National Poetry Month has come and gone. If you happen to live in a place that flourishes with poetry events, it’s like Christmas all over again; if poetry is pretty sparse in your community, not much happens. But it seems that wherever you may live, the spoken word gets out, as it always has. Through … Continue reading POETS AS WITNESS: WAR AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS
I just finished reading Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids. It is the story of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in the time of a burgeoning New York City art scene of the 1960s and 70s. They WERE kids who arrived in New York with nothing but their determination to be artists. They wandered into one … Continue reading Genius Clusters?
Are you one of those people who watch violent movies with a hand spread across your face, fingers splayed for a quick check to see if the pummeling is over? Does every volatile action make you feel sick? Are you like me when reading? Laugh out loud or sob as a story unfolds. As tears … Continue reading Reading Revs Up the Brain
I gave a reading yesterday at the Albany Institute of History and Art during the Thanksgiving Gift Fair Family Festival. Every floor was bustling. Local artisans of high-end arts and crafts ranging from silk kimonos to hand-painted Christmas ornaments to batiked tableware were selling their work. One of the big draws for children was a … Continue reading HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
This was a big weekend for me book-wise. I was invited to speak about and read from my novel Standing on the Corner of Lost and Found at two events. Saturday was the Hudson Valley Writers Guild’s Community of Writers Program at the Albany Public Library, and on Sunday, was the first of my book … Continue reading GOING PUBLIC