On Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 5:30, three poets from my Emma Andrews Poetry Workshop— Priscilla Turner Spada, Paulette Turco, and Sandra Thaxter—will be featured along with Elizabeth Wolf at The Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s new book night at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301. Pretty wonderful.
Thanks to the Massachusetts Book Awards committee for listing my most recent collection of poems, Animal Psalms, as a “Poetry Must Read” for 2018.
I’m proud to hear that my friend Meredith Bergmann’s design has been chosen for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument. These will be the first statues of real women in New York City’s Central Park.
Meredith been given two years to complete the work. The unveiling of the monument is scheduled for August 26th, 2020. I plan to be there.
The Newburyport Literary Festival is happening this weekend. Here is the complete schedule. It’s going to be a beautiful day!
Robert Hudson has written “a parallel biography” of what some might consider an unlikely pair, Thomas Merton and Bob Dylan. Both of these poets, however, figured largely as influences on my own development as a poet and Catholic thinker. Read a review of the book in Commonweal.
To help promote the upcoming Newburyport Literary Festival, Deborah Warren talks about the books she loves best with filmmaker Betsy Westendorf.
The double dactyl is aptly described on the jacket of this new anthology as “a devilish amalgam of rhyme, meter, name-dropping and pure nonsense,” but editors Daniel Groves and Greg Williamson have somehow persuaded the likes of X. J. Kennedy, J. D. McClatchy, Kim Bridgford, Caki Wilkinson, Andrew Hudgins and Charles Martin to contribute their efforts to this new anthology, conceived as a follow-up to the original Jiggery-Pokery anthology compiled by the inventors of the form, Anthony Hecht and John Hollander. Also included are three of my own poems, along with several by my good friend A. M. Juster.
Stop the presses! Donald Trump actually spoke the truth, for once. Here is a link to Andrew J. Bacevich’s editorial in The Boston Globe. It’s a must-read, as is everything Bacevich writes.