SALADO — Tablerock Amphitheater will host its 19th annual Central Texas Poetry and Prose Reading, including an open mic time, on Thursday evening.

Thom Woodruff, “the world poet,” will be the master of ceremonies for the event. Submissions also will be accepted for the Tablerock Poets Annual Anthology, this year titled “Mermaid Tales.”

“We’ll have six or seven different people who read and are invited guests,” said Jackie Mills, first vice president on the Tablerock board of directors. “(Woodruff) is from Australia originally, and he’s really good.”

Woodruff, a “transplant to Austin,” a news release stated, tours England and Australia Poetry Festivals when possible, and is known for hosting open mic venues in Austin and around Central Texas.

Poet laureates from Temple, Austin, Dripping Springs and other cities will read at the event, Mills said.

Many submissions have already been received for the “Mermaid Tales” poetry anthology, which will raise money for one of Tablerock’s contributions to recast the Sirena, a life-size bronze mermaid sculpture placed in a spring on Salado Creek in January 1986 that has been damaged by various floods and weather conditions.

“It’s getting to where (the sculptor) can’t fix it anymore,” Mills said. “It’s going to cost about $10,000 to have Sirena recast, so everybody in town is pitching in and having benefits.”

Poets may submit up to three pieces, Mills said, providing they follow guidelines that she will share via email at

For more information about the event, call (254) 947-9205.

If you go

What: Tablerock Amphitheater’s 19th annual Central Texas Poetry and Prose Reading.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Tablerock’s inside stage, 409 Royal St., Salado.

Info: This event is free. Refreshments will be available and donations are accepted.

Open mic starts at 8:15 p.m., when new poets and writers are welcome to read two minutes of their work. Submissions for the “Mermaid Tales” anthology will be accepted at the event. For guidelines on submissions, email Jackie Mills at

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476

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