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Laura Birkelbach has created
this shawl in "heather" color and donated it for the Summer Conference Raffle.

At Panola College in Carthage
July 25 through 27
for more information contact:
Summer Conference Chair at Anne McCradyor President Bernie Bruster
Lots of Items to win this year!

Painting and stationary set by Jessica Ray
Other donated items include: Porcelian doll by Jeannette Strother,
books by Peggy Lynch, Ruth Savage, Lisa Kahn,and Ruth E. Reuther,
handcrafted Texas Clock from Juanita Griffey and her husband and , artwork by Dori Gehr, Jim McCandless, Vera Eckert and needle work by Dorothy Birdwell, and Jessie Jo Wedgeworth.

PST Summer Conference
Features and Events

Anne McCrady: Program Chair/Poet/Storyteller entertains with East Texas Tales

Lianne Mercer, R.N.C.P.T.:A Certified Poetry Therapist brings a workshop:"Poetry:The Portal of Our Lives"

Bernie Bruster: Current RCPS President shares her research and commentary on "The Scandal-less Sonnets of William Shakespeare"

J. Paul Holcomb:Current PST President attempts to define the impossible: "What Do Critics and Judges Really Want"

Violette Newton: Texas Pot Laurete Emeritus brings timely words about getting our poetry out there

Jim Dobbs: Poet, Pastor, Teacher and the RCPS 1st Vice President invites us to consider "Poetry as a Spoken Art"

Jerry Tolbert: PST Poet brings an insightful look at "Keeping Cliche' Out of Nature Poetry"

Alan Birkelback: Poet and PST Book Winner will read from his award-winning book.
Poetry In the Pines

Conference Anthology: Please be a part of this year's conference anthology by sending us a copy (with your registration> of one unpublished poem. We will duplicate it for inclusion in the conference anthology and you ay purchase a copy for $8.00. Please send in clear typed copies as the poems will be duplicated.

Note: Don't send the poems for the "You be the Judge" contest. We will collect those at the conference.

Bill O'Neal: Keynote Speaker, History professor, noted historian and celebrated author will introduce us to the "Singing Poets of Texas."

Outlets for the Poetry Panel: Noted personalities in the publishing/poetry world will discuss potential markets for poetry and engage questions from conference attendees about tastes, trends and related publishing topics.

Panelists include Dale Hearell, PhD. Editor, Re;al, Stephen F. Autin State University, Nacogdoches; Lianne Mercer, C.P.T. Editor in Chief of Flying Cow Publications of Fredricksburg; and others ...
Excursions to Carthage Sites of Interest:
Friday 12:30 - 2:00
* Country Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum
*Old Jail Library/Genealogical Society
* Texas Tea Room

Register by July 10 (to secure meals and anthology)

sign up for:
Conference Registration fee $15
Thursday Supper $13.00
Friday Lunch $9.00
Friday Banquet $20 .... subtotal _______
Conference Anthology $8 ____________

Name: ______________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________
Phone:(____) ________

Hotel Reservations: Holiday Inn Express
1301 SE Loop 59
Carthage, TX (904)694-9075

Ask for PST Conference Rates

Best Western Inn of Carthage
1240 SE Loop 59
Carthage, TX (903)694-2809

Mail Registration by July 10 to:
Rusk County Poetry Society

436 CR 113
Carthage TX 75633
phone: (903) 693-5015 email:

Contact Person: Jessie Jo Wedgeworth (903) 693-5015

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