Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, February 2016

Guild Announcements:

  • Meeting notes from the executive board
  • 2015 year-end membership report

Member Announcements:

  • Next “Write 4 a Day” retreat February 20

Area Announcements:

  • Caffè Lena to feature Alan Casline & Stephen Lewandowski February 3
  • Arthur’s Poetry Open-Mic features Margaret Bryant February 10
  • New literary website hosts writing contest — deadline February 14
  • Third Thursday to feature Brian Dorn February 18
  • Upcoming workshops from Writers in the Mountains
  • NYS Writers Institute announces a calendar of free events for Spring 2016
  • Pre-K classrooms seek author visits
  • Podcast hosts invite HVWG members & friends to sign up for interviews

GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Meeting notes from the executive board 
The executive board of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild recently held the first board meeting of the year and elected the officers: president, Dan Wilcox; vice president, Gene Damm; and treasurer, Bob Sharkey. Other members of the board include Deana Anker, Debi Chowdhury, Joe Krausman, Julie Lomoe, Dawn Marar, Andrea Portnick, Barbara Traynor and David Wolcott (membership chair).

Faith Green will be coordinating the annual Writing Contest. This year the genre will be short fiction.  Watch for an announcement about the deadline and how to submit later in the year.

As we look forward to the new year and plan new programming, we thought we should let you know about two ways you can help us bring interesting and useful programs to the local writing community. (The Guild can even provide funding to you or an organization you are part of to help with your community-oriented literary project.)

#1 / Guild-sponsored events: Sometimes someone will say to me, “You know the Guild should…” or “I have a great idea for a Guild event…”  We are creative people, and we are full of ideas.  But the Guild is a volunteer organization and for an event to take place (a workshop, reading, panel discussion, etc.) someone has to step up to organize and coordinate. So we are looking not only for ideas but volunteers, as well. For more information about Guild-sponsored events, go to hvwg.org, click on the tab “Proposals” and the item “Requesting Board Approval of Guild-Sponsored Events.”

Or maybe you have a new book out & would like to read at one of the Community of Writers series? Let us know.  Contact the HVWG at hvwginfo@gmail.com.

#2 / Grants: Do you have a literary project that needs funding?  Are you part of an organization planning a literary event and you want sponsors to help support it? Over the past couple years the Hudson Valley Writers Guild has provided funds to such groups as the Yes! Reading Series, AlbanyPoets in support of the Slam Team and the journal Up The River, to the reading series at the Pine Hollow Arboretum and to support last fall’s Teen Reader Con.

The Guild’s Mission Statement says, “The Hudson Valley Writers Guild fosters an active community of writers and readers by encouraging the development of local authors and providing opportunities for them to share their talents with local audiences.“  If you, or your organization’s, project supports that goal, the Guild can help. Visit the Guild website for the guidelines and application; click on the tab “Proposals,” then the first item “HVWG Grant Application Guidelines”  (or write to us at hvwginfo@gmail.com).

2015 year-end membership report
At the end of 2015, the Hudson Valley Writers Guild had 144 “active” members, people who had paid their membership dues within the past two years. Of those, 103 (72%) paid their 2015 dues and 41 (28%) did not. Therefore, we start 2016 with 103 “active” members, roughly the same number we had a year ago. The 103 dues payers were composed of 28 new members and 75 renewing members, and they contributed a total of $3,530, an increase of $285 from 2014. This year, nine people renewed their membership for two years, a welcome trend, triple the number from 2014. And similar to last year, the annual writing contest proved an apt membership vehicle through which nine people joined the Guild or renewed their membership.

The Guild’s membership effort was carried out in 2015 through 210 mailings, composed of 107 renewal requests, 75 thank you letters and 28 new member welcome letters. Additionally, 40 year-end email reminders were sent to non-paying members. The direct cost of the 2015 membership effort was:

Postage: $110
Envelopes: $200
TOTAL: $310

Therefore, when compared to the $3,530 in revenues that resulted from the membership effort, we can say that the 2015 administrative expense for membership was 9%, somewhat below average for non-profit organizations.

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild had an honor roll of five members who made extra contributions in 2015, in addition to their membership dues. The following people are called out for special recognition of their effort:

Sylvia Barnard
Phyllis Hillinger
Kathleen O’Brien
David Wolcott
Edward Woodhouse

The Guild’s board is most grateful for the confidence expressed by new and renewing members’ ongoing support for the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and the work it does on behalf of writers living in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Thank you!

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Next “Write 4 a Day” retreat February 20
Write 4 a Day is a new series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. Details:

  • no workshop
  • no agenda
  • no required activities
  • no assignments
  • no scheduleno WiFi!

Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just for part of it. Network, collaborate or write solo. Wander the woods, hills, fields and streams of Universal Pathways for inspiration (bring sturdy shoes) or sit in a comfy chair and brainstorm. It’s up to you.

  • WHO – you!
  • WHY – because you deserve a day to devote to your writing (or daydreaming or sketching or scheming or knitting or…)
  • WHAT – $20 fee for the space (cash/check/PayPal) and food (a dish to share or your own lunch)
  • WHEN – Saturday February 20, Sunday March 20, Sunday April 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • WHERE – Universal Pathways, 692 Pleasant Valley Rd, Berne, NY 12023 – Phone: (518) 872-2272

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Caffè Lena to feature Alan Casline & Stephen Lewandowski February 3
On Wednesday, February 3, Caffè Lena will present  poetry readings by Alan Casline and Stephen Lewandowski. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7 p.m., and the readings will start at 7:30. The host for the event will be Carol Graser, and the cost is $5. Caffè Lena is located at 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, 583-0022, www.caffelena.org.

Poet Alan Casline is the editor of Normanskill, a watershed anthology from the Normanskill watershed and of Rootdrinker, a long standing magazine of watershed poetics, art and nonfiction. As Director of Rootdrinker Institute, he organizes readings and special gatherings for poets, produces the RD Newsletter and is the editor of  Benevolent Bird Press. He is co-founder and on-going chronicler of The Cloudburst Council, an annual poetics gathering held in the Finger Lakes watershed.

Stephen Lewandowski has published 13 books of poetry, and his poems and essays have appeared in regional and national environmental and literary journals and anthologies. His two most recent books are Under Foot from May Apple Press in Woodstock, NY (2014) and Last Settler in the Finger Lakes from Foothills Publishing in Avoca, NY (2015). He serves as a consultant on watershed analyses for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association.

Arthur’s Market & Cafe Poetry Open-Mic features Margaret Bryant February 10
Margaret Bryant is a published poet, essayist and open-mic participant with an MA from CUNY. Aligning Stems, Margaret ‘s chapbook of poems, was published in 2010. She is a current and 10-year participant in the New Hampshire “Writers in the Round” annual workshop for poets and musicians on Star Island off Portsmouth. Margaret currently hosts a critique and discussion group of 10 poets monthly at her home in Schenectady.

Sign-up for the regular 2nd Wednesday open mic is at 7 p.m. Readings begin at 7:30. The event is hosted by Catherine Norr. Arthur’s is located at 35 North Ferry Street, Schenectady, 12305.

New literary website hosts writing contest — deadline February 14
A note from the website’s editor Sam Hiyate: “Love is strange, love is beautiful, love is dangerous… I’m one of the editors of a new literary website called “Don’t Talk to Me About Love.” I’m sending this letter to you personally in the hopes that you will peruse our site and spread the word to fellow writers and friends about our debut contest, offering $1,000 each in fiction, non-fiction and poetry for pieces about love. (Note that the contest deadline is Valentines Day.) Best Regards, SamHiyate (sam@donttalktomeaboutlove.com)”

Third Thursday to feature Brian Dorn February 18
Local poet Brian Dorn will read from his work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. 

Brian Dorn maintains an active presence on the Albany poetry scene. He has written a vast array of poems, many of which can be found in his new book, From My Poems To Yours (The Live Versions). He has also read his poems in multi-media performances with dancers at the Saratoga Arts Center and at the Poets in the Park series.

A reading by a local or regional poet is held each third Thursday at the Social Justice Center. The event includes an open mic for audience members to read.  Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., with the reading beginning at 7:30. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3, which helps support this and other poetry programs of the Poetry Motel Foundation and the work of the Social Justice Center.  For more information about this event, contact Dan Wilcox, (518) 482-0262; e-mail: dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Upcoming workshops from Writers in the Mountains

  • “First-Person Singular: Writing Memoir and Essays” with Sari Botton, February 17 – March 23 / The class will be held Wednesdays, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, Kingston, NY. New York Times best-selling writer, ghostwriter and editor Sari Botton will help you write first-person true narratives that can be stand-alone essays or part of a memoir. She’ll also offer advice on publishing options. All levels welcome. You’ll have at least one short finished, polished piece by the end of six weeks.Sari Botton is a writer and editor living in Kingston, NY. She edited the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and the follow-up New York Times best-seller Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. She has taught writing workshops at SUNY Ulster and SUNY Albany, and for TMI Project, a non-profit organization that gives voice to marginalized populations through memoir and storytelling workshops, for which she is editorial director. To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins, and $125 after that.
  • Fiction Writing with Nanci Panuccio, February 23 – March 29 / The class will be held Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Phoenicia Library in Phoenicia, NY. This 6-week class will teach you essential craft elements to write mesmerizing prose. Whether you desire to write novels, short stories, flash fiction or novellas, you’ll learn to transform your imagination into believable, captivating narratives. Together you’ll explore character development, point of view, voice, plot, scene, description, and dialogue. Handouts from published authors will illuminate craft, and writing exercises will deepen and cultivate your skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your work and receive feedback from your instructor and classmates. Ideal for beginners and anyone who wants to sharpen fundamentals, the goal in these six weeks is to write one short story or begin a novel, and to gain solid footing on basic fiction writing techniques.  Be prepared to surprise yourself. Nanci Panuccio is a writer, editor, writer’s coach and creator of the online course, “Writer Unleashed.” Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Redbook and the Italian lifestyle magazine, Inizio. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a finalist in the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize and the Gulf Coast Fiction Award. Nanci blogs about writing and the writing life at EmergingWriters.us. To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802 or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay by February 2, and $125 after that.

NYS Writers Institute announces a calendar of free events for Spring 2016 (including State poet & author inauguration February 11)
Headliners include bestselling author and mountaineer Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild, Into Thin Air); Pulitzer-winning playwright and UAlbany alum Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy); pioneering Black female Hollywood director Darnell Martin (Their Eyes Were Watching God); Pulitzer-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg, whose previous book The Power of Habit spent 120 weeks on the Times’ bestseller list; visionary computer scientist who foresaw the Internet and who teaches computers to write poetry, David Gelernter; New York Times health reporter Sheri Fink, author of the major bestseller about Hurricane Katrina, Five Days at Memorial; 2013 Tony Winner for Best Director, Pam MacKinnon (the revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”); major Irish fiction writer Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn, the basis of the Oscar-nominated film; local son and Pulitzer winner Richard Russo with the new novel,Everybody’s Fool, the sequel to his beloved classic Upstate New York novel, Nobody’s Fool; and much, much more. Visit the links below for more details:

Also! Mark your calendars for the State author and poet inauguration ceremony on February 11 at 8 p.m., at Page Hall. The new State author will be Edmund White, one of America’s finest prose writers, and its leading chronicler of Gay experience. The new State poet will be Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer winner and one of America’s most influential and most anthologized poets.

Pre-K classrooms seek author visits
Milissa Cantanucci writes to the HVWG, “I was wondering if you have any local authors that will visit out Pre-K classrooms with age appropriate books? We are in Guilderland at Christ the King School. Thank you.” Email Milissa Cantanucci, milissa88@aol.com.

Podcast host invites HVWG members & friends to sign up for interviews
A note from “Authors Talk About It” host Rob Alex: “I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our podcast, Authors Talk About It. [It] is becoming a huge hit on iTunes. We interview authors five days a week about their books. We would love to our share our podcast with your members and invite them to sign up for an interview on our site. [In addition,] we have just put together our first book award contests and would love to share it with you and your group.  So if you can share our book contest link we would be honored: http://authorstalkaboutit.com/book-award-contest/. Also let us know how we can assist you. As authors and promoters ourselves, we understand the challenges facing authors today. We are always happy to help where we can.”

