Red Thread Writers Circles Begin This Week

Julie Rosier, writer extraordinaire and facilitator of writing groups for 10 years in Western Massachusetts, is starting her Red Thread Writing Circles on December 7.  Two 10-week writing workshops, one will run on Wednesday evenings in Easthampton and on Thursday evenings in Northampton.  Contact Julie at jrosier06@gmail.com for more details.

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Greenfield Annual Word Festival

IMG_0725The Greenfield Annual Word Festival will run from Tuesday, October 18th to Sunday, October 23rd in Greenfield.  I will be reading on Friday at 7 pm the Root Cellar, 10 Fiske Ave. with some wonderful poets including Lori Desrosiers, Anita Gallers, Debbie Tosun Kilday, Colin Haskings, Michael L. Kilday, to name a few. Join us for this word marathon.

The critics have been kind

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The reviews are in and “One Down,” the new play by my son, Michael, is a hit.

“The play, written by Mike Poblete…is a moving, frequently funny look at loss, raging, drams and human connection.”

–Deborah Martin, Arts Writer, San Antonio Express-News

If you’re in San Antonio area , you can catch it at the Overtime Theatre through August 27.

If you’re in the NYC area, Michael has a new play going up on August 15 at the Louise Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St at 4 pm, called “Surfacing.”  It’s free, but you need to register for a ticket.

 

 

Winning Writers Has Been Kind

IMG_0725I was grateful to learn  I earned Honorable Mention in the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest:

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest!

 Honorable Mention:

Judge Ellaraine Lockie comments on the winning entries

Traditional poetry forms have had a blockbuster year in the 2015 Contest. The winners’ list includes: two sonnet crowns, two sestinas, a villanelle, a palindrome, a pantoum, an elegy, three ekphrastic poems, and two poems with such distinct and unique construction as to be classified nonce forms. Read our press release announcing the winners.

You can read my winning poem, and the other winners as well at:

https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/contest-archives/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest-2015

Pushcart Nomination

My publisher, Flutter Press, has been kind.  Flutter Press nominated me for a Pushcart Prize for my poem, “Eulogy for the Costa Rican Ghosts,” from my new collection of poems, Banshees:

http://flutterpress2009.blogspot.com/p/pushcart-nominees.html

The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published annually, is one of the most honored literary projects in America. Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in their annual collections. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series. Every volume contains an index of past selections, plus lists of outstanding presses with addresses. Among poets who have won this prize are Wendell Berry, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Donald Hall, Jane Hirshfield, Tony Hoagland, W.S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, James Tate, and William Carlos Williams, to name a few.

Here’s an excerpt from “Eulogy for the Costa Rican Ghosts.”

I feel their aching in the night air

their souls shaking in the tropical trees.

I remember their presence here

and bear them closer as time goes by…

my years stealing to inevitable death.

I am grateful for the nomination. Wish me luck with the competition!

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