Wednesday, August 3, 2011

On the Road Again: Fall Festivals 2011

I love getting out to events, and I'm lucky enough to have three lined up between now and the end of the year.

September 4
Decatur Book Festival, Decatur GA, 1 p.m. at Java Monkey. This will be the second year in a row that Tammy and I will read our poetry on the local stage (thanks to JC Reilly's invite). This book festival is really a great event, and I'm totally stoked to be playing any sort of role. Hopefully, I can meet up with some of my favorite poets, including Collin Kelley, Sandra Beasley, Jericho Brown, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lux, and more.

October 1
Houston Poetry Festival, Webster TX, at Barnes & Noble. I've got to thank Mary Margaret Carlisle, poet and president of the Gulf Coast Poets chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas, for arranging this appearance for me. I still need to get the time, but this will be for the Out of Bounds reading hosted by GCP.

November 12
Kentucky Book Fair, Frankfort KY. Thanks to Connie Crowe for inviting me to this event! I had to participate, because my Grandpa Brewer is convinced that we're related to or associated with about everyone from Kentucky. Unlike the other two events, I'll be appearing as an editor for this event, but I may figure out a way to read a poem or two while I'm in town.


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I hope you can make it out to one of these upcoming events! The ones in Kentucky and Texas will require significant road trip time.

Here's a quick list of supplies I like to have when I hit the road:
  • Ultimate Alabama 20 #1 Hits, Alabama. I grew up traveling with songs like "Mountain Music" and "Tennessee River."
  • Rand McNally 2012 Road Atlas. My Droid's navigation saved me time and frustration during AIPF earlier this year, but it's always good to have a backup plan--you know, just in case I lose reception.
  • Flashlight. If you're driving at night on a lonesome stretch of Interstate, you'll be glad to have vision if something goes wrong.
  • Doritos and Mountain Dew. I hope I don't need to explain this one.


Andrea (Andee) Beltran said...

Wishing you safe travels. Don't forget the batteries for your flashlight! You'll need it on some stretches of road in Texas!

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Thanks! As fun as it was to drive through Alabama, Louisiana and Texas when the sun was up, it's downright lonesome and creepy at night. Two flashlights and two packs of batteries. ;)