Sunday, February 27, 2022

your windy windy annogram

Dear annogrammers, during turbulent times we turn to one another to nurture the creative expression that defines who we are. Take a moment to breathe, give thanks, and set about doing what you are meant to do. That may mean both writing and art, as you will read; or attending a tasty poetry reading (wink-wink) this upcoming Saturday. Hope to see you soon!



Trainwreck Poets Read


This Saturday, March 5, 4pm ET, I will read with outstanding Trainwreck poets: eco-poet Mary Newell, Hinge Theory founder Heller Levinson, poet and translator Anthony Seidman, and poet and visual artist Giorgia Pavlidou. Please register on Zoom here for a fun and lively hour of poetry, and thanks for purchasing my chapbook, When the Pilotless Plane Arrives (Trainwreck Press).



New Translation Chapbook


New from Trainwreck is a lovely chapbook, The Hero / Hence This Cradle, selections from my translations of Hélène Sanguinetti’s work. This is the perfect introduction to her enchanting and disturbing poetry that has made her a critically acclaimed poet in France. Thanks to Trainwreck Press publisher John C. Goodman for this wonderful way to sample her work!



Translating Suite Française and More


Sandra Smith
On March 1, at 7pm, translator and art historian Beth S. Gersh-Nešić will interview award-winning translator Sandra Smith. They will discuss the challenges in translating The Prodigal Child, by Irène Némirovsky, In the Shadows of Paris: The Nazi Concentration Camp That Dimmed the City of Light, by Anne Sinclair and Inseparable, by Simone de Beauvoir. Register here for this Alliance Française event.



Poets as Artists


"Daisies in Paint Bucket" by
Elizabeth Bishop
Norwalk Poet Laureate Bill Hayden calls out Lebanese poet and painter Etel Adnan; painter and collagist Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), painters Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979) and Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941). My favorites include Bob Heman, Meg Lindsay and Linda Simone. How about words and art combined? See Linda Lynch’s and Heller Levinson’s work here and here, animation of Regi Claire’s award-winning poem, “(Un)certainty,” and Studio Theater in Exile’s Writing Off the Walls ekphrastic poetry.



Creative Opportunities


Pedestal open reading, submit up to five poems by March 4


Catholic Literary Arts Sacred Poetry Contest, submit ekphrastic poetry by April 30


Rhino Poetry Contest and general poetry submissions, by June 30


St. Joseph’s College of Maine, adjunct English teachers for Fall 2022



New and Recent Releases


Jim Cardenas and Anthony Seidman, translators. Yelidá
(Trainwreck Press) by Tomás Hernández Franco

Susana H. Case and Margo Taft Stever, eds. I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe(Milk+Cake Press)

Ann Cefola, translator, The Hero / Hence This Cradle (Trainwreck Press) by Hélène Sanguinetti

Culture + Identity, Vol. 1 and 2 (The Poet Magazine)


Michael Daley, Reinhabited (Dos Madres Press)


MindFull Magazine


Pedestal 89

Laurel Peterson, Daughter of the Sky (Futurecycle Press) pre-order

Jean-Luc Pouliquen, Les 3 B (Independently published)



Creative Workshops

How to Get Your Writing Published
, March 8, 15, and 22; $225, apply here

Stealing from the Poet’s Toolbox: A Fiction Writers Workshop with Estha Weiner, March 19, 10am-2pm, $175


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 to register


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


Writers and Artists Lunch Conversation, second Fridays, noon



March Readings and Events – ET


Suzanne Cleary
March 1, 7pm, Federation of Alliances Françaises US, Beth S. Gersh-Nešić interviews award-winning translator Sandra Smith; register here

March 1, 7pm, Poetry Society of New Hampshire, Susana H. Case, Suzanne Cleary, Lyn Coffin, Leanne Grabel, Matthew Hittinger, Dawad Philip, Heidi Seaborn, Margo Taft Stever, Carolyn Wright, Dawad Philip

March 2, 6pm, Norwalk Public Library, Poets Vincent Bell and Ginny Lowe-Connors in Conversation with Laurel S. Peterson via Zoom, register here


March 5, 4pm, Trainwreck Poetry Reading with Ann, Heller Levinson, Mary Newell, Anthony Seidman and Giorgia Pavlidou via Zoom, register here


Sally Thomas

March 9, 7pm, HVWC, Dorianne Laux and Leila Chatti, Zoom/LIVE


March 12-13, Still Point Mountain Retreat, Sally Thomas reading and overnight retreat with dinner and breakfast, $35, spaces limited, email


March 19, 7pm, Small Press Book Fair, Milk and Cake Press reading, via Zoom


March 20, 3pm, Tomkins Corner, Mary Newell (LIVE)


March 20, 4pm, HVWC, Andrea Deekin and Tara Flint Taylor, Zoom/LIVE


Mary Newell

March 21, 6pm, Small Press Book FairBroadstone Book poets Susana H. Case, Margo Taft Stever, Mervyn Taylor, and Ann Lauinger, via Zoom

March 22, 6pm, Small Press Book FairLiz Marlow, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, and Susana H. Case, via Zoom

March 25, 1:45pm, AWP Panel “Creating an Anthology: Poet as Editor,” Susana H. Case, Margo Taft Stever, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Katie Hoerth, and Diana Whitney (LIVE)




Monthly Readings – ET


Tracy K. Smith
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

Split Mung Soup


People always say about this soup, “Must be heavy cream in it!”  No, just split mung beans available at your local Indian grocery. Worth the trip for an especially tasty soup these last blustery weeks of winter!


1 cup dry split mung beans

6 cups or more water

Pinch of epazote or hing

1 - 1 ½ inch fresh ginger root, finely chopped

½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

½ - 1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil


Cook beans in water with epazote or hing, and ginger root for up to an hour until beans are soft. Blend cilantro, cumin, salt, and olive oil with a hand-held blender; serve.



ʼRound the Net


Proud Greenburgh students
 with their art banner
Memoirist Sarah Bracey White, as executive director of the Greenburgh Arts and Culture, on completing the first phase of the town-wide Black History mural project


Essayist Chen Du for flash nonfiction in The Dilly Doun Review


Translators Chen Du and Xisheng Cheng on translations of contemporary Chinese poet Yan An in The International Human Rights Festival and Sublunary Editions


Walt Whitman 
Poet and filmmaker Terry Dugan for PBS Poetry in America Whitman episode, “The Wound Dresser”; and for noting The Artistic License, newsletter available at BeanRunner Cafe


Translator and art historian Beth Gersh-Nešić on her print Bonjour Paris interview with translator Sandra Smith


Poet and collage artist Bob Heman on poetry in Blazing Stadium


Civil rights historian and poet J. Chester Johnson on sharing that Dr. Catherine Meeks of The Absalom Jones Center For Racial Healing received a 2022 Presidential Award Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Catherine Meeks
Poet Heller Levinson on Lure, forthcoming from Black Widow Press this spring


The New York Public Library for Staff Winter Picks


Poet Laurel Peterson on her latest, Daughter of the Sky (Futurecycle Press) available March 7


Poet Meredith Trede on her poem, "Gifted Girls," appearing in Tribes



Advice for Daydreamers


Stealing this quote by Marcel Proust (1871-1922) from Karin’s Travel and Culture Newsletter:


“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not 

to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.”



Until next time,