Friday, September 10, 2021

your see-you-in-september annogram


Dear annogrammers, Welcome to fall, although not officially here…we all feel the promising coolness in the air! Hope you had a great summer. I spent it editing the Spanish translation of my first book, Face Painting in the Dark, gorgeously rendered by Ligia Yamazaki. There’s more good news to read and savor as always.



New Chapbook from Trainwreck Press


Trainwreck Press will publish my chapbook, When the Pilotless Plane Arrives, next month. The Canadian press, which has published Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, Christopher Smart’s Jubilato Agno, and most recently Mary Newell’s Re-SURGE, celebrates “the innovative, the non-conforming, the radical, the alternative, the avant-garde, the non-linear, the abstract, the surreal, the visual, the concrete, the experimental.”  I am deeply honored to be a Trainwreck author!



New from Chen Du and Chax Press


The work of Yan An, one of China’s premier poets, is readable in English thanks to Chen Du and co-translator Xisheng Chen. They have translated his
A Naturalist’s Manor (Chax Press), and the John Dryden Translation Competition has longlisted another Yan An translation. Chen Du’s poetry also appears in Art in the Time of COVID-19 (San Fedele Press) and Rappahannock Review, and a wonderful interview in the latter. Hear Yan, Chen, and Xisheng read October 24 at 9pm in the Chax Press reading series. Congratulations to all!



Newell and Chernicoff Reading


Last month, Mary Newell debuted Re-SURGE (Trainwreck Press) at the Desmond-Fish Library—poetry that tracks a delightful friendship between a mermaid and gardener/poet, and their issues of awkward embodiment and ecological distress. Birgit Huppuch ably read the mermaid's part. In a perfect complement, Billie Chernicoff whose Amoretti (Lunar Chandelier Collective) explores a mermaid theme, also read. A wonderful outdoor and Crowdcast event!



‘Come and Get Your Love’


This 1974 song hit No. 5 on the pop charts. Written and performed by Redbone, “one of the first Native-American rock bands in the album era” (WSJ), the song begins with tribal chanting and dancing. Michael, who saw Redbone at Fillmore East, said additional teepees and smoke drove the audience wild. The drum-driven tune anticipates disco’s arrival a few years later and its message—to a girlfriend—is “you are fine just as you are.” Sign this petition to help get them into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.



New and Recent Releases


Yan An, A Naturalist’s Manor translated by Chen Du and Xisheng Chen (Chax Press)


Big Bang Poetry Summer 2021 Newsletter


Chax Press Fall 2021 Newsletter

Jim Daniels, Gun/Shy (Wayne State University Press)


Kaleidoscope Summer/Fall 2021


Mary K. O’Melveny, Dispatches from the Memory Care Museum (Kelsay Books)


Natalie Safir, In the Guesthouse of My Body (Dos Madres Press)



Creative Calls


Mid-Atlantic Poetry Chapbook Series – for first-time poets from District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, or Pennsylvaniaby October 1


The Poet open call on adversity – by Sept. 30


Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry open submissions until October 1


Pure Slush – call for anthology Appointment at 10:30


Rhino Founders’ Prize Poetry Contest – by September 30



Creative Workshops


Estha Weiner
All-Genre Writers Group, 6:30pm, Thursdays


John McMullen Poetry Workshop, 6pm, fourth Wednesdays 


Mahopac Poetry Workshop, 6pm, second Wednesdays


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


Navigating the Literary Journal Submission Process with Katy Carl – September 27, 8pm (7pm CT)


Norwalk Poetry Workshopfirst and third Mondays, 6:30pm; email to register

One-on-One Poetry Workshop with Arthur Vogelsang, register by September 20


Poetry Pollinator Workshop with Mary Newell and A. Anupama, September 25, 10am-1pm


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


Stealing from the Poet’s Toolbox: A Fiction Writers Workshop with Estha Weiner (LIVE), October 22, 10am-4pm


Writers and Artists Lunch Conversation, second Fridays, noon



September Readings and Events – ET


September 11, 5pm, Lit Balm: DeWitt Henry, Bob Heman, Cindy Hochman, Ralph Culver, Jon Wesick; via
Zoom or Facebook


September 26, 2pm, Chax Press: Habib Tengour with translations by Pierre Joris and Cole Swensen;  Sarah Riggs with translations of Marie Borel and Jérémy Robert; register here


Pamela Hart
Keeler Tavern Museum Gardens, Ridgefield, CT, 6:30pm outside, bring lawn chair or blanket; also streamed via Facebook: September 14, Joan Kwon Glass, James Diaz, Barb Jennes; September 21, Philip F. Clark, Benjamin Grossberg: September 28, Margaret Gibson, Pamela Hart



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 third Friday for details



No-Knead Bread


One of the best cooks I know, Linda Simone, says this is easy and delicious. Give it a try!


2 2/3 cups bread flour

1 ½ teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon “rapid rise” yeast

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons warm water

⅛ teaspoon clear vinegar

Extra bread flour, for dusting


Mix flour, salt and yeast in large bowl with your hands. Combine water and vinegar; add to bowl. Stir with hand until sticky, shaggy ball forms. Roll ball around bowl 30-45 seconds until most dough is part of the same large ball. Scrape your dough-covered hand to get dough into bowl, then invert a deep medium metal or glass bowl and place large bowl on top, tapping to ensure a tight seal. Let dough rest 12-18 hours at room temperature until it appears bubbly and wet.


