Saturday, October 24, 2009

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Cornelia Street Café this Friday
Come hear me read this Friday at the Cornelia Street Café! I am delighted to be featured at Jackie Sheeler’s Son of Pony Series at 7 p.m. If you’d like to read in the Open Mic before/after my reading, come at 5:45 p.m. to sign up. Cornelia Street Café is the quintessential New York poetry venue—so come and enjoy! Seven-dollar entrance fee includes a house drink.

Not a Muse Poets at Bowery Poetry Club
What a pleasure to read at the famed Bowery Poetry Club for the U.S. launch of the Not A Muse (Haven Books, 2009) global anthology! NAM Poet and BPC host Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz hosted the September 26 event organized by Linda Leedy Schneider. In addition to Cristin and Linda, we heard fabulous and wry poetry from Kate Bernadette Benedict, Adele Geraghty, Jennifer Karmin, Sarah Stapperfenne, and Jeanann Verlee.

Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2010
My poem, “Andromeda at Midlife,” appears in next year’s Alhambra Poetry Calendar now available. Thanks to editor Shafiq Naz for selecting another poem of mine. I had to laugh at the alphabetical listing—to see Mr. Chaucer’s name after mine! Aye! More than a calendar, the Alhambra anthologies span a diversity of poetic styles and eras. They make unique gifts, are paginated to last three years and available in French, German, Italian and Spanish versions.

Michael Cefola at Prairie Fire
Blues guitarist Michael Cefola, my talented husband (center), played a selection of Delta Blues tunes with bassist Larry Schwartzman (right) and saxophonist Bob Feldman (left) at the October 11 Prairie Fire Poetry / Jazz event. Michael ignited the “Prairie Fire” with his harmonica and slide guitar on classics such as “I’m a Man” by Bo Diddley and “Ramblin’ on My Mind” by Robert Johnson. Thanks to Peter Chelnik for hosting Prairie Fire every second Sunday at the American Theater of Actors.

Poetry of war and peace
Award-winning poet Terry Dugan will read her provocative work at the WESPAC Poetry Café on Friday, November 6—joined by Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi and Colombian poet Catalina Restrepo. Donation of $10 requested. Terry and a dozen other poets will also read at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center Poets on War and Peace on Friday, November 13.

New from Kevin Pilkington
Poet Kevin Pilkington has a new book out, In the Eyes of a Dog (NewYork Quarterly Books, 2009). Kevin’s work has won many distinctions, including the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award and the Ledge Poetry Prize. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he is a member of the full-time writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence and teaches a workshop in the graduate program at Manhattanville.

Greenburgh’s fascinating art events
CBS Radio news anchor Nick Young will exhibit his drawings in the Greenburgh Town Hall November 1 – December 31. Come for a free gallery reception on Sunday, November 1, 1-3 p.m. A week later, same location, photographer Tina L. Singleton will discuss her experiences working for international women’s rights in Afghanistan on November 8, 2-4 p.m.—the talk and following reception are free.

The River Trio at North Castle Public Library
Long Island Philharmonic cellist Jay Shulman, flutist Pamela Sklar and violinist Linda Finegan Lott will perform chamber music of the baroque and classical eras on Sunday, November 15, at 3:00 p.m. You can also see Jay perform at the next Prairie Fire Poetry/Jazz event (see above) on November 8 at 5 p.m.

’Round the Net
· My nephew Dan Gregory, award-winning writer and host of a radio program Thursdays 3-5 pm. from the University of Connecticut.

· Guitarist John Moses for his new album, Riptide, available on CD Baby.

· Artist Maritza Rivera, met in a chance encounter at Café Reggio in the village.

· Francophile and poetry lover Susan Seligman for this New York Times article on the new Poets House.

· Filmmaker Frank Vitale, for his beautiful new documentary on the Garnerville Art and Industrial Complex.

Wishing you a rich and beautiful fall, and a Happy Halloween!