Hudson Valley Writers Guild Newsletter, April 2016

IN THIS ISSUE

Guild Announcements:

  • Guidelines for the 2016 HVWG Fiction Contest

Member Announcements:

  • Harvey Havel to host poetry and prose reading April 18
  • Keith Willis’ debut fantasy novel now available in paperback
  • Publication news from Alan Catlin
  • Results of the first annual Stephen A. DiBiase poetry contest
  • This Is Not A Literary Journal to host 30 prompts for NaPoWriMo

Area Announcements:

  • Roe Jan Library announces poetry month poem-a-day challenge and open mic
  • Rensselaerville celebrates 11th annual National Poetry Month
  • Steve Berry launches national book tour at University Club (April 1) and NYS Museum (April 2)
  • Roe Jan Library hosts poetry month open mic April 2 featuring poet Karen Schoemer
  • Caffè Lena to feature Lisa Wiley and Peter Marcus April 6
  • Luncheon and reading with young adult author Linda Miller-Lachman April 9
  • Arthur’s poetry open mic to feature Kelly de la Rocha April 13
  • Writers Workshop at Tech Valley Center of Gravity announces new schedule starting April 14
  • Public History Conference April 15-17: The Underground Railroad and American Identities
  • Third Thursday to feature poet Tina Barry April 21
  • Cara Benson leads “Playing on the Page” poetry workshop at Roe Jan Library April 23
  • On April 24 “Meet the Authors,” WIM’s Third Annual Catskills Book Festival
  • Sequestrum writing award deadline April 30
  • Announcing the 2016 Fence Show Call for Entries
  • Roe Jan Library hosts short-prose open mic May 14

GUILD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guidelines for the 2016 HVWG Fiction Contest
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 Lamoe, Joe Krausman and Andrea Portnick.
  • Submissions: 
    • Entries must be postmarked between April 1 and June 30, 2016.
    • Entry fee: $15 for non-members of HVWG; $10 for members. (Make checks payable to HVWG and include with submission.)
    • 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.
    • No pornography or erotica.
    • 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.

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Harvey Havel to host poetry and prose reading April 18
At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 18, during Wordfest, Harvey Havel will host a poetry and prose reading at the Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, Albany. Featured poets and prose writers will be:

  • Allen Parmenter
  • Daniel Nester
  • Heidi Pangratis
  • Harvey Havel (Host)
  • Brian Dorn

Keith Willis’ debut fantasy novel now available in paperback
Keith W. Willis is delighted to announce that his debut fantasy novel, Traitor Knight, which was initially released in ebook format only, is now available in a paperback edition through Champagne Books or Amazon.

Publication news from Alan Catlin

  • Alan Catlin had a new book of poetry, American Odyssey, published by Future Cycle Press. It is available in print and Kindle format from www.futurecycle.org.
  • Issue 17 of Misfit Magazine is now live. We are always interested in submissions at submissions@misfitmagazine.net. “It is about the poem, not the name.”

Results of the first annual Stephen A. DiBiase poetry contest
Bob Sharkey has announced the results of the first annual Stephen A. DiBiase poetry contest. The contest had 303 entries from 37 states and DC and from nine other nations. Local poet and Hudson Valley Writers Guild board member, Dawn Marar, took first place for her poem “Beyond the Naupaka Hedge.” Several other local and regional poets won awards or were finalists. A public reading by many of these poets will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m. at the Washington Avenue branch of the Albany Public Library.

A complete list of the awards and finalists follows:

