IN THIS ISSUE
- Guidelines for the 2016 HVWG Fiction Contest
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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.
Mail submissions with entry fee to: HVWG Fiction Contest, c/o Faith Green, 25B Patterson Drive, Glenmont, NY 12077.
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 email@example.com. “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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- 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
- 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
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.