Dameron and LaVilla-Havelin will be introduced by Octavio Quintanilla, SA Poet Laureate.
Jim LaVilla-Havelin, San Antonio Express-News Poetry Editor and SA Coordinator of Annual National Poetry Month Celebrations, author of five books of poems, the most recent - WEST, poems of a place (Wings Press, 2017) will read from manuscript of PLAYLIST, poems in the voice of a late-night jazz dj and his listeners.
Chip Dameron's work includes ten collections of poetry and a travel journal, as well as essays on contemporary writers in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia. In addition to appearing in numerous anthologies and American literary journals such as Puerto del Sol, Hayden's Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, Aethlon, and Mississippi Review, his work has been published in Canada, Ireland, Nigeria, India, China, Thailand, and New Zealand. Dameron is Professor Emeritus of English at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
About Mornings With Dobie's Ghost:
Every year, two writers are chosen by the Texas Institute of Letters to live several months on J. Frank Dobie's legendary Paisano Ranch, outside Austin, Texas. This fellowship has a 50+ year history and many famous writers have written about their experiences there. This book describes a 2016 stay at Paisano Ranch. While sitting on the front porch in the dawn light of his first day at the ranch, the writer encounters Dobie's ghost, who speaks to him for a few minutes before fading off into the haze. Over the next four months, the ghost makes morning visits to the writer thirty-five times, and the writer records the ghost's words in the form of poems.