Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, September 2016

Member Announcements:

  • Pauline Bartel announces upcoming classes
  • New member requests editing help

Area Announcements:

  • Spencertown Academy Arts Center 11th Annual Festival of Books September 3-5
  • New Writers in the Mountains (WIM) classes begin in September
  • Caffè Lena reading to feature The Gossamer Stone Poets September 7
  • Creative writing workshop for those with chronic lung conditions starts September 10
  • Third Thursday to feature poet Daniel B. Summerhill September 15
  • Evening of Poetry & Prose September 29
  • Indie Author Day October 8
  • Register by October 29 for fiction writing workshop at Roe Jan Library

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pauline Bartel announces upcoming classes
Pauline Bartel announces the following upcoming classes:

  • Learn How to Write Your Life Story / A course for those interested in writing a life story or family history will be held on Tuesdays, September 20, 27, October 4 and 11, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. “Writing Your Life Story” is offered through the Office of Community and Professional Education. Course fee is $71, which includes a coursebook. To register, telephone (518) 629-7339. Instructor Pauline Bartel will discuss the step-by-step process that transforms memories into memoirs, including techniques for stimulating memories, conducting personal and family history research and writing the story of your life. One-on-one consulting with the instructor and reader feedback about works in progress will help you preserve precious stories for future generations.
  • Learn How to Write Personal Essays / Transform the ordinary events of your life into extraordinary personal essays. Learn the step-by-step process in “Writing from Your Heart: The Art of Personal Essays,”  a course that will be held on Wednesdays, September 21, 28 and October 5, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at SUNY Adirondack’s Wilton campus, 696 US 9, Wilton, NY 12831. Course fee is $59, which includes a coursebook. To register, telephone (518) 743-2238. Instructor Pauline Bartel will discuss the process of using writing games to unlock your experiences; choosing the most-effective essay style; shaping your experiences into a first draft; and allowing reader reaction to refine your draft into a polished essay.
  • Learn How to Write a Memoir o Family History / A course for those interested in writing a memoir or family history, “Writing Your Life Story,” will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, NY. Course fee is $59. A required coursebook ($15) is available from the instructor the day of the class. Register online (www.sunysccc.edu/wfdce) or in person. Instructor Pauline Bartel will introduce the step-by-step process that transforms memories into memoirs, including techniques for stimulating memories, conducting personal and family history research and writing the story of your life or your family.
  • Learn How to Write and Sell Fiction for Kids / If you’re a budding Beatrix Potter or a struggling Dr. Seuss, discover the secrets of writing and selling books for kids of all ages. “Writing and Selling Fiction for Kids” will be held on Thursdays, September 29, October 6, 13 and 20, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. Course fee is $71, which includes a coursebook. To register, telephone (518) 629-7339. Instructor Pauline Bartel will discuss how to develop a compelling plot, create characters that come alive on the page, write believable dialogue and how to market stories to publishers. One-on-one consulting with the instructor and reader feedback about works in progress will help students move confidently along the path to publication.

Bartel is an award-winning writer and the author of seven published books. In addition, she has been widely published in more than 100 juvenile, teenage and adult periodicals. She is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors. Visit her website (www.paulinebartel.com) for further information.

New member requests editing help
A note from new member Robert Generali: “I am in need of some editing help with a work of fiction I’ve completed of about 43,000 words in length. I have gone as far as I am able and really need another set of eyes on it. The wonderful world of editors, agents and publishers these days is difficult to navigate, to say the least, and is the reason I am reaching out. I would prefer to work with an experienced editor, one on one, and understand that compensation will be necessary.”

You can reach Robert regarding this opportunity via email: rgenerali@earthlink.net.

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spencertown Academy Arts Center 11th Annual Festival of Books September 3-5
Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 11th annual Festival of Books takes place over Labor Day weekend, September 3-5. The festival features a giant used book sale, two days of discussions with and readings by esteemed authors and a children’s program. Featured authors this year include Christopher Breiseth, Elizabeth Brundage, Michelle Hoover, Courtney Maum, David Pietrusza, Ruth Reichl, Russell Shorto, Will Swift, Mark Wunderlich and Steve Yarbrough. Admission is free to all of the events, save for the early book-buying opportunities detailed below.

Authors’ books will be available for purchase (at special event prices) and signing. Healthy, delicious snacks and beverages will also be for sale throughout the weekend, including the Academy’s signature “To-Die-For, No-Alarm Vegetarian Chili.” The Festival of Books is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The festival, which began in 2006 as a book sale to raise funds for the Academy’s community arts programs, has grown into one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated cultural events of the year.

FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE / Saturday, September 3

  • The Festival kick-off at 11:30 a.m. — Prizes awarded to the top entries of the Festival of Books Teens’ Short Story and Poetry Contest.
  • 12:15 p.m. — Reading by poet Mark Wunderlich
  • 1:30 p.m. — Novelists Michelle Hoover and Courtney Maum discuss the narrative strategies of using one voice vs. many voices—how and why writers choose a point of view, along with the rewards and pitfalls of these approaches.
  • 3 p.m. — Bestselling author and food writer Ruth Reichl will talk about the joys of shopping for local ingredients, cooking and eating in Columbia County and the Berkshires in conversation with Madaline Sparks, principal of Madaline Sparks Garden Design and Spencertown Academy board vice president.

