NEWS!

** Very excited for my book March Farm to receive Honorable Mention in the 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Legacy Non-fiction category

The Review:

March Farm, Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm , Nancy McMillan, Stuart Rabinowitz and Jack Huber (photography) Whistling Hawk Press - In 1944, there were 22,000 farms in Connecticut. Today, according to a recent USDA census, there are 4,916. Yet, with a renewed interest in local foods, that number is beginning to increase. Farm stays, corn mazes, farm stands, pick your own options are popular. Yet, many children and adults have never visited a farm and do not know where their milk or produce come from. With color photographs, this book celebrates a year in the March family, the 4th generation of farmers to work this 150-acre farm. Readers might change their minds about the role of farming in our society, the beauty of its cycles, and the work that produces so many things that sustain us all.

** Two pieces of my fiction are featured in the spring issue of Fresh Inkthe literary journal of Naugatuck Valley Community College.  Click here to read Katie at Night, a novel excerpt on page 28, and the short story To the River on page 52.

EVENTS:

Book Launch for Close But Not Touching, poems by Jean Sands

Sunday September 24 form 1 to 3 p.m. , Oliver Wolcott Library,  Litchfield, CT

Poet, writer, and teacher Jean Sands started me writing almost two decades ago. She was editing a book of new poems when she died in October 2016, after a long illness.  Her husband, Jack Sheedy, and friend and fellow poet, Cortney Davis, edited these poems .

Jean's poetry is honest, moving, and her language vivid and precise.  This volume, graced with her wonderful abstract painting on the cover, will be celebrated at this event and selections of her poems will be read by four of her friends.  I'm honored to be one of the readers.

Books will be available for sale and refreshments will be served.  

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Pattern Play: Writing Pantoum Poems

In the class, students will explore the fascinating form of the Pantoum, a patterned poem with repeating lines. The structure is both intriguing and revealing. 

NEW DATE: Monday September 25 10:00 -1:00 p.m.  Arts Escape, Southbury

Bring a bag lunch.  Drinks provided.

Get Real!  How to Write a Holiday Newsletter That People Will Read (and not mock)!

Would you like to write a holiday newsletter that people not only read, but keep?  It’s time to get real.  Bring your current ideas for what you’d like to include in a holiday letter and we’ll work up a draft of an irresistible one. 

NEW DATE: Monday October30 10 10:00 -1:00 p.m.  Arts Escape, Southbury

Bring a bag lunch.  Drinks provided.

PREVIOUS CLASSES:

August 2017: Flash Fiction (Arts Escape)

July 2017: Having the Last Word - Writing Your Own Obituary (Arts Escape)

April 2017: Telling Your Story - Writing Personal Essays (Arts Escape)

February 2017: Write Like Crazy (Arts Escape)

2017:   IllustratedPantoum Poems (Lilly Hill Studio)

            Illustrated Villanelle Poems (Lilly Hill Studio)

2016:   Illustrated Haiku (Lilly Hill Studio)