·         Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System

·         www.northfloridawriters.org * October 2009

·         Editor: Howard Denson


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In This Issue:

NFW will Critique Oct. 10

Book Review: 'Storyknife' Offers Sharp Poems, Clear Images

The Wrong Stuff

Other Words Conference Set Nov. 6-8 at Flagler
DiGenti’s FWA NE Florida Log

Quote from a Writer's Quill – John Kenneth Galbraith

Writers Born This Month


The Oct. 10 meeting of the North Florida Writers will focus only on critiques. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Webb Wesconnett Branch Library (corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard).

The critique process has people other than the author of respective works read aloud the submissions (up to 10 double-spaced pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.

Author: Mary Baron
Data: Sheep Meadow Press, 63 pages, $13.95

      Ice and snow fascinate Southern and sunbelt readers. Any film clip or article on Antarctica, Alaska and igloos, penguins, and polar bears magically grab our attention. When you see the storyknife on the cover of latest collection of poems by Dr. Mary Baron of the University of North Florida, a Floridian often has no chance of escaping its exotic attraction.

       Not only is the Eskimo knife on the cover of Storyknife: New & Selected Poems the title of the book and the first poem, it also reflects the narrative of the people of the north. The tip of the wood or ivory knife is used by Southern Eskimo girls during storytelling among themselves. The metaphor also works well for the poetry; the tale is told cleanly, just as the sewing skills of the Inuit made seams of clothing so airtight it would keep out water.

      In the poetry tree of life, Dr. Baron’s progenitors include Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, and e.e. cummings.

      The poems in Storyknife reflect Dr. Baron’s experience as an educator or writer in residence in Alaska, the Carolinas, and UNF. In addition, she has a section on poems about her work with prisoners. Over the years, she has also been a generous guru to many aspiring poets and writers in Jacksonville.

      Some poems, such as “Busywork,” are whimsical: “Your hospital admission form / lists your occupation / newborn. / This work will busy you / all your life.” Another, “Newborn Neurological Exam,” chills the reader with a newborn that lacks motion and sound but is “willing / to breathe.” As various tests are tried, to no avail, the narrator concludes, “I stand beside you / leash myself to quiet / pray / for pain.”

Her other poetry books include Wheat Among Bones (Sheep Meadow Press, 1980) and Letters for the New England Dead (Godine, 1974). – Howard Denson

Horse Latitudes column:  “No Country for Old Men” review by Jacksoul:

Toning down their usual predilection for the surreal and absurd, the Coen brothers stay unerring true to the spirit of the work to deliver a taught, intensely focussed narrative which draws heavily on the expansive moral questions which underpin McCarthy’s work.

E.W.S. SAYS: If the novel were required reading in a contemporary literature seminar, then it could be a “taught . . . narrative,” but, if it’s “intensely focussed [or focused], the writer wanted to say “taut narrative.”

Admit it, you've been holding your breath awaiting the next installment of the FWA NE Florida Blog. You can exhale now, but not before you click on http://fwapontevedra.blogspot.com/ and read all the happenings in our area for writers. -- Victor DiGenti, FWA Regional Director www.windrusher.com<http://www.windrusher.com/>


The fifth annual OTHER WORDS: A Conference of Literary Magazines,
Independent Publishers, and Writers, and the Other Words Writers Workshop will be sponsored by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition, Flagler College, and Jane’s Stories Press at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Nov. 6-8, 2009. Featured writers include Diana Abu-Jaber, Judson Mitcham, and Michael Waters.

Cost for the Friday session is $40. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Only a limited number of participants will be admitted, so interested persons should contact the conference early.

On Friday evening, the OTHER WORDS Conference of Literary Magazines, Independent Publishers, and Writers begins. The Conference will be kicked off by a reading by Michael Waters.  The conference continues all day Saturday and Sunday until noon with panels, readings, workshops and a book fair. Saturday's night's reading features Diana Abu-Jaber and Judson Mitcham. Registration for the literary conference begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.

Panel proposals relating to writing, publishing, and literary arts are being accepted now and should be sent to Jim Wilson at jmwilson@flagler.edu. Individuals interested in being on a panel should notify Wilson by Aug. 15. Other information may be obtained from Rick Campbell at info@anhinga.org or from the Florida Literary Arts Coalition website at www.floridarts.org<http://www.floridarts.org> .

Registration for the literary conference only is $40 for FLAC members and $80 for nonmembers.  Book fair table reservations are $50 for FLAC members and $75 for nonmembers. Institutional members of FLAC can register up to five members of an institution for $50.  Registration for students from nonmember institutions is $25.


