HVWG newsletter released, May 31

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, June 1, 2011

In This Issue

Guild Announcements: 2011 Non-fiction Writing Contest

Member Announcements: Janine De Tillio Cammarata, Harvey Havel, Mimi Moriarty

Area Announcements: Delmar Writers Showcase, Poetry and Prose at Arts Center in Troy, Journeys to Strange Places in Troy, Tobias Seamon to Read in Kinderhook, Festival of Writers in Rensselaerville

Guild Announcements

2011 Non-fiction writing contest accepting submissions
The HVWG annual writing contest rotates genres each year, and our 2011 contest will be for Non-Fiction (humor, personal essay, and memoir). There is a $100 top prize in each of three categories. Submissions are being accepted through the end of August. The contest is open to residents of any part of New York State. The full guidelines are posted at our website – hvwg.org (under the “about” tab). Here is a direct link: hudsonvalleywritersguild.wordpress.com/about/contests/

Member Announcements

Janine De Tillio Cammarata’s book Eyes of the Goddess: Book Two of the Fianna Cycle is an Award-Winning Finalist in the “Fiction: Young Adult Fiction” category of the 2011 International Book Awards.

Please join Harvey Havel for a reading and a book signing to celebrate the release of his new book of short-stories, Stories from the Fall of the Empire. Book tour dates (All are welcome! Bring a friend!):

  • Saturday, June 11, 8 p.m. – Hudson River Coffee Shop, 227/229 Quail Street, Albany
  • Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m. – Stuyvesant Book House, 1475 Western Avenue (in Stuyvesant Plaza), Albany

Mimi Moriarty is happy to announce the publication of her second chapbook by Finishing Line Press. She co-authored Sibling Reverie with her brother Frank Desiderio. This chapbook is a compilation of companion poems paired by theme, and written from the unique perspective of two siblings. Mimi is a member of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and has been for many years part of the local poetry scene. Frank now resides in Boston and is looking forward to joint readings both in Albany and Boston. The readings in Albany are being planned with other local writers whose manuscripts were accepted this year by Finishing Line Press, so look for those announcements later this year when Sibling Reverie comes out. You can e-mail Mimi at winterview@earthlink.net for information.

Area announcements

Delmar Writers Showcase, June 11, 2 p.m.
The annual Delmar Writers Showcase will be held in the community room of the Bethlehem Public Library on Saturday, June 11, from 2-4 p.m. A dozen well-known local writers will read their original works in poetry, fiction, essay and memoir. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For information on the event or about joining the Delmar Writers group, please call Marion Menna at (518) 439-3991.

Poetry and Prose at The Arts Center, June 12, 2 p.m.
The next edition of this unique open mic will take place on Sunday, June 12. Bring poetry or prose to read at the Center’s Black Box Theater. Note: This series will be on hiatus for July and August but will return in the fall.

Journeys to Strange Places, June 15, 7 p.m.
Literary reading from two acclaimed New York writers on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. At The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy. During an evening titled “Journeys to Strange Places,” Eugene K. Garber will read from his new novel O Amazonas Escuro, and Wesley Brown will read a new short story titled “Women From Mars.” The two readings focus on the journeys we make throughout our lives. “Journeys to Strange Places” is curated by Lucia Nevai who is novelist and short story writer. Free admission. For more information, please see: artscenteronline.org/journeys-to-strange-places-reading/

Tobias Seamon to Read at Kinderhook Library, June 25, 4 p.m.
The Kinderhook Memorial Library and Blackwood and Brouwer Bookstore will sponsor a reading by Tobias Seamon on Saturday, June 25, at 4 p.m. at the library. Seamon, the author of The Magician’s Study, will be reading from his new collection of short stories, The Emperor’s Toy Chest. For more information, go to tobiasseamon.com.

Festival of Writers 2011: A Sense of Place July 28-July 31
To kick off the Rensselaerville Library’s Festival of Writers 2011, two exciting writing workshops, with memoirist Nick Flynn and poet Howard Nelson, will be offered to the public on Friday, July 29. Please call the library at (518) 797-3949 or go to the library’s website – rensselaervillelibrary.org – to register and to check out the week-end’s literary riches, featuring readings and discussions with Jean Craighead George, Francine Prose and Mary Morris among many other award-winning writers. The fee is $50 for each writing workshop. Readings/discussions are $10 each or less if a week-end pass is purchased. Register early for the writing workshops because space is limited to 20.