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Reading New Essay June 2 for Writ Large’s PUBLISH!


I am reading this weekend with Mariette Papic and Alex Morris for Writ Large Press’ debut New York event, PUBLISH! I’m looking forward to sharing the new piece as part of this cool site-specific lit experiment. Writ Large’s Chiwan Choi and Judeth Oden-Choi are ambitious, generous people who also write and publish; they have always made an effort to build and maintain a sense of literary community between LA and New York writers (and beyond!). The space and event they’re creating offers room for everyone who attends to participate (or not!) and share their ideas. Also, there will be a typewriter there on Saturday, so I’m excited about that. I’m excited to read this new essay, too.  I’ll probably post it on my Tumblr soon.


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The Highwaymen NYC this Thursday, April 25

I’m reading with many, many New York poets this Thursday at The Highwaymen NYC’s anniversary celebration. Full moon, lots of poetry, and a reunion with a few  of the notorious 1441 alumni. I had a chance to talk with the series host, Elizabeth, recently. Since she started The Highwaymen series last year, I think her entire life has changed (mine too!). She puts a tremendous effort into each event, and I’m very happy to be part of a celebration marking the one-year milestone. I’m looking forward to reading a few short (but not very sweet) new poems. One is called “How To Stop War,” it came from nowhere one day on the subway and scared me, and I hope this one finds its way into print somewhere soon.

The reading takes place at Molasses Books in Bushwick, a still new-to-me spot where I have not yet spent nearly enough time or money. There is a FB invite which you can find online here, I think.

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January workshops and events

Happy New Year!

I hope your new year is starting out strong! Here’s some news on classes I’m teaching and events where I’m reading this month:

RÉSUMÉ WRITING WORKSHOP: Tighten, rewrite, edit, and update your résumé. Take advantage of the small-group setting to exchange job-search strategies and get feedback on your résumé from others. Three-hour workshop.   Sunday, January 20, 1:30-4:30 PM.

WHO ARE YOU? is a one-night, three-hour workshop designed to help students learn to write strong, compelling mission statements, bios, and “About Me” website content. Inspired by the longer “Learn to Love Your Artist Statement” workshop, this shorter session helps freelancers, entrepreneurs, bloggers and others who don’t know how to tell the story that will interest their audience. (*Note: this workshop is almost sold out). Tuesday, January 15, 7-10 PM.

From a recent student of the LEARN TO LOVE YOUR ARTIST STATEMENT workshop: “I have never ever been happy with an artist statement before so it is a really big deal for me, and I am very excited.” This three-week, 9-hour workshop was created for artists who struggle with the challenge of writing original, effective artist statements. Mondays, January 14, 21 and 28, 7-10 PM.
You can sign up or learn more at 3rd

Sycamore Stories: A Night of Literary Madness, 1/16/13.
This event kicks off a brand-new monthly series held every third Wednesday. Hosted by Kelley Brannon (founder of Bodega Wine Bar’s monthly storytelling series).
Sycamore Bar
1118 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Wednesday, January 16, 7 PM.

Words With Beer, 1/30/13.
This relatively new lit series is held in Bed-Stuy at a cool neighborhood café with a great vibe.
Bedford Hill Coffee Bar
343 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Wednesday, January 30, 7 PM.

I came across the photo above while doing research for a project I’m writing about my grandmother. This was how her ground-floor condo in Macungie, PA, looked after the blizzard of ’96.

Thank you for your support, best wishes for a great 2013.


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Reading at Bodega, November 4

I’ll be reading something new from the 100 Days project at Bodega’s monthly storytelling series. This series is always the first Sunday in November at 7 PM (11/4/2012). Bodega Wine Bar: St. Nicholas & Troutman, in Bushwick. Take the L to Jefferson.

I read a post-Sandy essay instead. I got a standing ovation, my first. Thanks, Bushwick. –UPDATED 11/05/2012

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Very special Blue Moon reading August 31

I am starting to prepare for a very special poetry reading on August 31, 2012, for The Highwaymen NYC reading series. August 31 will mark the second full moon of August, making it a “blue moon.” The Highwaymen NYC series began this year with a poetry reading held at a different location on each full moon. In addition to the blue moon which will make it a special occasion, August 31 would have been my mother’s 68th birthday. I was honored to be invited to read poetry for this event by the lovely series curator & founder, Elizabeth, and I certainly feel privileged to have such a rare opportunity to honor my mother. I am planning to write new pieces for the event and I hope to write something that will bring her to life for the audience.  Thank you, Elizabeth! More info on this will be posted when it’s available!


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