Posts Tagged ‘Harriet Shenkman’

shenkmanHarriet Shenkman, Ph.D. is a Professor Emerita at City University of New York.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Women’s National Book Association, NYC.  She was awarded second place in poetry in the Women’s National Book Association National Writing Contest, 2013.  She is proud to serve as Poet-in-Residence at Boomer Cafe and to have a poetry page on Verse Wrights.  Her poems have been published in a number of publications and she is working on a poetry collection, Sweet and Sour Soup.  She is also completing a novel entitled The Camel Tamer.  She lives in New York with her husband Jerry and they have three children.

How long have you been a member of the WNBA-NYC? How did you get involved with the organization?

I have been in the New York chapter of WNBA for several years.  Last year I became the Academic Liaison on the Board.  This was a suitable position as I am Professor Emerita at CUNY and was director of a literary arts center within my college.  I am excited about our new partnership with the NYU Creative Writing Program and we hope to launch our first joint event in March of 2014.

Congratulations on “Mirror, Mirror” placing in the First Annual WNBA Writing Contest! What was the experience like? Will you enter next year’s contest?

It is an honor to win a national award.  It’s very useful in building credibility as a serious writer. I am thrilled to have also just won second place in the 2013 Women Who Write contest for my poem “The Possibility of Teetering.”  It will appear in Calliope 2013: the 20th Anthology. I will also have the opportunity to read it in Louisville, Kentucky at their annual conference.

Where can our members find your other published works?

My latest poem “Fourth Date” will be published in August at Boomer Cafe. Previous poems have been published at When Women Waken, Verse Wrights, Jewish Mag, Jewish Renaissance Magazine, and The WNBA Bookwoman Anthology.  And forthcoming are poems in Third Wednesday, a quarterly journal of poetry, prose and art, and Jewish Currents, a quarterly journal.
Is your background in poetry, or have you written in other genres?

My background is not poetry.  I have written over thirty academic articles and my creative writing began with novel writing.  However, I find satisfaction in the briefer form of poetry to express what I want to say.  You work at getting at the essence of things

From where do you draw inspiration for your writing?

For my poetry, I may start with an image or an experience that is startling or exceptional in some way.  And then I explore it, what it means, and how to capture its essence in words. For my novel, I have characters in my head that I want to see interacting in a challenging context. I am also passionate about situations in the world I want to reveal and explore.

How different is the publishing process for poetry? More or less difficult?

Publishing poetry in the mainstream press is difficult. Agents and editors are more interested in novels and nonfiction.  But my poetry is very accessible and I hold the position of Poet-in-Residence at Boomer Cafe.   I want to put together a collection of verse called Sweet and Sour Soup for the Over Fifty Soul.  There is a huge market for readers in the baby boomer generation and older that has not be tapped.

Do you have any projects currently in the works?

I also have a novel in the works called The Camel Tamer.  I am working on revisions.  You could say it is a hunt for a terrorist narrative within a coming of age story.  I am striving for a tragic/comic effect and my two main characters, a hardened Mossad agent and an innocent American kid, are polar opposites.  Most of the story takes place in Jerusalem and other places in Israel.

What’s your favorite word and why?

I do not have a favorite word.  I love to put words together into unique constellations that convey feelings and meaning.  One reader of my poetry said it is provocative without being sentimental.  I like that description.

What are you currently reading? Any great recommendations for our members?

I am reading Ruth Ozeki’s new novel, A Tale for the Time Being, and I am looking forward to hearing her in conversation with Carole DeSanti at the WNBA event in September.  I love the new novel by A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven. She is a master at combining darkness and wit.  She won the Women’s Prize for Fiction over several respected women authors.  I would recommend both books.


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In the May Issue of The Bookwoman, the winners for the First Annual WNBA Writing Contest were announced and two of our chapter members were recognized!

Deborah Batterman – All Mine, Third Place, Fiction

deborahDeborah Batterman is a fiction writer, essayist, and teaching artist. A story from her debut collection, Shoes Hair Nails was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in anthologies as well as various print and online journals, and a selection of her essays, Because My Name is Mother, is now available as an e-book. She recently finished a novel, Dancing into the Sun

Harriet Shenkman – Mirror, Mirror, Second Place, Poetry

shenkmanHarriet L. Shenkman is a Professor Emerita at City University of New York. She is on the Advisory Board of WNBA-NYC and the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association. She has published more than twenty educational articles. Several poems of hers have been published and she is currently writing a novel called The Camel Tamer.

