Nathan Brown is an author, songwriter, and award-winning poet living in Wimberley, Texas. He holds a PhD in English and Journalism from the University of Oklahoma where he’s taught for over 20 years. He served as Poet Laureate for the State of Oklahoma in 2013/14, and now travels fulltime, performing readings, concerts, workshops and speaking on creativity, poetry, and songwriting.
Nathan has published more than 20 books. Most recent are his new collection of poems, In the Days of Our Seclusion, the first in a series that deals with the year of the pandemic, and a new travel memoir Just Another Honeymoon in France: A Vagabond at Large. Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Oklahoma Book Award. His earlier book, Two Tables Over, won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award. His album of all-original songs, The Streets of San Miguel, was released this last year.
He has taught memoir, poetry, songwriting, and performance workshops from Tuscany and Ireland to the Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon, the Taos Poetry Festival, the Woody Guthrie Festival, Laity Lodge, the Everwood Farmstead Foundation in Wisconsin, as well as for Blue Rock Artist Ranch near Austin, Texas.
Naomi Shihab Nye said about Nathan’s book, My Salvaged Heart: “Brave new world! The sizzle of couplings and uncouplings – attraction and romance, ineffable magnetism, mysterious as ever – but doused with a savory dose of Nathan Brown humor, a tilted long-ranging eye that sees the next bend in the road even when he’s standing right here, firmly planted.”
The updated rules for the annual contest of the Norman Galaxy of Writers will be discussed during the business meeting. Tom Barzak will be the featured speaker. The entire meeting is via Zoom, and Galaxy members will be sent a Zoom invitation.
Thomas Barczak is an artist, turned architect, turned author. His work includes the epic fantasy fantasy novels, Veil of the Dragon, and Mouth of the Dragon, the Kindle serial, Awakening Evarun, along with work in multiple anthologies, including the award winning Heroes on Hell series, created by Janet and Chris Morris. His latest published work is the short story “Souls of a Lion,” in the anthology “Heroika: Skirmishers.”
In regard to his Galaxy topic, Mr. Barczsk said:
Well, all I can say is its 2020.
Not a bad year for me so far. Got another short story published and in print. Hoping to finish my third novel by years end. I was hoping I’d already be done by now, but I’ve found that it has been increasingly hard to write lately.
So how does one write best in a pandemic, recession, political division, protests, increased racial tension, job loss, financial insecurity, murder hornets, and all the other, what are now, more seemingly mundane insecurities?
And what does it mean to write your best?
What is best?
Well, I personally believe it all comes down to the willingness to write badly. I’m also pretty sure I’m not the only one walking through this right now. I’ll share my experience and tips with all of this, but I also want to hear yours.
I have a feeling that together, we might just find the answer.
May 9, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.
The May 9, 2020, Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting will be via ZOOM.
Writers Cindy Noble, Kathleen Park, and Sherry Bynum will serve on a panel. Each member will share a few techniques that made them AK, “Did I do that in my novel?” The presentation will include techniques that these writers have learned from one or two writing instructors who are also published authors. Members will be sent a link to the ZOOM meeting. Hope you can join us!
Due to the evolving and uncertain COVID-19 situation, the board has cancelled
this Saturday's meeting in order to protect our members.
We will reschedule Sherry Bynum's interactive workshop for a date
later this year. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it develops.
You are invited to come to the next Galaxy of Writers meeting to participate in an interactive presentation by Sherry Bynum.
WHEN: March 14, 2020. Business meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. The readings will begin at 11:00 a.m. Feel free to attend both sessions or just the reading session.
WHERE: Norman Public Library Central, 103 West Acres Street, Norman, OK
Sherry wrote her first children’s book when she was in the fourth grade. Her mother helped her mail it to Golden Books. Sherry said, "That was my first rejection. The editor sent me a personal letter, encouraging me to continue writing. The way he addressed me made me feel encouraged and quite grown up."
After she started college and continued through post graduate work, Sherry didn’t start writing fiction again until after the death of parents, who died a little more than a month apart. Sherry started writing as a way to deal with her grief.
After several months of writing, she decided she needed to learn from professional writers. This was a turning point. Once again, Sherry enrolled in classes. She has taken professional writing classes with Bonnie Speer, Jack Bickham, Mel Odom, and Debbie Chester. Sherry is a published author and winner of writing contests.
Sherry has presented interactive workshops at the national, state and region levels of her professional organizations. This will be Sherry’s second interactive presentation to the Norman Galaxy of Writers, as well as a 3 hour interactive workshop with Galaxy members several years ago. She also used interactive exercises when working with her large and small counseling groups.
Sherry said, "We all learn differently. This presentation will give members and guests an opportunity to continue to grow as writers, published individuals who have been writing, and new writers.
Interactive exercises empower writers to be mindful or aware of the five senses, and the importance of experiences, and memories."