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Poetry Reading

On Saturday, December 2, I joined a few of my poet friends at Paradigm Coffee and Music in Sheboygan, WI for Stoneboat Literary Journal’s 8.1 issue launch event. My poem “Mantodea”* is in this issue as well as many other fine poems, stories, essays, and visual works. You can order from Stoneboat’s Website.

Today’s poetry is not like the esoteric verse of earlier generations, but is, instead, visually and emotionally evocative, often shoving that mirror of society right up to one’s nose.

I heard so many good poems that day. I hope you’ll get a copy of the journal to see what I mean.

*It’s a carpe diem poem featuring a praying mantis dressed in her finest clothes.


Book Launch for A Hollow Bone is a Success

It may have been raining–downright stormy–on August 10, but over thirty people turned out to hear me read selections from my debut novel, A Hollow Bone. The Plymouth Public Library was the perfect place for me: plenty of room and the staff were so gracious and helpful.

I choose three pieces:

  • The first chapter, which I like because it sets the tone for the novel and gives readers a good idea of June’s conflicted personality.
  • Part of the chapter where June and Frank move to 10th Street after Frank comes home from the war. I like the frustrated domesticity of that chapter as well as how layered it is. There’s the “fun” scene when June meets her neighbors and the heart-rending scene when Angelina is forced to accept her parents’ move away from her beloved grandparents.
  • Lastly, I chose the Easter Egg Hunt chapter, as it gives us a glimpse of Angel as a mom, Sophie as a child, and it was one of the very first pieces I wrote in this novel.

Thank you again to everyone who was able to attend. I hope to do more events like this one in the future.

A new artist and poet alliance in the works

paintbrushYesterday I submitted three poems for the newest incarnation of an alliance between The Mead Library Poetry Circle and The Sheboygan Visual Artists (at EBCO artworks in Sheboygan, WI).

Here’s more information from the call for submissions (limited to members of the groups listed above):

The show, called “Intersections: Art/Poetry,” will be one of their Final Friday events (moved up one week to avoid Good Friday) and will open on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 6-10:00 p.m., with one or more poetry readings during the evening (our reading was much too long in 2014, and we will have to shorten it). A meet and greet reception, for participating poets and artists only, will be held prior to the show’s opening, from 5:30-6:00 that evening.

The show will be on exhibit through April 10th. There will be daytime gallery hours (11-3:00) on these Saturdays and Sundays: March 19-20, April 2-3 and 9-10.

I’m happy to announce that books that include all the poems and the artwork will also be available for purchase on March 18, as well. The book from Making it Speak is beautiful, and I have no doubt this one will be just as lovely.

Mark your calendars for this visual and cerebral treat. I’m excited to be involved.