WyoPoets June Monthly Reading #WednesdayWords #Events #Inspiration

Again, I’ll be participating in my state poetry society’s monthly virtual reading. This will take place Sunday, June 12th, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time. You’re invited, even if you just want to listen to poetry. All the details are below. I hope to see you there.

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WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets, you don’t even have to be in Wyoming to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends! Please sign up to read and receive a Zoom invitation using this Google Form:  https://forms.gle/oodX1nLQSD49sw8fA

The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read, additional poets will be allowed based on time. Each poet gets 5 minutes to read.

 

Topic: Virtual Poetry Night

Time: Jun 12, 2022 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

 

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A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. Her brown hair is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Attending a Poetry Workshop #WednesdayWords #WeeklySmile #Inspiration

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My state poetry society, WyoPoets, holds an annual workshop, usually the last weekend in April, to commemorate National Poetry Month. These workshops usually consist of a reading on a Friday night and an all-day presentation on Saturday, which includes lunch. Attending these workshops always makes me smile because I have a chance to renew old acquaintances, meet new people, and, of course, write and learn about poetry.

This year’s workshop was no different. It took place in Douglas, Wyoming, about a three and a half hour drive south of Sheridan, where I live. I traveled with a group of poets. We left early last Friday afternoon and arrived in Douglas in time to check into our hotel and eat dinner at a nearby steak house before attending that evening’s reading, which, along with the next day’s workshop, took place at the county library. That night, WyoPoets unveiled its new chapbook, Emergence. We usually publish a chapbook of our members’ work every other year. Also, winners of our annual contest were announced and encouraged to read their work, which some of them did.

The next day, after a free breakfast at the hotel and the annual WyoPoets business meeting, the workshop took place. This year, I was impressed with our presenter, Camille Dungy, a poet from Colorado. She led us through a series of exercises and talked about strategies for writing and revising poetry. I ended up writing a poem that day. Lunch consisted of a taco bar at the Moose Lodge down the street, which was delicious. All in all, it was a fun and inspiring workshop.

WyoPoets also holds monthly readings on Zoom. You’re all invited to this month’s event, which will take place on Sunday, May 8th at 5 p.m. mountain time. You can share a poem or two or just listen. Please see below for details.

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WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets, you don’t even have to be in Wyoming to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends! Please sign up to read and receive a Zoom invitation using this Google Form:  https://forms.gle/tKAYAjmDQd1bhTMN8.

The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read, additional poets will be allowed based on time. Each poet gets 5 minutes to read.

 

Topic: Virtual Poetry Night
Time: May 8, 2022 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

***

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Announcing WyoPoets Monthly Virtual Reading #WednesdayWords #Events #Inspiration

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll again be participating in my state’s poetry society’s monthly virtual reading, which will take place April 10th at 5 p.m. mountain time. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than to come to this event and listen to some good poetry and conversation and perhaps share a poem or two of your own. All the details are below. I hope to see you there.

***

WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets, you don’t even have to be in Wyoming to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends! Please sign up to read and receive a Zoom invitation using this Google Form:  https://forms.gle/2CBuJdWA4fHwZ6Zw7

The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read, additional poets will be allowed based on time. Each poet gets 5 minutes to read.

 

Topic: Virtual Poetry Night

Time: Apr 10, 2022 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 874 4342 5527

Passcode: 567287

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A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

***

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Announcing WyoPoets Virtual Monthly Reading #SaturdaySurprise #Events #Inspiration

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll again be participating in the WyoPoets monthly virtual reading, which will take place on March 13th at 5 p.m. mountain time. You’re all invited! You can either share a poem or just listen. You’ll find all the details below. I hope to see you there.

***

WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets. You don’t even have to be in Wyoming to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends! Please sign up to read and receive a Zoom invitation using this Google Form:  https://forms.gle/UTJ3i24EdHJxuqps9

 

The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read. Additional poets will be allowed based on time. Each poet gets 5 minutes to read.

 

Topic: Virtual Poetry Night

Time: Mar 13, 2022 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Passcode: 290168

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A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

***

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A Book Launch and a Poetry Reading #TuesdayTidbit #Events #Inspiration

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Today, I have two exciting announcements to make. First of all, last Thursday, Behind Our Eyes, a writers’ organization to which I belong, sponsored an event to promote my new book Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me. Carol Farnsworth, author of Leaf Memories, a poetry collection I reviewed here, did an excellent job interviewing me in front of a live virtual audience. This was followed by plenty of questions from participants and  lively discussion. You can click the link below to hear a recording of the program.

 

My BOE Book Launch

 

Also, I’ll again be participating in the WyoPoets monthly virtual poetry reading, which will take place this coming Sunday, February 13th, at 5 p.m. mountain time. You’re all invited, even if you just want to listen to poetry. Please see below for details. I hope you can come.

 

WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets, you don’t even have to be in Wyoming to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends!

 

Please sign up to read using this Google Form:

https://forms.gle/6wFzZfJwVtpMpBHj9

The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read, additional poets will be allowed based on time.

 

Topic: Virtual Poetry Night

Time: Feb 13, 2022 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

***

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