FESTIVAL MAIN STAGE / Sunday, September 4

  • 12 p.m. — Novelists Steve Yarbrough and Elizabeth Brundage will discuss the importance of setting in a novel. They will explore person, place, and thing— the elements involved in creating fictional worlds in novels.
  • 1:30 p.m. — Non-fiction author Russell Shorto will give a talk titled “From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam” in which he will discuss the common thread that connects his two most recent books: water. It was the battle to control water with dams and dikes that led the Dutch city of Amsterdam to rise to prominence. Amsterdam in the 17th century gave rise to New Amsterdam, which became New York. And water management is today a vital issue with which both cities—and much of the rest of the world—are grappling.
  • 3 p.m. — Sunday’s final program will be a panel discussion titled “FDR’s Legacy From The 1930s” with distinguished scholars Christopher Breiseth, David Pietrusza and Will Swift.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM /The Festival of Books children’s program on Saturday, September 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. will feature a visit from the costumed character Pete the Cat of Eric Litwin’s popular children’s book series. Youngsters will get to shake Pete the Cat’s hand and pose for souvenir pictures with their storybook friend, as well as make book-related art projects in the crafts tent with Chatham art teacher Susan Grybas.

GIANT USED BOOK SALE /At the heart of the Festival is a giant book sale, one of the biggest in the region, featuring more than 10,000 gently used books, including fiction and non-fiction, hard and soft covers—all offered at very affordable prices. There’s a special Kids’ Corner for young readers and a media rack full of CDs and audio books. A first-floor gallery features a handpicked selection of specialty books, limited editions, out-of-print books and new books donated by leading national publishers. The book sale is open to the public on Saturday, September 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, September 5 (bargain day), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

In addition, there are two early-buying events. Spencertown Academy members will have first crack at the books and enjoy wine, cheese and shopping at the Member’s Preview Party on Friday, September 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $25. Tickets and memberships will be available for purchase at the door. Please note: This event is for Academy members and their guests only. (Book dealers are welcome at the early-buying opportunity Saturday morning.)

Shoppers and book dealers who want first pick of the stock can take advantage of an early-buying opportunity on Saturday, September 3, from 8-9:30 a.m. Admission for early buying on Saturday is $20 (cash only). Serious bargain hunters will want to return to the sale on Monday, September 5, when all remaining sale books will be just $1, and all specialty books will be half off the already low prices. There will also be closing hour surprise specials.

Housed in a beautifully restored 1840s Greek-Revival schoolhouse at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. It offers a variety of free and low-cost community arts events, including concerts, readings, theater pieces, art exhibitions, and arts-related workshops and classes. For more information about the Festival of Books, see http://spencertownacademy.org/events.

New Writers in the Mountains (WIM) classes begin in September
Writers in the Mountains will offer three diverse classes beginning this September:

  • A Journaling Workshop will back by popular demand with veteran instructor Ev Ellsworth. The class will be held Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, from September 6 to October 11,  at the Roxbury Public Library.  Class fee is $70. Ev Ellsworth, one of WIM’s most insightful, understanding and popular teachers, helps even the most skeptical and scared novice to dare to write. She is expert at offering writers, from new diarists to veteran journal-keepers, the tools and support they need to ease into journaling.
  • Where Does a Play Come From – And Where Can It Go?, led by The Open Eye Theater’s artistic director, Amie Brockway, will be held at the Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street in Margaretville, Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., from September 12 through October 17. Class fee is $70 if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins and $85 after that. Amie has directed dozens of world premieres and nurtured playwrights through three seasons of Summer Shortcuts at the theater in Margaretville and the Eye on Playwrights Lab at The Open Eye Theater in NYC.
  • Anique Taylor’s popular 16-week Creative Nonfiction Workshop will resume September 15, to January 12. The class will be held Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine Hill Community Center, Main Street, Pine Hill,. Class fee is $220. In a college-like semester packed with excitement and growth, this extended class will offer writers possibilities for deepening their craft, group support and continuing work on long projects. Anique holds a poetry MFA from Drew University, a drawing MFA from Pratt Institute and a diplome in French Literature from the Sorbonne. She has taught creative writing for Benedictine’s Oncology Support Program, Bard LLI, Artworks and Phoenicia Poetry Workshop.

Visit www.writersinthemountains for full class descriptions and registration information.

Caffè Lena reading to feature The Gossamer Stone Poets September 7 
On Wednesday, September 7, Caffè Lena will present a poetry reading at Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga, by The Gossamer Stone Poets. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m.,  and the readings will start at 7. The host for the event will be Carol Graser, and the event is free. Northshire Bookstore Saratoga is located at 424 Broadway (northshire.com).

