Friday, May 15, 2020

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A Virtual Embrace

Hi everyone, thanks for your kind emails and news. Connecting and celebrating our talents is more important than ever, and you, yes you, are vital to this annogram community. Read on to see how we are creating and bringing forth our best selves. Avoiding stores, I produced my own “card” for a family member—something I really loved doing.

Free Ferry e-book and more

Excited to announce Free Ferry (Upper Hand Press) will soon be available as an e-book—thanks to publisher Ann Starr for her master plan to expand readership! I am equally grateful for acceptances in As Above So Below (UK) and Truth Serum Press Verdant anthology (Australia). 

Snowflakes in a Blizzard

Thanks to Darrell Laurant for featuring my first book, Face Painting in the Dark, this week. Darrell’s concept for his blog came when he considered the challenge writers face in promoting their work—like singling out a snowflake in a blizzard. It’s my good luck that he has also singled out Free Ferry and The Hero.  

Fonoteca Española de Poesía

My gratitude to María Luisa López for selecting my translation of Hélène Sanguinetti’s “The Battle” from The Hero (Chax Press) for her Books Movie. Follow the text while hearing Hélène’s compelling voice as well as my translation. This unique video subscription brings the best in Spanish and international poetry to your inbox—sign up here.

Linda Simone’s Watercolors

Teabag watercolor (right)
by Linda Simone
In Linda’s inventive watercolor series, “Painting in the Time of Corona,” she selects a photo posted each Wednesday in her Facebook feed, then creates and gifts the painting to the photo’s owner. “People love it when their photo is chosen,” Linda says. See the gorgeous teabag watercolor paintings she’s created, and maybe submit a photo of your own!

Di Meola and the Beatles

Jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola’s new album, Across the Universe, celebrates the Beatles’ songbook with heart-grabbing melodies. Di Meola says that, while much of jazz has left melody behind, he discovers it afresh by going deeper into songs like “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Thanks to my favorite guitarist, Michael Cefola, for sharing this amazing tune with us.

New Releases

Susana H. Case, Dead Shark on the N Train (Broadstone Books)

Cathryn Essinger, The Apricot and the Moon (Dos Madres Press)

Heller Levinson, Seep (Black Widow Press)

Mary Newell, Sarah Nolan, and Bernard Quetchenbach, editors, Poetics for the More-Than-Human World (Dispatches from the Poetry Wars)

Steven Salmoni, A Day of Glass (Chax Press)

Estha Weiner, Poetry Podcast (Soundcloud)

Creative Opportunities

Kevin Pilkington
Bordighera Press Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize – submit by June 30

Bronx River Books will deliver books to your door if you are in their locale

David Crews offers online community poetry workshops

Hole in the Head Review call for submissions by June 19

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is open for submissions.
The Writer's Harbor Poetry Week: June 15-19 with awesome teacher / poet Kevin Pilkington

Linguine with Lentil and Wine Sauce

We still have chilly nights that call for a warm nourishing meal. This one, based on one from The Festive Vegetarian (Pantheon Books, 1983), fits the bill—a vegetarian Bolognaise.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed
1 teaspoon basil, fresh chopped or dry
1 14.5-ounce can tomato sauce
½ cup dried lentils
1 tablespoon tomato paste or ketchup
1 ¼ cup red wine
1 ¼ cup vegetable stock or water
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 8-ounce box of linguine – try DeBoles
grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in medium-size saucepan and sauté onion 10 minutes until soft and slightly brown. Add garlic, basil, tomato sauce, lentils, tomato paste, wine, and stock. Bring to boil, then cover saucepan, turn down heat, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring from time to time, until lentils are tender and mixture is a thick purée. Season with salt and pepper. Cook linguine, drain, and put in a pan with butter, stir, and pour onto a platter. Top with lentil sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Online Poetry + Art Events (EST)

Patricia Carragon
May 17, 3pm, Tompkins Corner Cultural Center

May 21, 4-6pm, "As We Keep Our Distance,” poets Madeline Artenberg, Patricia Carragon, Susana H. Case, hosted by Jerry T. Johnson; register for admission

May 21, 7-8pm, Beth Gersh-Nešić  on “Mothers in Art History,” Byram Shubert Library

June 7, 4pm, poets Peggy Ellsberg, Jennifer Franklin, Margo Taft Stever

Ongoing Poetry Events

Ralph Nazareth, host of
Curley's Diner Poem Alley series
Mondays, 2pm (8pm Paris time) Spoken Word

Third Mondays, 6:30pm, Norwalk Poetry Workshop

Tuesdays, 7pm, Curley's Diner, Stamford,
Poem Alley/Feedback Group

Wednesday Poetry Night

Third Wednesdays, 6pm, Business of Writing and Publishing Workshop

Thursdays, 6:30pm, Mahopac Writers Group

Bill Buschel, host of
HVWC Open Mic
Fourth Wednesdays, 6pm, Yorktown Poetry Workshop

Third Fridays, 7pm, HVWC Open Mic led by Bill Buschel

Every other Friday, noon, Talking with Our Mouths Full, translation conversations

Indoor Treats

Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright
Visit iconic architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright

Travel the universe via the Keck Observatory Cosmic Videos

Singalong at Marie’s Crisis Café, Facebook group, 4-7pm and 7-9pm

Access exhibits at the National Baseball Hall of Fame

ʼRound the Net

Grover Washington Jr.
The Booker Prize for its shortlist

Writer Jeanette Briggs for sharing one of her favorite songs on International Jazz Day

Poet and writer Bill Buschel for recommending John Krasinski’s Some Good News (SGN) program

John Krasinski
Author Philip Caputo on his tribute to writer Karen Marcus Wessel, friend we lost to Covid

Writer Barbara Dickinson on her launch of scholar Igor Sibaldi’s website, Sibaldi’s Code

Poet and writer Terry Dugan for sharing this campaign to help local bookshops

Art Historian Beth Gersh-Nešić for “The Marvelous Madame Marval: A Woman Artist Among the Fauves

Poet and author Marilyn Johnson on having three poems in Hole in the Head Review
Work Life Fitness Expert Natasha Nešić on offering weekly 20-minute Zoom exercise sessions

The New York Arts Exchange for online exhibit Fereshteh Priou: Poetry in Line and Form

The New York Public Library for celebrating its lions, Patience and Fortitude

Writer Elizabeth Primamore for stories in The Opiate Magazine and The Hawaii Pacific Review

Poet Ed Roberson on winning the 2020 Jackson Prize

The Sad and Useless Humor Site for challenging people to recreate great artworks

Poet and artist Linda Simone for her poem, “Incontrovertible,” in Tejascovido
Novelist Louise Farmer Smith on the e-book edition of her novel One Hundred Years of Marriage
Translator Jill Timbers for sharing this important piece, “The Erosion of Deep Literacy

Surviving the Unexpected

New Zealand's Jack Buchanan
gets his family in the groove
Our dramatic societal change makes me appreciate, for the first time, the fears my grandparents surely experienced during the Depression. I have to ask myself if there is enough milk, and if yes, do I want to use it in one meal? I intuit how mind-blown my parents must have been when the US entered World War II. Facing our own global crisis, we’re seeing creativity transform from a “nice to have” to a means of survival—from rapid-fire biomed discoveries to inspirational videos of families quarantining in “Family Lockdown Boogie” and “One Day More.” So, please—now more than ever—do what your heart calls you to do, and make the world more whole by expressing your whole self.

Be safe, be creative!

Until next time,