DID I MENTION?

I entered my new book of poems, Bringing Home the Moon in the 2016 San Francisco Book Festival. Came in second in Honorable Mention. A good feeling because this competition has so many entrants.

2016 SF Book Fest

I am so pleased to share this with my friends.

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EVERLASTING SUNSHINE AND SPRING BLOSSOMS IN SARATOGA

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MARCH beckons attention to the 2016 Blossom Festival in the town of Saratoga, a free event reminiscent of the original Blossom Festival that debuted in the 1900s and has stayed popular and celebrated each year, for over 40 years. Edwin Sidney (Everlasting Sunshine) Williams organized a celebration when the drought ended and called it the Blossom Festival. Wanting people to enjoy the orchards blossoms, invitations were issued and hundreds responded. The day was filled with food, games, and a blossom and garden tour. Each succeeding year, the event grew in popularity with 20,000 attending one year.

Produced by the Saratoga Historical Foundation, this free event will be celebrated this year on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. in the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area.

Warren Hutton House I will be reading at the Festival at 11:00 a.m. along with past Poet Laureates, Parthenia Hicks (Los Gatos), Nils Peterson (Santa Clara County), and Dave Denny (Cupertino). The reading will be held at the Warren Hutton House on 13777-A Fruitvale Ave.in Saratoga.

Please do attend and partake in the music of the 30’s and 40’s, vintage motors, a variety of foods, arts and crafts that will bring back memories of yesteryear. Check out my previous post about the 2014 Blossom Festival to get a feel for this celebration.

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MY NEXT READING: Bringing Home the Moon to Works Gallery, Downtown SJ

My next reading is at Well-Red at Works Gallery, 365 South Market Street, San José (across from the St. Claire Hotel) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Hope to see some of your who missed the reading at the third Thursday, Willow Glen reading.

A smaller reading than the ones at Montalvo and the Willow Glen Library’s Third Thursday, Well-Red is sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose and Works Gallery, food and drink available, $2 requested. Parking on the street or in a garage close by, not the one connected to the Convention Center. That one costs too much.

I’ll be reading with Len Anderson from Santa Cruz, a good friend. The readings have been going well at Well-Red. Robert Pesich, President of PCSJ and Joe Miller, head of the Graphics Department at SJSU, are the sponsors.

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BRINGING HOME THE MOON INTO THE NEW YEAR

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Today, at the Willow Glen Reading: Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Los Cabos.

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We spent New Year’s Eve at Pueblo Bonito Blanco, next door to where we stay at Rose´ in Cabo San Lucas. Blanco played Frank Sinatra music, sent off fireworks, and had an excellent menu for one-fourth the cost of its next-door neighbor. We sat overlooking Medano Beach, where even at night its crystal blue waters are lighted.

After a week on Medano Beach we moved to San José del Cabo, took a room called Romantico at Casa Natalia on the Plaza. Eighteen units and lovely surroundings—a sparkling pool, sturdy lounges, a private open-air room in each suite, a restaurant, and such kind people. One woman came out with us to wait for our cab—we took a look at the Grand Mayan. Turned out she was Natalia. We met her daughter Sasha and 6th grade son. We’ll go back.

San José del Cabo is a city located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, and is the seat of the municipality of Los Cabos at the south end of Baja California Sur.

For each of you a happy and healthy year with laughter and light.

POETRY WITH MARY LOU TAYLOR at the Montalvo Writer Series: Sunday, November 8, 2015

Join me on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.at the Historic Villa at Montalvo Arts Center, where I’ll be reading from my new book, Bringing Home the Moon, published Aldrich Press, 2015. This event is FREE! Books will be available for purchase; beer and wine will be for sale, and light refreshments will be served. But first—please RSVP at the Montalvo site. All MUST RSVP at the Montalvo site. You can click the button to reach the Montalvo website.
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Hope all of you can attend. See what some of my poet friends have to say about my new book, Bringing Home the Moon: Cover Art: Chuck Drew.

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“Mary Lou is one of my favorite poets,” raves Grace Cavalieri, radio host of The Poet and the Poem. “In Bringing Home the Moon, we have her past experience turned into poems boldly planned and implemented through the prism of memory….These are beautifully proportioned recollections you will read and then revisit.”

“We float through moments formative or formidable, touching or frightful, but all…lit with generous spirit and a graceful love of language” —Harry Lafnear

“This is THE poetry collection of the year!” —David Denny, first Poet Laureate of Cupertino

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BRINGING HOME THE MOON

MY SECOND BOOK, A REALITY!

Bringing Home Two days ago two boxes appeared on our front porch. Inside were copies of Bringing Home the Moon, a poetry book that’s been ten years in the making. I finished much of it at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga as an artist in residence. But sometimes illness interferes, and this past year I’ve worked on the book sporadically, set it up, chosen the poems, and sent it to a couple of presses with time to spare. I’ve been pretty well housebound.

It was Dave Denny, first Poet Laureate of Cupertino, who made the difference. He suggested a press down south that he thought might be interested. They were. It took several months and some tough proofreading and editing (I still can’t figure out how to number pages.), but the book looks good and reads well. I thank Karen Kelsay, my editor at Aldrich Press, for going out of her way to work with me.

One poet friend talked of what we hoped to get from a writing group. I have three: Peerless Poets, Poetry Salon, and Poetry Circle. And I learn from all each time we meet. My friend’s strategy for structuring a poem is what I ended up using in the new book. The book provides a set of stepping stones for readers to follow as they make their way from the opening to the ending. I used some of the poems from my first book to make the new book flow. It has three sections. The first deals with living in Chicago and moving finally to Los Angeles. Then the big move to what now is called Silicon Valley. The last section is a gallimaufry of this and that. It ends with a few poems on Space, big in Silicon Valley.

Blurb Back Cover Art: Chuck Drew

Published by
Kelsay Books, Aldrich Press, 2015

Photograph of Moon: WebMaster
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