The Gossamer Stone Poets began as The Northshire Poetry Reading Group in October of 2012, sponsored by Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT.  By January 2013, they had become a poetry writing group, as well.  In May of 2015 they self-published Border Lines: A poetry collection, which represents the poetry of six out of the eight Gossamer Stone Poets.  The poets are from Southwestern Vermont and over the border into New York State, hence the name of their book. They meet twice a month for reading and writing meetings, enjoy getting away together for writing retreats to monasteries and Montreal and are in demand for “The Poet Is In” event. Although diverse in their poetry forms and styles, they share a passion for poetry that’s been a beacon in their creative lives.

Creative writing workshop for those with chronic lung conditions starts September 10
Write With Carol–FREE! / Do you have asthma, emphysema, sarcoidosis or another chronic lung condition? Come to a wonderful 9-week creative writing class especially designed for you! The teacher is a Masters of Fine Arts student in her last term at the College of St. Rose, and she can’t wait to help you get your experiences and feelings on the page through poetry. Meet others who are going through the same things. Find support in the group. Come to learn, share and write!! Class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. starting Saturday, September 10, in Albany. (You will be notified of exact venue.) Contact Carol, at (518) 441-7271 or cjewell601@strose.edu with any questions or for more information. She can’t wait to meet you!

Third Thursday to feature poet Daniel B. Summerhill September 15
Poet Daniel B. Summerhill will read from his work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.  Daniel Summerhill was previously named “Youth Poet Laureate” in 2009. He is an Oakland native an a nationally recognized poet/performance artist.  His poetry collections include the 2016 Brown Boys on Stoops and the recent Crafted.

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 dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Evening of Poetry & Prose September 29
Greetings, Literature Fans!  Please join us for another special Evening of Poetry and Prose live from the Student Ghetto here in Albany, New York!

Where?  At the Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, between Madison and Western (on the corner of  Quail and Hudson Streets)

When? 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 29

The event is FREE, but if you like what you hear, books and chapbooks by the readers will be for sale. Coffee, tea and refreshments are for sale at affordable prices by Anton and his team! Please bring a friend.  It should be a legendary evening for all. For more information, please contact harveyhavel@hotmail.com. For more specific directions or question about the HRCH, please contact Anton at: hudsonrivercoffee@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

Indie Author Day October 8
During the Inaugural Indie Author Day on October 8,libraries from all across North America will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team. In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 2 p.m. Eastern featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for libraries and authors to connect on both local and global levels!

The two Capital District libraries so far signed up to participate are:

  • East Greenbush Community Library
  • Schenectady County Public Library

For any writers interested in participating, contact the library directly. For more information go to http://indieauthorday.com/

Register by October 29 for fiction writing workshop at Roe Jan Library
“The ABCs of Writing Page-Turning Fiction,” a writers’ workshop taught by author, teacher and scholar Joanne Dobson, will be held on Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

The workshop is designed for writers of all levels — from more experienced writers who wish to refresh and deepen their skills to new writers who want to learn the basics. Brief lectures will cover fundamentals of creating compelling fiction: character, plot, voice, setting, narrative momentum and point of view. Lectures will be interspersed with short, intensive writing exercises permitting participants to explore the topic being addressed.

The fee is $20 for those who register by October 29, and then increases to $25. The fee can be waived upon request. To register or to request fee waiver contact Bobbie Slonevsky at bslonevsky@slonevskygroup.com. Snow date for the workshop is November 19.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the light at the Hillsdale intersection of Routes 22 and 23. For information on hours and events, call (518) 325-4101 or visit the library’s website at www.roejanlibrary.org. Follow the library on Twitter: @libraryroe.

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Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter August 2016

IN THIS ISSUE

Guild Announcements:

  • HVWG fiction contest deadline extended to August 15
  • Seeking board candidates
  • 2016 mid-year membership report

Member Announcements:

  • Upcoming dates for “Write 4 a Day”
  • Judith Prest publishes collection of nature poetry and photography
  • Mary Kathryn Jablonski poems published in Numero Cinq
  • HVWG member seeks editing help

Area Announcements:

  • Ken Hada to read at Caffè Lena August 3
  • Reading of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” August 6
  • Judith Prest to read at Arthur’s Market & Cafe August 10
  • WIM business writing workshop starts August 11
  • Third Thursday to feature poet Martin Manley August 18
  • Debbie Mayer presents an interactive talk on self-publishing August 18
  • Outreach from Smith Publicity

GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

HVWG short fiction contest deadline extended to August 15
Who says there are no “second chances” in life? The deadline for the 2016 HVWG short fiction contest has been extended to August 15.

The HVWG writing contest alternates genres annually. This year’s contest is short fiction. Winners will be awarded cash prizes and invited to read their winning piece at the Guild’s annual meeting in November 2016. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st prize, $100; 2nd prize, $75; 3rd prize, $50; and three honorable mentions, $20 each.

