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WHERE I LIVE --Poetry Reading

by Jennie Boyd Bull

Sunday, January 7

2:00 -4:00 p.m.  Celo Inn

Jennie will read from a new chapbook of poems from her first year in the South Toe River valley, Where I Live: Coming Home to the Southern Mountains (Finishing Line Press 2018). Available for pre-order at $13.99.

South Toe poets and musicians Mendy Knott, Anne and Sam Maren-Hogan, Kathy Weisfeld,  Cathy Sky, Katherine Savage, Britt Kaufmann, and Lynn McClure will also offer. Light refreshments served.  Contact Jennie with questions, at 845 807-1989.


Scheduled readings for Katherine Edgren:
  • At Bookbound Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI – December 14th – flyer attached
  • At WSG (Washington Street Gallery) in Ann Arbor (with eight other poets, we have organized an event where each poet will look at the gallery’s January art show and write an Ekphrasis poem on one work of art which they will read, along with other poems — 5 minutes worth — at an event on January 21st)
  • At Crazy Wisdom Bookstore in Ann Arbor, on February 28th, with a musician, who will sing and play along with us.
Come To a book party to celebrate the publication of a new poetry chapbook by author Lisa Rhodes-RyabchichOpening the Black Ovule Gate” there will be refreshments and you can order a presale copy of my book!
Where:Poets Corner- 570 Main Street, New Rochelle, NY 10701
When: Saturday Dec 2, 2017 —7 pm



Your boyfriend did something very
terrible to my sister. I
did not know this then. My mother
later told you she was very
angry; I never knew this…Years
later my sister told her friend
about it: the reasons why she
never got married. I wondered
if this was true. She had no memory
when asked, only a church girl sits
on the couch, only some memory
exists after your death and my
mother’s silent indifference
and refusal to contact you
then. I understand anger; I
understand shame. A child’s frightened
eyes tiptoe through darkness. I’ve tried
to go back there walking through that
apartment as a child on
that day, and your still sitting on
the radiator with your boyfriend
next to you staring me away.
It’s dark. I don’t know why he is
in our apartment; he shouldn’t
be here. Were you so insecure
with yourself that you needed someone
to watch you? Why did you bring him
there? Was this what your life was reduced
to after the breakup–-hanging out with your
boyfriend? You were much prettier than that.


John J. Trause in Rimes of the Ancient Mariner readings:
Dear Family & Friends,
Please join us for this poetry reading in Manhattan on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6 p. m.
John J. Trause as a Silver Tongued Devil for
Rimes of the Ancient Mariner
Three of Cups Café
83 First Avenue (on northwest corner with 5th Street)
East Village, Manhattan
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388- 0059

For more information, see the attached flyer. 
Love & Peace,
Please remember to mark your calendars for poetry features by John J. Trause in 2017:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:45 p. m. in a New Books, New Poems reading with Joel Allegretti et al. at Cornelia Street Café29 Cornelia Street (between Bleecker & West 4th Streets), New York, New York 10014.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6 p. m. as a Silver Tongued Devil for Rimes of the Ancient Mariner at Three of Cups Café83 First Avenue on northwest corner with 5th Street, East Village, Manhattan, New York 10003.  (212) 388- 0059
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4 p. m. in launch party for NYSAI issue release party and reading at Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street, New York, New York 10002.  (212) 673-6270.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7 p. m. with Brevitas poets in Thursdays Are For Poetry series at Classic Quiche Café, 330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666.

The Schenectady Community of Writers Annual Reading Schenectady County Public Library

99 Clinton Street

Schenectady, NY

(518) 388-4500

Sunday November 19, 2017 

2-4 pm 


Poets Dawn Marar, Carolee Bennett and Joan Kruger, as well as, memoirist Paul O’Brien, novelists Tom Swyers and Todd Monahan and non-fiction writer Richard Jackson

Books by the authors will be available for sale before and after the program.

Dawn Marar’s chapbook, Efflorescence

is available for preorder through Finishing Line Press.

Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome to this free event.


