Here’s an update of what I’ve been up to for the past half-year.
January 2016: I kept reading and writing.
February 2016: I kept writing and reading.
March 2016: I went to the book launch at 3s Artspace for The Penny Poet of Portsmouth and saw friends of Robert Dunn read his poems. And I saw our beautiful Poet Laureate, Kate Leigh do her Star Island reading at Portsmouth Book and Bar.
April 2016: I saw Monica Wood read excerpts of The One in a Million Boy at RiverRun Bookstore. RiverRun Bookstore asked me to organize two poetry events for National Poetry Month. The featured readers included Mark Palos and Ryan McLellan at the first one, then Heidi Therrien and Lauren WB Vermette at the second one. I saw our 8th poet Laureate John- Michael Albert read from his new book, Portsmouth and Star Island Poems at PPLH. I attended the Newburyport Literary Festival.
May 2016: I volunteered at the Seacoast Outright coffeehouse at RiverRun Bookstore. I volunteered at Shelley Girdner’s book launch for You Were That White Bird at RiverRun Bookstore. I attended the Station Note Reading Series at 3s Artspace and saw poets Emilia Phillips, Duncan D. Campbell, and Guy Capecelatro III. I saw Jackson Warfield read from his chapbook at Lost Coast in Kittery, ME. I was asked to organize and host a monthly young folks poetry series at RiverRun Bookstore featured readers for May were Lauren Elma Frament and William James. I was nominated on our local Ten to Watch list by Seacoast Online and Catapult Seacoast.
June 2016: I organized the RiverRun Bookstore After Hours Youth Poetry Series – featured readers were Christopher Clauss and Mike Jo Riello.
Here are the books I read:
The Penny Poet of Portsmouth by Katherine Towler
One of Us is Lost by Robert Dunn
A Place Called Self by Stephanie Brown
The Gingerbread Girl by Stephen King
Stationary Bike by Stephen King
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
Rewired by Erica Spiegelman
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away by Stephen King
Autopsy Room Four by Stephen King
In the Tall Grass by Stephen King
UR by Stephen King
M Train by Patti Smith
Blackout by Sarah Hepola
Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
One in A Million Boy by Monica Wood
Portsmouth and Star Island Poems by John-Michael Albert
You Were That White Bird by Shelley Girdner
We Took To The Woods by Louise Dickinson Rich
Dances with Light by Kate Leigh
Keep Reading! Keep Writing!