My friend Jay Featherstone will be reading from his new book of poems Glass at the Gloucester Writers’ Center on May 15th at 7pm. You can order Glass from fenwaypress.com, or from his website, jayfeatherstone.com, which has some sample poems and the beginning of a schedule of readings. Or ask a local bookstore to carry this book from an independent press.

Jay wrote another beautiful book about poems awhile back that you may be familiar with, Brace’s Cove, which is also available to purchase on his website

Rough Seas: Readings and Reflections on War and Writing

Rough Seas


Readings and Reflections on War and Writing


from the Cape Ann Veterans Writing Workshop


Join us for an evening to honor Veterans Day


Wednesday, November 7th at 7:30


 at The Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main St.


Sign up for Veterans Day open mic at 7:15. Free Admission


Featured Readers


James Grigg, Poet, Viet Nam Veteran


Heather Dupont, Poet, V.A. Health Professional



Uncaring of the labors of man

The towering waves tear souls and sails

Such fury has the mind awakened.


James Grigg from Rough Seas



we stand facing The Wall

his trembling fragmentation

palpable as he whispers “I need to sit down”


Heather Dupont from Faded Songs


Countdown to Deborah Cramer’s Narrow Edge 7PM talk at Sawyer Free May 4th | Matz Gallery is primed with fine art exhibit


Fresh from a National Academies of Sciences talk and before taking flight to the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival (hyperlinked because I know you’re going to want to Google it), multi award-winning author Deborah Cramer will give a lecture about the making of the Narrow Edge on Thursday May 4th from 7-8:30PM at Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, in her hometown, Gloucester, MA. The talk is sponsored by the library, Eastern Point Lit House, Kestrel, and The Gloucester Writers Center.


Red knots and horseshoe crabs–and Deborah Cramer— inspired artists Susan Quateman, Michael DiGiorgio, Janet Essley, Patty Hanlon, and George Textor. Their art is featured in a special group exhibit in Sawyer Free’s Matz Gallery alongside photographs from Cramer’s journey. As far as architecture, identity and culture go, a gallery threshold for a library in Gloucester is pretty perfect.

Susan Quateman writes about  her “silk paintings, horseshoe crabs and red knots: Lee Steele, Susan’s 91 year young silk painter friend and former Folly Cove Designer, gave her horseshoe crab shells she’d found on Folly Cove 25 years ago. They’re no longer found there. Susan used them as models to interpret with Jacquard dyes on silk, and painted the red knots from photographs.” Quateman’s  Narrow Edge series premiered at Cedar Tree Gallery in Essex.








The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab and an Epic Journey
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The Narrow Edge
Best Book Award from the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering
Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists
Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center

2017, participant in PBS American Experience film “Rachel Carson”

Piping plover fans local author Deborah Cramer on sandpipers is a must read and oh and dogs

Deborah Cramer upcoming Talks:

National Academies of Sciences, April 30th
Sawyer Free Library, May 4th
Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 6th
Northeast Migration Monitoring, May 17th
Salem Literary Festival, June 25th
Thoreau Society, July 12th