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 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,