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‘Mightier than the Sword’ panel at IAO tonight

by Matthew Price Published: June 27, 2012

I’ll be appearing at IdeaLab’s “Mightier Than the Sword” panel discussion tonight at Individual Artists of Oklahoma, 706 W Sheridan.   This is kicking off the Oklahoma Writers Forum.   I’d love to see everyone there; there’s a great lineup of panelists to answer questions and, with luck, foster some discussion.   Click past the cut for the full release!

- Matt Price

Empowered by the information age, modern writers are stepping beyond traditional industry filters and adding their voices directly to the local, state, and national discussions. Individual Artists of Oklahoma will be hosting IdeaLab’s “Mightier Than The Sword”, a panel discussion focusing on how novelists, filmmakers, poets, and comic creators can take advantage of the decentralization of popular culture to help set the state’s cultural and political agendas as well as showing to the world what it truly means to an “Okie.”

“Mightier Than The Sword” will serve as a kickoff for the Oklahoma Writers Forum, a new program developed by IAO to bring writers of all mediums together to explore issues faced by established and emerging creators. By encouraging communication amongst the wide range of writers currently working within the state, OWF will help create opportunities to impact the Oklahoma community, but also gain exposure and advance careers.

“Mightier Than The Sword” will feature a panel consisting of:
Matthew Price – Owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman and author of Newsok’s Nerdage blog,

J. David Osborne – Author of “By The Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends” from Swallowdown Press,

Kurt Hochenauer – English professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and author of Okie Funk blog,

Charles Martin – Founder of Literati Press and author of The Wonderboy Serials.

Rob Sturma – Author of Miles of Hallelujah and the editor of the zombie-themed anthology Aim For the Head (both through Write Bloody Publishing),

Larry Johnson – Oklahoma Collection Coordinator for the Metropolitan Library System where he is responsible for the library’s local history content. He is the author of four historic photo books for Turner Publishing and is also a partner in Forty-Sixth Star Press specializing in books on Oklahoma topics.

IdeaLab “real-life” forums are held at IAO Gallery every month and feature a wide range of topics such as polarized democracy, overcoming emotional and physical trauma, and the planet’s most crucial element: water. Experts in the field will discuss the month’s idea and take questions from the public in hope of developing and spreading ideas to lead us toward a better and brighter tomorrow.

IdeaLab is open to the public. Refreshments will be available during the event and an after-party will be held at Joey’s Pizzeria next door to the IAO Gallery. IdeaLab is made by possible by the support of the Kirkpatrick Foundation.
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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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