  • First Place (bonus for community poet; bonus for local poet: $700): “Beyond the Naupaka Hedge” by Dawn Marar of Delmar, NY
  • Second Place ($250): “The Resolution of Neglect Syndrome” by Jen Karetnick of Miami Shores, FL
  • Third Place ($125): “Plantation’s Corn” by Paul Weidknecht of Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Fourth Place ($100): “On the Rising Prices of Corn at Festivals” by Michelle Chen of Whitestone, NY
  • Special Founder’s Award ($90): “Now, morning…” by Karen Fabiane of Troy, NY
  • Honorable Mentions ($65):
    • “Stopping By The Columbarium” by Jackie Craven of Schenectady, NY
    • “Siobhan In Washington Park (age 46)” by Sylvia Barnard of Albany, NY
    • “Argiope Aurantia” by Pat Tompkins of San Mateo, CA
    • “American Woman” by Lucia Cherciu of Poughkeepsie, NY
    • “Don’t Read This One Out Loud” by Merisa Dion of Derry, NH
    • “A Brief History of Fun” by Howard Kogan of Stephentown, NY
    • “Shipwreck” by Joe Krausman of Menands, NY
    • “Earthquakes in Oklahoma” by Lauren Elizabeth Delucchi of Washington, DC
    • “Nondescript” by Ashley Hyun of Tenafly, NJ
  • Other Finalists:
    • “I loved you long before I even met you” by Kirsten Textor of Lyngby, Denmark
    • “To a Child at Enlightenment” by J.C. Elkin of Annapolis, MD
    • “Winter Walk” by Francis DiClemente of Syracuse, NY
    • “Let Me View Life-The Way the Heart Feels…” by Jennifer Circosta of Campbell Hall, NY
    • “all told” by Joel Best of Niskayuna, NY
    • “Inside the Picture Frame-For Aiyana Stanley-Jones” by Keli Osborn of Eugene, OR
    • “Missing you” by Carol Kloskowski of Christmas, MI
    • “Sad Nymph” by Betsy Butcher of Iowa City, IA
    • “Richard Nixon Must Die (for all the victims of the War)” by Dan Wilcox of Albany, NY
    • “Salt Is The Spice Of Life” by Philip Good of East Nassau, NY
    • “modie badanov” by Canon Pau of Los Angeles, CA
    • “On a Night With a Poet” by Sally Rhoades of Albany, NY
    • “Meaning of Man” by Erin Gillett of Los Angeles, CA

This Is Not A Literary Journal to host 30 prompts for NaPoWriMo
Earlier this year, Carolee Bennett, HVWG member and newsletter editor, launched an online poetry prompt project called This Is Not A Literary Journal. The site typically publishes a prompt each week (Tuesdays) and plans to publish select poems from participants once the community begins to grow. This April, in celebration of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) and in support of those poets — herself included — who plan to write 30 poems in 30 days, This Is Not A Literary Journal will publish a prompt each day. To keep up with the prompts in April (and afterward!), you can subscribe to the site or follow it on Twitter: @notajournal.

AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Roe Jan Library announces poetry month poem-a-day challenge and open mic 
Starting April 1, Great Barrington poet Janet Hutchinson will send out daily email poetry writing prompts during the month for the fifth annual “Poem-a-Day Challenge.” To receive daily prompts, send your email address to: janhutch44@gmail.com. Hutchinson says, “There are now more than 300 people in 12 states and three foreign countries receiving these prompts. Many people have told me that they did not actually complete 30 poems in April, but said that the five they did write were five more than they might have written otherwise.”

An open mic for Poem-a-Day Challenge participants to read some of the poems they wrote will be held at the Roe Jan Library, on Friday, April 29, 7-8 p.m.

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.

Rensselaerville celebrates 11th annual National Poetry Month
Rensselaerville will hold its 11th annual Poetry Month celebration with events throughout the month of April. Details:

