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Last month we told you about Cape Ann TV’s Annual Meeting, which they filmed and it airs as a special tonight at 10:30 p.m. Channel 12.
“Why would I want to watch an annual meeting?” you ask. Well, this is not your average annual meeting. It’s fun. Allen Estes and I were among 4 producers who talked briefly about our experiences and showed clips from our shows (Local Music Seen in our case). The other producers were Kim Smith who wowed us with clips from her spectacular butterfly movie that premieres Friday at Cape Ann Community Cinema (more on that here); Shaun Goulart, who’s tale of how he came to make his thriller is almost a thrilling as the movie itself; and John Ronan, who has the longest running show on Cape Ann TV and offered us a wonderful surprise in his clips. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see:
If you miss it tonight, you can catch it again Saturday 6/22 at 5pm and Monday 6/24 at 9pm.
One of the things Allen talked about is how the music scene in Gloucester and Cape Ann is growing. Proof that he’s right can be witnessed this weekend with over 50 live shows to choose from starting tomorrow. See the complete live music schedule here.
If you’re looking for some fascinating tv viewing at 8:00 tonight, tune in to John Ronan’s The Writer’s Block on CATV Channel 12 for an interview with your’s truly about my book Tales of Bong Tree Island. If you miss it tonight, it will air again on the 28th at 8:00.
I am honored to have my photography included in this poetry collection. —Sharon
From the Gloucester Daily Times
April is Poetry Month, and a great time for poets to shine.
Luckily, we have good poets in Gloucester who are willing and able to share their work and dower the world, as Emily Dickinson suggested.
Emily, not always the humble maiden she is pictured to be, wrote of her poems: “I put my pleasure all abroad/ I dealt a word of Gold/ To every Creature that I met/ And Dowered all the world.”
I am happy to announce some words of gold, a new book, “Salt and Light: An Anthology of Gloucester Poetry,” that features Gloucester’s best, most authentic poetry — by Gloucester’s residents writing in and about Gloucester.
“Salt and Light” is a real community effort, bringing poetry out of the self-reverence of the coffee house and into the neighborhoods of the wider city.
The new book is beautiful, thanks to Sharon Lowe’s photography, and features among others Pat Lowery Collins, Rufus Collinson, Joeseph Featherstone, myself, Stephen Scotti, Nancy Seidman, Peter Todd and Frances Wosmek. It also presents Pam Mansfield, winner of the Quarterdeck Poetry Contest, and finalists Amber Gailitis, Neal Kleindienst, and Lydia Priest.
Perhaps more importantly, “Salt and Light” features student poetry. The student poems continue a long tradition of civic poetry in Gloucester.
For many years the Ingalls Prize Poems from the high school were published annually. (I am grateful to Susan Richardson for providing a copy from the 1950s — good stuff!).
The high school tradition continues in “The Elicitor” under James Cook’s editorship. Sawyer Library, too, has published poetry, short stories and fiction over the years. Uniquely Gloucester celebrated our 375th anniversary in 1998 and the library continues to publish poetry, in both print and on line.
The students in “Salt and Light” are: Kathy Cusumano, Kate Bresnahan, Andrew Bergeron, Heather Boudrow, Emma Chandler, Alexandra McKay, Samantha Turner, Kaitlin Nicolosi, Billy O’Donnell, Britany Diamondt, Erin McManus, Phoebe Weissblum, Kazira Slocum, Alexandra Lees, Lydia Anderson, Aidan Breen, Jordan Gentile, Meghaen Favazza and Lucina Fox.
The proof that “Salt and Light” is a real community effort lies in one amazing fact: It is free. Distribution, beginning with a presentation to the City Council on April 13 and a reception April 23 at the Rose Baker Senior Center, will be through Mayor Kirk’s office, Sawyer Free Library, and the senior center. If you are housebound, send $2 for postage and packaging to Box 5524, Gloucester, MA 01930.
The city is indebted to the public spirit of all the sponsors of “Salt and Light,” those who make it both possible and free. At the top of the list is the Gloucester Cultural Council, which gave two separate grants toward publication.
The Friends of the Council on Aging were generous in both publication and in planning the book’s launch.
All the other sponsors deserve our gratitude, too. Thank them.
They are: Coco Berkman, Deo Braga and the Azorean Restaurant, the Rev. Lyn Brakeman, Cape Ann Savings, Chisholm and Hunt Printers, Gregg Sousa and The Crow’s Nest, Family Therapy Associates, Fred Cowan, Dr. Richard Gardner, Sharon Lowe, Michael McNamara and Precision Painting, Rockport National Bank, Arthur Ryan, Steve Dexter and Carroll Steele Insurance.
Come to the party! An official reception and book signing, and a chance to meet the authors, will be held Friday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Baker Center. “All the world” is invited.
John Ronan is poet laureate for the city of Gloucester.
Don’t forget the Fishermen’s Wives contest for Gloucester residents! Send entries to Box 5524, Gloucester, MA 01930.
For students, the Poetry Without Paper contest is running. Go to Sawyer Free Library’s Web site for details.
— John Ronan
From the Gloucester Daily Times Calendar:
Poetry Without Paper contest
The Gloucester Lyceum and coordinator John Ronan have announced the 7th annual Poetry Without Paper contest for students living in Gloucester. All levels, from elementary, middle and high schools are eligible, whether the student attends school in Gloucester or not. The contest honors national poetry month and will have its official start April 13. Entries will be accepted at http://www.sawyerfreelibrary.org until May 25. Winners receive U.S. Savings Bonds, books, and an invitation to appear on Ronan’s television program, “The Writer’s Block.” All winning poems will be published online. The presentation of awards will be made by Mayor Kirk on Thursday, June 11, 7 p.m., at the library.
