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Ragged Sky publishes new books

Ellen Foos is pleased to publish Dog Watch, by Valerie Lawson.

Lawson lives in the seaside community of Buzzards Bay, Mass. and Lawson co-hosts the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. Her work has been published in literary journals, anthologies, and e-zines. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won awards for Spoken Word and Best Narrative Poem at the Cambridge Poetry Awards.


Dog Watch has been noticed already by Doug Holder at the Ibbetson Street Press and Melanie Lauwers at the Cape Cod Times.

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Five Ragged Sky Poets to read at Trenton art festival

Elizabeth Danson, Ellen Foos, Carlos Hernandez Pena, Elizabeth Anne Socolow, and Arlene Weiner, Ragged Sky Poetry Series authors, will read new work and selections from their books on March 24th, 2007, at 1 pm at the Trenton City Museum/Ellarsie Mansion in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ. US 1 Poets Cooperative poets will also read. Books and the US 1 annual, US 1 Worksheets, will be available for purchase.


The reading is part of "Spring Forward," a two-day event presented by the Trenton Artists Workshop Association, beginning with a public reception at 12:30 PM. Internationally recognized poet Paul Muldoon will read at 2:00 PM. Orrin Evans, internationally known jazz musician, and the Orrin Evans trio will present new works in a salute to Evans' father, playwright Don Evans, at 3:30 pm.


Other arts events will take place on March 25, including an exhibit and gallery tour by Mel Leipzig, a workshop on arts funding, and a play reading.


Spring Forward was developed by area artists and arts coordinators in cooperation with Co/Works.

Ragged Sky publishes three new books

Ragged Sky Press has published three new books of poety: Anca Vlasopoulos' Penguins in a Warming World, Michael Brown's The Confidence Man, and Valerie Lawson's Dog Watch. Details available shortly on the authors' pages.

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Ellen Foos awarded fellowship for MacDowell colony

July 10, 2006. Ragged Sky poet Ellen Foos has been awarded a fellowship for the MacDowell Colony for fall 2006. The MacDowell Colony's stated mission is "to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which to produce enduring works of the imagination." They're in their hundredth year of doing so. Hooray for them for recognizing Ellen's talent!

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Garrison Keillor reads poem from Ragged Sky series

Garrison Keillor, author/host of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac, a daily radio show, Internet site, and e-mail newsletter, read "1959," a poem from Arlene Weiner's Escape Velocity, on Saturday, July 8, 2006. To hear the brief program, go to the Writer's Almanac archive for the week of July 3, 2006 and scroll down.

Arlene read in Pittsburgh's Choice Cuts Series on June 16, 2006, at the Slaughterhouse Gallery.

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Elizabeth Anne Socolow: prizes and anthology publication

Poems by Liz Socolow will appear in the fall in the anthology Evensong: Contemporary American Poets on Spirituality, from Bottom Dog Press.

Liz has won Isotope's Editors' Prize in poetry for 2006! Isotope is "A Journal of Literary, Nature, and Science Writing." Liz' prize-winning poem, which will appear in the journal, is called "Asymptotes."

The next issue of CV2, the Canadian journal of contemporary verse, will announce the 2005 winners of the 2-Day Poem Contest. Liz shared first prize for her poem "July 1969." Liz rose magnificently to the challenge of producing a poem that used 10 specific words (gossip, emanate, trellis, marble, street, orbit, bodega, chesterfield, figure, vent)--in only two days.

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Delaware Valley Poets will host Ragged Sky Poets reading in October

October 9, 2006, Monday, 8:00pm -- Ragged Sky Poets: Elizabeth Danson, Ellen
Foos, Carlos Hernandez Pena, Elizabeth Socolow, and Arlene Weiner
Princeton, N.J. Barnes & Noble store at Market Fair on US 1.
An open-mic session follows the presentation.
Delaware Valley Poets.