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Pagan Bookworms: The Steel Phoenix Book Discussion Group   1 comment

The first meeting was very productive! We made a reading list for the rest of the year. We gave non fiction books two months, alternating with one month for fiction (except for Mist of Avalon, because it’s huge). We are hoping to have some local authors come in and discuss their books with us as well. Although the readings are recommended, they are certainly not required. Folks are welcome to come listen about the books and join in any discussions sparked by the books. We also understand that different books will have different folks interested in them, and that the make up of the group will vary greatly. All are welcome, at any time.
Monroeville Barnes & Noble, 7 PM every second Thursday

2012 Pagan Bookworms Reading List
March 8 – Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries by Ruth Barrett, Chapters 1 – 7
April 12 – Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries by Ruth Barrett, Chapters 8 – 13
May 10 – Vermin by Scott A Johnson
June 14 – Science of the Craft by William H. Keith, Jr., Chapters 1 – 9
July 12 – Science of the Craft by William H. Keith, Jr., Chapters 10 – 19
August 9 – Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
September 13 – Pagan Polyamory by Raven Kaldera, Parts 1 – 3
October 11 – Pagan Polyamory by Raven Kaldera, Parts 4 – App.
November 8 – Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Pages 1 – 408
December 13 – Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Pages 409 – 912


Book Discussion Group   Leave a comment

A new discussion group is forming! An offshoot of the Steel Phoenix Writers Group, this will be a book discussion group.

The first meeting will be Thursday, February 9th, at 7PM at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Monroeville Mall. No books are “due” this first meeting, rather a discussion on what books we want to read, how we want to read them (a book a month, a chapter a month, …), possible names for the group, and related activities will take place. Other events planned for future meetings include meet the author nights, readings, and book signings.

The first book up for discussion will be Ruth Barrett’s Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creation. I know at least one copy is available at Eye of Nuit (for those wanting hard copy, the book is also available for the kindle). Snowy, the wonderful owner at Eye of Nuit, has offered to order books for the group, once we’re organized.

Please contact Blossom for more information.

So come join us every second Thursday!

Posted January 29, 2012 by otterblossom in Groups

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Steel Phoenix Writers Group   1 comment

The Steel Phoenix Writers Group is the reincarnation of the former Pagan Writers of Pittsburgh, which had been in existence for most of the past decade. They publish The Steel Cauldron, a literary magazine featuring the articles, stories, poetry, and artwork of local writers and artists.

In person meetings take place the third Thursday of every month, at 7 PM at the Barnes & Noble at Monroeville Mall. The meetings are mostly social but may include reviews, critiques, support, general writing news and discussion, and the never-ending book browsing. When the bookstore closes, the group often reconvenes at TGIFridays for dinner.

Many web-based connections exist for the group:

Steel Phoenix

Submissions are actively being sought for the next edition of The Steel Cauldron! All poetry, short stories, personal essays, and artwork are welcome, although it is suggested that to maintain a Pagan family-friendly publication, that the rating levels be no higher than PG-13. All two-dimensional artwork may be submitted, from black and white line drawings to full color photography. A cover art contest is being held once again. In honor of the group’s name change, a phoenix is asked to be included in the art as well as a steel cauldron for this contest. The winner will receive $50, two copies of The Steel Cauldron, and (obviously) their artwork on the front cover of the magazine. Any non-winning cover art submissions may be used throughout the rest of the magazine. The authors and artists of any submissions chosen for inclusion in the magazine by the review panel will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine.