Thom the World Poet will host the 27th Annual Central Texas Poetry and Prose Readings at Tablerock Amphitheater, on Saturday, May 8, beginning at 5:00pm with a social reception.
Starting at 5:30 pm, there will be introductions and readings from honored guests Patsy Stanford Wilson, Salado Poet Laureate, and Poetry Sponsors Richard and Linda Egg.
At 6:00pm Darrell Street, former Salado ISD School Board member, will introduce young guest poets, and feature readings from “The Beacon,” a poetry anthology from Salado High School student poets. Additional remarks will be provided by English and Poetry teacher, Mrs. Terri Seaton.
Then at 7:00pm, invited guests will give readings from their new works in the “13th Annual Animal Tales” anthology. Poets include Sandi Horton of Waco, Thom Woodruff of Austin, Nancy Fierstien of Dripping Springs, Barbara Sorge of Belton, Phillip Abbott of San Antonio, and Donna Bowling of Temple. Both Animal Tales and The Salado Beacon will be on sale. After the readings, a closing reception will be held to meet the poets.
The Host for the event, “Thom The World Poet” Woodruff, is originally from Australia, and a hardy transplant to Austin. Beat Poet Laureate of Texas 2020-2022, Thom was nominated for Texas Poet Laureate in 2015, and was instrumental in renewing interest in and rejuvenating the Temple Live Poets in 2010, and was the co-founder of the Austin International Poetry Festival in 1993. Thom also tours England and Australian Poetry Festivals when possible, and in his adopted city of Austin he was recently honored by the Mayor for his poetic endeavors in teaching the art of poetry to Austin citizens.
Thom’s love for Salado is evident in the roles he enjoys at Tablerock Amphitheater, including portraying Edgar Allen Poe during Fright Trail, and leads out-of-town poets to the presentations of Salado Legends and A Christmas Carol. He has hosted the Tablerock Poetry Festival for over ten years, and has been instrumental in the planning and printing of Tablerock’s “Animal Tales” for thirteen years.
Admission is $10.00 per adult, and $1.00 each for children 12 years and younger. The Readings will take place outside in the Amphitheater. In case of rain the readings will be moved inside to the large room behind the Tablerock stage. Masks and social gathering etiquette is requested, and seating will be limited to 400. For more information and to purchase tickets, http://www.tablerock.org/index.php