Campus News 2012

For Immediate Release
March 19, 2012

Annual Writers Conference at Schreiner in April

Schreiner University’s popular annual Writers Conference will take place Tuesday-Thursday, April 3-5 in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center on the University campus. The conference will feature workshops, readings and guest speakers Kirpal Gordon, local poet Anne Schneider and Thom Moon Poet. Kirpal and Thom Moon Poet will participate in slam poetry at the Wednesday night Texas Music Coffeehouse, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Lion’s Den on the first floor of CCAC.

Tuesday, April 3, is a full day for the conference. Gordon, a New York-based writer, poet and performer will conduct a workshop at 3:30 p.m. called “Writing with a Writer: New York Meets Texas.” At 6:30 p.m., Schreiner students will read from original work and Gordon will speak again at 7 p.m.

Gordon has written and published a number of books, including the recent “Round Earth, Open Sky,” a novel that interweaves suspense and Native American sci-fi themes. His background includes graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in religious studies and philosophy from Fordham University in New York City, an internship with Allen Ginsberg and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. Gordon is also an accomplished gardener and landscape designer. For more information, visit his website at

On Wednesday, Kirpal will give a workshop on “Poetry and Song: Words Matter” at 1 p.m. At 3:50 p.m., Thom Moon Poet will lead a workshop on “Ride the Wave: A Journey into Poetry.”

Schneider will offer a workshop called “Diving for Pearls: A Way to Write” at 10:30 a.m., Thursday April 5. She was president of the Kerrville Writers Association from 1996 to 2010. She has published a book of poetry, “Breath Found Along The Way,” and the “Reiki Card Deck, 50 Guided Energy Techniques to Heal Body, Mind, and Spirit.” Schneider is currently working on her second book, a memoir. In addition to writing, her artistry includes mask art and she teaches and practices Tai Chi and is a master teacher of Reiki.

Schneider is a member of and past workshop director for the International Women’s Writing Guild. She was a featured speaker at the 2003 Schreiner Writers Conference. She founded Kerr County’s Annual Students Short Story Contest and was its director for six years. Her website is at

For more information about workshop times and locations, go to the Schreiner website at and click on “Calendar.” The conference is free and walk-ins are welcome, but conference organizer Dr. Kathleen Hudson requests you RSVP at 830-792-7409 or