Have you ever thought about how vital punctuation is to our appreciation of the written word? Can you even imagine a world without it?
Without these precious symbols that command and train our brains, we'd be rendered inert every time we went to read a novel, an essay or a children's book. It would be like reading angsty freestyle slam poetry every day!
In reality, we need guidance. Kids love boundaries. And so to honor the mighty symbols that stop us, slow us down, and break us up, we dedicate the April 12th Encyclopedia Show Austin to: PUNCTUATION!
And what better way to celebrate it than with the literary geniuses that command these squiggles, dots and dashes through their livelihood? That's right! We're inviting a highly literary crew of contributors — from writers to novelists to editors — to show us their take on the marks they love best.
You’ll learn things you never knew about the symbols you use every day and about marks you didn’t even know you loved!
This month, representatives of the top-notch University of Texas Michener Writing Center join the Encyclopedia Show in its efforts to end obfuscation and promote an accidental love of learning through laughter.
Acclaimed playwright and professor Sherry Kramer
Michener Center graduate Kyle John Schmidt
NEA grant recipient for Poetry Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Freelance journalist and improviser John Ratliff
Freelance editor Teighlor Darr
Poet and political activist Phil West
Encyclopedia Show Regulars: Your Terrific Neighbors and Amateur Professional Historian Lydia Nelson
The dulcet tones of The Volumes
And Your Hosts Mike Graupmann and Ralphie Hardesty
If you're a nerd (and you likely are if you're reading this!), then join us, won't you?April 12, 2011
Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts promptly at 8:13pm
(corner of 5th Street and IH-35)
See y'all there!