The last time that I entered a quilt in a show was about 30 years ago (and imagine my shock when it won an honorable mention!). I didn’t make another quilt until about 3 years ago when I decided to dive back in. Since then I haven’t been able to stop quilting and I finally decided to get brave and enter a quilt in a show. These days most quilt shows are online and in order to enter a quilt, you need to send a number of pictures–front, back, binding, details, etc., depending on the show. So far no prizes, but some encouraging feedback. One show asked for a picture that shows both the front and a corner of the back and I thought I’d share that here because it shows the pieced back, which is something that I often do, rather than a solid piece of fabric on the back. The reasons for doing that are because it is a great way to use up miscellaneous pieces of fabric left over from quilt fronts and because it is a pretty surprise when someone looks at the back. So without further ado, here is my quilt, This Is Where We’re At:
I am delighted to announce that my full-length collection of poetry, Inheritance Of Aging Self, will be published next fall by Finishing Line Press. This book has been a few years in the making (I had to grow old-ish to write it!) and sooner or later I’ll probably write a longer description blurb, but for now I’ll just say that the title is a pretty big clue about the subjects that I tackle in these poems.
As we get closer to publication, I’ll be sharing a lot more about the book, and over the next few months will be tweaking this website and endeavoring to be a bit more diligent about social media, so stay tuned. And I should also mention that the book will be available for pre-ordering beginning this summer (a lot more about that later).
If you would like me to share a few of these poems at a reading, please get in contact, I’d love to discuss that with you!
One last note–as some of you know, I have also been actively creating art again after a long hiatus, working now in improv quilting and I am going to be posting some pictures of my quilts and more about my work here on this blog starting very soon. For now, I’ll leave you with a detail picture from a quilt that I titled, You Are Here, Or Maybe There. No guarantees of how long it will stay there, but as I write this, a larger detail of this quilt is also in the banner on my Facebook page. More coming soon, I’m still working on the photos.
Many thanks to Global Poemic for including my poem, Stay-At-Home Pantry in their collection of work about Covid-19. The poem begins,
Jars of peanut butter in my pantry
four, creamy, not chunky
Rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom cabinet
I’d rather not say
This is one of several inventory poems that I have written in the last several months with the intent of simply noting down observations during this challenging time.
You can read the rest of the poem here.
I am delighted to have my poem, “My Grandmother’s Tea Cups” included in the anthology, “Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just Me? Women Over Forty Writing About Aging” which is now available from Amazon! Profound appreciation to Janette Schafer, Nina Padolf, Wendy Scott, and Holly Spencer for all the hard work that it took to get this wonderful collection into the world!
We have four wonderful readings scheduled for the spring of 2020. All readings will be from 2-4 pm at the Quince Orchard Library in Gaithersburg. All readings are hosted by Lucinda Marshall. Please note that our first 3 readings will be on the 2nd Sunday of the month. In April, however, we will read on the 3rd Sunday due to Easter falling on the 2nd Sunday.
- Brandon Johnson
- Courtney LeBlanc
- Marty Sanchez-Lowery
- Diane Wilbon Parks
- Naomi Thiers
- Gregory Luce
My poem, Winter Beach, which won the 2019 Montgomery Writes! Poetry Contest is now online. Many thanks to the Montgomery chapter of Maryland Writers’ Association and Montgomery Magazine for this honor!
Many thanks to The Broadkill Review for publishing my poem, prologue to a poem, in their November-December, 2019 issue. Delighted to to have my work included with so many other fine authors!
Many thanks to the Montgomery Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association and Montgomery Magazine for naming my poem, Winter Beach, as the first place poetry winner in their 2019 Montgomery Writes! contest. The poem will be published later this winter and I’ll post a link when it is available. In the meantime, here is a full list of the winning entries in the various categories, congratulations to all!
Winner: The Tea Party by Rose Rylotte
Runner up: Trapped by Barbara Hurwitz
Runner Up: Spencer the Clown by Jane Newhagen
Winner: The Last Straw by Krista Kurth
Runner Up: The Hanged One by Pat Hulsebosch
Runner Up: Little Bit by Vikki Brooks
Winner: Winter Beach by Lucinda Marshall
Runner Up: Foxville by Brian Tracey
Great thanks to Mobius: The Journal of Social Change for publishing my poem, Bleeding Out, which talks about terrible costs incurred when children are the victims of gun violence.
Many thanks to Reuben Woolley for publishing 2 of my poems on I am not a silent poet. It Wasn’t My Child and Conversation After The Fact are part of the collection of poems that I am writing about children and gun violence. I hope that some day these poems read as dated relics of a dark period in our history. Unfortunately, for the time being, they are all too relevant each and every day in this country.