Come with me on a journey. I want to show you another face of Mexico, the human face that few travelers ever see up close or can even truly imagine. I want to lead you, with words and pictures, into the Mexican campo, the rural countryside outside the colonial cities and glittery resorts that define Mexico for so many people. For it is in the campo, with its tiny pueblos and farming villages, that the true heart of Mexico beats, where the roots of the people go deep into the earth and their blood goes back for centuries beyond memory.
Howie Richey is a curious fellow who has long been fascinated by the things people celebrate and how they do it. His formal background in Texas geography and audio production reveals little about his own capacity to jubilate, either by crashing the closest Kaffeeklatsch or hosting one of his own. Nor do his 40-plus years as an Austin resident or his too-long career as a proofreader/editor hint at the kind of company he keeps. He’s authored blogs, promotional copy, calendars, procedural manuals, plot summaries, legislation, and radio scripts. His jobs include disk jockey, tour guide, surveyor, and lecturer. Howie doesn’t know everyone in Austin, but is working on it. Party Weird is his first book.
11:00 Saturday Morning, Nov. 4, 2017 – Susan Signe Morrison
Professor of English at Texas State University, Susan Signe Morrison is committed to bringing the lives of women hidden in the shades of history to a wider audience. She will read selections from her published works on real and legendary women from the medieval past, as well as more recent historical times.
Finalist: 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in 3 categories: Adult Nonfiction; Women’s Studies; and Young Adult Nonfiction.
Named by the Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education to the Best Children’s Book of the Year 2013 list (Memoir: Ages 14 & up).
Feminist re-telling of the Old English epic, Beowulf.
Winner: Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction, a Literary Classics Top Honors Award 2016.
Austin Clubhouse’s primary location is 601 East 45th Street; our satellite location is at Ben White and Bannister Lane, co-sponsored by Foundation Communites, 1212 W Ben White Blvd.
Beverly Voss is a poet, artist, and mostly-retired psychotherapist. She teaches Creative Journaling workshops as well as others aimed at wellness for caretakers. As an InterPlay teacher, she makes use of improvisational forms—dance, song, storytelling—to enhance the experiences of participants. She occasionally volunteers to take these practices into women’s prisons in Texas.
As a poet, her work has appeared in The Texas Poetry Calendar, Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair: Best of the Texas Poetry Calendar, Dos Gatos Press, What the Body Wants by Cynthia Winton-Henry, and Walking in Two Worlds: the Relational Self in Theory, Practice and Community by Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D. and Dvorak Simon, Ph.D. (editors). Most recently, her book of poems Sycamore Skies, was published.
Voss has lived in Austin since 1973. She gardens, swims, reads and plays percussion in a band The Melancholy Ramblers (thanks to partner and fiddle player par excellence Brady Coleman). She loves her son Max and dog Hank.