Today, annogram peeks above ground and declares six more weeks of winter! Fine. Bring on the hot chocolate and fat novels. February also heralds news of upcoming publications for me—from the anthology, First Encounters with One’s Own Femininity, to poems in digital journals Zoomorphic and Amp.
Kevin Pilkington at Writers Center
Award-winning poet Kevin Pilkington will read this Friday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hudson Valley Writers Center. Kevin is the author of many books including his latest Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems (Black Lawrence, 2015). Learn more about Kevin in this blog interview.
Discover the integral role of bass at the Museum of Music Making, now through July 31. This exhibition introduces aspects of the low register—bass—experience. Open your eyes, ears and imagination to this sonic realm! We appreciate MoMM’s Mike Hendrickson for letting us know about this fabulous exhibit.
Love Poems for San Antonio
Ruth Handel at Scarsdale Library
Poet Ruth Handel will read at the Scarsdale Library Thursday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. Ruth’s latest book is No Border is Perennial (Dos Madres Press, 2015). Also reading will be novelists Asif Ishmael and Barbara Solomon Josselsohn, and poet Deborah Skolnik.
The Bridge at Trinity Wall Street
Thanks to poet J. Chester Johnson for alerting us to The Bridge, an art exhibition showcasing 47 contemporary artists from 15 countries. The Bridge focuses on what they hold in common through their Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures. Now through February 28 at St. Paul’s Chapel in Trinity Wall Street.
|Reginal Dwayne Betts|
Reginald Dwayne Betts in conversation
Trinity Wall Street will also host Reginald Dwayne Betts, who will read and discuss his poetry on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. with poet J. Chester Johnson. Shortlisted for the PEN Open Award, Betts’s Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books, 2015) has been called “fierce, lyrical and unsparing” by The New York Times. Free; arrive 1:30 p.m.
J. Chester Johnson, Civil Rights and the Book of Common Prayer
J. Chester Johnson will also read his poetry and discuss his civil rights work Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of Heavenly Rest. Johnson wrote the Litany of Offense and Apology for Episcopal Church’s National Day of Repentance, and worked with W. H. Auden on retranslating the Psalms in the Book of Common Prayer. Free.
|Rachel Eliza Griffiths|
Saturday, February 6, 4:30 p.m., Liz Howard, Lanny Jordan, Zinc Bar
Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m., Tribute to Ruth Stone (1915-2011), Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre
Saturday, February 13, 4:30 p.m., Sandeep Parmar, Cody Rose Clevidence, Zinc Bar
Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m., Patricia Spears Jones and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, BookCourt
Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m., Eileen Myles, Alice Quinn, Lillian Vernon House
Saturday, February 27, 4:30 p.m., Ian Heames, Kathleen Fraser, Zinc Bar
Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Hudson Valley Writers Center
Saturday, March 5, 4:30 p.m., Anne Boyer, Lara Mimosa Montes, Zinc Bar
photo by Anneli Dufva
Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Tina Chang, Hudson Valley Writers Center
Saturday, March 12, 4:30 p.m., Aaron Kunin, Rae Armatrout, Zinc Bar
Saturday, March 19, 4:30 p.m., Dawn Lundy Martin, Rosmarie Waldrop, Zinc Bar
Skillet-Sizzled Buttermilk Cornbread
Skillet-Sizzled Buttermilk Cornbread
The recipe from The Lost Road Project: A Walk-in Book of Arkansas (University of Arkansas Press, 1994) by the late poet C.D. Wright (1949-2016), is a tribute to her most delicious poetry. I made this mouth-watering cornbread recently and can attest to its near sacred, buttery crumb. For southerners, this may be akin to taking the Eucharist.
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1¼ cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup mild vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter, or mild vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 10-inch cast-iron skillet with oil and set aside. Sift together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. In smaller bowl, stir baking soda into buttermilk. Whisk in sugar, egg, and ¼ cup oil. Put prepared skillet over medium heat, add butter, and heat until butter just starts to sizzle. Tilt pan to coat sides and bottom. Pour wet ingredients into dry and combine quickly, using as few strokes as possible. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool a few moments, and slice into 8 wedges to serve.
’Round the Net
Thanks and/or congratulations to the following:
|Peter Chelnik, |
photo by Roxanne Hoffman
Writer Christopher Brisson for link to these hilarious dog collages
Amateur Astronomer Michael Cefola on his letter to the editor in this month’s Astronomy Magazine
Poet Peter Chelnik on his upcoming poetry book, Hey Girl
Poet Terry Dugan for video of professional actors recently reading her war-protest poems
Poet Gary Glauber on publication of his poem, “The Other” in Verse-Virtual
Poet Eric Greinke on Forge Journal interview, and Adastra Press broadside, “Trout,” $20 through Gary Metras (16 Reservation Rd., Easthampton, MA 01027)
Editor Pamela Laskin on the publication of It’s All About Shoes: A Collection of Essays, Poems and Stories About Women and Their Unusual Relationship to Shoes (Plain View Press, 2015)
Actor Tony Lo Bianco for offering acting classes at Symphony Space (email TonyLoboActing@gmail.com)
Author Laura Morelli on her recent participation in The New York Times Travel Show
Poets and Writers for highlighting this new unusual way for literary lovers to hear book reviews
Music archivist Jay Shulman on the Baltimore Sun’s review of his father’s work
|Dagmar Stansova (left)|
Actor Dagmar Stansova on starring in American premiere of Mario Diament's "Land Of Fire”
Poet Arthur Vogelsang on offering one-on-one online workshops
Westchester Amateur Astronomers for passing along this NASA video on the size of the universe
Happy Groundhog’s Day! Remember, whenever you see your shadow, it’s time to make some art.
Until next time,