Happy May! Finally warm and full of dogwood blossoms. Also blooming: poetry—my second book, Free Ferry, forthcoming from Upper Hand Press in January; poems on Brian Wilson and Johnny Cash for Opossum’s music issue; work accepted for Our Last Walk, anthology on pet loss; and my translation of Section 9 from Le Héros (Flammarion, 2008) by Hélène Sanguinetti in St. Petersburg Review.
Sunday @ the J with George—and Ann
Come hear me read on Sunday, May 22, at 1:30 pm, with poet and translator Dr. George Kraus. George is the affable host of Sundays @ the J with George and Friends at the JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. This popular poetry series features the best local talent, and I am honored to join George for the reading. Hope to see you there!
What a pleasure to meet poet Joel Allegretti, charming editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015) last month at the Hudson Valley Writers Center! Joel read with Austin Alexis, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Susana H. Case, Suzanne Cleary, Amy Holman, Lynn McGee, Mervyn Taylor, Estha Weiner, and me from this anthology which has received high praise in The Huffington Post, Rain Taxi, and the Independent Tower.
Meredith Trede’s TenementThrenody (Main Street Rag Press, 2016), debuted at a recent Sundays @ the J with George and Friends event. Her innovative sonnets capture the voices and landscape of mid-century Inwood; Meredith’s husband Brad, daughter Nicole, grandson Lucas, and good friend Judith Lane brought them to life. You can see Meredith this Sunday, May 15, at 2 pm at the Warner Library. Don’t miss her!
|Linda Moot directs altos, including|
dear friend Carol Booth (far right)
Mindful of immigrants, Temple Beth Shalom Choir Director Linda Moot and her choir took us on a global musical journey earlier this month. Covering medieval Judeo-Spanish songs to tangos, the event featured guitarist Steve Bloom, pianists Jonathan Faiman and Cheryl Seltzer, and the mesmerizing drumming of Youssif Sheronik. Even the audience danced like Miriam—led by composer Elliot Z. Levine.
More joy, more music, hearing John and Bill, the intrepid Moses Brothers, play Tavern 489 recently. A blend of folk, blues, and Everly-like close harmonics, the Mo’ Bros also lay out fine guitar and fiddle. Always a pleasure to hear this talented duo.
When Degas discovered monotype—drawing in ink on a metal plate that is then run through a press—he was captivated. This exhibition includes 120 rarely seen monotypes and 60 related paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks, and prints—that show Degas at his most modern. Through July 24. Fee: $23
Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas
This New York Botanical Garden exhibit, May 14-September 11, honors iconic artists such as Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent who captured the ephemeral quality of light observed in the natural world. The garden-wide exhibit is further complemented by 20 impressionist paintings and sculptures in the Art Gallery. Fees: $20 weekdays, $25 weekends.
Congratulations to poet-artist Meg Lindsay, whose chapbook, A Painter’s Night Journal, will be published in August by Finishing Line Press. NEA recipient Cortney Davis calls her language “inventive and playful” and her images and metaphors “vivid and precise” in “this compelling debut.” This is a limited edition collection, so please order your copy by June 17.
Poet Estha Weiner invites you to join her poetry workshop, Let’s Lose the Muse. Cut through myths to get the tools you need to sculpt poems. Open to all at the West Side YMCA, Saturdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, through June 26. Register online. Fees: $252 Member, $410 Non-member.
|Art by Bjorn Braun|
The Katonah Museum of Art exhibit, The Nest, will springboard the May 15 workshop, When Artists Are Birds, 1-4 pm, with artist Sheila Hale and writer-in-residence Pamela Hart. Participants will begin in museum galleries then travel to Hale’s studio. Register online or call 914-232-9555 ext. 0. Fee: $60.
Poetry and other readings
May 12, 8 pm – Louis Erdrich, Anne Enright, 92nd Street Y
May 14, 6 pm – Janice Lowe, Tyehimba Jess, Alissa Quart, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
May 14, 7:30 pm – Otto René Castillo, 543 W. 42nd St.
May 15, 2 pm – Meredith Trede, Warner Library
May 15, 4 pm – Gerald Stern and Cindy Beer-Fouhy, HVCCA
May 15, 4:30 pm – Emilia Phillips, Cecilia Stormcrow Llompart, HVWC, $10
May 20, 6:30 pm – Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Douglas Kearney, Center for Book Arts
May 20, 7:30 pm – Open Mic Night, HVWC, $5
May 22, 1:30 pm – Ann Cefola and George Kraus, JCC on Hudson
|Otto René Castillo|
May 22, 4:30 pm – Grace Schulman, HVWC, $10
May 25, 6 pm – Salgado Maranhao, Alex Levatin, Poets House, $10
May 25, 7 pm -- Constance Renfrow, Tiffany Ferentini, Jared Shaffer, Carolyn Drake, Angus McLinn, Angela Sloan, Katherine Sloan, KGB
May 31, 7 pm – Joe Okonkwo, Book Culture
June 10, 6:30 pm – Stephen Motika, Jill Magi, Center for Book Arts
June 26, 4 pm – Vicki Iorio, Susan Lewis, Katie Longofono, Janeen Rastall, Christina Rau, BookMark Shoppe
Golden Vegan Ice Cream
This comes from my poetry pal, Linda Simone of San Antonio, who found it on the Internet. An ice cream machine is required and I have not tried this recipe yet—so be brave and let me know how it goes!
2 14-ounce (414 ml) cans full fat coconut milk
4 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup, plus more to taste
Pinch sea salt
2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8th tsp black pepper
optional: 1/8th tsp cardamom, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger
Day before, chill ice cream churning bowl in freezer. Whisk and simmer coconut milk, fresh ginger, maple syrup, salt, turmeric, cinnamon, pepper, and cardamom in large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Adjust flavor. Transfer to mixing bowl and cool to room temperature. Cover and chill in refrigerator overnight, or 4-6 hours. The next day remove ginger. Add olive oil for extra creaminess.
Add to ice cream maker and churn per manufacturer instructions – 20-30 minutes until like soft serve. In last minutes, add optional candied ginger. Once churned, transfer to large freezer-safe container (or parchment-lined loaf pan) and smooth top. Cover securely and freeze 4-6 hours or until firm. Soften 10 minutes before serving, and use a scoop warmed in hot water. Best eaten within seven days.
’Round the Net
Memoirist Sarah Bracey White, keynote at the Greenburgh Library’s Women and Culture event, reading from her new book, The Wanderlust
Poet Llyn Clague on having six poems in Bindweed Magazine
|Masako Inkyo's opening reception|
Author Herb Hadad for attending the May 5 Latino Victory Project Gala in Washington, D.C., dedicated to registering Latinos and supporting Latino candidates
|Diane Guerrero, Herb Hadad,|
Eva Longorio at Latino Victory Gala
Poets and Writers for this fascinating article on crowd-sourcing new covers for old classics
Music archivist Jay Shulman for honoring late music greats Merle Haggard, Sonny James, Lonnie Mack, Sir George Martin; New Yorker cartoonist William Hamilton, poet-violinist Kate Lightand the loss of the Long Island Philharmonic
Jay once again for this article on Walt Whitman’s Paleo-eating habits
Poet Linda Simone on having “Walking the River’s Edge” appear in the San Antonio Express News
The Smithsonian for preserving Prince’s guitar and other personal items
In this season of budding beauty and new life, may you be massively creative and joyful!
Until next time,