Thursday, January 26, 2017

Heather Furlow, the PEN Women’s Literary Workshop Writers, and the Women's March NYC







Thank you Heather Furlow for posting this awesome article on my workshop group, the Pen Women's Literary Workshop at the Women's March in NYC. Please check out Heather's blog for info on lifestyles, fashion, fun, and more.



http://www.galbraiththeblog.com/womens-march-on-nyc

The Women's March On NYC

January 26, 2017

My experience at the Women's March On NYC on Saturday, January 21 was a little unusual: I never did actually get into the march itself (😝) and I went with a bunch of women who were older, wiser, and more worldly than me.
But let me rewind a bit. As soon as I heard about the New York march, I wanted to go. But I was a little hesitant and to be honest, a little scared. I'd never marched for any kind of cause before. Then, when my friend Rosalie Calabrese (that's her on the far right above) told me she was going and invited me to join her and her friends, I knew I had to do it. (I met Rosalie last year at a GlamourGals event where I interviewed her for the Real Gals series on Galbraith. She was the first woman I profiled for the series, and we connected easily over our love for writing—she's a poet.) For some reason the idea of marching beside Rosalie sounded perfect (and much less scary). So I signed up.
The day of the march, we got to the start point and decided it would be too much to wait there (for what seemed like hours), so we walked to several different checkpoints to try and cut through, but couldn't get past the police barricades. I guess at that point in the day (we had a 3:45 p.m. start time, and the march was meant to end at about 4:30), entry points were being sectioned off. I was pretty frustrated (and disappointed), but Rosalie said, "Look, it's all around us. We're in it." And she was right, of course. Everywhere I looked there were handmade signs with clever messages carried by people of all ages, races, genders—even dogs had signs! It was such a thrill to take it all in.
From left: Patricia, Caroline, Rosalie, and Marnie
From left: Patricia, Caroline, Rosalie, and Marnie
I was worried it might be overwhelming being in and around such large crowds of people, but it was actually energizing and and uplifting. As Caroline Thomas (above, second from left) said, "It made me feel that I counted and was making myself useful." (Caroline was wearing an awesome hoodie that said, "Buckle up, Buttercup, I'm that nasty grandma Donald warned you about.") It was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life, not just because of the contagious excitement and hope all around me, but because of the people I was with. So here, four of the women I was with share a bit about why they marched:
Rosalie Calabrese, a poet, consultant, and writer based in Manhattan
"The last march I was in was to end the war in Vietnam. I marched with my mother, my son Chris in a baby carriage, and many hundreds of Upper West Siders... We all, men and women, in our right minds must stand together to fight the madness that is taking over our government today and endangering our lives."
Patricia Carragon, a poet, writer, and the host of the Brownstone Poets based in Brooklyn
"Being assaulted was one of the reasons I had to march. When I was in my teens, I was groped a few times at school and on the subway. I was never taught to fight back. Out of shame and fear, I kept it quiet from my parents. My last assault was on the Bedford Park Station platform. I was 19 and alone. A group of laughing young boys started touching me below my waist. I screamed and pushed them off. I escaped to the nearest exist. This time, I ran home and told my parents. Thanks to feminism, I was able to scream, cry, and rant to my parents. They gave me their support.
Women’s rights are everyone’s rights. No one is immune when discrimination wears many masks. It was refreshing to see so many women and men of all ages, colors, creeds, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations march together. We need to support one another more than ever. I have a feeling that there will be another Women’s March in the near future."
Anna with her self-made sign
Anna with her self-made sign
Anna Michaels-Gaudreau, professor of behavioral science at NYIT, actor, drama coach, and poet based in Manhattan
"I began marching for causes during the Vietnam War and I've continued to march or do whatever is necessary to peacefully promote rights that are being stepped on or denied—especially [those having to do with] birth control, domestic violence, and rape. This march comes on the heels of a horrid candidate who won the presidency and has vowed to stop funding for women's rights in general, beginning with Planned Parenthood. If you vote, you should have a say for what your government is doing on your behalf. We the women are the people. We matter."
Marni Rice, a composer and playwright based in New York City
"Most recently I took part in Occupy Wall Street and since then have dedicated my efforts to direct community action where I can contribute to the change I'd like to see. I co-teach a weekly dance-theatre class for young girls (ages 4 to 12) in the Bronx. Many of our kids are from foster families and some were headed for 'special education' but are now are in 'Gifted and Talented' programs for youth. That's direct action.
I was glad to be at the women's march, and to see so many people—women and men of all ages and boys and girls from different communities—raising their voices and showing solidarity. I loved seeing the different signs and banners people created on recycled cardboard boxes and the t-shirts and handmade signs of all shapes and sizes, each with a unique message. My favorite t-shirt said: 'GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUNdamental Human Rights!'"

Thank you so much to Rosalie, Caroline, Anna, Marni, and Patricia for sharing their thoughts and for being such wonderful marching partners.

Reminder: Peter V. Dugan, Thomas Fucaloro, David Lawton, and Peter John Scarpa on Saturday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant





Reminder:


Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2017

Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005


Brownstone Poets presents Peter V. Dugan, Thomas Fucaloro, David Lawton,and Peter John Scarpa on Saturday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well.




Saturday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m

Peter V. Dugan
Thomas Fucaloro
David Lawton
Peter John Scarpa




@ Park Plaza Restaurant



220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk

Brooklyn, NY 11201

718 - 596 - 5900


Subways:

Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street

R to Court Street





4 or  to 5 Borough Hall


For more directions:

Please check the MTA's "The Weekender" for all transit updates.

http://web.mta.info/weekender.html


$5 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic


Curated by Patricia Carragon




pcarragon@gmail.com


brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/

 en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712 

Bios:



Peter V. Dugan has authored five collections of poetry and his book The Prowess of Immodest Emptiness New and Selected Poems published by Chatter House Press has just been released. Over the years, his poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines both online and in print. Mr. Dugan also hosts a reading series at the Oceanside Library on Long Island.








Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms, which received rave reviews. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he has been on three national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a cofounding editor of Great Weather for MEDIA and NYSAI press. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Childrens Zone and lives in Staten Island.





David Lawton is the author of the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream (Three Rooms Press), and serves as an editor for great weather for MEDIA. He has work forthcoming in Muse/A, POST(blank)and From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream (Automedia). David loves dogs, trees, and bananas.




Peter John Scarpa has written six books of literature and short stories; three books on Bay Ridge. His latest book is Ever Returning Spring (ColorPage 2016). He was president of the Bay Ridge Historical Society for twelve years. He also served on the Men’s Council and Community Council.

December - January Publications









Publication Announcements (December-January)


Three of my poems “The Divine Comedy,” “If Kittens Could Vote, and “The Gilded Calf” are in the anthology, Not My President (Madness Muse Press, December 2016). Thank you Adam Brown.

 Kudos to:

C. Steven Blue, Marc Zegans, Fee Thomas, JMGoode, Oz Harwick, Darrell Herbert, Dime Maziba, Robert Wilson, Claudine Nash, Virginia Mariposa Dale, Philip Elliot, Christopher Allen Breidinger,  Heath Brougher, Sopphey Vance, Hope Vigil-Alvarez, Amy Ballard, Rich A.J. Odasso, Max Wilbert, Gaiyaiobi Xzandis-Zaevan, Don Beukes, Mike Maggio, Bob McNeil


I’m in the Weekly Avocet #125, January 25, 2017.  Thanks Charles Portolano.


by the window
a snowflake meltdown
amuses the cat


Congrats to Carol Oberg, Floyd D. Anderson, Irene Ferraro-Sives, Daniel R. Tardona, Sam Doctors, Sara McNulty, Flora T. Higgins, James L. Freeman, Lorna Yolk, Charles Portolano




Thank you Mankh for posting my haiku for Haiku du Jour, January 25, 2017:


January mist
the snowplow
gathers rust

    - Patricia Carragon

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I’m also branching as an Artist:

My photography “Birdwalk on Pineapple Street,”Senryu Exit,” and “Waiting” are in the Photography, Art and Video tab of the February  2017 Photography and Art edition of South Florida Poetry Journal.  Thanks Lenny DellaRocca.

Birdwalk on Pineapple Street

Senryu Exit
Waiting



Kudos to artists Ray Neubert, Lori Ceier, Patricia Whiting, John Childrey, Bill Wolak.








Thursday, January 12, 2017

Some publication news that didn't get blogged in the usual manner




Some publication news that didn't get blogged in the usual manner:


My prose piece, "Enjoy Yourself," is in poetdiversity, November 2016 volume 13 number 2. 

