From poetry to fiction to performance, Tarleton State University’s Langdon Review Weekend—always scheduled the week after Labor Day in historic downtown Granbury—beckons authors and artists from across Texas and beyond.
Started 14 years ago, the weekend begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, with Craig Clifford and Craig Hillis, editors ofPickers and Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2016) at the Dora Langdon Center Concert Hall, corner of East Bridge and Brazos streets. The opening session is followed by a launch party and reception sponsored by A&M University Press at the Gordon House, 308 E. Pearl St.
The Wednesday night session and reception are free and open to the public.
As part of the weekend, listen to the 2017 Texas State Poet Laureate, enjoy a dinner theater, hear this year’s Langdon Reviewwriter-in-residence, listen to great stories at a Saturday brunch and celebrate the publication of the latest Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas—Tarleton’s annual journal celebrating the most exciting cultural accomplishments in Texas and the energy behind the annual four-day festival.
Writer-in-residence Katherine Hoerth is author of three poetry books: a collection titled The Garden, Uprooted (Slough Press, 2012), and two chapbooks called Among the Mariposas (Mouthfeel Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in various journals, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Front Porch and Breakwater Review. She’ll read from her work Thursday night at Barking Rocks Winery, 1919 Allen Court, following a buffet dinner and performance by SceneShop of Fort Worth. The evening begins at 7.
Sponsored by the Granbury Wine Walk, the Langdon Review writer-in-residence program provides two weeks of lodging in Granbury and an opportunity to become immersed in local culture.
At noon Friday, Sept. 8, Texas State Poet Laureate Jenny Browne presents during a picnic at the Brazos House Gardens, within easy walking distance of Granbury Square. From San Antonio, she is author of Dear Stranger (2013), The Second Reason(2007) and At Once (2003), all published by the University of Tampa Press.
A President’s Reception from 5 to 6:30 Friday evening honors this year’s contributors to the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, and a film screening at 7:30 features the work of animator and Tarleton professor Megan Ehrhart. The reception takes place at Gallery 206 just off Granbury Square on East Pearl Street and the screening at ShowBiz Cinema 6, 1201 Waters Edge Drive.
A true Texas-size brunch kicks off the final day of Langdon Review Weekend at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, on the lawn of the Concert Hall, featuring a musical performance by Lisa Carver and a presentation by actor Kent Perkins.
Carver is a singer/songwriter with the duo Granville Automatic, and Perkins is a local who used to be a private investigator in Los Angeles. He’ll share stories from his colorful career. Perkins and his wife, Ruth Buzzi, call the Cross Timbers region home.
Langdon Review Weekend is coordinated by Drs. Moumin Quazi and Marilyn Robitaille, associate professors of English at Tarleton, with help from several benefactors, including The Inge Foundation, and community partners such as the city of Granbury.
Registration for the entire weekend is $120 through Sept. 1 and includes all readings and activities—except Friday night’s movie screening—plus a copy of the 2017 Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. Movie tickets are $6 at the door. One-day passes and single-event tickets for the picnic, dinner and brunch are available. For more information and to register, visitwww.tarleton.edu/langdonreview or call 254-968-9283.