Greetings, happy New Year, and thank you for visiting my site. With all of the billions of sites you could be on right now, you’re visiting mine, and I appreciate your time and attention.
I have returned from my latest trip to England, and you can view some of the photos on my England 2 page. Many thanks to all those who helped to make it an amazing trip, particularly the parishioners of St. Margaret’s in Canterbury for the warm welcome (and pudding, coffee, and lovely conversation), Daphne Reese for the personal stained glass tour of Canterbury Cathedral, Simon Lockwood for special access to the bell tower, the Roman Baths staff for special access, the Wells Cathedral staff, and Vida O’Sullivan and all of the friendly and helpful staff members at the places I stayed in Bath, Canterbury, and London. I also visited Glastonbury, Wells, and Dover, and though I had expected to get to a few more places, I was too busy enjoying myself where I was. A third visit will be in order in the future.
2018 is upon us, and my hope for this coming year is that we each work to create more kindness, respect, peace, love, and gratitude in our own lives. This is not an easy task, but each moment is a new opportunity to choose love. Please join me in consciously working to create a better world through our everyday interactions: it’s the seemingly small things that add up to big things. Thank you, and best wishes for a peaceful, loving 2018 full of kindness and gratitude.
Hello, everyone, and thank you for visiting my site. I am excited and grateful to announce that I am again going abroad for an extended period of time. This time, I am confining my travels to England because I determined that I did not spend enough time there on my way through in 2013, particularly in London. It was tough to choose it over a fifth visit to Ireland, but I have been meaning to revisit London and some English places I missed. Now is the time.
In November, I will hit the five year mark of writing a poem per day. I gave only a brief consideration to stopping at the completion of this year. At this point, writing a poem each day is such an integral part of my life and such a compulsion that I don’t want to stop. So I’ll keep going until I want to stop, if/when that occurs. And if I happen to miss a day due to some unforeseen circumstance, know for certain that I’ll pick up my pen and meet the page again the next day.
Thanks to all of you for your support of my creative endeavors and your well wishes on this next adventure. I will return armed with plenty of photos for an England 2 page…that hopefully will get posted sooner than the 2013 photos did.
Thank you, and best wishes!
Hello, everyone. Thank you for stopping by. As I mentioned in my last post, I had three photographs published in the most recent edition of Still Point Arts Quarterly. You can find it here. Please also check out the review of the edition by Katy Haas at New Pages. Many thanks to Christine Cote for the opportunity and Katy Haas for her coverage.
I have also recently won prizes in four contests in this year’s Massachusetts State Poetry Society competitions, including a first place prize. In addition to submitting, I sponsored the William Butler Yeats Award for a poem about Ireland and awarded first, second, and third place prizes. Congratulations to the winners, particularly Barbara Blanks for her first place prize. Thanks to all who submitted and allowed me to read your work.
Hello, everyone. I’m excited to announce that three of my photographs have been chosen for Still Point Art Gallery’s exhibition entitled “The Art of Structure.” You can view my images (Neuschwanstein, Radcliffe Door, and St. David’s) on the Still Point website until October 31st.
The images will also be featured in the Still Point Arts Quarterly. Print editions can be purchased on the Still Point website.
Many thanks to Christine Cote of Still Point Art Gallery. Christine is also the founder of Shanti Arts, publisher of my book Turning Turf.
Hello, all. I’m excited to be participating in this year’s Massachusetts Walking Tour reading at the Lancaster town green concert on Friday, June 30th. I’ll be reading a few of my poems along with the brilliant James B. Nicola and the amazing Karen Sharpe. Music by Wolfpen will follow. See the Mass Walking Tour website for more information. Join us at 6:00 for a great evening!
Hello, all, and thank you for your visit. I recently had a poem, “This is the Last Picture that Van Gogh Painted Before He Killed Himself” published by Ekphrastic Review. The poem was inspired by Van Gogh’s Wheatfields with Crows and by John Berger’s book Ways of Seeing. It was originally a prose poem that I turned into verse for this submission. Many thanks to editor Lorette C. Luzajic for selecting my work and to my friend James B. Nicola, also published in the review, for pointing me to the journal.
As previously mentioned, this summer I have been invited to offer a workshop as part of the Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home Summer Writing Series. On July 15th, we’ll be exploring poems and blessings through my workshop, “Inscribing Blessing: Exploring the Poem as Blessing.” You can learn more about the workshop series and how to register in the recent Worcester Telegram article. Many thanks to Susan Roney-O’Brien for asking me to participate.
Thanks also to all who attended recent readings and events, including the great crowd we had at Fitchburg State University for their inaugural poetry month event held in April. I had the great opportunity to read with other area poets, particularly DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld and Megan Normandin. It was an honor to read with these accomplished poets and to hear the great work by students and community members. The attendance was impressive, particularly for a first event, and the enthusiasm of the students was inspiring. Many thanks to the team of organizers: Marcia Ladd, Connie Strittmatter, and Kim Cochrane. Thanks also to Sally Cragin for inviting me to participate.
And thanks again to Susan Roney-O’Brien for inviting me to read at the Thirsty Lab series. It was a great reading with lively discussion afterward. Thanks also to Sue DeLiddo for the great hospitality and comfortable reading space.
One last thank you to the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative for having me read at their monthly Bridging Writers Author Series in April. This is a great series with talented writers presenting their works, and I appreciated being a part of it.
Thank you to all.
Happy 2017 to you all. I realize that we’re already nearly two months into the new year, but wanted to express my well wishes. Many thanks to everyone who made 2016 an amazing year for me for numerous reasons.
2016 saw the publishing of Turning Turf, and many thanks to Shanti Arts and Christine Cote. I enjoyed all of the readings and have a few more scheduled, including for the Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative, Fitchburg State University, and the Thirsty Lab, all in April. Thank you to all those who attended and provided support.
Perhaps the greatest outcome thus far of Turning Turf has been the North Central Womens Caucus for Art exhibit, In the Beginning, held in September. It was and will remain quite an honor to see artwork inspired by the poems and photographs in TT. Thank you to these talented ladies, especially my friend Gail Bloom.
I also hit four years of writing a poem per day this past November. Every day for the past four+ years I’ve written a new poem. There was one day, the first Monday after I returned from Europe in 2013 and was working on TT, that I heavily revised one of the book’s poems, but every other day I have written a brand new one. Unfortunately, this emphasis on creation has decreased my efforts toward revision and submission, and I did not have a single piece of poetry or prose published in 2016 aside from TT. I realize that I need to remedy this. I also realize that I am extremely fortunate for multiple reasons to have been and continue to be able to set aside the time each day to write.
There are many other reasons to celebrate 2016, and I thank everyone involved in making it a great year for me.
In addition to my continued readings in 2017, I am excited to announce that I will be presenting one of the Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home Summer Writing Program workshops. Stay tuned for more information, but the workshop will center on the theme of blessings. It’s important that we recognize all of the reasons to be grateful, and I believe this is a crucial time to emphasize our blessings. Let’s work together to make 2017 a year of gratitude…and then let’s extend it into 2018 and beyond. Thank you, and best wishes for a great 2017!