Saturday, April 11, 2015

Poets on Padre

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday April 18th  2015    1 to 3 PM
Poets on Padre
Book discussion, reading and signing with poets Geoff Rips
and Chip Dameron
“Waiting for an Etcher”. From life along the South Texas border to travels abroad to the vitality of family bonds, Waiting for an Etcher provides a series of memorable images and insights.

Chip Dameron’s eye for detail and gift of phrasing offer readers the opportunity to enter the world of each poem and experience its landscape.

Chip Dameron is the author of five collections of poems and a travel book. His poems and essays on contemporary writers have appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals around the country and abroad. He has co-edited two literary magazines, Thicket and Chachalaca Poetry Review, and served on the editorial board of four others. A two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he lives and writes in Brownsville, Texas

“The Calculus of Falling Bodies”. The poems in this collection span the 40 years in which Geoff Rips has undertaken a deeply personal attempt to understand the mystery of things. The pieces parallel his interest in the greater world and burrow deep inside his own psyche in the attempt to find meaning. His poems include the pantheon of subjects embraced by poets through the ages—life, death, love, and family—and they discuss the natural world and the material world, reality TV shows, looking for work, traffic, the lives of window washers and hot dog vendors, the wetlands, and pelicans, plovers, and dolphins. This is the whole of life, seen by looking closely at its parts.
Geoff Rips was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He is a former editor of the Texas Observer and has been a Soros Open Society Institute Fellow. He worked as the Freedom-to-Write Committee coordinator for PEN American Center and was the principal author of its important report, UnAmerican Activities (City Lights Books, 1981). His 2008 novel, The Truth, received the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Award for the Novel. Rips has worked with community organizations along the Texas/Mexico border to bring water and wastewater services to border colonias. He currently works for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and PEN American Center and has published poetry, fiction and journalism in various places over the years. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Nancy Maniscalco. They have two daughters, Gabriela and Sascha.

This event is free and open to the public
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057
Paragraphs is happy to be a participant in this state wide reading event.  Stop in Sunday and meet P G Shriver and know you are part of a greater event.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Here are the next set of authors stopping in Paragraphs.  Check our calendar for details on the author's bio and synopsis of the book.

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs

Thursday February 12th 2015     1-3 PM
Tales From the Frog in Chambers
Book signing, discussion and reception with author, Morley Hall

Saturday February 14th 2015     1-3 PM
Occupied Berlin series
Book signing, discussion and reception with author, David Guerra

Friday February 20th 2015     1-3 PM
Cyrus Persian
Book signing, discussion and reception with author, Holly Simpson

Monday, February 16th 2015   1 to 3PM
“NEAR DEATH: A Biblical Journey”
Book discussion, reception and signing with Rev Eli H Sheldon

Saturday February 21st 2015     1-2 PM
Book signing, discussion and reception with poet, Ekrika Said

Saturday March 14th 2015     1-3 PM
Book signing, discussion and reception with poet, S.S.Simpson

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Friday – January 23rd 2015       3-5PM
“The Attack”
Book signing and reading with author, Bob Doerr

The Attack is an international thriller that begins when a terrorist team sets off four explosive devices in an international airport close to New York City.  The leader of the terrorists, Ahmad Khalin, survives the attack and plans to attack a second U.S. airport within the month.  As Khalin makes his escape from the New York area he is involved in a shooting in Connecticut. Clint Smith, a U.S. government agent assigned to an ultra-secret agency, is at a restaurant across the street when the shooting occurs. He responds to the scene to see if he can help, but Khalin is gone. On a hunch, Teresa Deer, Smith’s boss, sends Smith after Khalin. Smith’s pursuit takes him to Bar Harbor, Maine; Wiesbaden, Germany; the Costa Brava, Spain; Northern Scotland; Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada; and finally into Saskatchewan, Canada, where the final confrontation takes place.  Throughout the pursuit, a number of interesting characters add to the subplots and try to survive their involvement in the chase.

I grew up in a military family, graduated from the Air Force Academy, and then had a twenty eight year career in the Air Force.  It was a life style that had me moving every three or four years, but also one that exposed me to the people and cultures of numerous countries in Asia, Europe, and to most of these United States. 

In the Air Force, I specialized in criminal investigations and counterintelligence gaining significant insight to the worlds of crime, espionage and terrorism. My field of work brought me into close contact and coordination with the investigative and security agencies of many different countries and with the FBI and CIA. This background has helped me develop the fictional plots and characters in my books. 
In addition to my degree from the Academy, I also have a Masters in International Relations from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. I am a full time author now, with five mystery/thrillers and a middle grade fantasy already published. I've also co-authored a mystery with three other authors titled Paragraphs: Mysteries of the Golden Booby. 
I live in Garden Ridge, Texas, with my wife of 40 years, and an ornery cat named Cinco.

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057