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Greetings,                                                                           October 18, 2012

Wes on Train
First of all, if you missed the launch of the Maine Poetry Express at the Stonington Opera House on September 28, click HERE for an incredible three-minute tease of this amazing new initiative poetry from our Maine Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair.

And scroll to read about your next opportunity to catch the Poetry Express!

& BOOK ADVANCESferlinghetti2

Poet, City Lights Books co-founder, and beloved beatnik Lawrence Ferlinghetti last week declined the €50,000 (US$64,683) Janus Pannonius International Poetry Prize from the Hungarian PEN Club.

Ferlinghetti said he wouldn’t take the money because he "discovered that a sizable portion of the prize money had been provided by the Hungarian government, which has been widely accused of officially and unofficially stifling free speech.”

In a letter to Hungarian PEN Club's president Geza Szocs, Ferlinghetti wrote there was "no possibility of my accepting the prize in a ceremony in the United States or elsewhere. I am sorry it has come to this, and I am grateful to those in Hungary who may have had the purest motives in offering me the Prize."

In other publishing news, the Smoking Gun reported last week that Penguin has gone to
098a137296443461_e1d8court in an attempt to retrieved money they advanced to authors who never turned in the books they were contractually obligated to write.

For example, Prozac Nation author Elizabeth Wurtzel (right) signed a $100,000 deal in 2003 to write "a book for teenagers to help them cope with depression." Nine years later, she’s never turned in the manuscript.

Literary agent Robert Gottlieb, of the well-known Trident Media Group, LLC., leapt to the defense of authors, writing: “Penguin, this is wrong headed. Authors beware. Books are rejected for reasons other than editorially and publishers then want their money back. Publishers want to reject manuscripts for any reason after an author has put time and effort into writing them all the while paying their bills. Another reason to have strong representation. If Penguin did this to one of Trident's authors we could cut them out of all our submissions.”

However, Gottlieb’s response may have been hasty as none of the authors Penguin is suing ever turned in a manuscript that could be rejected.

What do you think of Ferlinghetti’s political statement around who funds a literary prize, and Penguin’s push to make authors honor their contracts?


A Conversation in Poetry 
Edited and Introduced by 
Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair

A summer resident of Great Cranberry Island, Susan Deborah King has been giving voice to island life for several years. Today’s poem is a compelling example.

To read “Frenchboro” by Susan Deborah King, please click HERE.

Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to David Turner, Special Assistant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at or 207-228-8263.


MWPA Fall Writing Workshops

A Fiction Workshop with
Ron Currie, Jr.

Saturday, October 20
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cobscook Community Learning Center, Lubec

> Workshop Information
> Registration Form
> Fellowship Application
fellowship due Friday, October 12)

How to Present Your Writing to a Live Audience
A Workshop with
Howard Waxman

Saturday, October 27 
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

> Workshop Information
> Registration Form
> Fellowship Application
fellowship due Friday, October 12)

How Honest Are You Willing To Be?
An Essay & Memoir Workshop with
Elizabeth Peavey

Saturday, November 10 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Glickman Family Library, USM Portland

> Workshop Information
> Registration Form
> Fellowship Application
fellowship due Friday, October 26)

Creating Poetry Inspired by Art
A Poetry Workshop with
Ellen Goldsmith

Saturday, November 10 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rockland Public Library

> Workshop Information
> Registration Form
> Fellowship Application
fellowship due Friday, October 26)

A Prose Workshop with
Jennifer Jacobson

Saturday, November 17 
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick

> Workshop Information
> Registration Form
> Fellowship Application
fellowship due Friday, November 2)


We were pleased to welcome these NEW members in September 2012!
Laurianne Anctil Auburn
John Buckley Portland
Jeanne Curtin Lisbon Falls
Susan Dewey Jonesboro
Sandra Garson West Bath
Stephanie Gough Campobello Island, Canada
Melodie Greene Calais
Suzanne Higgins South Portland
Anne Leaver East Machias
Ann Logan Blue Hill
Donna Loring Bradley
Devin McGuire Farmington
Aileen Park Brunswick
Alan Shepard Kennebunk
Alex Tappan Bangor
Alyssa Walker Glen, NH
Cyrene Wells Machiasport
Glyn Williams South Portland
Andrew Zolli Brooklyn, NY

