I’m reading at the Blacksmith House in Cambridge, MA
Monday, Dec 12, with Paul Breslin, at 8pm. (I’m up first.)
Happy to be reading in this great series–hope to see you there!
Deb and I will read poems and talk some about the (long) gestation of our second books, and about trying to write as mothers, and probably a bunch of other stuff.
The Odyssey Bookshop is right down the street from the Five College Women’s Studies Resource Center at Mt. Holyoke College, which is where Grass Whistle was born. So I’m pretty excited about this reading. I hope you’ll come and listen.
If you want the details, and to learn more about Deb and her book, check out the Odyssey Books site.
See you there!
When I started this blog I was smack-dab in the middle of navigating the territory of Mom-poet. Trying to figure out how to make the time and head-space for my creative life. Now, five years later, I’m in a different place, and yet…
still trying to find that time.
The difference is, whereas yet another snow day five years ago would’ve brought me to the brink, now, as I write, one kid has walked himself over to a friend’s for some sledding, and the other is practicing guitar. Yes, she’s in the same room, but not really *requiring* anything. I can tune her in and out.
But, (and it’s all about the but these days, isn’t it?) I now have a full-time-out-of-the-house job. So there’s that.
But we all have something, right? And I’m not complaining, because where I am now is a boatload better than where I was a while back. I’m just kind of thinking aloud about this space and how best to keep it alive. Because, frankly, I love it here.
So, let’s try a compromise. No promises. Just this for today.
And OK, some updates about readings, events, interviews and such. (That sure wouldn’t have been happening five years ago!)
And an intention to get back here.
close your eyes. Let’s intention it together—that extra creative time for ourselves.
Sorry, that’s not going to happen. But, barring something crazy expensive, what would you want to find under your chair? Can you leave a comment and tell me about it?
In the meantime, here’s some news:
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Lecture and panel discussion moderated by Karen Skolfield with Amy Dryansky, Susan Kan, Sarah Sousa, & Michelle Valois
March 1, 11am
Miss Hall’s School, Centennial Hall
492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield
Hosted by Suzi Banks Baum, featuring readings by Amy Dryansky, Sarah Hains DiFazio, Janet Elsbach, Lorrin Krouss, Linda Jackson, Nichole Dupont, Leigh Strimbeck, Serene Mastrianni, Rachel Siegel, and Suzi Banks Baum
March 7, 7pm
Dewey Memorial Hall
91 Main Street, Sheffield
Suggested donation at the door $10
The Writing Life: Reading & Discussion
Forbes Library Community Room
April 27, 7pm-8pm
Massachusetts Poetry Festival
More details to follow…
Those of you who’ve followed Pokey Mama from her tightly bound beginnings will probably guess that this feels like a miracle to me. To get the book written, under the circumstances, was challenge enough. To find a publisher—ridiculous!
Now to find my book on the same list with past winners like Jorie Graham, Martin Espada, Henri Cole, Lucie Brock-Broido, David Rivard, etc., well, that’s just plain crazy.
This is what the judges said:
In Amy Dryansky’s Grass Whistle, we are invited into a world we know, but may have never seen. Her craft is subtle, yet engrossing. Her universal themes are given the perfect amount of loft with her language, her structure, and her unerring sense of the complicated simplicity of life.
You can find the book at Salmon, on-line, or at your local bookseller.
What’s really exciting to me about this is that the MCB works closely with libraries across the state, and I happen to think public libraries are the one of the last bastions of true democracy in our country, and besides, I just plain love them.
Stay tuned for more about the Book Awards—the winner is announced in May and I’ll let you know if I’m celebrating or just trying to be happy for the poet who won.
In the meantime, you can still listen to my interview at Out of Our Minds here
& Francesca Rheannon at The Writer’s Voice is featuring poems of mine all month on her show, along with an interview that will air later this month. I’ll post that link when it’s up.