is winner of the 2018 National Indie Excellence Award in Science Fiction.
July Presentation: Writing process of her book, The Accident of Birth, about immigration
Roxana L. Cazan is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches world and postcolonial literature and creative writing. She is a translator of Romanian. Her translation of Matei Vişniec’s “Teeth” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize byReunion, at UT Dallas. Her poems have been featured inCold Creek Review, The Healing Muse, Adanna Literary Journal, Watershed Review, Allegro Poetry, the Peeking Cat Anthology, The Portland Review, Harpur Palateand others. Her full-length poetry book,The Accident of Birth, has just been published by Main Street Rag in 2017. Dr. Cazan’s scholarly work focuses on ethnic and postcolonial literature and women’s studies and has appeared inNeophilologus, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Comparative Literature Studies, Studies in American Jewish Literature, American Journal of Undergraduate Research, and Demeter Press. A chapter is forthcoming inRemembering Kahina: Women, Representation and Resistance in Post-Independence North Africa, Routledge.
September Presentation: Book promotion as a "performance art"
Nathan Brown is an author, songwriter, and award-winning poet living in Wimberley, Texas. He holds a PhD in English and Journalism from the University of Oklahoma where he taught for seventeen years. He served as Poet Laureate for the State of Oklahoma in 2013/14, and now travels fulltime performing readings and concerts, teaching workshops and speaking on creativity, poetry, songwriting, and creative writing.
Nathan has published roughly nineteen books. Most recent are An Honest Day’s Confession; Apocalypse Soon: The Mostly Unedited Poems of Ezra E. Lipschitz; and Don’t Try, a collection of co-written poems with Austin Music Hall of Fame songwriter, Jon Dee Graham. Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Oklahoma Book Award. His earlier book, Two Tables Over, won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award.
He’s taught memoir, songwriting, performance, and creativity workshops from Tuscany to the Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon, the Taos Poetry Festival, the Woody Guthrie Festival, Laity Lodge, the Everwood Farmstead Foundation in Wisconsin, as well as for Blue Rock Artist Ranch near Austin, Texas.
PREVIOUS SPEAKERS (RECENT PAST!)
Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.
Saturday February16, 2019
Speaker: Chad Reynolds co- founder of Pennycandy Books - an OKC children’s book publisher.
Chad Reynolds presents - Some Thoughts on Writing and Publishing for Kids.
Chad Reynolds is the co-founder of Short Order Poems and Penny Candy Books. A graduate of the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston, he has published five poetry chapbooks. Penny Candy Books is an independent children’s book publishing company based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Savannah, Georgia with a mission is to publish children's literature that reflects the diverse realities of the world we live in, both at home and abroad.
January Speaker: Lou Berney will be discussing his new novel, November Road, and the research he did for it. So maybe a title along the lines of, NOVEMBER ROAD AND THE JFK ASSASSINATION: FACT AND FICTION. Berney is the best-selling author of the novels NOVEMBER ROAD (named one of the best books of 2018 by the Washington Post), THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE (winner of the Edgar Award), WHIPLASH RIVER, and GUTSHOT STRAIGHT, all from William Morrow. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as THE NEW YORKER, PLOUGHSHARES, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Oklahoma City University.
Saturday, 15 December 2018
Speaker: Timothy L. Trujillo
Subject: "What Makes a Writer"
natural healthcare provider, educator and author. He has written poetry for an anthology in Los Angeles, organizational newsletters, correspondence, magazine articles, a book, and many Facebook posts.
He is a graduate and former instructor at Gil Boyne’s Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles and served as an Examiner for the American Council of Hypnotists Examiners. He maintains private practice in Oklahoma City, where he is also Director of First Medicines. He is a popular presenter at expos, conferences, and schools. A lifelong entertainer and performer, his presentations are imbued with enthusiasm, humor, and rich storytelling rooted in deep compassion for those who suffer.
November program - 2018 OKC Contest winners
Topic: Contest winners
16 June 2018
Kathleen GibbsJune speaker, Kathleen Gibbs. Her topic, "The Journey of Kathleen Gibbs," is a play on the title of one of her books, "Journey of the Cheyenne Warrior" and covers her adventures in marketing her books across several states and several years.
Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in language arts from theUniversity of Oklahoma and a Master’s Degree in Southwestern Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. She was a high school teacher for 30 years, worked for the Oklahoma Historical Society in Photo Archives for two years, and was State President of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society for four years. She is a member of Western Writers of America and lives in Bethany.
As a teacher, she taught English, German, ancient history, world and state geography, humanities, and journalism. Other endeavors include being an archaeologist, a traveler, writer, mother of three, grandmother of eight, and recently great-grandmother of one.
She bends many fascinating details with true historical events in her writings.
Her first published historical novel, Journey of the Cheyenne Warrior , began her writing career and her second book, Last Real Cowboy , was recently published. This book ties in well with the recent celebration of the 150th anniversary of the ChisholmTail and the 125th anniversary next September of the Cherokee Outlet Land Run in 1893.
August 18, 2018 OCWI meeting: Book Publishing: From Start to Finish
Melanie Larson will discuss what happens after a manuscript has been accepted for publication. She has worked as an editor at Nicci Jordan Hubert Editorial for a number of years and has edited for several publishers since she graduated from Abilene University with a degree in journalism.
Nicci Jordan Hubert Editorial, located in New York City, is a team of professional substantive editors and copy editors who have served many critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors.
JACK BURGOS —JULY 2018-
Short fiction is in high demand. Indie publications are always looking for short stories to publish in collections called anthologies, but the process of submitting to an anthology can be confusing and, at times, frustrating. Jack Burgos, editor for ‘A Murder of Storytellers’, explains how indie publishers seek out new authors, form relationships with them, and help to develop careers. This talk will cover how to find and submit to an anthology and, most importantly, how to hold open the door to publication.
Jack Burgos is a 34-year-old author of transgressive, speculative fiction living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Colombian and Cuban immigrants. He graduated cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2007, with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Philosophy, a Political Science minor, and a concentration in Creative Writing. He graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2013. Jack co-founded the writing critique group Nevermore Edits in 2012, through which he continues to improve his craft. His work has been published in Happy Days, Sweetheart, Beyond the Nightlight, Now Playing in Theater B, Dark and Dangerous Things III, The Book of Blasphemous Words, and Terror in 16-Bits. He edited Broken Worlds and The Misbehaving Dead published by A Murder of Storytellers . His debut series Stormborn debuted on May 1, 2017, with its first novella, 13 Hearts to Start a Storm . The second book in the series, The Knave and the Fool, comes out in June 2018.
Jack serves as the webmaster for the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. and as the Vice President for Nevermore Edit . When he isn't engaged in writing-related activities, Jack proudly works as a home-based counselor for a non-profit agency with at-risk youth.