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When the Pilotless Plane Arrives
Thanks to so many of you who have ordered When the Pilotless Plane Arrives
(Trainwreck Press). Publisher John
C. Goodman reports increased sales after last month’s newsletter. Pilotless, which taps into 1950s sci-fi/horror film narratives as
metaphors for the perils of writing poetry, makes a great gift for poets or film
aficionados. You can order your copy here.
The Christmas Owl
Remember the little owl that workers found tucked inside the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree last year? A new children’s book follows the story of Rocky, the northern saw-whet, one of the smallest owls in the U.S., who unexpectedly traveled downstate in the 75-foot tall tree. This beautifully illustrated story is co-written by Ellen Kalish who rehabilitated and freed Rocky back into the wild. I gifted myself with a copy and can’t wait to read it!
Lost Stories of Looted Art
Thanks to Beth Gersh-Nesic for recommending Edmund De Waal’s The Hare with the Amber Eyes (Picador, 2011), the story of art collector Charles Ephrussi (1849-1905), said to have inspired Proust’s character, Charles Swann; and Letters to Camondo (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021) on collector Moïses de Camondo (1860-1935). “Both explore the rise of two Jewish families in the 20th century art world,” says Beth. The Jewish Museum’s exhibit, “After Lives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art,” and “The Hare with the Amber Eyes,” featuring Ephrussi’s former netsuke collection, bring these intriguing tales to life.
Soul Train World Record
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The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel, by January 31
The Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize, by January 15
Ethos Literacy 3rd Annual Short Short Story Contest, by January 31
Guggenheim Poet-in-Residence, deadline December 5
MindFULL Magazine, call for poetry on mental health
The National Park Arts Foundation, writer residencies
The Poet, call for “Cultural Identity”
theme, translated works in original language and English
Pure Slush accepting submissions for its Work Lifespan Vol. 5, deadline December 31
Upstream Gallery call for small works, deadline December 3
New and Recent Releases
The Disasters of War (Moonstone Press)
Norman Finkelstein, Thirty-Six / Two Lives (Dos Madres)
Paul Dickenson Russell, The Will of the Magi (Lulu)
Workshop for Writers of Nonfiction
with Lia Purpura, December 11, 11am-4pm (LIVE),
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
Norwalk Poetry Workshop, first and third Mondays, 6:30pm; email email@example.com to register
Writers and Artists Lunch Conversation, second Fridays, noon
December Readings and Events – ET
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December through January 16, Lathrop Community Gallery, Meg Lindsay oils and acrylics from juried shows and museum exhibits
December 4, 4pm, Desmond-Fish Library, “Eco-Poetry in the Afternoon” with A. Anupama, Laurel Anderson, Rebecca A. Durham, Stephanie Heit, Petra Kuppers, Karen Neuberg, Mary Newell, and Jennifer Spector; register here
December 11, 7pm, Pieces Club, “12 Drags of Christmas,” an Imperial Court of New York charity show, featuring Fran Sisco singing her parody, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Mrs. Claus”
December 16, 7pm, “Holiday Celebrations in Art” with Beth Gersh-Nesic, PhD; the Byram Shubert Library; register here
Chax Poetry Series with Michael Gottlieb, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Tom Mandel (YouTube)
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
Every Saturday, 5pm, Lit Balm
Veggie Onion Gravy
At last, a gravy recipe for vegetarians and vegans alike! This one is a keeper.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add onion and pinch of salt. Sweat the onions, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8-10 minutes. If they start to turn brown, turn down heat -- you're looking for translucent and tender, not golden. Increase heat to medium. Stir in flour and cook, stirring frequently, for three minutes. Gradually stir in vegetable broth and continue stirring, over medium heat, until thickened to a gravy consistency, 3 - 4 minutes. Stir in Tamari or soy sauce. Add salt and pepper and serve.
ʼRound the Net
The Book Movie’s María Luisa López for producing “The Beauty of Confrontation,” by Chinese poet Yan An, translated by Chen Du and Xisheng Chen, and read by yours truly
Greenburgh Arts and Culture Council Executive Director Sarah Bracey White on receiving a $1,000 ArtsWestchester grant for "Let the Poets Speak," a "Restart the Arts" spring 2022 live event
Poet, essayist and filmmaker Terry Dugan for alerting us to the new bookstore, Hudson Valley Books for Humanity, opened last week in Ossining’s historic Opera House
Translator and art historian Beth Gersh-Nesic for this panel discussion on Jewish art dealers and the European art market
Poet Cindy Hochman on being both nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a featured reader at this great weather for MEDIA event
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by Meg Lindsay
The New York Public Library for its list of Best Books of 2021
Poet Christina Rau on What We Do to Make Us Whole, her second poetry collection forthcoming from Alien Buddha Press
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Playwright and poet Joseph Simone on having his poem, “The Elysian Fields,” appear in The Disasters of War (Moonstone Press)
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Poet and artist Linda Simone on having watercolors on exhibit at the Kapej Gallery in San Antonio
Performer Fran Sisco on singing for Mike Marino’s podcast, Live from My Mother’s Basement; acting at the historic WOW Café; performing comedy in the "First Annual Anthony J. Ribustello Memorial Night of Entertainment" fundraiser at Marina del Rey; reciting original poems at the Transgender Memorial and Celebration at St. Paul’s Church; and reading a selection from Quentin Crisp at the Gene Frankel Theatre
Herb Hadad, a Writer’s Writer
|Herb Hadad (1936-2021)|
Not long after that, he put in a good word when I
wanted to write for a Fortune 10 where I was a proofreader and he a staff writer.
We participated on the National Writers Union’s local board with my soon-to-be
indispensable writing pals, Sarah Bracey White, Linda Simone, and Terry Dugan.
We immediately adopted him as our unofficial coach and mentor.
And when my first book was published, he came to celebrate. I said, “Herb, I can’t believe I’m doing this launch. My mother died two weeks ago.” Without missing a beat, he replied, “This is good, to keep your mind occupied.” That fatherly encouragement was just what I needed to hear.
For nearly two decades, Herb thrived in his role as press officer at the Department of Justice in New York. After retiring, he would email some of the Arabic he was learning. In a daring move that rattled the State Department, he took his entire family to Syria a year or two before that country imploded. It was vital to him that his adult children connect with the culture of his forebears. Tapping into his nomadic roots, he would often end emails with a playful “I am returning to my tent.” On a more reflective note, he once confided he knelt in prayer toward the east each morning.
Now the sun has set in the west, and you have returned to the tent of your Syrian ancestors. Shukran, Herb Hadad.
Until next time,