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TAKE ACTION: Join Words for Birds 2021!

Grackle. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Join us for the 13th annual Words for Birds, a celebration and cry for protection of winged relatives for National Poetry Month. Historically an in-person reading held out of doors within the beautiful environs of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, COVID sacked last year’s W4B, which became a funky online zine titled “Poetics for Pandemics.”

Click the orange play button below to listen to an interview with poet and co-founder Jim LaVilla-Havelin speaking about the history of the event.


Co-hosted by Stone in the Stream/Roca en el Rio, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, and Deceleration, this year’s event will consist of an online reading in two sessions:

READING 1: Saturday, April 24 @ 7-8:30pm
To Attend, Click here to register.

MC’d by ecowriter/Deceleration co-editor Marisol Cortez, and featuring:

Alesia Garlock
Dyhanara Rios
Eddie Vega
Erika Marie Garza Johnson
Javier Fuentes Vargas
Laura Schultz
Megha Sood
Norma Moore
Odilia Galvan Rodriguez<
RitaMaria Contreras
Yasmín Parra Codina

READING 2: Sunday, April 25 @ 2-3:30pm
To Attend, Click HERE to Register

MC’d by poet and W4B co-founder Jim LaVilla-Havelin (hosting outdoors from Mitchell Lake Audubon Center!), and featuring:

Alexandra van de Kamp
D. Ellis Phelps
Ernesto M. Garay
Fernando Albert Salinas
Lisha Garcia
Jasmina Wellinghoff
Jean Hackett
Jeanie Sanders
Ignacio Magaloni
Patricia Keoughan
Tammy Melody Gomez
Viktoria Louis

All will be reading live from backyards and parks where possible. Watch both sessions for a lyrical appreciation of the ancient flighted lizards that limn our relation to urban nature.

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Featured image of (City-bulldozed, former) rookery at Elmendorf Lake comes courtesy of local photographer Richard Vasquez. Look for his work on Facebook at @richardvasquezphotography or follow him on Twitter at @ricvphoto.


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