Recent readings

Minneapolis MN: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Organizer: Lucia May, lmay1301@yahoo.com
Place: Green Room at Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Participants: Lucia May, Helen Ruggieri, Kristine Shorey, Cary Fellman, Judy Bebelaar

Gloucester MA: June 20
Organizer: Christine Silverstein, seadog204@comcast.net
Place: Eastern Point Lit House, 261 Main Street, Gloucester, MAhttp://www.easternpointlithouse.com/#!about/c20r9
Participants: Susanne Braham, Donna Hilbert, Jacqueline Lapidus, Patricia Savage, Christine Silverstein, Carolyn Stephens, Tammi Truax.

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Carolyn has a new post on her blog “Through a Widow’s Eyes”

Here’s the link: http://throughawidowseyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/in-the-shape-of-a-heart/

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Blog post on The Best American Poetry – A great read by contributor T.J. Banks

Posted on June 19; the last in our series of five montly posts by contributors to The Widows’ Handbook.  Go to http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/2014/06/writing-from-grief-by-t-j-banks.html

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Jennifer Ale’s comment on the Poets House Reading

That was a wonderful reading.  Often at readings, poems seem to be uneven, some so much better than others, but I thought all the poems were really good and presented well –  profound, funny, touching.  Glad I came. “

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Readings just past

Seattle WA: Friday, April 25, 7-8:30 pm
Organizer: Jacqueline Lapidus, jaxedit@aol.com
Place: University House, 4400 Stone Way N.
Arranged by Iris Litt’s friend Amy Godes.
Participants: Jacqueline Lapidus, Kristine Shorey, Ag Herman

Seattle WA: Saturday, April 26, 4:30-6:00 pm
Organizer: Kristine Shorey Forbes, krisforbes@comcast.net
Place: East-West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle  http://www.eastwestbookshop.com/events/6533
Participants: Jacqueline Lapidus, Kristine Shorey, Ag Herman

Portsmouth, NH: Wed., April 30, 6:30-8:00 pm
Organizers: Barbara Bald, river1@worldpath.net; Tammi Truax, t4tu@comcast.net
Place: Portsmouth Public Library
Participants: Barbara Bald, Tammi Truax, Pat Parnell, Charlotte Cox, Jacqueline Lapidus, Patricia Savage, Joann Duncanson, (open mic.)

Spindale, NC: Thursday, May 1st, 7pm
Organizer: Nancy Womack, nancyhwomack@bellsouth.net
Place: Library Auditorium, Isothermal Community College, Spindale, NC
Participants: Nancy Womack and two poet friends

Salem, MA: Sunday, May 4, 1-2 pm (during Mass Poetry Festival May 2-4)
Organizer: Jacqueline Lapidus, jaxedit@aol.com
Place: Hawthorne Hotel, Library Room
Participants: Jacqueline Lapidus, Tammi Truax, Ruth Rothstein, Susan Mahan, Florence Grende, Christine Silverstein

Cambridge, MA: May 5, 7pm
Organizer: Ellen Steinbaum, Ellen@ellensteinbaum.com
Place: Harvard Yenching Library, Divinity Ave., Cambridge
Participants: Jacqueline Lapidus, Ellen Steinbaum, (Ruth Rothstein), Susan Mahan, (Florence Grende)

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Events in Wilmington, Delaware

Ellen Steinbaum is one of two featured readers at Second Saturday Poets in Wilmington DE on April 12th, and Pat Goodman has been invited to do a short reading from The Widows’ Handbook at a cabaret in Wilmington on May 6th. More about that one as the time approaches.

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We’re being featured on WBAI-NY!

Contributors to The Widows’ Handbook will be among the poets interviewed by Janet Coleman, streaming live at http://www.wbai.org/ from 2:00 to 2:57pm Eastern Daylight Time on April 14th. If you’re not free to listen then, Janet says  “the archive at www.wbai.org/archive is functional about 20 minutes after the broadcast and is accessible for 2 weeks. You can access a permanent archive at the program website, www.catradiocafe.com, but sometimes the webmaster doesn’t get it up for a few days.”

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Highlights of recent readings

Newton MA: Thursday, April 3, 7 pm
Organized by: Holly Zeeb, hollyzeeb@rcn.com
Place: Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Rd, Newton, MA
Participants: Holly Zeeb, Jacqueline Lapidus, Ellen Steinbaum, Ruth Rothstein, Christine Silverstein, Susan Mahan

Report: Full house at Newtonville Books, all their copies of the book sold on the spot!

Next Boston area readings, May 4, 1 pm during Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem and May 5, 7pm, at Harvard Yenching Library, Divinity Ave., Cambridge.

For more information, go to our Events page.

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New blog post on “Best American Poetry”

I have written a blog post for “Best American Poetry” titled “Words that do work: Creating The Widows’ Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival”. Tammi Truax  posted “The Healing Nature of Grief Poetry” on March 21st; other contributors will be posting on the third Fridays of April, May and June.

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