News about Contributors

– The most recent news from contributors, as of October 3, 2016:

Roselee Blooston:  Dying in Dubai: A Memoir of Marriage, Mourning and the Middle East (Apprentice House) was published October 1st. Available from Amazon, the publisher, and bookstores.

Sandra Gilbert’s article about Adrienne Rich appeared in The American Scholar

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was recently written up in the Most Powerful Women series of Fortune magazine:, and in The New York Times:

Iris Litt‘s chapbook Snowbird can be ordered from Finishing Line Press, and will be shipped on October 14:

Helen Ruggieri‘s new book, The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time, is reviewed in the latest issue of *The Mom Egg*:

 – Earlier 2016 updates

Barbara Bald and Beth Fox have a new book of poems, Other Voices/Other Lives. They used poetry to stimulate memories of assisted living folks at Sugar Hill Retirement Community, then told their stories through poems. The book is available at or Readings at Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH on Sept. 1 (, and at the Wolfeboro Library, Wolfeboro, NH on Oct 5 at 7pm.

Judy Bebelaar gave a reading of her poems at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library on February 27th, 2016; she and Marianne Betterly read from the anthology River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century, edited by Diane Frank, at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley on January 10th.

Marianne Betterly’s book of poems The Return of the Bees, published in May by Blue Light Press, is available from Amazon

Roselee Blooston has been named the BCCLS NOVEMBER 2016 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH.  BCCLS is a consortium of 75 New Jersey libraries in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Passaic Counties.

Susanne Braham‘s absurdist dialogue trilogy, “One Man’s Heaven,” was published online over the course of three weeks in Dialogual, and her poem “February Birthday, Remembered” was accepted for publication in a new online poetry journal called These Fragile Lilacs.

Gail Comorat‘s chapbook Phases of the Moon has been published by Finishing Line Press.

Mary Pacifico Curtis’s first collection of poetry, Between Rooms, is  available from Amazon. Her website has more about it, as well as her  author page on Facebook.

Jessica de Koninck’s collection of poems, The Cutting Room, is out from Terrapin Books, available both as paperback and on Kindle (

Patricia Goodman was a featured reader in February 2016 at the Second Saturday reading, Jackson Inn, Wilmington, DE.

Donna Hilbert is a contributing writer to the on-line monthly poetry journal Verse-Virtual and has poems appearing there in each issue.

Iris Litt has a story, ‘Pissed Off’, in the ebook The Saturday Evening Post 2016 Great American Fiction Contest Anthology.

Joan Michelson’s chapbook, Boomvale Home, has been accepted for publication by Original Plus Books, Wales, UK, and she was awarded a fellowship for a month’s residency at Sangam House, India, for the month of January.

Ellen Peckham‘s book of haiku with her own illustrations), Arrested Ephemera, was published in 2015 for the Haiku Society of America by Paper Crown Press.

Natasha Sajé taught a workshop on poetic mode at the University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tuscon), on January 15, 2016.

Carolyn Stephens recorded a piece for Maine Public Radio’s  ‘Music That Moves ME’ series. It was broadcast in June, and is available on the MPBN website

Tammi Truax was guest blogger at Kid Lit Universe ( and also has a work of prose (an excerpt of a historical novel in progress) in a juried art show called Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, which opened at Canterbury (NH) Shaker Village on Aug. 6 and runs through Dec. 10, 2016. Tammi also was awarded one of two scholarships for Maine writers to attend SliceLitCon in September, in New York City.

Florence Weinberger gave a reading January 7th at the Buena Park (CA) Library, and another on May 15 at the Carnegie Art Museum in  Oxnard, CA. She also collaborated with photographer/architect Douglas Busch on a project called ‘Zuma Foam’, using his images of materials washed up on Zuma beach as inspiration for poetry. The collaboration was on display at the Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St, Oxnard, CA 93030

Nancy Womack‘s “Poet as Stripper” is out in the 2016 online edition of the North Carolina Literary Review.

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 – from 2015

Barbara Bald’s poem ‘Intertribal Medicine’ was accepted for the anthology Crossing Lines (Main Street Rag Publishing).

T. J. Banks became Editor in Chief at Hartford County Women Magazine in October 2015.

Judy Bebelaar’s chapbook Walking Across the Pacific was published in February 2015 by Finishing Line Press.

Marianne Betterly has a poem in the San Diego Poetry Annual 2014-2015.

Susanne Braham‘s absurdist dialogue trilogy, “One Man’s Heaven,” was published online over the course of three weeks in Dialogual, and her poem “February Birthday, Remembered” was accepted for publication in a new online poetry journal called These Fragile Lilacs.. Her comment on “A few words about grief” appears at In April, her dialogue,”Improve Your Coat,” was published online by Dialogual.  In July, a photo poem, “Oh, California,” was published online in The New Verse News.