You are invited:

Sunday, November 26, 2-3:30 p.m.

Lunenberg Public Library

1023 Massachusetts Avenue
Lunenberg, MA
(978) 582-4140

Poetry Reading to celebrate the new releases of “local” poets

MaryEllen Letarte and James B. Nicola


Kate Chadbourne


refreshments served: tea, scones


Remember: a poetry book signed by the author makes a great holiday gift!

Lunenberg is just north of Route 2 in Worcester county, east of Fitchburg

Meanwhile check out James B. Nicola


“Be My Guest”

Television show interview
with Jan Lewis

Friday, December 15, 1:00 p.m.
Eagle House Senior Community Center
25 Memorial Drive, Lunenburg, MA
We are pleased to announce Poetry in Motion,
a Yuletide season event featuring guest poet
James B. Nicola
We will be celebrating the works of some of the
great poets of New England and New York.
This will be filmed by documentary producer
Judith Lindstedt and there will be time for“open mic”
for those in attendance to recite poetry.
This is a FREE event but please reserve your seat by calling 978-582-4166.
Flyer: poet.pdf
James B. Nicola
484 W 43rd, Apt 45-O, New York, NY 10036 USA; 212) 594 2408
in MA: 508) 829 4574 (landlines)
Wind in the Cave
Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater

For reviews click HERE

Playing the Audience 


Michael Gaspeny and Alana Dagenhart Sherrill Reading on December 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

On Dec. 7 at Scuppernong Books, Michael Gaspeny and Alana Dagenhart Sherrill will be reading at 7 p.m. The event will serve as a launch party for Gaspeny’s chapbook Re-Write Men and will feature poems from Sherrill’s chapbook Blood. Both poets are Finishing Line Press authors as well as frequent classmates during summer workshops at Wildacres Retreat in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.



Growing old Disgracefully by Elizabeth Marchitti readings:

The Totowa Public Library,  537 Totowa Road, Totowa, N.J., along with a different Totowa Poet, Maude Carolan Pych, on Tuesday evening November 28, 2017.




Carla Schwartz, author, Intimacy with the Wind upcoming events:
 Sunday June 3, 2018, 12 PM
The Art of Words, Mike Amado Memorial Series
Featured Poet, Intimacy with the Wind author Carla Schwartz 
11 North St, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Readings with Kimberly J Simms. Fall 2017 - PRESS RELEASE - LINDY LEE - SONGS ON MILL HILL - KIMBERLY J SIMMS 2017

Travelers Rest Branch Library
Book Talk and Signing sponsored by GCLS
Thursday December 7, 2017. 7 pm to 8 pm.
17 Center Street
Travelers Rest, SC 29690

More info at or email

Please feel free to bring friends to this public event!



Local readings here in midcoastal Maine will be over the summer.
Crackpot Chronicles – older blog
folly me on Twitter
Ellen Sander’s Classic Rock Readers (Kindle Eds.)  No Kindle?  No Problem:
Free Kindle Reader at
Lynne Viti -BALTIMORE GIRLS--scheduled readings and programs 2017-2018
Lynne Spigelmire Viti, JD, PhD
Senior lecturer in the Writing Program
Blogging at Still In School
Westwood Public Library, Islington Branch, 10 AM January 30, 2018
Senior Center,Westwood, Massachusetts,     11  AM February 5, 2018
Newhouse Center, Wellesley College,  4:30 PM, February 7, 2018
Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA, 7 PM,  April 5, 2018
Ferguson Library, Stamford, Connecticut, April 7, 2 PM, 2018

Barbara de la Cuesta upcoming events:

I will be reading Rosamundo aloud to a group of blind booklovers, and concurrently recording the sessions to create an audiobook.  If you are vision impaired and live near or in central New Jersey, We’d love to invite you to this informal event.  Contact Barbara de la Cuesta at 848 210 1735 for details.
I will also be participating in a reading sponsored by the New England Poetry Club at the Yenching Library at Harvard University on March 6, 2018 at 7pm.
Barbara de la Cuesta
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