Three poems of mine, “Women Do Tell,” “El Esposo,” and “Private Encounter at an Open Mic,” were included in The Riverside Poetry Anthology, Volume 14, flabbergasted press, NY, NY. Many other poets I enjoy are in there too. The editors for this edition are Fred Simpson, Barbara Newsome, and Anthony Moscini. This anthology is available on Amazon.
On Saturday, October 4, 2014, I participated in the anthology poetry reading at the library on 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. That’s when it became so evident to me that two of my three poems were sexual, and we were in a well lit library. I felt a little embarrassed but nothing that couldn’t be overcome. It turned out that after the reading, I received so many comments of appreciation. One woman appreciated that I allow myself to be vulnerable up there behind the mic. A man thanked me for being charming. One of the editors told me I have a unique voice, and he thanked me for contributing to the anthology.
I appreciate being appreciated. I also think that everyone has a unique voice if no one is trying to sound like anyone else. I am typically feeling vulnerable, and I am glad some find it all charming.
Two readers, Fred Simpson and Patrick Hammer, besides reading their own work, also read a poem by Margery Hauser, a wonderful poet who couldn’t be there. Margery’s work is also in the anthology.
Then we went to the publishing party. Lots of food, drink, and mingling.
In many ways, I am from such a different world than most of those folks that I feel like a tourist when on their land. Yet, I’m also glad that our lands touch sometimes for good purposes and not just for an earthquake.
Another exciting event coming up that I was invited to be a part of and welcome you to attend:
NYC Parks Present a Free Preview Screening of
Women in Comedy Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Contemporary comics talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.
October 16, 2014 at 11:00am-12:30pm
Poe Park Visitor Center
2640 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458
Film Screening Followed by a stand-up comedy routine by Mindy Matijasevic, a Bronx native, mom, Adult-Ed teacher, ex!-wife, poet, actress, and comic. Mindy will talk about her early experience of stepping into the stand-up comedy waters, and what she believes are still barriers to it being woman-friendly.
Event is Free, but RSVP Requested: firstname.lastname@example.org