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Mayapple author Allison Joseph wins New Georgia Arts Award

Allison Joseph - author of "Mercurial" and "Voice: Poems"

Mayapple Press is pleased to say that Allison Joseph, author of Mercurial and Voice: Poems, has been selected as the very first recipient of the New Georgia Arts Award.

As you’ll see from the press release below, Allison will visit the Greater Atlanta area for a number of public appearances. Here are some initial details. We’ll fill more in as we get closer to the dates.

  • Tuesday, March 7: reading at Spelman (hosted by Opal Moore)
    7pm Cosby Small Auditorium, Lower Level, 32 Olivia Hanks Cosby Building, Spelman College S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314

  • Thursday, March 9: reading in Kathy Cashen, UWG
    Kathy Cashen Hall, Humanities Building, University of West Georgia, Carrolton GA 30118

  • Friday, March 10: begins residency at AIR Serenbe
  • Saturday, March 11: cocktail party and joint reading at Serenbe (8pm to 10pm) – Joint event with Ray Christian
    Oak Room, Inn at Serenbe, 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road Palmetto, GA, 30268

  • Tuesday March 14: visits high school in Newnan during the

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Zelda Kahan Newman visits Chicago, New York and the Library of Congress with “The Thirteenth Hour”

The Thireteenth Hour by Rivka Basman Ben Haim - front cover

Zelada Kahan Newman, translator of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim’s “The Thirteenth Hour”, travels to the US this month to present readings from the book.

Wednesday, September 14 7:00pm Oak Park, Chicago, IL
Oak Park Temple, 1235 N Harlem Ave, Oak Park, Chicago, IL 60302
Event website:
Names of other people participating in the event? : Rabbi Max Weiss, Michael Bass

Monday, September 19 12:00pm Washington, DC
Pickford Theater 3rd Floor, James Madison Building 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20540
Library of Congress event site:

Wednesday, September 21 7:00pm Bronx, NY
Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10471 (Student Commons Room 5C)

Monday, September 26 11:00am Bronx, NY
Lehman College Library 250 Bedford Park Blvd. , Bronx NY 10468
Treehouse Conference Room 317

Zelda will read from the book and discuss Rivka and her poems. The translator will also be available for questions and for book signings. the book will be available for sale at every location,

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Mayapple author Sarah Carson on Radio Free Albion poetry podcast

Sarah Carson

Sarah Carson, author of Buick City, is featured on Episode 33 of the Radio Free Albion Poetry Podcast with Tony Trigilio. The program is about 46 minutes long.

You can listen to it on the RFA Page, and find other poetry podcasts at the RFA home page.

We have also archived the audio below.

Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat – Public Readings Announced

Reading at Woodstock Mayapple Writers' Retreat

The fifth annual Mayapple Writers’ Retreat will take place at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, NY from July 26 to 31, 2016. The program includes four public readings of poetry and prose by regional and national writers.

In addition to Hudson Valley participants, this year’s writers come from Arkansas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, Western and Southern Tier New York, and the US Virgin Islands.

Schedule of Public Readings (free admission)

Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 pm at the Villetta Inn, 3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way, Woodstock (next to Byrdcliffe Theater). Readers: Shannon Frystak, Judith Kerman, Amy Riddell, Kathleen Hellen.

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. at New World Home Cooking, 1411 NY Rt. 212, Saugerties: Goat Hill Poets, including Leslie Gerber, plus Gillian Royes.

Friday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. at Woodstock Library, 5 Library Lane, Woodstock. Readers: Rosalyn Rossignol, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Joyce Kessel.

Saturday, July 30, 7:00 p.m. at Creekside Grill, Woodstock Golf Course, Rts. 212 and 375, Woodstock. Readers: Nola Garrett, Helen Ruggieri, Barbara Diehl, Bob McDonough

Many of the readers will have books for

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Judith Kerman and Lorraine Schein to read – Mt. Tremper, NY – Saturday June 4th, 2016

The Futurist’s Mistress – Lorraine Schein

On Saturday June 4th Mayapple Press publisher Judith Kerman and Mayapple Press author Lorraine Schein will participate in the Catskill Interpretive Center’s Book Fair. They are scheduled to read at 2pm and they will be selling and signing books all day.

