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Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, January 15, 2011

In This Issue

Guild Announcement: Special Offer for New Memberships

Member Announcements: Alan Catlin, Winifred Elze

Area Announcements: Edie Adams to Read at Social Justice Center, Sunday Four Open Mic in Voorheesville, Bookmarks Reading Series at the Arts Center, Michael Dickel to Read at Schenectady Jewish Community Center, Performance Poetry at the Woman’s Club of Albany, Taylor Mali to Read in Schenectady, Text as Art Call for Entries

Guild Announcement

Special Offer For New Memberships
The Guild invites recipients of this newsletter who are not members to consider membership. Members are vital to the activities and events of the Guild through their participation and through their dues which enable the Guild to provide a wide variety of readings, workshops and other activities throughout the year. Members receive discounts for Guild events where admission is charged (although most events are free) and for participation in the Guild’s writing contests. Members can also use the newsletter to publicize their publications and readings. As a special offer, the Guild is offering new members a copy of Peer Glass, An Anthology: Writings from Hudson Valley Peer Groups (while supplies last). Membership information and an application form are available at our website:

Member announcements

Alan Catlin has a new chapbook of Art based/Gulf Oil disaster poems, Deep Water Horizon, with a fine art cover by small press vagabond poet/artist Irving Stettner available from Pygmy Forest Press, 1125 Mill Street, Springfield, OR 97477 (or for $8.

Winifred Elze has published a new novel, Tilde, under the Ari Publishing imprint. Tilde is the story of a sensitive young artist coming of age during the Great Depression. She is also bi-polar at a time when there was little understanding of, and no treatment for, the condition. It’s the era of the Charleston and the Lindy Hop; of Al Capone and Prohibition; of Greta Garbo and Charles Lindbergh; of bank failures and Hoovervilles. It’s a story of lives destroyed and of hopes that rise from the ashes. For more information about Ari Publishing, its books and authors, and to read sample chapters of Tilde, please visit

Area announcements

Edie Adams to Read at the Social Justice Center, January 20
Voorheesville poet Edie Abrams will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m. Edie Abrams has been a member of the Voorheesville “Every Other Thursday Night” workshop for a few years and is co-host of the “Sunday Four Poetry” monthly readings at the Old Songs Community Center. 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

Sunday Four Poetry Open Mic, January 23
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main Street, Voorheesville, at 3 p.m. Featuring Therese Broderick, Mimi Moriarty and Marilyn Paarlberg who will read and speak about their poetics. (518) 469-0202. Hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Mike Burke and Edie Adams. Audience members may read two poems at the open mic. Social gathering afterward at Smith’s Tavern.

Bookmarks Reading Series Continues at the Arts Center, January 24
Bookmarks is part of the Memoir Project at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The next reading, presented by invited writers, will take place on Monday, January 24 at 7 p.m. in the Arts Center, 265 River Street, in downtown Troy. This reading revolves around the topic of War and is curated by Robyn Ringler.

Michael Dickel and Leslie Neustadt to read at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center, January 27
Michael Dickel, poet, photographer and co-editor of the international poetry anthology Voices Israel 2010, will give a reading of his work on Thursday, January 27, at 7 p.m. in the Senior Room at the Robert & Dorothy Ludwig Schenectady Jewish Community Center, 2565 Balltown Road, Niskayuna. The event will also feature local poet Leslie Neustadt.

The program is sponsored by the Schenectady Jewish Community Center and the Poetry Motel Foundation. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Dickel recently started editing Voices Israel, now in its 36th year. Dickel lives in Jerusalem, Israel, where he writes, photographs and teaches at Ohalo College. His latest book, The World Behind It, Chaos, is available as a free e-Book from why vandalism? ( Dickel’s work has appeared in small-press literary journals, anthologies, art books and online for over 20 years. For more information about this program, contact Dan Wilcox, or (518) 482-0262.

Performance Poetry at the Woman’s Club of Albany, January 27
Miriam Axel-Lute and Kristen Tomanocy will present their poetry on Thursday, January 27, at 7 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Albany, 725 Madison Avenue, in Albany.

Taylor Mali in Schenectady, January 29
“An Evening with Taylor Mali to Support Safe Passage,” Saturday, January 29, at 8 p.m., at First Unitarian Society in Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady. This is a fundraiser for a service project trip for the Society’s Senior Youth Group to assist the Safe Passage program in Guatemala. Tickets are $25.

Text as Art at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
The Memoir Project invites visual/literary submissions for February’s Bookmarks, part of a series of group literary presentations featuring writing that is grounded broadly in personal experience. Events are curated by members of the Arts Center’s Literary Committee.

Text as Art seeks to explore the intersection between the visual and literary worlds. Curator Nancy Klepsch is calling for graphic representations of the spoken word, suitable for all ages, to be displayed in a public art space. Think Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger and artists who combine words and text, and technology. Please submit your idea described in writing or as a visual sample, along with a brief description. Interested writers/artists should submit a proposal and a resume/CV, both in PDF form to Katherine Stephens. Please include the following text in the subject line: “Memoir Project: Text as Art.”

All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, January 31 (not a postmark date if submitting hard copy). More information at


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