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Winners announced! Poetry aloud! SFL Poetry without Paper reception June 15

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POETRY WITHOUT PAPER AWARDS June 15

The 14th Annual Poetry without Paper Awards Ceremony and Poetry Reading is Thursday June 15th at 6:30pm at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library under the direction of Christy Russo. Author and poet John Ronan will present awards to High School, Middle School and Elementary school students who will then read their poetry aloud. Winners in each division receive prizes,  a book of poetry, certificate of excellence, and an invitation to appear on Cape Ann TV’s long running series The Writer’s Block. Poetry without Paper is open to students living in or attending school in Gloucester. Look for it each April.

2017 Call for Applications for Gloucester’s 5th POET LAUREATE is OPEN!

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 9

Links for: 2017 Poet Laureate application (digital format) or 2017 Poet Laureate application (PDF format submit 5 copies).

The City of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts announces the release of the 2017 Call for Applications for the four year position of Gloucester Poet Laureate. 

The position of Gloucester Poet Laureate is dedicated to building community through poetry and encouraging a love of poetry among people of all ages.  The position was most recently held by the late Peter Todd, appointed in 2014.  During Peter’s time as Poet Laureate, he generously shared his talents with his beloved City of Gloucester. 

Under City Ordinance, the process to select the Poet Laureate is administered by the Committee for the Arts and will involve a Selection Panel including representatives from the local literary community thanks to Eastern Point Lit House and The Gloucester Writers Center.  A recommendation from the Selection Panel will be forwarded to the Committee for the Arts for review and then forwarded on to the Mayor for nomination, subject to confirmation by the City Council.

The Call for Applications is available for download at the Committee for the Arts page on the City website: http://gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=102.  Copies also are available at the Sawyer Free Library, the City of Gloucester Mayor’s Office, Eastern Point Lit House, the Gloucester Writer’s Center, and other locales.  Applications must be submitted by 12 pm on Friday, June 9th , 2017. Contact Judith Hoglander, Committee for the Arts with any questions.

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Sawyer Free April 8 | John Ronan reads from his first new book of poetry in 8 years, and shares one here for National Poem in Pocket Day April 27, 2017

John Ronan presents Taking the Train of Singularity South From Midtown on Saturday, April 8, 2:00-3:00pm in the Friend Room. It’s Sponsored by the Gloucester Lyceum and Friends of the Sawyer Free Library.

John Ronan a poet, playwright, journalist and a National Endowment for the
Arts Fellow in Literature has done so much in Gloucester! Here’s a throwback article from 1978 about the Gloucester Broadside, a monthly 10 cent one sheet of quality poetry.

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Ronan developed the website resource dedicated to Gloucester poets, Gloucester Poet Laureate, also for Salt and Light: An Anthology of Gloucester Poetry, published spring 2010. He is the host of the Cape Ann TV program, The Writer’s Block.  He was pivotal in establishing the library’s annual Poetry without Paper Contest and poetry columns in the Gloucester Daily Times.

Students are encouraged to submit poems to the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library’s annual Poetry without Paper contest by April 30th!

April 27 2017 | POEM IN POCKET DAY: It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem. For more information, search for Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP Day) Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org) or New York City’s excellent web site, http://www.NYC.gov/poem. PIYP Day started in NYC in 2002 inspired by the Favorite Poem Project established in 1997 (first events April 1998) by Robert Pinsky, former 3x Poet Laureate of the United States. East Gloucester Elementary School initiated Poem in Pocket Day in 2011 (PTO enrichment).

The Ride of My Life

The signs say sixty

miles an hour, sixty

degree angles, eight

bucks for two minutes,

and Don’t Stand Up!

We pay the eight,

climb in the car.

The Big Guy who draws

down the lap bar

tight as a tourniquet,

says:  “Stash the glasses,

the pen in your pocket.

Stuff flies out.”

Cogs catch.  The cars

quake, start awkwardly

forward as my wife waves,

safe on West 10th

and others stroll Surf,

Coney Island tourists

not thinking about The Cyclone,

or the comic fate that leads

in the first place to Astroland,

no way not to be

in a roller coaster seat

at the top of the first drop and…

Ohmygod! Ohmygod! Ohmygod!

Up plummet of guts

plunging down, fist

full of fear in the heart-

sick final mind:

I am not on a metaphor,

I am going to die.

Followed by a slow coast,

an arc of confident calm,

balm of Brooklyn below and…

Ohmygod! Ohmygod! Ohmygod!

Death drop and keister

clench!  The easy scream!

…and the balm of Brooklyn below.

Ohmygod! horror, and hope…

Ohmygod! horror, and hope…

Slowly, slack in the lickety split.

Speed evens out

and the sine curve dies,

finally flat

in a fan turn to the ramp.

The Big Guy hovers

above the cars, smiling:

“Second ride’s five.”

-John J. Ronan

Cape Ann TV filmed John Ronan reading this poem, The Ride of My Life

I LOVED the Cyclone and I lost my prescription eyeglasses…and a shoe!

