Sunday, July 04, 2021

your firecracker annogram


Dear annogrammers, Happy Fourth of July! I hope you are able to celebrate with joy, barbecue, and some fireworks for a memorable post-Covid holiday.

 





annogram Anniversary

 

Thanks to Darrell Laurant for “The annogram Keeps Growing,” (scroll down) on the phenomenon of this newsletter. It’s been 15 years, and if you would like to promote your events, publications, or readings, email me the month before we go live. I’m honored to share the stellar recognition the following writers have received—each has been personally generous to the creative community, including me among many, and that may be one vital secret behind their success.

 


Charles Alexander Wins Coveted CLMP Award

 

Publisher of my translation, The Hero (Chax Press, 2018), Charles Alexander received the Lord Nose Award for lifetime achievement in literary publishing at the CLMP Firecracker Awards Ceremony. The extraordinary Charles—book designer, poet, and poetry advocate—is also a kind person who has brought dignity and grace to our field for more than 40 years. Upon receiving the award, Charles thanked his family, and Chax authors and supporters, adding “I'm feeling very fortunate today.” So are we, Charles!

 


Sarah Bracey White’s Stage Debut in “Transcendence”

 

Sarah Bracey White
Last month, in two sold-out performances, Sarah Bracey White starred in “Transcendence” based on her much-loved memoir, Primary Lessons (Cavan Kerry, 2013), at Peekskill’s Paramount Theatre. Sarah wow’d her audience in this premiere featuring classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling, the Peekskill High School City Singers, and a gospel choir. The musical, produced by a well-known Hollywood director, may be developed into much more. Stay tuned, and congratulations to our radiant Sarah!

 


“Camp Cook” Premiere in Voices of Color Festival

 

If that wasn’t wonderful enough, Sarah’s play, “Camp Cook,” also taken from Primary Lessons (Cavan Kerry, 2013), made its debut the same weekend as “Transcendence.” Directed by Misha T. Sinclair“Camp Cook” featured a sensitive and vulnerable performance by Maiysha Reilly as Sarah—alert for someone to “discover” her! The ensemble cast worked seamlessly to tell Sarah’s compelling story of racial divisions at a New England summer camp in the 1960s.

 


Darrell Laurant and We Who Create

 

Darrell Laurant
A 30-year veteran journalist, Darrell designed We WhoCreate to counteract creative isolation
and increase our promotional opportunities. Curated from 100+ newsletters, WWC combines stories about creatives with event listings. In this space, creatives may converse, local art galleries and bookstores will be featured, and—if Darrell’s dream comes true—an annual convention. Help his generous mission by clicking the website’s “follow” button—which simply quantifies how many of us visit.



A Happy Trans Girl

 

Fran Sisco
Congratulations to filmmaker Fran Sisco on these festival selections: “It’s an Italian Thing. No, It’s a Black Thing!”, Miami Indie Film Awards; “Carousel Girl”, New York Lift-Off Film and International Film Festivals; “Stonewall Thanks” International World Film Award and Paris International Short Festival finalists; and “Our Friend Wendy, It’s Her Birthday!” and “Happy Trans Girl Like Me”, 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival finalists. In June, Fran also performed “Happy Trans Girl,” with Baron Raymonde on sax, at The Stonewall Inn (NYC) in an Imperial Court of NY show benefiting Hudson Pride (NJ).  



New and Recent Releases


Leah Johnson, Bindweed (Cherry Grove Collections)

 

John F. McMullen, My Life in 26 Poems (Independently published)

 

Laura Morelli, The Stolen Lady (William Morrow) (pre-order)

 

Pedestal 88


 

Jay Shulman, producer, “Alan Shulman - The Tattooed Stranger” (Bridge Records, 2021)


Frank Vitale, “The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable” (Amazon Prime, Google Play, You Tube Movies)

 




Creative Calls

  

Bordighera Press Lauria Frasca Poetry Prize – by July 11

 

Mom Egg Review open call on “mother figures” – poetry, fiction, prose, hybrid – by July 15

 

Open Door Poetry Magazine – call for poems on war – by July 11

 

Pure Slush Press – call for poetry, fiction, and essays on love – by August 31

 

VIA: Voices in Italian Americanaopen for submissions

 


Creative Workshops


Mahopac Poetry Workshop, 6pm, every second Wednesday

 

Mini Tutorial on Poetic Meter thanks to Yorktown Poet Laureate John McMullen

 


ModPo, University of Pennsylvania’s free poetry course and global community

 