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, January 2016

IN THIS ISSUE

Member Announcements:

  • News from Judith Prest
  • News from Alan Catlin
  • Pauline Bartel featured as film expert in recent article from The Digital Bits

Area Announcements:

  • Arthur’s Poetry Open-Mic features Catherine Norr January 13
  • Adelphi Creative Writing MFA fellowship application deadline January 15
  • Poet Bunkong Tuon will read at the Social Justice Center January 21
  • Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize deadline January 29
  • New course catalog from Arts Center available
  • Early application deadline January 31 for Odyssey Writing Workshop

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

News from Judith Prest
Judith sent in three poems to Cyclamens and Swords, an online journal, last month and all three were accepted for the December issue.

News from Alan Catlin
Alan Catlin would like to announce the publication of his latest book, Last Man Standing, from California’s Lummox Press. The book is available directly form the press, Lummoxpress.com, or from Amazon.

Pauline Bartel featured as film expert in recent article from The Digital Bits
Pauline Bartel, author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition), was one of five film experts featured in the roundtable article “The Box-Office Champ: Remembering ‘Gone With the Wind’ on its 75th Anniversary” by journalist and film historian Michael Coate in his column “History, Legacy & Showmanship” on the website The Digital Bits. The column “focuses on retrospectives and tributes to popular and historically significant films.” Bartel provided insights about why Gone With the Wind is worthy of celebration on its 75th anniversary, why Gone With the Wind is cited as the most popular film ever made and what is Gone With the Wind’s legacy.

The second edition of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book by Pauline Bartel was published by Taylor Trade Publishing, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary in 2014. This major rewrite of the 1989 original trade paperback, which sold more than 50,000 copies, continues the behind-the-scenes chronicle of Gone With the Wind – the book, the movie and the phenomenon that endures today. Bartel relates in loving detail the inside stories of the writing and publishing of the novel; the Hollywood frenzy of transforming the book into film, including casting headaches, on-set tensions, and jinxed scenes; the premiere; and the Academy Awards. The updated edition also contains the scoop on the publication of two GWTW sequels; the disastrous debut of the Scarlett television miniseries; the post-GWTW lives of cast members, such as the news of Clark Gable’s secret lovechild; the restoration of three original costumes in time for GWTW’s 75th anniversary; and much more. According to Bartel, “The book’s  reader-friendly format – fact-packed features, profiles, quizzes and photographs – will delight any GWTW fan and make this the one book that no ‘Windie’ can do without.” The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book is available as a $16.95 trade paperback and as a $9.99 eBook. Visit https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781589798205 for further information.

Bartel is an award-winning writer who has been a devoted “Windie” since the age of 16, when she first saw the film with her mother. Since then, Bartel has viewed the movie countless times and has collected an array of GWTW books and memorabilia. She is the author of six other popular culture books and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Bartel is also president and chief creative officer of Bartel Communications, Inc., an award-winning corporate communications consultancy. Visit www.paulinebartel.com for further information.

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Arthur’s Poetry Open-Mic features Catherine Norr January 13
Catherine Norr  has been published in various literary journals such as Evening Street Review, The Sun, Orion and Avocet, and on-line at Misfit Magazine, WeLoveBooks&Company and BigCityLit. Her collection Return to Ground was published in 2014 by Finishing Line Press.

Sign-up for the regular 2nd Wednesday open mic is at 7 p.m. Readings begin at 7:30. The event is hosted by Catherine Norr. Arthur’s is located at 35 North Ferry Street, Schenectady,  12305.

Adelphi Creative Writing MFA fellowship application deadline January 15
The Adelphi University Creative Writing MFA Program is now inviting applications for full-tuition Creative Writing Fellowships for 2016-17. Further information can be found on the MFA website (go to Adelphi, then Arts and Sciences, then English, and—finally—MFA!). News about our program can also be found on our literary site villageofcrickets.org or check out Village of Crickets on Facebook. Direct questions to webb@adelphi.edu. Please note that the deadline for applications is January 15, 2016.

Poet Bunkong Tuon will read at the Social Justice Center January 21
Poet Bunkong Tuon will read from his work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, January 21, at 7:30 p.m. Bunkong Tuon teaches at Union College in Schenectady. His first full-length collection of poetry, Gruel, was published in 2015 by NYQ Books. Gruel documents the lives of Cambodian refugees and explores the poetic landscape of a Cambodian learning to live and write poetry in America.

A reading by a local or regional poet is held each Third Thursday at the Social Justice Center. The event includes an open mic for audience members to read. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., with the reading beginning at 7:30. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3, which helps support this and other poetry programs of the Poetry Motel Foundation and the work of the Social Justice Center.  For more information about this event, contact Dan Wilcox, (518) 482-0262; e-mail: dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize deadline January 29
Details on this call for submissions for the Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize:

  • $1,000 in total awards, with at least $500 to the top entry
  • Postmark deadline: January 29, 2016
  • No fee to enter.  Open to all.  Except as noted below, no rules regarding subject or format.
  • Send one copy of one poem that you have created.  No identifying information on or in the piece.
  • Include the following on a separate sheet of paper: your name, mailing address, email address where we can reach you, title or first line of your submission, county of residence (we ask this because there may be a bonus if the top entry is deemed “local”), indication of if you read or perform your poetry at open mics (tell us where you most often do this since there may be a bonus if the top entry is from a “community” poet).
  • Send your one poem and cover sheet to: Bob Sharkey, 19 Hunter Avenue, Latham, NY 12110
  • Email for inquires (not submissions): riverrun@nycap.rr.com

New course catalog from Arts Center available 
You can find a PDF of the catalog here. Upcoming writing classes include

  • “Writing What You Know” with Marion Roach Smith
  • “Short Form: Writing Creatively Without Worrying What To Call It” with Cara Benson
  • “Woman on Paper” with Maureen Cummins
  • “Writing in Doubt: The Personal Essay” with Olivia Dunn
  • “Writer’s BOOTCAMP” with Coleen M. Paratore
  • “Fireflies: A Writing Workshop” with Coleen M. Paratore
  • “Poetry: Playing On The Page” with Cara Benson
  • “Screenwriting for Beginners” with Julie Casper Roth
  • “Beginnings and Endings” with Olivia Dunn
  • “Playmaking” with Jackie Roberts
  • “Ingredients for Writing: Lunch and Learn” with Amy Halloran
  • “The Anatomy of the Modern Romance Novel” with Robin Catalano

Early application deadline January 31 for Odyssey Writing Workshop
The Odyssey Writing Workshop offers a transformative, rigorous and empowering experience to writers of the fantastic! The Odyssey Writing Workshop is widely considered one of the top programs in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction and horror. Writers from all over the world apply. Only 15 are admitted. Fifty-nine percent of graduates go on to professional publication, and among Odyssey’s graduates are New York Times bestsellers, Amazon bestsellers and award winners. A video compilation of graduates describing their Odyssey experiences is available here: http://ow.ly/UWiD3.

Odyssey is for writers whose work is approaching publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work. The 6-week program combines an advanced curriculum with extensive writing and in-depth feedback on student manuscripts. The director and primary instructor, Jeanne Cavelos, was nominated for the World Fantasy Award this year for her work teaching and running Odyssey. Top authors, editors and agents have served as guest lecturers, including George R. R. Martin, Jane Yolen, Robert J. Sawyer, Nancy Kress, Ben Bova, Holly Black, Catherynne M. Valente and Dan Simmons.

This summer’s workshop runs from June 6 to July 15. Class meets for over four hours each morning, five days a week. That time is split between workshopping and lectures. While feedback reveals the weaknesses in students’ manuscripts, lectures teach the techniques necessary to strengthen them. In-depth lectures provide advanced insights into the elements of fiction writing. Students spend about eight hours more per day writing and critiquing each other’s work. The program is held on the beautiful campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Saint Anselm is one of the finest small liberal arts colleges in the country, and it provides a peaceful setting and state-of-the-art facilities for Odyssey students. College credit is available upon request.

The early action application deadline is January 31, and the regular application deadline is April 8. Tuition is $2,025, and housing in campus apartments is $850 for a double room and $1,700 for a single. Odyssey graduate Sara King is sponsoring the Parasite Publications Character Awards this year to provide financial assistance to three character-based writers wishing to attend. The awards provide three scholarships in the amounts of $2,025 (full tuition), $500 and $300.  They will be awarded to the three members of the incoming class who are deemed extraordinarily strong character writers, creating powerful, emotional characters that grab the reader and don’t let go. Several other scholarships and a work/study position are also available.

The Odyssey site, www.odysseyworkshop.org, offers many resources for writers, including online classes, a critique service, consultations, free podcasts, a monthly discussion salon, writing tips, and a blog.  Those interested in applying to the workshop should visit the site or e-mail jcavelos@sff.net.

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Editor’s Note

I enjoy putting together this newsletter for the HVWG. As a member of the Guild and a working writer in our community, I recognize its incredible value and hope it is a terrific resource for you, as well. Please let me know if there’s anything we can do to improve it.

Here are some housekeeping notes:

    • Want your news item published in a future newsletter? Submit it to me at hvwgnews@gmail.com. The deadline each month is the 25th, and the newsletter publishes on (or around) the 1st. Please note: All announcements are subject to editing.
    • Please do not submit your announcement as a PDF. All copy for announcements must be in the body of an email or attached as a Word document.
    • PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU ARE A MEMBER when submitting your publication credits and readings (personal accomplishments). If you indicate you are an active member, I can place your announcement in the member section; otherwise, it will be placed under “area announcements.”
  • Got issues with the newsletter formatting? other feedback? Please email that same address: hvwgnews@gmail.com.
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Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, November 2015

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter

Important note: Do not submit news items for future newsletters by replying to this email. INSTEAD, please send news items to hvwgnews@gmail.com. Thank you!

IN THIS ISSUE

Guild Announcements:

  • Message from the President (that is, of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild): Annual Meeting November 15
  • Schenectady Community of Writer’s Program November 22

Member Announcements:

  • James Schlett’s book tour announced November dates

Area Announcements:

  • Caffè Lena will present George Drew and Nancy White November 4
  • November 8 is next 2nd Sunday @ 2 open mic for poetry and prose
  • 2nd Wednesdays at Arthur’s Market and Cafe to feature Peter Boudreaux November 11
  • “Veterans’ Voices: Ajax in America” on November 12
  • Writing craft talk with Dennis Mahoney November 12
  • Third Thursday to feature Carol H. Jewell November 19
  • Next “Write 4 a Day” retreat is November 22
  • Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize deadline January 29
  • Publisher interested in local and regional history titles from New York and New Jersey
  • Individual looking for a ghost writer

GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Message from the President (that is, of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild): Annual Meeting November 15
Be sure to mark you calendar for Sunday, November 15, for the Hudson Valley Writers Guild Annual Meeting to be held at the Albany Public Library in the Community Room on the second floor from 2-4 p.m. We used to call this the “Annual Members’ Meeting,” but since it is open to anyone — members and non-members — it is now the “Annual Meeting.”

The agenda will include a summary of the year’s activities, including finances, membership and our new Grant Committee. There will also be an election of new Board members. A couple Board members have served their maximum two 3-year terms (but will be eligible for the Board again in a year), a couple members are up for their second 3-year term, and there is room on the Board for new members.  If there are projects you think the Guild should be doing, why not join the Board and help make them happen?  We try to meet 5 times a year, but many issues are handled via email.

The highlight of the day will be the presentation of awards to the winners of the 2015 Poetry Contest: Karen Schoemer, 1st Prize; Tom Corrado, 2nd Prize; and Jackie Craven, 3rd Prize. This includes a reading by the winning poets (and maybe by the judges, Cheryl A. Rice and Howard Kogan, too).

I like to say that there is no such “thing” as the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. Rather, it is you, the members, that are the Guild, and without members working to make things happen — readings, workshops, writers conferences, etc. — there would be no “Guild.”  Help us to keep the Guild the vibrant organization it is.

See you on Sunday, November 15.

