Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Erin Burdette

Erin Burdette dos

Actress, writer, mother and newcomer to the Oral Fixation stage.

Erin Ryan Burdette earned her BFA in Theater (SMU) and MFA at UCSD’s Professional Actor Training Program. As freelance writer, she has written for The Dallas Morning News, various magazines, and literary journals. She is the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Prize for Literary Excellence. Read more

Behind the Stories: A Backstage Look at Under the Gun

Behind the Book

Do you ever wonder how it all works? What possesses someone to submit a true, personal story? What is the editing process like for the storytellers? For the editor? Here’s your chance to find out a little more about the inner workings of the show. We talked to some of the Oral Fixation folks- namely, the storytellers  and founder, Nicole Stewart- and got the inside scoop on Oral Fixation’s most recent show, “Under the Gun!” Read more

Our Current Fix: Poetry Matters

poetry month

“April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing 
Memory and desire, stirring 
Dull roots with spring rain. “

The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

If you haven’t been subject to the recent bombardment of poetry, posts, articles or Tweets, you may not have realized that April is National Poetry Month

Firstly, what IS National Poetry Month, and where did it come from?

It is a month-long, national celebration of poetry that was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. So, the concept is to dedicate the entire month of April to the recognition and celebration of great American poets and their work. Teachers and education professionals across the country are celebrating by integrating poetry into learning experiences. Bookstores are featuring and promoting higher sales of poetry books, the media is promoting poets and poetry regularly and the general public is encouraged to indulge in as much poetry as possible.

Sound like fun? Here are 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month from the Academy of American Poets!

A preview of a few:

-Take a poem out to lunch

-Memorize one of your favorite poems

-Put poetry in an unexpected place (like on a napkin, left for your local barista to find)

Interested in some poetry events around Dallas? Well, check out this list of potent poetry proceedings.

And how about a bit of reading for you? Read this article written by the NPR staff, featuring NPR ‘s first NewsPoet, Tracy K. Smith, addressing the question: “Does poetry still matter?”

Seen something neat regarding this Month of Poetry? Read a poem recently that moved you, made you laugh, brought tears to your eyes? Share it with us!

Miss the Boat!

/mis/ /T͟Hē/ /bōt/

missed the boat

What Does it Mean?

1. to miss out (on something); to be ignorant (of something).

2. to have made an error; to be wrong.

3. to be too late to get something that you want

We are looking for stories of missed opportunities and major mistakes. Tell us about a time you missed out on true love or the job of your dreams or an important flight. Or maybe you actually missed a boat! Ever been on a cruise ship that left you at the port? Ever walked away from something/someone great by mistake? Ever been late to something that later changed your life? We want to know about it for Miss the Boat coming up in April!

We Want to Hear Your Story. Seriously. You have until tomorrow, Friday March 29th at 5 PM to send them in!

If you need some inspiration listen to “Missed the Boat” by Modest Mouse!

Get ready for Miss the Boat at the MAC on April 23! Be sure to get your tickets early to save $5!

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Karen Soltero

Soltero

Lover of the sounds of keys tapping on a keyboard, thunderstorms and newcomer to the Oral Fixation stage. 

Karen Soltero is writing a memoir on sibling loss called Me Without You.  She pens a blog (www.thebrunettechronicles.com) and had the honor of attending the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference.  Karen co-owns Crowbar Cardio in Dallas.  She volunteers for the Brady Campaign (Gun Violence Prevention) and Compassionate Friends, a bereaved parent and sibling organization. Read more

Our Current Fix: Conspiracy for Good

conspiracy for good

“A few years ago, I started thinking about an entirely new way to tell a story, far different from traditional TV. I didn’t just want to talk about ‘saving the world’ in fiction, I wanted to create a narrative that spilled out into the streets.”

-Tim Kring

We LOVE a good story, so naturally we were intrigued when we read about Conspiracy for Good’s Social Benefit Storytelling. Tim Kring, creator of the hit television show “Heroes,” had a pretty radical idea to do storytelling differently than he had ever done before. Thus, the birth of this pilot-project: Social Benefit Storytelling. Essentially it is an interactive story that empowers its audience to take real-life action and create positive change in the world. They began in 2010 with the “London Experience.”

This is a remarkable method of merging philanthropy and storytelling. Social Benefit Storytelling effectively uses technology to gather and commission people to become directly involved with a cause through a story. We hope the Conspiracy for Good keeps creating these incredible stories and making a positive change in the world.

Check out the Conspiracy for Good’s video recap on the London Experience!

If you want to be a part of this awesome Social Benefit Storytelling, sign up (or “deny membership”) here! 

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