Wednesday, June 01, 2022

your start-of-summer annogram

Dear annogrammers, Summer is here, at least our Memorial Day weekend signals as much. How great to be outdoors! And, as Vonnegut suggests, why not enjoy lemonade under an apple tree? annogram plans on that and more, so have a fabulous summer and send news in August for September.



Marilyn Applies LitBalm


Join me this Saturday, June 4 at 5pm, as one of the poets reading from the award-winning I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe (Milk+Cake Press). LitBalm, a respected Zoom-Facebook reading, is hosted by international poets Marc Vincenz, Cassandra Atherton, and Jonathan Penton. Cindy Hochman is a regular so that should tell you how great it is! Hope to see you there, via Zoom.



Young French Painting


Few people know about art critic, journalist and poet André Salmon (1881-1969) who was there in Paris as pals Picasso and Braque turned the art world upside down. Travel back to that moment through Pablo Picasso, André Salmon and “Young French Painting (Za Mir Press), a new translation of Salmon's first book on Picasso, Cubism and early 20th century modern art, by Salmon scholar Jacqueline Gojard and art historian Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, PhD. A must for artists and art aficionados! Order here.



The Fabricator Sparkles at Brooklyn Film Festival


Loren "Dink" Stalter
Frank Vitale, whose award-winning films include Montreal Main and The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable, will debut The Fabricator at the Brooklyn Film Festival on June 12 at 2pm. This masterful short documentary, a meditation on the life of craftsman Loren “Dink” Stalter, is resplendent with images evocative of Hudson River School artists more than a century ago. View online with six other fantastic shorts for $10 or attend live by registering here. A stunning jewel of a film that speaks to a life’s calling.



Cecily Spitzer at Upstream


"Sunset Hill" by Cecily Spitzer
Spitzer's work, in the tradition of the Ninth Street Women—ground-breaking Abstract Expressionists of the 20th century—challenges male counterparts in its vigorous language of gesture and color. Like those artists, Spitzer's work concentrates on the physicality of nature; but, unlike them, her compositions are more formal and elegant. With a solo show by Paul Greco, through June 19 at the Upstream Gallery.



Creative Opportunities

Kevin  Pilkington
Essays, Letters, and Poems on Yusef Komunyakaa; send submissions to dearyusefanthology@, by August 1


The Lauria/Fasca Poetry Prize for poets of Italian descent, by July 1, $20


Line-by-Line, a Poetry Workshop with Kevin Pilkington 

Madville Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology, by June 30


Suzanne Cleary

The Poetsubmit on “the family,” by June 22


Poetry Anthology for the Ukraine, send to by September 30

“The Power of Not Knowing: The Role of Surprise in Creating a Poem,” workshop with Suzanne Cleary, June 17, 9-11am, register here

Pure Slush and Truth Serum Press, prose, poetry, fiction on marriage, by July 31


Rhino, fiction, nonfiction, poetry by June 30


Slaping Hol Chapbook Contest, by June 22


Women in Their 80s, octogenarian poetry and prose anthology;, by September 30


New and Recent Releases


Will Alexander and Heller Levinson, Dialogics 2 (Anvil Tongue)


Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Selected Poems (Chax Press)


First Literary Review - East


Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, PhD, and Jacqueline Gojard, translators, Pablo Picasso, André Salmon and “Young French Paintingby André Salmon (Za Mir Press)

Adrian Lürssen, Neowise (Trainwreck Press)


Hilary Sideris, Liberty Laundry (Dos Madres Press)


Work! Lifespan Volume #5 (Pure Slush)



Creative Workshops


“The Power of Not Knowing: The Role of Surprise in Creating a Poem,” workshop with Suzanne Cleary, June 17, 9-11am, register here

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 Peekskill Writing Table, serious critique for writers, second and third Tuesdays via Zoom; email


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



June Readings and Events – ET


Jenny Xie
Through June 19,
Cecily Spitzer and Paul Greco solo shows at Upstream Gallery