Schenectady Community of Writer’s Program November 22
The annual Schenectady Community of Writers Program at the Schenectady Public Library is Sunday, November 22, 2-4 p.m. Readers include

  • the husband and wife team of Jim and Carol McCord, who will be presenting poems by Jim and accompanying photos by Carol;
  • poetry by Kelly de la Rocha and Leslie Neustadt;
  • memoir from Esther Willison;
  • James Schlett discussing and reading from his new book on the Adirondack Philosopher’s Club; and
  • children’s author Nancy Castaldo.

Hosting will be Thom Francis, president of Albany Poets.

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

James Schlett’s book tour announced November dates
James Schlett’s book tour for A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks (Cornell University Press, 2015) will feature the following events in November:

  • November 18 at 12:40 p.m. — Presentation for SUNY Adirondack’s Writers Project series at the Dearlove Visual Arts Gallery, 640 Bay Road, Queensbury;
  • November 22 at 2 p.m. — Reading for the Schenectady Community of Writers at the Schenectady County Public Library, 99 Clinton Street, Schenectady; and
  • November 28 at 3 p.m. — Presentation at the Olana State Historic Site, 5720 New York 9G, Hudson.

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Caffè Lena will present George Drew and Nancy White November 4
On Wednesday, November 4 , Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by George Drew and Nancy White. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7 p.m., and the readings will start at 7:30. The host for the event will be Carol Graser, and the cost is $5. Caffè Lena is located at 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs.

Nancy White’s Sun, Moon, Salt won the Washington Prize; her second, Detour, came out from Tamarack Editions in 2010. She publishes in a range of literary journals, from Ploughshares and FIELD to Rattle and Nimrod. She is editor-in-chief and president at The Word Works based in Washington DC.

George Drew was born in Mississippi and raised there and in New York State, where he currently lives. He is the author of five collections of poetry: Toads in a Poisoned Tank from Tamarack Editions, The Horse’s Name Was Physics from Turning Point; American Cool from Tamarack, The Hand that Rounded Peter’s Dome from Turning Point and The View from Jackass Hill. The View was the 2010 winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize from Texas Review Press. Drew’s sixth collection, Fancy’s Orphan, will be published in 2017 by Tiger Bark Press, and his new and selected, Pastoral Habits, by Texas Review Press in 2016. Down & Dirty, a chapbook, was released by Texas Review Press in June 2015. Drew is the winner of the 2014 St. Petersburg Review Poetry Prize.

November 8 is next 2nd Sunday @ 2 open mic for poetry and prose
We’ll be at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, at 2 p.m., of course! Here are some upcoming dates:

  • November 8
  • December 13
  • January 10

Writers can email nsktroy@aol.com for more info.

2nd Wednesdays at Arthur’s Market and Cafe to feature Peter Boudreaux November 11
Here are the details for the upcoming Poetry Open-Mic and Featured Poet at “2nd Wednesdays:”

  • November 11 (Veteran’s Day)
  • Arthur’s Market and Cafe, 35 North Ferry St. (at the Lawrence Circle), Schenectady
  • Featured poet: Peter Boudreaux, poet and singer-songwiter (12+1, 2005 CD), participates in the Rensselaerville Library poetry and writing groups. He is a long-time resident of Rensselaerville and a retired handyman.
  • Hosted by Catherine Norr
  • Sign-up – 7 p.m.; readings – 7:30 p.m.
  • Beverages, food and hospitable atmosphere!

In addition, a regular gathering to workshop poems occurs, facilitated by Colleen Wygal, at 6 p.m. at Arthur’s before the poetry reading.

“Veterans’ Voices: Ajax in America” on November 12
Local veterans will perform “Veterans’ Voices: Ajax in America” in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, on Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m. The presentation will begin with a dramatic reading from the Greek tragedy Ajax by Sophocles with amateur actors who are all military veterans, followed by a panel discussion of veterans, a clinician, a veteran family member and a Classics scholar. A moderated dialogue will then take place between audience members, the panel and the actors. The program is free and open to the public.

The reading will be directed by Paul Pines, novelist/poet/playwright, who retired after 16 years on the English faculty at SUNY Adirondack. He is now a psychotherapist in private practice where he works with a range of trauma issues. He served as a merchant seaman on the SS Esparta delivering supplies to combat zones in Vietnam. The cast of military veterans includes  Ryan Smithson as Ajax, Michelle Taylor as Tecmessa, and Charles Bearce, Robin Temple, and Dan Wilcox as the Chorus. Daniel Curley of the Classics Department of Skidmore College serves as technical advisor.

The goal of this presentation is to raise awareness and increase understanding of the challenges our veterans face when they return home from war, as well as the challenges faced by the communities that welcome them home. Peter Meineck, one of the authors of the adaptation being used, is a Royal Marine veteran and a classics scholar. He has stated, “If you want to understand catharsis, watch veterans watch a Greek play.” These plays, which are set in lands at war for nearly one hundred years, hold timeless truths for those of us from the West. There are, however, certain differences from the Warrior/Community experience of today. In the Greek City-States, everyone was committed and involved in some way. Slaughter faced losing armies and slavery for surviving families. This is in stark contrast to today when less than one percent of the population has served and those who have not are able to carry on with few consequences.

This event is made possible by support from Empire State College, Skidmore College, the Albany Vet Center and the Warren, and Washington County Veterans Service Offices. For further information contact Charles Bearce, cgbearce@nycap.rr.com.

Writing craft talk with Dennis Mahoney November 12
College of Saint Rose alumnus Dennis Mahoney, author of Bell Weather and Fellow Mortals, will host a conversation on writing and publishing. Details:

  • November 12, 6:15 p.m.
  • Standish Rooms, 420 Western Avenue, The College of Saint Rose, Albany
  • The event is free & open to the public.

You can also find information on the Facebook event page.

Third Thursday to feature Carol H. Jewell November 19
Poet Carol H. Jewell will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. Carol is a poet, teacher, musician, librarian, MFA student and grandmother of the FABULOUS Charlie. She is insatiably curious, which is why she reads everything: newspapers, novels, poems, poems, poems, the backs of cereal boxes, painting instructions from Home Depot, and, of course, Facebook.

A reading by a local or regional poet is held each Third Thursday at the Social Justice Center. The event includes an open mic for audience members to read. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., with the reading beginning at 7:30. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3, which helps support this and other poetry programs of the Poetry Motel Foundation and the work of the Social Justice Center. For more information about this event contact Dan Wilcox: (518) 482-0262 or dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Next “Write 4 a Day” retreat is November 22
Don’t you deserve at least one day to write? Write 4 a Day is a new series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. There is

  • no workshop
  • no agenda
  • no required activities
  • no assignments
  • no schedule
  • no WiFi

Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just for part of it; network, collaborate or write solo; wander the woods, hills, fields and streams of Universal Pathways for inspiration (bring sturdy shoes) or sit in a comfy chair and brainstorm. It’s up to you. Details, including address and cost, can be found at write4aday.com.

Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize deadline January 29
Details on this call for submissions for the Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize:

  • $1,000 in total awards, with at least $500 to the top entry
  • Postmark deadline: January 29, 2016
  • No fee to enter.  Open to all.  Except as noted below, no rules regarding subject or format.
  • Send one copy of one poem that you have created.  No identifying information on or in the piece.
  • Include the following on a separate sheet of paper: your name, mailing address, email address where we can reach you, title or first line of your submission, county of residence (we ask this because there may be a bonus if the top entry is deemed “local”), indication of if you read or perform your poetry at open mics (tell us where you most often do this since there may be a bonus if the top entry is from a “community” poet).
  • Send your one poem and cover sheet to: Bob Sharkey, 19 Hunter Avenue, Latham, NY 12110
  • Email for inquires (not submissions): riverrun@nycap.rr.com

Publisher interested in local and regional history titles from New York and New Jersey
A note from Stevie Edwards: I am the NY and NJ Commissioning Editor for The History Press, a publisher of local and regional nonfiction titles.The History Press and will be focusing upon local and regional history titles from New York and New Jersey. We are a traditional, full-service press that focuses exclusively on publishing accessible local and regional histories, and we love to work with authors who have strong ties to the communities they are writing about. We are always looking for new authors and have had quite a bit of success with past books in the Hudson Valley region, such as Lost Towns of the Hudson Valley, Upper Hudson Valley Beer, Hauntings of the Hudson River Valley and Hudson Valley Food & Farming.

As a bit more background, we publish a wide range of books, including brief histories of a town or neighborhood, the story of a local landmark, collections of folklore, local histories of marginalized groups and essays on the local culture. The History Press is focused exclusively on publishing works of local and regional history, and we believe that we provide a vital community service. We handle all stages of the publishing process – from editing, design, and production to sales and distribution — and compensate in the form of royalties. Typically, our books have around 30,000-40,000 words and 40-70 images and are written in an accessible and engaging third person voice. I invite you to browse our website at http://www.arcadiapublishing.com and look through our online catalog. Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email with any ideas or questions.

Individual looking for a ghost writer
A note from Jamie Eddie Verrillo: I’m looking for someone who has the capacity and willingness to write my story with me . I am an Access Consciousness Bars facilitator/Animal facilitator. You might want to check out these web sites www.accessconsciousness.com and  www.animalfacilitator.com  to get an idea of who they would be working with. When I work with people or animals, I function from a space of expanded space  awareness which allows me to know what will work in the moment. So in saying all that my story could turn out to be a memoir or maybe something else … I know the story has the possibility to write itself, and I ‘m looking for someone with the creative capacity to be open to that possibility. So if any of this resonates with you contact me and we can talk about it. (518) 421-9181.

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Editor’s Note
I enjoy putting together this newsletter for the HVWG. As a member of the Guild and a working writer in our community, I recognize its incredible value and hope it is a terrific resource for you, as well. Please let me know if there’s anything we can do to improve it. 

Here are some housekeeping notes:

    • Want your news item published in a future newsletter? Submit it to me at hvwgnews@gmail.com. The deadline each month is the 25th, and the newsletter publishes on (or around) the 1st. Please note: All announcements are subject to editing. 
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Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, October 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

Guild Announcements:

  • Winners of HVWG poetry contest to be honored November 15
  • Save the Date: HVWG Annual Meeting November 15

Member Announcements:

  • Pauline Bartel offers course on book writing and publishing
  • Alan Catlin to present Edgar Allan Poe lecture October 30

Area Announcements:

  • An update from Misfit Magazine
  • Pine Hollow Arboretum open mic night to feature Brenda Coultas October 2
  • Opening reception for Pine Hollow Arboretum digital photography exhibit October 3
  • Caffè Lena to feature James Schlett and Susan Spivack October 7
  • Clifton Wharton to present autobiography Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer October 8
  • 8-week series – “Love, Technology: Poems Written in the Digital Age”- begins October 13
  • Arthur’s Market and Cafe poetry open mic to feature Tom Corrado October 14
  • Third Thursday to feature John Amen October 15
  • Call for work: Literary journal contest deadline October 15
  • Essay contest for students in Delaware County
  • Schenectady Community of Writer’s Program to be held November 22

GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Winners of HVWG poetry contest to be honored November 15
The Hudson Valley Writers Guild is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 writing contest. The genre this year was poetry, and the winning poets and their poems are:

  • First Place: Karen Schoemer for “November Sun”
  • Second Place:  Tom Corrado for “Letting the Body Love What It Loves”
  • Third Place:  Jackie Craven for “Her Daddy Was”

The judges, Howard Kogan and Cheryl A. Rice, had a daunting task. Winners were selected from 142 poems submitted by 56 poets living throughout New York State. The contest was coordinated by local author Jan Marin Tramontano.

The winners will be honored at an award ceremony and reading during the Hudson Valley Writers Guild Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Albany Public Library located at 161 Washington Avenue in Albany. The program is free and open to the public.

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild sponsors a writing contest each year with rotating genres. The genre for the next contest will be short fiction. Rules and submission guidelines will be announced in 2016. It is the mission of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild to foster an active community of writers and readers by encouraging the development of local authors and providing opportunities for them to share their talents with local audiences. For more information on the Guild, go to www.hvwg.org.

Save the Date: HVWG Annual Meeting November 15
The annual meeting of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild will be held on Sunday, November 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the community room, second floor, of the Albany Public Library, Main Branch, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany. The meeting is open to members and non-members; everyone is invited. The program will include an election of board members and a reading by the winners of this year’s poetry contest.  More details will be included in next month’s newsletter.

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pauline Bartel offers course on book writing and publishing
A course for aspiring authors interested in writing and selling books will be held on a series of three Thursdays — October 29, November 5 and 12 — from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. “No Excuses: Writing and Selling Your Book” is offered through the Office of Community and Professional Education. Course fee is $55, which includes a coursebook. To register, call (518) 629-7339.

Instructor Pauline Bartel will discuss the step-by-step process of transforming an idea into a published book, including creating a book proposal, finding agents and publishers and guiding a book to publishing success. Bartel is an award-winning writer and the author of seven published books. She is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors. Visit her website (www.paulinebartel.com) for further information.

Alan Catlin to present Edgar Allan Poe lecture October 30
Alan Catlin is going to present a lecture on the life and times of Edgar Allan Poe at the Schenectady Public Library at noon on October 30. It’s the 165th anniversary of the death of the Master of the Macabre, so it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate All Hallows Eve. Take a walk on the dark side at the library!

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

An update from Misfit Magazine
The 16th issue of misfitmagazine.net is to be posted in early October. This is our biggest, most diverse issue yet, with the usual wide assortment of poets, reviews and an essay by the editor on the life and times of the late Paul Weinman. We are taking a brief holiday hiatus so please hold your submissions until January 2016 for issue 17.

Pine Hollow Arboretum open mic night to feature Brenda Coultas October 2
Brenda Coultas will read her work at the Pine Hollow Arboretum Visitors Center Building on Friday, October 2, at 6:30 p.m. The arboretum is located at 16 Maple Avenue in Slingerlands, New York.

Brenda Coultas is the author of The Tatters, a collection of poetry, recently published by Wesleyan University Press. Her other books include The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (NYFA) and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency (LMCC).  Her poetry can be found inThe Brooklyn Rail, the Denver Quarterly and the newly released Hudson Valley anthology Infiltration. This year she is a mentor in the Emerge-Surface-Be program sponsored by The Poetry Project and The Jerome Foundation.

Others poets can read three short poems or two longer poems. Also, two pages of prose will be acceptable. Light refreshments served. Donations welcomed. Contact Alan Casline at acasline@aol.com for more information. Funding to support this reading series comes from Rootdrinker Institute.

Opening reception for Pine Hollow Arboretum digital photography exhibit October 3
Pine Hollow Arboretum invites you to the opening reception of the digital photography exhibit “Images of Nature.” It features nature images from all over the United States and the world by Martha H. Hubbard, Anna Webb, Michael Czarnecki, Alan Casline, John Berringer, John Abbuhl, Mark W. Ó Brien, Michael Lawrence, Luba Ricker, Nancy Dyer, Drew Monthie, Charles Hayes, Shawn Tomlinson, Sally Rhoades, Nancy Gardner, Ann Cohan and others.

There will be an opening reception held at the Pine Hollow Arboretum Visitors Center (16 Maple Avenue, Slingerlands, New York) on  Saturday, October 3, from 2-5 p.m. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

“Images of Nature” will be exhibited at the Pine Hollow Visitors Center throughout the month of October. Weekend hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with other times arranged by appointment. Phone:(518) 439-6472.

Caffè Lena to feature James Schlett and Susan Spivack October 7
On Wednesday,October 7, Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by James Schlett and Susan Spivack. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7 p.m., and the readings will start at 7:30. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5. Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. (518) 583-0022. www.caffelena.org

James Schlett is an award-winning journalist and the author of A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2015). His prose has been published in Songs of Innocence, New York Archives and the Mid-Atlantic Almanack, and his poetry has been published in Nomad’s Choir, The Literary Gazette, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn and Bottle Rockets.

Susan Fantl Spivack’s poetry has appeared in many small press publications, including  Earth’s Daughters, Calyx and the First and Second Word Thursdays Anthologies. Her chapbook In the Garden—Poems (Nov.-2013) is available from Bright Hill Press (www.brighthillpress.org). Her Singing Frog Press has published Times River 2: A Calendar of Poems (a 12 chapbook series) and 9 other hand-sewn chapbooks.

Clifton Wharton to present autobiography Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer October 8
Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., former SUNY chancellor, will present his new autobiography, Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer (Michigan State University Press), on Thursday, October 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rockefeller Institute, the public policy research center of the State University of New York, located at 411 State Street, Albany. In a rare and intimate conversation with long-time friend and former Washington Post and Times Union editor Harry Rosenfeld, Dr. Wharton will discuss the challenges of competing in a society where obstacles, negative expectations and stereotypes remained stubbornly in place.

Dr. Wharton’s book reveals a Black man whose good fortune in birth, heritage and opportunity of time and place helped him to forge breakthroughs in four separate and distinguished careers in higher education, business, government and the nonprofit sector. Clifton R. Wharton Jr. entered Harvard at age 16. He was the first Black student accepted to the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins, and he went on to receive a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago — another first. For 22 years, he promoted economic and agricultural development in Latin America and Southeast Asia, earning a post as chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation. He pioneered higher education firsts as president of Michigan State University and chancellor of the 64-campus State University of New York system. As chairman and CEO of TIAA-CREF, he was the first Black CEO of a Fortune 500 company. His commitment to excellence culminated in his appointment as deputy secretary of state during the Clinton administration.

In addition to learning Dr. Wharton’s fascinating life story, you will also hear Dr. Wharton discuss his dealings with national leaders in business, philanthropy, higher education and government — names like Nelson A. Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller III, Paul Volcker, Bill and Judith Moyers, Henry Ford II, Cy Vance, Hugh Carey, Mario Cuomo, Hubert Humphrey, Vernon Jordan, Milton Friedman and Presidents Carter, Ford, and Clinton.

Following the program there will be a reception and book signing. To RSVP, please contact Michele.Charbonneau@rockinst.suny.edu or call (518) 443-5258 by October 6. Seating is limited and free parking is available to attendees.

8-week series – “Love, Technology: Poems Written in the Digital Age”- begins October 13
Irony, brevity, self-focus: all are the calling cards of communication in the digital age. But, to quote the poet Donald Hall, “Does it end there?” Today’s poetry often references the Internet, Twitter and our personal lives as mediated through screen time. In the face of what’s trending, how do we tease out what literature will last and what kind of writing will be gone in the time that it takes to say “screen shot”?

Join poet Susan Comninos in exploring poetry that’s set within our cultural moment, while trying your hand at writing poems of lasting value. This 8-week series, from October 13 to December 1, will include the reading and discussion of published poems and their techniques, as well as the reading and discussion of student work. Starting Tuesday, October 13, classes will be held weekly from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Schenectady JCC in the Farber/Miness Gallery. The JCC is located at 2565 Balltown Road, Niskayuna.

Susan Comninos has taught poetry at the University of Michigan, RPI, Troy Arts Center and Temple Sinai, in Saratoga. Her poetry recently appeared in the Harvard Review Online, Malahat Review, Hobartand Southern Humanities Review. Previously, it appeared in Subtropics, TriQuarterly, Quarterly West, Cortland Review, Nashville Review, Lilith and Tikkun, among others. In 2010, she won the Yehuda Halevi Poetry Contest run by Tablet magazine. Her new work is forthcoming in The Tishman Review, The Common and Subtropics.

The cost for Schenectady JCC members and returning poetry students is $90; new students, $110. Enroll at the Schenectady JCC or by calling (518) 377-8803.

Arthur’s Market and Cafe poetry open mic to feature Tom Corrado October 14
A poetry open mic and featured poet take place on the 2nd Wednesdays at Arthur’s Market and Cafe, 35 North Ferry St. (at the Lawrence Circle) in Schenectady. The featured poet October 14 is Tom Corrado. Tom is a musician, painter and published poet. He is a founding member of the now-defunct Voorheesville Library’s Every Other Thursday Night Poets, as well as the currently alive-and-kicking Rensselaerville Library Poetry Group. He recently placed second in the 2015 Hudson Valley Writers Guild poetry contest. You can read his Screen Dumps at scriptsfortoday.blogspot.com.

The open mic/reading is hosted by Catherine Norr. Sign-up: 7 p.m. Readings: 7:30 p.m. Beverages, food and hospitable atmosphere!

Third Thursday to feature John Amen October 15
Poet and editor John Amen will read from his work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.

John Amen is the author of four collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer, More of Me Disappears, At the Threshold of Alchemy and The New Arcana (with Daniel Y. Harris). His next collection, strange theater, will be released by New York Quarterly Press in 2015. In addition, he has released two folk/folk rock CDs: “All I’ll Never Need” and “Ridiculous Empire.” Further information is available on his website: www.johnamen.com. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine.

A reading by a local or regional poet is held each Third Thursday at the Social Justice Center. The event includes an open mic for audience members to read. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., with the reading beginning at 7:30. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3, which helps support this and other poetry programs of the Poetry Motel Foundation and the work of the Social Justice Center. For more information about this event contact Dan Wilcox, 518-482-0262; e-mail: dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Call for work: Literary journal contest deadline October 15
A note from Ralph Cooper: I’m the managing editor of Sequestrum, a literary journal of new prose and poetry, and I’m emailing you because we’re holding a contest through October 15 for new writers (anyone yet to publish a book-length manuscript). I appreciate the vital role local and regional organizations play for writers in all stages of their careers, and I’d appreciate if you could pass this note along to any writers who might be interested in participating in the contest. The contest is open to short fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with winners for both prose and poetry. Full contest details here:www.sequestrum.org/contests. Our library contains NEA and Guggenheim Fellows, Pulitzer Prize Nominees and other award-winning poets and novelists, and we hope to put some of today’s emerging talents alongside them.

Essay contest for students in Delaware County
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is sponsoring the fourth annual Matilda Friedman essay contest for middle school and high school students throughout Delaware County. The board of directors for WIM is hoping that students from your school will be encouraged to participate. Authors of the winning essays will be awarded cash prizes. Writers in the Mountains will host a reception for contest winners on November 8. Students will also have an opportunity to read their winning essays on WIOX radio’s program, “The Writer’s Voice.”

The topic this year is “What is your favorite music, and how does it move you?” Students are encouraged to choose any musical genre, composition, artist or band that appeals to them, and explain why the music, specific piece or artist is important to them and how it (or the artist) makes them feel. The approach to the topic should be determined by each student who chooses to enter the contest.

Contest rules for student participation have been provided to all middle and high school English teachers. The judging will be performed by WIM board members who will be looking for strength of thought and creativity in the content more than the mechanics of spelling and punctuation.

The contest was developed in memory of Matilda Freidman, a long time friend of Writers in the Mountains and is supported by her family and the WIM board of directors.

A reception for the winners will be held on November 8. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • high school: 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50 and honorable mention $10
  • middle school 1st place $75, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25 and honorable mention $10

Winners will be invited to read their essays at the reception and on WIOX Radio.

Schenectady Community of Writer’s Program to be held November 22
The annual Schenectady Community of Writers Program at the Schenectady Public Library is Sunday November 22. Readers include

  • the husband and wife team of Jim and Carol McCord, who will be presenting poems by Jim and accompanying photos by Carol;
  • poetry by Kelly de la Rocha and Leslie Neustadt;
  • memoir from Esther Willison;
  • James Schlett discussing and reading from his new book on the Adirondack Philosopher’s Club; and
  • children’s author Nancy Castaldo.

Hosting will be Thom Francis, president of Albany Poets.

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, September 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

Guild Announcements:

  • Community of Writers Reading September 13

Member Announcements:

  • Champagne Books to publish Traitor Knight by Keith W. Willis
  • Upcoming events promote James Schlett’s A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks
  • Pauline Bartel presents “Gone With the Wind’s Rocky Road to Atlanta” September 18
  • “Your Body’s Autobiography: Movement, Massage & Memoir” September 25-27

Area Announcements:

  • Call for Art: Pine Hollow Arboretum digital photography exhibit
  • Caffè Lena to feature Alan Catlin & Bruce Bennett September 2
  • Arthur’s Market and Cafe 2nd Wednesdays Poetry to feature Esther Willison September 9
  • 2nd Sunday @ 2 Open Mic for Poetry & Prose launches 6th season September 13
  • Writers in the Mountains presents 6-week workshop starting September 14: “Where does a play come from? And where can it go?”
  • Third Thursday features poet Mike Jurkovic September 17
  • Hudson River Coffee House line-up September 24
  • Writers in the Mountains announces “Riting Myth, Writing Myth: Plotting Your Personal Story” September 25-27
  • Arts Center announces new opportunities for artists to showcase their work & gain support
  • Writers Institute Fall 2015 schedule of events
  • Young adults (ages 19-30): Apply for a scholarship from The Chris Miller Fund

GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Community of Writers Reading September 13
The Community of Writers reading series will feature readings by local authors Elizabeth K. Gordon, Julie Lomoe and James Schlett on Sunday, September 13, 2-4 p.m., at the East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY. They will be reading and discussing their recent work, and their books will be available. The program is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.

James Schlett is an award-winning journalist whose feature and business writing has been recognized by the New York Newspaper Publishers Association and the New York State Associated Press Association. He is the author of A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2015). His prose has been published in Songs of Innocence, New York Archives and the Mid-Atlantic Almanack, and his poetry has been published in Nomad’s Choir, The Literary Gazette, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn and Bottle Rockets.

Elizabeth K. Gordon was born in Queens, NY, and lives now in Cohoes. She is a Pushcart nominated poet and the author of Love Cohoes (CDD Books, 2014), which was a finalist for the Indie Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in PANK, Viral Cat, IthacaLit, Moonshot, Up the River and elsewhere.  She currently teaches writing at Northampton Community College and in community workshops. She discovered slam poetry in 2011 and has since then performed at The Individual World Poetry Slam, the National Poetry Slam and Women of the World Poetry Slam (where she placed 11th in a field of 72). She is a member of Albany’s 2015 Nitty Gritty slam team. For more www.ekg3.com.

Julie Lomoe brings a wealth of mental health and home health care experience to her mystery novels. Her work as an art therapist at a psychiatric hospital inspired her to turn to fiction as a creative outlet. She later founded and ran ElderSource, Inc., a licensed home care services agency in upstate New York. A vocal advocate for the rights of mentally ill and elderly consumers, Julie is a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and of the Mental Health Players, an improvisatory theatre troupe. Her most recent novel is Hope Dawns Eternal, combining intrigue, soap operas & vampires.

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Champagne Books to publish Traitor Knight by Keith W. Willis
Champagne Books (Alberta, Canada) will release Keith W. Willis’ debut fantasy novel Traitor Knight on September 8, initially in e-book format. Traitor Knight is a rollicking fantasy combining swashbuckling adventure, intrigue, a large dollop of romance and a dash of wit. Here’s a synopsis:

Morgan McRobbie will do anything to protect the kingdom of Kilbourne. Even betray it. When Morgan rescues a damsel-in-distress from an errant dragon, he expects she’ll swoon, murmuring “My hero!” Instead, Marissa has only loathing for the man everyone believes will betray Kilbourne. That’s fine with Morgan. A woman in his life would just complicate things. A high-level informer threatens the kingdom’s security, and Morgan is out to stop him. Posing as a turncoat himself, he walks a fine line between honor and betrayal. A single misstep could result in disaster, and his mission is fraught with distractions: the pesky dragon, a pair of conniving courtiers, a surfeit of spies and the disillusioned damsel who’s certain Morgan can’t be trusted. If Morgan’s going to save the kingdom, win the girl and manage to stay alive, he’ll need to step up his game. The traitor is lurking in the shadows, and his scheme calls not just for the betrayal of Kilbourne, but also the destruction of Morgan McRobbie.

To obtain a galley version (PDF, epub) for review or to coordinate an interview, contact knightsofkilbourne@gmail.com. To learn more about Champagne Books, go tohttp://champagnebooks.com, and to be notified when Traitor Knight is available for pre-order, sign up here.

Keith W. Willis graduated (a long time ago) from Berry College with a BA in English literature and a desire to tell stories. He lives with his amazingly patient, loving and supportive wife Patty in the upper Hudson Valley region of New York. Keith believes that those rumbling noises long attributed to Henry Hudson’s crew bowling are in actuality dragons grumbling. When Keith isn’t writing down fantastical tales from the land of Kilbourne, he manages a group of database content editors for a global information technology firm. Traitor Knight is his first published novel. Check out Keith’s website Writing@Knight or the Traitor Knight Facebook page. And be sure to follow @kilbourneknight on Twitter.

Upcoming events promote James Schlett’s A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks
The following Capital Region events the are scheduled for James Schlett’s book, A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2015):

  • September 13 at 2 p.m. — reading/signing at the East Greenbush Public Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, for the Hudson Valley Writers Guild’s Community of Writers
  • September 17 at 7 p.m. — reading/signing at the Altamont Free Library, 179 Main St, Altamont
  • September 27 at 12:30 p.m. — signing at the Open Door Bookstore, 128 Jay St, Schenectady
  • October 4 at 2 p.m. — presentation at the Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany
  • October 7 at 7 p.m. — reading/signing at Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St. #1, Saratoga Springs.

Pauline Bartel presents “Gone With the Wind’s Rocky Road to Atlanta” September 18
Pauline Bartel, author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book, will present the program “Gone With the Wind’s Rocky Road to Atlanta” on Friday, September 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY. The program is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the program. “Gone With the Wind” will be shown at 1 p.m.

Many fans consider “Gone With the Wind” one of the most magnificent motion pictures of all time. But what most fans don’t know is that endless months of trouble and behind-the-scenes turmoil almost doomed “Gone With the Wind” to failure. Discover the real story behind the making of “Gone With the Wind,” including why Clark Gable balked at playing Rhett Butler, why the search for an actress to play Scarlett was a hoax, why the film had three directors and how “Gone With the Wind” changed the Academy Awards ceremony forever. Frankly, my dear, this is one program no “Gone With the Wind” fan should miss.

Pauline Bartel is an award-winning writer who has been a devoted “Windie” since the age of 16, when she first saw “Gone With the Wind” with her mother. She is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition), published to celebrate the film’s 75th anniversary. Bartel is the author of six other popular culture books and a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Author. She resides in Waterford, NY.

“Your Body’s Autobiography: Movement, Massage & Memoir” September 25-27
So often we write about our thoughts, feelings and our connection to the divine, but rarely do we know what the body really wants to express. What story does your body want to tell?
 In this limited-enrollment workshop, we’ll use movement to access memories and stimulate imagination, then shape them into stories or memoir. Using gentle yoga, massage, meditation and music, we’ll write and bring stories to life and bring life to stories. Here are the details:

  • September 25 – 27
  • Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center, 1184 County route 11, Craryville, NY 12521
  • Fee: $345 includes workshop, vegetarian meals and dorm housing. Private and single rooms are extra.
  • We are asking for a $100 non-refundable deposit. If for some reason WE cancel the workshop, then we’ll refund your deposit. But otherwise, it is non- refundable.
  • To register, please call Elaine at (908) 655-5894 or email her at gratefulspirit33@yahoo.com or Gillian write2gillian@gmail.com

Gillian Kendall is an American-Australian writer who has lived in five countries and eight states. She does all sorts of writing: travel and nonfiction journalism, as well as fiction, essays and memoirs. Visit Gillian’s website at gilliankendall.org.

Elaine Boucher, LMT and Reiki Master, specializes in mind-body-spirit balance, facilitating client’s own awareness and healing. She offers holistic massage, polarity therapy and Reiki to private clients. She teaches workshops in Reiki, chakra and body awareness and also offers ongoing meditation classes. She is a trained facilitator, facilitating classes in a variety of topics for 25 years.

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Call for Art: Pine Hollow Arboretum digital photography exhibit
Images of Nature will be on display during the month of October 2015. Curators for the exhibit are Alan Casline, John Berninger, Kay Abbuhl and Mark W. O’Brien. E-mail up to three images toACASLINE@AOL.COM. If selected you must be able to deliver framed photographs to the Pine Hollow Arboretum Visitors Center on the weekend of September 26-27 or by special arrangement with one of the curators. More details will be shared once your photograph is selected.

The theme for the show is meant to encompass all nature-oriented subjects and is not limited to just photos taken at the arboretum. Framed photos cannot have larger than 11” X 17” image size. Private sales of photos would be allowed but not facilitated by Pine Hollow Arboretum.<

The photography show opening will be Saturday, October 3, at 2 p.m. at the Pine Hollow Visitors Center, 16 Maple Avenue, Slingerlands.

Caffè Lena to feature Alan Catlin & Bruce Bennett September 2
On Wednesday, September 2, Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by Alan Catlin and Bruce Bennett. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7 p.m., and the readings will start at 7:30. The host for the event will be Carol Graser, and the cost is $5. Caffè Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, (518) 583-0022, www.caffelena.org

Bruce Bennett is the author of nine volumes of poetry and more than 25 poetry chapbooks. He was a co-founder and editor of Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics and Ploughshares, and his reviews of contemporary poetry have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Harvard Review and elsewhere. He was recently selected as the first recipient of the annual Writing the Rockies Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Creative Writing.

Alan Catlin has been publishing for parts of five decades, which makes him feel like the answer to a baseball trivia question. During that time he has amassed thousands of credits which range from the obscure to semi famous, from Wordsworth’s Socks to the Wormwood Review. That, and a 10-trip bus ticket, will get you from where he lives in Schenectady to Saratoga.

Arthur’s Market and Cafe 2nd Wednesdays Poetry to feature Esther Willison September 9
Here are the details for this month’s “Poetry Open-Mic and Featured Poet 2nd Wednesdays:”

  • September 9
  • Sign-up – 7 p.m.; readings – 7:30
  • Arthur’s Market and Cafe, 35 North Ferry St. (at the Lawrence Circle), Schenectady, NY  12305
  • Hosted by Catherine Norr
  • Beverages, food, hospitable atmosphere!
  • As well, a regular gathering to workshop poems occurs at 6 p.m. at Arthur’s before the poetry reading.

Featured poet Esther Willison is a published writer of short stories, essays and poetry, and she won second place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest for Memoir. Esther leads book discussions at various libraries in the Mohawk Valley System and works at the Open Door Bookstore on Jay Street, Schenectady.

2nd Sunday @ 2 Open Mic for Poetry & Prose launches 6th season September 13
The 2nd Sunday @ 2 Open Mic for Poetry & Prose is announcing its sixth season at the Arts Center on the following dates:

  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8
  • December 13
  • January 10
  • February 14 (Valentine’s Day)
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8 (Mother’s Day)
  • June 12

We meet at 2 p.m. in the black box theater or the conference room as needed; please check at the front desk. Please bring 5 minutes of your prose or two poems to read. We will be launching our chapbook of writers’ work called “2” this season, published by A.P.D. press.

This is a volunteer effort, and we receive no funding. We are a community of writers dedicated to writing and to supporting each other. We thank the Arts Center for allowing us to hold our open mic there and are grateful for their support in the form of space.

All are welcome! Students and children under 16 should be accompanied by a parent, as we do not censor writers. Thank you!

Writers in the Mountains presents 6-week workshop starting September 14: “Where does a play come from? And where can it go?” 
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will present “Where Does A Play Come From? And Where Can It Go?” a 6-week workshop with Amie Brockway at the Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street in Margaretville, Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., from September 14 through October 26 (skipping Columbus Day).

In this class, instructor and students will explore first impulses for writing a play and the creative process from page to stage. Participants will look at specific examples found in selected short plays and in excerpts from longer works. They will discover and examine their own creative impulses and see where they lead. There will be time for reading, listening, discussing and writing in each class. Students will be encouraged to begin and complete a short play or monologue over the course of the six sessions or to continue with a longer work already begun. And they’ll look at opportunities for a finished play -locally, regionally and nationally. This class is suitable for beginning and experienced playwrights.

To register call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. You may register online at writersinthemountains.org/registeronline. Class fee is $70 if you register and pay by August 24, and $85 after that.

Third Thursday features poet Mike Jurkovic September 17
Poet Mike Jurkovic will read from his work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday,  September 17, at 7:30 p.m. Mike Jurkovic is the co-director of Calling All Poets in Beacon, NY, and producer of CAPSCAST, live recordings from the series. His most recent collection of poems is Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014), which will be available for sale. Mike had originally been scheduled to read in June but had to be re-scheduled.

A reading by a local or regional poet is held each Third Thursday at the Social Justice Center. The event includes an open mic for audience members to read. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., with the reading beginning at 7:30. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3, which helps support this and other poetry programs of the Poetry Motel Foundation and the work of the Social Justice Center. For more information about this event contact Dan Wilcox, (518) 482-0262; e-mail: dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Hudson River Coffee House line-up September 24
The following people will be reading on September 24 at the Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, Albany:

  • Robert Milby
  • Christopher Wheeling
  • Brian Dorn
  • Harvey Havel

The reading starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m.  Open mic follows.

Writers in the Mountains announces “Riting Myth, Writing Myth: Plotting Your Personal Story” September 25-27
Spillian, a creative center housed in a 19th century Victorian mansion built by the Fleischmanns family, will present “Riting Myth, Writing Myth: Plotting Your Personal Story,” Friday through Sunday, September 25 to 27. The event is co-sponsored by Writers in the Mountains and Mythopoetry.com. Over the span of three days, participants will explore the study of mythology with Dennis P. Slattery, PhD, noted author and core professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

The weekend begins with a Friday evening lecture “Called to a Co-Hearant Life.” We are all called to a work that may focus on personal and/or professional growth. We might ask: What is the genesis of this call? What are its terms? Is being called a mythic instance in our life that may re-direct our trajectory? What are the consequences of its refusal? “Not now; call me back.” What part are we still to live out?

On Saturday and Sunday participants will engage in several imagination meditations through prose and poetry, drawing and body movement experiences. Through writing prose and poetry, drawing and body movement experiences, participants will engage in several active imagination meditations taken from Dr. Slattery’s book, Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story, as well as additional meditations created since the book’s publication, to invite the voice and energy of our personal myth several conduits of expression. Participants will write cursively, so leave all laptops at home. Bring with you a journal, a favorite writing utensil and an open heart to the retreat in order to enjoy this interlude from your daily routines to reflect and write in a welcoming setting and to share, if you wish, some of your own insights and remembrances with others.

Workshop fee is $395. Eligible WIMers will receive a $50 discount. Workshop registration includes meals for the weekend from Spillian’s extraordinary chef Chris McGee, who offers cuisine that pays homage both to the elegantly rustic history of the Catskills and the extraordinary farmers in the region. Rooms are available upon need. To register, call (800) 811-3351. To find out if you’re eligible for a WIM discount, contact Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802 or jstone@catskill.net.

Dennis Patrick Slattery Ph.D., is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute who helped shape the development of the mythological studies program. He has been teaching for 40 years from elementary to secondary, undergraduate and graduate programs. He has received the prominent rank of Distinguished Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. His areas of emphasis include the poetic imagination, writing and reading as mythic activities; the relation of psyche, spirit and matter; and the place of contemplation within the academic setting. He is the author of several books including: The Idiot: Dostoevsky’s Fantastic Prince; The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh; Grace in the Desert: Awakening to the Gifts of Monastic Life; Harvesting Darkness: Essays on Literature, Myth, Film and Culture and A Limbo of Shards: Essays on Memory, Myth and Metaphor. With Lionel Corbett he has co-edited Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field, as well as Psychology at the Threshold. With Glen Slater, he has co-edited Varieties of Mythic Experience: Essays on Religion, Psyche and Culture. With Jennifer Selig, he has co-edited Reimagining Education: Essays On Reviving the Soul Of Learning. He is the author of three volumes of poetry: Casting Shadows; Just Below the Water; and Twisted Sky.

Spillian is a place to revel in imagination so that you can remember your genius – and the genius of the world around you. Imagine past what you think is possible… world class workshops, events, weddings, corporate and personal retreats, all are designed to help you launch your dreams. Built as part of a family summer retreat by the Fleischmanns Yeast Family in the 1880s, Spillian is an extraordinary remnant of the Gilded Era, Catskills style. Since its birth, the house has been a place of celebration, of gathering and of sharing ideas, with clear pine paneled walls, extraordinary historic oil murals on many of the walls, fire places that take the chill off from mountain mornings and a porch that was made to watch the light change on the mountains. It is furnished with antiques, including a 1914 Steinway baby grand, oriental rugs and a feasting table that sits twenty under French chandeliers. Upstairs, there are eight bedrooms, each designed with a theme that would have captured the fancy of Victorian travelers. The mansion is tucked on 33 private wooded acres, with trails and meadows and evocative moss-covered ruins. Memory and imagination run deep here.

For more information, visit http://spillian.com/events/riting_myth_writing_myth/.

Arts Center announces new opportunities for artists to showcase their work & gain support
The Arts Center of the Capital Region aims to support local artists and enhance the vibrant and growing local creative community and economy. Several new opportunities for artists to submit and showcase their work, as well as opportunities for local artists to apply for grant funding and a new financial literacy program, are now available.

Sunny da Silva, director of education at The Arts Center, notes, “These programs are essential in supporting local artists – the people who creatively contribute to our communities in so many forms – helping them to make a living through their art. It is our goal to continue to increase services and programs for local artists that foster independence, increase exposure and create opportunities for them to share their work and integrate into the creative community. We invite artists of all types and mediums to take advantage of and participate in these opportunities.”

The opportunities available for artists in all disciplines can be found below. Additional details and submission and application information can be found at our website: www.artscenteronline.org.

  • Nuts, Bolts & BEYOND: An artist-focused entrepreneurial training program / The Arts Center of the Capital Region is collaborating with Art & Context and Liz Friedman Green Room Artist Development LLC to create a professional development program, generously funded by KeyBank, for all local artists in any field including but not limited to visual arts, performing arts, crafts and design. The “Nuts, Bolts & Beyond” program will take place over a 9-month period from October 2015 through May 2016. Throughout the course, artists will learn new ways to advance their economic self-sufficiency through education and access to resources to build and sustain self-employment. “Nuts, Bolts & Beyond” will provide education, professional development and networking opportunities with a focus on learning skills and gaining access to tools that will enhance business acumen. These trainings/seminars will be free of charge, and they will be tailored to the specific 12 artists chosen in their desired mediums. Deadline to apply for the program is September 18.
  • Grant funding opportunities available for artists and arts organizations in Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer counties / The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to provide valuable resources through the distribution of grants to local artists and arts organizations through a partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) decentralization grants program (DEC) since 1978. The DEC program through The Arts Center delivers grants to individual artists and non-profit organizations to create high quality arts and culture programs that engage the communities within Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties. The grantees utilize funding to grow professionally and to enhance the cultural climate in communities and neighborhoods in our region. This past year we awarded nearly $80,000 in grants in the following categories: Community Arts, Arts in Education and Individual Artist Grants. This year the state has allocated more money for the DEC program in every county of New York State, so it’s a great time to apply. Throughout the grants process you are given the opportunity for guidance and technical assistance, so if you have never applied for a grant before, we will help you navigate through the process. The 2016 grant funding cycle opened on August 15. Visit our website for downloadable grant guidelines and to sign up for an informative seminar. Deadline to register your intent to apply is October 23rd. All new applicants are required to attend a free grant seminar. Final grant application deadline: December 5 at 12 midnight.
  • Playmakers Space at The Arts Center of the Capital Region / The Arts Center is pleased to announce a new program to support the development of new work for the stage. The aim is to encourage, stimulate and support the creation of new work by providing an opportunity for creative expression and exploration in the performing arts medium. In this initial phase of the program, our goal is to help selected playwrights with a strong background in theatre to develop new work through readings and workshops. We will be seeking playmakers that are willing to explore the world of the stage in innovative ways and who are unafraid to take risks. Eventually this program will expand to include actors and directors, designers, musicians and puppeteers; and any art form that is interested in creating and collaborating on work for the stage. Deadline for submissions is September 26.
  • Artist in Residence Program at The Arts Center of the Capital Region / The Arts Center is proud to announce opening of submissions for our 2016 Artist in Residence program. Each residency will run for three months and will offered three times during the calendar year. Residencies will begin on January 6th, 2016, in the private 553 square foot studio at The Arts Center. The Artist In Residence will have full use of the dynamic and diverse facilities, studios and talented instructors at the Arts Center. One lucky artist will also have full access to the maker space at The Tech Valley Center of Gravity in addition to The Art Centers resources, made possible by a generous partnership with The Center of Gravity. The main goal of the AIR program is to focus support for local creative talent within the Capital Region, allowing artists of all mediums to explore, create and grow within their practice. We want our artists to go beyond their usual surroundings and immerse themselves in The Arts Center and the local creative community, and this program will allow a unique cross-medium platform for the artist. Deadline for applications is October 26.
  • Submissions for BraVa! A unique event benefiting women / Planning is underway for a first-of-its-kind event to benefit female residents of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc., based in Troy. The Arts Center will be hosting “Brava!” a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras (an item often in desperately short supply at the YWCA-GCR) to women at the YWCA-GCR. The event will feature 12 talented writers from around the region who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of bras in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject from many viewpoints and range from poignant to hilarious.  Deadline for applications is October 1.

Writers Institute Fall 2015 schedule of events
The Writers Institute Fall 2015 schedule of events offers a rich variety of genres, from poetry to science writing to fiction to history to memoir to filmmaking and theatre. The upcoming series will even include a food writer — New York Times columnist and bestselling cookbook author Mark Bittman, whose work has been described by PBS as a “bible of basic cooking for millions of Americans.”

The series will showcase two extraordinary former students at UAlbany — journalist Tom Junod, who holds the all-time record for National Magazine Award nominations (11!), and Edward Burns, director, actor, and one of the most prolific and influential independent filmmakers currently at work. Burns will present his new memoir, Independent Ed (2015), about which Matt Lauer of “Today” said, “Every young, hungry, creative person should view this as a textbook…. It’s a how-to.”

Other guests will include Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Rachel Grady; young adult novelist Jason Reynolds, winner of the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Award; major American short story writer Ann Beattie; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson; bestselling horror novelist Peter Straub; National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill; “Best New Documentary Filmmaker” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Sean Dunne; trail-blazing neuroscience writer Casey Schwartz; Vonnegut biographer Ginger Strand; and major American dramatist Tina Howe.

For more on the Visiting Writers Series, visit:  http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/programpages/vws.html#.VdXvw1_D_s1

For more on the Classic Film Series, visit:  http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/programpages/cfs.html#.VdXwQF_D_s0

For more information, visit us online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst or call us at (518) 442-5620.

Young adults (ages 19-30): Apply for a scholarship from The Chris Miller Fund
When Arts Center faculty member Donna Miller’s son died in a car crash three years ago, Donna and her husband Harry felt a need to do something in Christopher’s memory – something that would both reflect his spirit and benefit others. They turned to The Arts Center – a natural fit – and created The Chris Miller Creative Arts Scholarship Fund.

“Chris was a very creative person who communicated most eloquently through the arts. He was also very proud of the fact that I am a writer,” says Donna. “The arts are an important part of this family.” It seems an appropriate and moving tribute that the Millers created a vehicle to allow other young adults an opportunity to experience the joy of creative expression, regardless of experience or economic status.

The Chris Miller Creative Arts Scholarship Fund was created to help young low-income adults, ages 19-30, engage in or explore the creative arts at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. The Fund provides tuition support for creative and expressive arts classes in writing, drawing, painting, pottery, printmaking and digital arts. In keeping with The Arts Center’s policy, all scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. Scholarship prospects must complete a scholarship application, and all scholars are encouraged to pay a portion of the costs, if they are able. Applications (available here) take at least two weeks to process, so please be prompt with your request.

