Don't be fooled by the grim-faced picture. It was the only unblinking one. For me, words are worth a thousand pictures. I'm looking forward to saying hi to all of you.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Documentaries can have a built-in bore factor because there's often no structure. Okay, The March of the Penguins is beautiful, but by mid-point, I'm panicking that the darn penguins will never stop marching and I'll be in the theater until the cows come home. Still, I've invested this much time, so....
But Jill Adresevic's documentary, LOVE, ETC. to hit theaters this Friday, is centered around five couples--a pair of hair school students who have fallen hard in their first true love, a Hindu couple whose dissatisfactions quietly seethe along with the lamb saag and curried cheek peas on their parents' stovetops, a gay director who becomes the single parent of twins through a surrogate mom, and a single dad construction worker who has custody of his two kids.
Your favorites, I bet, will be Albert and Marion from Canarsie, Brooklyn, married for 48 years.
You'll come away enlightened and delighted and wanting to see more!http://loveetcthemovie.com/

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Read my blog post on http://blog.motherhoodlaterthansooner.com/2011/06/guest-blog-post-your-inner-vision-by.html

For everyone who has ever been worried about their child who s being given bad reports from his teachers, not doing his work in school, getting into mischief, read my blog post on Motherhoodlater.com


Monday, June 20, 2011

Prelude to a Kiss, Craig Lucas

This is a play to read to see how scenes build. Two people meet and anything can and does happen. I won't spoil the surprise. This play seems at first like a simple boy meets girl, but it uniquely addresses the big life question of love--"Will you still love me tomorrow?"

Sunday, June 12, 2011


In 1936, when 92-year-old Aaron Gorman who is still a practicing accountant, was a junior in Richmond High School in Queens, he pedaled hard on his bike to try to get to the baseball tryouts, but he was too late.

"Please," he begged the coach, "I had to deliver newspapers for my father."

The coach relented. He put Aaron on first and pitched him a ball. Aaron caught it. He pitched another, another. Aaron caught thirty balls in a row. A couple of players were still hanging around, so the coach put them on first and second and sent Aaron off to third and had him throw the ball to all the bases. Pitch perfect, or is it perfect pitch?

The next morning, Aaron had swimming. In those days, the guys didn't wear bathing trunks. They didn't wear anything. The coach was sitting there with Phil Rizzuto, a senior who was only famous at Richmond High at that point. He called Aaron over and introduced them.

That afternoon, there was a scrap game, varsity against the guys trying out. Aaron did so well on third where Phil had played, that they made Aaron third baseman and Phil shortstop. Aaron was probably the reason Phil Rizzuto later became a shortstop for the Yankees.

Moral: You never know what a good accountant can do for you.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Gulf Coast Announces 4th Annual Barthelme PrizeGulf Coast is happy to announce that the 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is now open for entries!No matter what you call it--flash fiction, prose poems, micro-essays--send us your work of 500 words or fewer. The winner will receive $1,000 and will be published in the issue of Gulf Coast due out in Spring 2012, along with the two runners-up.Last year we were happy to publish three excellent pieces of short prose by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (2010's winner), Benjamin Glass, and Robert Thomas. These three pieces, along with an introduction by last year's judge Joe Bonomo, are available on our website. Entries are due August 31, 2011 and each entrant will receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. We're asking that all entries this year come to us via our easy-to-use online submission manager. This year's judge will be poet, essayist, and story writer Sarah Manguso.
Gulf Coast Prize Contest ResultsThe 2011 Gulf Coast Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction have been chosen! The winner in each genre will receive $1,500 and publication in the next issue of Gulf Coast, due out this fall. The two runners-up in each genre will receive $250 each.In poetry, Ilya Kaminsky chose "A New Vessel" by Amaranth Borsuk of Sommerville, MA.Honorable mentions:"Lampshade Cue Stick Acrobat Dust" by Allison Hutchcraft of West Lafayette, IN."[Silver & I in the yellow kitchen, cruel in paper]" by Carrie Chappell of New Orleans, LA. In fiction, Frederick Reiken selected "The Window" by Brian Van Reet of Austin, TX.Honorable mentions:"At the Gates" by Cara Blue Adams of Baton Rouge, LA. "No Hero, No Sharks" by Sue Staats of Sacramento, CA. In nonfiction, John D'Agata chose "This Suturing of Wounds or Words" by Arianne Zwartjes of Tucson, AZHonorable mentions: "Three Tales of the Extraordinary" by Laura Hartenberger of Toronto."An Algorithm" by Daisy Pitkin of Tucson, AZ. Congratulations to this year's winners and runners-up! And thanks to everyone who entered this year's contest.The 2012 Gulf Coast Prize contest will open on October 1, 2011. Judges and deadlines will be posted at that time.Watch for more Gulf Coast announcements and updates on

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Yankee Game

During the seventh inning, without drinking even one beer, I got up and danced and a photographer got all my moves and there I was, on the big screens. After that, all night people were hi-fiving me, calling me "the fun lady." And fun I had, even though the Yankees lost.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Eighteen-year-old Emily Hagins (still a high school senior who just got her driver's license) wrote and directed My Sucky Teenage Romance, her hilarious and touching satire on teen culture: the rage for sci-fi and vampires. She managed to get it produced by pitching her idea to indiegogo.com What a site! People who get revved up about your idea can support it by donating $15 or a thousand or more and you get perks, t-shirts, etc. depending on how much you money you give. That means all of us have a shot at both making a film and producing one. Read more about Emily Hagins and My Sucky Teen Romance at her movie company website--www.cheesynuggets.com

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Emotions are the wind in the sails for any prose or poetry. It's the one element that you can't be without or your writing becomes as flat as gingerale left uncapped. Through prose, poetry, fictgion or memoir, you will learn to get your emotions on the page. Here is a course description:Course Description: Emotions Into Art (online) How do writers make you laugh and cry? Designed for beginners and for those who would like to spike up their writing and gain mastery, this course begins by exploring emotion-packed fiction, short prose, and poems, to discover tips, tricks, and strategies for making the reader ache, cheer characters on, reach for the Kleenex, or hold their sides with laughter. You’ll learn about tone, hyperbole, understatement, pacing, implication, and more. Through stimulating writing exercises and short reading assignments, you are encouraged to find your own voice to create short writing (prose or poems) about yourself /and or fictional characters that grab the attention of both readers and editors.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011


June at Literary Laundry
Dear Laundry,
We cannot believe that June has already arrived. Since the release of our second issue in March, Literary Laundry has continued to grow substantially. As always, we look forward to the journey ahead.
Please remember, today is the LAST day to submit your work for consideration for Volume 2 Issue 1 (aka Issue 3). Visit www.literarylaundry.com/submissions to read our submissions guidelines and submit your work.
Applications for our upcoming Showcase are due on June 20. This date is fast approaching, so please submit soon.
We intend to release our third issue on September 1. In the meantime, we will continue to host Author Showcases, post to the blog, add reviews to our Reviews page, and develop our two print-publication series (see below).
Enthusiasm for our Chapbook Series made it clear that we needed to provide an equivalent program for the prose-fiction community. We are proud to announce the debut of our newest venture, the Literary Laundry Novellas Series. To learn more about both of these print-publication opportunities, visit www.literarylaundry.com/submissions.
Lastly, this month we've added a review of Break the Glass by Jean Valentine to our Reviews Page. Check it out at www.literarylaundry.com/reviews.
Happy June,
-The Editors