Saturday in East Dennis: “Women Creating Havoc”

by web editor on November 14, 2014

The Cape Cod Branch of the National League of American Pen Women
invites you a special event:

Women Creating Havoc
A Celebration of Art

havocSaturday, November 15
1:30PM – 4:00PM
Jacob Sears Memorial Library
25 Center Street
East Dennis, MA

Meet the creative minds behind some great works and get a little jump on your holiday shopping as local Pen Women sign books, autograph paintings and note cards, answering questions, and giving short talks about their work.

For more about this event and NLAPW’s Cape Cod branch, visit their website:

Twenty four teenagers turned out on Saturday morning, November 8, for day-long writing instruction with the Cape Cod Writers Center ‘s Tomorrow’s Writers Today program at the Barnstable Intermediate School.

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Two acclaiimed authors, novelist Heidi Schmidt and nonfiction author Chip Bishop, instructed the students in their respective genres, and offered each of the individual students feedback for their writing.

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By the end of the day, the students had learned a lot, and many plan to attend the next Tomorrow’s Writers Today workshops in 2015.

Here are some of their comments from the exit surveys: 

“It was amazing to be able to get feedback from actual authors. I would definitely come back.”
“It was fun very useful and excellent.  It helped me with understanding my writing very much.”
“Honestly, wonderful job!”
“They (the teachers) opened up new ideas and writing styles for me. ”
“I loved the fiction writing. It was fun!”
“They taught me a lot of new writing techniques that have given me new inspiration to improve my fiction and nonfiction.”
“They helped critique my writing.”
“They (the teachers) really know what they were talking about.”
“I learned a lot of new things.”

Calliope Poetry Readings at the West Falmouth Library

by web editor on November 7, 2014

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Please join us for the next Calliope Poetry Reading

Sunday, November 16th, 3 PM 
Open Mic Sign-up, 2:45 PM.
$5 suggested donation.


Jericho Brown’s latest poetry collection, The New Testament, was recently published by Copper Canyon Press (2014).  His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008) won the 2009 American Book Award.  His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic and The Best American Poetry.  He is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and a Whiting Writer’s Award.  He also received two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland.  Jericho grew up in Louisiana and earned his Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.  He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Frannie Lindsay’s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, was released from Red Hen Press in 2014 as the Benjamin Saltman Award winner.  Her other three books are  Mayweed (The Word Works); Lamb (Perugia Press) and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press).  In 2008 she was chosen as the winner of The Missouri Review Prize in poetry.  Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry of 2014, The Atlantic Monthly, The Yale Review, The Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and in many other journals.  In addition, Frannie’s poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, A Writer’s Almanac and Ted Kooser’s column, American Life in Poetry.  She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Frannie lives in Belmont, MA. and is a classical pianist.

Jennifer Markell’s first book of poetry, Samsara, was published in 2014 by the Turning Point imprint of WordTech Communications.  She is also the author of an award-winning chapbook, Leaving the Green Elm Market.  Her poems have been published in The Atlanta Review, Consequence, The Hawaii Pacific Review, Rhino and in The Aurorean, where she was the featured poet.  Her poetry also was published in Poetry from Sojourner, A Feminist Anthology and has been displayed at Boston City Hall.  She was selected to read her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  A member of the Jamaica Pond Poets, Jennifer works as a psychotherapist with a special interest in therapeutic uses of writing.

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.)

No December Reading.
Next Calliope Poetry Reading will be on
Sunday, January 11th, 3 PM, featuring Kim Baker, JD Scrmgeour, Cammy Thomas, and our open mic readers.

Visit the Calliope website or Facebook Page

Member News for November

by web editor on November 3, 2014

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

Catherine Allen of Orleans, Massachusetts and Santa Fe, New Mexico has a new book out that is an #1 Best Seller in two categories. It is a book about Boomers reinventing retirement and passionately planning for their next chapter of life. It is called Revolutionary Retirement: What’s Next For You? For upcoming events and more about the book, go to

Chip Bishop will speak and sign copies of his book, Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War, Thursday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the South Dennis Public Library and later that evening at 7 p.m. at the Eldredge Library in Chatham. Both events are free and open to the public.