Hudson Valley Writers Guild newsletter, August 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

Guild Announcements:

  • REMINDER: Hudson Valley Writers Guild Poetry Contest deadline is August 15
  • HVWG 2015 mid-year membership report

Member Announcements:

  • Down & Out Books to publish Welcome Back, Jack by Liam Sweeny
  • News from M.E. Kemp
  • NPR’s “All Things Considered” features James Schlett’s newly released book
  • New issue of Misfit Magazine now live online

Area Announcements:

  • 29th Annual Altamont Fair Poetry Reading: August 12
  • Arthur’s Market & Cafe 2nd Wednesday Poetry to feature Bunkong “BK” Tuon August 12
  • Next Year’s Words announces its first 2015-2016 event: Art & writing walk/reading August 16
  • Third Thursday to feature poet Michael Platsky August 20
  • Local Writer Debby Mayer to read new fiction at Roe Jan Library August 23
  • “Inquiring Minds” reading & discussion August 23
  • Hudson River Coffee Company reading & open mic September 24
  • Casting call: “Veterans’ Voices: Ajax in America”
  • Register for Tinker Mountain Writers’ online workshops
  • Harvey Havel publishes The Thruway Killers
  • Submission opportunity: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
  • Publisher looking for Hudson Valley writers

GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

REMINDER: Hudson Valley Writers Guild Poetry Contest deadline is August 15
One to three previously unpublished poems may be submitted. Poems must not exceed 40 lines. Contact information must not appear anywhere on the submission. A cover letter must include: name, address, phone number, email, title, and line count. Submissions must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman or Cambria font.  Send three hard copies by mail. No email submissions. Please no pornography or erotica. This year’s judges are Howard Kogan and Cheryl A.Rice. Additional details:

  • Cash prizes will be awarded to first ($100), second ($75), and third place ($50) poems.
  • The winning poets will be invited to read their winning submissions at a program in the fall.
  • All contestants must be residents of New York State.
  • The entry fee is $10 for HVWG members and $15 for non-members. Checks made payable to HVWG must accompany submissions. If $30 membership fee is paid with submission, please enclose a separate check.
  • HVWG Board of Directors and their families and/or current or past students and family of judges are ineligible.
  • Entries must be postmarked between June 15-August 15, 2015.

All entrants will be notified of winners by email unless a SASE is provided. Results will be posted on our website: http://hvwg.org. Contact Jan Tramontano at jantramontano@gmail.com for more information. Mail submissions and entry fee to: HVWG CONTEST c/o Jan Tramontano, 14 Brookwood Avenue, Albany, NY  12203

HVWG 2015 mid-year membership report
By the end of June 2015, the Hudson Valley Writers Guild had 126 “active” members, people who paid membership dues in 2014 and so far in 2015. Of them, 49 (39 %) paid their 2015 dues by mid-year. These 49 dues payers contributed $1,585 to the Guild’s coffers. There were 13 new members and 36 renewing members during this period. Three people paid two-year memberships. So far this year, 101 membership letters have been mailed out (13 new member welcome, 36 renewal thank you and 52 membership dues reminder).

The Guild is especially pleased to welcome the following new members so far in 2015:

  • Lena Andersson
  • Mark L. Berger
  • Alan Casline
  • Charles Curry
  • Sandra Hutchison
  • David Kalish
  • Cynthia A. Kilgallon
  • Susan Kress
  • James Schlett
  • Lisa St. John
  • Jim Strickland
  • Martha Sutro
  • David Walsh

The Guild had an honor roll by mid-year of three members who made extra financial contributions in addition to their membership dues. They were:

  • Phyllis Hillinger
  • Kathleen O’Brien
  • David Wolcott

The Guild’s Board is most grateful for the confidence expressed by new and renewing members for the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and the work we do for writers in New York’s Hudson Valley.

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Down & Out Books to publish Welcome Back, Jack by Liam Sweeny
Down & Out Books will release Liam Sweeny’s debut police thriller Welcome Back, Jack in October 2015 in trade paperback and ebook formats. Set in and around Albany, New York, the story is centered on Detective Jack LeClere, a good cop on a cat-and-mouse hunt for a team of serial killers — only he’s not sure whether he’s the cat or the mouse.

“I wanted to avoid the common ‘flawed cop’ theme that runs through a lot of detective novels,” Sweeny said. “Instead, I wanted to tear the envelope on a good cop, and see what it did to him. The story line follows Jack and a multi-agency task force and finds tension on two levels: his role on the task force and the task itself.”

Down & Out Books publisher Eric Campbell added, “Liam does a wonderful job of writing a multi-layered seat-of-the-pants thriller that is incredibly satisfying.”

Liam Sweeny has a background in disaster response, working major events such as hurricanes Katrina, Irene and Sandy. He incorporated much of the pressure he found in those operations to flesh out Jack’s struggles inside the task-force. His short fiction has appeared in numerous periodicals, including Thuglit, All Due Respect, Spinetingler Magazine, Shotgun Honey and Out of the Gutter Online. Down & Out Books, an indie-publisher based in Tampa, FL, has been serving up the best crime fiction since 2011.

To obtain a galley version (PDF, mobi, epub) for review, or to coordinate an interview, contact Christy@DownAndOutBooks.com. Visit Liam Sweeny online at http://liamsweeny.com/. Find out more about Down & Out Books at http://downandoutbooks.com/.

News from M.E. Kemp
M. E. Kemp, VP of HVWG, taught a course in five parts of mystery writing at the Women’s Writing Retreat in Paradox Lake. Kemp wishes to remind writers and members that the annual HVWG Writers Conference will be held on October 18, place to be announced.

NPR’s “All Things Considered” features James Schlett’s newly released book
James Schlett’s newly released book, A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2015), scored a national news hit on July 24 with a story on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” North Country Public Radio will soon air an extended version of the “All Things Considered” story. Below is a roundup of articles, reviews and news stories the book has earned since the spring:

Remember to follow news about A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ANotTooGreatlyChangedEden) and Twitter (@JamesSchlett).

New issue of Misfit Magazine now live online
The latest issue of Misfit Magazine, the 15th, is now live at the site misfitmagazine.net. This is by far the biggest and most challenging issue yet with the usual poems, a mini-feature with photos, a small poems feature and scads of reviews, great art and an essay by the editor. Misfit Magazine is looking for submissions from now until the Fall for one more issue this year, as the editors plan to take the winter holiday months off to be with their families.

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

29th Annual Altamont Fair Poetry Reading: August 12
Local poets will read from their own work and the works of the past. Live from the Hotel Altamont Stage in the Village and Carriage Museum starting at 2 p.m. and continuing throughout the afternoon.

Arthur’s Market & Cafe 2nd Wednesday Poetry to feature Bunkong “BK” Tuon August 12
Poetry open mic and featured poet on the 2nd Wednesday’s at Arthur’s Market and Cafe, 35 North Ferry St. (at the Lawrence Circle), Schenectady 12305. Featured poet August 12 is Bunkong “BK” Tuon. BK teaches writing and literature at Union College in Schenectady. Recent publication include Nerve Cowboy, Mas Tequila Review, Chiron Review and others. He is celebrating the new release of his full length poetry collection entitled Gruel. Fall semester he will be teaching students abroad in Vietnam. Come for some heart-opening stories and sharing!

Hosted by Catherine Norr. Sign-up begins 7 p.m.; readings begin at 7:30. Food and beverages available in a warm, hospitable atmosphere!

Next Year’s Words announces its first 2015-2016 event: Art & writing walk/reading August 16
On August 16, spend an artistic afternoon writing and reading poems about art along the Rail Trail in Rosendale alongside Next Year’s Words poets Tim Brennan, Holly Christiana, Susan Chute, Kim Ellis, Bobbi Katz, Richard Parisio and Pina Russell. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Binnewater Kiln parking lot on Binnewater Road. Public reading of fresh work at 2 p.m. at Women’s Studio Workshop. Additional details available via its Facebook event.

Third Thursday to feature poet Michael Platsky August 20
Poet Michael Platsky will read from his work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. Michael Platsky was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, came of age in lower Manhattan and moved to Woodstock in the 1995. He hosts a weekly poetry reading at the Harmony Cafe in Woodstock. Most of his writing reflects personal experience in a sometimes chaotic world.

A reading by a local or regional poet is held each Third Thursday at the Social Justice Center. The event includes an open mic for audience members to read. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., with the reading beginning at 7:30. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3, which helps support this and other poetry programs of the Poetry Motel Foundation and the work of the Social Justice Center. For more information about this event contact Dan Wilcox: (518) 482-0262; e-mail: dwlcx@earthlink.net.<

Local Writer Debby Mayer to read new fiction at Roe Jan Library August 23
Debby Mayer, an award-winning author, blogger and journalist, reads her short story “Swerve” at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Sunday, August 23, at 4 p.m. The program, entitled “Not about Me,” features new fiction and represents a departure from the memoir, nonfiction and blog posts with which Mayer’s readers are more familiar. In a Q&A Mayer will discuss how she approaches the writing of fiction vs. nonfiction and what makes the difference between the two.

Debby Mayer is a resident of Hudson and author of a memoir, Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen. Writing about Riptides in Wilderness House Literary Review, George Held said, “Debby Mayer has written personal nonfiction that reads like a novel; she leaves readers with that elusive sense of catharsis only art can provide.”

Debby Mayer writes the blog “2becomes1: widowhood for the rest of us” at debbymayer.blogspot.com. She retired as editorial director of the publications office at Bard College and is now a contributing editor forThe Columbia Paper, the weekly newspaper of Columbia County. She is the recipient of two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts: one in creative nonfiction for an excerpt from Riptides; the other in fiction for an excerpt from Sisters, a novel.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Rt. 22, approximately one mile south of the light at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23 in Hillsdale. For information on hours and events, call (518) 325-4101 or visit the library’s website at www.roejanlibrary.org.

Inquiring Minds reading & discussion August 23
An invitation from Celine Keating: “Dear Hudson Valley Writers, Two other authors and I will be in New Paltz for a reading and discussion at Inquiring Minds on Sunday, August 2, at 4 p.m. The focus of the discussion part is the current publishing landscape and the options to writers of the various paths to publication. Among the three of us we have experience and published work with traditional publishing, small press and hybrid publishers. We realize the region you serve is a bit north of New Paltz, but in any case would love it if you would share this information with your membership, who might be interested in attending and sharing in the discussion. Thanks so much, and hope to see you there!

Hudson River Coffee Company reading & open mic September 24
Harvey Havel writes, “Robert Milby, Brian Dorn, Christopher Wheeling and Harvey Havel will be reading at the Hudson River Coffee Company on September 24, 2015.  An open mic will follow.”

Casting call: “Veterans’ Voices: Ajax in America”
Staged Reading of Sophocles’ “Ajax.” We are looking for one female and six male actors who are also veterans and interested in auditioning for a concert reading of Sophocles “Ajax” to be produced in October at Skidmore College and possibly other venues in the Albany/Saratoga area. Auditions will take place ASAP, and there will be rehearsals as needed. This is an all-veterans production by volunteers. The play portrays Ajax’s dislocation, paranoia, rage and self-destruction after the Trojan War.

Cast of characters:

  • Ajax: son of Telamon and a Greek commander from Salamis
  • Techmesa: Phrygian captive, wife of Ajax
  • Chorus: Salaminian warriors
  • Teucer: half brother of Ajax, son of Telamon and Hesione, a Trojan
  • Non speaking role
  • Eurysaces: young son of Ajax and Techmesa

Anyone interested please contact Paul Pines at paul.pines@gmail.com.

Register for Tinker Mountain Writers’ online workshops
Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop/Online presents eight-week noncredit workshops September 20-November 13 that emphasize new work. The program features lively conversation and immediate feedback from both faculty and participants. Writers who are just getting started or continuing work on a long-term project can benefit. It’s a unique opportunity to engage with writing and a new writing community from the comfort of home. Click here to register.

Harvey Havel publishes The Thruway Killers
Harvey Havel has just come out with a new book, The Thruway Killers. This work follows The Orphan of Mecca, Part One, which came out earlier this spring. In The Thruway Killers, Droogan McPhee is the son of a wealthy entrepreneur who owns several liquor stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. His step-mother is roughly Droogan’s same age. Together they plot to kill his wealthy father for the inheritance money, until Droogan shoots his step-mother instead by mistake. What follows is an odyssey along the New York Thruway, as the police will stop everything to make sure that the fleeing Droogan is captured and brought to justice.