  • Today’s Poem
    • 30 days … 30 poems. Starting April 1, we’ll post a new poem each day by a local poet. Visit www.rensselaervillelibrary.org and click the “Today’s Poem” button.
    • Featured poets: Peter Boudreaux, Dennis Sullivan, Howard Kogan, Linda Sonia Miller, Dan Wilcox, Katrinka Moore, Tim Verhaegen, Bob Sharkey, Philomena Moriarty, Nancy Dyer, Mark W. Ó Brien, Robert A. Miller, Thomas Bonville, Barbara Hatch Vink, Charlie Rossiter, Mike Burke, Cathy Anderson, Pam Clements, Mimi Moriarty, Alan Casline, Dianne Sefcik, Karen Schoemer, Dawn Marar, Therese Broderick, Edie Abrams, Ann Lapinski, Charles Burgess, Claire North, Emileigh Tanner and Tom Corrado.
  • Let Your Yoga and Poet Dance
    • Inspired by the Rensselaerville Library Poetry Group, poet and yoga dance instructor Ann Lapinski will combine her practice of Let Your Yoga Dance® with poetry focused on the body chakras.
    • April 9, 10:30 a.m – noon
    • Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147
  • Visual Poetry Workshop: Asemic Writing
    • Asemic, or wordless, writing combines elements of visual arts and written language. Participants will begin by writing poetry and go on to create broadsides of their own asemic writing. The workshop will be facilitated by artist Nancy DeNicolo and poet Katrinka Moore. Open to beginning and experienced writers and artists.
    • Please register at (518) 797-3949 by April 8. There is a $5 registration fee, payable at the door.
    • April 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Rensselaerville Library, 1459 Co Road 351, Rensselaerville, NY 12147
    • library@rensselaervillelibrary.org
  • Cowboy Poetry
    • Janet Botaish returns for an afternoon of Cowboy Poetry with special guests Mark Munzert and Kimmy Hudson-Munzert. Kimmy is a western singer, and Mark is the current Western Music Association Western Wordsmith’s Secretary and administrates a Cowboy Poetry Facebook page, which has over 7,000 members.
    • April 16, 3 – 5 p.m.
    • Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147
  • Wild Minds: Nature Poetry Reading 
    • Poet Gary Snyder calls writers and artists who look deeply into the connection of humans and the environment “explorers of the wild mind.” Come listen to poems inspired by the natural world in a natural setting, the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville, NY.  Free and open to the public.
    • Featuring poet Barbara Ungar and including Stuart Bartow, Charlie Burgess, Alan Casline, Tom Corrado, John Couturier, Carol Graser, Dawn Marar, Anita Marrone, Linda Miller, Robert Miller, Katrinka Moore, Philomena Moriarty, Claire North, Mark W. Ó Brien, Susan Oringel, Michael Peters, Joan Lauri Poole, Elizabeth Poreba, Dianne Sefcik, Lee Slonimsky and Emileigh Tanner.
    • April 23, 2016, 3 – 5 p.m.
    • Eldridge Research Station on Lincoln Pond, 284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147
    • info@huyckpreserve.org
  • Singing in the Dark: Poetry of Courage/Poetry of Witness
    • The turbulent issues of the 21st century (including those related to refugees, terrorism, racism, nationalism, gender, age, free speech, climate and war) have resulted in a particularly fertile time for poetry, as well as for other forms of artistic expression. Poetry speaks to our deepest fears, as well as hopes.  Around the world, poets are not only writing in reaction to the issues of the day, but they are also confronting these new times with new poetic forms such as documentary poetry, ecopoetry, spoken word/slam poetry, multi-genre expression, etc. The Singing in the Dark event seeks to pack into two hours an introduction to poets who use both traditional and new forms to address the challenges of living in these uncertain times, as well as to poets who have addressed historical events with similar urgency. You will hear poems by regional poets, as well as readings (by guest readers) of poems by well-known poets. The diverse voices of those moved to engage these issues, including the often unfamiliar poetry of indigenous peoples, will be represented in both this event and the Huyck Preserve event.
    • Featuring poets Jamaluddin Aram, Nancy Klepsch, Leland Kinsey, Marianne Rahn-Erickson, Victorio Reyes, Daniel Summerhill and Dan Wilcox; and including Thomas Bonville, Charlie Burgess, Tom Corrado, Curtis Flach, Christian Matthew Harris, Ian Macks, Cheryl MacNeil, Dawn Marar, Anita Marrone, Marilyn McCabe, Linda Sonia Miller, Philomena Moriarty, Robert Nied, Claire North, Dianne Sefcik, Bob Sharkey and Lynda Wisdo.
    • April 30, 3 – 5 p.m.
    • Carey Institute for Global Good, 100 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147
    • (518) 797-5100

For info about these April events, contact Linda Miller (lsoniam@aol.com) or Kimberly Graff (director@rensselaervillelibrary.org)

Steve Berry launches national book tour at University Club (April 1) and NYS Museum (April 2)
Steve Berry, a master of thrillers with a historic twist, will launch the national tour for his latest book, The 14th Colony (Minotaur Books), at a “History Happy Hour” on Friday, April 1, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue. One need not be a member of the University Club to attend.

