Speaking of visual artists, Joan Applebaum had a wonderful spread given to her work in Thousand Islands magazine. The article captures so well her passion for painting as well as her commitment to celebrating the seasons. We have been so fortunate over the years to have Joan's work each year in our pages, and we're delighted to see that others agree with us about her many gifts. She was gracious in this article to mention The Healing Muse and its significance and we say thank you for that shout out, Joan!
While we are thanking Muse contributors, let us also share news from poet Theresa Wyatt who represented us at the tenth annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair April 9. Theresa said she had a great time talking to people who stopped by her booth about The Muse. She said the crowds were a good size, and people were hoping that the organizers who announced that this would be the final book fair could be persuaded to hand it off to someone else. Buffalo has a lively literary core, and they don't want to see this annual tradition end. Theresa met some of our writers who were in town visiting friends or at the university and decided to stop at the fair.
|Theresa at theBuffalo Small Press Fair|
If any of our writers or artists has a similar fair or literary arts happening occurring in your town, please consider representingThe Muse at it. We'll send you copies of the journal to sell, and we'll give you brochures to distribute as well as our submission guidelines. Or perhaps you'd like to be part of one of our readings; we try to let area contributors know whenever we are having a reading in your town, but you are very welcome to organize one at your local bookstore or gallery or cafe. The Muse continues to gain new fans, and you gain a bigger audience! Thank you to Theresa again.
Another of our regular contributors, poet Joan Cofrancesco writes to let us know that she is publishing a children's book, Beverly Beaver's Hats: An Adirondack Tale. Her friend Janine Bartolotti is the illustrator, and the book looks so inviting. You can find it at Barnes and Noble. Joan says the story is inspired by her own mother's talent for designing hats for her friends
Joan has poetry in the latest volume of Sinister Wisdom, the 100th issue! You can order it at this site or find it at your independent book store or at one of the chains for $12. Two excellent publications, Joan!
Poet Kathy Kramer sends us the good news of her new book being published: Planting Wild Grapes from Yesteryear Press is now available on amazon. I'm looking forward to this one too.
And finally a reminder that several Muse writers will be reading their work at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca NY at the Ithaca Commons Saturday May 14 from 2-3:30. Stop by and say hello; authors will have individual books available for sale and of course we'll have Muse 15 there as well. Hope to see you.