Maggie Jochild received the
Lesbians Poetry Award from the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund.
Poets & Writers Magazine A
Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers.
Her poem "Observatory" was one of 25 finalists
in the 2002 National Writer’s Union contest, judged by Adrienne Rich.
Finding Voice Productions, a creative writing workshop and production
series founded by Sharon Bridgforth in Austin, Texas -- funded by The
Funding Exchange/The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media. The Finding Voice
Productions team, besides Maggie, includes Sharon Bridgforth; Ana Sisnett;
Carole Metellus; Deisi Perez Perez; Jackie Cuevas, Joni Jones; K.T. Shorb;
Rajasvini Bhansali; Shia Barnett; Virginia Grise; and Zell Miller III.
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Helped form JAMs Writing Support Group with JoAnne Reyes-Boitel
and Abbie Green in February 2004, Austin, Texas
Selected to read her work at the Día de los Muertos event
produced by ALLGO on November 2, 2003 at the Tillery Street Theater,
Austin, Texas. This was a community gathering to reflect upon the loss of
loved ones and the effects that HIV/AIDS, racism, violence, drug abuse and
homophobia have had on us. Scheduled events for the evening, besides
Maggie, JoAnne Reyes-Boitel and other writers, included a viewing of
community-made altars, a reading by Ana Sisnett, and performance by Teatro
Liberación and Augosto Bianca Cuellar.
In the spring of 2003 she was one of four
poets selected nationally who were mentored by
Sharon Bridgforth in the
Writers’ Development Project sponsored by ALLGO in Austin, Texas. This
culminated in the reading "Deep Down Truths Taking Root Fomenting Words --
Polyrhythm Multilingual Multicolores Multisabores -- 4 VOCES en UNI-VERSE",
featuring the manuscripts-in-progress of Carole Metellus, Deisi Perez
Perez, and Shia Shabazz Barnett, as well as Maggie Jochild. Thursday, 22
May 2003, 7:30 p.m. at the Tillery Street Theater, 701 Tillery Street,
Listed reader for second
annual Queer Poets Do Queer Poets on 20 November 2003 at Barnes & Noble
Westlake, Austin, Texas, a performance by Austin's Queer Poets reading
poems by famous gay and lesbian writers. Readers included Maggie doing "A
Woman Is Talking To Death" by Judy Grahn; Terri Hudson; George Klawitter;
Patrick Collins; Scott Wiggerman; and JoAnne Reyes-Boitel, among others.
On September 12, 2003 Maggie Jochild was the
guest speaker/performer on OutSpoken, a queer radio show for
91.7 FM, Austin, Texas.
On September 16, 2003 Maggie Jochild read her
poetry in a solo performance as part of
at Resistencia Bookstore in Austin, Texas.
In the spring of 2003 she was selected as one
of the first group of writers to be trained in Sharon Bridgforth's
"Finding Voice" method to participate in the Racial Justice Team of the
Greater Austin YWCA. In June and July 2003 she taught writing to girls in
the YWCA's day camp program at Fairway and Meadowbrook Housing Complexes.
A featured anthology poet each year in the
Austin International Poetry Festival from 2000 to present.
A frequent reader at Austin's Queer Poets
One of the featured writers reading at
"Turning the Tables", the annual fundraising event for our local feminist
bookstore, BookWoman, in November 1999.
Poetry editor for Common Lives/Lesbian
Lives, in collective with Jean Swallow, Canyon Sam, Dodici Azpadu, and
Caroline Pincus, 1983