Monthly Archives: June 2009

Connie & Bob Spittler- THE DESERT ETERNAL, WORDS AND IMAGES, a book of essays

Connie Spittler’s THE DESERT ETERNAL, WORDS & IMAGES, illustrated with her husband’s Bob’s nature photographs, was one of two books chosen to compete in the environmental category of the 2008 Arizona Book Publisher Awards. Connie and Bob came in second, but didn’t feel too sad, because the winner was a large format coffee table book on the Grand Canyon published by Arizona Highways featuring a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and internationally known writer, Charles Bowden.

Connie’s creative nonfiction piece “One November Day,” appears in HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. LINCOLN, an anthology published under the aspices of the Washington D.C. Bicentennial Committee, to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. When Connie learned that the book was scheduled to be used as a text in the national capitol’s schools, she offered to read her work to students in the Tucson schools. Librarians from White Elementary and Miller Elementary immediately responded, with invitations to read to 4th and 5th graders. Since Connie’s story takes place two days before Lincholn wrote the Gettysburg Address, she asked the librarian if the children needed a brief background on the Civil War and Lincholn’s speech. The librarian told her that, in fact, the kindergarten children were memorizing the address. Connie was particularly pleased to read to 400 students on Lincoln’s birthday and afterward, answered their questions on writing. She gave each student a lucky Lincoln penny at the end of her program. One of the teachers emailed that when the students returned to the clessroom and had extra time to read, they asked if they could write instead. Her favorite thank you messages from the group said, “You rock…”

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 38, No. 3 June-July 2009

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Texas A & M University Press Consortium- PAUL BAKER AND THE INTEGRATION OF ABILITIES edited by Robert Flynn and Eugene McKinney

Edited by Robert Flynn and Eugene McKinney

“Irritating, arrogant, nuts—and a genius.” That’s what Charles
Laughton said of Paul Baker. He also said, “Paul Baker is one of
the most important minds in the world theater today. He seems to
have invented new ways of doing things, and I think something big
will come out of it.”

Something big did come out of it. Stage productions such as
Othello, Hamlet, and A Cloud of Witnesses brought critics
including Henry Hewes of Saturday Review and photographers
such as Eliot Eliosofon of Life magazine to Baylor Theater in

Baker’s production of Eugene McKinney’s A Different
Drummer received an invitation from CBS TV’s cultural program,
“Omnibus,” to present the play live from their New York studio.
Baker’s production of As I Lay Dying, Robert Flynn’s adaptation
of William Faulkner’s novel, brought an invitation to present the
play at the Theater of Nations in Paris, the first non-Broadway
production to compete there, where it won a Special Jury Award.

That was Paul Baker the theater director. Equally important was
Baker’s role as teacher and mentor in the arts. Architect Arthur
Rogers stated, “No single person has contributed more to (theater
architecture) development than Paul Baker.” Baker’s architectural
visions at Baylor Theater, the Dallas Theater Center, and Trinity
University’s Ruth Taylor Theater have inspired similar
constructions not only in the United States but in places such as
Manila and Seoul.

Baker’s teaching philosophy, based on his famous class “The
Integration of Abilities,” has been inspirational. In education Baker
has been founder, mentor, or director of children’s theaters where
children are the creators of the drama; of the Booker T.
Washington School of the Arts; of the Learning About Learning
Foundation, a retail line of interactive kits that included books and
toys; and dozens of creative programs for children, parents, and

In Paul Baker and the Integration of Abilities Baker tells how a
summer in Paris gave him a new way of looking at theater. Eugene
McKinney describes Baker’s development of writers, and Glenn
Allen Smith demonstrates the use of the elements in creating a
play. In other chapters on acting, directing, speech, and design,
Baker’s ideas gave roots and wings to his students and colleagues.

Despite invitations from theaters in other places, including
Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, and New Zealand, and offers of
positions at other universities, Baker chose to remain in Texas
where he was born and where he lives today.


ROBERT FLYNN is the author of twelve books including North to
Yesterday, Wanderer Springs, and Tie-Fast Country. Flynn’s stage
adaptation of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying premiered at Baylor
Theater and was presented by the Dallas Theater Center at the
Theater of Nations competition in Paris. EUGENE McKINNEY
was associated with Paul Baker for thirty-nine continuous years as
a playwriting professor and playwright-in-residence. He has
written and produced ten plays, four of which were published, and
eight television scripts that have been produced on major networks.
For twenty-four years McKinney and Flynn co-taught a fiction-writing
course at Trinity University.

