Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2013
Prize Winner: JENDI REITER
Poem: “After October Snow”
Runner up: Suzanne Ondrus
Poem: “Inch by Inch, Row by Row”
Poem: “Inch by Inch, Row by Row”
A short piece in The Day, by Rick Koster, appeared on Friday, 8 Mar 13… the title is worth the price of admission any day.
“Representatives from Little Red Tree Publishing of New London are making their debut appearance at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference and Bookfair in Boston through Saturday.
Also, The Little Red Tree Publishing AWP Poetry Reading takes place at 6 p.m. Friday. Participating Tree authors are Jean-Yves Solinga, W.F. Lantry, Joanie DiMartino, Charles Ipcar, Tamara Martin and Mary Vallas Posner. Conference & Bookfair, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St., Boston. AWP Poetry Reading, 6 p.m. Friday, L’Aroma Cafe, 85 Newbury St., Boston; free. For info, littleredtree.wordpress.com.”
Join us at the Newbury Street L’Aroma Cafe for poetry and music featuring Little Red Tree authors: Tamara Martin (Sundays in the South), Joanie DiMartino (Strange Girls), Jean-Yves Solinga (Words Made of Silk), Mary Vallas Possner (Basil, Mountain Laurel and Jazz) and W.F. Lantry (The Structure of Desire), with sea shanty music performed by Charlies Ipcar (The Complete Poetry of Cicely Fox Smith).
Free Buffet of nibbles and fruit, and light refreshments.
I was working away on my latest book and the phone ran.
“Is that Michael Linnard, Little Red Tree.”
“Yes, it is.”
“We have a cancelation. Would you like to take it.”
I later decided on table S8…
So I’ll see you there.
The Davis Jazz Beat Festival is proud to present acclaimed poet A. D. Winans, who will be reading at the Jazz Beat Conference, October 19th at 7:30.
A native of San Francisco, Allan Davis Winans is a poet, essayist, photographer, and short story writer whose work has appeared in over 2,000 literary magazines and anthologies, including City Lights Journal, Poetry Australia, The New York Quarterly, Beatitude, Beat Scene, and Rattle. In addition, he has written 50 books of poetry and two books of prose. Winans was close friends with Beat poets Charles Bukowski, Bob Kaufman, and Jack Micheline, having participated in the Beat and post-Beat era starting in 1958. From 1972 to 1989 Winans edited and published Second Coming Magazine, which produced a large number of books and anthologies, including the highly acclaimed California Bicentennial Poets Anthology. In 2006, he was awarded a PEN National Josephine Miles Award For Excellence in Literature, and, in 2009, PEN Oakland presented Winans with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010, Bottle of Smoke Press published a 300-page collection of Winans’ selected poems, and in February 2012 Little Red Tree Press published Winans’ San Francisco Poems.
The 6th Annual Davis Jazz Festival: Beyond the Beat Generation takes place this coming weekend, Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2012, at the John Natsoulas Gallery and at Davis Commons (in front of the new Whole Foods Market). For six years the Davis Jazz Festival has been the premier collaborative conference in the region, offering an eclectic mix of poets, singers, bands and performance painters for people of all ages to enjoy. Featuring music from classical jazz combos to hard-driving big bands, the festival will serve as an educational event for creative youth, and will benefit the Davis High School Band Program. For more information, visit http://www.natsoulas.com/schedule/.
Who: A.D. Winans
When: Friday, October 19th at 7:30PM
Where: The John Natsoulas Gallery at 521 First Street
For some, love is a thing that builds up gradually. For D.C. author and poet Bill Lantry, it happened all at once. He recalls the exact moment that he fell in love with his wife, liturgical singer Kathleen Fitzpatrick.
“I had just taken you to lunch right by the capitol,” recalls Lantry, speaking to his wife. “And I spent two hours telling you every bad thing I had ever done in my entire life so you would know everything, and I would never have to hide anything at all from you. And you didn’t run away screaming.”
Exhausted and elated from this experience, Lantry drove with his future wife back to the campus of Catholic University, where they both attended school. He recalls stopping at a stoplight 400 yards south of the Basilica, as she put Franz Biebl’s version of “Ave Maria” on the CD player and began to sing along.
“I looked around at the trees outside and the sun was shining and you were so beautiful and your voice was so beautiful,” says Lantry. “And I looked at the little clock on your car’s dashboard and it said 1:54 in the afternoon. It was a Friday in late fall, and I completely fell in love with you at that moment. It was over — that was the end of that.”
That moment was transformational for his relationship with Kathleen, but was also the inspiration for some of his written works. He would go on to publish a book of poems called “The Structure of Desire,” published by Little Red Tree Publishing, about his love for her.
As for what the future holds, Lantry is characteristically poetic.
“I just want to feel that energy flowing through you that I feel every day,” he says. “I just wanted that all the time, forever.”
This interview was recorded in Arlington, Va. at StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. To find out more information and to reserve a timeslot to tell your own story at the StoryCorps MobileBooth, visitStoryCorps.org.