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Healing Muse 15 cover art by Ted Meyer

Friday, August 19, 2016

August Happenings

I can't believe we're more than halfway through August, I hope it's been a good and happy summer for you. We have some good news from our family of writers and artists to share with you.

First up, a fun afternoon in Skaneateles August 28 from noon to 2 pm with four of our alumni: Mary Gardener, Laura Glenn, Jack Hopper, and Kathy Kramer.

Calling themselves The Ekphrastic Four, they will read their own poems about paintings, music, sculpture, tapestry, even tightrope walks, with accompanying music and visual projections. In addition, catering by Moro's Kitchen will provide a wonderful brunch beginning at noon until the 1 pm performance begins. A Q and A will follow the readings. What a great way to say goodbye to August! For further information go to or call 315-291-2212. 

From Janyce Stefan-Cole (Muse 10) we learn of a new novel to be released Sept 13. It's called The Detective's Garden: A Love Story and Meditation on Murder.

Howard Stein (Muse 13) celebrates his forthcoming book of poems called Light and Shadow which you can order from!shop/ce1i

And finally from Gloria Heffernan (Muse 15) comes exciting news that an essay of hers "I See You" has received the Best Prose Award from Blood and Thunder.

Congratulations to all.

Monday, June 20, 2016

News from Muse Folks

Last week the preferred greeting when seeing someone has been "Now this is why we live here!" as we all celebrate the glorious summer weather! Blue skies, constant sunshine, a little breeze--yes, all thoughts of winter and the slog through snow and ice have vanished, melted away as it were. And the mail brings us news of the continuing successes of our Muse family members.

Joan Cofrancesco has published a book of poems about one of my favorite places, Provincetown. She has once again collaborated with artist Janine Bartolotti to create the perfect book for summer time reading. Provincetown Poems and Paintings is available on amazon. Here's a sneak peak at what awaits. Those of us who know Napi's will smile seeing the omnipresent felines patiently hanging outside the restaurant.

From emeritus professor and poet Bruce Bennett comes word of a new chapbook, quite timely for the electoral season. This marks a departure in subject matter for Bruce, but he says these are "poems and fables of a particular historical moment" that required his attention. The Donald Trump of the Republic is a 40 page collection of work inspired by the presidential primaries and upcoming election. Bruce hopes to return to his themes about nature, human nature, love, death, and the mysteries of the Universe soon. You can order the book for $10 at Foothills.

A. Philip Stern a former med student here at Upstate and Muse contributor has just published a novel, Break, about a resident in psychiatry struggling with her own issues of alcoholism and depression who is tasked with helping a student who experiences a psychotic break. The reader will get an inside look at the pressures on students, residents, and physicians as well as life inside a "locked inpatient" psychiatric unit. You can order the book on kindle and it will be available in paperback soon as well.

We are happy to showcase these authors and encourage other Muse folks to let us know when good things are happening. Meanwhile, mark your fall calendars: October 19 will be our launch date for Muse 16. And we'll follow that up with a reading at Wells College in Aurora, NY on October 27. Happy Summer to all and may yours be filled with good books to read and beautiful art to see and buy. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Upcoming Events!

Hello, all. We have two upcoming events to share with you today. First, we're very excited for our spring reading event this Saturday, May 14th, at 2pm at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, NY. If you're in the Ithaca area, we'd love to see you there!

Also, one of our Muse poets, Mary Gardner, will be featured in a poetry reading called "The Inspired Canvas" at Impeccably Done in Skaneateles, NY. That event will take place on May 21st at 2pm. This article includes full details plus some additional information about the venue. 

We hope to see you at one or both of these events, and happy spring! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

May Looms Large

Although we are still somewhat cool, okay chilly,  here in Central New York, we do believe the warmer weather is just around the corner and with that comes increased activity for all. This is the last week to submit your work for consideration in Muse 16 which will appear in October 2016. Editors and staff are already busy editing and proofing, and we are looking for our visual artists to send us their work as well.

Speaking of visual artists, Joan Applebaum had a wonderful spread given to her work in Thousand Islands magazine. The article captures so well her passion for painting as well as her commitment to celebrating the seasons. We have been so fortunate over the years to have Joan's work each year in our pages, and we're delighted to see that others agree with us about her many gifts. She was gracious in this article to mention The Healing Muse and its significance  and we say thank you for that shout out, Joan!

While we are thanking Muse contributors, let us also share news from poet Theresa Wyatt who represented us at the tenth annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair April 9. Theresa said she had a great time talking to people who stopped by her booth about The Muse. She said the crowds were a good size, and people were hoping that the organizers who announced that this would be the final book fair could be persuaded to hand it off to someone else. Buffalo has a lively literary core, and they don't want to see this annual tradition end. Theresa met some of our writers who were in town visiting friends or at the university and decided to stop at the fair.

