Imagination is integral to man’s progress, but especially for creative people. Without it  books, poetry, plays and movies would not be written. That was the fascinating analysis presented by Nina Schuessler, Producing Artistic Director of the Harwich Junior Theater, on Wednesday evening, October 22, at the  Cape Cod Writers Center’s Writers Night Out and Annual Meeting at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

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Before Nina’s presentation, thirty five CCWC members who attended the meeting enjoyed drinks and a buffet dinner, followed by a business meeting. Jim Hill, the CCWC’s Vice President, announced the four new board members, who were then approved by the membership. CCWC’s Executive Director, Nancy Rubin Stuart, announced member news and future events, including the Pathways to Publication workshop on Saturday, October 25, with prominent Boston poet, Charles Coe.

As if in proof of the power of imagination, several members appeared in a creative series of Halloween costumes. Below are a few examples inspired by the publishing industry.

There’s just one week left for talented young writers in grades 7 – 12 to sign up for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s next Tomorrow’s Writers Today workshop. The program will be held on November 8, 8:30 – 3:30 at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis.

CCWC14_-75Tomorrow’s Writers Today is tuition-free and gives students the rare opportunity to work one-on-one and in small groups with authors who oversee their work, share concepts, and provide insights into the realities of professional writing, literature, and journalism.

Applications must be mailed to the Cape Cod Writers Center and postmarked by October 27.

For more information and a downloadable application, click here.

You can also request an application by email at

Calliope Poetry Reading at the West Falmouth Library

by web editor on October 17, 2014

Calliope PicSunday, October 19th, 3 PM.
Open Mic Sign-up, 2:45 PM.
$5 suggested donation.



Nancy Esposito’s most recent book is Lamentation with June Bug (Word Poetry, 2103).  Previous collections were Changing Hands and Mem’Rain.  She received the Discovery/The Nation Award, a Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant, the Colladay Award, Poetry Society of America Award, a Fulbright Grant to Egypt, and grants to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos, as well as an NEH to study the Vietnam War.  Her own work has been translated into Spanish and VietnameseDavid R. Surette’s new book of poetry is Wicked Hard.  He is also the author of The Immaculate Conception Mothers’ Club, Young Gentlemen’s School, and Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In which earned Highly Recommended status at the 8th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards.  He teaches and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater High School.

Kim Triedman is both a poet and novelist.  In 2013, her poetry collections are Plum(b) (Main Street Rag Poetry Prize) and Hadestown and her debut novel The Other Room were published.  Other publications include a chapbook, Bathe in it or Sleep (2008, Main Street Rag) and Poets for Haiti:  An Anthology of Poetry and Art.  Kim is a graduate of Brown University and lives in the Boston area.

Directions:  From Bourne Bridge.  Rt. 28 south to Thomas Landers Road exit, right off ramp to Rt. 28A south (left), about 1 1/2 miles.  Just past Old Dock Rd., on right, West Falmouth Library is on the left, with parking.

From Woods Hole.  Woods Hole Rd. to Palmer Ave. to Rt. 28 north to Brick Kiln Rd. exit, left off the ramp to Rt. 28A (stop sign).  Take a right, and go less than I mile.  West Falmouth Library is on the right, with parking (before the library, across from the Quaker Meeting House).

Next Poetry Book Discussion Group meets Friday, November 7th, 1:00 – 2:30 PM at the Falmouth Public Library.  We are reading the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

Next Calliope Reading, Sunday, November 16th, 3 – 5 PM, West Falmouth Library, featuring Jericho Brown, Frannie Lindsay, Jennifer Markell and our open mic readers.

Alice Kociemba, Director,
Calliope – A Community for Poets

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SONY DSCOn Sunday, November 2, at 2 pm, sixteen poets will convene at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth to read their own work and poems by Joe Gouveia, who passed away in May. Joe would have been 50 years old on November 2. This is a free event, though suggested donations of $10 will permit Joe’s family to commemorate him in other ways. The Cultural Center is located at 307 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth.

The son of Portuguese immigrants, Joe Gouveia was a poet, journalist, organizer and radio personality. He received his MFA in Poetry from New England College and served as Poet in Residence at Cape Cod Community College.  He was the Poetry Curator at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, wrote the “Meter Man” poetry column for the Barnstable Patriot in Hyannis, and hosted the “Poets Corner” radio show on WOMR in Provincetown. He published one full-length collection of poems, Saudades, with Casa Mariposa Press, and three chapbooks: What We Do; Ginsberg is Dead; and The Slaughter of the Sacred Cow. He also edited three anthologies: Dancing on Water; Common Roots, Common Ground; and Rubber Side Down, the first and only anthology of biker poetry.

Of Saudades, Alicia Ostriker wrote: “In this marvelous collection of poems, Joe Gouveia rides English like a Harley.” Marge Piercy called these poems “powerful and emotionally touching works.” Said Robert Pinsky: “I admire his laughter in the presence of death, his embrace of life and his loving attention to particular provinces and the world at large. “ Copies of the book will be available for sale at the reading.