Free library program
An evening of poetry, photography and song inspired by a collection of poems that record the voices of 19th century pioneer women as they and their families homesteaded the Okanogan Valley of Washington state, will be the subject of a Gloucester Lyceum/Sawyer Free Library program on Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m., at the library, 2 Dale Ave. The event, “Oh How Can I Keep On Singing:” Voices of Pioneer Women, celebrates National Poetry Month and is free and open to the public. The program will be performed by Kathleen Adams, Barbara Braver, Geraldine Herbert and Kristina Martin, and introduced by Jill Carter. Photographs of the Okanogan Valley taken by local photographer Susan Oleksiw during her visit to the area last summer will be on display in the Matz Gallery.
Cape Ann Art Haven
Cape Ann Art Haven offers family studio time every Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to bond with your children through art. Cost is $10 for the first child, $5 for each additional child. CAAH also offers classes for third- through fifth-graders every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 and 5:30 to 7 p.m. The class runs for one month and costs $60. CAAH also offers classes for sixth- through eighth-graders every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. The class runs for one month and costs $60. To sign up, call 978-283-3888 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are welcome.
The Night Prowlers Car Club will hold its annual ’50s Saturday, April 18, at the Gloucester Fraternity Club, 27 Webster St. The dance will feature music by DJ Leo Francis, mystery guests, pizza at 9 p.m., door prizes and raffles. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 per person and are available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Gloucester Fraternity Club’s special needs children.
Beeman on Broadway
The Beeman School Chorus will present “Beeman on Broadway,” songs and dances from some of Broadway’s most beloved shows, on Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m., at Beeman School. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for students.
Final Installment Of The John Ronan Interview
Don’t forget John will be reading from his new book Marrowbone Lane Thursday April 2 at Sawyer Free Library at 7PM. It’s free and John will be signing his books.
For those of you who didn’t see Joey and John Ronan’s interview segments posted last week, here is information on John’s upcoming book reading. And if you get a chance, see the interviews. Very interesting!
From the Beacon:
Gloucester’s poet laureate, John J. Ronan, will read from his new poetry book, “Marrowbone Lane,” on Thursday April 2 at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This program is free of charge and open to the public.
John J. Ronan is a poet, playwright and journalist. He is also president of American Storyboard, Inc., a nonprofit charitable corporation that makes documentary videos.
His new book of poetry, “Marrowbone Lane,” appeared in January, published by The Backwaters Press. Poetry has appeared in scores of national magazines and reviews, including New England Review, Three Penny Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Hollins Critic and Notre Dame Review. Other books include “The Catching Self,” “The Curable Corpse,” “John J. Ronan: Greatest Hits 1975-2000.” Work was also included in an anthology of prize-winning poetry, “Sad Little Breathings,” edited by Heather McHugh.
In 1999, Ronan was named a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Literature. He is also a former Ucross Fellow and Bread Loaf Scholar. In June of 2008 he was named poet laureate of Gloucester.
As a playwright, Ronan premiered “The Yeats Game” at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in March 2008. The comedy drew full houses and rave reviews. As a journalist, Ronan has appeared in the Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Saturday Review, and many other newspapers and magazines. He is a former columnist for the Essex County Papers and a former feature writer for The Boston Phoenix.
In 2002 American Storyboard premiered a documentary on the National Historic Landmark schooner Adventure, “Gloucester’s Adventure: An American Story.” The production won Telly and Aurora Gold awards for documentary excellence and was featured on PBS outlets. A new effort, “Women in American Horse Racing,” premiered in the spring of 2007; it was a finalist in the national media competition held annually by the Women’s Sports Foundation and has been featured on PBS outlets in Kentucky.
John Ronan is also the producer and host of “The Writer’s Block with John Ronan,” a television program featuring writers and other artists. The series, a first prize NECTA winner in 2005, will begin its 20th season in the fall of 2009 on Cape Ann Television.
The Sawyer Free library is located at 2 Dale Ave. For more information, call 978-281-9763 or visit http://www.sawyerfreelibrary.org.
Here are the first three of four video interviews with John Ronan-
Part Three of The John Ronan Video Interview
Part II Of The GMG Interview With John Ronan
John Ronan tells us what it means to be Gloucester’s Poet Laureate, the responsibilities that come with the title and more.
John Ronan, Gloucester’s Poet Laureate is looking for some good poetry from local commercial fishermen. If you are a commercial fisherman and do write poetry John would love to feature your work on his site-
Here is John at the Gloucester Guerilla Art Project II/Russo Family Fundraiser-
“The sea is salt because the sea is sorrow,
As ships and men, none last or alone,
Are lost and the names toiled like sorrowful mysteries
In churches in harbors on the grief-got sea:……”
Yesterday John Ronan, Gloucester’s Poet Laureate, read his poem “The Salt of Gloucester” at the fundraiser for the Russo family. Please click here for the full poem. Many thanks to John for joining us in this special event.
Yesterday I got a call from Sharon asking me if I thought it would be okay to ask Gloucester’s Poet Laureate John Ronan to recite the poem he wrote in tribute of Matteo Russo and John Orlando at the Gloucester Guerilla Art event today at Cape Ann Community Cinema.
I told her sure if she could get ahold of him and he wanted to do it. Sharon tells me that in fact he will come and is honored to be a part of it.
We will be showing up early around 12:30 if anyone wants to swing by and hang out before the show (my favorite part).