March 30th, 2013
If you’re going to be in the Greater Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, Metropolitan Area the evening of April 26, 2013, and if you are not otherwise unbreakably committed by reason of social or business engagements to spend the evening elsewhere than the Lewiston Public Library, and if as a visitor to this site you have more than a passing interest in the wit and wisdom of me, you might find it well nigh irresistible to check this out.
February 6th, 2013
I’ve been involved in a nascent writers’ co-op, here in Burlington, and this past weekend we had our first public event. I thought it was a grand success. Apparently this reviewer thought so, too. In case anyone was in any doubt, I am available to do readings at just about any venue – libraries, schools, theaters, stadiums, meadows, NASCAR rallies. I promise you it will be a different kind of thing. I might even bring along Dante himself! Just contact me through this web site. While you’re at it, you can buy a copy of the book.
January 15th, 2013
On Saturday, February 2, the Vermont Writers Co-op will host its debut presentation of “Off the Page,” a series of literary events featuring the best of local authors. The premier event will take place in Studio B at the North End Studios, 294 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington at 7 p.m.
Vermont Writers Co-op is a newly created group of writers who are working to build, support, and integrate a community of writers and readers while reveling in the possibilities of different voices and forms. The co-op creates opportunities for current and developing writers to respond to each other’s work, and welcomes writers and readers to participate in presentations and other events. The intention is to include among our audience those who think of themselves as keepers of “the word,” as well as those who have only imagined themselves as writers, and all lovers of literature.
The evening will include four innovative acts, some offering opportunities for audience participation. Additions and playful twists to readings of Co-op members’ work will make for a refreshingly new kind of entertainment: Mark Pendergrast invites feedback on his novel-in-progress; Susan Weiss rouses a roomful of writing; Seth Steinzor dazzles with a Dante update; Mary Fillmore shares Holocaust prose and poems.
October 22nd, 2011
Here's the harp guy again. I couldn't find a picture of the South Burlington Farmers Market.
The last South Burlington Farmers Market of 2011 occurs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, at the lot next to Healthy Living on Dorset Street in South Burlington. It’s a fun little market. I thoroughly enjoyed my day there two weeks ago, and plan to attend again with a table full of books for sale and a head full of dreams. If the configuration is the same this Sunday, I’ll be there at the far end, between an organic fruit and vegetable stand and a Somali woman who makes some of the most wonderful samosas I’ve ever had. I also have to mention the woman from the Euro restaurant , who sells stuffed cabbage and borekas and other balkan delicacies of surpassing goodness, and who, out of what I think was an impulse of pure generosity, came over and gave me a container of heavenly moussaka at the end of the day. I had it for dinner. And breakfast. That week, in addition to basking in sunny warmth, I sold a few books, which was a few books more than I had expected to sell, so the day was an unqualified success. Two buyers in particular stand out in my recollection. One was a middle-aged man who said he was buying it for his son, a poet and musician in New Hampshire. I wished his son good luck in his chosen professions. Another was a retired professor from MIT, who stood there for a good fifteen minutes with a copy in his hand, turning it over and over as if expecting to see something different on the cover each time. Towards the end his wife was calling impatiently for him to get a move on. He told me he had taught a course on Western Civilizations and then engaged me in conversation, gently quizzing me to see whether I had some idea what I claimed to be talking about. I must have convinced him. It is extraordinarily pleasant, to hand over a small bundle of paper and ink, representing seven years or so of one’s life’s work, to a perfect stranger in exchange for money! Especially when the transaction is accompanied by conversation and smiles. So I’ll be there on Sunday, smiling and ready to converse, and I hope you will, too. If you’ve already got a copy of my book, and don’t need to buy any for gifts, you can always stop by, say hello, and pick up a samosa. And some moussaka. You’ll have to pay for the moussaka, though.
October 6th, 2011
I’ll be hawking my wares at the South Burlington Farmers’ Market, next door to Healthy Living on Dorset Street in South Burlington (that’s north of 187th Street for you New Yorkers) on Sunday, October 9, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., signing copies, chatting with passers-by, and hoping to snag a few pounds of fresh late season cabbage to put in the sauerkraut crock I bought on my visit to North Waldoboro, Maine a couple of weeks ago. Yes, there is such a place as North Waldoboro, and it is the home of Morse’s, a German themed restaurant and food store purveying some of the finest fermented cabbage there is. Just as North Waldoboro is the unlikely home of excellence in the form of this pungent comestible, I intend to make South Burlington this weekend an outlet for my own, um, well, you get the picture. South Burlington is my home town, so along with the locally grown tomatoes and beet greens, locally produced Moroccan pastries, local psychics, local maple products, and such like, there will be a local poet. Hope to see you there!
August 16th, 2011
It’s official – in November I will be on tour! Virtual tour, that is. Check it out.
October 29th, 2010
Join me at 9:00 p.m. on November 10, 2010, in the Gamut Room, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. I’ll be reading from To Join the Lost and some newer work. There’s a New Orleans poem that might be ready to be unveiled by then.
October 15th, 2010
I’ll be reading from To Join the Lost in the Gamut Room at Middlebury College the evening of Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Although I’m not sure the feelings it arouses in me could properly be called “nostalgic,” there definitely is a charge for me in returning to this venue. I was one of the founders of the student-run coffee-house back in 1974, together with Eve Ensler, who actually did most of the organizational work when I bowed out to write my senior thesis. She may never have forgiven me. Sorry, Eve. I’m not sure of the time yet – watch this space.
August 29th, 2010
On September 25, 1513, Vasco Nunez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean. Now, only 497 years later, I will be appearing at the Burlington Book Festival, together with novelists Marc Estrin and Deborah Noyes, on a panel called “On the Shoulders of the Classics.” Marc’s Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa carries the hero of Kafka’s Metamorphosis through the New Deal, World War II and the dawn of the atomic era, and includes a detailed description of Charles Ives’ greatest (albeit unwritten) work. Deborah Noyes’ Angel and Apostle follows Hester Prynne and her daughter, Pearl beyond the imaginings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. If you don’t know what my To Join the Lost is about, go directly to the “Buy To Join the Lost” button on my home page and, well, buy To Join the Lost. We’ll be at the Pickering Room in Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, talking with each other and you about what it’s like to give the kiss of life to cultural icons.