The two-month hiatus since our last blog post has been time filled with activity here at The Healing Muse as we inch closer to the October launch of Volume 14. The manuscript is now in the capable hands of our Design and Graphics Editor, Nancy "Fern" Schreher. After we do another round of proofing, the manuscript will head off to Sheridan Press, our wonder printers, before the big launch on October 22 (save the date!). We are happy to announce that our time frame has progressed ahead of schedule compared to past years and are enjoying this brief break in the action to see to other responsibilities . . . like this blog.
Although we will not be open for submissions until September, Managing Editor Lois Dorschel asked our Editor-in-Chief what she'll be looking for when we reopen. Deirdre says, "we look for stories that give us a little jolt; sometimes it's one of recognition--'oh, yes, that's exactly what I imagine it is like'--and sometimes it's one of real shock. We are sent into an unfamiliar world and made to experience how it is to live there. All our writers and artists share this gift; they make us look anew, not away. They make us glad we stopped for a while and visited; they make us read some lines aloud to a friend or look up an artist on the web to see what else they have done."
We also want to remind you that Upstate Medical University has a radio show, Health Link on Air, that airs on the local radio station on Sunday nights; at the end of each show, Deirdre is invited to read a poem or an excerpt from The Muse. We are getting good feedback from listeners of the show, bringing us an additional audience for our writers, and we want to assure you that your words do affect people in the most wonderful of ways. Our new Muse Media webpage compiles all of the broadcasted readings into one convenient location for your listening pleasure.
Poetry Reading at Buffalo Street Books
The April Healing Muse reading at Buffalo Street Books, in Ithaca, NY, once again demonstrated why independent bookstores are so wonderful. We had a small but appreciative audience and afterward, as the photos demonstrate, there was time for the poets to talk and share ideas. What a great group of people. Thank you, Buffalo Street Books!
Finally, it always delights us to receive updates from Muse contributors about their newly-published work and awards. Tish Pearlman's new collection Afterlife will be officially released on May 7th from Foothills Publishers. The release party will occur at Tompkins County Public Library (101 E. Green St. Ithaca, NY) on July 17th at 6 pm. Signed copies of the book will be available and you can congratulate Tish in person. Well done, Tish!
Mary Gardner received the 1st and 2nd place awards at the 2014 Biennial Competition for Free Verse of the National League of American Pen Women in Atlanta for her poem "Last Conversation." She and author Phillip Memmer will participate in a free, public reading at St. Peter's Church on Mill Street in Cazenovia, NY on July 12th at 3 pm as part of the annual COUNTERPOINT festival of contemporary music, art, and literature. More details about the reading and other events can be found at the website of the Society for New Music, festival sponsor. Congratulations, Mary!
Happy Summer Solstice to all; keep writing and keep us informed.