Will try to answer Bardmasters inquiry---this is probably the best forum at present to do that.
Nicole Pekarske was the emcee. Wine,cheese,crackers,cookies were available. A number of very decorative and interesting abstract paintings were on the Gallery wall----most of them sold from this showing. The room temperature was comfortable, people congenial.
Nan Fry and Naomi Carlson read. About 15 people attended. Nan Fry's poetry was imaginative---excellent use of imagery and metaphor. She read a couple of poems that were riddles and asked the audience if they knew what the answers were. Here is a list of Nan Fry's publications:
Nan Fry is the author of two books of poetry, Say What I Am Called, a chapbook of translations, and Relearning the Dark, a full-length collection. A poem from that book has appeared on posters in the transit systems of Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; and Fort Collins, Colorado, as part of the Poetry Society of Americaâ€™s Poetry in MotionR
Program, and in the anthology Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast, published by the PSA and W.W. Norton. Her work has appeared in many magazines such as Plainsong, Poet Lore, Cimarron Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Fine Woodworking, The Healing Muse, and the online journals Beltway and The Journal of Mythic Arts. Her poems have also been included in numerous anthologies and textbooks, including The Creative Process (St. Martinâ€™s), Discovering Literature, 2nd Edition, edited by Hans P. Guth and Gabriele Rico (Simon & Shuster), and The Yearâ€™s Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martinâ€™s).
Naomi Carlson read a number of pantoums and other strict form poems, and in addition read her own translations of the noted 20th century French poet Rene Char----she read her translation and also the French so we could get an idea of how the poem sounded in the original. Her publication credits are:
Nancy Naomi Carlson is the author of Kings Highway (WWPH), Complications of the Heart (Texas Review Press), and Imperfect Seal of Lips (Poems & Plays). Nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and Southern Review. Her translations of Rene Char have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, and Denver Quarterly. She is an associate editor for Tupelo Press and an instructor at the Bethesda Writer's Center
Alan Barysh, Greg Mosson and myself read at the openreading. The featured readers stayed. Joseph Young, a noted PIB member was in attendance, as was Carol Quinn who will be teaming with Reuben Jackson on Sunday June 3rd----less than two weeks away for the next MSP&LS reading----normally a 3rd Sunday but this June on the first Sunday.