Speaking Engagements:

Hello! If you are in this website, you already know that my name is Barbara Youngblood Carr. I am an award-winning native-born-Texas author/storyteller/humorist/musician/Editor who has published thirteen books of poetry/prose and short stories (as of Oct 1, 08) based on my Native American Cherokee heritage and my Texas/Southwestern/Southern upbringing. Seven of my books in my Ancestor Series have been partially funded by the City of Austin Arts Commission.

I am most interested in presenting creative writing workshops for schools, libraries, active writing groups of all ages and retirement homes. I have workshop presentations prepared for school children for all age groups - from Kindergarten thru sixth grade, middle school, and high school as well as in college forums. NOTE: Most college workshops are provided outside the environs of Austin at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Alvin Community College, Blinn College, etc. - where I travel at my own expense. I have also done workshops for schools in Buda, Bandera, New Mexico and Oklahoma. I have presented many workshops for elementary and middle school classes in Austin. After they prepare their creative work, I take their drafts home and type them up into a small folder for them to share and keep. In addition to teaching by example, by presenting works from my City of Austin Arts Commission funded books and other writings, I give students appropriate guidelines/handouts to take home with them as well as survey forms to them (and/or their teacher) to complete about their creative workshop experiences. I have also presented many workshops for senior citizens in group settings. Names, locations and references from institutions where I have provided workshops given upon request.

If you have need of an energetic/inspirational/motivational/entertaining speaker for your club, organization, school activity, library, writing group or Military woman's club (or any other type of miltary meeting in and around Ft. Hood, TX, etc.,) keep in mind that I am the National Poet Laureate for the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), appointed in Wash, D.C, 2005-2008 (based on screening of my patriotic poetry - mostly from a manuscript titled Star Spangled Memories. I am published in three of their most recent National MOPH mazazines.

I specialize in, and have much experience with, doing presentations at afternoon meetings or evening gatherings of Music and Poetry at retirement centers. I also encourage residents to write and/or perform their own creative writings.

You may contact me in Austin at bcarr2@austin.com or (512) 343-7940. Check out my other webpages for more information about me.

CURRENT BOOKINGS:
I am scheduled to do booksignings/readings and workshops at the following locations between Oct 15, 2008 and May 2009.

The Hill Country Book Festival - Sat - Oct 11 - 9-4 pm - One of the authors at the Hill Country Book Festival (at the Morgan Printing table - (in the afternoon around 2 pm) - Location: The Georgetown Public Library (Community Room, 2nd Floor) 402 W. Eighth St, Georgetown. I will be displaying the 7 books in my Ancestor Series, all partially funded by the City of Austin Arts Commission. Six of them have been printed by Morgan Printing. These books all contain many archival photographs, history, geography, serious and humourous selections about my Native American Cherokee heritage and growing up in the South and Texas. FMI (512) 863-8608/(512) 864-1412 (Book Festival Info) or 343-7940 (Carr).

Poetry Reading on the Library Patio - Wed - Oct 15 - 11:15 am - Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St. I will be reading from the newest book in my Ancestor Series (the 7th book) titled "Whispers in the Wind" and other selections. FMI 338-6960 (Huston-Tillotson U.) or 343-7940 (Carr).

Hastings Books - 2230 E. Shawnee Bypass, Muskogee, OK - Fri - Oct 17 - 5-9 pm - Presentation/Signing of the seven books in my Ancestor Series. These books contain many archival photos, history, geography, serious selections and humor about her Native American Cherokee heritage and growing up in the South/Southwest and Texas. FMI (918) 683-7252 (Hastings) or (512) 343-7940 (Carr).

Celebrate the Illinois River Fest - Sat - Oct 18 - 2-7 pm - Tahlequah, OK - Sponsored by the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission - Their tent will be located at the Arrowhead Resort, E. Hiway 10 - on the Illinois River. Will be presenting my 7 Ancestor Series books about my Native American Cherokee heritage and growing up in the South/Southwest and Texas. These books feature many selections about Peavine Hollow near Scraper, OK (where my Father grew up on a farm in the same hollow the Author of "Where the Red Fern Grows" came from) and about the Illinois River, in particular. The fifth and sixth books in this series (2006 and 2007), "Following in Ancestral Footsteps" and "Where Rivers Dance Across Stones", particularly capture the essence of the Illinois River, Molly Field Cemetery, McSpadden Falls, Natural Springs State Park, Lake Tenkiller and foothills of the Ozarks. These books, all partially funded by the City of Austin Arts Commission, contain many archival photos, history, geography, serious selections of poetry/prose/short stories and humor. FMI (918) 456-8833 (Meridith: Rivers Commission Office) or (512) 343-7940 (Carr).

