Just in time for National Poetry Month: Poetry & Music on April 10th!

Spring is here, and my favorite thing about spring is that April is National Poetry Month.

To mark the occasion, I’ll be at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport for a special hour of poetry and music on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. I’ll be reading alongside Kate O’Kula, president of Ocean State Poets, as well as fellow poet Margie Flanders.

Poet David Dragone, editor of Crosswinds Poetry Journal,  will read from his new book. Also joining us will be musicians EmmaLee Holmes and Ealain McMullin of The Newport String Project.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more details, visit here. If you’d like a convenient flyer to take with you, you can print out the image below.

Hope to see you there!

Poetry and Music 4-10-16 Flyer



Surviving Through Poetry Event a success…read coverage here!

Writing Down Art

November 8’s Writing Down Cancer, Surviving Through Poetry event at the Redwood Library was a success, and the Newport Daily News‘ Joe Baker wrote all about it.

At the even, Carol Anderheggen presented work from her new book, Writing down Cancer, a journey of dreams and nightmares; her reading was accompanied by fellow poet David Dragone on violin. I also read a couple of my pieces.

To read Baker’s article in the Newport Daily News, click on the PDF (which you can also print out if you prefer to hold paper in your hands) here: Baker Article on Redwood Reading


Mark your calendars! Surviving Through Poetry Event Nov 8

Writing Down Art

Writing Down Art

I’ll be emceeing (and reading some poetry) Sunday, November 8, when Carol Anderheggen presents work from her new book, Writing down Cancer, a journey of dreams and nightmares.

Carol’s reading will be accompanied by fellow poet David Dragone on violin.

The event will take place from 2:30 – 3:30 pm at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum at 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. For more information, visit http://www.redwoodlibrary.org/programs/2015/10/07/writing-down-cancer-surviving-through-poetry or call 401-847-0292.

Crosswinds Poetry Journal has arrived!

Crosswinds Poetry Journal

I’m thrilled to announce that friend and fellow poet David Dragone launched Crosswinds Poetry Journal last month. 10% of the journal’s submission fees will be donated to CROSSROADS RI, which provides a variety of housing, education, and shelter services for homeless and at-risk individuals and families.

Crosswinds Poetry Journal will also run a contest with winners announced in March of 2016, and submissions are open now. There will be $1,250 in prize money and 15 honorable mentions awarded. The contest winner and runner up will be chosen this year by Tom Chandler, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island emeritus.

Crosswinds Poetry Journal

Details on submission guidelines, projected publishing dates and more can be found at the journal’s website at http://www.crosswindspoetry.com/.

Give Words a Space with me on Sept. 18

Hello all,

I’ll be participating in Give Words a Space, an OutLoud event at the Jamestown Arts Center next Thursday, September 18. This exciting evening of poetry readings, music, and dramatic monologue will kick off at 7 p.m. with refreshments. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Joining me are Robert Carothers, Craig Watson, David Dragone, and Rossible Kurz. You can read more about them below.

The Jamestown Arts Center is located at 18 Valley Street in Jamestown, RI. For more information, visit their website at http://www.jamestownartcenter.org.

Robert Carothers has the distinction of being a poet, a lawyer, a professor and university
administrator. His first poems appeared in 1965 in magazines and journals while he was a
graduate student at Kent State University and he has continued publishing work ever since.
He has published three small books of his poetry. In 1969 he taught his first of many poetry
workshops for student writers at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and his last one at the
University of Rhode Island in 2012. In the meantime, he served as president of Southwest
Minnesota State University, chancellor of the Minnesota University System, and for 18 years
as the president of the University of Rhode Island.

Craig Watson is the author of Sleepwalking With Orpheus, Secret Histories, True News and
four other books. He has worked in the performing arts, corporate arts, literary arts and
emergency arts, among other oddly grouped activities. In 2010 he retired as the Associate
Artistic Director for Trinity Repertory Company, a professional theater in Providence. Except
for one generation, his family has owned property in Jamestown since the mid-1700s.

David Dragone has been self-employed in Rhode Island as a piano tuner and violin
teacher for over ten years. Many of his poems have been published in national magazines
such as California Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Bryant Literary Review, and Avocet.
Three of his poems have appeared in the Sunday Providence Journal, and he was an award
winner in Newport Life’s inaugural writing issue. David’s poetry has been repeatedly featured
on Rhode Island NPR and Trinity Repertory Company performed one of his poems as part of
their radio theatre program. He lives in Middletown with his wife and college age son, and is
the proud new grandfather of Nathan Fullerton.

Rossibel Kurz is a freshman at NECC pursuing a degree in American Sign Language. She
is passionate about dance and was most recently seen in the High Mowing High School
productions of Finnian’s Rainbow in the role of Silent Susan and as The Cuban Dancer in
Guys and Dolls. Rossibel loves to write poetry, paint and work with stained glass. She
received the Most Valued Player for soccer in her junior year.