Austin Poets International  Leadership

We would like to welcome and thank you for taking the time to get to know us.  Every member and festival goer is an important part of the API/AIPF experience and without you this organization wouldn't exist.  Open Board positions are voted on by members at the membership meeting during AIPF every year.  The Board then elects Officers at its next meeting.  A great way to get experience with the organization is to volunteer at the festival and we strongly encourage you to do so.  

 

Ronald J. Jorgenson, Chairman
Ronald J. Jorgenson (AKA Dr. Charles A. Stone) is a Wisconsinite by birth, Texan by choice, geneticist, archeologist, professor, entrepreneur, rancher, chef, adventurer, poet – in no special order. He has published several books of poetry and three anthologies of poetry. He has been a member of the Board for a decade, most of that time acting as Parliamentarian.

   
Del Cain, Parliamentarian

Del is a writer of poetry and prose, workshop leader, and contract editor. he has had two nonfiction books of Old West history published and two books of poetry. Songs on the Prairie Wind is available in a new perfect bound edition. Voices of Christmas is a group of character poems telling the traditional story in free verse. He has attended AIPF for 16 of the last 17 years and am a life member of DFW Writers Workshop. He lives and writes in Saginaw, Texas with his wife, Isabel.


 

Hal C. Clark, Director
Hal is a retired fourth grade teacher and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He has had poems published in Red River Review, Illya's Honey, and several anthologies. He is an active member of Dallas Poets Community and Austin Poets International. His first collection of poems, All of Me, was published March 2014. He lives with his wife, Anne, in Waxahachie, Texas.

    

Roger West, Director
Roger West is a poet, songwriter, performer and punk rocker long before and long after it was fashionable. He was born in London, England but now spends most of his time in SW France, writing, recording and performing in French and in English, influenced by those ‘liquid stories’ that ebb and flow across the Mediterranean and wash up on its shores.  He is part of the Urgence Poésie collective, has published four books of poems and contributed to a French anthology of ‘poésie de la marche’.  He has read and performed at previous AIPFs and at festivals in France, Morocco and the UK.  His current place of residence is Gignac, France. 

 

Ken Jones, Director
Ken Jones has published five full length poetry collections, half a dozen chapbooks, and hundreds of individual poems. He performs his original poetry and music regularly. He has been a finalist for the West Chester Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize nominee, as well as the 2011 Critics Choice Award winner at the Houston Fringe Festival. The University of Texas at Brownsville has opened a permanent archive of his creative work in their library.  

 

Neil Meili, Director
Neil Meili is a long-time AIPF poetry attendee, past director an featured reader.  A Canadian in love with Austin, Texas, and author of more than 30 collections of verse, including such classics as My Uncle Shot My Dog  and Call Me in the Morning, and more recently Putting Aside the Mask for the Moment.

 

Lynn Wheeler-Brandstetter, AIPF Festival Director
Lynn has a passion for writing poetry, loves to hang out with her family and enjoys boating, tubing and swimming.  Lynn also loves to travel and regularly travels to her homeland, Canada. Lynn served on the Board as its Chair Elect for two years, Chair for six years, Immediate Past Chair for two years and has accepted the appointment of Festival Director.