Newsletter released, September 26

Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, September 26

Please note: Due to the delay with this newsletter and upcoming vacations, our next one will be out October 5, instead of October 1. We will resume our normal schedule on October 15.

Guild announcements

October 16, 2-4:30 p.m.
Albany’s “Community of Writers” Reading

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild will hold its annual “Community of Writers” reading on Saturday, October 16, 2-4:30 p.m.. The reading will be held in the main auditorium of the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue and is free and open to the public. The series presents local writers in various genres to highlight the variety of writers living in the Capital District and will include D. Alexander Holiday, Kathe Kokolias and Elizabeth Floyd Mair.

About the readers

D. Alexander Holiday volunteers and moderates a creative writing workshop for inmates at a state maximum security facility in upstate New York. His is also a local liaison for the GBS/CIDP Foundation International. He is the author of the new memoir In the Care of Strangers and three previous books of poetry and prose: Letters to Osama, I Use to Fall Down, and All the Killers Gathered.

Kathe Kokolias is a writer, painter and photographer. Her writing has been published on-line as well as in the Albany Times Union, the Schenectady Gazette and a variety of magazines and anthologies. In August 2009, she published a collection of essays entitled Spandex & Black Boots: Essays from an Abundant Life. Her travel memoir of Mexico, What Time do the Crocodiles Come Out?, will be available in the Fall of 2010. She lives with her husband, Brian, in Colonie, NY, and in Ixtapa, Mexico.

Elizabeth Floyd Mair is a freelance journalist who writes personal essays as well as feature articles on authors, filmmakers and musicians for the Albany Times Union. She spent 15 years in Tokyo, the last nine of it as an editor in the publishing company Kodansha International, before returning in 2002 to her home town of Guilderland. She holds an MA in East Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Iowa (where she also completed the coursework for an MFA in Literary Translation of Poetry) and a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Binghamton.

This “Community of Writers” event is made possible by a grant to the Guild from the City of Albany. For more information about this program, contact Dan Wilcox at (518) 482-0262 or via email.

HVWG website update and call for member profiles
The Hudson Valley Writers Guild is redesigning its website. The new look will be released in the next couple weeks. One of the enhanced features of the site will be member profiles. If you are a member of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild, you are invited to submit a current photo and bio, not to exceed 100 words. In addition to the 100-word bio, if you would like, please include up to 50 words about how you participate in “a community of writers” (locally, regionally, online, etc.). Photos and text can be sent via email with the subject line: “Member profile.”

Member announcements

M. E. Kemp has received a publication date of November 20 for her new book, Death of a Dancing Master. This is the fourth book in Kemp’s historical mystery series featuring two nosy Puritans as detectives.

K. A. Laity has contracts for a novella The Big Splash (a tale of Jazz Age London) and a comic gothic novel The Mangrove Legacy under her newest romance nom de plume, Kit Marlowe. The first will be published by Noble Romance in October; the novel will be published by Tease Publishing in November. She would also like to announce that Albacon, the Capital Region’s speculative fiction conference, will feature an intensive writing workshop on Friday, October 8, as well as its traditional writing panels throughout the weekend of October 9-10. For more information, visit Albacon.org.

Mary Armao McCarthy published a travel article in the August/September issue of Boat U.S. magazine. “Not in a New York Minute” includes a blend of history, boating, and beauty of the Hudson River. Also, Mary’s greeting cards, “Cards by Mary/Happy Here Cards” have recently been restocked at local bookstores, Albany Airport and Pearl Grant Richman’s Gift Shop at Stuyvesant Plaza. Area writers contribute quotes for cards, and the project is a charity for children.

Area announcements

September 26, 3 p.m.
Sunday Four is back for its third season!

We are featuring once again the esteemed and venerable Dean of Regional Poetry—Dan Wilcox—reading from his “Boundless Abodes of Albany” and new poems from the beach and points of no-return. Dan always offers a unique view into the human soul’s struggle for meaning and joy. He will read September 26 at 3 p.m., Old Songs Community Arts Center, Voorheesville. This is a great venue for poets and poetry, attentive ears and intelligent eyes. Bring poems to read. We look forward to seeing you there. Some of us repair to the “Poets’ Corner” at Smith’s Tavern later to talk about the other side of poetry or this side if you prefer.

