Upper Hand Press has a sweetheart of a deal for you: Free Ferry is half price now through February 14. Order now and you'll receive it in April, which is right around the corner. Thanks to cultural pundit Natasha Nesic for the first online review of Free Ferry, and to everyone who has preordered my book to date. I can’t wait to sign it for you.
Matters of the Heart
Thanks again to Dr. George Kraus for convening an extraordinary poets last month for Sundays at the J with George and Friends at the JCC on the Hudson. In addition to Michael Carman, Susanna Case, Ruth Handel, Ann Lauinger, Natalie Safir, and Meredith Trede, I loved the science-inspired poetry of Loretta Oleck, co-owner of the Muddy Waters Cafe; and lyrical work of Michelle Seaman, whose husband Benjamin Dauer provided tasty bass rendering as part of their musical duo, the Dwindlers.
Feeling Blue and Lonesome
If you've been following annogram, you know the blues hit me like lightning last year. About the same time, the Rolling Stones, feeling stuck in a recording session, decided to "cleanse the palate" by returning to their musical roots.
|Little Walter Jacobs|
Thanks to my favorite blues rock guitarist Michael Cefola for his input on this review.
Herbert Hadad: Jewish and Arabic
|Writers Terry Dugan, Herb Hadad and |
Ann celebrate Herb's theater debut
Mary emigrated from England and loves the international flavor provided by her diverse neighbors. Later she would become a real estate magnate, successful business woman and close associate of Leland Stanford. Her son would become mayor of Sacramento, and grandson a master architect. I would tell her that immigrants still make America great!
Brunch at Fork Food Labs
|Outdoor community event at Fork|
Gluten-free Amaretti di Roma
A long time ago, as newlyweds, Michael and I enjoyed a meal al fresco in Rome. The waiter, enchanted by young love, kept bringing little cookies and plenty of Frangelico on the house. He got a big tip, and we returned to our pensione to sleep for hours until the sound of revelers at the Piazza Navona woke us up. And this recipe, like Proust's madeleine, reminds me of that magical night.
3 cups of finely ground blanched slivered almonds
1 1/4 cup of sugar, finely ground in a blender or food processor
3 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using blender, food processor or handheld beater, mix almond grounds and sugar. Add extracts and egg whites, and mix until smooth. Place teaspoons of dough on papered baking trays and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 24-30 minutes or golden grown.
|J. L. Witterick, keynote,|
Unicorn Writers Conference
Sign up for the March 25th Unicorn Writers Conference
Lines + Stars requests your poetry of resistance and dissent
Lines + Stars seeks chapbook manuscripts
Readings at AWP
Poets House at AWP, February 9, 4:30pm, J. Mae Barizo, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Monica Youn, Kevin Young
Bossa Bistro, February 10, 6pm, Lines + Stars’ Diana Bolton, Megan Atwood, Beth Konkoski-Bates
Dos Madres Press, February 11, 12pm, Owen Lewis, Nancy Kassell, Geoffrey Woolf, Daniel Shapiro, Anne Whitehouse
KGB Bar, February 7, 7pm, David Katz, Nemo Hill, Rick Mullin
Poets House, February 18, 3pm, Brad Gooch, Maryam Mortaz on Rumi ($10)
The New School, Wednesday, February 22, 7pm, C.K. Williams Tribute, Jonathan Galassi, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Alan Shapiro, Chase Twichell, Susan Wheeler, Adam Zagajewski
|Mónica de la Torre|
Poets House, February 25, 3pm, Timothy Donnelly, Margo Jefferson, Mónica de la Torre on legacy of African American poetry ($10)
Zinc Bar, Saturdays at 4:30pm – Feb. 4, Cecilia Corrigan, Wendy Trevino; Feb. 11, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Jennifer Scappettone; Feb 18, Ryan Dobran, Wendy Lotterman; Feb. 25, Christian Hawkey, Himanshu Suri ($5)
’Round the Net
Thanks and/or congratulations to the following:
Poets and Writers Daily News for new information on Shakespeare, that social climber!
Faculty advisor Hugh Behm-Steinberg on issue #23 of eleven-eleven, his final as advisor
Writer and arts educator Sarah Bracey White on her innovative writing workshops for kids
Editor Cindy Hochman on the latest issue of First Literary Review-East
Lines + Stars on its newest issue, Low Tide, High Tide
Poet Linda Simone on her poem "The Transformation" and interview in The Phoenix Soul
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Until next time,