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      July 5, 2019

      Friday   7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

      613 West 29th Street
      Austin, Texas 78705

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      An Evening with Walter Moore

      Join us for a homecoming reading from Austinite Dr. Walter Moore. His book of poetry, My Lungs Are a Dive Bar, a series of deadpan/gritty/neo-beat/punkish poems about rural Indiana and urban Washington (some Texas, too) was published by EMP Books in the Spring of 2019. Walter will be joined by Owen Egerton.

      “Hilarious, painful, and outrageous—often in the same phrase. Drawing from overheard fist fights, willfully eschewed observations, and half-a-lifetime of wrong turns turned right, Walter Moore crafts nail-sharp poems and prose explosions with a kind of screaming, laughing brilliance that is not be missed. These pages will slap your eyes until everything you see shines.” —Owen Egerton

      Dr. Walter Moore or “Walt” was born in Singapore and has lived in about twenty cities/towns around the world: from Jakarta, Indonesia; Houston and Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City; Brooklyn, New York, and Carmel, California, to Providence, Rhode Island; Seattle, Washington, and Perth, Australia, among other places. In a former life, he worked as a life guard, line cook, restaurant server, law clerk, and tennis teaching professional. More recently, he’s written reading passages for an education textbook company, worked as a journalist for a few newspapers, and published poems in various journals. His scholarly research interests include 20th-Century American Literature and Film and, specifically, how selected literary and cinematic texts “speak to” the narratives of gentrification in U.S. cities. Walt is also currently working on a novel about a drifter who returns to his hometown of Houston, Texas. Dr. Moore has taught courses in academic writing, creative writing, literature, and film in places as varied as Southwestern University, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Washington Tacoma. 2018-2019 marks his second year of teaching at Oregon State University and his fifteenth year of teaching at the college level overall. He holds a BA in English from DePauw University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University, and a Ph.D. in American Studies (English) from Purdue University. His other joys include playing soccer and tennis, watching movies, seeing live music, and hanging out in the Pacific Northwest with his partner Erica and his 100-pound dog/beast Lloyd.

      Owen Egerton, original Austin polymath, is one of the founders of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Master Pancake Theatre, has acted in several films, emcees the Fantastic Debates at the Fantastic Fest, and hosts public radio’s The Write Up. He’s written four books of fiction (the novel Hollow being the most recent) and directed three films. Mercy Black, his most recent film, was just released by Netflix.

      Categories: Literary & Books

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