Successful Diary Talk and Upcoming Reading


Yesterday’s diary talk at the Woman’s Club of Amherst was delightful. Many appreciative ladies, some new friends and old; one who drove 3 1/2 hours from Maine just to say ‘hi’ and show her support (thank you Holly!). The Woman’s Club is right across from Emily Dickinson’s house and, as you can see, holds its own in a neighborhood of grand homes of another era. I even got a commemorative mug to add to my collection. And now I’ve written, revised, re revised, a 30 minute talk on antique diaries so am well prepared if anyone just happens to need such entertainment for her book club or get-together. On March 19th from 12-4 the Amherst Woman’s Club is hosting its annual flower show.  I’m told the house is filled with arrangements, all for sale at reasonable prices. Tickets are $5.

In keeping with my habit of scheduling several events all at once and then nothing for six months, I will be giving a poetry reading next week! On March 1st I’ll read in the Writers’ Night Out  series at 21 Center Street (The Basement) in Northampton. The evening begins with an open mic from 7-8. I read from 8 to 9ish. I don’t imagine filling an entire hour so come early. I have been told that this crowd likes to hear about the poet’s process, inspiration, etc. I don’t usually discuss these things at readings, but will choose poems with a little back story. Besides the Mass Poetry Festival at the end of April where I  may read a few poems as part of a panel on motherhood and poetry, I don’t have any readings scheduled in the near future. So, if you live in the area and are the type of person to visit Northampton in the dark of night, I’ll be in a basement reading poetry.

Antique Diary Presentation February 22

Writer's Voice

If you’ve read The Diary of Esther Small or any of my posts about this diary and have been interested in the topic of antique diaries, now’s your chance to get an earful, and ask questions too! I haven’t spoken on the topic, besides a mention at poetry readings, for several years, but I was invited to give a presentation at the Amherst Woman’s Club on Monday, February 22nd. My talk is approximately 30 minutes long, followed by Q & A and book sales/signing. I begin speaking at about 2 O’clock and the event is open to the public, but plan on arriving at 1:30 as the club holds a short meeting first and the seats will fill up. I’m calling this my Diary TED Talk, except I don’t have it committed to memory, so won’t be walking around with a headset and a clicker. Would love to see some of you there, to share Esther’s story, and talk about the coolness of old diaries.

Where: Amherst Woman’s Club, Amity Street, Amherst MA (heading out of Amherst, it’s the house set back on its lawn, on the left  just after Emily Dickinson’s house)

When: February 22nd at 1:30 pm