The History Happy Hour will be followed by “Lessons from a Bestseller” at the New York State Museum on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the New York State Museum, and more information on the writer’s workshop is online at www.universityclubalbany.com.

Steve Berry and his wife, Elizabeth, have traveled the world researching Steve’s many books and saw the effects of dwindling funds dedicated to preserving our heritage. They established the History Matters Foundation to assist communities around the world with historic restoration and preservation. The foundation supports the cost of their travel, and he accepts no appearance fee. They are traveling throughout the month of April, but are kicking off the tour with a pair of events in Albany.

Online ticketing for both events may be found online:

Roe Jan Library hosts poetry month open mic April 2 featuring poet Karen Schoemer 
Columbia County poet Karen Schoemer will read from her own work and host an open mic to begin the celebration of poetry month at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, April 2, 5-7 p.m. Schoemer, first place winner of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild 2015 Writing Contest, invites poets and poetry lovers “to share a poem and celebrate their own heritage and poetry’s shared heritage.” Participants can read one or two of their own poems or read poems from a favorite poet.

Karen Schoemer is a poet, author, performer and bookseller. Her poems have appeared in Chronogram, Up the River, Red Barn and Zephyrs. She is the author of Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair with ’50s Pop Music (Free Press, 2006), and her music journalism has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Newsweek. The former book manager for the Spotty Dog in Hudson, she has hosted readings and book events for authors throughout Columbia County and curated Arts Walk Literary for the Columbia County Council on the Arts in 2015. She is the vocalist for the Schoemer Formation, a Catskill-based rock band.

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.

Caffè Lena to feature Lisa Wiley and Peter Marcus April 6
On Wednesday, April 6, Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by Lisa Wiley and Peter Marcus. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7 p.m., and the readings will start at 7:30. The host for the event will be Carol Graser, and the cost is $5. Caffè Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, (518) 583-0022, www.caffelena.org.

Luncheon and reading with young adult author Linda Miller-Lachman April 9
Friends of the Albany Public Library is proud to sponsor Lyn Miller-Lachman, author of books for young adults, at the “Spring Book & Author Event”:

  • Saturday, April 9, 1:30 p.m.
  • Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Second Floor Meeting Room
  • free and open to the Public.

A buffet luncheon will be served at noon at the University Club, 141 Washington Avenue, Albany. Cost for the luncheon: $20. Please RSVP for the luncheon by contacting Gene Damm, (518) 482-7675, or by email gdamm@nycap.rr.com.

Arthur’s poetry open mic to feature Kelly de la Rocha April 13
The next “Arthur’s Poetry Open-Mic and Featured Reader” will be Wednesday, April 13. Here are the details:

  • Featured poet: Kelly de la Rocha / Kelly’s quest to help others has lead her to Guatamala; Biloxi, Mississippi​; and​ the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains​, ​as well as close to home, including Schenectady Inner City Ministry’s food pantry. Many of the people she has met while volunteering color her work. Kelly’s love of nature also winds through her poetry​,​ ​which has​ been featured in multiple print and e-publications. She lives with her husband and two children in Glenville​, NY​.
  • 7 p.m. sign-up for open mic; 7:30 readings begin
  • Hosted by Catherine Norr
  • Arthur’s Market & Cafe, 35 N. Ferry Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

Writers Workshop at Tech Valley Center of Gravity announces new schedule starting April 14

  • Writers Workshop at Tech Valley Center of Gravity, 30 3rd Street, Troy, NY 12180 (Corner of Broadway)
  • Join us more frequently and on our new night: alternating Thursdays
  • Upcoming dates: Thursdays, April 14 and 28, 6-9 p.m.
  • The schedule:
    • 6-6:30 — Bring fun, healthy food and/or a beverage to share
    • 6:30-8:30 — Co-writing; quiet, focused time (bring ear plugs/buds, etc. if they help you focus)
    • 8:30-9 — Share and respond session, optional.
  • Sharing Rules:
    • If you stay at 8:30, stay focused until 9
    • 3-4 sharers, chosen by the evening coordinator
    • Share from what you write at the workshop
    • Be excellent to others as you listen and respond
  • Free for TVCOG and TVGS members; $5/session for others.
  • Email rhonda@reworkediting.com for info and to RSVP

Public History Conference April 15-17: The Underground Railroad and American Identities
You are invited to “The Underground Railroad and American Identities.” Mark your calendars and plan to attend April 15-17. This 15th annual Public History Conference, organized by Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., offers an ala carte selection of workshops, cultural performance, art exhibit, bus tour and receptions designed for young and mature alike.

