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Salonaires extraordinaire!

July 22, 2009

100_1533Last night at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, eight writers rocked ESTEP Auditorium for two hours to a near packed house.  Okay, there were 94 people and the auditorium holds about 120.  Details, details.  It was a fun evening for writers and audience alike.  Ken Hada opened with a mix of new poetry, and read from his book The Way of the Wind, followed by poet Johnny Catfish who read from his Tilling Native Soil.  Although I am recovering from shingles, I read from my new novel, followed by singer, songwriter, and fabtastic Choctaw-Chickasaw poet, Phil Morgan.  Phil got the crowd up on their feet.  Twice.

Next, Jacki Rand read from her new memoir, Grows in Poor Soil, followed by Chickasaw storyteller Lorie Robins who told 2 wonderful stories.  (The last one made me tear up.)  Lorie was followed by poet Sandra Soli who’s working on a new collection titled, Child’s Play.  Memoirist  Jim Wilson closed the evening’s performance with a reading from, Journeyman, his story of living ten years in100_1527 Lebanon and Syria during the Lebanese Civil War. Seven of the writers/storytellers were from part of Salon Ada, a literary event that takes place at my house each June.  Pictured top left, Sandra Soli, Jacki Rand, and Phil Morgan (standing in background.)

Bottom right pix. Audience members, and writers in foreground are: far left, Johnny Catfish, front row left, Jim Wilson and Jacki Rand.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jacki Rand permalink
    July 22, 2009 6:37 pm

    Wow, it was a smoking time at ecu. The audience was great! The readings were inspiring and motivating. LeAnne Howe did a killer job as moderator. Thanks to ecu for their hospitality, and to the Chickasaw Nation for their summer student workshop. We loved reading to the packed house. Being Indian and reading to Indians is totally fun!!!!

  2. Ken permalink
    July 22, 2009 7:17 pm

    Thanks LeAnne, and everybody included. It was a fun night, and I’ve beeng getting positive feedback throughout the day today regarding the event. Nothing better than reading to each other. Ken

  3. Earl Brewer permalink
    July 23, 2009 1:49 pm

    What a wonderful event. Most often money can’t buy such good entertainment. Can’t wait for the next event. We will try to inform more people in the Tishomingo area when the next event is scheduled. A good many people from this area would enjoy attending. Thanks for such a great evening.

  4. July 24, 2009 10:46 am

    Tks Earl, Ken and Jacki. Glad you enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun for me, too.

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