Caravan Member Publications and Activities
September 2017 – June 2018
The Poetry Caravan of Columbia County now has 13 members, 10 of whom are active. Several members are highly committed and dependable.
We read on a monthly basis at our original venue where we have been going for three years. We also go to an assisted living facility approximately quarterly. At Camphill the average attendance is about 12. At Whittier Assisted Living attendance varies from 2 to 6. We do a reading for the Canaan Historical Society and Canaan Seniors annually.
The most exciting development is a cooperative effort with the Chatham Library. Every second Saturday there is a poetry event of some kind. It is a library event (which we often assist in planning) supported by the Caravan--and through which the Caravan has gained several new members.
"Withdrawal" appeared in One Sentence Poems Oct 2017
"Choose" was featured in No Extra Words Podcast, 1/19/18 - Women Writers on Choice
"Tar Beach" won the Poetry Society of South Carolina's Peter Pan Prize and will be published in their 2018 Yearbook
Last June, I put together an Ekphrastic reading in a museum gallery in Lafayette, the Acadiana Center for the Arts - Six poets wrote poems about photographs from my husband's photography exhibit there. Poems were read side by side with the photographs. I read "Catalonia, 1973" and "Line Dance." Over 100 people showed up - standing room only.
"Sinking" NELLE journal, Fall, 2018. Also spotlighted as a featured writer.
"At the Wake of My Ex-Husband's Third Wife." Passager, Fall 2018. (awarded an honorable mention}
"Line Dance," "Matamoros," Silver," and "Silk Paisley and Pearls" Valley Voices, Spring 2018 i
"Flavius Fubar," (about Donald Trump!) and "At the Boucherie in Grand Coteau, Louisiana." to be published in First Literary Review East, Fall 2018 online.
Duet- Photographer and Poet, Yellow Flag Press, summer 2018. An ekphrastic collection, poems by Liz and photographs by her husband, Leo Touchet.
"Perhaps" Serving House, Fall 2017, #17
"The Bus from Cleveland" Evening Street Review Autumn 2017
"To Each His Own" and "Emerging" Third Wednesday Fall 2017 Vol.X No.4
The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter selected as the winner of the 2018 Colorado Prize from the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. The book is to be published November, 2018. John Yau was the judge.
Four poems published in Tupelo Quarterly in 2018.
Readings at the Hastings Library and Greenburgh Library for National Poetry Month and with Columbia County Poetry Caravan,
Summer 2018. Poet of the Month May 2018, Poetry Caravan website,Greenburgh Town Hall.
Book length manuscript, "Thrownaway," a semi-finalist in two national competitions
Presented, with poet Wayne Miller on the drum beside me, in readings at the Hudson Valley Writers Center; the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill; the Bowery Poetry Club, New York City; and the Jewish Community Center, Tarrytown.
Eating Sardines at Midnight published by Fithian Press, March, 2018.
Participated in an evening of multi-media performances by faculty and students at the SVA Theater, W 23 St., in March. Read two poems from the long story The Rug Tree with sand-animated visuals and jazz accompanist.
Eclectica, July-August 2017: "Disorder Enters Grade 4B"
"Morningside Heights," "Monet's Giverney Pallet as Seen Through a Kaleidoscope"
Eclectica, Jan-Feb, 2018: "Burr Tillstrom, Master Puppeteer."
April-May 2018: "A Common Ancestry."
Spring Newsletter, E.F. Benson Society, "Isabelle/Lucia."
Reformed Church of Bronxville, 1/21/18, Selections from my collection,
Shelter. 5/6/18, Poetry of Childhood and Spring.
Performed 4 original poems ("Point of No Return," "Thrown Stones," "Become the Woman You Want to Be" and "Respite Sought - One Bite, Mine, for One Bite - Its") as part of the "Po-jazz Events" (hosted at The Starving Artist Café, City Island, the Bronx, 2/16/18 and 4/6/18
Recited "The Layers" by Stanley Kunitz to students in an acting class, HB Studio, NYC, 11/7/17.
Read aloud the comforting poem "Death is Nothing at All" by Henry Scott-Holland at 3 funerals, wakes and one church memorial service to over 100 people.
Other literature-related activities:
Wrote and read my essay "In Broad Daylight" at the historic Stonewall Inn, NYC as part of the "Freak Out" project, 7/19/17.
Wrote and performed a scene called "His Sister's Message" at the Ossie Davis Theatre, as part of the "Unfake" event, 3/4/18 sponsored by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.
Wrote (or co-wrote) original songs posted on the internet, and performed several, including pop song "Happy Trans Girl Like Me" at Stonewall Inn, NYC, 9/23/17; Trevi Lounge, Fairfield, CT, 9/16/17; and Circle of Friends, Pleasantville, 9/9/17.
Wrote stand-up comedy material posted on the internet and performed, at various venues and charity events throughout the metro NY area including The Stonewall Inn, Caroline's On Broadway, The Stand, Dangerfield's Comedy Club, Ice Palace on Fire Island, LGBTQ Hackensack Charity Event, Yonkers Comedy Club, CJ Cullens, OTB in Hauppauge, Trevi Lounge, Fairfield, CT, and on WVOX radio’s "Crisis Help Radio Show."