STEPHENVILLE, Texas — From poetry and fiction to photography and music, Tarleton State University’s Langdon Review Weekend in historic downtown Granbury brings together writers and artists from across Texas and beyond.
The annual get-together — always scheduled for the weekend after Labor Day — will celebrate its 15th year of publication of the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Tarleton’s annual journal celebrating the most exciting cultural accomplishments in Texas and the energy of the four-day festival.
Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Langdon Center Concert Hall, corner of East Bridge and Brazos streets. All Wednesday events are free and open to the public.
The opening session will feature readings by cowboy poet John Pelham, mystery writer David Ciambrone and Texas history expert Myra McIlvain. All are published by White Bird Press, which is sponsoring the event as the featured small Texas press.
Following the opening session will be the annual “Langdon Launch Party” reception at the Gordon House, 308 E. Pearl St.
Participants are invited to a catered dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Barking Rocks Winery, 1919 Allen Court, featuring Sandi Horton, flutist and poet and 2018 Langdon Review writer-in-residence.
Sponsored by the Granbury Wine Walk, the Langdon Review writer-in-residence program provides two weeks of lodging in Granbury and an opportunity to become immersed in local culture.
At noon Friday, Sept. 7, Texas Poet Laureate Carol Coffee Reposa will read at the annual picnic under the famous Live Oak tree at the Brazos House Gardens, within easy walking distance of Granbury Square.
A President’s Reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday evening honors this year’s contributors to the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. The reception will be at Granbury Live, 110 N. Crocket St. in Granbury.
A film screening will follow at 7 p.m. at Showbiz Cinema-Granbury, featuring “Never Goin’ Back” with Augustine Frizzell, award-winning writer and director. Frizzell will be on hand for a question-and-answer period. Tickets will be available at the door at the theater, with discounts for students, seniors and military.
A brunch kicks off the final day of the weekend at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Langdon Center Lawn, featuring native Texan Barry Phillips.
Phillips attended Texas Christian University before moving to Los Angeles and illustrating for “Los Angeles Magazine,” Continental Airlines, Warner Bros. and Reader’s Digest. He was included in the Journal of American Illustration with awards from the Society of Illustrators in L.A. and New York.
Phillips later turned his attention to film and television, and he art-directed for Oliver Stone episodes of the Peabody Award-winning PBS series “Wishbone,” for which he won two Emmys. His TV interviews featured Cyd Charisse, George W. Bush and the Kimbell Art Museum.
Langdon Review Weekend is coordinated by Drs. Moumin Quazi and Marilyn Robitaille with help from several benefactors, including the Inge Foundation, and community partners such as the city of Granbury.
Registration for the entire weekend is $120 through Sept. 1 and includes all readings and activities, plus a copy of the 2018 Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. One-day passes and single-event tickets for the picnic, dinner and brunch are available. For more information and to register, visit www.tarleton.edu/langdonreview or call 254-968-9283.
Tarleton, a founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.