– The most recent news from contributors, as of October 17, 2017:
Roselee Blooston‘s Dying in Dubai was designated a 2016 Foreword INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER and a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards Finalist. Roselee returned to the west coast in August, to give a presentation at Camp Widow on “Becoming a New You.” She’s slated to give two more at Camp Widow Toronto, both on November 11th.
Ann Cefola will be reading from her book Free Ferry at Fordham University October 11 (2:30-5:30pm) and City College of New York October 18 (4-5:30pm), at events honoring the 75th anniversary of the isolation of plutonium. She’s also reading in the Poets in Conversation series at the Norwalk Public Library, November 2 at 7pm.
Patricia Fargnoli’s collection Hallowed: New and Selected Poems has been published by Tupelo Press, https://www.tupelopress.org/.
Florence Grende’s The Butcher’s Daughter: A Memoir (Madison Literary Press 2017, San Francisco), has won Honorable Mention in the Eric Hoffer 2017 Book Awards contest, and a bronze medal from the Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Awards in the Non-fiction/Memoir category. It was also included in Huffington Post’s list of IndieReader’s Best Reviewed Books of the Month/August.The Butcher’s Daughter is available in the museum stores of both the New York Jewish Museum and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Rosalind Kaliden’s chapbook Arriving Sideways was published by John Gosslee. A launch party was held at Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, PA, on Sept. 29th.
Lise Menn and social worker Lynn Malkinson read poems from The Widows’ Handbook and facilitated a discussion about the need to talk about grief on August 8 to a new group of widows (and one widower) at Frasier Meadows, Boulder CO, and to a similar group at The Carillon senior residences, Boulder, on October 17th.
Pamela Pearce won the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Blake Scholarship at The Art Students League, NYC. The financial award covers her tuition for next year. Later in the summer she attended the St. Ives School of Painting at the Verrocchio Art Center in Italy.
Aline Soules had a poem entitled “Half Life” published in an anthology, Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands (Shabda Press, 2017), edited by Teresa Mei Chuc.
Ellen Steinbaum’s fourth poetry collection, This Next Tenderness, will be published in the spring by CW Books, which also did her last two collections.
Carolyn Stephens has two recent blog posts, ‘Lucky’ and ‘Down to the River’. https://throughawidowseyes.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/lucky/ and https://throughawidowseyes.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/down-to-the-river/
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.”
Tammi Truax was offered spots in two competitive residencies. She was able to accept one in The Salty Quill Writers Retreat for Women and will spend a few October days on McGees Island, off the coast of Maine, doing final revisions of a historical novel. Tammi also got a scholarship from the Maine Poet’s Society to attend the NH Poetry Festival [in September] where she workshopped with Oliver de la Paz and hoped to meet Gregory Pardlo. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress was chosen by the NH Writer’s Project for a stage performance in ‘The Hatbox Readings’ series in September. She adds, “Most exciting of all, I have a volume of my own poetry scheduled to be published by Hobblebush Books in February. I hope some TWH poets will help me coordinate readings throughout 2018!”
Nancy Womack has an “absolutely wonderful” three-person writers’ group. They have worked together since the three of them did a program on coping with grief through writing, shortly after TWH came out. One of Nancy’s friends was mourning her mother, and the other, an adult child.
Thelma Zirkelbach’s essay “No Seat at the Table” appears in the anthology Black Lives Have Always Mattered, edited by Abiodun Oyowole by and released this summer by 2Leaf Press, an imprint of the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars Incorporated, New York.