Theresa at theBuffalo Small Press Fair
If any of our writers or artists has a similar fair or literary arts happening occurring in your town, please consider representing
The Muse at it. We'll send you copies of the journal to sell, and we'll give you brochures to distribute as well as our submission guidelines. Or perhaps you'd like to be part of one of our readings; we try to let area contributors know whenever we are having a reading in your town, but you are very welcome to organize one at your local bookstore or gallery or cafe. The Muse continues to gain new fans, and you gain a bigger audience! Thank you to Theresa again.

Another of our regular contributors, poet Joan Cofrancesco writes to let us know that she is publishing a children's book, Beverly Beaver's Hats: An Adirondack Tale. Her friend Janine Bartolotti is the illustrator, and the book looks so inviting. You can find it at Barnes and Noble. Joan says the story is inspired by her own mother's talent for designing hats for her friends

Joan has poetry in the latest volume of Sinister Wisdom, the 100th issue! You can order it at this site or find it at your independent book store or at one of the chains for $12. Two excellent publications, Joan!

Poet Kathy Kramer sends us the good news of her new book being published: Planting Wild Grapes from Yesteryear Press is now available on amazon. I'm looking forward to this one too. 

And finally a reminder that several Muse writers will be reading their work at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca NY at the Ithaca Commons Saturday May 14 from 2-3:30. Stop by and say hello; authors will have individual books available for sale and of course we'll have Muse 15 there as well. Hope to see you. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Read Your Healing Muse 15 Work at Buffalo Street Books

Hello, all! It’s that time of year again for our spring readings, and we’d like to invite writers whose work appears in The Healing Muse, Volume 15, to participate in a reading at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, NY.  The event will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 2-3:30pm.

If you are in within reach of Ithaca that weekend and would like to read your work at the bookstore, please email us at

Whether you stop in to attend the reading or plan to read your own writing there, we look forward to seeing everyone in Ithaca in May!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Updates for Spring

I'm writing this as welcome sunshine pours through my window. Yes, the meteorologists are predicting snow by week's end, but I can hear birds singing and there was a definite smell of spring in the air over the weekend. With these good harbingers, let's talk about Muse writers and their continuing publications.

I have in my hands Before We Knew, the new chapbook by Joyce Holmes McAllister. It is the perfect book for an afternoon's reading.

Joyce's poems have appeared in several of our Muse volumes, but it's lovely to see a body of her work and feel the elegiac along with the celebratory, the wry with the comedic. What a rich life she has led, and you can enjoy hearing her talk about with fellow poet and talk show host Tish Pearlman on Ithaca's weekly art show, Out of Bounds. This is a Muse bonus round: two of our poets engaged in a lively discussion about how poetry comes to be. Tish Perlman is a gifted interviewer who seems to know exactly what question will elicit a thoughtful response.

From Maryland poet VP Loggins (Muses 11 and 14) comes word of two honors: his book The Green Cup received honorable mention for Cider Press Review Poetry Book Award, and his latest manuscript The Wild Severance was a finalist for the TS Eliot Poetry Prize. Well done!

Here at The Healing Muse, the editors are deep into reading for the next issue; our deadline is May 1; please go to the website for instructions on how to submit manuscripts or artwork. We are now using so the process is a little bit different. We love hearing from old and new writers and artists so send us your best work. Muse 16 will appear in October 2016.

Thanks to Muse contributor and poet Theresa Wyatt, we'll be a presence at the 10th Annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Saturday April 9 at the Karpeles Manuscript Library. Stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

We appreciate our writers and artists helping us to get the word out about the great writing and art we have to offer. If your area is having a book fair or sponsoring a poetry reading or if your book club is looking for the next book, consider The Muse. We will help with copies of The Healing Muse as well as information packets.

Back to the reading pile.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holidays Ahead

How can it be December already? While we're trying to figure that out, we want to remind our loyal subscribers that Muse 15 makes a wonderful gift! For only $10, you give someone hours of good reading and art, stories and words that provoke as well as entertain, teach as well as delight. Please consider sending a copy to a friend, a colleague, a teacher, a librarian, a physician, a nurse practitioner, a student thinking about a career in health care. Muse 15 has so much to offer. It's the gift that truly does keep on giving. For details on how to order visit our website.

We send our best wishes to you for a happy Hanukah, a happy Solstice, a Merry Christmas, and a happy Kwanzaa. We hope the year ends with more acceptances for our writers and artists and look forward to hearing from you in 2016. Take good care.

Deirdre, Kathy, Jess, and Kate