Happy Summer

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry that I’ve neglected you. This winter was harsh. I hibernated. Here’s a brief overview of how I spent the past six months.

December 2012: I founded the Portsmouth Writers Salon, a fiction writers’ workshop.

January 2013: The Portsmouth Writers’ Salon began meeting twice a month at Book and Bar.

February 2013: IT SNOWED AND SNOWED. I read a lot and wrote a lot.

March 2013: I was told about The Poetry Collective at Sheafe Street Books and started attending Tom D’Evelyn’s fantastic poetry seminars.

April 2013: I saw Gloria Steinem speak about equality at the South Church with my friend Huw. I also attended the Newburyport Literary Festival with my friend Tanya, where we met Andre Dubus III, Myfanwy Collins, and Alan Lightman.

May 2013: I saw Charles Simic read at the South Church.

June 2013:  I met Erika Robuck at RiverRun Bookstore.

I feel lucky to live in a town that has three independent bookstores. Each uniquely different. I try to support them all as well as our local library. I hope you do as well.

Here’s what I read over the past six months:
Call Me If You Need Me by Raymond Carver
Short Cuts by Raymond Carver
In Praise of Messy Lives by Katie Roiphe
On Writing by Stephen King (re-read)
Monkeys by Susan Minot
Lust and Other Stories by Susan Minot
We Live in Water by Jess Walters
Darkness Visible by William Styron
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Just an Ordinary Day by Shirley Jackson
Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Dry by Augusten Burroughs
We Don’t Live Here Anymore by Andre Dubus
Waiting for Grace & Other Poems by Christopher Locke
New and Selected Poems by Charles Simic
Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck

Keep Reading! Keep Writing!

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