NaPoMo Pokey

NPM2016posterLet’s be honest. Mostly what I’m doing this month is helping my daughter figure out where she’s going to college. (How did that happen?) But Pokey managed to squeeze in a couple of National Poetry Month events…

Reading at Western New England University

Thursday April 7th, 6:00-7:00pm

Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy, Room 306
WNEU, Springfield, MA
Free & Open to the Public (that’s you, people)

Very excited to read for WNEU’s new MFA program!

Poetry & Parenting

Monday, April 25, 7-8:30pm

Reading & Discussion as part of the Writing Life Series
Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library
Northampton, MA

In which I tell the story of Pokey Mama, live.

NaPoMo Interview: A Writer’s Voice

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Here’s the link to my NaPoMo interview with Francesca Rheannon, on A Writer’s VoiceI had a really lousy head cold when we talked, but folks who’ve heard it say I sound smart. And I didn’t pay them.

Francesca asked me about my Pokey Mama journeythe struggles I had writing as a woman and mother after my kids were born; what’s changed for women writers and what hasn’t. That’s  where I gave a shout out to the VIDA count, which shows that as far as publishing is concerned, not enough progress has been made. But we’re working on it, right?

You have to skip to the second half of the show for my interview, but you might want to listen to the first part, too.  Great piece with Leah Vincent, who talks about her memoir Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood.

big poetry giveaway – 2013 edition

Big Poetry Giveaway 2013

Susan Rich over at The Alchemist’s Kitchen is guest curating the fourth year of the poetry extravaganza known as The Big Poetry Giveaway. Seeing as it’s The Cruelest (aka National Poetry) Month, I thought I’d get on board, and you can, too. If you want to get with the giving, go to Susan’s place and sign yourself up–you have until April 10!

This is the deal: leave a comment here with your name and at the end of the month I will draw the names of two readers (using the Random Number Generator) who will each get a free book of poetry. If you go to Susan’s blog you’ll see a long list of folks who are also doing poetry freebies—so get surfing, and get your poetry on!

One person will get a free copy of my brand spanking new book, Grass Whistle, and I’m also giving away a copy of Maya Janson’s new book, Murmur & Crush, just out from Hedgerow Books. And maybe some more, we’ll see what happens.

I’ll say more about The Giveaway and these books soon, but for now…here’s what some folks have said about Maya’s book:

Murmur and Crush

“Wide-open love of the world and its mad inhabitants is one of the holiest of the heart’s affections. And that’s what you get in Maya Janson’s Murmur & Crush—total acceptance of the as-is world, seduced into being by that beautiful tag team, Bemusement and Sorrow.” —David Rivard

“Maya Janson’s richly evocative poems embody through visible things the turbulent cross-currents of the interior world where one thing spawns another in a wild tumult of images, producing an exuberant vision of beauty outlasting what destroys it.” —Eleanor Wilner

So, you could buy a bunch of Powerball tickets or…you can leave Pokey a comment for free and take a chance at getting one of these  fabulous books.

No purchase necessary. No obligation. No time-share tour. Let the words begin!

the big poetry giveaway

Kelli Russell Agodon over at Book of Kells has once again jumpstarted an extravaganza of poetry love, the Big Poetry Giveaway. Seeing as it’s April, National Poetry Month, and Fool’s Day is safely over, I thought I’d get on board.

This is the deal: leave a comment here with your name and at the end of the month I will draw the names of two readers (using the Random Number Generator) who will each get a free book of poetry. If you go to Kelli’s blog you’ll see a long list of folks who are also doing poetry freebies—so get surfing, and get your poetry on!

One person will get a free copy of my book, How I Got Lost So Close to Home. I’m supposed to pick a book by another author to give away, but I couldn’t decide which one (sorry!) so instead, the other lucky winner scores a new anthology that’s coming out from St. Martin’s Press (yes, I’m in it, but so are LOTS of other people), Morning Song: Poems for New Parents, edited by Susan Todd and Carol Purington. It’s available in hardcover and audio—you choose.

I know–it’s pink and blue. Don’t be scared by that.

The anthology is far-ranging, and includes poems from all kind of folk, including Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Richard Wilbur, Sylvia Plath (natch!), Galway Kinnell (ditto), Natasha Trethewey, Pablo Neruda, John Berryman (I love that there’s Berryman in there!), Kay Ryan, Jane Kenyon and Rita Dove. Pokey’s happy that there’s this good, juicy book coming out with strong poems about parenting that we Mothers And… can turn to when we’re feeling…over-taxed, shall we say?.

No purchase necessary. No obligation. No time-share tour.

C’mon, leave a comment. Let the words begin!