Tuesday, April 12, 2016

your poetry month annogram

Free Ferry

For National Poetry Month, I am thrilled to announce my second book of poetry, Free Ferry, will be published by Upper Hand Press on January 16, 2017.  Thanks to publisher Ann Starr, whose commitment to innovative work includes outstanding sleeper novels such as One Hundred Years of Marriage and The Naming of Girl.  Stay tuned for more on Free Ferry, which combines mythology, 1960s suburbia, and the story behind plutonium.

Rabbit Ears reading

I will read with poets from Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015) on Friday, April 29, at 7:30pm at the Hudson Valley Writers Center.  Come join editor Joel Allegretti, poets Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Susana H. Case, Suzanne Cleary, Philip Fried, Amy Holman, Erik LaPrade, Lynn McGee, Mervyn Taylor, Angelo Verga, and Estha Weiner as we read about the cultural impact of television.

Linda Simone and poem
 Poetry on the Move

Congratulations to Linda Simone, a poet selected for San Antonio’s Poetry on the Move, and for the city bus system in Norwalk, CT.  Linda’s work also was chosen for the Love Poems to San Antonio anthology and launch event.  Congrats to Kevin Pilkington, whose poetry was also selected for Norwalk.

Tenement Threnody

Join poet Meredith Trede this Sunday, April 17, for her book launch of Tenement Threnody (Main Street Rag, 2016) at Sundays with George, 1:30pm, at the JCC on Hudsonannogram congratulates Meredith on her second exceptional book of poetry.  Sundays with George, a monthly poetry series, is hosted by poet and translator Dr. George Kraus.

Maggie and Jim Sinocchi
View from the wife

So many of you responded positively to Jim Sinocchi’s blog, View From The Chair.  Jim has posted a great article by his wife Maggie, written decades ago, on being married to Jim. They continue to be extraordinary people and help us all remember what’s most important in life, in love, and yes, in marriage.

Writing workshops
Natalie Safir hosts “Stories I Tell My Friends,” a writing workshop, free, 1-3pm, at the Warner Library on Wednesdays, April 13 and 27; May 11 and 25 and ending June 15.  Cindy Beer-Fouhy also offers “More Life Stories: Writing Workshop for Ages 50+,” Fridays, 12:30 –2:30pm, Fridays May 27 - June 24; register at Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute.  

Eamon Grennan
Poetry readings
April 13, 6:30pm – Eamon Grennan, Godwin Ternbach Museum 
April 14, 6pm – Carla Carlson, Cynthia Cruz, J. Chester Johnson, James Fujinami Moore, Maya Pindyck, NYU Bookstore
April 14, 6:30pm – Fanny Howe, CUNY, Room C202
Jo Pitkin
April 14, 7:30pm – Ruth Handel and the Poetry Caravan, Dobbs Ferry Library

April 15-17 – Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival

April 15, 6:30pm – Panel on June Jordan’s Life and Work, CUNY, Room 9207

April 16, 4pm – Panel with poets Jo Pitkin, Will Nixon, Molly McGlennen, and Lucia Cherciu, Butterfield Library
April 17, 1:30pm – Meredith Trede, JCC on Hudson
Angelo Verga
April 17, 4pm – Robert Pinsky, Katonah Village Library, $10
April 17, 4:30pm – Jessica Greenbaum, Peter Marcus and Gary Whitehead, HVWC
April 20, 7:30pm – Ruth Handel and the Poetry Caravan, Greenburgh Library
April 24, 4:30pm – Christopher Bakken, HVWC
April 27, 7:30pm – Ruth Handel and the Poetry Caravan, Scarsdale Library
April 28, 6:30pm – Rhina Espaillat, David Ferry, Robert Pinsky, Ellen Doré Watson, First Parish
April 29, 7:30pm – Joel Allegretti, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Susana H. Case, Ann Cefola, Suzanne Cleary, Philip Fried, Amy Holman, Erik LaPrade, Lynn McGee, Mervyn Taylor, Angelo Verga and Estha Weiner, HVWC
April 29, 8pm – Irish poets Louis DePaor,Theo Dorgan, Eamon Grennan, Belinda McKeon, Susan McKeown, Paul Muldoon, Leanne O'Sullivan, The Great Hall at Cooper Union

Creamy Onion Soup
This recipe is courtesy of artist Angela Virsinger and her husband Mike, who celebrated birthdays last month.  Happy Birthday!

4 large onions, roughly sliced
½ Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp maple syrup
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
½ cup coconut milk
4 Tbsp ghee or cooking fat
Sea salt and ground black pepper

Melt ghee or cooking fat in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, saute until tender and golden, about 20 minutes. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup, and stir. Pour in stock, bring to a boil, and simmer 15 minutes. Puree soup using a blender or immersion blender until smooth. Add coconut milk, season to taste, and serve warm.

‘Round the Net

Congratulations and/or thanks to the following:

Jeanette Briggs's winning photo
Photographer Jeanette Briggs on first place at the Art Society of Old Greenwich’s Sunlight and Shadows Exhibit

Novelist Regi Claire for a wonderfully supernatural short story in The Literari Quarterly

Professor Al Filreis for Jeff Marmer’s essay on poet Charles Bernstein and letting us know ModPo 2016 is open for registration

Ross Gay
Poet and fellow Sarah Lawrence MFA Ross Gay on receiving the National Book Critics Circle Award

Art Historian Beth Gersh-Nesic for alerting us to this episode in the NPR “Infomagical” series

Poets Eric Greinke and Glenna Luschei on their 2017 Pushcart Prize for “Lone Bones” in the annogram-praised Zen Duende (Presa Press, 2016)

Poet Ruth Handel who read at AWP last month and signed books at the Dos Madres booth

Poet Cindy Hochman on Linda Simone’s review of Habeas Corpus (Glass Lyre Press, 2015) in Red Paint Hill

Author Marilyn Johnson for alerting us the acclaimed Lives in Ruins (Harper Perennial, 2015) is now available in paperback

Poet Kevin Pilkington for this discussion of his influences at HVWC

Literary journal LINES+STARS for new spring issue on Time Travel

Poet Mary McCray for recommending The House of Eternal Return on your next Santa Fe visit

Actor Bill Murray for this unexpected and powerful poetry reading of Lucille Clifton on Kimmel

Poets & Writers for this app which provides access to local readings

ADA activist and pioneer David Schwartzkopf on his interview in StoryCorps

Bassist Larry Schwartzman for this global version of “Stand by Me

Music archivist Jay Shulman for ‘Noir at the Bar’ on the community of crime fiction writers, rare Gene Kelly footage, and Bob Dylan’s secret archives

Francophile and dog-o-phile Susan Seligman for these ‘model’ dogs in spring attire

Poet and artist Linda Simone for this Anne Carson essay and writing while translating

Poet Grace Schulman on being selected the PSA Frost Medalist
Aretha Franklin by Joe Vericker

Poet Tree Swenson on work to develop Hugo House

Poet Meredith Trede on her second book, Tenement Threnody (Main Street Rag, 2016)

Photographer Joe Vericker for this great photo of the Queen of Soul

That’s all for this edition.  Hope you are loving spring—here in New York, some April showers, but temperatures on the rise.

Until next time,