June 2 and June 9, 6pm, Scarsdale Library Writing Critique Group participants read poetry, fiction, and prose


June 4, 5pm, LitBalm, Ann and more poets read from I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe (Milk+Cake Press)


June 5, 1:30pm, Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club; Myra Malkin, Susana H. Case, Mervyn Taylor, Margo Taft Stever (LIVE)


June 5, 4pm, Katonah Library, Jennie Xie, $15

June 6, 7pm, Oradell Library, Monroe reading: John J. Trause, Joel Allegretti, Tina Kelley, Anna Limontas-Salisbury, Cindy Fouhy, Susana H. Case, Margo Taft Stever (LIVE)

Mark S. Burrows
June 9, 9pm, Parkland Poets, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Susana H. Case, Margo Taft Stever via Zoom

June 12, 2pm, Brooklyn Film Festival, debut of Frank Vitale’s The Fabricator


June 19-26, Mercy by the Sea Retreat Center, “Poetry as Prayer” with Mark S. Burrows; see pricing


June 24, 7pm, Bureau of General Services - Queer Division, Monroe reading: Bruce E.Whitacre, Patrica Carragon, Alexander Cavaluzzo, Elaine Sexton, Robert Anthony Gibbons, Matthew Hittinger, Lynn McGee, Joel Allegretti (LIVE)


June 25, 5pm, Lit Balm, Suzanne Cleary, Ann Lauinger, Margo Taft Stever, Mervyn Taylor, via Zoom



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


Frequent Saturdays (check Facebook), 5pm, LitBalm



Maple-Marinade Salmon


This delicious recipe comes to us via the Yankee Chef:


4 (6 oz) boneless salmon fillets

nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup cup apple juice
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper


Preheat oven to 350°F. Place parchment paper in bottom of 8-inch square baking pan and liberally coat with nonstick cooking spray. Put fillets in pan without overlapping; set aside. In a bowl, whisk together apple juice, chili sauce, maple syrup, brown sugar, mustard, lemon juice, and seasonings. Pour over fish and bake for about 20 minutes, or until fish flakes when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven; serve hot with baked beans if desired.



ʼRound the Net


Jamaica Baldwin
Poet Jamaica Baldwin on winning a Pushcart Prize for “Father Weaver”


Astrophotographer Rick Bria for an amazing photo of last month’s lunar eclipse, and for the cover photo on Laurel Peterson’s Daughter of the Sky (Futurecycle Press)


Poet Suzanne Cleary on being invited to give a workshop at the Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival (UK)


May 2022 Lunar Eclipse by Rick Bria
Translators Chen Du and Xisheng Chen translated a Yan An poem and another in Defunct


Art Historian Beth S. Gersh-Nesic published a review of the exhibit The Hare with Amber Eyes at The Jewish Museum in Bonjour Paris


John McMullen
Yorktown Poet Laureate John McMullen for this video of the Yorktown Poetry Group featuring guest poet Patricia Carragon


The New York Public Library for encouraging us to read banned books


Poet translator Anthony Seidman on appearing on the UCLA panel, “Traducir, editar y publicar poesía Latinomamericana” last month


Music archivist, producer, and cellist Jay Shulman on another rave review of his CD Laura Newell: The Philharmonia Recordings (Artek Records)



What’s Nice


More from Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007):


I had a good uncle, my late Uncle Alex. He was my father's kid brother, a childless graduate of Harvard who was an honest life-insurance salesman in Indianapolis. He was well-read and wise. And his principal complaint about other human beings was that they so seldom noticed it when they were happy. So when we were drinking lemonade under an apple tree in the summer, say, and talking lazily about this and that, almost buzzing like honeybees, Uncle Alex would suddenly interrupt the agreeable blather to exclaim, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." SO I do the same now, and so do my kids and grandkids. And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is."


Until September,