The readers are: Marge Piercy, Martín Espada, Everett Hoagland, John Landry, Chard DeNiord, Chase Berggrun, Maria Nazos, Maritza Rivera, Emma Ayres, Melissa Tuckey, Sarah Browning, John Bonanni, Mary Ellen Redmond, Lamont Steptoe, J. Barrett Wolf, and Lauren Wolk.

For more information, contact Lauren Wolk at 508-394-7100 or

Member News for October

by web editor on October 6, 2014

Here’s a roundup of our CCWC Members’ writing news for October:

Rocks Through My Window by Jeannie Coco successfully traversed the shores of Cape Cod over the summer and now her compass turns to the north. A state-wide fall foliage book tour through Burlington and Williston, Vermont will have its kick-off launch at the Rutland Free Library on Monday, October 20 at 7:00. Also see her TV interview video posted on her website:

YA writer K.R. Conway was named Writer in Residence for Sturgis West this year and will be the keynote speaker at their Coffee House Night on October 24th. She will be signing books at Titcomb’s in Sandwich on October 16th at 5pm, and teaching a free writing class at Barnes and Noble in Hyannis on October 18th from 2-4pm. For details and other events, visit

Marsha Therese Danzig, author of the spiritual memoir Fierce Joy, will take part in a reading at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 9. Also participating in the reading will be poets Marry Ellen Redmond, Alice Kociemba, and Mary Kane.

Marguerite Dennis will be speaking on her book, The New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get a Job, at the Sturgis Library in Barnstable on October 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Titcomb’s Bookstore in Sandwich on November 1from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

Margaret Horgan Desjardins is happy to announce the publication of her new book, The Haunting of Swallow Cave, a story of how four middle grade teens solve a centuries old mystery. Click here for more information:

Ed Ianuccilli will be presenting “Good Times and Sunday Dinners” on Monday, November 3rd at 7 Pm at The Weaver Library in East Providence, RI. He speaks of immigration, Sunday dinners, neighborhood and family. Free. Includes a fun slide show.

Arlene Kay has a busy schedule of events in concert with the release of her latest novel, Gilt Trip: Oct. 9 (7 PM) Arlene will join 3 other Sisters in Crime Authors on a panel at the Wilmington Library on “What inspires your mystery plots?”; Oct. 11 she will join her Sisters-in-Crime at Concord, MA. as they step into the past with “History, Mystery, and Crime”; Oct. 19 she will sign copies of the Swann Series at the New England Library Association gathering in Boxford, MA; and Oct. 25th (11-12 noon) she will join Sisters-in-Crime (NE) at a panel sponsored by the Boston Book Festival, followed by a book signing.

Mystery author Steven P. Marini will be the guest speaker at Writers’ Work by Riverhaven, on October 27th at 6:00 PM at the Hearth and Kettle in Weymouth, MA.

Deb McNaughton’s short story, “Come Home,” is published in this Fall issue of Cape Women Online. Happy Fall to all!

Nancy Nicol’s “Abattoir” is part of an ultra-short memoir project anthology titled Reflections, published by Telling Our Stories Press November, 2014. Her essay on “The Art of Downsizing” appears in the Fall issue of Cape Women On-line Magazine.

ElsBeth and the Call of the Castle Ghosties, Book III in the Cape Cod Witch Series, by J Bean Palmer and Chris Palmer, received the Bronze Medal in the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Pre-Teen Fiction category for eBooks (also available now in paperback). Moonbeam is a national book awards contest for independent and major publishers, with more than 1,200 entries this year and medalists last year from thirty-five states, five Canadian provinces and seven countries overseas.

Marianne Shafer has signed a contract with Writer’s Digest Magazine to have an entry of hers appear in the January 2015 issue. Their “Reject a Hit” section features a humorous rejection of a classic by a fictitious editor, and Marianne chose to be editor Shubael Fledgeby rejecting Charles Dickens’ work, Our Mutual Friend.

Maxim D. Shrayer is pleased to report that the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop will offer two summer intensive workshops in 2015: July 13-17 (Intermediate Nonfiction) and July 20-24 (Advanced Nonfiction). Please visit their newly launched website:

The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands by Barbara Sillery has a new release by Pelican Publishing. Barbara has book signings in October at Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham, Titcomb’s in Sandwich; Brewster Bookstore, Market St. Bookstore in Mashpee, and Barnes & Noble at the Hyannis Mall. For more information contact

After 20 years, WinePress Publishing quit all of their authors—including our own Shirley Vogel—but she is delighted to have been picked up and published by a traditional publisher: Principia Media of Grand Rapids. This goes to prove that ALL things—even getting dumped by a publisher—work out for good! Check out Shirley’s books, and more, at

CCWC member and SIEGE drummer/lyricist Robert R. Williams will give a reading from his stories and lyrics for the Red Poets Society at their ‘Sword and the Pen’ event on Friday, October 24th at 8:00 pm at 550 Mass Ave, Central Square, Cambridge. The event is free and open to the public and will be filmed – contact for more details.