There are days [in my writing] when the result is so bad that no fewer
than five revisions are required. In contrast, when I'm greatly inspired, only four revisions are needed.

-- John Kenneth Galbraith



1--William Beckford (1760?), Ernest Haycox (1899), Tim O'Brien (1946); 2--Wallace Stevens (1870), Graham Greene (1904); 3--Fulke Greville Brooke (1554), George Bancroft (1800), Alain-Fournier (Henri Alban Fournier) (1886), Thomas Wolfe (1900), Gore Vidal (1925), James Herriot (1916), Judith Johnson Sherwin (1936); 4--Jeremias Gotthelf (Albert Bitzius) (1797), Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837), Alvin Toffler (1928);

5--Louise Fitzhugh (1928), Peter Ackroyd (1949); 6--Bo Hjalmar Bergman (1869), Thor Heyerdahl (1914); 7--Helen McInnes (1907), Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) (1934), Thomas Keneally (1935); 8--José de Cadalso y Vázquez (1741), PhilarPte Chasles (1798); 9--Sir Richard Blackmore (1654), Edward William Bok (1863), Bruce Catton (1899);

10--James Clavell (1924), Harold Pinter (1930); 11--Steen Steensen Blicher (1782), Elmore Leonard (1925); 13--Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797), Frank Gilroy (1925), Chris Carter (1957); 14--Katherine Mansfield (1888), E. E. Cummings (1894);

15--Isabella Lucy Bell Bishop (1831), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), P. G. Wodehouse (1881), Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1917), Mario Puzo (1920), Italo Calvino (1923); 16--Oscar Wilde (1854), Eugene O'Neill (1888); 17--Sir John Bowring (1792), Georg Büchner (1813), Yvor Winters (1900), Nathanael West (1903), Arthur Miller (1915), Jimmy Breslin (1930); 18--Henri Bergson (1859), Barry Gifford (1946), Ntozake Shange (1948), Terry McMillan (1951), Rick Moody (1961); 19--Sir Thomas Browne (1605), John LeCarre (1931);

20--Karl Theodorree (1808), Arthur Rimbaud (1854), Ellery Queen co-author Frederic Dannay (1905), Art Buchwald (1925), Michael McClure (1932); 21--Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929); 22--Ivan Bunin (1870), Doris Lessing (1919), Max Apple (1941); 23--Michael Crichton (1942); 24--Alban Butler (1710), Moss Hart (1904), Denise Levertov (1923);

25--Benjamin Constant (1767), John Berryman (1914), Harold Brodkey (1930), Anne Tyler (1941); 26--Andrei Bely (Boris N. Bugary), (1880), Karin Maria Boye (1900), Beryl Markham (1902), Pat Conroy (1945); 27--Hester Chapone (1727), Dylan Thomas (1914), Sylvia Plath (1932), Fran Lebowitz (1950); 28--Nicholas Brady (1659), Pío Baroja (1872), Evelyn Waugh (1903), John Hollander (1929), Anne Perry (1938); 29--James Boswell (1740);

30--Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821), Ezra Pound (1885), Rudolfo Anaya (1937); 31--Christopher Anstey (1724), John Keats (1795), Dick Francis (1920).



Every Wednesday: 7 p.m.; BARD SOCIETY; Frank Green 234-8383; Email frankgrn@comcast.net<mailto:frankgrn@comcast.net>

Every Thursday, 6:45 p.m.; FIRST COAST CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP; Christ's Church, 6045 Greenland Rd., Room 204, near I-95 & 9A; Email: Dr.Lorraine@comcast.net<mailto:Dr.Lorraine@comcast.net>

Second Saturday: 2 p.m.; NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS; Webb Wesconnett Library; www.northfloridawriters.org<https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://owa.fccj.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.northfloridawriters.org>

Second and fourth Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.; MANDARIN WRITERS WORKSHOP; S. Mandarin Library (corner of San Jose and Orange Picker Rd.). Larry Barnes at wordsandpics@bellsouth.net<mailto:wordsandpics@bellsouth.net>.


President: Margie Sauls (margiemoonstar@earthlink.net<mailto:margiemoonstar@earthlink.net>)

Vice President: Richard Levine (RichieL@clearwire.net<mailto:RichieL@clearwire.net>)

Secretary: Kathy Marsh (kathygmarsh@bellsouth.net<mailto:kathygmarsh@bellsouth.net>)

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