Norwalk Poetry Workshop, first and third Mondays, 6:30pm; email poet_laureate@norwalkpl.org to register

 

The Poets Salon, led by Ed Ahern and Alison McBain of Fairfield Scribes Press, 10am, every second Saturday

 

Under The Microscope: A Poetry Workshop at Maine Media College featuring Kevin Pilkington, July 19-23

 


July Readings and Events – ET

 

"Dragonfly" by  Meg Lindsay
July 1-31, Irvington Public Library, virtual gallery exhibit, “Painting and Poetics” by Meg Lindsay

 

July 1-31, Upstream Gallery, 2021 Juried Paperworks Show

 

July 8, 8pm (7pm Central), Mutabilis Press poets Chip Dameron, Patricia McMahon, Gregory Maguire, Scott Chalupa, Michael Baldwin, Carla Hagen, Leroy Sorenson, Gabrielle Langley, Maria King Illic; register here

 

July 8, 7pm, Andrew Delbanco, Rebecca Makkai; July 15, Cleopatra Mathis, Matthew Olzemann, Sue Miller; July 22, Benjamin Garcia, Tom Barbash; July 29, Jeff Sharlet, Ivy Pochoda; Canaan (NH) Meetinghouse, LIVE

 

Michael Baldwin
July 10, 7pm, Poetry Box, Meg Lindsay; click here 5 mins before show (id: 915 5122 5053code: 643061)

 

July 10, 5pm, Lit Balm: Timothy Donnelly, Valzhyna Mort, Danielle Blau, Chase Twitchell; register here

 

July 14, 7pm, Ellen Bass, Arthur Sze; register here

 

July 18, 6pm, The Industry Bar, The Imperial Court of New York Christmas in July Show featuring Fran and Kelly Sisco to benefit Bailey House

 

July 21, 7pm, Katie Farris, Emily Lee Luan, and Isabella DeSendi; register here

Mary Newell

July 28, 7pm, Silvina López Medin, Jennifer Militello, and Jennifer Stewart Miller; register
here

 

August 31, 3:30pm, Garrison Public Library, Mary Newell book launch Re-Surge (Trainwreck Press)

 


Monthly Readings – ET

 

First Sunday, 4pm, Poetic License (Austin)

 

Every Tuesday, 2pm, Spoken Word World (Paris)

 

Every Tuesday, 7pm, Curley’s Diner

 

Third Fridays, 7pm, Hudson Valley Writers Center Open Mic – click on third Friday for details



Beth’s Gluten-Free Hurricane Sandy Cake

Art historian and translator Beth Gersh-Nesic shares the recipe she created to use up eggs and butter when she lost power during Hurricane Sandy but still had her gas oven working. This dense chocolate cake is perfect for a picnic—it slices like pound cake and tastes even better. So yummy. Thanks, Beth!


1 stick (1/4 lb) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup clear sugar

6 eggs

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

2 ½ cups (1/2 lb) Trader Joe’s Almond Flour

½ or 1 whole package chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a microwave-safe glass bowl: Melt butter in microwave oven. Stir in sugar. Mix in whole eggs. Add cocoa, vanilla and almond extracts, cinnamon, and salt. Add almond flour. Add chocolate chips to taste. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and then line with parchment paper. Pour batter into pan. Bake 40-45 minutes. Check with knife for doneness. Bon Appétit!  

 


̓Round the Net


Poet and novelist Regi Claire on having work in The New European, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2019-2021 (Black Spring Press), and issue 96 of The Rialto.

 

Writer Barbara Dickinson and photographer Margie Herrick on the debut of their Wishing Wisdom blog

 


Last month's eclipse

Translators Chen Du and Xisheng Chen on translations of poet Yan An in Interim Poetics and The Momentist

 

Poet Terry M. Dugan for this article on punctuation as a tool in Black activism

 

Editor Larry Faltz for the best amateur astronomy newsletter this side of the Ort Cloud

 

Art Historian Beth Gersh-Nesic on discovering artist Wan-Ting Chiu, who taps her own anxiety as inspiration for “bold, beautiful and poignant” work

 

Artwork by
Wan-Ting Chiu

Poet and memoirist J. Chester Johnson for this Guardian article on the Elaine Race Massacre and gifting Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation to Johnson House Juneteenth celebrants

 

Yorktown Poet Laureate John McMullen for sharing this post on framing experience in poems

 


The New York Public Library
on restoring full service to all of its branches on July 6

 

Cellist and musical archivist Jay Shulman on the release of “Alan Shulman - The Tattooed Stranger” (Bridge Records, 2021), a CD he produced of his father’s 1940s R.K.O. film scores


James Baldwin (1924-1987)
Poet and artist Linda Simone on San Antonio’s new poet laureate, this beautiful reflection by poet Naomi Shihab Nye on her home, and this 1979 interview with James Baldwin that never aired

 

Studio Theater in Exile for Artist Recognition Month

 

Filmmaker Frank Vitale on his award-winning film, “The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable,” now available to buy or rent on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and You Tube Movies

  

I will be taking off August, so send me your news for September, and enjoy your summer!

