Abe Louise Young and Lilli Hime
Jun
11
7:15 PM19:15

Abe Louise Young and Lilli Hime

Two phenomenal poet-activists join us for a reading and meaningful conversation about identity and social action at our June Gathering.

Abe Louise Young is a poet, social justice activist and educator for change. Her work appears widely in journals such as The Nation, Narrative, Feminist Wire, Witness, New Letters, Massachusetts Review and others. She holds degrees from Smith College, Northwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin, where she was awarded a James A. Michener Fellowship from the Michener Center for Writers. She’s the author of three chapbooks of poetry, including the recently-released Poem for a Friend Growing Lighter and Lighter from Dancing Girl Press. Abe was nominated Best Activist in Austin 2017 by the Austin Chronicle, and has been recognized for her consequential work on social justice projects, oral histories and youth empowerment.

Lilli Hime is an undergraduate at St. Edward’s University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She has served on the submission review board for the school’s award-winning creative arts journal, Sorin Oak Review, for two years. She believes art is the bedrock for empathy and understanding, and seeks to utilize it for social change by creating spaces where lesser-heard voices can be heard. Her work stems from her identity as an immigrant, a woman of color, a member of the LGBTQ community, and a fellow person. She is also an Editorial Intern at The Austin Chronicle.

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Amanda Johnston and Sequoia Maner
May
8
7:15 PM19:15

Amanda Johnston and Sequoia Maner

Two luminous, acclaimed poet-educators join us for our May Gathering.

Amanda Johnston is a nationally renowned poet, perform and educator. A Cave Canem Fellow and Affrilachian poet, Johnston was named one of Blavity’s 13 Black Poets You Should Know. The author of two chapbooks, GUAP and Lock & Key, and the full-length collection Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press), Amanda is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, founder / executive director of Torch Literary Arts, and serves on the Cave Canem Foundation board of directors. Amanda’s work has been featured on Bill Moyers, the Poetry Society of America’s online series In Their Own Words, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous anthologies, as well as online and print publications such as, Callaloo and Poetry.

Sequoia Maner is a poet-scholar and Mellon Teaching Fellow of Feminist Studies at Southwestern University. She earned her B.A. in English from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-editor of Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, due from Routledge Press in October. You can read her essay about Beyoncé’s Lemonade in the journal Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism and her poem “upon reading the autopsy of Sandra Bland,” finalist for the 2017 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, in Obsidian: Literature & Arts of the African Diaspora. 

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Blue Plate Poets: W. Joe Hoppe and Mike Henry
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Plate Poets: W. Joe Hoppe and Mike Henry

LOGOS welcomes two legendary “Blue Plate Poets” for an incendiary evening of poetry, performance, and conversation.  

The Blue Plate Poets – composed of original members Pasha, Robert Lee (then Robert S.), Mike Henry, W. Joe Hoppe, and Marlys West – premiered as an Austin Poetry Supergroup in June 1993. Over the next three years, they were joined by Tammy Gomez, and moved to the Electric Lounge, opening for former Lounge fixture-made-good Hamell on Trial at Friday night shows. Each of the Blue Plate Poets infused varying levels of academic smarts and street wisdom with their own distinctive individual voices, and because of this, they shaped what is arguably the most successful run of any poetry group in Austin with respect to regular audiences and scene-wide reputation (adapted from the Austin Chronicle).


W. Joe Hoppe is a poet, professor, and maniacal mechanic. He is the author of two full-length books of poetry, Galvanized (2007) and Diamond-Plate (2012). He has published poetry in many journals including Analecta, Borderlands, Cider Press Review, Di*Verse*Cities, Nerve Cowboy, Utter, and The Blanton Museum of Art’s Poetry Project. He has hosted numerous poetry events at Austin’s Malvern Books, and teaches English and Creative Writing at Austin Community College. When he’s not writing poems or grading papers, he’s working on his customized ’51 Plymouth Cranbrook – which he has built lovingly from scratch.


Mike Henry has been a vital, virtuosic force in the Austin arts and culture scene for years. He was three-time co-director for The National Poetry Slam, toured with Austin’s infamous Asylum Street Spankers, and has been a part of the SXSW Music Conference for decades. Among the numerous projects and venues he has helped build, promote and program are Austin's iconic Electric Lounge, The North Door, as well as Las Vegas’ Downtown Project for urban revitalization project and the Emerge Impact + Music festival on the Las Vegas strip. Now based in Austin, Mike serves as an independent entertainment consultant for a roster of amazing clients in the creative community.  


