Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mid-South Poetry Festival

I had a great time at the Mid-South Poetry Festival in Memphis, TN. Ann Carolyn Cates invited me to be Workshop Leader and to provide musical entertainment at the pot-luck Festival Party the night before. I had the pleasure of playing on a beautiful Baldwin grand/player piano in Sarah Hull Gurley's lovely home in Germantown. My selections were The Rose, Time in a Bottle, You're the Inspiration, You've Got a Friend, Vincent, Georgia, Chopin's Etude in E, Grieg's Nocturne in C, Chopin's Nocturne in e minor, and others.

Saturday went well. I presented my first workshop, "20 Ways to Loose Your Muse." I think the participants came up with some wonderful poems, and/or the makings of them. There were people from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas! I really enjoyed getting to know them; the Poetry Society of Tennessee are a friendly, talented group. I was also pleased to meet Russell H. Strauss, President of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies,  and Randy Stoker, President of PST.

left: JoAnn, Frances Cowden (Grandmother Earth), Betty (right)

front: our party hostess, Sarah, Randy and Russell 

JoAn and me
The Foyer

Front Door

                                        The Baldwin I played

Russell Strauss, President of NFSPS and Randy Stoker, Pres. PST

                                   Randy Stoker, President PST announcing winners                                                                                                                                                                          



Ann Carolyn Cates (center) and JoAn Howerton (right)


  1. Wynne,

    I love your blogspot and your wonderful poetry. I bow to your poet's heart and your's is so bright. Bravo!

    Gari Hatch

  2. Thank you, Gari! I enjoy your art AND your poetry very much, too!


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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren.