Saturday, October 01, 2011

St. Agnes is ‘Hot’

According to my publisher Sammy Greenspan, St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press) is “hot”! Sammy is doing a second print run to meet high demand. In addition, New Pages, an online literary review, lists St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped as New and Noteworthy. Many thanks to all of you who are ordering my new chapbook. I will also be reading this Sunday, October 2, at the Nyack Library, at 2 p.m., joined by poets Meredith Trede, Daryl Brownlee and Sally Lipton Derringer.

Tea with St. Agnes

You are cordially invited to my book launch celebration, Tea with St. Agnes, on Saturday, October 15, 3-5p.m., in the newly restored library at Trinity St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Rochelle. Enjoy a poetry reading and refreshments. A free-will offering will be requested to benefit the church’s Building Repair Fund. Come see this church designed by famed Gothic Revivalist Richard Upjohn (1802-1878), as well as the two breath-taking stained-glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)!

Inkspotting interview

Please see Betty Dobson’s interview of me in Inkspotting: Writing, life and the writing life. In addition to Inkspotting, Betty also has superb blogs on poetry, genealogy and comics. Look for my work in Betty’s forthcoming anthology, Wait a minute, I have to take off my bra.
More good news
I am thrilled that my poem “Breast Imaging” appears in the current issue of Hospital Drive, the literary journal of the University of Virginia Medical School. In addition, my poem “Saffron” will appear in the 2012 Alhambra Poetry Calendar. “Aurora” and “Amphibious” will also help inaugurate the 2012 Alhambra Young Reader’s Poetry Calendar. Thanks to editor Shafiq Naz for selecting my work four years in a row!

Book launches galore

What a great time at Catherine Wald’s Distant, Burned-Out Stars (Finishing Line Press) book launch! Set in the intimate Amawalk Quaker Meeting House, the September event featured cake, champagne and a perfect reading by Cathy. Cathy will also be at Meet the Authors at the Mahopac Public Library, Thursday, October 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wonderful to see memoirist Sarah Bracey White, whose book Primary Lessons is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press. That's Sarah Bracey White and I (upper right) enjoying the late afternoon event in our finest summer hats, and (lower left) me, Cathy Wald, Sarah and Meredith Trede, whose launch for Field Theory (Stephen F. Austin University Press) will take place Sunday, October 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown. And Saturday, November 5 at 5 p.m., another launch at Poets House in lower Manhattan will celebrate Toadlily Press's latest book, The Best of Toadlily Press. Book-party on!

Randy Briggs gets framed

Be sure to stop by Scarsdale Art and Frame Shop, 46 Christie Place, Scarsdale, during October to see watercolors by Randy Briggs. Trained as both architect and artist, Randy brings amazing detail and color to landscapes and house portraits. His work can often be mistaken for photographs. Scarsdale Art and Frame is open 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and on Saturdays you can also enjoy the Scarsdale Farmer’s Market, down the street by the train station.

’Round the Net

Thanks to the following people for sending me these great links:

- American Literary Translators Association’s list-serve for why some languages sound so fast

- Poet Brenda Connor-Bey for Notes on the State of Southern Poetry

- Brenda also for recommending the Aldo Tambellini exhibit at the Chelsea Art Museum
- Art Historian Beth Gersh-Nesic for her meditation on The High Price of High Art

- Award-winning author Herbert Hadad for his thoughtful 9/11 Reflection

- Translator Lucas Klein for this gathering of thirty translations of Basho’s frog poem
- Poet Kevin Pilkington for the head’s up on his October 6 reading at Susquehanna University

- Poet and filmmaker Jackie Sheeler for this New York take on Hurricane Irene

- Translator Russell Valentino for this hilarious story featuring President Jimmy Carter

One of the reasons I love writing and sending out annograms is the chance to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues. Next week is my birthday—if you enjoy your annograms, let me know! I appreciate the highly creative community we have built together over the years.

Wishing you a glorious autumn,