LaMesa Writers Guild

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La Mesa Area Writer's Guild

The La Mesa Area Writer's Guild is an association of artists, writers and poets from the Lano Estacado area. The Guild meets the first Friday of each month at the Portal Coffee House and Reading Room at 115B North Mainstreet, downtown Lamesa, Texas. 
The Guild co-sponsors the Forrest Park Poetry Festival each year in April in honor of National Poetry Month.  Featuring International poets, artists and musicians, such as Darren Poyzer, organizer of the Manchester Poetry Festival and Dr. Ted Rilley of Geelong Australia, Forrest Fest has become a popular event for area artisians. Complete with old fashioned Texas Bar B Q and open mic readings, featured poets highlight the event. A poetry contest with cash prizes was initiated in 2002.
For further information, contact Sage Books at 806/872-6570 or . . . .


La Mesa Area Writer's Guild begain in 2000 as the result of a Creative Writing class at Howard College Lamesa Campus. I was the instructor of this class and we begain meeting at local restaurants. We have grown from a group of three to over a dozen and our membership comes from Lubbock with frequent visitors from Abilene. Recent visitors include Sam Pendergrast, Dr. Joe Stamey, Pat Bennet, Dr. Ted Rilley, and Darren Poyzer.  We look forward to your visit and will soon have an amazing page dedicated to the Second Annual Forrest Park Poetry Festival. 
Our Charter members are: Connie L. Williams, Tricia Boone, John and Sondra Osborn, Julie Clark and Bobby, Mike Dennis, Shawn Blue, Stephen, and Jim Beam, Jack Looney, Melissa and Dustyn Williams et al.

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