Monday, February 15, 2010










Monday, February 1, 2010

Submissions for This Week's Meeting 2.4.10

Hey all, I hope everyone had a great weekend. We have two submissions from one of our new members Misha. A poem and a short prose piece. Please read the two pieces before the meeting and have comments so we can talk about it. This first meeting is going to run a little shorter than usual. Good luck with school this week!

A poem and a prose piece by Misha

update :

Sean just submitted a sequence of poems.

Saturday, January 30, 2010



Saturday, December 12, 2009

MAKER Four: Winter 2009

Hey all, I hope everyone is having a great start to the winter holidays, whether in the work place or finishing up those measly finals. Very very soon the latest Maker from the series of chapbooks released by RIOT Ink will be released. First and foremost, I want to thank the lovely Jennifer King for helping tremendously with the layout. I am very excited to include so many new people from the previous ones. Sometime next week I will be putting the books together, so if anyone can help that would be awesome. More details later.


featuring. . .

Adam Braffman
Jennifer King
Neil Davé
Annie Castro
Rachel Veroff
Mark Gerchak
Ryan Bender-Murphy


A book of poems, stories, and scripts. And the great illustrator Travis William Ballard will be designing the cover.


Happy Holidays y'all!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

For Adam Braffman

This poem by Theodore Roethke made me audibly laugh out loud for about five minutes:

For An Amorous Lady

Most mammals like caresses, in the sense in which we usually take the word, whereas other creatures, even tame snakes, prefer giving to receiving them." -- FROM A NATURAL-HISTORY BOOK

The pensive gnu, the staid aardvark,
Accept caresses in the dark;
The bear, equipped with paw and snout;
Would rather take than dish it out.
But snakes, both poisonous and garter,
In love are never known to barter;
The worm, though dank, is sensitive:
His noble nature bids him

But you, my dearest, have a soul
Encompassing fish, flesh, and fowl.
When amorous arts we would pursue,
You can, with pleasure, bill
or coo.
You are, in truth, one in a million,
At once mammalian and reptilian.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Submissions for This Week's Meeting (11.19.2009)

Hey all, so we have three submissions for this week's meeting, one poem from Jennifer, a spec script for the tv show Parks and Recreation from Neil, and a poem from me. If everyone could print out their own copy of the script, that would be great. I can provide copies for everything else. Also, if you are unfamiliar with Parks and Recreation, you can watch a couple episodes on Just think, it is like The Office, but instead of a paper company, it is the government. And Amy Poehler = Steve Carrell.

In other news--I know, news!--this meeting will be the last OFFICIAL Riot Ink meeting of the semester. Next Thursday, as you all probably know, is Thanksgiving, and the Thursday after is during the last week of school--which sadly, is when our room reservation expires. However, I invite everyone to join me and other fellow writers at Drungos (it is a bar/lounge place near Vulcan Video and Toy Joy off Guadalupe) on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (11.24). I will also have unofficial meetings during December for whoever is able, which will be fun writing days at all of your favorite Austin coffee shops--like Quack's and Flightpath and not Epoch and JP Java and maybe Spiderhouse! We can talk about it more at the meeting.

I need to talk to the people who will be here next semester so I can get the group re-registered and we can still use fancy UT rooms. If all goes according to plan, next semester should be the same, if not eerily similar to this semester. And I will probably advertise the group more.

And last but not muthafucking least: I know many moons ago I mentioned that Riot Ink releases little chapbooks that showcase work from the writers. The chapbooks are pretty awesome, consisting of finely crafted white cardstock, colored paper, ink, and neat icons. I can bring in a couple for people to see so you get an idea. After going through a rolling roster of different writers for the first month and finally settling into a consistent group of people, I think a chapbook would be cool to release. I know most everyone has submitted something--and all of the submissions are great for a book. I will talk about this in more detail at the meeting as well.

Anyway, I just want everyone to know that it has been a great run. I know the news that this week is the last meeting is kind of abrupt, but if keep in touch during December and it won't have to be! Anways, you all have been mega-awesome.


A poem by Jennifer

A spec script of the tv show "Parks and Recreation" by Neil

A poem by godzilla

Monday, November 9, 2009

Submissions For This Week's Meeting (11/12/2009)

Hey all, I hope everyone had a good weekend! I feel like I saw most of you in one way or another, which is pretty awesome. We have three submissions this week, a poem from Annie, a short story by Rachel, and a poem by me. Pretty normal procedure. I think we may hear a selection from David Sedaris, as promised a month ago. He is a funny guy, and writes funny stuff, which makes me happy. Plus they sell his books at Fry's Electronics in Atlanta, GA. Also, one of these meetings in the near future (probably the last) will be a bar/hang out meeting, so definitely be around for that. We will probably hit up this place called Drungo's over near Vulcan Video and Conan's Pizza. It is a pretty cool place, and we are pretty cool people. Meeting time is same old 5:30pm - 7:00pm at room 3.108 in the Communications Building at UT. Drinks after? Why not.

A poem by Annie - 1 pg


A short story by Rachel - 13 pgs


A poem by Ryan - 1 pg