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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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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….

Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat 2015 – Schedule of Public Readings Announced

Reading at Woodstock Mayapple Writers' Retreat

The Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat is almost upon us. Every year the participants in the Retreat present Public Readings around the area. Admission is free to most events and books are available for sale at all events. Credit card payments are accepted for book sales.

Here is the list of events and readers for 2015:

Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 pm
at the Artbar Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston. (Map) Free admission
Readers Vincent Cooper, Barbara Diehl, Nola Garrett, Joyce Kessel:

Vincent O. Cooper, who teaches English at the University of the Virgin Islands, has published his original poetry in several international journals such as Kunapipi, Journal of Caribbean Studies, The Caribbean Writer, and many others. He has co- authored poetry collections, including, Three Islands, Tremors, and Tigers in Paradise. Cooper has been a former Fulbright Scholar on Belizean language and culture. He has also published his research on Derek Walcott.

Barbara Westwood Diehl is founding editor of The Baltimore Review. Her fiction and poetry have been published

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Big Mayapple Press reading event at Poets House, NYC – Saturday August 30th, 2014

Mayapple Press is proud to partner with Poets House in presenting an afternoon of poets reading their works.

Date: Saturday September 30th, 2014
Time: 3:00pm
Venue: Elizabeth Kray Hall, Poets House, 20 River Terrace, NY 10282 (Map)

Featured Poets:

Booksale to

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Judith Kerman, translator of Between Two Silences/Entre Dos Silencios to read – NYC, Thursday April 24th 2014


Judith Kerman, translator of Hilma Contreras’ Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios will read from the book at an event at the WordUp Bookstore in New York on Thursday April 24th. The event starts at 7pm. Books will be available for sale. Ms. Kerman will read in Spanish and English. The program will also contain readings from Praises & Offenses: Three Women Poets from the Dominican Republic (BOA Editions)

This is part of WordUp’s ongoing “Face Out” series.

Who: Judith Kerman. Translator.
What: Reading from “Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios” by Hilma Contreras
Where: WordUp Bookstore 2113 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10032 Map
When: Thursday 24th April, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free

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Mayapple publisher Judith Kerman to join other distinguished poets at Poets House reading – NYC, January 2, 2014

The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry front over

In celebration of the publication of The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, a special reading will be held at Poets House.

The reading will take place on Thursday January 2nd at 6pm

Poets House is at 10 River Terrace, New York NY Map

Bagels and coffee will be served. This event made possible through Poet’s House Literacy Partners.

Hosted by anthology editor Matthew Silverman

Featuring:
Charles Bernstein
Burt Kimmelman
Judith Kerman
Hila Ratzabi
Elizabeth J Coleman
Stephen Miller
Joy Ladin

With works by over 100 poets,

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Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios – Hilma Contreras – Translated by Judith Kerman

Hilma Contreras - Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios

Fiction in translation (Spanish / English)
Paper, perfect bound, 122 pp
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-31-9
$16.95 plus s&h


“Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios” is a book of remarkable short stories by the great Dominican writer Hilma Contreras. These short stories (some very short) are often mysterious and quirky, with a shimmer of heat and fire, a glisten of water and a frisson which comes from not quite knowing where you are or what’s about to happen. Many stories have a sly humor and surprise endings. The reader is sometimes left with a feeling of regret, sometimes a feeling of elation and often a sense of something just out of reach.

Mayapple Press is proud to publish the

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Mayapple Author Rabbi Manes Kogan interviewed on “Let’s Talk Writing”

Rabbi Manes Kogan is the latest Mayapple Press author to be interviewed by Vin D’Aquino on his “Let’s Talk Writing” TV show. D’Aquino has previously interviewed Eleanor Lerman and Judith Kerman

Judith Kerman – Easternmost West-Flowing River – Lyrics

the hills around it lie
humped under their blankets
black-green forests
stare at their faces in its mirror
grey around the temples

deep wrinkles
between the ground down hills
winter squats over them
but water still flows under ice

easternmost west-flowing river
cuts the shale and slate
weathers out trilobites
dusty grey casts of what
once crept along the sea floor
faceted eyes still staring

in a small cardboard box
treasures from when
I picked rocks by the west-flowing river
my own face in the mirror

Music and poem © Judith Kerman


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Written On Water – Bonus CD Lyrics

Written On Water Bonus CD

Here are the lyrics (where known) to the tracks from the bonus CD included with Written On Water: Writings About the Allegheny River

Texts for items with asterisks (*) are included in the book already.

1. “Easternmost West-Flowing River” poem and music written and performed by Judith Kerman.

2. “Old Man Beaver’s Blessing Song” written and performed by Jerome Rothenberg.

3. “He’s Here” poem and music written and performed by Jim Kacian. *

4. “As Long as the Grass Shall Grow” written and performed by Peter LaFarge.

5. “You Cannot Step Twice into the Same Stream” written and performed by Francine Sterle. *

6. “Hand in Hand”—Seneca Dance Songs, performed by the Allegany Valley Singers.

7. “Breaking Up Ice in the Allegheny” performed by Mike Seeger. (We have no lyrics for this song. If you know them, please get in touch)

8. “Conewango Time” written and performed by R. Virgil Ellis. *

9. “The Invention of Pittsburgh” written and performed by Maggie Anderson. *

10. “A Place

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