Tossing Off the Gloves reading on January 8th

Tossing off the GlovesPaula is doing a (solo) reading from her new poetry book, “Tossing Off the Gloves,” Wednesday, January 8th, 2014, at 8 p.m. at Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ. Prior to her reading that evening, she will teach a poetry workshop, “From My Childhood Trunk,” at 7 p.m. All are welcome. After her reading, she will be available to sign books, and the program continues with an open read for poets.

“This is a very nice venue. I would love to see you there and read you a few of my favorite poems!” Paula

From “Seedlings” “….that leap in me/to surrender, wanting nothing/a little gap/the garden pulling in light/cricket chirping inside scarecrow’s sleeve/the outline of each dirty fingernail/the shape of a tiny pocket.”

Barron Arts Center 732-634-0413; Parkway north to Rariton Toll Booth, exit 127 to Rt 9 north, exit right to Main St. through business district, left on Rahway Ave., right at second light onto Port Reading Ave, Arts Center on right. Click here for directions.

The Blueberry Girl Book Reading at the 30th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival

The Blueberry Girl CoverVisit me tomorrow, Saturday, June 29th at the annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Whitesbog General Store. I’m doing an illustrated “storytelling,” interactive program for kids (and their lucky parents!) about the remarkable girl, Elizabeth C. White, who changed the world of blueberries.

“Miss Lizzie” as she was known, grew up on the historic cranberry/blueberry farm in
south Jersey and cultivated the wild blueberry! I am using images from “The Blueberry Girl,” the book I will be publishing soon (July or early August). Bruce Arant, has illustrated my book in the style of Chris Van Allsburg, author of “The Polar Express,”
and the images are beautiful!

We will also hear the folk tale of the bleeding heart, a plant Miss Lizzie loved, and examine sphagnum moss which grows around the cranberry bogs and was used by Native Americans and early settlers as dressing for wounds and diaper material!

I will give those attending a discount on the book when it is available. A portion of the proceeds from the book also goes to the Whitesbog Preservation Trust, where I am a volunteer.

30th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival:
Whitesbog Village in Browns Mills, NJ

Rt 70 west to Rt. 530 west, about 1 mile to milemarker 13.
Crafts, music, historic tours, kids’ programs, blueberry desserts,
everything blueberry!

Tossing Off the Gloves Book Signing on April 20th in Asbury Park

Tossing off the GlovesI will be doing a book signing for the “debut” of my new poetry book, “Tossing Off The Gloves”, on April 20th at the Asbury Park Bookfest, at the SHOPPES at the Arcade, 658 Cookman Avenue, and words! Book Store at 612 Cookman Avenue, Asbury, 1-4 p.m. along with 30 other authors. Many literary and film events available on that day for all to enjoy. Part of the proceeds for the day will go to Mary’s Place in Ocean Grove, a retreat for women battling cancer, where I teach journal writing workshops.