Wipe out moisture inside medium bowl. Dust dish towel on one side with bread flour, then line medium bowl with towel, floured-side up. Generously flour your work surface. Sprinkle flour around dough edges in large bowl, then tilt bowl over floured work surface, using fingertips to ease dough out.


Using one hand, work gently to avoid deflating dough. Reach with fingertips, stretch dough, and fold to center. Repeat more three times until each side has been folded over top. Using sides of your hands, not fingertips, and extra flour to prevent sticking, flip dough over. Gently tuck dough underneath until top is smooth and taut. Place smooth-side up into towel-lined bowl, and dust lightly with bread flour. Cover bowl with large baking sheet and let rise 2 hours until doubled in size and it doesn’t spring back when poked. Meanwhile, wash out large bowl and have it ready.


Adjust oven rack to lower-middle and preheat oven to 500 degrees for 30 minutes. Invert bowl and baking sheet so dough is lying on the sheet. Lift off bowl and towel. If it sticks, be gentle to minimize loss of gases trapped inside. Splash water inside the larger bowl, then invert onto baking sheet over dough. Transfer whole thing to oven, reduce temperature to 450 degrees; bake 25 minutes. Using mitts, remove bowl and bake 15-25 minutes longer until loaf is as dark as you’d like. Remove bread, transfer to cooling rack, and cool completely before cutting.



ʼRound the Net


Ed Ahern
Poet Ed Ahern on being interviewed by The Poet Magazine


Poet and memoirist Sarah Bracey White on her reading in the Westchester Poet Laureate’s Emergence Poetry Project, interview on Poetry Spoken Here podcast, and Read650 September 9, 2021 podcast


Poet Lynn Clague on his poem, “A Reach,” appearing in Grey Sparrow Journal


Wish Mavens Barbara Dickinson and Margie Herrick for generous insights on their Wishing Wisdom blog


"Chin Support" by 
Margaret Fox
Photographer Margaret Fox on winning the LaRuth Gray, Vanessa Smith and Anonymous KMAA Award at the Cladogram: 2ND KMA International Juried Biennial, at the Katonah Museum through September 19


Art historian and translator Beth Gersh-Nesic  for her insightful article on Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon in Bonjour Paris


Poet Cindy Hochman for her poetry in the great weather for MEDIA anthology Paper Teller Diorama


Author J. Chester Johnson on being interviewed on LitHub’s Keen podcast about his book, Damaged Heritage; and his Bar Crawl Radio podcast, “Poetry: What Is It Good For?” with Cornelius Eady on 9-11 poetry


Writer Lisa Krohn on her new article in Ageist on eight steps to move forward after failure

Maria Lisella

Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella for this lovely tribute to her late partner, poet Gil Fagiani


Yorktown Poet Laureate John McMullen for this video of Benedict Cumberbatch reading Kurt Vonnegut’s letter to 2088, Ralph Nazareth videos (below), and this remembrance of journalist Pete Hamill


Ralph Nazareth
Poet Ralph Nazareth for his poems, “Centerpiece,”  “Sunday Morning with Walt,” “Victor Jara’s Hands,” and “On Missing My Brother in Nazareth”


The New York Public Library for this list of contemporary retelling of cherished classics and 15 books to celebrate disability pride


Poet Christina Rau on being named a full professor of English at Nassau Community College

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University for screening this great Frida Kahlo documentary


Music archivist and cellist Jay Shulman on the MusicWeb International review of his father’s film score CD, “Alan Shulman - The Tattooed Stranger” (Bridge Records, 2021)


Poet and artist Linda Simone on her essay which will appear in Diane Lockward’s The Strategic Poet: Honing the Craft (Terrapin Books) next month—already an Amazon #1 poetry book in pre-order!


Poet Margo Taft Stever on her third book, The End of Horses, forthcoming from Broadstone Books


Translator Judy Tsai on the launch of her new website


Neal Whitman
Poet Neal Whitman on his poem, “Marc Antony and Me,” in Open Door Poetry Magazine’s August issue on war



Remembering Stephen Dunn


Stephen Dunn (1939-2021)
My first significant commitment to poetry was attending the Mt. Holyoke Summer Writers Conference as a thirty-something; registrars suggested a workshop with the future Pulitzer Prize winner. Dunn got into poetry a little late too, so he understood my self-consciousness. When I shared I was clueless about the canon, he slid his copy of Poulin’s Contemporary American Poetry across the table to me.


Some memorable teachings: Don’t be a dilettante—a “sometime” poet; don’t write the expected, i.e., pity for a homeless person—turn that upside down by suggesting maybe the person deserves the worst; and combine sensorial detail with the abstract, i.e., “cinnamon and despair.” He comically called on the “the poetry police” to arrest overused words. 


A former basketball player, he shared his friend Larry Levis’s
“The Poem You Asked For” to show how poems can have their own physicality and willfulness. Forever grateful to this wonderful poet and teacher, I see Dunn slam-dunking golden spheres—and lyric.

Until next time,