From Salem to Straw Dogs: Pokey Poetry Events

May approacheth, and with it, a couple of events to share with you:

Ma Poetry Fest

Three days packed with readings, talks, panels and a small press book fair, including this panel featuring yours truly, along with the fabulous poets Karen Skolfield and Sarah Sousa and equally impressive Perugia Press Director, Susan Kan:

From Zero to One: First Books & What We Wish We’d Known

Saturday, May 2, 12:15-1:15

Peabody Essex Museum Library, Salem, MA

We can’t promise you’ll get published, but we will share what we’ve learned, which turns out to be a decent amount.

This event will be of special interest to writers submitting a manuscript or about to publish a first book. We’ll discuss the happy but often bewildering aftermath of acceptance: book design, publicity, the vulnerability of being newly published, post-publication contests, second and beyond books, and the importance of continuing to write after a manuscript has been assembled or even published. We’ll also talk about pre-publication editing, researching presses and contests, realistic publishing expectations, and dealing with a difficult publisher. Although the panel will focus on life after an acceptance, we will have handouts that address the business side of preparing a manuscript. Discussion will be audience driven – bring your questions!

Writers Night Out

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Basement (formerly Bishop’s Lounge) 
21 Center Street, Northampton
7:00 – 9:00pm

I’ll be the featured reader at this longstanding event sponsored by the good people at Straw Dogs Writers Guild.  It starts with an open mic, and if you want to read, put your name in the hat up until 7:10. The reading starts at 7:15,  and each reader will have five minutes.

And if you have questions:  Jacqueline Sheehan (413) 582-0661

There’s a bar.  Meet me there.

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