  • Eligibility: All contestants must be residents of New York State. Current members of the HVWG board and their families are not eligible.
  • Judges: Julie Lomoe, Joe Krausman and Andrea Portnick.
  • Guidelines:
    • Entries must be postmarked between April 1 and August 15, 2016.
    • Entry fee: $15 for non-members of HVWG; $10 for members. (Make checks payable to HVWG and include with submission. Visit www.hvwg.org for a copy of the membership application.)
    • Identification/contact information MUST NOT appear anywhere on the submission.
    • Cover letter should include the following: name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title of submission and word count.
    • Word count must not exceed 5000 words. Any submissions that exceed this number will not be considered.
    • All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, 12-pt. standard font such as Cambria, Calibri or Times New Roman.
    • Submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • Submit four copies through the mail and an SASE if you would like a hard copy of results. Submissions will not be returned.
  • All entrants will be notified of winners by e-mail or SASE. Results will also be posted on our website at www.hvwg.org.

For more information, please contact Faith Green at greenfaith2@gmail.com or (518) 253-8557.<

Mail submissions with entry fee to: HVWG Fiction Contest, c/o Faith Green, 25B Patterson Drive, Glenmont, NY 12077.

Seeking board candidates
NOTICE to all members of HVWG: At the September meeting, there will be a call for those willing to serve on the Board and/or elected office. Someone may be calling YOU. Please think about it. Thank you.

2016 mid-year membership report
By the end of June 2016, the Hudson Valley Writers Guild had 118 active members, people who’d paid their membership dues in 2015 and 2016. Of them, 50 (42%) paid their 2016 dues by mid-year, contributing $1,870 to the Guild’s coffers. There were seven new members (half of last year) and 34 renewing members during this period, plus nine people who’d paid two-year memberships last year. But only two people have paid two-year memberships so far this year. During the first half of the year, 88 membership letters were mailed out (seven new member welcomes, 34 renewal thank yous and 47 membership dues reminders).

The Guild is especially pleased to welcome the following new members so far in 2016:

  • Lann Bell
  • Pat Berger
  • Robert Generali
  • Peggy Kowalski
  • Cheryl Rice
  • Lynn Seftner
  • Amber Thornton

The Guild had an honor roll at mid-year of three members who made extra financial contributions in addition to their membership dues. They were:

  • Anne Decker
  • Phyllis Hillinger
  • Kathleen O’Brien

The Guild’s membership efforts have slowed somewhat so far in 2016 compared to the last three years. That’s why the Guild’s Board is especially grateful for those new and renewing members who did express confidence by their support in the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and the work we do for writers in New York’s Hudson Valley.

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Upcoming dates for “Write 4 a Day”
Don’t you deserve at least one day to write? Write 4 a Day is a series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. There is:

  • no workshop
  • no agenda
  • no required activities
  • no assignments
  • no schedule
  • no WiFi

Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just for part of it; network, collaborate or write solo; wander the woods, hills, fields and streams of Universal Pathways for inspiration (bring sturdy shoes) or sit in a comfy chair and brainstorm. It’s up to you.

WHO – you! We haven’t had to limit attendance yet, but it’s getting to be a consideration. If you want to be sure to reserve a space, email me via the contact form.

WHY – because you deserve a day to devote to your writing (or daydreaming or sketching or scheming or knitting or…)

WHAT – $20 fee for the space (cash/check/PayPal/$15 for HVWG members) and food (a dish to share or your own lunch)

WHEN – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; August 28, September 18, October 23, November 20, December 18

WHERE – Universal Pathways, 692 Pleasant Valley Rd, Berne, NY 12023 – Phone: (518) 872-2272

Detailed directions:

  • 90 west to exit 1S
  • 20 west to
  • 146 west to
  • 156 west to
  • 254/Pleasant Valley Road (the left turn after the turn to East Berne)
  • The road winds along. Continue past the stop sign at Barber Corners, around two bends to the right and then down into the valley; look for the yellow house with a green roof and garage on the right hand side, just past the Browne Farm’s big brown barn with all the quilts.

Judith Prest publishes collection of nature poetry and photography
Judith Prest announces that she has a book coming out, in color. It is a collection of her nature poetry and photographs. The book, Elemental Connections, is self-published (Spirit Wind Studio, LLC) and printed at BookBaby. Book design is by vkdesign.  She can be reached at jeprest@aol.com for any inquiries about the book.

Mary Kathryn Jablonski poems published in Numero Cinq
Mary Kathryn Jablonski announces that she is grateful and thrilled to have five of poems appearing on the Numero Cinq website this month here. She hopes you’ll enjoy them, and feel free to comment on & share the page.

