happy new year

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jan 04 2016

The new year has arrived and it is only a few days old. Still brand new and shiny. I did not catch myself wishing for too much. My main goal is to find a publisher for my next book. Other than that I feel content with my life and the balance that it has acquired between work for money, work for writing, family, friends, love life, performances etc.. On New Year’s Eve I expressed my gratitude for all that as I continue to chip away at the details and keep doing the work it takes to keep that balance. It is a lot of work. But I like it. It is rewarding.

Two events I will be part of are coming up :

On  Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 7pm.
I will be doing about a 20 min set in collaboration with virtuoso musicians Clyde Reed (double bass) and Jared Burrows (guitar) at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery. A great way to begin the new year: play with some favorite people. Other featured poets are Bonnie Nish, Wilhelmina Salmi, Enrico Renz, Amanda Wardrop, Maria Dimas, and Fran Bourassa. The audience will get the chance to write to the glass exhibit too and share at the open mic portion of the evening. Location: Jewish Community Center, 950 West 41st Avenue. Free Event.

On Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 7-9:30pm
Our first event of the year at Twisted Poets literary Salon will be launching the Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia Anthology (Leaf Press, 2015). Over twenty featured readers from the anthology will read their poems. Here are their names:
Robert Lashley, Bill Carty, Paul Nelson, Thomas Walton, Nadine Maestas, Anastacia Tolbert, Sarah de Leeuw, Hope Anderson, Judith Roche, Crystal Hurdle, Lary Timewell, Daphne Marlatt, Meredith Quartermain, George Stanley, Cath Morris, Jordan Abel, Judith Copithorne, Stephen Collis, Susan McCaslin, Renee Saklikar, Heidi Greco, Renee Rodin, Dennis E Bolen, Daniela Elza.
Location: The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street. Suggested donation at the door: $5.
Twisted Poets runs the 2nd Wednesday and the 4th Thursday of the month. There is no open mic this time. But most Twisted Poets evenings have two features and a number of open mic spots. So if you are a writer looking for a venue to read some new work, or read your work for the first time do come. It is a very warm and welcoming place.

Other than that, I am still in submission mode. Trying to meet deadlines. I have been hard at work over the holidays making up for the submissions I procrastinated on. Finished the year with 40 submissions in 2015. I love this work I do in the writerly sphere. I will have it no other way. It inspires and is life giving. And also this week I am getting ready to go back to work work. And so it goes. I love it all and am grateful for it.

Wishing my friends and family a year of health and happiness. More of what you wish for yourself in your life, and less of what you can do without. Lots of inspiration and creativity too. And most of all wishing you love. Hold your dear ones close, tell them how much you love them. Nothing beats that.

What are you grateful for?

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