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Blogapalooza with Our Own Joey C Tuesday, May 20th, 7:30 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center

Join Joey Ciaramiatro, Kathleen Valentine, Steve Butler, Greg Gibson, and Matin Ray as they Blogapalooze (is that a real verb?) at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Tuesday evening, May 20th at 7:30 pm.

In case you are like me, and were not entirely sure what exactly is a Blogapalooza:

 A Blogapalooza is a link between the online community of people who love to share information and organizations and businesses that have something interesting and worthwhile to share. 

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Gloucester Writer’s Center May Line-up, with Our Own Joey C Discussing Blogging at the Rocky Neck CulturalCenter

 

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Sat., May 10 7:30pm
Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
THOREAU ON ROCKY NECK

Suggested Donation $10
No one turned away for lack of funds

Join actor/educator Jay DiPrima, for this spirited and thought provoking reading of
Henry David’s Thoreau’s lecture on
Economy.

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GLOUCESTER DIGGERS SERIES

David Rich
Wed., May 14 7:30
GWC 126 East Main Street

The Hiring and Dismissal of a
Black Teacher in 1950’s Gloucester

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Joey Ciaramitaro, Steve Brettler, Greg Gibson, Martin Ray and Kathleen Valentine talk about
B L O G G I N G .

Tues. May 20th 7:30
Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

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Robert Podgurski
Wandering On Course to a Gestalt Poetics
Thurs. May 29th 6:30pm Ravenswood Park
Space is limited so Email Annie to reserve a spot.
Donation at will

After the walk come to a reading by Bob at the GWC at 8:00pm

Author, Fred Dillen Reading at The Cultural Center Friday, March 7

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Karen MacLean is a blue collar woman in her fifties who has risen in the business world to the point she gets to bury the extraneous divisions a New York mergers-and-acquisitions firm spits out.  Karen hates shutting down factory floor guys like her father, but the M&A outfit has promised she can have a company of her own, to run, once she buries her last body, the last fish processor in a hard-times Massachusetts fishing port.  She shows up in town, learns she’s going to be canned when she gets back to New York, and decides to buy and run the old plant.  She has skills and resolve and wins the help of townspeople, including a roughly charming fisherman, but the rest of it ain’t easy.

Sponsored by the Gloucester Writer’s Center at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street.  Friday, March 7

Writers David Crouse and Steve Almond at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center April 10

Chris Anderson writes:

I wanted to see if you guys could help get word out about this killer event at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on April 10 @ 7:30 PM. Two literary rock stars, Steve Almond and David Crouse, will be reading from their work and discussing the craft of writing, rock and roll, parenthood, and anything else that might come to mind. These guys know how give a great reading, so this is not to be missed! The event is co-sponsored by The Gloucester Writers Center and Eastern Point Lit House & Press, my new venture.
Eastern Point Lit House & Press is a grass roots literary experiment that includes Extract(s) Daily Dose of Lit (featured on GMG last month), a small press, events, workshops, manuscript consultation, and anything else we can dream up. I hope to have formal announcements soon regarding a new author hosted book club series taking place at Duckworth’s Bistrot beginning in May. The host, a writer, chooses the book to be discussed. A great book, fine wine, and light snacks. It’s going to be ridiculously fun. I’ll have the entire summer calendar and ticket info very soon. You can find more information on all of this here:
Thanks for everything!
Cheers,
Chris
PS. Hope to see you Friday. I plan on bringing the kids down for a little while to check out the show. Congrats!Crouse&Almond

Celebrate Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday

Come celebrate Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday
with a screening of
Henry Ferrini’s film on Kerouac, “Lowell Blues”
introduced by Peter Anastas
with a reminisence of when Kerouac visited Olson deep in the 1960s.
Monday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
126 East Main Street
(please park across the street)
For more info call Annie Thomas, 978-283-7738
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Will Allen, Sponsored by Gloucester Writer’s Center

Will Allen gave a fascinating talk to a packed house last night. Mr. Allen is an organic farming visionary. He understands the complexities of farming and the impact of deadly chemicals. He draws from a combination of well-researched scientific knowledge and a rich understanding of organic farming practices.

Although dismayed by the breadth of, and decades over which, the chemical industries have negatively impacted every aspect of our nation’s farming practices, I was encouraged by Mr. Allen’s talk for several reasons. According to Mr. Allen, a worm-less (worms are the bellwethers of good soil) non-organic farm can typically be returned to a healthy and productive state approximately within three years, primarily by adding organic matter to the soil. By choosing to buy organic (as much as one can afford), every one of us can make a difference with our individual and collective purchasing power. I am looking forward to reading and writing a review of Will Allen’s The War on Bugs and am planning a trip this spring to the organic farm and educational center Mr. Allen co-manages, Cedar Circle Farm.

