March 2013 Newsletter

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter

March 2013

In This Issue

Guild Announcements:  2013 Short Fiction Contest, Call for submissions from mystery writers for March 23rd reading, New Newsletter Editor

Member Announcements: Alan Catlin, Bob Sharkey, Hollis Seamon, M.E. Kemp

Area Announcements:  Introducing a new writer’s page on Facebook, Capital Area Writers; Memoir Writing Classes at East Line Books; Roe Library Celebrates National Poetry Month;  Memoir workshop with Marion Roach Smith at The Arts Center of the Capitol Region;  Poet Sylvia Barnard to read at the Social Justice CenterSmith’s Tavern Poet Laureate Contest will be held on Sunday April 28th; local author Richard Matturro’s new book, Janey; WORD FEST!

Guild Announcements

2013 Short Fiction Contest

The HVWG writing contest alternates genres annually. This year’s contest is in short fiction.

Winners will be awarded cash prizes and invited to read their winning story at a special Guild program in the fall of 2013. Entries must be postmarked between March 1 and May 31, 2013.

First Prize – $100                                          Second Prize – $75                                      Third Prize – $50

Submission Guidelines and all contact information are on the Guild’s website:

Call for Submissions

On March 23rd at the East Greenbush library, 1:00 p.m., the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and Sisters in Crime/New England chapter will co-sponsor a series of 5-minute readings by mystery writers from the Albany and Berkshire areas.  Readers must be members of either organization to read and material must be timed to 5 minutes or less.  All material must be mystery-related but may include a mystery poem.  If interested in reading please contact Marilyn Rothstein (aka: M.E.Kemp) at 583-9571 or

New Newsletter Editor

I’ll be putting together the HVWG Newsletter from the cozy environs of East Line Books. Robyn Ringler, owner of ELB,  has enthusiastically agreed to let me use some of my time working at the book store to compile and distribute the monthly announcements. I’m very happy to contribute to HVWG but could not have done this job without East Line Books support. Thanks to Bob Sharkey for helping me transition into the job. –Carol Graser

Member Announcements

From Alan Catlin: I am one of the editors of a new online poetry magazine that is seeking submissions. Please check our website at Guidelines submission information (submissions@misfitmagazine,net) and news are posted, as well as, some of the accepted poets for the first issue. The magazine is evolving, so there is no set schedule yet for the closing of submissions or date for the publication of the complete issue. We will be striving for a national audience; poets accepted are from Maryland, NYC, Arizona, Colorado, Florida plus local poets. How often we publish may be determined by the amount of good material we receive. We also are looking for books of poetry for possible brief review. Smaller, under reviewed presses and poets preferred.

Bob Sharkey and Tim Sneider will be featured poets at Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic, on Wednesday March 6. Bob has been a vital part of the area’s poetry scene and Hudson Valley Writiers Guild for many years. He’ll be showing off his new chapbook Surface at Sunrise published by Benevolent Bird Press. Tim Sneider is a biker poet and member of the Highway Poets Motorcycle Club. He has performed at lots of biker poet venues. The readings start at 7:30. $5. Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs.


Hollis Seamon will be reading from her new collection of short stories, Corporeality, on Friday, March 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.  Joining Hollis for this reading will be Saint Rose graduate, Dennis Mahoney, who has just published his debut novel, Fellow Mortals.  For directions and more information: .  Hollis and her son Tobias, author of the new novella, The Fair Grounds, will be reading at Kinderhook Memorial Library, Kinderhook NY on Sunday, March 24, from 3-5 p.m.  For directions and more information .

M.E. Kemp was chosen to take part in a mystery writer’s night at the Hyannis Yacht Club on March 29th on Cape Cod.  Writers will mingle and dine with Cape Codders as their guests.  Kemp’s latest novel is DEATH OF A CAPE COD CAVALIER and is set in the area.