I will be presenting Creative Writing Workshops at Colcord Elementary and Middle Schools, Colcord, OK - Mon - Oct 20 at 10 am and 1 pm.

Alamagordo, Ruidoso and Roswell, New Mex (dates to be announced for May 09 events - Precommunication indicates my engagements there will be the first part of the month of May).

The Oasis Restaurant and Sunset Capital of TX - In Apr '09 - Noon to Closing (date TBA) - Hanging off a cliff above Lake Travis, 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX; ph no. (512) 266-0109 (The Oasis) or (512) 343-7940 (Carr). You will love the ambiance and lake views at this superb Austin treasure and the food and drinks are excellent, too. Come for a meal or drinks and be sure to stop by my booth and say, "Hi."

Hastings Book Store in Killeen, TX, 2200 E. Veteran's Memorial, Killeen, TX - On Sat, Sep 27, 08 - 1-5 pm. For more information call (254) 680-5313 (Hastings) or (512) 343-7940 (Carr).

Sat - Sep 20 - At the Austin Poetry Society monthly meeting - 1:15-3 pm - Held at the Howson Libraray, 2500 Exposition Blvd - Will be the featured poet reading from Ancestor Series books.

Hastings Book Store in Round Rock, TX, 2200 South I-35, Suite B1 (the easiest way to get there is to go MOPAC North; turn left onto Frontera Blvd and then right onto Hester's Crossing. The book store is in the strip mall on the left just before you get to I-35) - On Sat, Oct 25 - 2-7 pm. For more information call (512) 310-8213 (Hastings) or (512) 343-7940 (Carr).

Featured poet at the monthly Poetry Society of Texas meeting in Dallas - Feb 14, 2009. More details later.

YOUR EVENT:
If you book me for a reading/speaking engagement, I will streamline my notes per your specific requests about what types of subjects your group would like me to speak about. My presentations are both serious and humorous and I limit myself to one hour or less - so folks don't get bored and fall asleep.

I like to display and perhaps sell my books at events. I bring my own books, posters and handouts (if I'm doing a creative writing presentation).

PAST EVENTS:
I have recently presented readings/programs at Baylor University, Waco, TX; The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX; Alvin Community College, Alvin, TX; Blinn College, Brenham, TX; Pipe Creek Regional Christian School (near Bandera, TX); the Austin Womans Club with the Austin Kwill Klub; and for many other schools and writing groups in OK, New Mex and all over Texas. I have been integral for 15 years in Austin, TX in planning the annual Austin International Poetry Festival (largest unjuried poetry festival in America) held every Apr for four days.

RECURRING EVENTS:
I host monthly venues for poetry readings with featured speakers and open mikes at the following locations:

The Arboretum Barnes & Noble - 10,000 Research Blvd - Poetry Venue on every Third Thurs of each month - 7:30 pm - and Poetry Workshop on every 4th Thurs of each month - 7:30 pm (except for Nov and Dec - when the dates change due to holidays) - For more information call (512) 418-8985 (Barnes & Noble) or (512) 343-7940 (Carr).

Borders-on-the-Word Poetry Venue - Meets at the Triumph Cafe and Coffee Shop (has excellent Vietnamese and French cuisine) - 3808 Spicewood Springs Rd (just off MOPAC North) - the fourth Wed of every month - 7 pm (except in Nov and Dec - when the dates change due to holidays) - For more information call (512) 343-1875 or (512) 343-7940 (Carr).

If you are a poet and would like to share your poetry with a friendly, attentive group -- or perhaps be a featured reader, contact me via email (bcarr2@austin.rr.com) and enter "Poetry Venue Request/Info" in subject line.