September 30, 7 p.m.
New women writers series at the Woman’s Club of Albany

There will be a new series of area women writers reading from/discussing their works at the Woman’s Club of Albany, 725 Madison Avenue in Albany. These are all free and open to the public. Our first event is Marion Roach on memoir and journalism taking place on September 30 at 7 p.m.

October 6, 7 p.m. sign-up; 7:30 p.m. readings
Caffé Lena hosts Albert Glover

On the first Wednesday of every month Caffé Lena presents a poetry open mic hosted by Carol Graser. On October 6 the featured poet is Albert Glover reading as part of the Black Mountain North series. An open mic sign-up starts at 7 p.m., and the readings begin at 7:30 p.m. $3 admission. Caffé Lena is located at 47 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs. For info call (518) 583-0022 or visit caffelena.org.

Marni Gillard announces storytelling offerings for October
There are three upcoming opportunities to attend classes and readings with Marni:

Storytelling: Doorway into Forgiveness
Four Wednesday evenings: October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 7-9 p.m.
Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Avenue, Albany
(between Washington and Western – well-lit parking to left of building)
$40 (after 9/29 $45). Come the nights you can.
Pre-registration requested. Call (518) 489-4431.

We all carry stories that can lead us to forgiveness – of others and of ourselves. Safe, confidential. We’ll tell life stories in partners. Storytelling, like writing, helps us make sense of experience, release blocks, and open to our creative energies.

Story Your Way In, a storytelling weekend retreat
October 22-24, Friday 7 p.m. – Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Dominican Retreat and Conference Center, 1945 Union Street, Schenectady
$185 (seniors 65+ $170) meals, private accommodations, program
$50 non-refundable deposit (transferable for one year)
Register by calling (518) 393-4169 or via email.

Sharing tales from life and literature, we see divine energies at work. We’ll explore memories, scripture (all faith traditions welcome), myths and poems, learning from the past, envisioning the future. Bring a journal, a favorite story, poem or keepsake as inspiration. Silence too will inspire us.

Stories of the Dark: Story Performance for teens and adults with Marni Gillard and Nancy Marie Payne
October 31, 2-4 p.m.
Humorous and spine-tingling tales for Halloween afternoon
Proctors Theater, Fenimore Gallery above the Box Office
$16. Find a discount coupon here.

October 16
Out of the Dark and onto the page (memoir writing)

The Adirondack Center for Writing presents “Out of the Dark and onto the Page,” an Intensive Daylong Memoir Writing Workshop Saturday, October 16, at the Northwoods Inn in Lake Placid. The day includes workshops such as

Memoir as Mystery: A Workshop and Discussion with Paul Pines
This approach to memoir writing emphasizes some of the same elements present in the best mystery writing, where there a clear promise of discovery is present from the opening lines and the structure is aligned to its unfolding.

Open the Door and Invite the Reader In with Bibi Wein
Memoir has plot and this is every bit as important in this genre as it is in fiction. We will discuss beginnings, and finding the best starting point to bring the reader into your story.

Life Lines – Writing Memoir with Mary Sanders Shartle
Have your family and friends been saying ‘Write that story down before it’s lost forever’?” In telling our stories we are creating a written legacy of a family, community, culture or landscape that may well not exist 50-100 years from now. We will also discuss simple ways to get started and keep going, how not to get overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task.

The cost is $59 for ACW members and $69 for nonmembers (lunch is included). For the full schedule, workshop descriptions and author bios, go to adirondackcenterforwriting.org or call the office at 518-327-6278.

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About our newsletter / The Hudson Valley Writers Guild offers space in its newsletter for submission and program opportunities but does not endorse any programs or publications that are not offered through the Guild.

Within each section, announcements/events are arranged, when possible, by relevant dates. Send news items to Bob Sharkey. Thank you!

Editors Bob Sharkey & Carolee Sherwood

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