Racism in America: Where do we go from here?” begins conference proceedings on Friday, April 15. This will be followed by “Moving Between: Intersectional Identities in the Struggle for Justice.” Panelist Ms. Barbara Smith, civil rights activist, scholar and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will join Ms. Angelica Clarke, executive director of the Social Justice Center in Albany and a leader in the Capital Region’s civil rights activities, to address movements past and present and how embracing a multi-issued approach deepens the impact and effectiveness of our political work. Dr. Janell Hobson, graduate director of Women’s Studies at University at Albany, will moderate.

Saturday topics include

  • “Adapting to the Promised Land: Freedom Seekers in Canada”
  • “Pivotal Events in the Struggle for Freedom”
  • “History Mystery – play it again SharpMinds competition”
  • “Disability and Slavery in the Antebellum South”
  • “Lott Cary and His Forgotten Legacy”
  • and much more.

Featured artists Marcus Kwame Anderson and Daesha Devón Harris will exhibit their work. The Young Abolitionists and the ‘Hutchinson’s Cousins’ will provide engaging, interactive cultural performances. Vendors, exhibitors and delectable culinary fare will round out the experience.

Sunday hosts a bus tour of AfroDutch heritage sites in the Capital Region. As part of the Mapping Slavery Project, initiated in the Netherlands and recently expanded to include New York State’s Hudson River Valley, tour operator and researcher Jennifer Tosch will lead this enriching experience to uncover the voices and stories of the AfroDutch residents who made the Hudson River Valley their home under Dutch colonial rule.

“The Underground Railroad and America Identities” will be hosted by Russell Sage College in Troy, New York.  Co-sponsors include Russell Sage College, New York Council for the Humanities and Rensselaer County Historical Society. Full details are available at www.UndergroundRailroadHistory.org/conference or by calling (518) 432-4432 and requesting a paper registration brochure.

Third Thursday to feature poet Tina Barry April 21
Poet Tina Barry will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Tina Barry’s poems and short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Drunken Boat, Elimae, The NewerYork, Lost in Thought, Flash-Frontier, Boston Literary Magazine and Exposure, an Anthology of Micro-fiction. Mall Flower (Big Table Publishing) is her first book of poems and short fiction. Two poems in Mall Flower were nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and one prose piece was a winner in “The Best Short Fiction 2016” (Queens Ferry Press). A long-time Brooklynite, Barry now lives in upstate New York.

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; e-mail: dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Cara Benson leads “Playing on the Page” poetry workshop at Roe Jan Library April 23
Poet Cara Benson will lead a poetry workshop, “Playing on the Page,” as a part of Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Poetry Month celebration. The workshop is open to beginning and experienced poets, and it will run from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 23. Cara Benson says, “Let’s have some fun with language. We’ll pour it all out, then play with where the words go. Never made a poem before? Not sure what one is? Jump in—the water’s fine! Been loving poetry for decades? You’ll fit right in, too. We’ll read, write, talk and respond to each other’s work with kind attention. We’ll come away with a few new poems.”

Benson is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays and reviews. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review and Best American Poetry. She is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at Prescott College and takes on students and clients one-on-one privately — or through Grub Street as a manuscript consultant.

The workshop fee is $15, and pre-registration is required. Some scholarships are available. Call the library at (518) 325-4101 to inquire about waiver of fee or to register.

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.

On April 24 “Meet the Authors,” WIM’s Third Annual Catskills Book Festival
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to a literary arts and community event and celebration we call “Meet the Authors,” the third in our series of annual book festivals. This year the event takes place on Sunday, April 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY, an exciting new enterprise in the area. Union Grove is housed in a big old barn-like building featuring comfortable spaces fitted with stainless steel and copper and wood, a roaring fireplace and the percolation of fine spirits — all making for a perfect environment in which to listen to, talk about and think about books and writing.

