NEW WEBSITE

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We are going to try out blogspot.  Less bells and whistles.  So find us HERE.

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FIRST RIOT INK MEETING DATE AND TIME!!!!!!!!

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Come, come! Writers! Readers!Lovers of finely composed and messily arranged words! Come to RIOT Ink’s first meeting of the fall.  Meet new people, make new friends, bring pieces you have been working on, bring books that you have read this summer and loved–tell us what you have been really enjoying about language lately.

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DATE: Thursday, September 10, 2009
TIME:
5:30PM
PLACE: Cafe Medici (across from UT on Guadalupe Street), look upstairs for a sign that reads RIOT Ink

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Categories: RIOT INK News

Back to School Update

Wow, school has already started again…

Wow.

Well, welcome back to school.  Welcome back to Austin.  Welcome back to a community of writers.  A lot of things happened over the summer.  For one, there is a significant line-up change for RIOT Ink.  Ever since its birth in the fall of 2007, Paula Mendoza-Hanna has led RIOT Ink, and she has done a tremendously-amazing job.  She brought writers together who probably never would have met otherwise and removed us from our cavernous bedrooms or indie-rock coffee shop hideouts.  She has been a large help from making RIOT Ink what it is today and without her none of this really would be happening.  Well, she graduated from UT this past spring and now is pursuing an MFA degree at the University of Michigan.  But don’t worry folks! She isn’t gone for good, just for a couple years or so.  I mean, come on, weather in Michigan has the potential to make people feel cold…and there might be snow. 

In a similar fashion, other core RIOT Inkers have moved on and away to different states and schools and ways of living.  Runjini now teaches kiddos in New Mexico under the program Teach for America and Miles is getting his PhD in History at Indiana University.  And well, Zack has been gone for awhile, living it up in San Francisco.  It is sad to see these people leave, and we wish them all of the best.  Hopefully they will return, if not forever! then at least for a nice stay.

But with all of these departures, it is also time for fresh blood, for new writers and new ideas.  Leadership for RIOT Ink has been passed to me and I look forward to taking on the role.  I hope this fall semester and new year can be the best yet for the group.  In the past we have done reading series, litzines, poetry postcards, collaborations, and other projects.  I hope to continue with those traditions as well as adding new things based off the next generation of writers in the group.   I am excited for the opportunity to work with new writers as well as the veterans from the past couple years.  I want to continue the legacy of RIOT Ink as it has started.

With all of this transitioning, please bear with me.   With school starting and all the other crazy end-of-summer-beginning-of-school stuff happening, it has been kind of hectic.  But I promise to have RIOT Ink mostly-operational sometime this week.  So don’t fret if you haven’t received an email! I will get to you.  I just opened the mailbox today.  I also will have a specific time and place for our first meeting soon.

If you are interested in joining or want more information, just send an email to:

because (dot) words (at) gmail (dot) com

For now, good luck with classes and the first week of school.  I am already brewing my Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and reading Dante’s Inferno.

Sincerely,

Ryan Bender-Murphy

Categories: RIOT INK News

Ars Notoria features JESSICA PIAZZA

 

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You can read Jessica Piazza here, here and here.

Also, check out a clip of her reading last here:

This is going to be a stellar reading, so y’all be sure to make it out. Enjoy a cool drink in Austin Java’s patio and soak in the awesomeness that is Jessica Piazza. This time around, our good friend George Leake will be hosting the event.

Also, new issues of Maker III will be available at the reading. A LOT of great writers in this issue, so don’t miss out.  Pick up a copy at the reading, and stay tuned for Maker IV, as well as a special RIOT reading featuring the contributors sometime late July.

MAKER III

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Coming Soon.

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Also, working on RIOT’s summer reading series.
Will likely be at Austin Java again, if they’ll let us.
Keep tuned. Summer’s here, yours truly is freshly graduated
and has time enough now to get ‘er started up again.

Categories: Publishing News

George Leake debuts COEUR at 12th Street Books

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George Leake runs the production company Ars Notoria, as well as Pull Down Press. He has published several chapbooks including Blood and Chocolate, Tacit Notes, Nine Nocturnes, and The Hedgepig Agonistes. His latest offering is the lush, heady and thoroughly bewitching Coeur.  He has produced many outstanding literary events and readings around town including such memorable events as WAR TRANCE at Hyde Park Theatre, featuring UT’s own giants, Douglass Parker and Tom Cable.

He will be reading from Coeur at

 12th Street Books, Thursday February 26th, at 7pm.

 

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An excerpt from Coeur:

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scarlet tree bellowing-here is the track

where blossoms engorged assert and express

longing for joining, crush fallen whisper

utters we can’t, you won’t, what will they say

nothing from everything, what shall we reap

a glance, a word, a kiss, day unto night

grey beyond windows, a plain wooden chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MAKER III : V O Y E U R

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It may be literary blasphemy to hi-jack and invert (pervert?) the sentiment of Fitzgerald’s “privileged glimspses,” but when mulling over the theme for this next issue of Maker, those words and that first chapter of Gatsby are what immediately come to mind. I love, too, the line that tells of poor Nick Carraway’s unfortunate susceptibility to “the secret griefs of wild, unknown men.”

It’s not entirely fitting to invoke this chapter, I know. Nick never asked for nor wanted so much nakedness. And Voyeurism according to the DSM-IV would not count the thrill of observing an emotional disrobing. What I’m after is a much broader, and perhaps deeper, interpretation.

A voyeur, unlike Nick Carraway, is never privy to the intimacy she sees. The moments are stolen, not yeilded unbidden. What I hope to gather, from all friends and strangers alike, are stories and poetries of exquisitely uncomfortable moments of witness.

To inspire you–a few images–

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Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'

 
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Perhaps a poem about Ms. Lonelyhearts? She was one of my favourite parts about that movie. It was such a heartbreakingly intimate moment–when Jimmy Stewart sees her through his window having  dinner alone and toasting her glass to a ghost.

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Michael Powell's 'Peeping Tom'. Another movie with a photographer, but.... um... very different.
Michael Powell’s ‘Peeping Tom’. Another movie with a photographer, but…. um… very different.

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Movie info from Amazon.com:

Michael Powell lays bare the cinema’s dark voyeuristic underside in this disturbing 1960 psychodrama thriller. Handsome young Carl Boehm is Mark Lewis, a shy, socially clumsy young man shaped by the psychic scars of an emotionally abusive parent, in this case a psychologist father (Michael Powell in a perverse cameo) who subjected his son to nightmarish experiments in fear and recorded every interaction with a movie camera. Now Mark continues his father’s work, sadistically killing young women with a phallic-like blade attached to his movie camera and filming their final, terrified moments for his definitive documentary on fear. Set in contemporary London, which Powell evokes in a lush, colorful seediness, this film presents Mark as much victim as villain and implicates the audience in his scopophilic activities as we become the spectators to his snuff film screenings. Comparisons to Hitchcock’s Psycho, released the same year, are inevitable. Powell’s film was reviled upon release, and it practically destroyed his career, ironic in light of the acclaim and success that greeted Psycho, but Powell’s picture hit a little too close to home with its urban setting, full color photography, documentary techniques, and especially its uneasy connections between sex, violence, and the cinema. We can thank Martin Scorsese for sponsoring its 1979 rerelease, which presented the complete, uncut version to appreciative American audiences for the first time. This powerfully perverse film was years ahead of its time and remains one of the most disturbing and psychologically complex horror films ever made. –Sean Axmaker
 
 
 
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Categories: Publishing News