Thursday, October 22, 2015

On the Road Again

Hope you can join me at NYU or the Boston Book Fest this weekend!

Friday, October 23
NYU Creative Writing Program Reading Series
Adam Day, Monica McClure, January O'Neil, and Marjory Wentworth.
5 p.m.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. The reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and book signing.

Saturday, October 24
Boston Book Fest
Sarah Kay, Lynn Levin, January Gill O'Neil
5:30-7 p.m.
Storyville,  90 Exeter St., Boston

Monday, October 19, 2015

2015 Massachusetts Book Awards

Misery Islands wins a Mass Book Award

The MassBooks are the the largest state book awards program in the country.  Each year, the program receives hundreds of submissions. The Center staff, working in partnership with reading advisors and judges from the Massachusetts library community, develop a list of “Must-Read” books and name the award winners.

Massachusetts Must Read Books for 2015  (poster)
Congratulations to the Mass Book Award winners for 2015!
  • Fiction: Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng  (Penguin)
  • Nonfiction: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert  (Holt)
  • Poetry: Misery Islands by January Gill O’Neil (CavanKerry)
  • Picture Books: Going Places by Peter H. and Paul A. Reynolds (Simon & Schuster)
  • Middle Reader/Young Adult: Conversion by Katherine Howe (Putnam/Penguin Teen)

State House Awards Ceremony

All winners and honorees will be celebrated at the State House on January 12, 2016, with a short program and lunch with colleagues, librarians, legislators, and -- we hope -- readers like you!  Contact us for details:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Yes, I'm OK.


Today I'm at Pleasant St. Tea Company in Gloucester with my friend Cindy. Later, I'll watch my son play flag football and then either grade papers or watch the Patriots football game. Or both.


Special shout out to Nancy Greenaway who emailed and asked if I was OK. The answer, of course, is yes! I've just been busy with the kids and teaching. I'm also starting festival planning so this blog has not gotten the attention it deserves. But I promise to start posting more regularly.

If I'm being honest, I haven't been motivated to write. And I haven't written a poem in two months. I did finish my third manuscript and it's out for review. I'm not panicked about not writing. In fact, I feel great. You won't find me stressed about not writing (when there are so many other things to be stressed about). Maybe I'm just bored with my own writing and I need a real challenge. 


Most likely I will do a Poem a Day challenge in November. I would like to write new poems by the end of the year, and to move with purpose through the New Year. 


Thanks for checking in on me. I'm still here! 


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