Judith Kerman will read from her new book “Aleph, broken: poems from my diaspora“. This book is an evocative and powerful collection of poems, where personal history collides
with ancestral memories, a sense of elegiac longing is tempered by language of exquisite beauty. Judy will also be on hand to sell her other books and translations.

Lorraine Schein, author of “The Futurist’s Mistress,” will read from her recent works and will also be on hand to sign her books.

The Book Fair is a regular event at the CIC. Two speakers’ tents will feature the work of over 20 presenters. Participating authors include Carol and

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Mayapple author Jean Nordhaus to appear at Washington DC’s Literary Hill Bookfest and to read at Tunnicliff’s – Sunday May 1st, 2016

Jean Nordhaus, author of Memos From the Broken World will read as part of the Literary Hill Bookfest in Washington DC on Sunday May 1st. The event gets underway at 11am at Eastern Market, 225 Seventh Street, SE.

Then, at 3pm, Jean and a number of other poets will read at Tunnicliff’s Tavern, just across the street at 222 7th St SE. Books will also be for sale at the reading.

Many Capitol Hill writers will be on hand selling and signing book on Sunday. Here’s a page with the lineup of writers appearing at the Literary Hill Bookfest

Mayapple Press announces dates and open applications for 2016 Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat

Historic Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock NY

The Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat returns for its fourteenth year. This year the Retreat will take place from Tuesday July 26th to Monday August 1st. Once again we return to the rustic comfort of the Viletta Inn at the renowned Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY.

Recharge your batteries, pick up new ideas and techniques, make friends and influence people. Write and work with a discerning group of peers at a professional-level writers’ retreat and peer workshop with a comfortable, egalitarian atmosphere and a modest cost.

Several different workshops and working groups are available and each writer is featured in a public reading.

Prices remain the same as last year: $600 for residents and $350 for commuters. Discounts are available for early payment and for returning attendees. Residents can pay extra for A/C.

More details:
Apply for your place:

Mayapple Author Susana H. Case to read in New England – October 10 and 11, 2015

Susana H Case - Author of 4 rms w Vu

Susana H. Case, author of 4 Rms w Vu, travels to Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire for readings on October 10th and 11th.

First, on Saturday October 10th, Susana will participate in the University of New England’s Natives and Vistors: Poets in Portland event. The event takes place at the UNE Art Gallery and gets under way at 3pm. Susana will be joined by John Perrault, Betsy Sholl, Margo Taft Stever and Estha Weiner. This event is free and open to the public. Authors will happily sign your copy of their book. Or you can buy a copy there.

Then, on Sunday October 11th, Susana will travel to Portsmouth, New Hampshire for RiverRun Bookstore’s John Perrault and friends Poetry Afternoon. The event takes place at RiverRun Bookstore and gets under way at 2pm. Susana will again be joined by Margo Taft Stever, Estha Weiner and John Perrault. The bookstore will be happy to sell you copies of the

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A busy weekend for Mayapple Press authors…

This weekend is one of the busiest for the press in a long time. Mayapple Press authors will participate in several events over Friday, Saturday and Sunday….

Mayapple authors Susana H. Case and Gerry LaFemina to read – Brooklyn, NY – Sunday May 10th, 2015

On Sunday May 10th, Mayapple author Susana H. Case, author of 4 Rms w Vu, will take part in a reading to celebrate the release of a new anthology, Clash By Night.

Susana will be joined by another Mayapple author, Gerry LaFemina. Gerry is the author of four books for Mayapple Press. His most recent book is Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist. Gerry is also a prime mover in the CityLit Project and has co-edited the new anthology for CityLit Press. It’s the first in a planned series called “Poets Cover Your Record Collection”.

The reading event starts at 4:30pm and takes place in the salubrious Branded Saloon in Brooklyn. Susana and Gerry will be joined in the reading by many other contributors to the anthology.

Here’s an interesting interview with the co-editor of the anthology, Gregg Wilhelm

Event details

Author: Susana H. Case
Mayapple book: 4 Rms w Vu
Event name: Launch party for “Clash By Night”.

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