Reading at Stamford Arts Festival
|En plein air|
photo by Carol Booth
More reviews on Free Ferry
My gratitude to Mom Egg Review’s Book Editor Bunny Goodjohn for Grace Gardiner’s work, and to Lines+Stars Editor Rachel Cloud Adams for James Lord Parker’s article. Authors can only pray for such thoughtful, in-depth reviews—they feel like manna from heaven. If you have not yet shared your feedback on Amazon, please do! Almost 20 five-star reviews, and I am grateful to everyone who took time to post.
Ann on the John Mac Show
Tune your computers on August 27, at 7pm, as I have the honor to appear on the JohnMac Radio Show. John F. McMullen, poet and broadcaster, has interviewed poets such as Aliki Barnstone, Patricia Carragon, and Amy Holman. I look forward to our conversation, and hope you can join us!
Jimmy Santiago Baca on Faith, Magic and Writing
|Jimmy Santiago Baca|
Salty Workshop with Norwalk’s Poet Laureate
|"Dredging for Oysters"|
by Alexander Rummler
Open Mic Night at Hudson Valley Writers Center
Did you know that HVWC hosts a monthly Open Mic? All genres welcome—fiction, non-fiction, poetry...music, comedy, storytelling, Friday, August 18, at 7:30pm. Featured: Vincent Bazzano. Be on time to sign up for your five-minute slot. Suggested $5 donation.
August 1 – October 1, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, call for work
Drugstore Blue by Susanna Case (Five Oaks Press)
Calling the Names by Mark Saba (David Robert Books)
Ghost Tracks: Stories of Pittsburgh Past by Mark Saba (Big Table Publishing)
Solar eclipse on August 21
Westchester Amateur Astronomers will host a partial (see this website for path of totality) eclipse event at the Harrison Library, Monday, August 21. Early phases start at 1:23 pm, reach maximum at 2:45pm, and end at 4pm. Use proper eye protection when viewing partial stages. If you have solar eclipse glasses, you need to verify they are not bogus.
|Virginia Beach 1970|
photo by Michael Cefola
So many of you are heading south or west to enjoy totality Monday, August 21. We say this rare event merits cookies, and maybe a reading of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court! At least cookies and a glass of milk . . . Twain would approve.
|Thanks to Parade for the recipe|
4 cups powdered sugar, divided
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
6 Tbsp warm water, divided
Yellow food coloring
If baking cookies, bake per package directions and cool completely. In medium bowl, mix 2 cups powdered sugar and pinch of salt; stir in 3 Tbsp warm water and 1 tsp lemon juice. Ice flat sides of cookies, covering from one-eighth to almost completely. Freeze 10 minutes or until set. In medium bowl, mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp cocoa and 3 Tbsp warm water. Spread chocolate icing on un-iced portions to represent moon covering sun. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until set. Makes 2 dozen. Thanks to Parade for the recipe.
Poetry events / readings
HVWC, August 18, Vincent Bazzano, $5
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, August 27, 10am, J. Chester Johnson on AudenPrismatic Park, August 29, 30, 31; September 2, 3; 12-5pm, Donna Masini, interactive poetry exercises
Poets House Kray Hall, September 16, 4pm, Joy Passanante
'Round the Net
photo by Michael Holstein
Poet Gary Glauber for poems appearing in Tuck and The Courtship of Winds
Poet and artist Shana Melton for her Bridgeport, CT Writers Group
The New York Public Library’s August book recommendations
Poet and bassist James Lord Parker for poems appearing in Sewer Lid
Art Historian Laura Morelli for tips on how to shop in Florence
Poet and artist Linda Simone for this TedTalk on finding your life’s purpose
May the solar eclipse hold good omens for us all! Thanks for sharing the many ways you are reading Free Ferry—top narrative first, bottom next, and then each page. It’s not unusual for people to read the book four or five times! It’s deeply rewarding to me that Free Ferry is delighting people who normally do not read poetry. Such joy!
Until next time,