Tuesday, 5/5: Writers Night Out!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Basement (formerly Bishop’s Lounge) 
21 Center Street, Northampton
7:00 – 9:00pm

I’ll be the featured reader at this longstanding event sponsored by the good people at Straw Dogs Writers Guild.  It starts with an open mic, and if you want to read, put your name in the hat up until 7:10. The reading starts at 7:15,  and each reader will have five minutes.

And if you have questions:  Jacqueline Sheehan (413) 582-0661

There’s a bar.  Meet me there.

Errata! Venue Change at Ma Po Fest

The good news is, I get to post this pic of Sherman and Mr. Peabody so we can all get in the Wabac machine for a do-over, because:

1) It turns out our panel is in the Hawthorne Hotel library, NOT the Peabody Museum library.

2) Even though it says our event is FULL on the Ma Po web site, the skinny is that you can just show up and we’ll find a way to show horn you in.

Gee whiz, Mr. Peabody, it looks like the folks at the Ma Po Fest put us in the wrong room!

Don’t fret, Sherman, there’s plenty of room at the Hawthorne Hotel library for all who want to attend our splendid panel discussion.

In case you missed it, here’s the panel info:

From Zero to One: First Books & What We Wish We’d Known

Amy Dryansky, Karen SkolfieldSarah Sousa and Perugia Press Director, Susan Kan

Saturday, May 2, 12:15-1:15

Hawthorne Hotel Library, Salem, MA

We can’t promise you’ll get published, but we will share what we’ve learned, which turns out to be a decent amount.

This event will be of special interest to writers submitting a manuscript or about to publish a first book. We’ll discuss the happy but often bewildering aftermath of acceptance: book design, publicity, the vulnerability of being newly published, post-publication contests, second and beyond books, and the importance of continuing to write after a manuscript has been assembled or even published. We’ll also talk about pre-publication editing, researching presses and contests, realistic publishing expectations, and dealing with a difficult publisher. Although the panel will focus on life after an acceptance, we will have handouts that address the business side of preparing a manuscript.

Discussion will be audience driven – bring your questions!

From Salem to Straw Dogs: Pokey Poetry Events

May approacheth, and with it, a couple of events to share with you:

Ma Poetry Fest

Three days packed with readings, talks, panels and a small press book fair, including this panel featuring yours truly, along with the fabulous poets Karen Skolfield and Sarah Sousa and equally impressive Perugia Press Director, Susan Kan:

From Zero to One: First Books & What We Wish We’d Known

Saturday, May 2, 12:15-1:15

Peabody Essex Museum Library, Salem, MA

We can’t promise you’ll get published, but we will share what we’ve learned, which turns out to be a decent amount.

This event will be of special interest to writers submitting a manuscript or about to publish a first book. We’ll discuss the happy but often bewildering aftermath of acceptance: book design, publicity, the vulnerability of being newly published, post-publication contests, second and beyond books, and the importance of continuing to write after a manuscript has been assembled or even published. We’ll also talk about pre-publication editing, researching presses and contests, realistic publishing expectations, and dealing with a difficult publisher. Although the panel will focus on life after an acceptance, we will have handouts that address the business side of preparing a manuscript. Discussion will be audience driven – bring your questions!

Writers Night Out

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Basement (formerly Bishop’s Lounge) 
21 Center Street, Northampton
7:00 – 9:00pm

I’ll be the featured reader at this longstanding event sponsored by the good people at Straw Dogs Writers Guild.  It starts with an open mic, and if you want to read, put your name in the hat up until 7:10. The reading starts at 7:15,  and each reader will have five minutes.

And if you have questions:  Jacqueline Sheehan (413) 582-0661

There’s a bar.  Meet me there.

BIG ENERGY POETS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE: WHEN ECOPOETRY THINKS CLIMATE CHANGE

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So happy to be part of this project!

Originally posted on AMY KING'S ALIAS:

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Heidi Lynn Staples and I are c0-editing BIG ENERGY POETS OF THE ANTHROPOCENE: WHEN ECOPOETRY THINKS CLIMATE CHANGE, a selection of poets whose praxis offers ways for us to imagine and so respond to climate change. To be published by BlazeVOX in 2015/2016! In the meantime, please like this page!   Follow the anthology’s developments, read related news, and learn about projects like High Water Line: Visualizing Climate Change. Think the change::Be the change.

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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

(Pokey says, yes, you should come…)

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From Zero to One: First Books and What We Wish We’d Known

Lecture and panel discussion moderated by Karen Skolfield with Amy Dryansky, Susan Kan, Sarah Sousa, &  Michelle Valois

March 1, 11am
Miss Hall’s School, Centennial Hall
492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA

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Laundry Line Divine presents Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others

Hosted by Suzi Banks Baum, featuring readings by Amy Dryansky, Sarah Hains DiFazio, Janet Elsbach, Lorrin Krouss, Linda Jackson, Nichole Dupont, Leigh Strimbeck, Serene Mastrianni, Rachel Siegel, and Suzi Banks Baum

March 7, 7pm
Dewey Memorial Hall
91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA

Suggested donation at the door $10

Pokey Returns (Sort Of) Part 1

Motherwell-Map 2 (2)Yep, it’s been a while.

When I started this blog I was smack-dab in the middle of navigating the territory of Mom-poet. Trying to figure out how to make the time and head-space for my creative life. Now, five years later, I’m in a different place, and yet…

still trying to find that time.

The difference is, whereas yet another snow day five years ago would’ve brought me to the brink, now, as I write, one kid has walked himself over to a friend’s for some sledding, and the other is practicing guitar. Yes, she’s in the same room, but not really *requiring* anything. I can tune her in and out.

But, (and it’s all about the but these days, isn’t it?) I now have a full-time-out-of-the-house job. So there’s that.

But we all have something, right? And I’m not complaining, because where I am now is a boatload better than where I was a while back. I’m just kind of thinking aloud about this space and how best to keep it alive. Because, frankly, I love it here.

So, let’s try a compromise. No promises. Just this for today.

And OK, some updates about readings, events, interviews and such. (That sure wouldn’t have been happening five years ago!)

And an intention to get back here.

close your eyes. Let’s intention it together—that extra creative time for ourselves.

If Oprah were here she’d tell you to look under your chairs—everybody gets a new car!!! Oprah

Sorry, that’s not going to happen. But, barring something crazy expensive, what would you want to find under your chair? Can you leave a comment and tell me about it?

In the meantime, here’s some news:

UPCOMING EVENTS

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

From Zero to One: First Books and What We Wish We’d Known

Lecture and panel discussion moderated by Karen Skolfield with Amy Dryansky, Susan Kan, Sarah Sousa, &  Michelle Valois

March 1, 11am
Miss Hall’s School, Centennial Hall
492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield

Also…
Laundry Line Divine presents Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others

Hosted by Suzi Banks Baum, featuring readings by Amy Dryansky, Sarah Hains DiFazio, Janet Elsbach, Lorrin Krouss, Linda Jackson, Nichole Dupont, Leigh Strimbeck, Serene Mastrianni, Rachel Siegel, and Suzi Banks Baum

March 7, 7pm
Dewey Memorial Hall
91 Main Street, Sheffield

Suggested donation at the door $10

The Writing Life: Reading & Discussion

Forbes Library Community Room
Northampton, MA
April 27, 7pm-8pm

Massachusetts Poetry Festival

May 1-3
Salem, MA

More details to follow…