And we greatly appreciate these members who RENEWED in September 2012!
Gerard Bianco Portland
Jennifer Boylan Belgrade
Jill Burgess Scarborough
Sarah Corson Southwest Harbor
Mary Cowan Standish
Amy Dionne Bowdoinham
Kathy Eliscu Westbrook
Encircle Publications Farmington
Carolyn Frost Wilton
Val Hart Cumberland
Mark Hathaway Farmingdale
Anne Hess Stillwater
Sandra Hutchison Orono
Laura Kilmartin Westbrook
Michele Leavitt Unity
Catherine Lee Eastport
Rochelle Leeder Center Conway
Lorraine Lindstedt Gorham
Cynthia Lord Brunswick
Meadow Merrill Bath
Thomas Moore Brooksville
Glenn Morazzini Cumberland
Nine Point Publishing Bridgton
Paul Paré Ogunquit
Linda Posson Rockport
Beth Quinlan Portland
Ed Rice Orono
Edward Rielly Westbrook
Christine Richards Portland
Diane Schetky Topsham
Claudia Smith Reston, VA
Martha Williams South Portland
Layne Witherell Portland
Strohn Woodard Boothbay
Anne Zill Portland



+ BANGOR BOOK FESTIVAL: The Sixth Annual Bangor BFBangor Book Festival kicks off Friday, October 19 with a talk by Richard Russo and his daughter, the artist Kate Russo. The festival continues Saturday with more than 30 Maine-based and Maine-connected, writers, essayists and illustrators who will participate in panels, readings and signings at the Bangor Public Library and other downtown Bangor venues.

Authors and writers at the 2012 event include: Amy Faircloth, Andrew Barton, Annette Vance Dorey, Ardeana Hamlin, Barbara Walsh, Bruce Pratt, Carol Bachofner, David Sloan, Edie Clark, Eva Murray, Hank Garfield, Hannah Wirth, Helen Wilbur, Hilary Weisman Graham, Jane Karker, Jeff & Allison Wells, Jim Witherell, John Cobb, Josh Alves, Kate Shaffer, Kevin Hawkes, Lea Wait, Lee Francis, Lisa Coleman, Lou Ureneck, Mary Cerullo, Monica Wood, Morgan Callan Rogers, Preston Hood, Richard Russo, Kate Russo, Shannon
Delany, Sharon Lee, Steven Miller, Susan Lubner, Trudy Scee, and The Yankee Chef Jim Bailey.

+ BELFAST POETRY FESTIVAL: The Eighth downloadAnnual Belfast Poetry Festival The twelve poet/artist teams presenting at this year’s feature event, “The Poem to Behold,” are as follows: Alicia Fisher and self; Jefferson Navicky and Carrie Scanga; Lee Sharkey and Joan Braun; Carolyn Gelland and Julieanne Reed; Valerie Lawson and Michael Brown; The Poet Rising Collective; Carol Bachofner and self; Margaret Weston and self; Maryjean Crowe and Elizabeth Garber; Rachel Contreni Flynn and Lucy Ellen Smith; Barbaria Maria and Kathryn Robyn; Elizabeth Tibbetts and Robert Shetterly. FMI: 207-505-2746 or


> TONIGHT! THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 at 6 PM Creative Retirement Discussion Panel at Longfellow Books in Portland with authors Helen Rivas-Rose, Roberta K. Taylor, Gail McMeekin, and Amy Wood. FMI

> TONIGHT! THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 at 7PM Authors John Connolly and Julia Spencer-Fleming discuss the new anthology, Books to Die For! at the South Portland Public Library FMI

> TONIGHT! THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 at 7 PM Author and art critic Carl Little presents a slide talk based on his new book, The Art of Francis Hamabe, at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor. FMI

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 at 7 PM Steve Luttrell and Megan Grumbling of the Cafe Review discuss the journal and read from their work at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. FMI

The Telling Room presents the latest SLANT at SPACE in Portland: six writers, performers, and notable community members will tell ten-minute stories to a live audience without notes or props. The theme for this session is "Hitched." FMI

> FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 at 12 PM Andrew Barton presents The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods at the Friday Local Author Series at Portland Library. FMI Rachael Weyand at

> SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 The Bangor Book Festival runs all day long! The event will be kicked off Friday, October 19 by Richard and Kate Russo this year. Don’t miss it!

> SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 Eighth Annual Belfast Poetry Festival The twelve poet/artist teams presenting at this year’s feature event, “The Poem to Behold." FMI: 207-505-2746 or

> SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 at 1 PM Anne Barrengos presents The Story of Estrella at Longfellow Books in Portland. FMI

Ron Currie Jr reads at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott. FMI

> SUNDAY OCTOBER 21 at 2 PM Elizabeth Peavey presents her one-woman show, My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother, at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. FMI

> TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 6:30 PM Author Annette Vance Dorey will give an illustrated author talk on the story behind Maine Mothers Who Murdered 1875–1925: Doing Time in State Prison at McArthur Library in Biddeford. FMI: 207-284-4181

> WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 1 PM Susan Poulin presents Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life at the Orono Public Library. FMI: 866-5060

> WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 6 PM Susan Poulin presents Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life at the Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine at Orono. FMI: 581-3791

> THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 6 PM Susan Poulin presents Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life at the Ellsworth Public Library. FMI: 667-6363

> WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24 at 6:30 PM "Bath Girls Who Write Books." Bath natives and Maine authors Morgan Callan Rogers and Elizabeth Peavey will discuss their writing careers and how their shared hometown has influenced their work at the Patten Free Library in Bath. FMI


> THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 at 7 PM Poet Linda Aldrich reads from her new collection, March and Mad Women, at York Public Library. FMI

> FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 7 PM Poets Vivian Flamm, Ruth Bookey, and Ted Bookey present the Works of Twentieth Century Yiddish American poets in translation at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. FMI

> SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 at 3 PM Local Writers at the Local Buzz series welcomes Ellen Cooney (Fiction), Anna Wrobel (Poetry), and Mason Philip Smith (Nonfiction) at the Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth. FMI

> SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 at 1 PM Susan Poulin presents Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life at Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College in Lewiston. FMI: 753-6545

The Maine Poetry Express pulls into station at the University of Maine Fort Kent’s Nadeau Hall. Conductor: Jenny Radsma. Featured Poets: Wesley McNair, Cathie Pelletier. Special Guests: Dave Hobbins, Monica Pettengill Jerkins, Don Levesque, Katie Levesque, Joanne Zafonte. FMI

> FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 at 6:30 PM Dave Morrison presents “Poetry On A Ladder,” reading excerpts of his new collection fail from atop an eight-feet up a ladder* at Bella Books in Belfast. FMI: 207-930-6325 (*There will be cables or nets!)


> SAVE THE DATE NOVEMBER 2, 3, 4 The MWPA 2012 Fall Writing Retreat will return the weekend of November 2, 3, 4. Our instructors include: Fiction Lily King; Nonfiction Susan Conley; Poetry Gibson Fay-LeBlanc; Crime Fiction Julia Spencer-Fleming; Magazine Feature Writing Michael Evans.

> SAVE THE DATE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 7 PM @ USM The Telling Room's Super Famous Writers Series welcomes Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America and How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character will visit USM on November 7 at 7pm. He is a contributing writer of a series of acclaimed articles about character and childhood in the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker and a regular contributor to the public-radio program This American Life.

> SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 at 4 PM The University of Southern Maine’s O'Brien poetry reading welcomes David Wojahn in the seventh floor events room at the Glickman Library in Portland. Earlier in the day at 2:15 PM, Wojahn will give an informal talk open to the public.

The Telling Room's Super Famous Writers Series welcomes Tom Perrotta, whose most recent novels are The Leftovers and The Abstinence Teacher, both of which were New York Times bestsellers. His novels Election and Little Children were both made into acclaimed movies, and Perrotta received an Academy award nomination for the screenplay of Little Children, which he co-wrote with director Todd Field. He's currently adapting The Leftovers into an HBO series along with Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of Lost. Perrotta has taught writing at Yale and Harvard, and published essays and reviews in Rolling Stone, GQ, and The New York Times. He also edited the 2012 edition of Best American Short Stories.

