Writerly Happenings: Summertime Edition For July (and Maybe August)


Listen, it’s summer and we are keeping it loose. This edition of Writerly Happenings is being brought to you by “Spontaneity and All The Popsicles” and may contain happenings in both July and August. 

Katie’s Summer Reading List - no shame. #SaveTheMagazines

Katie’s Summer Reading List - no shame. #SaveTheMagazines

On The Nightstands…

In that same spirit, this edition of What Are We Reading is keeping it real and not worried about intellectual heft. Our fearless leader, Katie confesses that she went to Rite Aid and bought all of the rag magazines and a Clive Cussler book for summer reading. She is on a quest to save the magazines. Right now all of them are at big box stores. So, people need to buy them. And they are at Rite Aid. And Vogel, if you’re out near Leo’s.

Managing Editor, Marilyn Perez, is reading “Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life” by Charlotte Bell for the third time! She comes back to it every couple years and I can only assume it helps to inform her excellent yoga teaching at Firefly Yoga in Fishkill.  

As for me, I’m staying informed about local events and maintaining a very low overhead by enjoying the Chronogram and Edible Hudson Valley (yay Weed Issue!) and the award-winning Highlands Current.

So then, what’s happening all around us?

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Writerly Happenings Around Town

Split Rock Books has this pretty incredible offsite event with author Benjamin Dreyer discussing his book at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival on Friday the 12th. I’ve heard a lot of great things about his book “Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style.” 

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July 20th competes for your heart and mine with an intergalactic event at BAU. Matt Clifton and Larry Sansone are organizing a reading alongside an exhibition of Sam Beste and Elizabeth Arnold’s artwork. The subject is space exploration (in tandem with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission) and the fragility of life on earth.

Also that night there’s another Spring Street Reading Series over at Atlas Studios in Newburgh. “Women and their Bonding” features writers Laura Brown and Idra Novey and is curated by Ruth Danon and is from 7pm - 8:30pm.

On July 28th, you could take a workshop with Donna Minkowitz, who will also be reading at Get Lit on July 14th at Oak Vino.  In the Beacon Summer Memoir Intensive, participants “write about our lives using the 5 senses: lyricism, emotion, critical thinking, and the art of storytelling." Then on August 24th she is offering Writing From the Body at Wyld Womyn  This is a memoir workshop for all who identify as women, non-binary, or trans and want to write about their “lives, sensations, pains, pleasures, and feelings of all kinds.” 

Speaking of Get Lit, there’s a great interview with the righteous Ronnie Farley up on their website, and on August 11th from 5-8pm at Oak Vino they will feature poet Catherine Arra. Their lineup is looking very interesting for the fall, too.

And while we’re on the subject of of 50th Anniversaries, on August 13th in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, you can head to the Howland Public Library in Beacon to hear local author Sharon Watts discuss her newest book, “By the Time I Got to Woodstock - An Illustrated Memoir of a Reluctant Hippie Chick,” which she both wrote and illustrated! 


Farther afield, there’s this fascinating series happening up in Hudson that I’m really intrigued by The Home School Poetry Readings at Time and Space Limited and they have a pretty stellar (interstellar?) lineup of writers. 

Also I saw a very pretty picture of some lucky writer working away at the Kingston Writer’s Studio and felt such envy! They are all booked up for members, but you can get a day pass and write all the things.

So then, if you Writerly Types can put down your magazine and climb out of the hammock come join us. There will be air conditioning and no judgment about your summer trash-reading game. We’ll be tailgating out front with a popsicle.