June 28 Loud and Proud Festival in NYC

Loud and Proud
Join the Village Playwrights at 8 pm on June 28 to celebrate Gay Pride in a thought provoking way with staged readings of seven jury chosen 10 minute plays by some of New York’s most interesting playwrights at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.  Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  $5 donation requested.  Please email villageplaywrights@gmail.com or call 614-285-2515 to reserve seats.

Here’s one you won’t want to miss:

“Naked” by Mike Poblete  — After having great sex, two men get naked.

 Born in Brooklyn, Mike Poblete has had six full length plays and numerous one acts performed in six countries, two of which have been published. He has a Playwriting MFA from Trinity College Dublin and works as Director of Script Development at The Foxboro Company, a Broadway, film and television production office. www.mikepoblete.com

 

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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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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.

 

 

Surfacing: Aug. 15 in Greenwich Village

Surfacing: Aug. 15 in Greenwich Village

I’m very excited to announce my son Michael’s newest play, SURFACING, being developed by Primary Stages as part of the Drills 2016 series! For you non-theater folk, Primary Stages is a celebrated Off-Broadway company. Basically, this is kind of a big deal for Michael.

The month long rewrite process culminates with a FREE staged reading Monday, August 15th at 4pm at the Lucille Lortel Theater in Greenwich Village. Here’s the link to book your seat:

I will still be in Europe at that time, but I hope you can make it. It is free, but you need to book a seat.

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:

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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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Thanks to All Who Came to the Jones Library and Play

Jones LibraryThanks to all those who came to the Poetry Reading last night at the Jones Library by Cheryl Fish and myself.  We enjoyed the audience and had a great dinner at Vespa Osteria following.

A reminder that there is a wonderful site specific Emily Dickinson Play at the Homestead in Amherst  running over the next few weeks.  Tickets are tight, but you can still get on the wait list.