Thursday, November 01, 2018

your grateful annogram

Boléro and the Fort Worth Symphony

I am grateful that a beloved poem, “Boléro,” has found a home in an anthology on classical music edited by poet Michael Baldwin to benefit the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. If you have a poem that touches on orchestral music, submit to by December 1.  That’s also the press date for The Hero, my translation of Hélène Sanguinetti’s fourth book, forthcoming from Chax. Woo-hoo!

Bolaño at the Warner Library

Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003)
The epic stage adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s internationally acclaimed 2666 (trans. Natasha Wimmer; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008) is available for free, online streaming. The Warner Library will present part one on November 3 at 6:30pm, and the remainder November 6 at 12:30pm. Poet and translator George Kraus PhD will host both events.

Insta Novels on New York Public Library Instagram

"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, available to read on the 
Library's Instagram account (@nypl), follows two other releases, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and "The Yellow Wallpaper." To read "The Raven," go to the Library's Instagram account and tap "The Raven" in the highlights section, right under the bio. Rest your thumb on the lower right part of the screen to hold the page, and lift your thumb to turn the page.

The River Will Save Us

Congratulations to Linda Simone on her new book The River Will Save Us (Kelsay Books). Inspired by urgency around immigration, River taps into Linda’s arrival in south Texas, her Italian immigrant ancestors and San Antonio’s turn-of-the-century Jingu dynasty. In three sections, the book deftly contrasts lyric narrative against jewel-like haiku. Hear more in John McMullen’s fascinating interview with the molto-talented Linda.

New Releases

Sally Blimius-Dunn, Echolocation (Plume Editions, 2018)

Rocio Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, Attendance (The Operating System)

Melissa Eleftherion Carr, Little Ditch (Above/Ground Press)

Kevin Crookes, Snoff the Sloth (CreateSpace)

Paul Pines, A Furnace in the Shadow (Dos Madres Press)

Jakob Stein, Genizah (Dos Madres Press)

Creative opportunities

Stealing From the Poet's Tool Box: A Workshop with Estha Weiner, Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute, November 3, 10am-3pm, $200

From Pages to Publication Conference, at the Fairfield Main Library, November 3, 9am–4:30pm, register here

AMP magazine call for original poetry (bilingual welcome), short prose, text hybrids, media hybrids (text+still images), video poems and literary video through December 1  

Belmont Story Review call for fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, narrative journalism in the areas of music, publishing, creativity and collaboration, as well as faith and culture, through March 15, 2019

The Pedestal open for poetry submissions, up to five poems, November 5-December 2

Music anthology benefiting the Fort Worth Symphony; send up to three poems—no more than 50 lines each; your address, and brief bio through November 31 to

Greek Lentil Soup

As temperatures cool, it’s time for soup! Here’s a favorite from The New Laurel’s Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, 1986).

2 c. uncooked lentils
8 c. water or vegetable stock
1/2 onion, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 small potato, chopped
2 T. olive oil
bay leaves
1 1/2 to 2 tsp. salt
2 t. red wine vinegar

Pick over lentils and wash. Mix all ingredients except the vinegar in a soup pot and cook until the lentils are very soft, about one hour. Stir in the vinegar at the end and serve.

Poetry readings / literary events

Susana Case
Norwalk Library, November 1, 7pm, Poets in Conversation: Jean P. Moore and Katherine Flannery Dering hosted by Norwalk Poet Laureate Laurel Petersen

QED, November 4, 3pm, Susana Case, Eleanor Lehman, Sarah Riccio, Oscar Sanders

Cornelia Street Café, November 6, 6pm, Susana Case, Jennifer Franklin, Cal Freeman, Claudine Nash, Peter Neil Carroll, Thaddeus Rutkowski

Cornelia Street Café, November 7, 6pm, Reading and Conversation with Igor Webb and John Matthias

Williams Center for the Arts, November 7, 7pm, Susana Case

A Public Space, November 8, 6pm, Idra Novey

Pioneer Works, November 10, 11am, Well-Read Black Girl Festival featuring Jacqueline Woodson, Veronica Chambers, Renée Watson, and more

HVWC, November 11, 4:30pm, War and Peace reading featuring Susana Case and others

Katonah Library, November 11, 4pm, Carl Phillips

Godwin-Ternbach Museum, November 14, 6:30pm, Marilyn Chin

Bronx River Books, November 16, 7pm, Sally Blimius-Dunn

Brooklyn Public Library in Prospect Heights, November 16, 7:30pm, Jonathan Franzen

