Saturday, November 05, 2011

your november annogram

St. Agnes book launch a big success
Thanks to Trinity-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for hosting the October book launch of St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press, 2011) in the newly restored library. The Reverend Robert Gahler gave an inspiring introduction, sharing the church’s history as the birthplace of the French protestant movement in the then colonies. Ever-gracious, he also arranged a lovely afternoon buffet, poured tea for guests and provided an informal sanctuary walk-through.
I am equally grateful to the literary community that showed to support me—especially Meredith Trede, author of Field Theory (Stephen Austin University Press, 2011), Myrna Goodman, poet and cofounder of Toadlily Press; and Sarah Bracey White, whose memoir Primary Lessons won the CavanKerry Press New Voices Award and will be published next year. Thanks to Sarah and poet Michael Holstein for taking photos, to friends, parishioners and poetry lovers who appeared out of nowhere to buy my books in record numbers, and to those of you who sent such warm wishes in e-mail notes and cards.

Wait a minute, I have to take off my bra!
That’s the saucy title of the new breast-themed anthology by InkSpotter publisher Betty Dobson. Thanks to Betty for including my poem, “Breast Imaging,” in Wait a minute which you can find on And now that I have your attention, you can also read my poem, “For My Mother-in-Law Recently Passed” in Radius Poetry: From the Center to the Edge.

Women of a Certain Page
Does a something unknown beckon in your life? Come to Women of a Certain Page, an afternoon tea, poetry reading and creative exploration presented by the New York Arts Exchange tomorrow, Sunday, November 6, from 2 PM to 4 PM in New Rochelle. Poets Meredith Trede, Cathy Wald and I will read and lead a lively discussion and a few creative exercises. The cost is $30, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Hope’s Door, formerly the Northern Westchester Shelter. To reserve a spot, e-mail as soon as possible!

Toadlily launch at Poets House
Tonight at Poets House, at 5pm, Toadlily Press will celebrate the book launch of The Best of Toadlily Press (Toadlily Press, 2011), a wonderful compilation of Toadlily contributors and the high-profile poets, such as Thomas Lux and Jean Valentine, who have written introductions to the poetry books over the years. This delicious selection features a whimsical cover by artist and Toadlily cofounder Myrna Goodman. Annogram salutes Toadlily for increasing the publishing opportunities for emerging poets over the years in its much-praised quartet chapbook series.

‘Round the Net
Thanks to these people or periodicals for providing these fascinating links:
· The ALTA List-Serv for this article on Angela’s Ashes finally getting translated into Irish
· Jeanette Briggs for this article on Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer winning the Nobel Prize
· Lisa Guidarini for Why Creative Writing is Better with a Pen
· The New York Times for this article on Amazon’s entry into the publishing world
· The Times again for this article on Julian Barnes winning the Man Booker Prize
· And this book review on the influence of Keats’s brother’s travels in America on the poet’s work
· Poet Charles Simic for this article in his blog, Take Care of Your Little Notebook
· Poet Margo Stever for news of her upcoming chapbook, The Hudson Line (Main Street Rag, 2012)
· Alyson Waters for this review on David Bellos’s book on translation
· Kim Wells for this amazing YouTube video on the effects of domestic violence on children

Today, on my wedding anniversary, I am especially grateful to Michael Cefola for being my husband and partner in our amazing life journey together. I am truly blessed.

Wishing you and yours much to be thankful for this month!

Until next time,