– The most recent news from contributors, as of July 19, 2017:
Susanne Braham’s essay “Life Lessons Learned” was recently published online at http://www.clevermag.com/essays2/life.htm
Ann Cefola‘s second book, Free Ferry, was published by Upper Hand Press in April. September marks the 75th anniversary of the isolation of plutonium, and Free Ferry tracks the story of one of its key scientists. Ann adds that “many are gifting it to the mathematicians, scientists and astrophysicists that they know.” and requests that we purchase it directly from Upper Hand Press so that they get the profits they deserve. For more information, see www.annogram.blogspot.com and www.anncefola.com.
Gail Braune Comorat has two poems, ‘Independence’ and ‘You are one of us tonight’, in the Summer 2017 issue of the Rat’s Ass Review (http://ratsassreview.net/).
Patricia Fargnoli‘s new book: Hallowed: New & Selected Poems will be published by Tupelo Press in September 2017. The book, which includes several poems from each of her four previous books plus 20 new poems, will be available from the press or on Amazon. She is also scheduled to read at the Brattleboro VT Library on Oct. 25th at 7:00 with Penelope Scambly Schott, Tim Mayo and (maybe) Verandah Porche. Because Patricia has chronic laryngitis, they are planning that, if she loses her voice, the others will read the poems she planned to read.
Sandra M. Gilbert received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University at Commencement May 25, along with several other distinguished people in the arts, including actors Dame Judi Dench and James Earl Jones, composer John Williams.
Patricia Goodman gave a featured reading at The Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center on July 9th and her second book is out for critiques. Good luck with that as-yet-untitled book, Pat!
Florence Grende’s The Butcher’s Daughter (Madison Literary Press – a change of publisher) was short-listed for the prestigious 2017 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize.
Ag Herman, who is our doyenne at age 95, is still blogging at http://seamlessaging.blogspot.com/, and writing commentary for her retirement community’s weekly newsletter.
Iris Litt’s chapbook Snowbird was published by Finishing Line Press when she was in the hospital. It is available from Amazon or from the publisher, and it “sold quite a few copies on Anna Maria Island, which inspired it. A fine restaurant ordered 50 copies, prepaid, for its gift shop, and the fish store ordered 15.” There’s more than one way to market a poetry book! Iris also had poems published recently in The London Magazine, The Edison Review, Up The River and The Avatar Review (three poems). Her short story, “Karl Marx Doesn’t Know Everything”, won honorable mention in the Tom Howard/John Reid Fiction Contest and is online at winningwiters.com/past-winning-entries-karl-marx-doesn’t-know-everything. She also has a short story, “Pissed Off”, in the Saturday Evening Post online edition, “The Best Short Stories from the Great American Fiction Contest 2016”, http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Saturday-Evening-American-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01A05K7RU
Laura Manuelidis will have three poems, ‘Without Cure’, ‘Interrogation 2’, ‘Your cheek is my pasture’, in the next issue of Innisfree Poetry Journal and another, ‘Rapt with oil and balms’, in the Grey Sparrow Journal.
Lise Menn and social worker Lynn Malkinson read from and discussed The Widows’ Handbook at Frasier Meadows retirement community in Boulder on April 21st.
Joan Michelson’s new (second) collection, Landing Stage, portrait poems of refugees (Syrians, Bosnians) and earlier immigrants (WWII), is available from Amazon. Forthcoming in January 2018, Family Kitchen, a chapbook of portrait poems treating three generations (OldWorld/NewWorld) from The Finishing Line Press.
Ellen Peckham was one of two artist/poets launching a new organization in the Hamptons. A video was made at the reading, called Doubly Inspired, available at https://youtu.be/i2QYRR6Zb4I. Three poems in Western mode and three haiku were included in the recent issue of HQ Poetry Magazine published in Britain, and for the first time, she will have a poem in The Comstock Review (next issue). Also, the Editor of Juxta 3 “assigned” various haiga artists to work on a haiku by Billy Collins for that issue. She says, “I was one but find i am not a good ventriloquist.”
Natasha Sajé has a radio interview with Judith Arcana. And she will be reading her poems at NEFELI Caffe, 1854 Euclid Ave., Berkeley, on Friday Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., giving a poetic modes workshop in Dallas TX at the Writer’s Garret on Saturday Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m., and reading poems in Austin TX on Sunday Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Bookwoman. Details on her website: www.natashasaje.com. She has a radio interview with Judith Arcana posted at http://kboo.fm/media/58979-interview-natasha-saje. Natasha has an essay forthcoming in the fall issue of Dogwood Literary Review (about guilt, love, and widowhood) and poems forthcoming in the Antioch Review and Plume.
Maureen Tolman Flannery is the winner of this year’s First Prize award in the Adult category of the Evanston Public Library’s 39th Annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards, for her poem “Path to the School Bus.”
Florence Weinberger will have three poems online in December on Cultural Weekly. Also, Tebot Bach will be publishing her fifth collection of poems, entitled Ghost Tattoo, publication date TBA.
Nancy Womack’s poem ‘A Trilogy in Praise of Figs’ will appear in the fall 2017 Kakalak, the annual collection of works by Carolina writers published by Main Street Rag.