Be sure to congratulate Deborah and Harriet and click the above links to read their entries.

Do you want to submit a piece for the WNBA Second Annual Writing Contest? Find out more information and view a complete list of this year’s winners here. Next year’s winners will be announced in March 2014.

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  Saul SteinbergDeirdre Bair was nominated for the prestigious Plutarch award for her recent book, Saul Steinberg: a Biography.

 Storm KingJane Kinney-Denning, WNBA-NYC president, interviewed John P. Stern, president of Storm King Art Center, the sculpture park in Mountainville, for Chronogram magazine. Read the interview here.

Linda Epstein, literary agent and WNBA-NYC VP, and WNBA-NYC member/author Stefanie Lipsey, are hosting a writing and yoga retreat, July 25–28 in Long Island. WNBA members get a 10% discount. Registration closes June 1st. Includes workshops, optional yoga, dinner with top NYC editors, use of the luxury facilities, and a 10-page manuscript critique. writingandyogaretreat.com.

King of the Class Gila Green‘s King of the Class takes Israel’s deep internal religious and political divisions to their logical dystopian conclusion. It tells a love story satirically set in a post-civil war Israel divided into the religious fundamentalist state of Shalem and the militant secular state of Israel.

The Flame in the MistKit Grindstaff‘s middle grade fantasy The Flame in the Mist is now out! Read more about  the book and see the trailer here on the “Books” page of Kit’s website. “Fast, creepy fun.”–Stefan Bachmann, author of The Peculiar. You can also connect with Kit on Facebook and  Twitter.

 What Changes EverythingMasha HamiltonWNBA Award Winner of 2010, has just published a new book, What Changes Everything.

Daphne Kalotay, co-president of WNBA-Boston, will be celebrating the launch of her new novel, Sight Reading, with a wine and cheese party at Posman Books, Wednesday, June 5, at 7:00PM. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue.

 Premarital CounsellingPamela Milam released her book  in time for last year’s Rainbow Book Fair. ASD Publishing has been instrumental in helping this book gain an audience. In June, Pamela signed a contract with the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency for her second book which takes a closer look at what happens inside the therapy office.

  A Tale for the Time BeingRuth Ozeki‘s book, A Tale for the Time Being, recently reviewed in the New York Times, is the story of a 16-year-old Japanese girl named Nao, whose diary washes ashore a small Canadian island off the coast of British Columbia. http://www.ruthozeki.com.

Joan Regen-Ramirez had a story, The Last Hurrah of General Jackson, published in www.short-story.me.

Rosalind Reisner will have an article published in the July 15th issue of Library Journal in the Collection Development series on Jewish literature. She is also giving a webinar for New Jersey librarians on July 10th on new and forthcoming literary fiction.

Harriet Shenkman, WNBA-NYC’s Academic Liaison, had a poem, Unrequited Love, featured on the web site BoomerCafe.org. Two of her other poems, Lost in Egypt and Riff on Coupling, have been published in the Spring, 2013 online literary journal www.booksbywomen.org.

Harikleia Sirmans was awarded the George Gaumond Award for exemplary scholarship and service as MLIS graduate student at Valdosta State University. VSU Honor’s Day ceremony was held on 2 May. She is officially a librarian!

Rachel Slaiman has two articles in the print edition of Latin Trends Magazine: Spring Cleaning Feeling and Books.  Her four newest blogs posts are Out of Sight/On the Floor Movie and Discussion Event hosted by El Museo del Barrio; Book Launch Event of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead by Shannon O’Neil hosted by AS/COA in New York; iConomy Expo Recap and Photos; and 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides: Photo Gallery sponsored by Aperture.

 Baby RocketStephanie A. Smith is pleased to announce the upcoming June publication of Baby Rocket, a novel, the  second in a trilogy (Warpaint, Oct. 2012) from Thames River Press which is now available in pre-order online at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Waterstones, i.e. most online venues. www.stephanieasmith.net.

Valerie Tomaselli‘s MTM Publishing: City of the Dead, the first book in the MTM’s middle grade series, Horrors of History, earned a Junior Library Guild citation. Forthcoming in August 2013 by Charlesbridge, and written by T. Neill Anderson (aka Tim Anderson), it is a fictional account–based on extensive research–of the deadly 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas.

 RestrikeReba White Williams‘s mystery novel, Restrike (publication June 1) is highly anticipated following a  positive review by Kirkus. The protagonists, cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene, are young southerners active in New York’s art world. They encounter theft, fraud and murder, and set out to right these wrongs. http://rebawhitewilliams.com.

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Jerusalem Maiden

Talia Carner, author of Jerusalem Maiden, is expanding her reach and has accepted a speaking invitation in Paris, France in April and an appearance in Jerusalem in July. For details, please check her website, www.TaliaCarner.com

A Dangerous Woman

Barbara Foster recently presented A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of  Adah Isaacs Menken to the New York Victorian Society and Fort Lauderdale Women’s Executive Club.

Miss Dreamsville

Amy Hill Hearth‘s novel, Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society (Atria Books, 2012), is a book club pick for Simon & Schuster, a Reader’s Digest Select Edition, and a main selection of the Pulpwood Queens, a book club with 550 chapters. The novel is set in Florida in 1962.  

The Greedy SparrowLucine Kasbarian‘s The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale (Marshall Cavendish/ Amazon Children’s Books) won the 2013 Nautilus Silver Award in the Children’s Picture Book category. Formal announcements about all winners will take place at BookExpo America.

Sight ReadingDaphne Kalotay, co-president of WNBA-Boston, will be reading from her new book, Sight Reading, at NYC’s Posman Books, Wednesday, June 5, at 7:00PM. (Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue.)

Melissa A. Rosati, CPCC now represents the Institut Van Gogh, Auvers-sur-Oise, France, as the Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, USA. She is organizing a $50 Million Dollar Campaign titled Van Gogh’s Dream for the U.S. market.

Harriet Shenkman won second place in the National WNBA poetry contest for her poem, Mirror, Mirror. Harriet is a Professor Emerita at CUNY who has several published poems and many educational articles.  Her creative writing was honed at the Hudson Valley Poetry Center, the Unterberg Poetry Center and Sarah Lawrence College. She is writing a novel called The Camel Tamer.

Rachel Slaiman has two articles in the print edition of Latin Trends Magazine: Turning Your Home Into an Efficient Office Space and Current and Classics: for stronger finances, body and mind.  Her two newest blogs are Book Discussion: The Economic Development of Latin America since Independence by Jose Antonio Ocampo and Doing Business in Brazil hosted by Latham and Watkins LLP.

Five O'Clock FolliesTheasa Tuohy‘s novel, The Five O’Clock Follies, has been shortlisted for ForeWord Review’s 2012 Book of the Year Award and nominated by the Oklahoma Center for the Book award for its fiction prize. The harrowing story, set in 1968, of a female correspondent during the Vietnam War, is published by Calliope Press.


Bette Ann Moskowitz will be reading from her new book, The Room at the End of the Hall as part of the Valley Writers, Ink. at the WIRED GALLERY in High Falls, New York, on Friday, May 10th from 7-9 p.m.   Details are on Facebook.com/WiredGallery or www.TheWiredGallery.com

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Andrea Baron, Student/Young Professional Outreach
Andrea Baron has worked in publishing for over 20 years, in printing, book publishing, magazine publishing, and digital production, and has been teaching in the Pace University Publishing program for the past ten years. She is looking forward to working with the membership to bring young professionals into the organization and enrich our programs with their perspectives.


Harriet Shenkman, Academic Liaison
Harriet Shenkman is a Professor Emerita of Education and Reading at Bronx Community College, City University of New York. She is Founding Director of both the Center for Teaching Excellence and the First-Year Learning Communities, and former Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Department of Education and Reading. Her areas of expertise include college-level pedagogy and faculty development, learning and cognition, developmental reading, and establishing learning communities. In addition, Harriet is a poet and fiction writer. In assuming the position of Academic Liaison on the Board of Directors of WNBA, she hopes to strengthen the ties between WNBA and the academic community. This may include sharing resources, promoting events and membership, and future partnering.

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Join us tomorrow, May 23rd for WNBA-NYC Open Mike Night at KGB Bar!  We’ll be reading from  7:00 – 9:00 PM at KGB Bar, located at 85 East 4th Street, NYC.  The list of readers has been finalized, the authors are prepared, and now they just need an audience!  Look who’s reading:

Even if you’re not reading, come on down for a fun evening! Order a drink from the bar, sit back, and enjoy an evening of original work by your fellow WNBA-ers!

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