Thursday, August 1, 2013

Suddenly, August . . .

Hamlin NY
Photo by Meghan Tonery

The skies in western NY are spectacular. Reminds me of Maxfield Parrish.

Meghan returned home this week and we have enjoyed having her home.  Her friends came to visit too. 

Our house has been full of good conversation. 

In 27 days, the fall semester will  begin.  Is it possible? My precious summer days have been swept away . . .

I have been working steady in the garden.  Last year at this time, we were harvesting tomatoes and starting to can.  This year, not so.  Everything is delayed.  I hope we have an extended summer. 

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This past Sunday at Liftbridge Books, I had the great pleasure reading with Karla Linn Merrifield and Colleen Powderly at the launch of:
Karla Linn Merrifield & Friends, a new anthology from mgv2>publishing, edited by Walter Ruhlmann and also including poems by Michael G. Smith, Eve Anthony Hanninen and Chris Crittenden.  Book signing to follow (the book is 53 pages; $15).   If you can’t make the reading but would like to order a copy, go to

This collection's images are so evocative.  The musicality of each poet, unique and thought-provoking. Yes, much of it draws on Nature that considers consequences of human nature.  I'm so grateful to Karla for inviting me to participate in this endeavor.  It was a very gentle process. Ken Pobo wrote a beautiful introduction.  Thank you, Walter Ruhlmann for giving us this book. 

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Mark Your Calendars!  

Mon. Aug. 5       Craig Czury reads at Pittsford Library, Fisher Room                                           7PM
Craig hitch-hikes the valleys of Pennsylvannia, ground zero in the fracking wars;
beds down where he can, taps out his Marcellus Journal. Craig’s poems
will appear in Vigil for the Marcellus Shale: 12 Poets Opposing Hydraulic Fracturing
soon to published by FootHills.

*** Not to be missed!!!!


Thur. Aug. 8        M.J. Iuppa, featured reader followed by open mic at Barnes & Noble     7PM
                                                                M.J.’s Between Worlds was published this year by FootHills.
                                                                Le Mot Juste available.

Genesee Reading Series at Writers & Books

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Member's Price: $ 3.00
General Public Price: $ 6.00
Hosted by: Wanda Schubmehl

Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.

** Come at 7PM to share light refreshments and socialize before the program ***
August is the month to hear Bart White and Priya Keefe, now Rochester residents by way of North Carolina and Seattle, among other locations.  We are fortunate to have them here!  You will be so intrigued by their work you won’t even care that it’s 98F outside!
Bart White grew up in Asheville, North Carolina in a family full of storytellers. On long treks through the Smokies, he learned to love the mountains in all seasons. A watercolorist in those days, he attended Washington University in St. Louis on a fine arts scholarship. He studied art and literature in Spain and France, drove a taxi, and was a public high school teacher in New York City before moving to Rochester, NY with his wife, two children and a fox hound. Bart teaches French and Spanish at the Harley School, champions poetry there and at the school’s summertime Horizons program where he teaches workshops. Active in Just Poets, he helped edit this year’s Le Mot Juste and organize the recent “Earth’s Water” reading at the Bug Jar with John Roche.  Bart is co-editor with Dwain Wilder of Vigil for the Shale, An Anthology of Poems in Response to Fracking, forth-coming from Foothills Press.  Two collections of his poems, Elegies and Love’s Labors, are in the works.
Priya Keefe‘s poetry has appeared on a Dublin lampost and in Seattle buses.  It is floating around the internet at Hoot,  CounterPunch, The Nervous Breakdown, and other sites.  Her writing has also been known to slay trees.  A recovering shy person, Priya has discovered she loves performing.  Her readings include Seattle City Council meetings, the Bumbershoot Festival, and Band of Poets.  Priya has been poetry editor and lead cross-genre editor for The Pitkin Review, and a curator for the poetry reading series of the Seattle City council.  Her book, Pangea’s Daughter, was an Emergency Press contest finalist, but is still looking for a home.

*** Not to be missed!!!!

Hope I will see you at one or more of these events!


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