HVWG member seeks editing help
Here’s a note from new member Robert Generali: I am in need of some editing help with a work of fiction I’ve completed of about 43,000 words in length. I have gone as far as I am able and really need another set of eyes on it. The wonderful world of editors, agents and publishers these days is difficult to navigate, to say the least, and is the reason I am reaching out. I would prefer to work with an experienced editor, one on one, and understand that compensation will be necessary. As an unpublished writer, this is a big step forward and I think from the standpoint of comfort staying in the area is the best thing. Sincerely, Robert Generali (email: rgenerali@earthlink.net)

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ken Hada to read at Caffè Lena August 3
On Wednesday, August 3, Caffè Lena will present a poetry reading by Ken Hada. An open reading will follow. During renovations at Ken Hada to read at Caffè Lena, this event will be held at Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Doors open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m., and the readings will start at 7 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser. This event is free.

Raised in the rural Ozarks, with close ties to his Hungarian ancestors in the gypsum hills of northwest Oklahoma, Ken Hada finds the natural order a powerful presence for writing. In addition to multiple journal publications, his work has been featured four times on The Writer’s Almanac. Ken has received national awards from the Western Heritage Museum and Western Writers of America. His six published books include Persimmon Sunday, Spare Parts, Margaritas & Redfish, The Way of the Wind and The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill. Ken Hada is a professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he directs the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. Reviews and other information are available at www.kenhada.org.

Reading of John Hersey’s Hiroshima August 6
Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m. Townsend Park (Henry Johnson Boulevard & Central Avenue), Albany. The event is free and open to the public, and the public is encouraged to join in the reading. Those interested in reading can sign up to participate when they arrive. Please bring folding chairs. Rain site is the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany.

On August 6, 1945, the United States of America used the atomic bomb for the first time to destroy the city of Hiroshima, Japan. On August 9, the U.S. used the atomic bomb again on Nagasaki, Japan.  Over 200,000 people died immediately in the two bombings, and over a hundred thousand more died in the following decades as a result of the effects of the radiation. Hiroshima by John Hersey tells the story of the bombing on August 6, 1945, by following the story of six of the survivors. The book version has been in print since 1946.

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Motel Foundation, the Tom Paine Chapter Veterans for Peace, Upper Hudson Peace Action and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. For more information, contact Dan Wilcox at (518) 482-0262 or dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Judith Prest to read at Arthur’s Market & Cafe August 10
Open-mic & featured poet at Arthur’s Market & Cafe, 35 N. Ferry Street, Schenectady, Wednesday, August 10. Sign up at 7 p.m. Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Catherine Norr.

The featured poet is poet, photographer and mixed-media artist Judith Prest. Judith has been widely published in numerous poetry reviews and anthologies. She has two poetry collections — Sailing on Spirit Wind (1998) and Late Day Light (2011) — and two chapbooks. She has exhibited collage and photography in the Capital Region and facilitates expressive arts/creative writing in retreat centers, prisons, treatment clinics, libraries and community centers. Her studio is Spirit Wind Studio, LLC.  She lives in Duanesburg, NY, with husband Alan Kreiger and three cats.

Third Thursday to feature poet Martin Manley August 18
Schenectady poet Martin Manley will read from his work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Martin Manley is a long-time activist working for peace, justice and labor rights who has been arrested a number of times for civil disobedience. Although he rarely reads his poetry out, he has been writing for many years. His collection of poems, Flint Knives, contains poems from 1973 to 2014.

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 dwlcx@earthlink.net.

WIM business 6-week writing workshop starts August 11
Writers in the Mountains will hold a 6-week business writing workshop with Dara Lurie, running from August 11 to September 15. The class will be held Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Phoenicia Public Library.

This class, dubbed “Author Breakthrough,” is a program for small business owners, artists and freelance writers who wish to create valuable content and great marketing copy. No one understands the heart and soul of your business better than you do. Now it’s time to communicate your vision using effective stories and expert content. You do not have to be a professional writer to create great content. The most important function of your content – whether it’s a book, blog, story or expert article – is to connect with your core message and bring that message into sharp focus for your audience.

In Author-Breakthrough you’ll have access to the experience of like-minded entrepreneurs who will provide the valuable feedback you need to develop and refine your message. The class includes engaging writing and dialoguing activities, content development sessions, creative think-tank environment to develop and test your ideas. By the end of the program you’ll have ready-to-publish articles, stories or blogposts and client-attracting copy for email or social media posts, as well as an action-plan for best use of your content and copy.

Dara Lurie is an author, workshop leader and book coach who helps writers of all levels discover their passionate and original voices in stories. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film & Theater from Vassar College and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College.  Her first book, Great Space of Desire:Writing for Personal Evolution, is a memoir and creative guide for writers. For over 12e years, Dara has facilitated writing workshops and retreats in diverse locations from college classrooms in New York City and the Hudson Valley to an open-air pavilion in the Costa Rican Rainforest. This year, she launched a new online mentorship program for small-business owners who want to create inspired content and marketing copy to grow their business.

Class fee is $125. To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802 or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org.

Debbie Mayer presents an interactive talk on self-publishing August 18
Debby Mayer will give a free talk on self-publishing at the Cairo Public Library Thursday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. This is an interactive talk based on Debby’s experience and with plenty of samples and discussion of what works and what doesn’t. Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Avenue. (518) 622-9864. cairolibrary@mhcable.com.http://cairolibrary.org/.Or find the Cairo Library on Facebook.

