2019: Year in Review

Here’s a high-level review of my 2019

December 2018:  I went surfing two days before Christmas. I celebrated three-years since I quit drinking having coffee with friends at the Roundabout Diner.

January 2019: I spent a couple of approximately a thousand dollars emergency medical treatment and spent the month sick and in pain due to this I regretfully had to let go of my part-time gig on Saturdays.

February 2019: I love Rye Airfield in the winter.

March 2019: I read my poem

“Flashes of Terror,” from Lunation: A Good Fat Anthology of 114 Women Poets at South Church, Portsmouth, NH in front of over 100 people.

April 2019: I spent some time with friends at their new houses near my partner’s hometown.

May 2019: I went surfing at Jenness on Memorial Day Weekend and took a Lamborghini fast 9’6 longboard to the middle of the back of my head. I heard a loud crack.

June 2019: I traded in my 9’6 longboard for a 7’6 board. But I’m out of water for a bit longer.

July 2019: I took out my first car loan and bought a three-year-old manual transmission VW Jetta.

August 2019: I took on a month-long part-time freelance & consulting gig working a handful of hours a week as a private social media strategist for a realtor. Tried to surf lasted 30 minutes and was experiencing post-concussion terror.

September 2019:  I spent another thousand dollars on my teeth. Grandma would be proud. I am flossing while watching TV and it has become a new hobby.

October 2019: I moved an hour away from Portsmouth to my partner’s hometown.

November 2019: I committed to a nontraditional writing challenge hosted by an NH outdoor adventure writer.

December 2019: I am looking forward to my two best friends visiting from LA and SF area and meeting their partners. And I look forward to celebrating 4-years since I quit drinking.

Youth Poetry Series Host

Dear Readers,

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! 

Portsmouth Writers’ Salon goes on sabbatical

Dear Reader,

Happy New Year! Here’s an overview of my past six months.

July 2015: Portsmouth Writers’ Salon goes on sabbatical.

August 2015: I read and read, and I wrote, and I wrote.

September 2015: I worked with Amy Ray and Laura Horwood-Benton at the first-ever Local Authors’ Fair at the Portsmouth Public Library.

October 2015: I read a lot of ancient Ghost and Halloween stories.

November 2015: I attended Long Story Short to see Dagan Migirditch (Portsmouth Writers Salon Member), Michael Boulerice (author of The Adventures of KungFu Mike and the Magic Sunglasses), and Charles McMahon (author of Legendary Locals of Portsmouth) perform.

December 2015: I updated the local ongoing literary event listing for the Portsmouth Writers Salon website.

Here are the books I read:

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Roald Dahl’s Ghost Stories
 by Roald Dahl

Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg

The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian

Close Your Eyes Hold Your Hands by Chris Bohjalian

The Double Bind by Chris Bojalian

Writers in the Round

Dear Readers,

Happy Mid-Summer! Here’s an update of my past six months.

January 2015:  I wrote a review of The Poet’s Tale; Lady Wentworth edited by Tammi J. Truax for publication.

February 2015:  I kept writing and reading.

March 2015:  I kept writing and reading.

April 2015: I met with Amy Ray and Laura Horwood-Benton to help plan the  Local Authors’ Fair at the Portsmouth Public Library.

May 2015:  I kept writing and reading.

June 2015: I read some poems on Writers in the Round on 6/15/2015.

Here are the books I read:

The Poet’s Tale; Lady Wentworth edited by Tammi J. Truax

Binary Star by Sarah Gerard

The Fisherman’s Son by Chris Malloy

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The All-Girls Filling Station by Fannie Flagg

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

The Next Hunger by Kimberly Green

After Everything Burns by Ryk McIntyre

Beneath the Wool by Ryan McLellan

The Wild, Invasive Light by Ryan McLellan

Portsmouth Women edited by Laura Pope

Legendary Locals of Portsmouth by Charles McMahon


Keep Reading! Keep Writing!


Rejection Letters

Dear Reader,

The word for today is “Rejection.” I am told that actually receiving rejections letters versus no response is a good thing. I am receiving many of those, disheartening as it feels, I am at least testing the waters.

July 2014: I read and read, and I wrote and wrote. I was invited by the Teen Librarian to teach a Teen Fiction Writers’ Workshop at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton, NH.

August 2014: I wrote a letter to the editor of Seacoast Online in support of LOUD Portsmouth, which was published. You can read it under my AUTHOR tab. I submitted an essay to the New Yorker and Paris Review and received two encouraging rejection letters.

September 2014: I met Steve Marchand former, City of Portsmouth Mayor, for coffee and to discuss LOUD Portsmouth and other community ideas.

October 2014: I submitted essays and poems to Granta, Tin House,  AGNI, The SUN, and Real Simple.

November 2014: I was a featured reader at Beat Poetry Night at the Press Room.

December 2014: I received rejection letters from the Essays and Poems submitted to AGNI, Granta, The SUN, and Tin House. I never heard a peep from REAL SIMPLE.

Here are the books I read:

Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Joyland by Stephen King

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

Gwynne’s Grammar by N.M. Gwynne

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White (1959 edition)

The Gotham Writers’ Workshop Writing Fiction  by Gotham Writers’ Workshop

Eats, Shoots, & Leaves by Lynne Truss

A Guide to Writers Homes in New England by Miriam Levine

Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life by Charles M. Shulz

Webster’s New American Dictionary (1960 Edition)

The Transitive Vampire by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale

The Collected Stories by Ray Bradbury

Dancing Girls and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood

Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed


Best wishes for 2015!


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!