Local Programs

Local Programs


By Bill Boudreau, contributor

The Lunchbox

217 E. Main, Shawnee, OK

Phone: (405) 432-5232


Readings: 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month except for December which will be on the 12th.                        

Contact: Aline Smith, email: naspurline@aol.com



To view other poetry readings in the area, visit website http://www.okpoets.org

Tidewater Winery, Drumright, Oklahoma

Featured Poet: Catherine Katey Johnson, May. 19th, 2019, 2p.

Contact: Sharon Edge Martin



Second Sunday at Tidewater Winery 

Bring a poem for open mic.

Catherine Katey Johnson Author, Oklahoma Poet, Woody Guthrie Poet and BEAT Poet, her works are included in films, books, anthologies and literary journals. She holds degrees from Rose State and UCO. Available on Amazon, Fifty Shades of Gray Hair, a tangled collection, includes her award-winning poem, “Old is Fast,” which won “Most Entertaining Poet,” award at the 2016 State Fair of Oklahoma. Both sets of Katey’s grandparents moved to Oklahoma prior to statehood. Her son lives in Arizona and her daughter, Stephanie Jordan is a fine poet and an Oklahoma City agrarian. Katey’s poetry mentors include Betty Shipley, Kit Givan, Edward Allen, Nathan Brown, William Bernhart, Ben Meyers and George Wallace. She was a Beat Generation attendee at NYU in 1994 and her poem “Chiclets,” was selected for inclusion in Beat-itude, the National Beat Poetry Festival 10 Year Anthology, August 15, 2018. For many years she was a member of the critique group, “Writers of the Purple Page,” along with Lynda Stephenson, Mary Ann West, Janice Contway, Betty Powers, Dewey F. Finley, Barbara Shepherd, Sharon J. Montgomery, Bill Walker, Louis Cozby, Eric Wilder, Kit Givan, Richard Mullins and Ray Rausch, whose input contributed to fine-tuning her craft.

My poems have won many International, National and local awards.

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.


Visit OCWI website, www.okcwriters.org ,   For more info,   email inezbowman (AT) cox (DOT) net


Phone number at the church in case of emergency - (405) 232-1371



2019 - Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.







May 2019 Presentation: Judging writing - Experience as a magazine editor and contest judge

Carla Walker



Winning Writing—Perspective from the Editor’s Desk: Carla Walker will talk about what an editor looks for in great writing, from contest entries to publication assignments.


Carla Walker is editor of Oklahoma Humanities magazine, the biannual publication of Oklahoma Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She spearheaded the creation and launch of the magazine in 2008 and has edited the work of Pulitzer Prize-winners, poets laureate, bestselling authors, and scholars of national note.Under Walker’s editorship,Oklahoma Humanitieshas garnered 44 journalism awards for editorial distinction, writing, design, and best publication. Walker is an award-winning interviewer and columnist with a background in writing and editing for professional journals and cultural publications.



June 2019 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 2019 Presentation: Writing process of her book, The Accident of Birth, about immigration

Roxana Cazan



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.

. https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/?product=the-accident-of-birth



September 2019 Presentation: Book promotion as a "performance art"

Nathan Brown



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.


20 April 2019 Presentation: Power of Vivid Imagery

Laurel Thomas will walk you through the craft of building riveting and emotionally rich stories through effective imagery. Join us for interactive exercises that help build your own palette of sensory images that show instead of tell.

A former high school English teacher, Laurel Thomas has written for magazines such as Guideposts, Mysterious Ways and others. In addition to her first published novel, River’s Call, Laurel has ghosted nonfiction and edited others. Check out her website at www.laurelannthomas.org


Saturday MARCH 16, 2019 PROGRAM 



Jesse Sauer will present "In favor of a poetics of impermanence."He will discuss the relationship between poetry and time, and conduct a few poetry writing exercises


Jesse Sauer is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Poetry, After spending two years teaching in China, he came to Oklahoma where he obtained a Master's Degree in TESOL from OCU. Currently, he is a senior instructor in ESL.

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.


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.