Harvey Havel is a freelance writer and novelist. He is formerly a writing instructor at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He also taught writing at the University of Albany (SUNY) and at the College of St. Rose. He has a cat named Marty.

Submission opportunity: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience.

Prizes include:

  • £500 Poetry winner
  • £500 Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

There are two categories for entry: short fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and poetry (maximum length 40 lines each). Deadline for submissions is August 31. To enter, visitwww.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting.

Publisher looking for Hudson Valley writers
Opportunity passed along via HVWG member Therese L. Broderick:

Stevie Edwards, Commissioning Editor
The History Press
http://www.historypress.net

“We are a trade paperback publisher that focuses on publishing accessible local and regional histories, ranging from The History of Michigan Wines by Sharon Kegerreis and Lorri Hathaway to The Civil War in Fairfax County by Charles V. Mauro to Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State by Michelle Y. Souliere. I deal specifically with developing titles in New York (state) and New Jersey, and I would love to work with more writers from the Hudson Valley who want to tell the stories of the region. I invite you to browse our online catalog and author proposal form to get a sense for our range and process. We handle all stages of the publishing process – from editing, design and production to sales and distribution — and compensate in the form of royalties.”

Hudson Valley Writers Guild newsletter, July 2015

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

Guild Announcements:

  • HVWG poetry contest open for entries through 8/15

Member Announcements:

  • French version of Hollis Seamon novel wins literary award, releases new edition
  • Latest chapbook from Alan Catlin is Beautiful Mutants
  • James Schlett launches Northeast book tour

Area Announcements:

  • Rolling admission for NYS Summer Writers Institute workshops (space permitting)
  • Upcoming readings for NYS Summer Writers Institute
  • “Poets in the Park” 2015 readings scheduled July 11, 18, & 25
  • Poet Melody Davis will read at the Social Justice Center July 16
  • Martin Steingesser’s “The Thinking Heart – History in Poetry and Music” at Roe Jan Library July 18
  • Sixth Annual Unicorn Writers Conference August 15

GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

HVWG poetry contest open for entries through 8/15
The Hudson Valley Writers Guild is pleased to announce this year’s poetry contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to first ($100), second ($75) and third place ($50) poems. The winning poets will be invited to read their winning submissions at a program in the fall.

All contestants must be residents of New York State. The entry fee is $10 for HVWG members and $15 for non-members. Forms for guild membership may be found at hvwg.org. One to three poems may be submitted. Each poem must be no longer than 40 lines. A cover letter must include: name, address, phone number, email, title(s). Each poem must appear on a separate page. Entries must be postmarked between June 15-August 15, 2015.

Judges are Cheryl Rice and Howard Kogan. Cheryl A. Rice’s work has appeared in Baltimore Review, Chronogram, Florida Review, Home Planet News, Mangrove, The Temple and Woodstock Times, and in the anthologies Wildflowers, Vol. II (2002: Shivastan Publishing), For Enid With Love (2010: NY Quarterly Books) and A Slant of Light  (2013:Codhill Press), among others. She is the author of Moses Parts the Tulips (2013: APD Press), My Minnesota Boyhood (2012: Post Traumatic Press) and Auction (2004, Flying Monkey Press; 2nd edition 2010). Her CDs are: “Nobody Slept Last Night” (2003, Another Poor Bastard Productions) and “Girl Poet” (2007, Flying Monkey Productions). Howard Kogan is an award winning poet whose work has appeared in many literary journals including Still Crazy, Occupoetry, Poetry Ark, Naugatuck River Review, Jewish Currents Anthology (2014), Jewish Currents Calendar (2015), Writer’s Haven, Farming Magazine, Literary Gazette, Pathways, Up the River, Point Mass Anthology and Misfit Magazine. He has also published a book of poems, Indian Summer, and a chapbook, General Store Poems.<

For more information regarding submissions, go to www.hvwg.org or contact Jan Tramontano at jantramontano@gmail.com

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

French version of Hollis Seamon novel wins literary award, releases new edition
Hollis Seamon’s novel Dieu Me Deteste, the French version of Somebody Up There Hates You, has won a national French literary award, the 2015 CBPT Prix Litteraire 18-30 from the Union Nationale Culture et Bibliotheques Pour Tous (The National Union of Culture and Libraries for All). The prize is awarded annually for the best book for readers 18-30 years old published in the previous year, as chosen by libraries across France. The prize was announced on May 6, 2015, by the General Assembly of CBPT in Paris. Here’s a link to an announcement: http://www.cbpt-paris.org/index.php/prix-cbpt and a PDF: http://www.cbpt71.com/prix18302015.pdf. There is also a new edition of Dieu Me Deteste, issued in May by Editions 10/18 in Paris:  http://www.10-18.fr/livres-poche/.

Latest chapbook from Alan Catlin is Beautiful Mutants
Alan Catlin has published a new chapbook of poetry called Beautiful Mutants, which is available now from Night Ballet Press or from the author. Anyone interested in owning their very own copy can contact Alan at thecatlins@msn.com or the editor of Night Ballet Press at the website.<

James Schlett launches Northeast book tour
In August, Rotterdam author James Schlett will launch his Northeast book tour for A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks (Ithaca and London, Cornell University Press, 2015) with the following two events in the Capital Region:

  • 8/1/2015, Saturday, 7 p.m., Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
  • 8/7/2015, Friday, 6 p.m., Albany Institute of History and Art (free admission), 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210

Other readings and presentations are scheduled for the following venues this summer and fall: Massachusetts Historical Society, Concord Free Public Library, Olana State Historic Site, SUNY Adirondack Writer’s Project and Caffe Lena. For the latest reviews, tour updates and other news on A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden, like the book’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ANotTooGreatlyChangedEden.

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rolling admission for NYS Summer Writers Institute workshops (space permitting)
The New York State Summer Writers Institute has begun its 28th season at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. To apply:  https://www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters/workshops.php. Students may enroll for two weeks (June 29 – July 10 or July 13-24) or for the entire four-week session (June 29-July 24).

Since its inaugural season in 1987, the New York State Summer Writers Institute has drawn students from across the United States as well as from Australia, Brazil, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea and Singapore. Students have ranged from 20 to 99 years of age. The Institute is intended principally for students who have had at least one or two previous workshop experiences. It is definitely not for high school students or for freshman college students. The Institute offers courses for undergraduate and graduate credit, as well as noncredit courses. Approximately 50 percent of the program participants are undergraduate or graduate students.

For questions and concerns, please call Christine R. Merrill, Program Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Special Programs, at (518) 580-5593.

Upcoming readings for NYS Summer Writers Institute
All readings are at 8 p.m. in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

  • JULY 1: Fiction reading by Michael Ondaajte and poetry reading by Campbell McGrath
  • JULY 2: Poetry reading by Charles Simic and fiction reading by Howard Norman
  • JULY 3: Fiction reading by Claire Messud and fiction reading by Elizabeth Benedict
  • JULY 6: Poetry reading by Carolyn Forche and fiction reading by Victoria Redel
  • JULY 7: Poetry reading by Frank Bidart and fiction reading by Rivka Galchen
  • JULY 8: Fiction reading by Mary Gaitskill and non-fiction reading by Honor Moore
  • JULY 9: Fiction reading by Joseph O’Neill and fiction reading by Joanna Scott
  • JULY 10: Fiction reading by Joyce Carol Oates
  • JULY 13: Fiction reading by Amy Hempel and fiction reading by William Kennedy
  • JULY 14: Fiction reading by Ann Beattie and poetry reading by Tom Healy
  • JULY 15: Fiction reading by Rick Moody and poetry reading by Lloyd Schwartz
  • JULY 16: Non-fiction reading by Nick Flynn and fiction reading by Adam Braver
  • JULY 17: Poetry reading by Robert Pinsky poetry reading by Peg Boyers
  • JULY 20: Fiction reading by Cristina Garcia and poetry reading by Wayne Koestenbaum
  • JULY 21:Fiction reading by Russell Banks and poetry reading by Chase Twichell
  • JULY 22: Non-fiction reading by Laura Kipnis and non-fiction reading by Jim Miller
  • JULY 23: Fiction reading by Jamaica Kincaid and poetry reading by Henri Cole
  • JULY 24: Fiction reading by Paul Harding and fiction reading by Binnie Kirshenbaum

For more information, please call Christine R. Merrill, Program Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Special Programs, at (518) 580-5593.

“Poets in the Park” 2015 readings scheduled July 11, 18, & 25
Poets in the Park is celebrating over 20 years of bringing poetry in July to the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany. The series was started in 1989 by the late Tom Nattell and is now run by Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. This year the readings will be on Saturdays July 11, 18 and 25; the readings start at 7:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Rain site is the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany. The series is co-sponsored by the Poetry Motel Foundation and by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.

The 2015 readers are:

  • July 11, The Nitty Gritty Slam Team, with guest host Thom Francis
  • July 18, Paul Pines & Karen Schoemer
  • July 25, Alison Koffler & Dayl Wise

The Robert Burns statue is located near where Henry Johnson Boulevard passes through Washington Park and crosses Hudson Ave. Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. For more information, contact Dan Wilcox at dwlcx@earthlink.net or (518) 482-0262.

Poet Melody Davis will read at the Social Justice Center July 16
Local poet Melody Davis will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Melody Davis, poet and art historian, is the author of four books, most recently Holding the Curve from Broadstone Books. Her critical study, Women’s Views: The Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America, will be forthcoming this fall from the University Press of New Hampshire. Davis teaches at the Sage College of Albany and is widely published in the US and abroad.

A reading by a local or regional poet is held each Third Thursday at the Social Justice Center. The event includes an open mic for audience members to read. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., with the reading beginning at 7:30. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3, which helps support this and other poetry programs of the Poetry Motel Foundation and the work of the Social Justice Center. For more information about this event contact Dan Wilcox at (518) 482-0262 or dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Martin Steingesser’s “The Thinking Heart – History in Poetry and Music” at Roe Jan Library July 18
“The Thinking Heart: The Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum,” poet Martin Steingesser’s original arrangement of the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, will be performed at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, July 18, at 5 p.m. Etty Hillesum, a Jewish woman who lived in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, wrote a diary and over 70 letters between 1941 and ‘43, ending with her transport to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she died at age 29. Steingesser and Judy Tierney will perform “The Thinking Heart” with cellist Robin Jellis.

Martin Steingesser, Portland, Maine’s first Poet Laureate (2007-09), has published two books of poems, Brothers of Morning and The Thinking Heart: The Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum, and has a third book,Yellow Horses, scheduled for publication in fall, 2015. Judy Tierney has been presenting poems in Maine for a number of years. She was creator and host of a weekly radio program, “Walking in the Air,” celebrating poetry and its voices, on WRFR, Rockland, Maine’s community radio station. Robin Jellis, cellist, has played with the Bangor Symphony, and is a faculty member at the Portland Conservatory of Music. Her music for “The Thinking Heart” is comprised mostly of improvisational meditations inspired by the poems and includes quotes from Ernest Bloch. Influences include folk songs and J.S. Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. The final movement is an original piece by Jellis.<

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Rt. 22, approximately one mile south of the light at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23 in Hillsdale. For information on hours and events, call (518) 325-4101 or visit the library’s website at www.roejanlibrary.org.

Sixth Annual Unicorn Writers Conference August 15

DATE: Saturday, August 15
PLACE: Reid Castle at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
TIME: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (one-day conference)
REGISTRATION:  $300 (Special group discount: 10% off the $300 registration fee. Discount code HVWGUILD15)

INCLUDES:

  • Keynote Speaker:  Stephanie Evanovich;
  • 30 workshops offered throughout the day. Choose the topics that are best for you;
  • Agent and editor panels;
  • Opportunity to reserve 30-minute, face-to-face 1-1 reviews on your first 40 manuscript pages, query letter, book synopses or jacket flap copy with agents, editors or other conference faculty–all publishing insiders;
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner;
  • Conference gift bag.

Unicorn Writers Conference is recognized as a top choice for writers at every stage of their writing journey seeking traditional or alternate publishing opportunities. Workshops and speakers cover creativity, craft, and career. Register now!  Visit www.unicornwritersconfeence.com  and select “registration” link.