Stay Tuned! News Forthcoming!
As the year begins to gather momentum, take note of these now and future publications and events.
Also something being organized for a half-dozen poets from Southern Maryland to read in White Plains outside Baltimore; am considering an anthology of the bunch of us.
Fred Wolven of ANN ARBOR REVIEW accepted a bunch of poems: View online
Ginosko Literary Review accepted story "The Crawl Space" for issue 22 for Midwinter 2018-2019
New pieces under consideration
LUNATIC MOONS: INSOMNIA CANTATAS is in production at Shelden Studios and should be published this spring.
Coming in April 2019:
Visions of Verses, April 10 - May 5th
Reception April 13 from 5-8pm at calvART Gallery
A new anthology of poems by some dozen poets writing on some dozen paintings at calvART Gallery in Prince Frederick; Michael Glaser is masterminding this event. Stay tuned for updates.
April 3, 2019 6:30 pm
READING AT CROFTON LIBRARY
Crofton Community Library 1681 Riedel Rd Crofton, MD 21114
Reading with Karla Christopher-Waid, the former Poet Laureate of YORK PA. Susan Sonde is organizing this.
Saturday December 15 book party at Southern Library:
A rainy windy afternoon so few came to library but six of my closest friends and it was a fine afternoon!
Monday evening December 3 at Twin Beaches (Chesapeake and North Beach):
To my surprise I was expected to hog the limelight for what turned out to be a two-hour reading/christening of my new THE SCOTCH RUNNER: STORIES; every seat taken by new and old friends. Joan Kilmon is the librarian at Twin Beaches and turned my reading into a festive occasion.
My third fiction collection THE SCOTCH RUNNER: STORIES is out from Poets Choice Publishing.
Saturday March 3, 2018
Book fair, College Park, MD
Rocky Jones will share my table to display his book MY DEMO.
I will feature my newest publications:
Reflections: A Poet's Gallery, poems on paintings
The latest collection of poems in Elisavietta Ritchie's long and distinguished career, a master poet reflecting on visual masterpieces. "Long may the dance continue for Lisa Ritchie and all her devoted followers who love how poetry can buoy the human spirit in the hands of such a fierce intelligence and curiosity." - Richard Harteis, Poets' Choice Publishing,
And TIMBOT: the newly updated and republished edition, a novella in verse about a Circassian refugee and a Russian-American of noble lineage.
February 12, 2018
With a broken shoulder amid a big move, my schedule and my writing and communiques have also broken into pieces, so instead of forwarding a bunch of artcles etc to jumpstart your memories real and fictional, I merely suggest you come up with a piece that may or may not be true --
A few ego-trips also — spurred me to keep on (such as big piece in the Valentine's Day Bay Weekly, etc.:
How Lisa met Clyde
Elisavietta Ritchie and Clyde Farnsworth: The wooing of a brilliant loner
Dissident Russian artists was my topic toward an M.A. at American University, so when Norton Dodge, professor of Russian economics and collector of Russian dissidents' paintings, held a conference at his Cremona estate, where several émigré artists and their canvases would be present, I was delighted.
Guests included New York Times journalist Clyde Farnsworth, recently back from Paris. Guessing that Clyde had surely met the existentialist novelist Albert Camus, I settled next to him. Conversation revealed that Camus' The Exile and the Kingdom reflected Clyde's situation as a brilliant loner.
He scribbled his phone number on a matchbook. A month later I called: On my own after 24 years of a mostly good marriage, I didn't suffer for lack of diversion. Nor did Clyde.
I could bring an escort to dinner at my father's friend Dr. George Mishtowt's. An evening of brilliant conversation and Russian songs, and Clyde was a baritone. He also practiced his violin daily.
Our respective children asked, "Why don't you two get married?"
My answer: "He hasn't asked me."
Summer 1992, on the cusp of his transfer to Canada (I assumed another romance over), I drove him to a knee operation. Afterward I settled him in our guest bed while I slept on the couch, at midnight back to the ER, then home again to his bed of pain.
Suddenly at 2am he asked, "Why don't we mosey down to the Prince Frederick courthouse tomorrow and pick up a license?"
I phoned Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, my doctor daughter, then a captain at a military hospital in South Korea. Her answer zoomed across the Pacific: "Do so quickly before the anesthesia wears off!"
Around the world and all these years later, we still have a cottage at Broomes Island and are settling in at Asbury Solomons.
Open reading in which several of us will participate follows Grace Cavalieri's reading 6:30 Saturday, December 9th, at Evelyn's in Annapolis. Will be able to read a couple of poems from Harbingers and Babuska's Beads this Saturday in Annapolis as a couple of participants from my Saturday workshop at Jack Bay offered to drive me.
Evelyn's Address: 26 Annapolis St. Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 263-4794
Newly updated and refurbished edition of Timbot, a novella in verse, about a Circassian refugee and a Russian-American of noble lineage.
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