Outreach from Smith Publicity
Smith Publicity would love the opportunity to connect with your group. We feel that we would be a great fit for a speaking opportunity to provide expert publicity tips and advice to your writers. Smith Publicity is widely regarded as one of the premier book marketing companies in the publishing industry, well-known for our work ethic, tenacity and creativity. From self-published business books to traditionally published national bestsellers, our record is unparalleled.

Members of our executive team – Dan Smith, Sandy Smith and Corinne Moulder – have presented and spoken to many publishing and author associations, participated on expert panels and spoken at national and regional trade-shows. They would be happy to provide book publicity tips and insights to your organization.

Please contact Faith Koerner for more information: faith@smithpublicity.com.

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter July 2016

IN THIS ISSUE

Member Announcements:

  • Finishing Line Press announces publication of chapbook of poems by Kate McNairy
  • Keith Willis’ book tour continues July 21 & August 18
  • “Breathing These Words” call for submissions (deadline August 15)

Area Announcements:

  • Book donations accepted starting July 6
  • Caffè Lena to feature Marilyn McCabe & Cheryl Clarke July 6 (at Northshire Bookstore)
  • 2016 Poets in the Park readings scheduled for July 9, 16 & 30
  • Dinitia Smith to read at Roe Jan Library July 9
  • Writing exercises at the Tang Teaching Museum July 9
  • Barbara Ungar to read at Arthur’s Market and Cafe July 13
  • Third Thursday to feature Amani O+ July 21
  • Berkshire Festival of Women Writers presents “Write the Change” August 1-4
  • Registration now open for Festival of Women Writers
  • Balanced Rock submission deadline September 15
  • The Beiging of America submission deadline September 15
  • Fall 2016 Women At Woodstock retreats

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Finishing Line Press announces publication of chapbook of poems by Kate McNairy
In Light to Light, a new chapbook to be published by Finishing Line Press, Kate writes about comforts of love, losses of coming apart and all that is between—the bedlam of life. She has a previous chapbook, June Bug, also published by Finishing line Press (2014). It was a finalist in the Blue Light Press Poetry Contest (2013). Kate currently lives in Ballston Spa, NY. Of Kate’s work, Henri Cole states, “Kate McNairy’s poems carry inside them the mayhem of love and the aftermath, which is solitude.  I hear a wolf howling underneath their matter-of-fact minimalism.”

Order Light to Light by sending $14.99 plus $2.99 shipping per copy (check or money order made out to “Finishing Line Press”) to Finishing Line Press, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324. Or order on online at www.finishinglinepress.com. (Click on “Preorder Forthcoming Titles” at “Bookstore.”)

Keith Willis’ book tour continues July 21 & August 18
Join Keith W. Willis, author of Traitor Knight (Champagne Books), for an evening of dragons, damsels and deception at one of the following events during the “Knight Out On The Town” tour:

  • Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Altamont Free Library, 179 Main Street, Altamont, NY
  • Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Pleasant Free Library, 2864 Route 8, Speculator, NY

“Breathing These Words” call for submissions (deadline August 15)
Breathing These Words is in the planning stages. Breathing These Words is a pop-up poetry reading with instructional workshops for youth and seniors funded by Breathing Lights and its community hub partners, Do you live in Albany, Troy or Schenectady? We are in the process of curating poets and prose writers to research a vacant property/area and write about it with passion for inclusion in walking tours this fall in the areas where Breathing Lights’ hubs exist: the Albany Barn, the Sanctuary for Independent Media and the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady and project partner Proctors.

Please send a brief proposal of one paragraph in length (include information on the vacant building/house you would research, a description or draft of your poem), a short bio and three samples of your poetry to nsktroy@aol.com. Include a cover page with your name, address, email, phone number and a short bio and remove all names and identifying information on your proposal and poetry. Please list the titles of your work samples on the cover page, so we can identify you later on. The deadline is August 15.

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Book donations accepted starting July 6
Spencertown Academy Arts Center announces a call for book donations for the Festival of Books, which will take place over Labor Day weekend, September 3-5. The Festival, which began in 2006 as a book sale to raise funds for the Academy’s community arts programs, has grown into one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated cultural events of the year, with readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors and a children’s program.

At the heart of the Festival is a giant book sale, one of the biggest in the region, featuring more than 10,000 gently used books, including fiction and non-fiction, hard and soft covers—all offered at very affordable prices. There’s a special Kid’s Corner for young readers and a media rack full of CDs and audio books. A first-floor gallery features a handpicked selection of specialty books, limited editions, out-of-print books and new books donated by leading national publishers.

Beginning on Tuesday, July 5, there will be a large bin in the parking lot behind the Academy where donors can drop off books 24/7—in boxes or sturdy bags, but please, no loose books. Collection times at the Academy, with an attendant present at the back door to receive books, will be on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 9 – August 21, which will be the last day for donations.

