HVWG newsletter release, September 17, 2011

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, September 15, 2011

In This Issue

Guild Announcements: October Writing Conference, Albany Community of Writers, Dates to Save for Upcoming Guild Events, Facebook Announcement,

Member Announcements: Anthony Bernini, Djalloul Marbrook,

Area Announcements: Writers Institute Readings for Fall Begin at UAlbany, Sunday Four Reading Series in Voorheesville Resumes, Yes! Reading Series in Albany, Arts Center Workshops in Troy, New Reading Series in Hudson

Guild Announcements

HVWG Writers Conference, October 2, 1:30 p.m.
The Hudson Valley Writers Guild will sponsor a free Writers Conference on Sunday, October 2, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the East Greenbush Community Library, Community Way, East Greenbush. The conference will include a panel discussion on e-publishing and a writing workshop by award-winning novelist Hallie Ephron.

The panelist for the discussion on e-publishing will be Susanne Alleyn, author of the Aristede Ravel series of historical mysteries set during the French Revolution; Gloria Waldron Hukle, author of three novels; Robyn Ringler, owner of East Line Books in Clifton Park; and Daniel Nester, author and professor of English at the College of St. Rose in Albany. The panel moderator will be mystery writer M.E. Kemp. The panel will be followed by a writing workshop lead by author Hallie Ephron (hallieephron.com) whose novels include Come and Find Me and the award-winning Never Tell a Lie, which was made into the film And Baby Will Fall. Her book Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel was an Edgar Award finalist.

The program is free and open to the public. To pre-register, contact the East Greenbush Public Library at (518) 477-7476 or online at eastgreenbushlibrary.org.

Albany Community of Writers, October 15, 2 p.m.
The Hudson Valley Writers Guild will host the annual Community of Writers reading at the Albany Public Library on Saturday, October 15, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program will be in the auditorium at the Library’s Main Branch, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany. The program will include a reading by the winners of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild non-fiction contest. One winner in each of three categories will read: humor, personal essay and memoir. There will also be an Honorable Mention awarded to a member of the HVWG whose entry is considered notable. Certificates and prizes will also be awarded at the reading. Also reading will be Jan Tramontano from her recently published novel, Standing on the Corner of Lost and Found (CreateSpace), and Howard Kogan from his new book of poems, Indian Summer (Square Circle Press).

Save These Dates
Please mark these dates on your calendar: November 15 for the annual HVWG membership meeting (details to be determined) and November 20, 2-4 p.m. for the Schenectady Community of Writers event at the Schenectady Public Library (more details including the list of readers will be forthcoming).

HVWG on Facebook
We have a Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Hudson-Valley-Writers-Guild/246872298662241. Won’t you “like” us? You may have been part of our Facebook “group,” but Facebook changed its guidelines, and now we are a “page,” which you have to like in order to see our updates in your news feed.

Member Announcements

Anthony Bernini announces the publication of his second volume of poetry, Immediate Worlds. This 72-page bound paperback volume, produced with exacting care by The Troy Bookmakers, includes a discerning preface by Selma R. Burkom, past professor of English and American literature at San Jose State University. Bernini is the author of Distant Kinships, a volume of poetry published in 2002.

Copies of Immediate Worlds may be ordered on-line through the website of TBM Books (tbmbooks.corecommerce.com) or through Amazon. Consider buying Immediate Worlds through your local independent bookseller. You may also arrange to purchase Immediate Worlds directly from the author by calling (518) 588-6419. Those who visit Albany on October 24 can obtain an inscribed copy from the author at McGeary’s tavern, located at 4 Clinton Square, where Bernini will be the featured poet at a reading beginning at 8 p.m. Cheeses and sweets will be served, and libations will be available from the bar.

Djelloul Marbrook announces the following upcoming readings:
September 22, 5 p.m. – Djelloul reads poetry at an exhibition of paintings by his mother, Juanita Guccione; 6:30 reception; SUNY/Orange, Kaplan Hall. Corner of Grand and First Street, Newburgh.

  • September 24, 7 p.m. – Djelloul reads from his new novel, Artemisia’s Wolf, at Spoken Word Cafe, Unitarian Universalist Church, 67 S. Randolph Avenue, Poughkeepsie.
  • November 6, 2 p.m. – Djelloul and also Susan Sindall read their poetry, Chatham Synagogue, Route 28 at Rt. 66, Chatham.
  • December 3, 5 p.m. – Djelloul reads from his new novel, Artemisia’s Wolf, Woodstock Library Forum, Library Lane and Tinker Street, Woodstock.

Area announcements

Writers Institute Fall Reading Series Begins, September 22, 8 p.m.
The first reading of this series will be provided by novelist Nicole Krauss on September 22 at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center of the SUNYA uptown campus. Additional upcoming readings include investigative journalist Eliza Griswold on September 27 in the Assembly Hall at the Campus Center and novelist William Kennedy on October 3 at Page Hall on the downtown campus. All begin at 8 p.m. For additional information, including about seminars conducted by these writers, visit the website at albany.edu/writers-inst.

Sunday Four Reading Series to Resume September 25, 3 p.m.
Please make your calendars for Sunday, September 25, at 3 p.m. for the opening of the 4th season of the Sunday Four Poetry Open Mic! A BIGGA DAY! Our featured poet of opening day will be award-winning Susan Comninos of Niskayuna. Come hear Susan read her well-crafted and filled-with-feeling poetry. It will be an afternoon of insight and feeling. Bring your latest work to read as well. We look forward to seeing you at our Old Songs venue across from Stewart’s in Voorheesville and maybe later sharing a pint at the Poets’ Corner at Smith’s Tavern. Come see who the poet of the month is!!!

Yes! Reading Series, September 30, 8 p.m.
The next offering of the Yes! Reading Series will welcome poets Nick Demske and Charles Alexander and also poet and novelist Rebecca Wolff. At the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue in Albany.

Arts Center Announces Fall Writing Workshops
The Arts Center of the Capital Region at 265 River Street in Downtown Troy has several writing workshops coming up this fall. Many of them begin in mid-September. Check out details at the Center’s website: artscenteronline.org. Classes include:

· Writing What You Know with Marion Roach Smith
· Creating the Poetry Chapbook with Julie Gutmann
· Memoirama with Marion Roach Smith
· Shaping the Short Story with Lucia Nevai
· Reading Memoir so You Can Write Your Own with Donna Miller
· Master Class with Marion Roach Smith—note that this requires a writing sample that is due September 15. See the website for the details.

New Hudson River Loft Reading Series, November 12, 7 p.m.
The Musica Loft, 17 N. 4th Street, Hudson. Featured Readers: Daniel Nester, Sean H. Doyle, Chloe Caldwell, Stacy Pershall, Mira Ptacin, Danielle Winterton. Suggested donation of $5. There will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, books for sale and a wonderful night filled with prose, poems, essays and fiction.