Butler Library in Morningside Heights, November 29, 6pm, Susan Orlean  

ʼRound the Net

Poet Michael Baldwin on the upcoming publication of his book, Quantum Uncertainty of Love, by Shanti Arts Press

Racoco Productions performing TILT
Memoirist Sarah Bracey White on her recent reading at Vassar College, seen here at 30:13 and Town of Greenburgh interview

Racoco Productions Director Rachel Cohen on her company’s new performance, TILT

Patrick Modiano
Yorktown Heights Poet Laureate John McMullen for sharing Janet Kuyper’s free poetry chapbook, this list of paying online writing opportunities, and work in Down in the Dirt and Across the Wall

Editor Mary Ann Miller for the opportunity to purchase current and back issues of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, whose interviews have been featured in Poetry Daily

Art Historian and Novelist Laura Morelli for The Painter's Apprentice  winning an Historical Novel Society Editor’s Pick, 2018 Writers' Digest Honorable Mention, and Eric Hoffer Grand Prize

Poet Linda Simone for places that publish reprints and this essay on translating Patrick Modiano

As we head into Thanksgiving here in the US, I give thanks for you, annogram readers, a worldwide community of literary, visual, and performing artists, and those cherished people who provide venues for us to share our work and thrive as artists in our own skin. I rejoice in your good news, so keep me updated. Wishing you more creative adventures and increasing recognition!

Until next time,

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

your harvest moon annogram

Poetry in Translation this Sunday

Hélène Sanguinetti
Not-to-be-missed on Sunday, September 30, at 1:30pm—Poetry in Translation at the JCC in Tarrytown: George Kraus will read from his translations of Vallejo, Borges and 16th century Spanish poets Gongora, Quevedo, and Sor Juana; Ann Lauinger, her translations of Filippo Naitana who will be there to present the original Italian; Beth Gersh-Nešić, will share her translations of art critic and poet André Salmon; and I will read from Hélène Sanguinetti’s The Hero, forth-
coming from Chax Press.

Toy Hall of Fame Nominees

The National Toy Hall of Fame is considering Chutes and Ladders, American Girl Dolls, tic-tac-toe, chalk, and the Magic 8 Ball. The Hall of Fame’s Chris Bensch says, "This year, the Susan Lucci of the toy world is the Magic 8 ball.” After seven tries, it has not yet been inducted. Will our favorite Magic 8 ball win? Fingers crossed “It is decidedly so” shows up as the answer in November.

Kevin Pilkington
Kevin Pilkington at Dodge Poetry Festival

Kevin Pilkington, winner of the National Book Award and four-time Pushcart nominee, will be giving two poetry readings at The Dodge Poetry Festival on October 20 at 2pm and October 21 at 12:30pm. Kevin will take his place among top poets at the four-day event, the largest poetry festival in North America. Here’s more on the festival lineup.

Mary McCray's Cowboy Meditation Primer

Poet Mary McCray’s astonishing second book, while reading like a novel, integrates highly crafted poetics. A gorgeous immersion into southwestern landscape, the Primer is as much a spiritual as external journey. Easterner Silas Cole finds camaraderie in the company of the mysterious Coyote, the quiet cook, and gambling cowboys who teach him to reel in his soul as well as the herd they drive. While Silas can “extract the holes of bullets” and “save them like buttons, he ultimately learns "nothing but earth wants your bones. This is a gritty and lyrical narrative I could not resist. Congratulations to Mary on another highly original and beautifully written work!

Gil Fagiani celebrated at Calandra Institute

Gil Fagiani (1945-2018)
On October 16, the Italian American Writers Association will launch 
Missing Madonnas, the first posthumous poetry collection in Gil Fagiani’s Bordighera Press trilogy, which includes Chianti in Connecticut and Stone Walls, at John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, at 6pm. Thanks to Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella for championing her late husband’s poetry, memoirs, and translation. RSVP and visit the IAWA website for more on IAWA second Saturdays in Manhattan.

New Releases

Robert Mitchell, Reason's Dream  (Dos Madres Press)

Margaret Randell, translator; María Vázquez Valdez, Kawsay - The flame of the jungle (The Operating System)

Julia Aldrich Carter, Life Lines (Dos Madres Press)

Gil Fagiani, Missing Madonnas (Borighera Press)

Diane Lockwood, Editor. The Practicing Poet (Terrapin Books, 2018)

Mary McCray, The Cowboy Meditation Primer (Trementina Press)

Cole Swensen, translator; Hervé LeTellier, Atlas Inutilis (Black Square)

Creative Opportunities

Arthur Vogelsang 8-week One-on-One Online Poetry Workshop 

Pedestal Magazine submit up to 5 poems before December 2

Coffee Poems submit poem in English or other language by 10th each month to

Red Quinoa Salad

My friend Elyse Faltz made this scrumptious protein-rich salad, a perfect bridge to fall eating. Enjoy!