Ann Cefola launched her first book of poetry, Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014) at the Hudson River Museum Planetarium in April, at a reading combined with astrophotography.

Lenore McComas Coberly’s book of poems For I Am Mountainborn (Fireweed Press, 2014), recalling her rural West Virginia childhood, has received warm reviews. Here’s one of them:

Gail Braune Comorat has received a 2015 Established Fellowship in Literature: Poetry discipline, from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Connie Fisher gave a reading from The Widows’ Handbook at All Saints Catholic Church Library in Dallas in October 2015.

Sandra Gilbert and Roger J. Porter edited EATING WORDS: 
A Norton Anthology of Food Writing, reviewed by Kirkus as “A literary feast for foodies.”  The anthology brings together pieces by nearly 100 writers: poets, novelists, essayists, cooks, diners, and food critics.

Gail Gilliland has a short story, “The Balloon King of Albuquerque,” in Red Mesa Review (U. of New Mexico – Gallup).

Patricia Goodman’s poem ‘Letter to my Daughter, Unsent’ went live on Pyrokinection, She also has several poems on:, and three more appear in Owl Moon Raptor Center’s new raptor anthology, plus ‘Three Spring Haikus’ in The Weekly Avocet #123.

Iris Litt has poems in Pinyon, Bryant Literary Review 16 (‘Bayou Mirror’), and Up The River 3 (‘In The Park’).

M’s poem “Clean White Sheets” was the Artist’s Choice winner in the Rattle Ekphrasis Challenge #2. Hear her read it at

Susan Mahan has a poem, ‘May Day’ on the Silver Birch press website:  She also has five poems in the September edition of Verse-Virtual, and a story, “Goddess of the Moon”, in Siblings: Our First Macrocosm, from Wising Up Press.

Lucia May’s chapbook Blond Boy has received their Starting Gate Award from Finishing Line Press.  She was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Verse Wisconsin.

†Ann McGovern was featured in a 12-minute video about her writing and artwork and getting older and facing challenges and living to the brim: Also see her website,

Lise Menn was interviewed about creating TWH in Care Connections Newsletter, a publication for family caregivers from the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (Colorado).

 Joan Michelson’s poem ‘Stories’ won the Bristol (England) Poetry Prize. See

Pamela Pearce has been named Poet at Large for a monthly poetry show on WIOX radio in Roxbury, NY. As of June 2015 she has her own segment, “The Poetry Hour,” streaming live on line the 4th Tuesday of every month, 1-2pm. Pamela leads a weekly reading and writing workshop at Drum Hill Senior Residence in Peekskill, NY, doing poetry and memoir on alternate weeks. In May she led a panel on how to get published in literary magazines at the Amherst Writers and Artists Conference and an all-day poetry retreat at The Warner Library in Tarrytown, NY. She also has a memoir about emotional healing through making art in LINES, the magazine of The Art Students League of New York–including several of her visual art pieces. See Click.aspx?fileticket=IMSkhaL3xcM%3d&tabid=359.

Ellen Peckham‘s book of haiku with her own illustrations), Arrested Ephemera was published in 2015 for the Haiku Society of America by Paper Crown Press.  Several of her poems set to music by Gerald Busby were featured in concerts in Manhattan and Albany.

Natasha Sajé‘s  has a prose piece, ‘Everyone Has Talent’, at

Aline Soules published a chapbook, Evening Sun: a Widow’s Journey, available from Amazon:

Ellen Steinbaum has a poem in the spring 2015 (#20) issue of Innisfree Poetry Journal, available at She also has two poems, ‘Taken’ and ‘Pronk’, in the online British journal Antiphon,

Carolyn Stephens has been blogging steadily at

Catherine Tidd ‘s book Confessions of a Mediocre Widow: Or, How I Lost My Husband and My Sanity had a great review in Publisher’s Weekly. See

Tammi Truax’s debut novella Broken Buckets is available as an eBook. See and

Florence Weinberger has a poem in Persimmon Tree’s Winter 2014 issue.

Nancy Womack‘s poem  “For Emily, Whoever You Are” was accepted for Kackalac 2015, an annual anthology competition from Main Street Rag. She also gave a reading with her writing group friends at Great Expectations Books in Rutherfordton, NC, and participated in a workshop at the Sidney Lanier Poetry Festival in Tryon, NC, both on April 24.

†Holly Zeeb had a poem accepted by Comstock Review.

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