Anita A. Caruso, author of the memoir As Ever, Pudd—A Love Story that Never Ends, has author events in November at Quashnet school in Mashpee, the Harwich Council on Aging, Jacob Sears Memorial Library in Dennis, and Corpus Christy Parish in Sandwich. See her website for details:

Kyle Chirgwin’s childrens book My Big Tow: The Adventures of Captain Recovery received a five star review from Red City reviews. It has also received three five star reviews on

While visiting England, Dean Coe presented his children’s book Chesterton Keeps His Town Jumping, set in Sandwich, Massachusetts, at the Roger Manwood School in Sandwich, UK. The book and visit book have been the impetus to a student exchange to introduce local history and traditions between the sister communities.

Yvonne deSousa is excited to report that her book, MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis received an excellent review in recent edition of The Motivator, the magazine published by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. You can read the review online here. She will be discussing MS Madness! at the Ames Free Library in North Easton on November 3rd at 6:30 PM.

Devon Ellington’s airship steampunk story “Loyalty Strata” will appear in the New Legends: Mercenaries, Engineers, and Captains, releasing in late November at the Miami International Book Fair.

Join Gina Fava on her suspense thriller book tour for The Sculptor, and The Race! Fall is filled with exciting signings and events–visit for details.

Diane Finney has published a breast cancer memoir entitled To Know Sweet You Must Taste Sour.  Diane shares her positive attitude and offers tips that would help anyone who is facing a cancer challenge or other form of adversity. Find out more at Available on Amazon.

Trisha Leaver teaches “The Craft of the Short Story” on Thurs. Nov. 6 from 6-8 PM at Marstons Mills Public Library. Workshop is free, but please sign up ahead of time, Trisha also has a launch party for her co-authored book Creed at the Marstons Mills Public Library on Sat. Nov. 22 from 4-7 PM. Please rsvp at

Diane McDonough’s poem, “November Afternoon at the Farmer’s Market,” will be published in The Weekly Avocet, November 5, 2014.

Lisa Rehfuss is pleased to announce that Molly and Buttercup, Postcards from the Bed and the Shed, ( enjoys a one year anniversary of bringing safe pen pals to children between the ages of 7-12.

Rick Shakalis’ novel The Shoemaker’s Castle is scheduled to be released by mid-December. It’s based on the life of Thomas Gustave Plant, born dirt poor in Bath Maine in the middle 1800s who  became one of the richest men in the country and built “The Castle in the Clouds” in New Hampshire yet died a pauper.

After the success of Barbara Eppich Struna’s first historical novel, The Old Cape House, and reaching almost 8000 copies sold within the first year, Barbara and her publisher, Booktrope of Seattle WA, are proud to announce the release of her latest historical fiction, The Old Cape Teapot. It’s available as an ebook and paperback online everywhere and across the Cape. She’ll also be selling, signing, and talking at several venues through the holidays, please see her blog for details.

C.E. Zaniboni has been offered a contract for the first book in her series, Iced At Midnight, by Gypsy Shadow Publishing. The book will be out in the first quarter of 2015.

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 December. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than Friday, November 28. 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.)

“Everything goes along smoothly in life until one day something happens… and nothing’s ever exactly the same.”

That transformation is what poet/author Charles Coe, calls The Defining Moment and was the subject of a fascinating Cape Cod Writers Center Pathways to Publication workshop on Saturday morning, October 25,  at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.


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Charles opened the program by asking the fourteen attendees to recall important moments from their childhood on paper and then describe them to the rest of the class. What emerged were a series of stunning events which, as Charles observed, could easily become the engine for at least one powerful story or novel. The morning continued with related  assignments and ended at noon — much too soon for all concerned.


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Bravo to Charles Coe and those who attended this remarkable session!

While it’s nearly a year away, it’s never too early to mark your calendars for the 2015 Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, August 6-9, 2015 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.  Already we are planning an exciting program of  keynote speakers, distinguished faculty and special events.

More specific details to follow in a few months! 

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