Elzy Cogswell & Ralph Hausser

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Elzy Cogswell, current President of the Austin Poetry Society, has received poetry prizes from local, state and national poetry societies and a Pushcart nomination. His poems appear in many journals and anthologies, for examples the Naugatuck River Review, Borderlands, The Texas Observer, Muse & Stone, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Passager, and Beacons. Retired from librarianship, he was, earlier in life, a panhandler in Manhattan.

Ralph Hausser has lived in New Jersey, New York, Los Angeles in short, all over. He worked as a journalist for the Texas Office of Minority Business Enterprise among other places. He participates in the Third Order of St. Francis and serves on the Vestry of St. Georges Episcopal Church. He has accumulated a rich and varied life, and from that he draws his poems. He hosts monthly readings, including the Austin Poetry Society Fourth Thursdays at 7:00 in the NeWorlDeli and Share Your Stories on third Fridays at 1:00 in Twin Oaks Branch Library. For years he has served as Historian for the Austin Poetry Society, updating APS records at the Austin History Center. He sometimes win prizes in monthly and annual contests. In last years annual awards, his poem, The Old Poet won third place in the Tick-Tock Award Contest and Fifth Summer, Wartime won first place in the Extraordinary Experience Award Contest.