Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe

From February, 2002 to March, 2009 I wrote a column called City Type for The Boston Globe. The columns were conversations with Boston-area writers and poets and are archived here.

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poem of the month

Now, two years later

in the warmth of our kitchen,
we retell the first-date gaffes, how
we almost didn’t meet,
would never have known.

Lovers always love
to tell themselves their story,
missteps and near-misses
with forever as their favorite word,
as when Otello tells Desdemona
how joy has overwhelmed him and
how his love will live,

just as the music begins,
uneasily, to tremble.

Read more poems here.


Thursday April 3, 7 pm
a reading with fellow contributors
to "The Widows' Handbook" anthology
at Newtonville Books

Wednesday April 9, 6 pm
with Shelby Allen
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Boston Public Library

Saturday, April 12, 5 pm
Second Saturday Poets
Wilmington, Delaware, Jackson Inn,
101 N. DuPont Highway

Tuesday, April 29, 7 pm
reading with Joelle Sander
at Book Culture in NYC

Monday, May 5, 7 pm
reading from "The Widows' Handbook"
at Yenching Library, Divinity Ave., Cambridge

good news

I am part of a new anthology, "The Widows' Handbook"

Garrison Picks Ellen:
My poem, "Letter Home" is in Garrison Keillor's new anthology, "Good Poems, American Places." Hear him read it.

Two of my poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

"Why I Write"--brief essays by poets, including me!

quote of the month

"The more we are willing to separate from distraction and step into the open arms of boredom, the more writing will get on the page."

Ann Patchett

CenterPiece is a one-person play I have written and that I perform. It looks at the patchwork of life experiences we all share, from assimilating our family legends to learning about love and loss to finding our own voices and moving into the center of our lives. Click here for more info.
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