 Please send your preformatted event info to

Peavey NEWS

> HUGE Kudos to MWPAer Maureen Stanton, whose literary journalism book, Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider’s Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques and Collecting was just named the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction! Stanton was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award in Nonfiction. In addition, Killer Stuff was listed as one of “12 Great Summer” Books by Parade magazine and selected as a “Favorite Books of 2011” by St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star, Seattle Post Intelligencer, San Jose Mercury-News, and others.

> In an impressive step, Portland-ebook publisher Pulerati has announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair that its ebooks will be available through Worldreader (, a non-profit aiming to boost literacy by providing digital books to children and teachers throughout the developing world. 

> For all the nonfiction lovers, Publisher’s Weekly has released a list of the “Top 10 Essays Since 1950” selected by Robert Atwan, the founder of The Best American Essays series. David Foster Wallace’s essay “Consider the Lobster,” based on his coverage of the Maine Lobster Festival, made the list!

> HUFF: Mark Chimsky, the editor Editor-in-Chief of the books division of Sellers Publishing here in Maine, has published his first piece with the Huffington Post. Chimsky’s piece is about the anthology he recently edited, 65 Things to Do When You Retire.

> IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Pop over to the Maine Crime Writers website and read this wonderful piece by Paul Doiron about living in a two-writer household with his poet wife Kristen Lindquist.

> SPECIAL: Exclusive for MWPA members: Looking for some time to hide out and write? MWPA will receive an extra 10% off of low season rates for two waterside cottages in Boothbay. The deals start at $585 for a week! The cottages offer tranquil settings in which to write while taking in fantastic water views. When your writing is done for the day, grab your spouse, friend, and/or dog, and hike the eighteen Boothbay Land Trust Trails (there is a trail right outside our door). Or paddle Appalachee Lake in one of the kayaks, and walk into Boothbay Harbor for fresh seafood and local bars. Enjoy spring blossoms at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens with discount tickets. Relax in the evenings with the extensive DVD collection and large wall-mounted televisions. The cottages also include free wi-fi. Click HERE for more information.


Hosted by Bill Wood 

Last year, several MWPA members trekked out to Bridgton one cold, sunny Saturday and recorded TV interviews on Bill Wood’s “What Are You Reading?” Time Warner Cable from Augusta will now be airing several of those interviews. In most cases, the shows will air on Channel 9, but local viewers are encouraged to check their community public access channels to see exactly what particular channel the show will air on. 

September showtimes: Mondays 3:30 pm, Wednesdays 6:30 pm and Thursdays 11 am
October showtimes: Mondays 9:30 am and Wednesdays 6:30 pm

Week of 10/15 Jeff Foltz
Week of 10/22 Tim Richardson and Toni Seger
Week of 10/29 Penelope Schwartz Robinson
Week of 11/5 Elizabeth Kirschner
Week of 11/12 Brian Daniels and Randy Randall
Week of 11/19 Steve Miller and Sharon Lee
Week of 11/26 Hannah Holmes
Week of 12/3 Crash Berry
Week of 12/10 Joshua Bodwell
Week of 12/17 Peggy Fisher
Week of 12/24 Carol Welsh and Catherine Gentile



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proxyImageThis week marks the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of E.B. White’s Charlotte's Web. Set on a Maine farm, this seminal piece of children’s literature begins:

“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

“Out to the hoghouse,” replied Mrs. Arable. “Some pigs were born last night.”

“I don’t see why he needs an ax,” continued Fern, who was only eight.

“Well,” said her mother, “one of the pigs is a runt. It’s very small and weak, and it will never amount to anything. So your father has decided to do away with it.”

In the meantime, I’m here if you need me. Give me a call or drop me a note, email or snail. Every call gets returned and every note gets answered.

Onwards & Have Fun, 

Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
Glickman Family Library
314 Forest Avenue, Room 318
Portland, ME 04102

FMI: or call 207-228-8263

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The Peavey is copy-edited and proofread by Dana M. Pearson. Visit Mr. Pearson's website HERE.


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