The Academy requests “gently used” books. The books need not be perfect, but they should not be damaged. For example, please do not donate books with cracked spines or loose pages, books with stains, mildewed or musty books, books with mouse or insect damage, or with torn, yellowed or brittle pages. The Academy also welcomes donations of book and music CDs and vinyl records in nice condition, as well as DVDs. Please note: the Academy does not accept textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines or VHS and cassette tapes.

Housed in a beautifully restored 1840s Greek-Revival schoolhouse at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center serving Columbia County, the Berkshires and the Capital region. It offers a variety of free and low-cost community arts events, including concerts, readings, theater pieces, art exhibitions and arts-related workshops and classes. For more information about the Festival of Books, see http://spencertownacademy.org/events.

Caffè Lena to feature Marilyn McCabe & Cheryl Clarke July 6 (at Northshire Bookstore)
On Wednesday, July 6, Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by Marilyn McCabe and Cheryl Clarke at Northshire Bookstore. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m., and the readings will start at 7. The host for the event will be Carol Graser, and the cost is $5.

While the Caffè is undergoing renovations, these monthly poetry events will be held at Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Marilyn McCabe’s new book of poems, Glass Factory, was published by The Word Works in Spring 2016. Her poem “On Hearing the Call to Prayer Over the Marcellus Shale on Easter Morning” was awarded A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize (Fall 2012) and appeared in the Los Angeles Review. Her book of poetry Perpetual Motionwas published by The Word Works in 2012 as the winner of the Hilary Tham Capitol Collection contest. A grant from the New York State Council on the Arts resulted in videopoem “At Freeman’s Farm,” which was published at The Continental Review and Motion Poems. She blogs about writing and reading at marilynonaroll.wordpress.com.

Cheryl Clarke is a black lesbian feminist poet and the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is By My Precise Haircut published by The Word Works Press of Washington D.C. She is currently working on a collection of essays entitled Adult Black Culture: Gaining Entry.  She is one of the organizers of The 4th Annual Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers to be held Sept. 9, 10, 11, 2016 in Hobart, NY. Her website is cherylclarkepoet.com.

2016 Poets in the Park readings scheduled for July 9, 16 & 30
Poets in the Park is celebrating over 25 years of bringing poetry in July to the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany. The series was started in 1989 by the late Tom Nattell and is now run by Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. This year the readings will be on Saturdays July 9, 16 and 30. The readings start at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. The rain site is the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany. The series is co-sponsored by the Poetry Motel Foundation and by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.

The 2016 readers are as follows:

  • July 9: Catherine Arra & Jan Barry
  • July 16: Mary Crane & Victorio Reyes
  • July 30: Sarah Browning & Bunkong Tuon

The Robert Burns statue is located near where Henry Johnson Boulevard passes through Washington Park and crosses Hudson Avenue. Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. For more information, contact Dan Wilcox at dwlcx@earthlink.net or (518) 482-0262.

Dinitia Smith to read at Roe Jan Library July 9
Award-winning author Dinitia Smith will read from her new novel The Honeymoon — centered on writer George Eliot’s late-life marriage to a much younger man — at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, on Saturday, July 9, at 5:00 p.m.

Grounded in the study of the life, letters, journals, essays, poetry and novels of Eliot, her contemporaries, friends and loved ones, The Honeymoon is the imaginative fleshing out of a period in Eliot’s life about which little is known with certainty: Eliot’s honeymoon with John Walter Cross in Venice in June 1880.

“We are thrilled to be hosting Dinitia Smith, a seasonal resident of our area, who has interrupted her speaking tour to present this book to us,” says Maureen Rodgers of the library’s Literature Committee.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the light at the Hillsdale intersection of Routes 22 and 23. For information on hours and events, call (518) 325-4101 or visit the library’s website at www.roejanlibrary.org. Follow the library on Twitter at @libraryroe.

Writing exercises at the Tang Teaching Museum July 9
As part of the Tang Teaching Museum’s annual community day (called Frances Day in honor of the Museum’s namesake), poet Catherine Pond will lead a series of poetry writing exercises inspired by the artwork on view from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

Catherine Pond is a poet from Alpharetta, Georgia. She lives in Brooklyn, teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and is the Assistant Director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Her poems and prose have appeared in the Boston Review, the Antioch Review, the LA Review of Books and many others. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and a BA in English from Skidmore College. She is assistant editor of Salmagundi Magazine as well as the associate poetry editor of H.O.W. Journal. She is also co-founder and co-editor of the online magazine Two Peach with Julia Anna Morrison.

The Museum is located on the Skidmore College campus at 815 N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Janairo at (518) 580-5542 or mjanairo@skidmore.edu.

Barbara Ungar to read at Arthur’s Market and Cafe July 13
Open-Mic & Featured Reader | Wednesday, July 13 | Sign-up for Open-Mic 7-7:30 p.m. | Readings begin at 7:30 p.m. | Arthur’s Market and Cafe |35 N. Ferry Street, Schenectady, NY | Featured Poet: Barbara Ungar, who has won the Hilary Tham competition at The Word Works and also the Best Poetry Book award at this year’s Adirondack Center for Writing competition.  She has been published in numerous journals, including Salmagundi and Rattle.  Barbara teaches at St.Rose.

