Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe

From February, 2002 to March, 2009 I wrote a column called City Type for The Boston Globe. The columns were conversations with Boston-area writers and poets and are archived here.

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poem of the month

On the day we went to Newfane

On the day we went to Newfane
We checked in, then hiked
up the hill and past the cemetery,
read the thin stones’ names,
dates measured down to days, then
we went back to our room and he
said he’d like us to get married
and I said okay and then we went outside,
sat on the green that looked as if
a child had drawn it and buses arrived,
right there between the county courthouse
and the church, spilled out troupes of
Morris dancers, each troupe in its own colors,
with its own drummers, fiddlers, players of
accordions, recorders, some wearing bells strapped
on above their sturdy shoes, others waving
handkerchiefs or smacking sticks, all of them
dancing earnestly until they got back on the buses,
took off for the next town, and we went upstairs,
got dressed for dinner.

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Thursday, June 26, 7:30 pm
a reading with Kathleen Aguero
and Denise Bergman
at Wellfleet Public Library,
55 W. Main Street

Sunday, July 13, 3 pm
Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series
at Rock Creek Park Nature Center,
Washington, DC

Friday, December 12, 7:30 pm
Chapter and Verse,
Loring greenough House,
Jamaica Plain,
with Alan Smith

good news

I am part of an anthology, "The Widows' Handbook"

Garrison Picks Ellen:
My poem, "Letter Home" is in Garrison Keillor's anthology, "Good Poems, American Places." Hear him read it.

Two of my poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

"Why I Write"--brief essays by poets, including me!

quote of the month

"The great safeguard of society and domestic life is that opinions were not acted on. Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them."

George Eliot, Middlemarch

CenterPiece is a one-person play I have written and that I perform. It looks at the patchwork of life experiences we all share, from assimilating our family legends to learning about love and loss to finding our own voices and moving into the center of our lives. Click here for more info.
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