My first reading

Dear Reader,

I can’t believe a year has passed! Here’s a brief overview of how I spent the past six months.

January 2014: I kept the Portsmouth Writers Salon going, I read, and read, and read, I met local writers, I discontinued the Essays Book Group, I wrote, and wrote, and wrote. I continued volunteering at Sheafe Street Books.

February 2014: I saw Jackson Warfield Read and BCAP perform at the Red Door. I sat with John-Michael Albert and John Simon. I attended Jason Laundry’s photos & essays at NHIA.

March 2014: I read my first poem aloud at the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program Poetry Hoot.

April 2014: I saw Leslie Jamison read from The Empathy Exams at RiverRun Bookstore. I attended Pat Parnell’s 90th Birthday Party at the Wiggin Memorial Library. I went to Connecticut to celebrate my grandmother’s 97th birthday! I was invited to participate in the #PortsmouthLOVE wall of locks at Prescott Park.

May 2014: I saw Elizabeth McCraken (5/20/14) and Kate Christensen (5/24/14) speak at RiverRun Bookstore. I attended the Provence Prize reading hosted by Adam Irish at Portsmouth Book and Bar, in which two members of Portsmouth Writers’ Salon came in first and second place. I saw Adelle Waldman read at RiverRun Bookstore.

June 2014: I moved the Portsmouth Writers’ Salon Meetings to my home. So that we could meet without the distractions and interruptions of being in a public setting.

Here’s what I read over the past six months:
Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash
The Diary of Anais Nin Vol. 1 by Anais Nin
Collected Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck
Blue Plate Special by Kate Christensen
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
Talking With Birches by Pat Parnell
Another Forty Years by Mike Nelson
That Old Highway of Dead Angels by Jackson Warfield
Look in the Mirror and Laugh in the Face of Madness by Jackson Warfield
Nine Horses by Billy Collins
All of Us by Raymond Carver
Carver Country by Raymond Carver
Call Me If You Need Me By Raymond Carver
Where I’m Calling From By Raymond Carver
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis
Just an Ordinary Day by Shirley Jackson

Happy Summer! Keep Reading! Keep Writing!

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