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Jack Myers's Final Book Launch
The Writer's Garret

April, 2011

1 PM, Sunday,

May 1st.

If you are a family member, friend, colleague, former student, or admirer of Jack
Myers and would like to read one of his new poems aloud on his behalf, please email
us []. We already have several readers, so please let
us know as soon as possible, so we can try and work you in. THANKS!

Tonight (Tuesday, April 25), the "Portable Poetry" Stone Soup meets at 7 PM Upstairs
at Paperbacks Plus  []to
discuss the craft of writing poetry based on the teachings of Jack Myers.

First visit is free, but $3 thereafter. RSVP [] requested.

Jack was a student of Richard Hugo, who in turn was a student of Theodore Roethke--this
makes us his literary great-grandchildren when we study Jack and his teaching methods.
To purchase his wonderful textbook  on writing poetry (many say, "The best ever
written"), click here. []

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Jack Myers's final (and finest)

collection of poems

The Memory of Water

Memory []

Poems will be read by family, friends, colleagues, students, and admirers of his
work. Books will be available for purchase, and also can be found on Amazon [].

This Sunday, May 1st, 1-2:30 PM at The Writer's Garret []

Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus []

6115 La Vista Drive, Dallas, TX 75214

FREE, but we ask that you make a donation of any size to the Jack Myers Memorial
Fund []
or bring an appetizer, dessert, snack,  and/or imbibement to share--something Jack
would have loved! R.S.V.P. here so that we know you are coming. []

Jack []The
career of Jack Myers (1941-2009) spanned five decades, during which  time he authored/edited
nineteen books of and about poetry. His many  awards include two NEA Fellowships
and the 1985 National Poetry Series  selected by Seamus Heaney, who described Myers'
work as "wise in the  pretense of just fooling around." A much-loved teacher, Jack
helped  hundreds of poets find their voice through the creative writing programs
 at Vermont College and Southern Methodist University, as well as during  residencies
from Idaho to Prague. From 1993-95, he served as  co-Vice-President for AWP and
co-founded, with his wife, Thea Temple,  The Writer's Garret  []literary
center in Dallas; in 2003-04 he was selected to be the Poet Laureate of Texas. The
Memory of Water was edited posthumously by Jack's dearest friend, former colleague,
and student, Mark Cox [].

"Jack Myers, most generous and indelible of poets-your voice remains  strong and
sustaining forever. Thanks for continuing to write even when  the going got really,
really rough. Your wit and wisdom abide in  compelling, honest bounty. If we read
you, we cannot lose you."

-Naomi Shihab Nye

"However casually, and against all odds, Jack Myers' poems cried        out, and
argued with themselves, for consolation. Disappointment        is the seeker's
life. And in these last, wise, beautifully rendered        poems, he's given us
the message of his yearning, and so consoled himself. My heart is broken."

-Ralph Angel

"Jack Myers delivers his poems with disarming honesty and a gritty sense of humor."

-Billy Collins

"What a wonderful gift to have these last poems by Jack Myers. It is a  book I wouldn't
be without. Jack was a quintessentially American poet.  He wrote in a distilled
American idiom with a wiseguy humor that is  truly wise. He honored the past, and
the future, too, but knew a poet's  work was to strive for the elusive eternal present.
Poetry, for Jack, is  the art of the elusive, which is where mystery resides. Poetry,
for  Jack, was making up his prayer. He knew he might never arrive at some  all-explaining
religion, but, damn, he had a beautiful prayer."

-Stuart Dybeck

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The Writer's Garret is made possible by our chief supporters and partners: Paperbacks
Plus; National Endowment for the Arts; City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs;
Texas Commission on the Arts; KERA; James and Gayle Halperin Foundation / Heritage
Auction Galleries; ArtsPartners / Young Audiences; Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP; Harold
Simmons Foundation; George and Fay Young Foundation; M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation;
Whole Foods; Mesquite Arts Council; R.L. and Phyllis Glazer Fund; Energy Production
Corporation (EPCO); Wukasch Foundation; Kay Cattarulla Fund of The Dallas Foundation;
Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation; Whole Foods; and our Board of Trustees, Board
of Sponsors, and members.
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Everything great in your writing life takes place upstairs at Paperbacks Plus,

6115 La Vista Drive, Dallas, TX 75214. Give us a call at 214.828.1715.


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