 

Until next time,

Ann

Thursday, June 03, 2021

your june-in-bloom annogram



Dear annogrammers, is it finally summer? Can we really go outside and see friends? Warm weather, soaking showers nourishing soil, and decreased Covid. Writers and artists making creative dreams bloom…read on and rejoice!

 


Gratitude to Editors and Publishers

 

Thanks to Raya Morrison of Blood & Bourbon (Canada) for publishing “Grace,” “Profile,” and “Cape Revival;” my Face Painting in the Dark publisher Robert Murphy, for highlighting on the Dos Madres blog poems translated into Spanish by Ligia M. Yamazaki and read by us both on the Book Movie (Madrid); and novelist Darrell Laurant for posting the May annogram on the We Who Create Facebook page.

 

 

Sarah Bracey White in “Transcendence”

 

Sarah Bracey White will star in “Transcendence” based on her much-loved memoir, Primary Lessons (Cavan Kerry, 2013), LIVE at Peekskill’s Paramount Theatre, June 18 and 20, at 7:30pm. Directed by a Hollywood director, this world premiere features classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling, the Peekskill High School City Singers, and a gospel choir performing original and familiar tunes. Social distancing will be observed at this Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation fundraiser. Tickets going fast: book soon!

 

Wini McQueen and the Story of Cotton

 

Wini McQueen

Contemporary textile artist Wini McQueen draws on the African tradition of dyed and hand-sewn cloth to depict the history of slaves in the early cotton industry. “I want my work to speak of the beauty and horror of learning where I came from,” she says. Hear more reflections on her gorgeous work here in a recent museum exhibit. Thanks to poet and artist Linda Simone for sharing McQueen’s work and the “find” below.

 

 

The Lost Poems of Emily Brontë

 

Emily Brontë (1818-1848)
Rare manuscripts from the Brontë family are up for grabs at an upcoming Sotheby’s auction. The jewel in the crown is a manuscript of 31 handwritten poems by Emily Brontë (1818-1848) in February 1844. Discovered by her sister Charlotte (1816-1855) who thought the poems extraordinary, the manuscript played a key role in inspiring the sisters’ literary careers—including that of novelist Anne (1820-1849).

 

 

Cousin Brucie Back on 77 WABC

 

Cousin Brucie Morrow
Do you remember clutching your new transistor radio to your ear when your parents thought you were asleep or studying? Cousin Brucie Morrow, king of the airwaves, introduced New Yorkers to amazing music from the Beatles and Dave Clark Five to the Supremes and Temptations during the 60s. Brucie is back on WABC Saturdays 6-10pm, also streamed nationwide. Da do run run! Ah, my 10-year-old heart!

 


New and Recent Releases

 

Catherine Arra, Deer Love (Dos Madres Press, 2021)

 

James Cummins, Recalcitrant Actors (Dos Madres Press, 2021)


Jennifer Franklin, No Small Gift  (Four Way Books, 2018)

 

First Literary Review - East May-June

 

purifying wind (Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press, 2020)

 

What Remains (Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, 2019)

 

 


Creative Calls

 

American Literary Translators Association call for seminar and roundtable proposals for its fall conference – by June 21

 

Bull City Press Open Chapbook Reading Period – by June 15

 

Mom Egg Review open call on “mother figures” – poetry, fiction, prose, hybrid – by July 15

 

The Poet call for work on friendship – by June 30

 

 

Creative Workshops

 

Bill Hayden, host
Norwalk Poetry Workshop
Mahopac Poetry Workshop, 6pm, every second Wednesday

 

Mini Tutorial on Poetic Meter thanks to Yorktown Poet Laureate John McMullen

 

ModPo, University of Pennsylvania’s free poetry course and global community

 

Norwalk Poetry Workshop, first and third Mondays, 6:30pm; email poet_laureate@norwalkpl.org to register

 

The Poets Salon, led by Ed Ahern and Alison McBain of Fairfield Scribes Press, 10am, every second Saturday