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LOGOS at the New Story Festival: Jason Myers and Abe Louise Young
Mar
31
3:30 PM15:30

LOGOS at the New Story Festival: Jason Myers and Abe Louise Young

LOGOS will be popping up at the New Story Festival for a special late-afternoon gathering with two acclaimed Austin poets.

Jason Myers is Editor-in-Chief of EcoTheo Review and community education representative for Heart to Heart Hospice, Austin. His poetry has appeared in Agni, The Paris Review, and over 20 journals.

Abe Louise Young was nominated Best Activist in Austin 2017 by the Austin Chronicle. She has authored three chapbooks of poetry and teaches throughout Austin.

Find more information about the festival here.

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Performance Poetry Showcase with Chucky BLK and Joe Brundidge
Mar
30
4:30 PM16:30

Performance Poetry Showcase with Chucky BLK and Joe Brundidge

Poetry, through its artful marshaling of sound and sense, can communicate emotionally as well as intellectually – can connect with the heart at the same time as the head. (“Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat,” as Robert Frost put it.) At this unique spoken-word event, some of Austin’s most vibrant, vitalizing performance poets take the stage to offer up their lyric gifts in the service of exploring and exposing questions of truth most crucial to our common life.

Poet and emcee Charles Dwain Stephens, a.k.a. Chucky BLK, was a member of the 2014 and 2015 Austin Poetry Slam Team, a Group Piece Finalist at the National Poetry Slam.

Author and public speaker Joe Brundidge has hosted open mic events for almost 20 years. He served as the director of the Austin International Poetry Festival from 2012-2015.

This event is part of the New Story Festival and sponsored by LOGOS Poetry Collective. Find more information about the festival here.

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Cultivation and Care: A. R. Rodgers and Wade Martin
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Cultivation and Care: A. R. Rodgers and Wade Martin

March brings two poets from Texas State University in San Marcos to the LOGOS Collective for what is sure to be a thought-provoking conversation around the cultivation and care of poets.

A.R. Rogers is currently a second-year student in the MFA program at Texas State, where she also teaches freshman English. Her work has been published in Permafrost, Texas Poetry Calendar, and Red River Review.

Wade Martin is a poet-teacher who was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. He was also the co-editor of the Texas Poetry Calendar from 2015–2018. Some of his recent work can be read in Echoes Off a Canyon Wall, Sagebrush Review, and San Pedro River Review.

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Beer + Hymns at Lazarus Brewing Co.
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Beer + Hymns at Lazarus Brewing Co.

LOGOS Collective is sponsoring this month's Beer + Hymns!

It's exactly what it sounds like — we drink good beer, sing the old-timey gospel hymns … AND raise money for charity. There's never any preaching or proselytizing, just a spirited sing-along with your friends and neighbors led by Austin's hottest new country band, the HonkyTonk Saints! Whether you sing the hymnal every week or just want to relive the nostalgia of your youth, all are welcome. Join us for our Spring event at Lazarus Brewing Co. in east Austin!

As always, we will be raising money for good causes here in Austin. Half of the total proceeds this month will go to the Inside Books Project, a fantastic non-profit that provides free books to inmates in the Texas prison system. The other half will support organizing efforts for the New Story Festival 2019, an innovative gathering for creativity, spirituality, and social action, coming to Austin, March 29–31. You can give your suggested $10 donation at the door or ahead of time on our Eventbrite page. Donations are optional of course, so come and sing even if you can't afford to give.

This isn't about the beer, it's about the experience, so if alcohol isn't for you, feel free to order water or soda instead. And please arrange a safe ride home if you will be drinking.

There will be food available at the event. And it is family-friendly, so feel free to bring your kiddos along!

Be sure to "Like" the Austin Beer and Hymns Facebook page to find out about all of our upcoming events.

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Answering Mr. Stevens: Frances Schenkkan and Charles Calhoun
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Answering Mr. Stevens: Frances Schenkkan and Charles Calhoun

A new year of programming kicks-off with featured poet Frances Schenkkan and scholar Charles Calhoun. We will explore ideas of authority, voice, narrative ownership, and compositional process in a reading organized around Frances’ award-winning book, Mr. Stevens’ Secretary, selected by Billy Collins as a 2017 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize finalist.

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