April 6, 2015
Scissortail Creative Writing Festival - Morning Sessions, Part 1, April 2
rom 2011 here, & my pictures from 2013 here, as well as the Blogs by exploring the chronological listings to the left. It is held at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma each year, organized by Ken Hada who brings together regional poets & prose writers from across Oklahoma, Texas, & neighboring states, as well as errant poets from elsewhere, such as Sally Rhoades & me. I first met Ken in 2010 at the Oklahoma Labor Fest when the 3 Guys from Albany made a poetry pilgrimage to Albany, Oklahoma (south along the Red River). Ken told me about the Scissortail Festival & when I went the following year, I was hooked. This is no AWP — it is just writers reading to each other, selling our books to each other (facilitated by the great volunteer staff of students & professors), about as non-hierarchical & as egalitarian as it gets, with writers with contracts with major publishers at readings with self-published street poets, Poet Laureates (past & present) from at least 3 states listening to work-in-progress novelists & the unpublished. This year fellow Albany-poet Sally Rhoades had gotten on the program so we arranged to fly down together & share the cost of a rental car.
There were 2 sessions on the morning of Thursday, April 2, both in the Estep Auditorium at ECU, with the genial Ken Hada welcoming us & introducing the readers.
Towards the end of the Festival I was lucky enough to get a copy of Jim Spurr's last book, Live Loud, Live Long, published soon after his death by Dorothy Alexander's press, Village Books Press of Cheyenne, OK.
This first morning session only wetted my appetite for more readings, but we all needed a brief break to catch our breaths & prepare ourselves for more good writing. & this is only the first Blog of a series on the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival.