This site reviews my history and work, including: family background, my education, work experience, and creative life-- as expressed in poetry, plays, and critical essays.
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Reading my poem "Eyes" at the reception for Susan Hacker Stang's fine-art photography book reAppearances at Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis MO, March 29, 2016. A snapshot from the video of my reading is shown here. For the complete video see my Author Page at Amazon.com.
ArtWalk, Longview TX, July 7, 2016. Sponsored by a consortium of art-related groups in downtown Longview several times a year, this event includes painters, sculptors, musicians, craft demonstrations, etc., and draws visitors from around the region. I offered my books First Kingdoms, Grand Canyon Days, and Vermeer in Words (see Poetry Books) in the beautiful Citizens National Bank.
Book reading & slideshow: "Rembrandt and Vermeer: Two Dutch painters as seen by two Nacogdoches poets." - November 13, 2016. Sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Stephen F. Austin State University, this was a joint reading with my wife Judith Lauter. Judy read from her Light from the Left; poems on paintings by Rembrandt (LightFromTheLeft.com), and I read from my Vermeer in Words. (See the poetry-book page.) John Handley, Director of SFA galleries, hosted the reading, with a book signing at the Cole Art Center on Main Street in Nacogdoches TX.
The Poem "Bees Dancing" in "Pollinators of the World" Art Exhibit - May 20, 2017. This gallery show was presented in conjunction with the Pollinators PowWow in Nacogdoches, curated by Charles D. Jones, Director of the LaNana Creek Press, SFA School of Art, and David Kulhavy, Lacy H. Hunt Professor of Landscape Ecology and Entomology in the Division of Environmental Sciences of SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.
Works were submitted by artists from around the world, including Costa Rica, Brazil, S. Korea, Russia, Africa, Malaysia, the U.S., and Mexico. Judy submitted four digital drawings along with haiku, which were printed and framed beside another of her digital drawings, of bees on a coneflowet.
Book reading & slideshow: "Rembrandt and Vermeer: Two Dutch painters as seen by two Texas poets." - August 2017, sponsored by SOMOS, the Society of the Muse of the Southwest, in Taos NM. Another joint reading with Judith, based on our books about these painters.
Book reading and slideshow: "Back from the Mountains: Two Nacogdoches poets visit Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado." - October 2017. In this joint reading (hosted Tim Bryant in his amazing Bosslight bookstore in downtown Nacogdoches) Judy and I alternated reading selections from our two books celebrating late summer and early fall in some of our favorite places in and around the southern Rockies-- my. I New Mexico Notebook: Late Summer in the Mountains and her Rockies Autumn Haiku.
Poetry reading at the Evening of International Poetry. Sponsored by the SFA Department of Languages, Cultures, and Communication - Nov. 8, 2017. I read "Poema para mi esposa" (Poem for my wife), and Judy read her "Esperando" (Waiting). The organizers selected nineteen poems from Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Polish, Vietnamese, and Rumanian. Eight speakers read their own poems, eleven read from other authors, and several presenters were accompanied (or accompanied themselves) with music.
Poetry reading: poem “Primavera Amarilla” ('Yellow Spring,' in Spanish, by Juan Ramon Jimenez), for the Evening of International Poetry - October 2017. This year the organizers selected twenty-six poems, representing 12 languages-- Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Polish, Japanese, Afrikaans, Latin, Classical Greek, Romanian, Polish, and Russian. Eleven of the speakers read their own poems, while fifteen read from other authors.
Copyright Ken Lauter, 2018