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCurrent CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted to our blog and Facebook page on the first Monday in November. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, October 31. Write “Member News” in the subject line, and be sure the announcement includes your name exactly as you would like it to appear. We do not have room for longer articles or reviews, but you may include an email or website link so readers may contact you or find further information. If you have multiple events, signings, etc. coming up, the best way to publicize these is with a link to a calendar on your own blog or website. (Please note that we reserve the right to edit any announcement for length or for potentially offensive or controversial content.)

The Defining Moment: A Workshop for Writers

by web editor on October 3, 2014

charles coeReservations are coming in for the Cape Cod Writers Center’s upcoming workshop, “The Defining Moment” with award-winning author/teacher Charles Coe.

The workshop will take place 9:00 AM—12:00 PM October 25, at the Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis. The cost is $40 for CCWC Members and $45 for non-members, and per-registration is required.

Click here to find out more about the workshop and Mr. Coe, or to register online.

A busy October for Kevin Symmons

by web editor on October 1, 2014

Kevin_HeaderOctober promises to be an exciting month for four-term former President Kevin Symmons.

On Monday, October 13th, he’ll be part of Spooky-lit, a fun evening at A Book in the Hand, Elizabeth Moisan’s monthly event focusing this month on paranormal readings and topics at the Jacob Sears Library off Rte. 6A (see Laurie Higgins article and interview with him in the 10-5 Cape Cod Times Sunday edition!)–time is 7 to 9 p.m. On Thursday, 10-16, Kevin will be featured in the Presidential Library at Boston’s Prestigious New England Conservatory (295 Huntington Ave) reading from and discussing his latest novel Solo from 6:30 to 7:30 (reservations suggested… call Jeanie Flynn @ 617-869-5482). On Wednesday, 10-22 he’ll attend the CCWC Annual meeting at the CC Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis and on Thursday, 10-23 he’ll be in Boston again at a high-end restaurant sharing the spotlight with a well-known Boston artist (details still being worked on) discussing and reading from his novels. The following week on Thursday, 10-30 Kevin will be appearing with CCWC Secretary Eva Schegulla (pen name Devon Ellington) at The Pine Hills for “The Art of the Scream!” a fun program with readings and discussion about writing paranormal novels and the occult!

Calling All Talented Young Writers

by web editor on September 26, 2014

The Cape Cod Writers Center is now accepting applications for the next in our highly-acclaimed Tomorrow’s Writers Today program for young writers, to be held on Saturday, November 8 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis.

young writers 2This fun-filled, inspiring, tuition-free workshop gives talented writers in grades 7 – 12 the rare opportunity to learn from successful professional authors and to hone their skills in both fiction and nonfiction.

Meet Our Faculty for November 8:

Heidi cropTeaching Fiction: Heidi Jon Schmidt has published stories and essays in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Grand Street, and many others. Her stories have been widely anthologized and won the prestigious James Michener and Ingram Merrill awards for fiction. The Harbormaster’s Daughter (2012) and The House on Oyster Creek (2010), her most recent books, are set on the Outer Cape.

COB Crop 050414Teaching Nonfiction: Chip Bishop has written extensively for radio and TV news, newspapers, and trade journals. His current book is Quentin and Flora – A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War. A previous book, The Lion and the Journalist, was a New York Times bestseller last spring.


The deadline to apply is October 27, 2014. Interested students may apply to the program by completing an application (available at the link below) and submitting it, along with a brief writing sample. For more information or to receive an application, email or call 508-420-0200.

Click here to download more information and an application for Tomorrow’s Writers Today.

Charles Coe at the Marstons Mills Library

by web editor on September 22, 2014

spin cyclesPoet and author Charles Coe shares material from his newest release Spin Cycles, and, winding up Banned Books week, also talks about writers, readers, libraries, and the importance of the freedom to read.

Free and open to the public.


Sat. Sept. 27 at 12 PM

Marstons Mills Public Library
2160 Main St.

Marstons Mills

The Defining Moment: A Workshop for Writers

by web editor on September 22, 2014

On Saturday, October 25, take the next step on your writing journey.
Join your friends from the Cape Cod Writers Center for

“The Defining Moment”
A Workshop for Writers

The world is a certain way, and then something happens…and nothing’s ever exactly the same….

crop of fall picImportant events can cause stress, joy, sadness, anger, or any combination of those emotions. They can also be powerful sources of creative inspiration. In the workshop “The Defining Moment,” led by poet, fiction writer, and teacher Charles Coe, participants will identify and discuss such moments in their lives, and in the world around them, and explore ways to use them in their own writing.

The workshop will take place 9:00 AM—12:00 PM October 25,
at the Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis.
The cost is $40 for CCWC Members and $45 for non-members.


charles coeCharles Coe has published two books of poetry, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon. His work has appeared in literary reviews and anthologies such as Poesis, The Mom Egg, Solstice Literary Review, and Urban Nature. His first novella Spin Cycles will be published by Gemma Media this month. Charles received a poetry fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and his poems have been set to music by several composers. Co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, Charles was selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light for 2014.”

Registration for this program is now closed. Check back in 2015 for more exciting and inspiring programs from the Cape Cod Writers Center.