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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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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:

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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Mayapple Press author Jeannine Hall Gailey reads – May 13th. – Seattle WA

Jeanine Hall Gailey - Author of "The Robot Scientist's Daugther"

Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, will read on Wednesday May 13th in Seattle. The event is part of the Beacon Bards Series, sponsored by Beacon Arts.

What: Beacon Bards Reading
Who: Jeannine Hall Gailey (author of “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter”)
Date: May 13th 2015
When 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Station, 2533 16th Ave., South Seattle, WA 98144 USA
Cost: Free

Jeannine will be joined at the reading by Nance van Winckel

Beacon Arts sponsors Beacon Bards, a monthly poetry reading series featuring talented local poets. Readings begin at 7 p.m. at The Station Coffee Shop, a cafe in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, located at 2533 16th Avenue South, between Bayview and Lander Streets. There is no cover charge, so please enjoy a latte or a glass of wine (cash only) to support our generous hosts! For further information, contact Billie Swift, Beacon Bards Poetry Reading Series co-curator, at

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Mayapple Press and One Wet Shoe at AWP 2015 – Exhibition and reading details

Mayapple Press logo - Publishing challenging and accessible literary books since 1978

Every year the book community gets together for the huge and important Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. From the conference materials:

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature.

This year, as in past years, Mayapple Press will be at the Conference and sharing a table with our friends at One Wet Shoe. We’ll be in the Exhibition Hall at Booth 1237 (right in front of the AWP Stage), come by and say hi! The table will be staffed by authors and editors and we’ll be happy to see you and talk poetry. We’ll also have books for sale, of course. We take credit cards, so don’t be shy.

During the Conference there are many readings both on-site and off. This year Mayapple Press authors

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Mayapple author Tim Mayo to read – St. Johnsbury VT – Wednesday October 15, 2014

The Kingdom of Possibilities - Tim Mayo

Author: Tim Mayo
Mayapple Book: The Kingdom of Possibilities
Event Name: Readings in the Gallery 2014
Where: 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
When: Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 PM
Phone: 748-8291

This program is sponsored by the Fund for Poetry
This event is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible.
A book signing and reception will follow.

Tim Mayo holds an ALB, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. His poems and reviews have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, Poet Lore, Tar River, Poetry,Verse Daily, Web Del Sol Review of Books, and The Writer’s Almanac, as well as others. His chapbook The Loneliness of Dogs (Pudding House, 2008) was a finalist in the WCDR 2008 Chapbook Challenge in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, and his first full length collection The Kingdom of Possibilities (Mayapple Press, 2009) was a semifinalist for the 2009 Brittingham and Pollock Awards and a finalist for 2009 May Swenson

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Mayapple Author Victoria Fish to read – Harvard, MA – Saturday October 11, 2014

Victoria Fish - Author of "A Brief Moment of Weightlessness"

Victoria Fish – Author of “A Brief Moment of Weightlessness”

Victoria Fish, author of A Brief Moment of Weightlessness will participate in the next innK event on Saturday October 11th. The theme for this event is “Extreme Uncertainties; Balancing in the Abyss”. Victoria will be joined by three other interesting writers. BYOB! Harvard, MA is a small town in East-Central Massachusetts, about 25 miles northwest of Boston.

Mayapple author name: Victoria Fish
Mayapple book title: A Brief Moment of Weightlessness
What: innK “Extreme Uncertainties; Balancing in the Abyss”
When: Saturday October 11, 2014 – 7pm to 9pm
Where: Center On the Common 7 Fairbanks Street, Harvard MA (Map
Other readers: Lauren Slater, Andre Dubus III, and Rachel Markels Webber

The event is free, but you should reserve your place via the Eventbrite link at

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Mayapple Press author Susana H. Case to appear at legendary Troubadour , London, UK

Susana H Case - Author of 4 rms w Vu

Susana H. Case will be part of the Coffeehouse Poetry series at London’s legendary Troubadour on Monday evening October 6th. The “Stateside Troubadours” event starts at 8pm
The Troubadour is at 265 Old Brompton Road, Earls Court, London SW5 9JA Map
The nearest tube stations are Earls Court and Brompton Road
The Troubadour is the most famous of the remaining coffee houses of London. It has had a long and storied history, with major contributions to the musical and literary life of the UK. It was instrumental in advancing the 60s folk revival and has hosted many great performers over the years.

Author Name – Susana H Case
Book title – 4 Rms w Vu
Event name (if any) – Coffeehouse Poetry: Stateside Troubadours
Date – Oct 6, 2014
Starting time of event – 8 PM

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