The daylong event welcomes all writers and readers, artists and audience and community members from every walk to brave the mud and chill of early spring and enjoy a warm gathering of successful and fascinating writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers and publishers from Syracuse to New York City and points between and beyond. This year’s keynote speaker is Rosie Schaap, author of the celebrated memoir Drinking with Men, as well as the “Drink” column for The New York Times magazine. Rosie has been a bartender, a fortuneteller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer and a manager of homeless shelters.

Come by to shop for books directly from their authors, hear readings and peer-to-peer discussions, join in an enticing raffle (books are the prize, of course) and vote in the “Best Book Cover Contest.”

The program is as follows:

  • 12:30 — Poetry reading led by poet Sharon Israel.
  • 1:30 — Group discussion on the latest news and trends in publishing.
    • Leslie T. Sharpe, a retired professor from Columbia University who also worked for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and teaches for Writers in the Mountains and MediaBistro.com, will talk about traditional publishing.
    • Writer and consultant Simona David will touch on independent publishing.
    • Poet, painter and educator Anique Taylor will address getting published in literary journals.
    • Lillian Browne, editor-in-chief of The Reporter and editor of the Catskill Country Magazine, will share thoughts about her experience with the news media and travel magazine publishing.
  • 2 p.m. — Rosie Schaap will deliver the keynote address.
  • 2:30 — Carrie Bradley Neves, writer, musician, and editor (with a specialization in cookbooks), will talk about new ingredients in the cookbook scene during the “foodie” era. Other illustrated book authors will be in the spotlight.
  • 3:30 — The raffle, with a prize of 10 selected book titles, will be awarded (come early, tickets are limited!), and the winner of the Best Cover Contest will be announced.

Throughout the day, participating authors will read from their works and share their stories with the audience. Admission is free. For more information, visitwritersinthemountains.org or e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com. Writers in the Mountains is a 501 (c) (3) not-for–profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation, and sharing of creative writing.

Sequestrum writing award deadline April 30
A note from the editors at Sequestrum: “We’re all writers at Sequestrum and respect the vital role local and regional organizations play for writers in all stages of their careers. We’d appreciate if you could pass this note along to any writers who might be interested in contributing to the journal. Deadline: April 30 – Editor’s Reprint Award (2016-Spring-Issue-6). Submissions will close on April 30 for the second annual Editor’s Reprint Award, in which $200 will be awarded to one piece of previously-published fiction or nonfiction (plus runner-up prizes). Winners and finalists last year included writing from literary giants, such as The Atlantic and Tin House, as well as work from smaller presses, defunct journals and everything in-between. Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed. The Reprint Award is a chance for writers to nominate their own work for a second breath of life – a rare thing today. Editor’s Reprint Award guidelines are here: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests. Find publications, send submissions, and keep updated on everything we’re doing at www.sequestrum.org. Onward, Sequestrum.”

Announcing the 2016 Fence Show Call for Entries
The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2016 Fence Show, our annual members’ exhibition. All members of The Arts Center of the Capital Region are invited to enter and be a part of the tradition of our largest and longest running exhibition.

The Fence Show is an annual opportunity for all Arts Center members to display their artwork in our galleries. Works include paintings, drawing, photography, fiber arts, stained glass and sculpture. There is a separate category that welcomes submissions from young artists in grades K-12. Now in its 51st year, the Fence Show got its name when members’ artwork was exhibited on the iron fence surrounding Washington Park in Troy, the original location of the Arts Center. Today, the exhibition typically features approximately 500 pieces, displayed salon style (floor-to-ceiling) in our galleries. All levels of skill and ability are represented, from novice to professional.

Artwork drop-off will be from May 1-4. For more information about the exhibit and drop-off dates, visit artscenteronline.org/fence-show.

Roe Jan Library hosts short-prose open mic May 14
Fiction, non-fiction and memoir writers are invited to read their work at a short-prose open mic at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, May 14, 4-6 p.m. Non-writers and writers who do not choose to read are invited to enjoy and be inspired by the work of local talent. Writers must keep readings to a maximum of seven minutes in length. No pre-registration is necessary. For further information, contact Regina Colangelo at reginac18@verizon.net or (914) 954-3494.

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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