Monday, July 18, 2011

The Gone With the Wind Read-A-Long at The Heroine's Bookshelf

In honor of Gone With the Wind's 75th anniversary, The Heroine's Bookshelf is hosting a read-a-long this August.

Starting August 1st, read along and discuss (what some think to be) one of the greatest novels.

I've read the book many times and have seen the movie. To be honest, I prefer the movie over the book. Recently, on the Hunger Mountain Facebook page I posted something about the anniversary of the book-something about a group in Atlanta commemorating the classic by dressing in character. I certainly didn't expect the response! Turned into a lively, heated discussion on race, the US and the South.

Will you be reading along? I will be. I have a hardback copy from 1954 that's still in pretty good shape.  Bought it for 50 cents at a resale book shop. The original first edition hardback came in at 1,037 pages! This one weighs in at 689 pages, due to the double column page format.

For more info and rules, including prizes and the reading schedule, check the site!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Who Is That Behind Hunger Mountain's Facebook Page?

In the third installment of Hunger Mountain's second Thursday series, Voices of Hunger Mountain,  we all wonder: Who is that posting on Facebook? Who is that 'behind the mountain'?

Well, it's me. Surprise!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Some Thoughts From the VCFA Residency, June 26-July 7

As the Hunger Mountain Intern, I had the opportunity to attend some excellent lectures and readings during the Vermont College of Fine Arts Residency this past week and a half.

Here are a few highlights:

-Lecture by Matthew Dickman (VCFA Faculty, Poetry) on  "...depression and suicide through poems...". Not the best subject at 9am. Suicide in the Morning! Even though they sometimes go hand in hand (suicide and depression), it seemed as if the focus was more on suicide than depression, really. The poems he picked to illustrate his points were amazing though: Jack Spicer (A Poem Without a Single Bird in It), Anne Sexton (Wanting to Die), Joe Bolton (In the House of Death), one of Dickman's own (Trouble). Powerful. Even more powerful, at the very beginning of the lecture, he asked for anybody who had experienced suicide in any way-knew somebody, survivor-to stand up. Nearly half the audience stood up. Very intense. -An artist's (writer's) responsibility is to engage the dark.- Paraphrasing a bit.

-Reading by Robert Vivian (Hunger Mountain CNF Editor & VCFA Faculty) and Claudia Emerson (Visiting Faculty). Good God, this was one of the best readings I have attended in a long time.
Vivian read a chapter from his forthcoming book, Water and Abandon (2012). Mesmerizing. Somehow I imagined his voice to be different than what I heard: shy, slow, a bit quiet. I think I might have to get the book when it comes out.
This was the first time I heard Claudia Emerson read as well. What a presence! It completely filled the room. The way she presented her work-slow, methodical, precise-so you'd understand everything within the poem was excellent. She flowed so easily from one poem to the next, from one intro to the next.
She read from several of her books including, The Late Wife and Figure Studies, as well as a few new ones. From Figure Studies: "Latin Teacher" , "The Girls Dissect Eye of Cow" , "What They Are Missing" and " A History Lesson". This collection seemed to be a little more on the lighter side and at a distance, whereas The Late Wife was completely more personal and written mostly in the 1st person. Titles such as "The Cough" and "The X-Rays" set the mood for The Late Wife: highly emotional and personal. She mentioned after this particular collection, the first person was "not allowed" in her writing because it was so personal, emotionally exhausting. The need to create distance from that voice was necessary to regroup creatively.
I'll have to grab some of her books as well.

-Hunger Mountain's The Writing Life Assistant Editor, Jennifer McGuiggan, gave a lecture on The Secret Life of Language. "We experience language bodily (through the five senses) first, then mentally": the taste, the sound, the feel of words. The "five S's" of how we experience language: substantive, sensuous, spiritual, subversive and sassy. Heavily quoted from Virginia Woolf's essay, "Craftmanship" from the the The Death of the Moth and other Essays. One of my favorite quotes from Woolf's essay is as follows:

"They [words] are the wildest, most freest, most irresponsible, most un-teachable of all things. Of course, you can catch them and sort them and place them in alphabetical order in dictionaries. But words do not live in dictionaries; they live in the mind. If you want proof of this, consider how often in moments of emotion et there is the dictionary; there at our disposal are some half-million words all in alphabetical order. But can we use them? No, because words do not live in dictionaries, they live in the mind."

A nice surprise: a recording of Virginia Woolf's own voice reading from her essay. Also, an excellent list of Resources and Books to follow up after the lecture. Much more to the lecture-use of language, how we learn it, how we use it, how it uses us. Is language more than just a way to communicate? Overall, a fascinating lecture, particularly for those who love all aspects of language.

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Books On My Shelf (June)

Just Tell Me What to Eat! The Delicious 6-Week Weight Loss Plan For the Real World Timothy S Harlan, MD
(Da Capo/Lifelong Books)
 Loving this book! Not your basic, traditional weight loss/diet book. Delicious recipes, real, healthy food. Focusing on a more Mediterranean diet.

Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future-and Locked Us In, Brian X. Chen
(Da Capo/Lifelong Books)
 Just got this today. It looks pretty frightening in the sense that technology has kind of overtaken our brains. Just the other day, I was walking down the street & this guy was walking towards me, with his iPhone (or some other such device) and ran right into me! Didn't even see me. I've known people who have literally run into walls, lamp posts, stop signs, etc., while walking around town. Maybe you could look up once in awhile and pay attention to your environment. Just saying.

