The Cabrillo College English Department, Poetry Santa Cruz and Amber Coverdale Sumrall & Dena Taylor present The 32nd Annual In Celebration of the Muse, featuring 21 local women authors: Debra Spencer, Joan Zimmerman, Laura Davis, Liz Raptis Picco, Robin Lysne, Jo-Ann Birch, Becky Hall, Sarah Rabkin, Helene Simkin Jara, Wilma Marcus Chandler, Rosie King, Ellen Treen, Kate Aver Avraham, Joanie Maro, Patricia Zylius, Adela Najarro, Dina El Dessouky, Barbara Bloom, Magdalena Montagne, Neli Moody, and Clifford Henderson.
• Doors open at 7:00 pm for seating and tickets. The 2013 chapbook, In Celebration of the Muse 30th Anniversary Anthology, presenting one poem or short piece of fiction by each of the twenty readers for the 2012 reading, will be available for purchase for $10 along with books by the 2014 readers (cash and checks only).
This event is a benefit for Poetry Santa Cruz.
I started the New Year with a publishing goal of mine.coming to fruition thanks to Cyma Shapiro’s wonderful anthology THE ZEN OF MIDLIFE MOTHERING where my essay Infertile, me? No Way–I’m Latina is proudly included among dozens of witty, candid, and finely crafted writing.
Soon after, I received news that my October 2013 submission landed me a coveted spot on IN THE CELEBRATION OF THE MUSE where I’ll read Lioness in a Size Eight-Pantsuit at Cabrillo College on March 8th. Please join us for a fun evening with a talented group of Santa Cruz County women.
Then in mid-January while on a glorious bike ride, I was slammed off of my bike and ended up in the ER where seven hours later I left with a heavy-duty, double splint to keep my banged up wrist and arm in place until surgery a week later.
Now, I belong to The Twisted Sister Club, my younger sister megaphones everyone as she shows off the centipede scar down her right arm. My scar is smaller thank goodness and my right arm is on the mend. The months ahead are filled with doctor visits, physical therapy, writing, and redesigning my website!
A fabulous crowd of family and friends joined me on December 4th to celebrate my very first Book Reading and Signing Party for Stretch Marks, my debut memoir. I basked in the love coming from all directions and distances! I was floating on the adulation after eight years of writing, doubting, revising, and doubting even more as completion drew near. It was wonderful to finally thank everyone present for encouraging me throughout the years!
Writing a book, much like raising a child, takes a village. I was thrilled to gaze upon Eanlai Cronin, Mary Howe, Ellen Reilly, and Alexandra Kennedy who are part of my writing village.
And to my family members and friends in far away places, who longed to be present, but couldn’t, just know that I felt your immense love and support!
Reading from my book was magical, (I know corny, but true.) and glorious to hear my words, my hard-won struggles prance out and dazzle the room. Locking eyes with my audience and knowing we are in the exact emotional moment was thrilling and I look forward to many more book events!
I’m also delighted that my memoir is available at the Santa Cruz Public Library.
You may also buy it on Amazon.
But there is hope and help, thanks to the NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY campaign.
“National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. This annual, one-day event has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with policymakers, practitioners and advocates to finalize adoptions and create and celebrate adoptive families.
In total, National Adoption Day helped nearly 44,500 children move from foster care to a forever family. Communities across the county celebrate the Saturday before every Thanksgiving. In 2012, more than 4,500 children were adopted by their forever families during the 13th annual National Adoption Day celebration in almost 400 cities across the United States.
This year the National Adoption Day Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted on National Adoption Day, on November 23, 2013.”
For more information, please visit Nationaladoptionday.org