MARCH 2024 MEETING

WHEN:    March 9, 2024 (Business meeting is at 10:00 a.m.; contest winners will read their winning entries at 10:30 a.m.)

    WHERE: The Well, 2010 James Garner Ave, Norman, OK

Howard Finn Stein is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in Oklahoma City.  As an applied psychoanalytic, medical, and organizational anthropologist, psych historian, and poet, he is the author, co-author, and/or editor of 33 books, several hundred articles, and several hundred poems. 




 

                                            FEBRUARY 2024 MEETING

WHEN:    February 10, 2024 (Business meeting is at 10:00 a.m.; contest winners will read their winning entries at 10:30 a.m.)

 WHERE: The Well, 2010 James Garner Ave, Norman, OK

SPEAKER: Mike Swain is currently in his 41st year of teaching classical literature and creative writing. He’s writing NevĐ¯land, an Apocalyptic threebook series about a world where everyone over 18 years old vanishes. He also uploads stories to Substack and a new platform called Ream.   




  JANUARY 2024 MEETING

WHEN:    January 13, 2024 (Business meeting is at 10:00 a.m.; contest winners will read their winning entries at 10:30 a.m.)

    WHERE: The Well, 2010 James Garner Ave, Norman, OK




 COME JOIN US on December 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m.

WHAT: We’ll gather for food and fun at our annual potluck Christmas luncheon. Please bring either a salad, vegetable, or a dessert. We’ll announce our 2023 contest winners and award them their certificates and cash prizes. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend. We’ll also be installing our new officers for 2024.  We look forward to seeing you.  




                                              NOVEMBER MEETING

WHEN:    November 11, 2023 (Business meeting is 10:00 a.m.; speaker begins at 10:30 a.m.)

        WHAT   Speaker April Wilkerson

        WHERE: Pioneer Room Norman Central Library or via Zoom



April Wilkerson is a research writer at the OU Health Sciences Center and enjoys writing poetry in her spare time. She will speak about both types of writing and how each often informs the other. She believes poetry should be as accessible as research topics. She has self-published a poetry chapbook and occasionally reads at open-mic gatherings. She appreciates the quote, “When reading something is effortless, great effort has gone into the writing.


                                                                OCTOBER MEETING

WHEN:    October 14, 2023 (Business meeting is 10:00 a.m.; speaker begins at 10:30 a.m.)

        WHAT   Speaker Michael Gibson

        WHERE: Pioneer Room Norman Central Library or via Zoom



Michael Gibson is a graduate of the Norman Public Schools, with two degrees from the University of Oklahoma (OU). In 1972, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in History. He received his J.D. in Law at OU in 1975. 

In 2008, Gibson was appointed to his current position as a Federal Administrative Judge with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is the author of a non-fiction book titled Can We Stop the Radical Religious Right? and two World War II novels: The Broomcorn Field and Leaving Pontotoc County. He is writing a third novel, Aftermath, which is in the immediate post-World War period. All three novels feature Oklahoma settings.

 SEPTEMBER MEETING

WHEN: September 9, 2023 (Business meeting is 10:00 a.m.; speaker begins at 10:30 a.m.)

            WHAT: Bob Macfadzean will be the speaker.

           WHERE: Pioneer Room Norman Central Library or via Zoom


Bob Macfadzean's first writing endeavor was creating a Cub Scout newspaper, called “The Spirit of ’75.” He was the editor and got each den to contribute sections on their projects and activities. His mom typed the manuscript, and they mimeographed enough copies for everyone in his pack. When he was 14, he applied for a job as a copyboy at the Dallas Morning News. An editor wrote back saying he was a little young to work at the paper, but he wished him well. 

In Bob’s professional career, he became an aerospace engineer and worked at a Navy lab, where he led and wrote about many development efforts. Currently, he works for a contractor at Tinker, reviewing documents (software specs and test plans) for the B-1 bomber’s “black box.” It’s actually an orange box! On a lighter side, his piece entitled “Weekend Cowboy” was published in Rodeo News. His published book is Surface Based Air Defense Systems Analysis.