Room, Emma Donoghue

Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, Sandra Steingraber
(Da Capo/Lifelong)

Anjum's Eat Right for Your Body Type: The Super-Healthy Detox Diet Inspired by Ayurveda
This is one of my favorite books to cook from. Delicious recipes, once again. I always feel better after eating the dishes in this book. Yum! Plus, it's just a gorgeous book.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Poem Will Be Part of PoetryALIVE! Display

One of my poems, "All the Birds Say Caw-Caw", will be part of the PoetryALIVE! display in downtown Montpelier, Vermont for the entire month of April (National Poetry Month).

For a list of poets on display downtown and further PoetryALIVE! events, click here.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

More Books on My Shelf (from the past month, or so)

Safe From the Sea, Peter Geye
(Unbridled Books)
Unbridled Books seems to be putting out some amazing things lately (The Descent of Man/Kevin Desinger, for example). Check them out.

Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep and Enough Wool to Save the Planet, Catherine Friend
(Da Capo/Lifelong Books)

In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
(The Penguin Press)

Potty Training Girls the Easy Way, Caroline Fertleman MD & Simone Cove
(Da Capo/Lifelong Books) *Potty training easy-yeah right!*

One Year to an Organized Life with Baby, Regina Leeds & Megan Francis
(Da Capo/Lifelong Books)

I just finished Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, Dr. Claudia Welch (Da Capo Books) the other day. I cannot recommend it enough. It's a good place to start if you're looking to learn more about how hormones interact with each other within the body. Very easy to read and follow.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Books On My Shelf (from this week)

Paperback edition of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch
(Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books)

The Hunger Trace by Edward Hogan
(Simon & SchusterUK)

Is This the Real Life? The Untold Story of QUEEN by Mark Blake
(Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Just Want To Mention.....

The Oracle of Stamboul is officially available!

There's been some pretty serious buzz on this book for a few months.

Loving the cover, very old-world style.

I haven't read it yet and I can't wait to see what the talk is all about.

This is Michael David Lukas' debut novel.

For more on Michael and The Oracle of Stamboul,
See what the book is all about and check out this short interview on
Read an excerpt from the book at the author's site
There's also the book launch party and reading schedule to look at.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Hunger Mountain (VCFA) on Facebook

Hunger Mountain is on Facebook!

Are you a fan of Hunger Mountain? Been published there?

Stop over there, say Hi and sent a friend request

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Contests & Deadlines

Kenyon Review
2011 Short Fiction Contest
Opens February 1st

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Win a 25 Book Collection of HMH Classics!
Yay! Exciting! Starts Jan 31st!

Apply for NEA Literature Fellowships in Fiction/Non-Fiction (2012) and Poetry (2013) All the info at the site. How to prepare, guidelines, etc.

Pebble Lake Review is looking for N/F, personal essays about places where writers write for their special 2011 Spring/Summer issue.

Indiana Review poetry prize is now open. Judged by Marie Howe.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Intern at Hunger Mountain at Vermont College of Fine Arts

As of last week, I started as Intern at the Hunger Mountain Journal. Very excited to be a part of it all! Hoping to broaden my horizons in as many ways as possible.

Heather Gray is the fabulous featured artist for this issue and has an amazing spread you can view at the site

Please, check out the journal, submit and, if so inclined, Subscribe.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NEW POSTS at All Things Mothering & Imperfect Parent

From All Things Mothering (

Cravings During Pregnancy

I’ve read that cravings can start as soon as you’re pregnant, as soon as you conceive, in fact. I’ve also read that they don’t start some two or three weeks after conception, or even four, eight weeks-then again, maybe not at all. Of course, I’m no expert. I suppose it all depends on the individual.

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How To Refine Your Writing: Keep A Journal

Have you ever thought of starting a journal but just don’t know where to start? Maybe you find there isn’t enough time in the day, or perhaps you find yourself faced with the question: What would I even write about??

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From Imperfect Parent Blog:

Bayer (and others) Face Numerous Lawsuits Over Birth Control Pills

What do you all think about these people suing various oral contraceptive companies for ‘wrongful death’ or ‘misleading the public’, when side effects are clearly stated on websites, commercials, etc.?  Isn’t it our responsibility to inform ourselves, as patients, about the risks of prescription drugs, etc.?
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Books I Read in 2010 (I know there's more than this)

Catherine of Aragon, Henry's Spanish Queen
Giles Tremlett

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: 40 New Fairy Tales

Her Fearful Symmetry
Audrey Niffenegger

A Reliable Wife
Robert Goolrick

No More Dirty Looks
Siobhan O'Connor & Alexandra Spunt

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

Will Write For Food, 
The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More 
Dianne Jacob

The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook:
Seafood Recipes and Salty Stories from Alaska's Commercial Fisherwomen
Kiyo Marsh, Tomi Marsh & Laura Cooper

The Caterpillar and the Express Train
Jeremy Foster-Fell & Matthew Gauvin (kids book)

The Help
Kathryn Stockett

The Historian
Elizabeth Kostova

Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual