In­spired by hunger for arts


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out the shelves.

“What’s great about Austin is that it’s full of peo­ple with the semi­com­mon mind-set that it’s bet­ter to live some­where where peo­ple are hun­gry for the arts,” Brown said.

He has lived here for only seven months but first was ex­posed to Austin’s cre­ative cul­ture in the 1990s, when he at­tended an Austin Po­etry Slam per­for­mance. Still a reg­u­lar event, Austin Po­etry Slam is held ev­ery Tues­day at the Spi­der House Cafe, off Guadalupe Street.

It was at the po­etry slam that he fell in love with Austin’s spirit, which he says is why a drivein like the Blue Star­lite Mini Ur­ban Drive-In can pop up and be suc­cess­ful, and why he se­lected Austin as the lo­ca­tion of his po­etry store, rather than an­other artis­tic city such as Port­land, Ore., or Boul­der, Colo.

As he gets to know Austin bet­ter on his mo­tor­cy­cle, he has found not just a va­ri­ety of bur­geon­ing art gal­leries but also lots of really great food.

Re­cently, he tried out Un­corked, a wine bar and tast­ing room on East Sev­enth Street, and mar­veled at its prices — “I ate Cornish game hen for $16!” — and its wine list, which strives to find just the right red or white for the par­tic­u­lar taste buds of each cus­tomer. He’s also a fan of the but­ter­scotch boudino at the Salty Sow, on Manor Road, and the beer se­lec- tion at the Black Star CoOp, off North La­mar Boule­vard.

Of course, if there’s one Austin busi­ness he can’t say enough about, it’s his own. Right now con­tain­ing only books pub­lished by Write Bloody, the shop, he said, is ac­ces­si­ble for any­one, even for those who aren’t fans of po­etry.

“A lot of peo­ple may not want to visit a po­etry shop be­cause they think they know what po­etry is, but they will leave sur­prised. They will be able to find some­thing to like,” Brown said.

Der­rick Brown, founder of the Write Bloody pub­lish­ing house, cuts the rib­bon Sun­day on his bricks-and-mor­tar store in East Austin.

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