Chuck Taylor and Chris Carmona @ Tyler-Davis Arts District Block Party

Join us for a publishing party honoring Slough Press, Saving Sebastian, a Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Drug Abuse, by Chuck Taylor and Beat, by Christopher Carmona.


Chuck Taylor’s Slough Press has been publishing fiction, poetry, and essays for over thirty years. The focus of the press is on contemporary literary authors who experiment with form, communicate to a wide audience, and hope to influence the culture positively. The Press has received grants from the Texas Arts Commission and has won numerous awards.

Chuck Taylor is a Texas Yankee reared in Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, and North Carolina, won the Austin Book Award for his collection, What Do You Want, Blood? He has worked in the Poets- in-the-Schools program, been a CETA poet in Salt Lake City, operated a used bookstore, worked in the laundry of a hospital, labored for the Terrill State Mental Hospital and the Texas School for the Deaf, owned a small press, and is the former Coordinator of Creative Writing at Texas A&M University. Conversations with the poet Lucien Stryk in 1967 stimulated his interest in Asian culture and he was able to work and study in Japan from 1991-94. Married three times, he has three children, three stepchildren, and six grandchildren.

Saving Sebastian-A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Drug Abuse
is a memoir in which Dr. Charles Taylor chronicles with painful frankness his son’s spiral downward into drug and alcohol abuse as well as Sebastian’s recovery, though it was a long and difficult one. Dr. Taylor also examines with almost brutal honesty his own role in his son’s self-destructive behavior. This is a book that parents of drug abusing children will find both touching and helpful.

Christopher Carmona hails from the Rio Grande Valley in Deep South Texas. He is a Beat poet following the tradition of poets like Jack Kerouac, Bob Kaufman, and Raul Salinas. He is deeply interested in exploring the intersections of Native Americans and Latinos. He believes in practicing poetry as a form of social resistance. Much of his writing works to redefine what it means to be ‘beat’ as a poet. He has been published in The Writers’ Block, Beatlick Art & News, World Audience Literary Journal, and El Tecolote. He is also editing an anthology of Beat Texas writings for UT Press with Chuck Taylor and Rob Johnson.

Beat is a collection of poems working to keep the beat. Mixing together life in deep south Texas, life as a Chicano, and life as a beat poet. This book serves to keep the tradition of the Beat Generation alive and well where it should be…in poetry.

Both authors will be reading from their current works, signings and past Slough Press titles will be available for purchase.

WordSpace/Tyler-Davis Arts District
415 North Tyler St.
Hosted by Karen X


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