 

 


June Readings and Events – ET

 

Laurel Peterson
June 5, 7pm, Lit Balm, Gary Snyder, Wang Ping, John Kinsella, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Tracy Ryan; register here

 

June 6, 6pm, Pequot Library, Meet the Author featuring Laurel Peterson; register here

 

June 6, 4pm, Katonah Poetry Series, Roseanna Warren; register here; $5 donation

 

June 12, 1-5pm, SISTAAH Open Studio (NYC) featuring the work of Wilhelmina Grant-Cooper (LIVE and in-person); register here

 

June 14-19, The Schomburg Center Literary Festival; register here

 

Jerry T. Johnson, host
Poets and Writers Stage
at the Norwalk Art Festival
June 17, 7pm, Byram Shubert Library, Art Historian Beth Gersh-Nesic on Fathers in Art; register here


Wednesdays - Sundays, through June 21, 12:30-5:30pm, Upstream Gallery, photographer Jo
Zalon Meer and painter Daniel van Benthuysen (LIVE; walk-in gallery)

 

June 26 and 27, 12 noon and 3:30pm, Poets, Writers, Storytellers Stage at the Norwalk Art Festival, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Park, Norwalk, Connecticut (LIVE and in person)

 

 


Monthly Readings – ET


First Sunday, 4pm, Poetic License (Austin)

Every Tuesday, 2pm, Spoken Word World (Paris)

Every Tuesday, 7pm, Curley’s Diner

Third Fridays, 7pm, Hudson Valley Writers Center Open Mic – click on third Friday for details


 

Southwest Salad

 

Homage to McDonald’s salad of yore once good for a fast-food grab. While missing it recently, I decided to duplicate it:

 

½ 15-oz can organic black beans, drained

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

2 cups nacho chips, crumbled

1 organic carrot, grated

1 bag organic romaine lettuce

3-4 tablespoons Drew’s Chipotle Ranch dressing

 

Tear up lettuce into bite-size pieces into a large salad bowl. Add all other ingredients, toss with dressing, and serve immediately.

 


 

̓Round the Net

 

The Astronomical Society of Greenwich for this rover-view of Mars

 

Translator Chen Du on this Pilgrimage Press reading, and for work, with co-translator Xisheng Chen, in Delos and Exchanges

 

Poet Terry M. Dugan on her reading at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY

 

Poet Jennifer Franklin on her book, No Small Gift (Four Way Books, 2018) reviewed in Women’s Voices for Change

 

Art History Professor Beth Gersh-Nesic for sharing the online exhibit by her Global Honor students at Mercy College, Human Revolution: Reworking the Soul for Justice

 

Poet Cindy Hochman on her poem, “Of Course, Of Course,” appearing in the LIPS tribute to Lyn Lifshin

 

Psychologist and annogram-fan Steve Guggenheim for this amazing project featuring an animated poem, “The Man in the Mangroves”

 


Poet and memoirist J. Chester Johnson for noting new jazz compositions performed at Lincoln Center focusing on Ida B. Wells’s work and the Elaine Race Massacre explored in Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation (Pegasus, 2019)

 

Jim LaVilla-Havelin
Poets Jim LaVilla-Havelin and Linda Simone on having poems in purifying wind (Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press, 2020), first-place winner in the Texas National Federation of Press Women contest

Poet Heller Levinson on having six poems appear in Sulfur Surrealist Jungle

 

Yorktown Poet Laureate John McMullen for this revision quick reference guide and this article on paying for poetry submissions

 

Carl Phillips
Photo by Reston Allen
Presence Editor Mary Ann B. Miller for Presence 2021 poets John Hodgen, K. T. Landon, and Martha Silano whose work appeared in Verse Daily last month

 

Poet Carl Phillips on winning the $75K Jackson Prize


Poet Jean-Luc Pouliquen on this excellent review of his book, Vu du Parc (Independently published, 2021)

 

Poet Christina Rau for these first-ever virtual museum tours, Pioneers of Poetry and Paint: Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Walt Whitman” followed by her poetry workshop


Poet and playwright Joe Simone on his poem, “Catching Mr. Crandall,” in Bardball


Del Crandall (1930-2021)

Poet Linda Simone, whose essay “Triptych,” is in What Remains (Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, 2019), awarded honorable mention and shortlisted for the 2021 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Book Award

 

Memoirist Mary Wasacz on her first, incredibly poignant publication, “Hello and Goodbye,” in Moments Between

 

Until next time,

Ann