Area Announcements

Smith’s Tavern 4th Annual Poet Laureate Contest

Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Smith’s Tavern, 112 Maple Avenue, Voorheesville
Cash Prizes: Poet Laureate – $100, 2nd Place – $50, Honorable Mention – $25
Registration begins March 18th at noon by email
Notification of acceptance right away! Please sign up only for yourself
For full schedule and rules email
JUDGES:Therese Broderick (Head Judge) , Jan Tramontano, Joe Krausman, & Marion Menna
Scorekeeper: Georgia Gray

SPONSORED BY SUNDAY FOUR POETRY OPEN MIC and hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Michael Burke, Edie Abrams



March 9, 2013 — 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM      Instructor: Marion Roach Smith

Put down that glue gun, toss aside that scrapbook, and take the challenge to tell your tale. A possible subtitle for this one-night class could easily be Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Memoir, but that’s a little wordy, isn’t it? We’ll talk about being too wordy, as well as every other aspect of writing what you know, in this unique, one-night, rarely-offered class. Multi-media, highly entertaining, this is the class you say you never have time to take in the 8-week, wait-listed version we regularly offer. Highly informative, after this class you will be able to write memoir, whether it be a college essay, a blog, a letter home, an essay for public radio, an op-ed for the newspaper, or a book-length memoir. Marion Roach Smith is a former New York Times staffer, author of four mass-market books, and commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. This will include a session during which you can pitch your tale to Marion, and she tells you how to do it. Required Text: The Memoir Project, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life (June, 2011, Grand Central Publishing) is included with Studio Fee.

Poet Sylvia Barnard to read at the Social Justice Center

Albany Poet Sylvia Barnard will read from her  work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:30PM.  An open reading will follow. Sylvia Barnard taught Latin, Greek, & classical civilization at the University at Albany from 1967 to 2011 when the classics program was abruptly terminated.  She reads frequently at poetry open mics in Albany & has been featured at Poets in the Park, among other poetry venues.  Her book of poems, “Trees,” was published in 2012 by Troy Book Makers.

Memoir Class at East Line Books

This class will only cover memoir writing.  During class, we will critique your pieces in a supportive environment and discuss the elements of writing memoir. We’ll explore the areas of creative writing that plague and interest you. We’ll write in class using inspiring prompts. Together we’ll discover the best writing process for each of you. This class will inspire you to write more and to try new methods of writing. Please bring 6 copies of a creative nonfiction  writing piece to class up to 1000 words. Heather Haskins is in the MFA program for creative nonfiction at Lesley University. She often contributes blog posts to the Albany Times Union from her blog, Lighten Up, and has an essay forthcoming in the Forge Journal. More details and how to sign up at or call 371-4151

Local Author Richard Matturro’s New Book, Janey

Livingston Press has just published Janey, the completion and central novel in local author Richard Matturro’s Tri-City Trilogy: Three novels set in the neighboring upstate New York cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy; three women who share an aversion to all things feminine, especially motherhood; three unexpected detours to the place where myth and reality collide.

For more information, visit


Capital Area Writers

Announcing a new facebook page: Capital Area Writers, initiated by Peggy Panagopoulos Morehouse Strack.  This is a place for writers in the Albany, NY region to post events, announcements, and to provide support for other writers. Feel free to post blog URLs, websites, book release dates, article publications, giveaways, success stories, etc. We’ll all do the best we can to help promote and encourage one another. Don’t be shy! If you want us to “like” something, tweet for you, visit your blog…whatever, just ask. Just log in to Facebook and search Capital Area Writers



In celebration of National Poetry Month, Albany Poets is proud to present the 2013 Albany Word Fest featuring the poetry and spoken word of upstate New York.  This year’s event will take place on Sunday, April 14 – Saturday, April 20, 2013. Albany Poets have scheduled the heck out of this event offering open mics, slams, featured readings, a movie, a reading for younger poets and more. Please check their website for a detailed schedule of events.

Poetry Month at Roeliff Jansen Community Library

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library is offering a variety of poetry events and workshops all month long. Please check their website for more details.

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