Annie Thomas, co-founder Gloucester Writer’s Center

Henry Ferrini, second from left, co-founder and president Gloucester Writer’s Center

Helen Garland, Wendy McGrath, Ann Molloy ~ Ann is one of the owner’s of Neptune’s Harvest organic fertilizers

Helen Garland, Ann Molly, Mac Bell

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The War on Bugs (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008) From the publishers’s webpage: Will Allen’s The War on Bugs reveals how advertisers, editors, scientists, large scale farmers, government agencies, and even Dr. Seuss, colluded to convince farmers to use deadly chemicals, hormones, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in an effort to pad their wallets and control the American farm enterprise.  Read more

The next wave of Cape Ann’s literary greats…

Terry Weber writes-

Just wanted to let you know that the Finish Line Writers Group has been meeting for almost two months at the Gloucester Writers Center. We are all working on our own novels, memoirs or screenplays, yet still finding time to support each other’s projects. At each meeting we have readings and critique time, as well as an educational segment. I have to say we are becoming quite close, and each of us contributes ideas to the group to make it effective and worthwhile. May we all make it to the Finish Line! 

Note GMG friend Lois McNulty ‘consulting’ with me. She must be writing a comedy, as I can’t seem to take what she’s saying seriously! ;)

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Joey’s editorial:

There is something for everyone in our community, writers, painters, sport fishermen, sun bathers, museum goers, indie film aficionados, patrons of the arts, music lovers, musicians, bird watchers, kayakers, stand up paddleboarders, folks that love to eat, ect, ect ect.

YOU CAN FIND IT ALL HERE!  HOW BLESSED ARE WE???

Willie Alexander At The Gloucester Writer’s Center Video From Kathy Chapman

Last night the Gloucester Writers Center presented “A Reading of Poets and Laureates”. Rufus Collinson, John Ronan, James Cook and Willie Alexander. Here is a video of one of Willie’s songs about Gloucester.

Video by Kathy Chapman

 

Gloucester Writer Center’s Artist In Residence Sandy Tolan To Speak At The Harbor Room

Sandy Tolan will read from his new work-in-progress at the Harbor Room, across the street from the Gloucester Writers Center (see directions below) at 7:30 pm,
Thursday, July 29. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP:
978-283-7738 

Sandy Tolan, the Gloucester Writers Center’s first writer-in-residence, is the author of two books and the producer of hundreds of documentaries and features for NPR and Public Radio International, and has written for New York Times Magazine, Audubon, the Nation, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and dozens of other publications.

Sandy was a 1993 Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. The following year he moved to Gloucester, to a house on East Main Street, a few blocks from the home of Vincent Ferrini – now the site of the Gloucester Writers Center. It was here that Sandy wrote his first book: Me and Hank, A Boy and His Hero 25 Years Later, an exploration of race and sports in America.

From 2000-2007, Sandy was the I.F. Stone Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC-Berkeley, where he divided his time between teaching and many journeys to the Middle East to research his second book, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (Bloomsbury USA). The Lemon Tree was based on his award-winning NPR documentary about a Palestinian man and a Jewish woman whose families lived in the same house before and after the founding of Israel. The book won a Christopher Award for "affirming the highest values of the human spirit" and was Booklist’s "Editor’s Choice" for best adult non-fiction book of 2006. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Sandy’s many awards for journalism include the United Nations Gold Medal, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, three Robert F. Kennedy awards, and honors from the Overseas Press Club. A dedicated teacher, Sandy takes as much pride in the recognition awarded to his students’ work as to his own. In 2007, his students won the prestigious George Polk Award for a series on the early signs of climate change around the world – the first time in its 58-year history that the prize has been awarded to students.

In 2007 Sandy joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism . He has just returned from the West Bank, where he has been researching his next book, a profile of a visionary young musician in Palestine.

In 1988, a photographer in the West Bank snapped a photo of an 8-year-old little boy with tears in his eyes, hurling a rock at an Israeli tank. The widely circulated photo symbolized the rage and frustration of the intifada. Later Ramzi took up the viola and his natural talent was noticed by a Palestinian music teacher. Eventually he received a scholarship to study at a conservatory in France. Today, Ramzi devotes all his energy to opening music schools in Palestinian towns and refugee camps, teaching both European and Arabic classical music. He has opened 10 schools, so far, serving 500 students. "I cannot tell you the feeling of playing music," Ramzi says. "But that’s what I was dreaming about: to give this as much as I can to other children. As much as I can. The music and the feeling." Famed conductor and peacemaker Daniel Barenboim praises Ramzi’s achievement, "This is an extraordinary collection of children all over Palestine that have all been inspired and opened to the beauty of life."

Sandy’s three-week stay at the Gloucester Writers Center has provided him the opportunity to focus on writing the first chapter of that book.