Third Thursday to feature Amani O+ July 21
Poet and slam performer Amani O+ will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. Amani O+ was a member of Albany’s Nitty Gritty Slam Team that competed in the National Slam Championship and is the host of the Nitty Gritty Slam & Open Mic held at The Low Beat each first & third Tuesday.

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;dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers presents “Write the Change” August 1-4
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers presents a 4-day writing workshop August 1–4, 1–4 p.m. at Bard College at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA, led by experienced authors and educators Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz. In this intensive, hands-on writing workshop, participants will be guided to turn their passions—whether it’s the environment, food, fashion, humor, politics, health issues, women’s issues or parenting—into powerful, hard-hitting prose. Over the course of the 4-day workshop, each workshop participant will hone her message, target her audience and explore different genres and publishing or media platforms.

“The landscape of digital information in the world today provides an opportunity to share our voices broadly, but it can also be daunting to be heard above the noise,” says Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Director Jennifer Browdy, Ph. D. “Our aim is to help writers to find their voice and to write effectively for the audiences they wish to reach. We will introduce essential tools, strategies and approaches to the subjects our participants care about, whether they write fiction, memoir, essays or blog posts.”

Jana Laiz, M.Ed, is the author of two award-winning novels, Weeping Under This Same Moon, about refugees in New York City, and The Twelfth Stone, an eco-fairytale. She has also published a young adult biography of Elizabeth Freeman, better known as “Mumbet,” which is now being developed as a major motion picture. The first writer-in-residence at Herman Melville’s home Arrowhead, Jana founded Green Fire Press in 2015 with Jennifer Browdy.

Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D, is a longtime college professor of literature, writing and media studies, with a special interest in media strategies for social and environmental justice. Her blog, “Transition Times” (bethechange2012.wordpress.com), has received hundreds of thousands of visitors since its inception in 2011, and her articles have been published at Yes! Magazine, Kosmos Journal, Common Dreams, Berkshire Magazine and many other publications. Jennifer is the founder of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and the Butterfly Leadership Program for teen girls.

Tuition is $300; $350 after July 8.  Space is limited; register at Berkshirewomenwriters.org or email info@berkshirewomenwriters.org for more information.

Registration now open for Festival of Women Writers
The Festival of Women Writers takes place September 9-11 in Hobart, NY (in the Catkills). Registration information available here: http://www.hobartfestivalofwomenwriters.com/.

Balanced Rock submission deadline September 15
Published by the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, Balanced Rock: The North Salem Review is accepting submissions of art, poetry, fiction and nonfiction through September 15. Send submissions via email to keelerbalancedrock@wlsmail.org. For more information, visit www.ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org.

The Beiging of America submission deadline September 15
2Leaf Press announces its open submission call for its forthcoming book The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-first Century. The publication is part of the 2LP Explorations in Diversity Series (Series Editor: Sean Frederick Forbes). The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016, and the publication date is June 2017.

This collection takes on “race matters” and considers them through the experiences of mixed race people in the United States. Edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts, who are both biracial (Schlund-Vials is Cambodian and white; Betts is African American and white), The Beiging of America will feature firsthand accounts and original works by authors and artists who, to varying degrees and divergent ends, identify as “multiracial.” Check out our submission guidelines before submitting your work.

For more information, contact beigingamerica@2leafpress.org.

Fall 2016 Women At Woodstock retreats
Women At Woodstock, the online community and annual gathering in Woodstock, NY, for women of the Woodstock generation is hosting two back-to-back writers’ retreats this November at Lifebridge Sanctuary in Woodstock. Novice writers, published authors, bloggers, memoirists, fiction writers: all are welcome. The first retreat runs from Monday, October 31, through Thursday, November 3 (check out Friday Nov. 4); the second runs from Friday, November 4, through Sunday, November 6 (check out Monday Nov. 7).

Each day will start with a 1-hour workshop taught by resident writing coach Linda Lowen or by one of our guest authors, and then the day will be open for you to write, think and map out your writing future in peace and quiet, surrounded by other like-minded women also pursuing their own creative quests. There will be plenty of space and opportunity for private coaching, collaborative conversations or total quiet — whatever it is that you need. In the evenings after dinner, we’ll gather by the fire with good wine, share what we wish from the day’s work and exchange feedback under the guidance of the inimitable Linda Lowen.<

You can come for just one writing retreat or stay for both and gift yourself a full week devoted to your creativity and your craft! Click here to register. Cost: $295 for the 4-night retreat October 31 – November 4; $245 for the 3-night retreat November 4-7. Plus a nightly room rate which depends on what kind of room you choose. Costs are all-inclusive: meals, snacks, beverages, wine, taxes, fees and program costs are all included in the fee. $65 discount if you attend both retreats.