What a whirlwind of a weekend!
Even though I was tethered to a table all day Saturday during the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, I had a grand time. Unlike some literary festivals where folks ignore the book tables in droves, MassPo is all about poetry & poets, and poets love books, so I was able to chat with a number of interesting people, including
- one poet who read a blog post I wrote last year about enjoying her book — what a thrill that was! I always think I’m sending these posts into the ether, so it never fails to surprise me when their subjects come upon them! Which then makes me wish I had written more cogent & detailed posts re: my admiration in the first place.
- two poets I know & admire from their blogs & ReadWritePoem — meeting online friends in person can be a gamble, but Carolee & Jill were every bit as wonderful & generous face to face as they are electronically. I hope we can meet up again before too long.
- Joan Houlihan, who is a HOOT! I adore her.
Now I have to wait an entire year for the festival to come back around again…hopefully next October I’ll be able to participate a bit more.
Also this weekend, last night in fact, was my chapbook release party. Wow. I’m so thankful for the nice crowd of good friends that came out on a cold & wet autumn night at the tail end of a busy weekend to help me celebrate. And I’m grateful it was a patient crowd: I brought the boys for this first big event, and that added quite the element of unpredictability to the poetry reading! I’m pretty sure none can say they’ve ever been to a reading like this one before…and nor will they ever again. Look for some photographs of this singular evening soon, right here, and you’ll see what I mean! Too bad I didn’t think to have the reading filmed for posterity — with Aidan & Vincent’s assistance, it was, um, quite a night.
In the meantime, I have another reading this Wednesday night, with the ferociously talented Kimberley Ann Rogers…this time sans children. Because we all could use a night off from time to time.