Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer loving 2.

Well folks , It's a real scorcher of a day here! This is what's up:

1. Murray's feature was a complete success! He's on his way home and should have even arrived in Long Beach by now. To keep up on his further adventures visit : www.GMurraythomas.com

2. Here's a website that lists PAYING Poetry publishers :


3. The folks at the Poetry Super Highway have started their summer contest. $1.00 per poem entry fee but this is the only contest I've ever heard of where the producers try and get a prize for everybody who enters and not just the winners.  visit : Http://www.poetrysuperhighway.com   and click on the contest link for more info.

4. Saturday Night Special, an east bay open mic Saturday, July 30 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location Nick's Lounge 3218 Adeline St. Berkeley, California Created By Hollie Hardy, Tomas Moniz.  Come join us the last Saturday of every month for an evening of literary performance, including a guest reader, a nightly drink special, and an open mic. Schmooze with other writers from the Bay Area as we share, support, and encourage our practice...Don't miss our inaugural event featuring the fabulous fictions of
Rose Tully!..Saturday, July 30th 7 - 9 pm Nick's Lounge (21+)3218 Adeline St. Berkeley, CA
(one block from Ashby BART)FREE! But bring CASH if you want to buy drinks Hosted by Hollie Hardy & Tomas Moniz.ROSE TULLY is a writer, teacher and discoverer of the moon, which she spotted in space, with a great deal of excited pointing, and has never been the same since. She is currently looking for other discoverers of the moon to compare notes with. Rose was selected for the RADAR Lab 2010 Retreat in Akumal, Mexico. Rose got her MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State, where she received the Leo Litwak Award in Fiction, and where she taught for one semester. This year two of Rose's fiction stories have found homes, one in San Francisco State's 100th Anniversary edition of Transfer, and another in University of Wisconsin Press's Windy City Queer: Dispatches From the Third Coast.

 That's all for this week!  Here's a poem and the book links :
by Lawrence R. Berger 
There is a reason for everything!
My mother insisted that we go to a
Laundromat that we have not been to in a year
because someone stole a comforter straight out of the machine
the last time we were there.
I was wary but she insisted and since she was driving we went.
It turns out  that the Chinese lady who ran the place
was very happy to see us!
The reason being  she had found the comforter
in the machine next to the one we had claimed it was stolen from
and had been saving it for us all this time!
She had been scared too because it meant
that she was not safe in her own shop! 
if someone was desperate enough to steal laundry
out of the machine what would they do to her? 
We found out she goes by Kathy in English
and we'll be washing our rugs there exclusively now as long as she keeps it open!
you never know where you'll find a true friend! 
Neat huh? yet absolutely true! 
Here are the book links: 

and finally there are two "collectors edition " copies of Working title, an anthology from a contest I ran a few years back, at  Liftbridge books in Brockport, NY contact Joe Hoffman at: jhoffman@liftbridgebooks.com   for details.
See you next week.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Loving 1

Hi folks: It's been nearly 80 degrees out here all week! Talk about fun in the sun! Here’s what’s crossed my desk this week:

1. Please note that due to the call for a General Strike throughout Spain, The 6th Mad Open Mic: Captured Words will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. This is the new date. Come to read perform or just to listen in. Now open for registration. Registrants to date posted below. Cafe Concierto La FĂ­dula Calle Huertas, 57 Madrid in the Barrio de las Letras Metro: Anton Martin, Sevilla, Banco

Performing will begin at 9 pm. To register and for further information, contact: margiekanter@gmail.com or www.elasunto.com/mkd.htm

Come to present your own work or just to listen in. Open to the public. No entry fee. You pay (only) for what you consume.

2.  http://artistsbreakfastgroup.com/ : Meets Tuesdays in Rochester, NY visit the site for details.

3. The second most important date in the history of American poetry is September 3, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. This is when poets from all over the country will gather at A Different Path Gallery to read poems announcing and supporting the I-90 Poetry Manifesto. http://www.differentpathgallery.com/

4. Creative Wellness Coalition 320 N. Goodman Street Suite 201 Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 585.325.3145 showing of Jim Sturtevant’s art work for August. reception 8/5/2011 6-9P.M.

