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Free Ferry Reading at Fordham – Rose Hill
I will read from Free Ferry Wednesday, October 11, as part of a celebration honoring a scientist who synthesized the first man-made element, plutonium. A professor of chemistry at Fordham, he will be remembered with tributes from family members, former students, and science professors. The event, which will be live-streamed, will take place 2:30-5:30pm in Flom Auditorium in the Walsh Library on the Rose Hill Campus, and a reception will follow.
Convergence of the Humanities and Sciences at CCNY
On Wednesday, October 18 at 4pm, I will be reading from Free Ferry at a Roundtable Discussion Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Plutonium at CCNY. Hosted by Dean of Science Tony Liss, the event will feature Philosophy Professors Elise Crull and Massimo Pigliucci, History Professor Danian Hu, and CCNY Dean of Humanities and Sciences Erec Koch. The conversation, which will take place in The Rifkind Room, NAC 6/316, at 160 Convent Avenue in Manhattan, will be followed by a reception.
Alison McBain Interview
The Anglican Auden
Think you know Auden, eh? If you don’t know his passion for preserving his Anglican roots, then you are missing the whole picture. Poet J. Chester Johnson has filled in the gaps in Auden, the Psalms and Me (Church Publishing, 2017).
|WH Auden (1907-1973) at Oxford|
Johnson will discuss Auden, the Psalms and Me on Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm, at the Church of Heavenly Rest; Sunday, October 29, 2pm, at Poets House, with commentary by Cornelius Eady; and Tuesday, November 28, 6:30pm, at the Culture Center, with an introduction by Phillis Levin.
Join me at the Norwalk Library on November 2 at 7pm for the Poets in Conversation Series hosted by Norwalk Poet Laureate Laurel Petersen. Poet Robert Masterson and I will read, discuss the writing life, and take audience questions. Thanks to Laurel for this great opportunity!
Sunday with George at the J
Come hear me read at the Sunday with George Poetry Series at the JCC on the Hudson October 29 at 1:30pm. I am honored to join superb local poets Michael Carman, Susana Case, Ruth Handel, Ann Lauinger, Loretta Oleck, Natalie Safir, Michelle Seaman, Meredith Trede, and Estha Weiner. Our last reading together was extraordinary—so our host, poet and translator George Kraus, is putting the band back together again!
The Ocotillo Review seeks / pays for short fiction, poetry, flash fiction and narrative nonfiction
Jessica Hendry Nelson on Essay Associated: The Modern Lyric, October 11, 6pm, Slonim House, Sarah Lawrence
Writing Our Lives as Caregivers with Pauletta Hansel, October 14, 9am-noon, free
Enjoying Poetry with Ruth Handel, Scarsdale Adult School, Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Dec.5, $180
Miller Oberman on Writing in the Ruins: The Poet as Translator, October 19, 2pm, Slonim House, Sarah Lawrence
HVWC, Submission Sundays, open to HVWC members; contact HVWC for info
Auden, the Psalms and Me (Church Publishing) by J. Chester Johnson
Palindrome (Dos Madres Press) by Pauletta Hansel
Studied Days (Dos Madres Press) by Richard Hague
Lynne's Spiced Pumpkin Soup
You may have seen this here before but this time of year demands a reprint! This delicious recipe is from The New Laurel's Kitchen, sort of a Joy of Cooking for vegetarians.
3/4 tsp. black mustard seed
1/4 to 1/2 c. veggie broth
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. each turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, ginger
3/4 c. powdered or regular skim milk
2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
Peel and chop pumpkin and carrots, and simmer in water to cover until tender. Toward end of cooking, heat nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add mustard seeds. Cover pan and keep over medium-high heat until popping of seeds begins to die down, then immediately add 1/4 c. broth or more as needed, and onion; reduce heat. Cook and stir until onion is translucent. Measure spices while onion cooks; stir into the mixture and cook on low heat for a minute until fragrant. Turn into pumpkin pot, using a cup of cooking water to rinse spice pan into soup pot. Use hand-blender to puree seasoned pumpkin and carrots in their cooking liquid, adding milk, honey and salt to taste. Makes 10 cups.
Poetry readings / literary or artistic events
Pete’s, October 13, 7pm, Ben Gantcher, Karen Hildebrand, Susan Miller
|Henri deToulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)|
The Room, October 14, 7pm, Rachel Coonce, Dustin Renwick, Evyan Roberts, Michael Salcman
The Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, October 16, 3pm, Jana Prikryl
Scarsdale Library, October 19, 7pm, Estha Weiner and other Westchester Review poets
HVWC, Open Mic, October 20, 7:30pm, Michael Collins
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, October 24, 7pm, Robert Collins, Richard Hague
National Arts Club, October 24, Billy Collins, Aracelis Girmay, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Jim Moore, Marilyn Nelson, Katha Pollitt, Poetry in Motion benefit, $260
Graduate Center at CUNY, the Skylight Room, October 31, 6:30pm, Victor Hernández Cruz
Katonah Village Library, November 5, 4pm, Carla Funk, $10
'Round the Net
Artist Kathe Gregory on her first open studio, October 14 and 15, noon-6pm, at Midway Studios
Main Street Rag Press for offering an advanced sale price for Of Burgers and Barrooms
The New York Public Library for its staff picks for October
The Pedestal Magazine for its war issue
Poet and artist Linda Simone for sharing San Antonio’s “Human Library” concept
University Professors Press for my poem, “Trackside Commissary,” in the anthology Silent Screams