Thank you Marie C Lecrivain Congrats to all:
Inalegwu Omapada Alifa , Maria A Arana, Shawn Aveningo, Peter Barlow, Wendy Bourke , Jack G Bowman, Alan Britt, Lynne Bronstein, Adam Levon Brown, Jeffrey Bryant, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Alicia Carpenter, Patricia Carragon, Natalie Crick, Carla Criscoulo, Frank De Canio , Marvin Louis Dorsey, Miguel Eichelberger, John LaMar Elison, Gabrielle Garofalo, Dave Houston, Dani Raschel Jimenez, Scott C Kaestner, Sofia Kioroglou, Deborah P Kolodji, Rick Lupert, Donal Mahoney, Frank Mundo, Chika Onyenezi , Adam Phillips, Bethany W Pope, Nydia Rojas, Diana Rosen, Walter Ruhlmann, Jan Steckel, and Papa Vic.
Featured Poets: Jonathan Beale, J de Salvo, Darren C Demaree, Amelie Frank, Jerry Garcia, Terry McCarty, Akor Emmanuel Oche , Greg Patrick, Alison Ross, Cody Rukasin, Viola Weinberg,and Kelley White.
Prose Feature: George Korolog

My Fiction Piece, "Diana of Anderson Avenue," is in Centum Press' 100 Voices Volume 2 to be published on January 15.
I'm happy that Tracy Gardstein's work is also in this book.

From the Publisher:

As you know, One Hundred Voices Volume Two will be published in a little over a week on January 15! As this important milestone for "Diana of Anderson Avenue" and all of the other pieces approaches, I wanted to reach out to see how promoting the book is going. We're trying to make a final push to generate pre-orders for the book over the next several days, so please let me know if there's anything that I can do to assist in your promotional efforts.
Just as a reminder, your discount code is: 100V2V8
Your discount code is good for 10% off both paperback and limited edition hardcover copies of One Hundred Voices Volume Two that are pre-ordered through our website, centumpublishing.com.
As we near January 15, I'd definitely encourage you to send a reminder email to your family members, friends, and fans about the book and to participate in our Thunderclap campaign if you haven't already.
Once again, please let me know if I can do anything to help with your promotional efforts for One Hundred Voices Volume Two!
Looking forward to an exciting publication date!
Best Regards,
Christian Lee
Founder and Publisher
Centum Press
P.S. If you live outside the United States, we could send you a large shipment of books that you could distribute to your family members and friends. This has proven to be a great way to cut down on the shipping costs that each individual absorbs and to make our books more accessible.









Tuesday, January 10, 2017

There is still time to submit to Home Planet News Online Issue 4:



There is still time to submit to Home Planet News Online Issue 4:

Deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Publication: Mid-February
                    At the Latest, End of February 




Submissions should be sent to: hpnonline@yahoo.com.


Please read the guidelines below:

Guidelines

Submissions welcome.
Home Planet News Online is an On Line Only Publication.
All copyrights return to the poet, writer, artist.

The submissions requirements are as follows:
Submit up to 4 poems at a time We would prefer prose pieces that are 2000 words or less, but we will consider longer pieces by merit. We will accept only one prose piece per writer per issue.
Art work, paintings, drawings, photos, are welcome. 

Simultaneous submissions will be accepted with the understanding that we will be notified ASAP of publications in another magazine.

Home Planet News Online will accept poems that have been previously published in printed magazines, journals, or chapbooks with a distribution of 500 copies or less.

We will not accept poems or prose that has been accepted in an anthology or published in another online magazine.

Please include contact information Submit everything in one file as a single word document. No pdf files. 

Submissions should be sent to: hpnonline@yahoo.com.

Chief Editor:
Frank Murphy


Executive Editors:
Patricia Carragon
David Gershator
Phillis Gershator
Linda Lerner
Matthew Paris 

Lehman Weichsellbaum

Consulting Editor:
Donald Lev


Computer Editor
Frank Murphy



Poster Making Event at Pen America Tomorrow


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Peter V. Dugan, Thomas Fucaloro, David Lawton, and Peter John Scarpa on Saturday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant




Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2017

Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005


Brownstone Poets presents Peter V. Dugan, Thomas Fucaloro, David Lawton, and Peter John Scarpa on Saturday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well.




Saturday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m

Peter V. Dugan
Thomas Fucaloro
David Lawton
Peter John Scarpa




@ Park Plaza Restaurant



220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk

Brooklyn, NY 11201

718 - 596 - 5900


Subways:

Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street

R to Court Street





4 or  to 5 Borough Hall


For more directions:

Please check the MTA's "The Weekender" for all transit updates.

http://web.mta.info/weekender.html


$5 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic


Curated by Patricia Carragon




pcarragon@gmail.com


brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/

 en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712 

Bios:



Peter V. Dugan has authored five collections of poetry and his book The Prowess of Immodest Emptiness New and Selected Poems published by Chatter House Press has just been released. Over the years, his poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines both online and in print. Mr. Dugan also hosts a reading series at the Oceanside Library on Long Island.








Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms, which received rave reviews. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he has been on three national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a cofounding editor of Great Weather for MEDIA and NYSAI press. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Childrens Zone and lives in Staten Island.





David Lawton is the author of the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream (Three Rooms Press), and serves as an editor for great weather for MEDIA. He has work forthcoming in Muse/A, POST(blank) and From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream (Automedia). David loves dogs, trees, and bananas.




Peter John Scarpa has written six books of literature and short stories; three books on Bay Ridge. His latest book is Ever Returning Spring (ColorPage 2016). He was president of the Bay Ridge Historical Society for twelve years. He also served on the Men’s Council and Community Council.




Thursday, January 5, 2017

WRITERS RESIST: STAND WITH PEN AMERICA!






Stand with PEN America to defend free expression, reject hate crimes and uphold truth in the face of lies and misinformation!
WRITERS RESIST: Louder Together for Free Expression is a literary protest on the steps of the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman Building at 42nd St. that will bring together hundreds of writers and artists and thousands of New Yorkers on the birthday of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. American poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove will each offer hope and inspiration with "inaugural" poems.
FEATURINGMeena Alexander, Laurie Anderson, Moustafa Bayoumi, Erin Belieu, Amy Brill, Rosanne Cash, Alexander Chee, T Cooper, Michael Cunningham, Eisa Davis, Mónica de la Torre, Alex Dimitrov, Rita Dove, Charlotte Druckman, Melanie Dunea, Storm Ervin, Jeffrey Eugenides, Angela Flournoy, Masha Gessen, Allison Glock, Amy Goodman, Jeff Gordinier, David Haskell, A.M. Homes, Siri Hustvedt, Mary Karr, Michael Klein, Jaime Manrique, Colum McCann, Jill McDonough, Rick Moody, Honor Moore, Kathleen Ossip, Robert Pinsky, Francine Prose, Kevin Prufer, Sofia Quintero, Jason Reynolds, Jess Row, Esmeralda Santiago, Hirsh Sawhney, Bob Shacochis, Brenda Shaughnessey, Deborah Solomon, Andrew Solomon, Art Spiegelman, Terese Svoboda, Craig Teicher, Charlie Vazquez, Jonathan Wells, Meg Wolitzer, Zachary Wood, Jacqueline Woodson, Monica Youn and more to be announced.
Our PARTNERS include: Arts & Democracy, Asian American Arts Alliance, Authors Guild, Bowery Poetry, Bronx Writers Center, Cave Canem, Center for Fiction, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Courage Campaign, Daily Kos, Dennin Arts Management, Dramatists Guild of America, Free Press, New York Writers Coalition, Revolution Books, Theater Communications Group, The Nation, The New School Creative Writing Program, The Other Stories Podcast, Tin House, andWords Without Borders.

Sign the free expression pledge!
After the readings and performances, a group of PEN America leaders and any who wish to join will walk the blocks to Trump Tower together to present PEN America’s free expression pledge on the First Amendment signed by over 110,000 individuals to a member of the President-elect’s team. We are confident the reading at the library and the subsequent march, as two distinct but powerful events to uphold free expression and human rights for all, will be powerful.
We’re 10 days out and we have received great feedback already. We even have 1,000 people already registered on writersresistnyc.eventbrite.com We need your help to keep the momentum going.

We are hoping you’ll be able to help us by:

·         Publicizing the event on your social media platforms.
Here are the links you will need:


·         Participate in one of our poster making sessions.
Join us on Wednesday, January 11 to make handmade posters for the rally. We will provide the material needed, but you are welcome to bring your own art supplies to share for this event, such as: poster board, permanent and colored magic markers, clear tape.

We will have 2 sessions on Wednesday, January 11 to accommodate everyone's schedule:
12-2 PM
6-8 PM

Please RSVP by email (clarisse@pen.org) for the one you are able to attend.

·         Recruit volunteers to help out on Sunday, January 15.
Please email clarisse@pen.org to confirm you will be able to work from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Sunday, January 15.
Assignments will be sent next week and will include: info tables, collecting signatures for the First Amendment pledge, handing out posters, crowd control, and other similar tasks.

Let us know if you’ll be available to volunteer on the day of the event as well, and  if you have any questions.

Best wishes,
Clarisse and Stephanie


_______________­­­­­­­­___
Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf
Deputy Director of Public Programs

PEN AMERICA
588 Broadway Suite 303, New York, NY 10012, USA
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