Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the State House

 

This past Tuesday, the kids, their grandmother and I went to the State House for the Massachusetts Book Awards ceremony and luncheon. A program funded by the U.S. Library of Congress, MassBooks are the largest state book awards in the country. Each year, the program receives hundreds of books in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult literature. The "must-read" winners and nominees are promoted in libraries throughout the state. 


Misery Islands was the 2015 winner in the poetry category. 



Here's a pic of the award nominees and winners who could attend.


As writers, we work alone most of the time, with no expectation of success. So when it happens, it's nice to celebrate with people who do what you do: write! This event is really about libraries and the value of reading. And it was wonderful to hear the individual stories of how much libraries have influenced our lives. 




As with most other things, my Massachusetts library experience begins with these two goofballs. Can't imagine our lives without the Beverly Public Library.

Thanks to Sharon Shaloo for hosting a fabulous event! And, congrats to all the winners and nominees.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Get into the Groove


 
Hello and Happy New Year!

I am sitting in a Starbucks enjoying my vacation. That push to the end I don't count as vacation. It's holiday time and kid time, but not me time. I have the next few weeks to myself while the kids are in school, which means I can get things done pressure-free. Woo hoo!

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I'm sitting in Starbucks watching a snow squall. Didn't think we'd see flurries today. Surprise!

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The publications next to my venti hot chocolate are my most recent publications. I'm psyched to be included with so many friends and favorite writers. Feeling pretty lucky today. I received Poem-A-Day and Prairie Schooner on back-to-back days before the holidays, but APR came in the mail on Saturday. APR features new poems from Sharon Olds, so I'm thrilled to be in this issue (here's a link). What a way to start off the year!

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I probably mentioned this, but Misery Islands won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award in poetry! The ceremony is at the State House on January 12, and with any luck there should be a group of State Reps there. I'm thrilled because I get to take the kids, so this will be a special day for our little family.

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