Friday, September 27, 2019

Upcoming Readings 2019-2020

With Spreading Like Wild Flowers due out in late October, here is my line-up for appearances---more to be announced. 


Sat., October 12, 2019 Turners Falls, MA

Great Falls Word Festival, 4:00 PM

Upstairs Shea Theater
71 Avenue A
Turners Falls , Ma

Featured poet reading with Tom Timmons, Terry S. Johnson
Jon Wesick and TBA

Book Release Party
Sat., November 9, 2019 Somerville, MA

Center for the Arts at the Armory, 4:30 PM

191 Highland Ave
Somerville , Ma

Book release for Spreading Like Wild Flowers, with Special Guests

Fri., December 6, 2019 Dorchester, MA

Unearthed Song & Poetry, 7:00 PM sign up, 7:30 show

Home.stead Bakery and Cafe
1448 Dorchster ave,
Dorchester , Ma

Featured poet reading with featured musical act

Sun., December 22, 2019 New York, NY

Great Weather for Media Event, 4:00 PM

Parkside Lounge
317 E Houston St,
New York, NY

hosted by George Wallace

 Thur, January 23, 2020 Roslindale, Ma
 Rozzie Reads Poetry, 7:00 PM
 Roslindale House, Community Room
120 Poplar Street,
Roslindale, Ma.

Featuring with Pui Ying Wong

Sat., January 25, 2020 Boston, Ma

Boston Italian American Writers Association Event, 6:00 PM

I AM Books
189 North Street,
Boston, Ma.

Featuring with another Italian-American writer
hosted by Julia Lisella and Jennifer Colella Martelli.

Wed., March 25, 2020 Lynn, MA

Speak Up at the Walnut Street Cafe, 7:30 PM

Walnut Street Cafe
157 Walnut Street,
Lynn, Ma

Featuring at this wonderful series, with an open mic

Thursday, September 19, 2019

"Joe the Salamander," Semi-Finalist in 2019 Holland Prize

The winner of the first-ever Holland Prize for Fiction from Trnsfr Books has been announced!

Look for Rebecca Fishow's stellar debut story collection The Trouble with Language in 2020!

Finalists Dan Hoy and Mike Kleine's 
collaborative novel Where the Sky Meets the Ocean and the Air Tastes Like Metal and the Birds Don't Make A Sound will also be published in 2021!

Cheers to these incredible semi-finalists:
- Timothy Gager (for Joe the Salamander)

- Brooks Sterritt (for The History of America In My Lifetime)
- Christian TeBordo (for The Last Days of Science)
- Joan Wilking (for A Sign of the Times)

     I don't mind losing to the people on this list---Rebecca, Dan, and Mike get well earned books. I get to blog about not minding the results (bad joke. Too soon?) . Side note...on May 4, 2018 Rebecca and another of the Semi-Finalists, Joan Wilking all read in New York at KGB, F-Bomb Series. Joan and I drove down together from Massachusetts  and had the BEST time. Lot's of laugh and really bad food at 2 AM on the way home---all was open was a KFC and all they had was "Big Bowls." The  food was the actual punch-line.  Somewhere, May 5, 2018, on Route 95 North....chicken, mashed, corn in a bowl ended up in my trunk.

Joan Wilking, May 2018, KGB, NYC
Rebecca Fishow, May 2018, KGB, NYC


Joe The Salamander (69000 words) follows Joe, a quirky man, mostly, from birth through age eighteen. Joe, a born people-pleaser, only chooses to say the word, "Yes," to everyone, except his mother, Mille, who he has unconditional trust with. The other woman in his life, Laura, his nurse on-duty at the time of his birth, becomes a life-long friend of his and his family.

Joe, overwhelmed by loud or extreme stimuli gets through life by wearing various costumes but loves Superman in his various television/movie forms. As he gets older, he finds comfort by wearing a Superman costume under his regular clothing. It is only after his parents die tragically on 9/11 that Joe stops feeling safe through the Superman strategy, because even Superman couldn't prevent such a catastrophe.
Throughout the novel, Joe's inability to successfully interpret life's sights and sounds, combined with his singular word language use, causes him to be placed in situations which work out in ways, not intended. His mother tries to increase Joe's independence so he could eventually survive on his own, but after her death, Joe is left to figure things out on his own.  
 As he hits his mid-thirties, and entirely by desperation, he goes to the local costume shop to buy the bigger, and better Superman costume he had seen to help him to re-enter society using an old coping mechanism.
            Joe The Salamander, takes a sensitive, and human look at what it is like the stimulus of the world are challenging, and also how misunderstood and beloved people are within the spectrum

Saturday, September 14, 2019

THIS is the cover for soon to be released, "Spreading Like Wild Flowers"

     Finally here is the front and back cover of "Spreading Like Wild Flowers." I expect the book to be out in November, which is just in time for my readings in Dorchester and New York.  

     This replaced the less dramatic blue one. It had the wild flowered photo, but the light blow wasn't very "strong."

     Originally I prematurely announced the cover this pale green one, with the old, less wild flowered picture. It appeared on my website until today.

     The very first model was the one I made myself....which is very rough, but it gave my publisher an idea of what I was thinking. Here it is below.  Well, I hope you had fun---because I sure went crazy.