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John Ronan’s New Book: Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown

Taking the Train of Singularity South From Midtown

The Poetry Society of America recently featured  John Ronan’s wonderful civic poetry creed essay January 2017. Book tour events listed http://www.theronan.org/

POET LAUREATE: In Gloucester, MA, the Poet Laureate is dedicated to building community through poetry and encouraging a love of poetry among people of all ages. The honorary post for the City of Gloucester was created in 1998. There have been 4 Poet Laureates: Vincent Ferrini was the City’s first, then John Ronan served from 2008-10, Ruthanne Collinson served 2010-14, and Peter Todd served 2014-15. The Committee for the Arts helps to select a new Poet Laureate.

 

JOHN RONAN AT THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM!

john-ronan-and-bookSaturday, February 25, 2017 at 2pm

Gloucester’s former poet laureate John Ronan will read from his most recent book, Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown (Backwaters Press, 2017) and discuss its connections to Gloucester, including “Good Harbor, Home,” which was written for and read at John Bell’s first inauguration as Mayor of Gloucester. Through Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown Ronan hopes to convey that love and language create community.

This program is free and open to the public. Reservations required. Free registration can be made by calling 978-283-0455 x10, emailinginfo@capeannmuseum.org, or online at Eventbrite

John Ronan is a poet, playwright, movie producer and journalist. He has received national honors for his poetry and is a former National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Ucross Fellow, Bread Loaf Scholar and Poet Laureate of Gloucester, MA. In 2010, his volume of poetry,Marrowbone Lane, won Highly Recommended honors from the Boston Authors Club. As a playwright, Ronan’s works include The Yeats Gameand The Early Bird Special. John is also founder of the media production company American Storyboard, a teacher of film and host of Cape Ann Television’s The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan which celebrates its 27th anniversary in the 2016–2017 seasons. 

GloucesterCast 214 with John Ronan, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/18/17

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John Ronan The Writers Block Finished Shooting the 27th season At Cape Ann Community Television New Book-“Taking The Train of Singularity South From Midtown”
Reading of the Book at Cape Ann Museum Feb 25, 2017 2PM
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Gloucester Police Warn Residents After Dog is Killed by Coyote

At approximately 9:30 p.m., Gloucester Animal Control responded to Sumac Lane for reports of a resident whose dog had been attacked and killed by a coyote. The dog was on a fixed leash in the yard while its owner was inside the home. Animal Control officers searched the surrounding area but did not find the coyote.

Animal Control officers and Gloucester Environmental Police are monitoring the entire Rocky Neck area today.

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THE CIVIL WAR COAT WON AN AWESOME GLOUCESTER GRANT! YES!!

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Annual Day in April is Simple Yet Profound – Kids Clutching Poems…

Catherine Ryan submits ~

unnamedQueuing and sharing. Poem in Your Pocket Day fell on April 30. The power of poetry and listening was unforgettable. Try it yourself next year—bring extra Kleenex.

Mayor Romeo-Theken encourages Gloucester students to send their original poem to the Office of the Mayor, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA. She promises to read them! Students should include their name, which Gloucester school, their grade and teacher’s name.

Look for Poem in Your Pocket Day each April. It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem. For more information, search for Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP Day) Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org) or New York City’s excellent web site, http://www.NYC.gov/poem. PIYP Day started in NYC in 2002 inspired by theFavorite Poem Project established in 1997 by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States. East Gloucester Elementary initiated PIYP Day in 2012 because it always celebrates literacy and arts. Students are encouraged to submit poems to the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library’s Poetry without Paper contest.

The honorary post for the Gloucester Poet Laureate was created in 1998. There have been four poet laureates: Vincent Ferrini was the City’s first, then John Ronan, Ruthanne Collinson, and the current Poet Laureate, Peter Todd. The Committee for the Arts helps select a new Poet Laureate every four years.

Special thanks to the students; Mayor Romeo-Theken; East Gloucester Elementary school teachers and staff– especially Literacy Coach Melissa Francis; EGS PTO; poet laureate, Peter Todd, and former laureates John Ronan and Rufus Collinson. Student Cal White read Peter Todd’s poem, Friendship, for morning message. Visit Gloucester’s website for more information and to read the poems shared by the poet laureates.

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Cape Ann TV Annual Special tonight 10:30 on Channel 12

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.

The Writer’s Block

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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.

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From Poet Laureate John Ronan

I am honored to have my photography included in this poetry collection.    —Sharon

From the Gloucester Daily Times

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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.

POETRY CONTESTS

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

More Things to Do!

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 info@capeannarthaven.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

’50s dance

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.

More and More

John Ronan Gloucester’s Poet Laureate Video Part IV

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.

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John Ronan to hold poetry reading April 2

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-

Gloucester’s Poet Laureate John Ronan Part I

Gloucester’s Poet Laureate John Ronan Part II

Gloucester’s Poet Laureate John Ronan Part III

Gloucester’s Poet Laureate John Ronan Part I

John Ronan tells us what it means to be Gloucester’s Poet Laureate, the responsibilities that come with the title and more.

You can visit his website- TheRonan.org by clicking this text

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John Ronan- Gloucester’s Poet Laureate

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-
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Here is John at the Gloucester Guerilla Art Project II/Russo Family Fundraiser-

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Check out John rockin’ the Nikes!^

Thanks To Sharon Lowe for the picture
John also has a website http://www.theronan.org/

The Salt of Gloucester

“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.

Gloucester’s Poet Laureate John Ronan To Recite

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).