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Summary of August 26, 2017 Meeting

Our August meeting was a huge success! Thanks to all of our poets who read their work, or the work of others, at our second annual Appreciation of Poetry event. Howard Feigenbaum, poet, photographer, and author, led the meeting. To illustrate thematic variations, he read excerpts from Leonard Cohen, e.e. cummings, Joyce Kilmer, rapper Eminem, and country songwriter Boxcar Willie. You can see from Howard’s selections how varied and rich was the topic.

As it was with member readings. We heard tributes to family, faith, and country in freestyle, haiku, and rhythmic forms. Poets wrote of love, children, powerful women, golf, age, pregnancy, lost relationships, and the noble cowboy. At times the words were somber and nostalgic; at others, whimsical and funny. As I listened, I marveled at the degree to which simple words would elicit such depth of emotion.

Guild member Barbara Ruth was so impressed with the event that she wrote a tribute to it. Click here to see that joyful composition.

Again, my thanks on behalf of the Guild to Howard and all who contributed their works to this event, as well as to the audience in general. You were supportive and welcoming to every speaker, some of whom were nervous! But you made them feel right at home.




George Gurney, chair of the first DVWG Author Book Fair, updated us as to progress thus far. It looks like we’ll have about twenty authors selling their books, seven of whom will do readings on the half hour. There will be plenty of chairs if you’d just like to come and enjoy the ambience and readings, or look over the catalog of authors and books represented at the fair. I’ve never attended a boutique-level book fair with such a catalog, but book publisher Marj Charlier volunteered to create one, and it’s beautiful! Pick up your copy at the door.

The Book Fair will be held on Saturday, September 23, from 9 am to 1 pm in place of our regular monthly Guild meeting. It will be held at the Diamond Valley Arts Council, 123 North Harvard Street, Hemet CA 92543. There’s parking on the back (west) side of the building as well as on Harvard Street (in front of the building and across the street in a public parking lot just east of the DVAC.) Doors open at 9 a.m. See you there! (PS We could use a little help setting up on Friday evening. If you can help, please contact George at geo.gurney58@gmail.com and offer your services. Thanks!)


Straitjackets Magazine Call for Submissions


Jo Lynne Buering, Assistant Editor of Straitjackets Magazine, wanted us to know that the deadline for submitting your work for inclusion in the next issue of the magazine is October 1. Send your best writing to Straitjacketsmagazine@gmail.com, and if you could include a short bio and a photo, that would be greatly appreciated. Also, click on the Straitjackets link to enjoy the current issue.


Four Seasons Players


The Four Seasons Community Players welcome you to attend upcoming performances. Our Four Seasons rep, Chuck Sims, has provided a handout on getting tickets to shows. Click on the link to see and/or printout that information.


Member Accomplishments: Book Launch


Just a reminder that Guild member Odessa Cleveland will be doing a book launch of her new book of poetry, Of Age and Edges, on September 1 at the Gallery at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590 (866-653-8696). Festivities start at 6 pm, and there’ll be music and light fare for your enjoyment, as well as readings. Come on down and show your support, as well as have a fine time in Temecula! Best wishes to Odessa for a wonderfully successful evening.


Member Accomplishments: Publication in Magazine

Congratulations to Guild member Carolyn Straub, whose article Final Drift was published in the August 2017 issue of Fish Alaska Magazine. If you’ll click on this link, you can see the article, and click here for the magazine’s website.


October 2017 Guild Meeting


Brooke Warner, Publisher

Finally, I want to remind you that our last meeting of the year will take place on October 28, 2017. On that date, Brooke Warner, publisher of SheWrites Press and SparkPress, will visit with us and talk about building your author platform. We appreciate her coming down from Northern California to chat with us, and look forward to learning about this critical aspect of author success from her expert viewpoint.

ELECTION NOTE: Preceding Brooke’s talk, members will vote for five Board Members who will serve in the upcoming term. As we did last April, when voting for the Interim Board, candidates will nominate themselves from the floor and we’ll conduct a voice vote. If two or more candidates are nominated for one position, we’ll vote by paper ballot. I’ll send out an email reminder on this in early October.

See you at the September 23 Book Fair!


This blog post was prepared by Lynne Spreen, President of the DVWG. Lynne writes midlife fiction, because she believes we learn and grown continuously throughout our lives. You may access her website here and her books here.

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