5. MURRAY HAS LANDED! G. Murray Thomas came to Rochester, NY last night and wowed them at a surprise reading for the Just Poets group. He's the featured artist for the July 24th reading at the Skalney Welcome Center's Ross Art Gallery : 3690 East Ave. on the St. John Fisher College campus call (585) 260-9005 or email sns1@msn.com for further info.

6. http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolbookreview/784126/ for those of you interested in writing for children.

Whew! Lots of stuff going on! for those of you who don't know , I get all this stuff because I run a literary based Public relations firm called Skysaje Enterprises. We are a full service firm offering marketing and business strategies to poets and artists . We also offer training seminars and of course "Laughing" Larry Berger is wiling to tour. and we have a few upcoming books and ones on the market . Those are:

Instant Poetry (Just add words!): a compilation of "Laughing" Larry Berger's earlier poetry. This book is currently in it's 3rd edition and has already sold over 2,100 copies. See why for yourself!  It is available in Paperback and in both the Nook and Kindle formats. Here are the links where you can get copies:




The Entitlement Manuscript: This is the follow up book to Instant Poetry (Just Add Words!) containing some 80 pages of works using theInstant Poetry (Just Add Words) form. It is currently only available as a manuscript from Turner Maxwell books. here's the link to that : http://www.turnermaxwellbooks.com/The%20Entitlement%20Manuscript.htm

Working title:  The anthology from a poetry contest we ran a few years back . It contains some excellent work! There are two signed "collectors edition" copies available at Liftbridge books in Brockport ,NY please contact the Liftbridge store manager :Mr. Joe Hofffman at: jhoffman@liftbridgebooks.com
you may also be able to find copies available from the editor Mr. Frank Judge . contact him at sns1@msn.com

The Green Lantern: a Guide for Achieving the American Dream Volume two, How to Survive in a Modern Economy ( Even on a Poets Income!): This one's due out in January 2012  but I am taking
pre-orders . this is a revised and updated version of my self help guide . the original version sold 1200 copies at poetry readings. This book contains 36 ideas for surviving in today's economy and a few  "secrets" from the world of marketing  thrown in for good measure. $15.00 post paid for delivery upon release.

Well now you know all about me and what I'm up to.
I don't think there's room for a poem this week  so I'll just say till next time.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Born on the fourth of July Part Three

Hi folks : Well the fireworks are over. and it's on to bigger and better things ! Here’s what’s come across my desk this week:

1. Thursday July 14, 2011, 11:00AM -Thursday July 14, 2011, 05:00PM EDT

Event Type: Networking/Meet up Location: Ellison Park (Hazelwood Lodge)Rochester, NY US

Price: $5.00 per Adult Plus a Dish to Pass (Serves 10). Hamburgers, Hots; Rolls provided. Kids under 12 free. Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 13th, by 12 Noon. Cash / PayPal accepted (lynn.prytula@lhh.com)



2. Sunday July 24, 2011, 2:00PM- Sunday July 24, 2011, 05:00PM EDT Location: Skalny Welcome Center Art Gallery St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY 14618 US Price: Free event; donations welcome! Website: http://gmurraythomas.com/About_Me.html

Industry: performing arts Intended For: Anyone interested in poetry, writing, memoir, story telling, and/or literature. Organization: Rochester Poets. Join us on Sunday, July 24, 2 pm, for featured poet G. MURRAY THOMAS, followed by our open mic Refreshments will be served; the author will have books available for purchase. Murray Thomas is a Spencerport native who moved west and has been a longstanding figure in the Southern California poetry scene. From 1994 to 1998, Murray published and edited "Next... Magazine," a monthly poetry calendar and news magazine that was distributed free throughout Southern California.
His most recent book, from which he'll be reading, is "My Kidney Just Arrived (Tebot Bach Press, 2011). The volume deals with his experiences as a dialysis and kidney transplant patient.

For more information, contact Rochester Poets president Frank Judge, rochesterpoets@gmail.com,

3.Sunday, July 31 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Location The Flying Squirrel Community Space 285 Clarissa St

Rochester, New York Created By Paulette Swartzfager. More Info The Flying Squirrel Poetry Series presents POETRY FOR ALL! A SLAM/JAM for poets and performance artists free of charge to participate…..Prize 2 movie passes. For info, contact:

4.NYS REGIONAL MULTICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Town Hall Meeting for the Western Region Rochester Psychiatric Center Building 16 Rehabilitation Auditorium1111 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620 Friday, July 29, 2011 10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.Open to: people who use mental health services, families, providers and other stakeholders!

Here are the book links:




and a short poem this week:

Life is good!
By Lawrence R. Berger

Bills are paid

friends are here

There is food in the fridge

What more could a poet ask for?

( I may have written this piece or a version of it before . It feels familiar but I can't remember if I did it before or not anyway, some of you are new and might not have seen it before . So enjoy!)

See you next week!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Born on the fourth of July Part Two

Hi folks! I had a lot of fun at the family reunion!!! 350+ plus relatives got together for the second "Shryb tribe" reunion and it was much More fun than I thought it would be ! I even got invited to read in Canada by a few relatives from that area and sold three books!  I hope you all had fun over the 4th weekend too!  Here's whats going on in this weeks post:

1. Tuesday, July 12 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm  Location Tango Cafe 389 Gregory Street Rochester, NY
for Rochester Poets  Join us this Tuesday, July 12, 8 pm, for featured poet BERNIE QUETCHENBACH at the Tango Cafe. Bernie's performance will be followed by our popular open mic. Don't forget that we welcome singers, musicians,  comics...you name it...at our open mic.Bernie was born in Rochester and graduated from the creative writing program at SUNY Brockport before earning a PhD in American literature from Purdue University.

His latest volume is "The Hermit's Place," a collection of haiku-ish poems published by Wild Leaf Press in 2010. Earlier collections include "Everything as It Happens" (2007, FootHills) and two chapbooks, "The Hermit's Act" (2004, Finishing Line) and "In the Distance" (1979, Mammoth).  "Back from the Far Field," a book about post-World War II American poetry, was published by University of Virginia Press in 2000. His poems, essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. He edited a journal, "The River Review"/La revue riviere (1996-9), and is poetry editor of the new e-magazine "Pellucid Duck."He lives in Billings, Montana, and teaches literature and writing at Montana State University Billings.
See you on July 12th,

2. The address of our July reading is: 14839 West Sunset, Pacific Palisades. CA This is just East of Drummond and West of Chattauqua. Plentiful parking on side streets.Date: Monday (Moonday) July 11, 2011 Time: 7:30 pm  Place: 14839 West Sunset, Pacific Palisades.  Open Reading? Yes, come early to sign up. We start on time!Questions? Email: pero@earthlink.net or call the bookstore at: 310-454-4063

3.Speaking of family reunions remember my friend G.Murray Thomas is comming to Rochester ,NY to spend time with his family and promote his new book  titled "My kidney just arrived!"  you still have time to order copies and get them signed at his reading on the 24th of July. It sells for$15.00 and can be purchased at:
http://www.tebotbach.org/publication.html#kidney  he'll be appearing at the Skalny Welcome Center's Ross art gallery at St.:John Fisher College • 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618  starting at 2:00pm open mic follows. Further details sns1@msn.com

4. Not to compete  with Murray or anything but I've got a book out too.  for those of you who may be new, it's called Instant Poetry ( Just Add Words!) and it's available in paperr back, Kindle and NOOK formats.
here's the buy link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/instant-poetry-just-add-words?r=1#sf

5. I'm still waiting to find out if I should offer to review poetry for sale or not. see "part one" for details and I know this week was the Fourth of July but  come on, I REALLY do VALUE YOUR OPINIONS! please let me know your thoughts.

no poem this week . see you next time.