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Croatian Drama- FRAKCIJA, theatre magazine in English and Croation

You can buy new issue of theatre magazine Frakcija (in English and Croatian). Go to this link:

About: This issue of Frakcija does not address a new topic; instead, it is dedicated to the new era on the local scene of performing arts, which is reflected on its own pages. It contains texts written by a new generation of authors who think and write about a wide range of topics related to the performing arts. The first bloc in this issue includes an interview with theatre director Anica Tomic and dramaturge Jelena Kovacic, which has been conducted by Lana Saric, a representative member of the new generation of Frakcija’s collaborators, as well as two contributions on Oliver Frljic’s work.

The second bloc features three contributions to A Glossary of Poetic Terms, which has evolved in the framework of What to Affirm? What to Perform? , a project launched by East Dance Academy. The third and last bloc in this new issue of Frakcija announces the 15th conference of Performance Studies international, which will take place in Zagreb from 24-28 June, 2009 with the topic of Misperformance: Misfiring, Misfitting, Misreading. Texts by Branislav Jakovljevic, Lada Cale Feldman, John Mullarkey, and Matthew Goulish point to various possible directions in the research, analysis, and theoretical reflection of performance within the paradigm of performing studies. The three final texts were originally written as conference papers for Performance Studies international in New York (2007) and Copenhagen (2008).

June 20, 2009
Categories: News, Other . Tags: Anica Tomic, Bojana Cvejic, Branislav Jakovljevic, East Dance Academy, Jelena Kovacic, John Mullarkey, Lada Cale Feldman, Lana Saric, Matthew Goulish, Oliver Frljic, Performance Studies International . Author: Croatian Drama . Comments: Leave a Comment

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Mary Sojourner- HOODOO LOVE: WRITING THE EPHEMERAL: essays of annihilation and love, new book

Mary Sojourner- HOODOO LOVE: WRITING THE EPHEMERAL: essays of annihilation and love, new book

Works Include:

SOLACE: Rituals of Loss & Desire, biography and autobiography, Scribner, 2004.
BONELIGHT: Ruin and Grace in the New Southwest, essay collection, U. of Nevada Press, 2003; paperback, 2004.
DELICATE, short story collection (Nevermore Press, 2001.)
SISTERS OF THE DREAM, a novel of 12th Century Northern Arizona (Northland Publishing, 1989 out-of-print)

HOODOO LOVE: WRITING THE EPHEMERAL: essays of annihilation and love
SCYLLA: the trail of What Is and What Might Be

What Is

Now I write and teach writing. I live in a little cabin on a Mojave Desert mesa. There is an old Joshua Tree behind the cabin. My first act upon moving here was to free the Joshua trunk from rusted barbed wire and brads. Most of my actions since then have involved extending a similar grace to my heart. View my complete profile

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D. R. Ransdell- THE SECRET LIVES OF THE PINK HOUSE CATS, fifty cat poems just published

D. R. Ransdell has just published a set of fifty cat poems in THE SECRET LIVES OF THE PINK HOUSE CATS. Each of her five cats takes time to share philosophies or confess to pranks. For example, Mei Mei was forced to tear down the ugly shower curtain because it offended her sense of aesthetics. Ping pounced on the ankles of the house guest so that she would never come back. Bandit pretended that he couldn’t use the cat door so that D. R. would have to keep jumping up to open the door. The collection was inspired by Billy Collins’ speech at the Wrangling with Writing conference in 2006. Find out more at The volume is available from Amazon or Outskirts Press ($14). “Buy a copy for all your friends who are cat lovers!”

Taken from the WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 38. No. 3 June- July 2009

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Laurel Zigler Author- ESCAPE THE BLACK CLOUD OF HOUSEWORK, cleaning manual

Laurel Zigler Author


If you have an isues about cleaning house, this book is for you. It is also a great “Cleaning Manual for beginners.

ISBN 1-4033-0355-x

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Allen R. Kates’ book, COPSHOCK, SECOND EDITION: SURVIVING POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD), (published Sept. 11, 2008) was a finalist in The Arizona Book Publishing Association’s Arizona Book Awards May 9th.

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 38, No. 3 June- July 2009

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