Poetry at Round Top & Duncan W. Alderson

This Wednesday on Writing on the Air, Francois prerecorded a conversation with critically acclaimed novelist Duncan W. Alderson about his epic novel “Magnolia City,” a stirring saga set along the wide boulevards of pre-Depression era Houston. And for further titillation, in-studio we have a panel of poets to talk about the festival Poetry at Round Top. The organizers: Katherine Oldmixon & Jesse Berton, as well as two of the featured poets: Tomás Morín & Jenny Browne.

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Within Duncan W. Alderson’s epic debut novel, the roar of the 1920s is heard for the first time in a female voice, sounding from the Lone Star State. Magnolia City is a stirring saga set along the wide boulevards of pre-Depression era Houston, a city of established cotton kings and newly rich oil barons, in which a strong and willful woman will do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true. (read more about Magnolia City.)

Duncan W. Alderson was born in Houston, Texas where he began his career writing fashion advertising at Sakowitz. He then escaped Texas to become an expat in England. He researched his Master’s Thesis in the Reading Room of the British Museum. Returning to North America, Duncan taught for 12 years at the Toronto Waldorf School, then founded the Rabbit Hill Writers’ Studio in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he hosted creative writing workshops for adults. He still lives in Pennsylvania with his wife.

Poetry at Round Top is an annual festival presenting the nation’s most exciting and prominent poets over three days of readings, workshops, and conversations on craft.

Located on the gorgeous Festival Hill campus between Austin and San Antonio, in Round Top, Texas, Poetry at Round Top presents an immersion experience like no other poetry conference or festival in the country.

Poetry at Round Top festival began in 2002. From the beginning, exceptional guest writers have graced Poetry at Round Top with their presence: Carolyn Forche, Ted Kooser, Nick Flynn, Mark Doty, Naomi Shihab Nye, Marie Howe, Claudia Rankine, Li-Young Lee, Tony Hoagland, Dean Young, Adam Zagajewski, Martin Espada, Chase Twichell, and Brigit Pegeen Kelly are just a few of our honored visiting poets. (read more about Poetry at Round Top.)

Katherine Durham Oldmixon‘s poems and photographs appear in many anthologies, online and print journals, and in her chapbook Water Signs (No. 67 in the New Women’s Voices series, Finishing Line Press, 2009). Katherine is co-director of the Poetry at Round Top Festival, held annually in the rolling hills between Austin and Houston, a senior poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly, past president of Austin Poetry Society, a workshop teacher for Writer’s League of Texas, and a regular moderator for Texas Book Festival. (Read more about Katherine.)

Jesse Berton is the Festival co-Director.

Tomás Q. Morín’s poetry collection A Larger Country was the winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN Joyce/Osterweil Award. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: 40 Essays on Philip Levine. His poems have appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Boulevard, Poetry, New England Review, and Narrative. He teaches literature and writing at Texas State University. (Read more about Tomás.)

Jenny Browne is the author of three collections of poems Dear Stranger, The Second Reason, and At Once, all from the University of Tampa Press. Her poems and essays have appeared widely, including American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, The New York Times, Tin House, and Threepenny Review. (Read more about Jenny.)