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November 12 2019

Announcing a special reading of "PAX - An Anthology of Southern Maryland Poetry" This Tuesday, 7pm, November 12th, at Twin Beaches Library across from the Rod and Reel in Chesapeake Beach. Our poets will be present to read from the selections and to personally autograph the book for you!

PAX Anthology

June 2019

Announcing the publication and release of A new publication by our beloved Wineberry Press!

"PAX - An Anthology of Southern Maryland Poetry" presents the work of thirteen poets who live along the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. Individual poems capture the spirit of the region from Point Lookout and Solomons Island in the south and Annapolis in the north. Many poems have been published in other magazines and journals. Several have won awards.

Special thanks to the facilitators who foster poets and poetry in Southern Maryland: Laura Webb who leads the Poets Circle of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick, Elisavietta Ritchie who mentors poets and writers in her workshops at the Calvert County Library and her cottage at Jack Bay, Rocky Jones and Cliff Lynn who host the Evil Grin poetry series in Annapolis.

Most poems are illustrated with photographs and art provided by the contributors. The book design by Donald Grady Shomette includes his own photos and art as well as the photos and art of Anita Ewing, Jeff Smallwood, Lester Jay Stone, and Amy Fusco.

Contributing poets include Doug Hile, Rocky Jones, Kate Lassman, Cliff Lynn, George Miller, Elisavietta Ritchie, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, Suzanne Shelden, Carol Shomette, Donald Grady Shomette, Jeff Smallwood, Laura Stewart Webb, and Joanne Van Wie.

ISBN 978-1-7332326-0-9
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david owens music
Composer David Owens has transformed poems from Elisavietta's Raking the Snow into exciting classical music scored for piano and mezzo-soprano. Now on CD available from Albany Records – catalogue number TROY 1506 and on Amazon.com.


June 2019

Announcing the publication and release of Lunatic Moons. A delightful conversation between poet Elisavietta Ritchie and artist Suzanne Shelden. Lunatic Moons, Insomnia Cantatas explores the realms of poetry and cats by moonlight. Elisavietta's poems come of many sleepless nights prowling the dreamscape of the imagination. "Before the moon looms full the spirits in my brain begin to whirl—." That many of these poems have to do with cats is not surprising, as cats revel in nocturnal excapades, but also in their nature, the wisdom of cats can be uncannily human, while the intuition of cats is undoubtably superior. Inspired by the poems, each of Suzanne's cat drawings conveys an intriguing visual dimension in response to the words. ISBN 978-0-9977147-4-6 available on amazon


May 2019

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 in March 2019... possibly earlier!



RECENTLY PUBLISHED in September 2018

My third fiction collection THE SCOTCH RUNNER: STORIES is out from Poets Choice Publishing.

The Scotch Runner


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The Twelve

I am showcasing some selections of my translations online.
This one, THE TWELVE, by Alexander Blok, has now been revitalized and is presented here as an online book, very closely rendered to it's original formatting.

The graphic above will lead you to my translations page, where THE TWELVE can be found.



We Wake Beside an Invisible River

Fog swishes through pines,
screens our world inside a Japanese dawn.
Fawns file through flowering quince.

Through the scrim of mists
we see the Buddha at Kamakura,
Sika deer we fed at Nara,

and cormorants with rings
'round their throats bringing fish
to skiffs in the Inland Sea.

When mists melt, we will see Fujiyama
surrounded by sapphire waves
and crowned with perpetual snows—

The tardy sun burns this day clear
over our own gray-green cove,
tide covering marshes and sand.

The great blue heron proclaims longevity
as he overflies cattails and huge pink
marshmallow flowers edging our shore.

The cormorant passing through dives for minnows,
swallows them down his long neck, then
perched on a piling, airs long narrow wings.

Far river banks are fringed with bent oaks
between pastures and fields of soybeans,
ebony steers graze beside our briny Patuxent…

One crane soars against a misty red sun
over rice paddies, pink petals, reeds,
on an antique scroll on our Maryland wall.

Elisavietta Ritchie Broadkill Review, 2017; Prosopisia, 2017; Harbingers 2017; PAX: An Anthology of Southern Maryland Poetry 2019.



Elisavietta Ritchie
11450 Asbury Circle #320, Solomons, MD 20688