Scott Wiggerman's Poetry Pages
H o m e
I am a 51 year old poet and librarian who lives in Austin, Texas with my partner David Meischen, also a poet; our nine year old cat Blanca (yes, she's white); and our three year old cat Silver (yes, she's silver). We're a typical American household--at least in my circle of friends. We live in a wonderful 1940's home among many oak and pecan trees in Wilshire Woods, close to both downtown and the University of Texas.
I am a member of the Writers' League of Texas, a member (and seven year Board member) of the Austin International Poetry Festival, and a participant in an on-line poetry critique group, through the Internet Writing Workshop (IWW). I also served as the Poetry Columnist for the Texas Writer, the monthly newsletter of the Writers' League of Texas, for eight years, but in 2004 I became the leader of the WLT Poetry Study Group.
Did you know that the website you are now reading has been banned in China? Why? I don't know, but I received the following information out of the blue from James Gleeson, a Project Officer with the Association of London Government: "I thought you might like to know that according to some research done by academics at Harvard University reported today in the New York Times, your site is one of many thousands blocked by the Chinese government to internet users in that country. I spotted your site on the list Sites Blocked in China and thought it stood out somewhat from the surrounding military, pro-Tibet and anti-communist stuff. Slightly intrigued at what could be so seditious about a poetry site, I moseyed over to have a look and was disappointed by the conspicuous absence of China-bashing! Anyway, I think you should take this as a compliment of the highest order." I, of course, do take this as a compliment. Check out the company I'm with for a good laugh! And see if you can figure out why China has banned my site!
My partner and I agreed to take over the publishing of the Texas Poetry Calendar beginning with the 2006 edition. To do so, we started a new press, Dos Gatos Press. Our website is up and running, including guidelines for submitting poems for the 2008 calendar--that's right, 2008. The 2007 is basically done--and should be on sale in July of 2006! Poet and San Antonio resident Naomi Shihab Nye served as our judge for the second Texas Poetry Calendar Awards (2007), and this year's top three places went to Joe Blanda (Austin), Cathy Stern (Houston), and Allsion Smythe (Rocheport, Missouri). Congratulations! Next year's Awards will be judged by poet Kathleen Peirce. Please take a look at the link to this site, and wish us luck with this venture! Better yet, help us out by either purchasing a copy of the calendar or making a tax-free donation, as we are a non-profit organization!
would be remiss if I didn't mention my book of poetry, Vegetables
and Other Relationships, of which poet Judith Minty
says, ""From painful moments of childhood to silky erotica to
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