1 cup uncooked red quinoa
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 cups 1/2-inch-diced seeded tomato
1/2 cup 1/2-inch-diced seeded cucumber
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 15-oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 oz (1/2 cup) crumbled feta cheese
4 lemon wedges

Cook quinoa according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain, place in large bowl, and cool one hour. While quinoa cools, whisk oil and next four ingredients in small bowl. Let stand 20 minutes. Add dressing, tomato, and next four ingredients to quinoa; toss well. Serve with feta and lemon wedges.

Poetry readings / literary events

Norwalk Library, Poets in Conversation, October 4, 7pm, Amy Nawrocki, Brian Clements

Notre Dame, October 5-7, AndNow Festival of New Writing

Rae Armantrout
Zinc Bar, Saturdays, 4:30pm; October 6, Chia-Lun Chang, Zahra Patterson; October 13, Myra Al-Rahim, Myung Mi Kim; October 20, Rae Armantrout, Ariel Goldberg; October 27, Jos Charles, Simone White

Mahopac Library, October 15, 6:30pm, Mahopac Poetry Group Reading and Open Mic

Troubadour, October 15, 8pm, J. Chester Johnson, Elizabeth Powell, £7

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, October 16, 6pm,  Missing Madonnas  by  the late Gil Fagiani, book launch; RSVP

McNally Jackson, October 16, 7pm, bilingual book launch, María Vázquez Valdezs Kawsay - The flame of the jungle; Margaret Randall, Urayoán Noel, Elizabeth Zuba, Mónica de la Torre, Lila Zemborain

UPenn, October 18, 10am-5pm, A New Disability Poetics, symposium on relationships between 
the disabled body and contemporary poetic practices

Curley's Diner, Home of Curley's Poets
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, October 20, 3pm, book launch of Tuesday Night Live, anthology of PoemAlley/
Curley’s Poets

The Bonbonnerie Tearoom on Madison, October 25, 6pm, Poetry Dinner; Megan Henson, Susan Glassmeyer, Pauletta Hansel; RSVP $25

ʼRound the Net

Rachel Cohen
in performance
Director Rachel Cohen of Racoco Productions on spending a week at Abrons Arts Center to develop a new piece, TILT 

Poet Cindy Hochman on reviewing Brett Evans's and Christopher Shipman's Keats is Not the Problem, and Lynn Schmeidler's History of Gone in Pedestal 82

Publisher Lynne DeSilva-Johnson for the 2019 Operating System Catalog now live

Poet Meg Lindsay on “Pain Scale" in the September Light; “That First Hospital Stay” in the October Months to Years, “What They Don’t Tell You,” in 2019 Pulse; and Tiferet  finalist  “Diagnosis”

Yorktown Heights Poet Laureate John McMullen for this list of journals that accept 
Murano glass

Art Historian Laura Morelli for this look into the history of Murano glass

Guitarist Johnny Moses, via guitarist Michael Cefola, for this article on the benefits of arts in the boonies

Poets and Writers for this article about the effort to save Edna St. Vincent Millay’s home

Poet Christina Rau on winning the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association's 2018 Elgin Award for her book Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017)

Hooch with Lou and Eugenie Spirito
Poet Linda Simone for her essay appearing in The Practicing Poet (Terrapin Books, 2018) and sharing this link to free Alice Munro stories

Author and dog rescuer Louis Spirito on adopting Hooch, whom we hope inspires another book

Poet Neal Whitman for poems, “One Day at Point Pinos Lighthouse: A Docent’s Reflection and Refraction,” in Stacking Stones: An Anthology of Short Tanka Sequences (Keibooks, 2018); with Amelia Fielden, “Weather Uncertain, Conditions Unknown,” Atlas Poetica 32: A Journal ofWorld Tanka

Memoirist Sarah Bracey White for “And Then Suddenly," a podcast by Angela Santillo  about Sarah’s mother, segregation and freedom; and “One on One with Vin Daquino

Photo by Dan Bush of Missouri Skies
Thanks to old school pal Eric Schecter on Facebook, I realized tonight is the Harvest Moon. To honor this celestial event, Eric evoked the Neil Young song of the same name. On this moon I wish you the magical powers of a full heart, and inspired imagination.

Until next time,