LATE-BREAKING NEWS: LONG ISLAND, NY … Poetry Street to feature poets from “Grabbing the Apple” and Poets Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss host First Saturday Poetry




Poet, Matt Pasca, Raven Wire (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2016)
Poet, Matt Pasca, Raven Wire (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2016)
American She-Poet, Terri Muss
Poet Terri Muss, Over Exposed (JB Stillwater, 2013)

POETRY IN BAY SHORE, LI, NY hosted by Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss – food, fun — OPEN MIC — bring your instruments and your poems.
Saturday, July 9 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Locations: Cyrus Chai & Coffee Company
1 Railroad Plz, Bay Shore, New York

POETRY IN DOWNTOWN BAY SHORE! Join hosts Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss every second Saturday at Cyrus’ for the kind of poetry, coffee, treats and open mic experience you’ve been looking for!!! Our features will move and inspire you with their honesty and scintillating presence. Open mic follows features, so bring your ukulele, cello, double bass, guitar, sonnets, spoken word, villanelles and more!

MAYMAY is the former President of Spit, spoken word poetry club at Hofstra University, and still performs her work passionately and often around the NY area.

BRI ONISHEA is a want-to-be gypsy, ardent lover of words and pursuer of a lifetime of art and learning. More specifically, she is a New York poet, artist, editor, tutor and individual case worker for EPIC. A graduate of SUNY Geneseo, where she co-edited the school’s literary magazine, Bri will be an MSW candidate at Stony Brook University in the fall.

GRABBING THE APPLE … or How a Regional Anthology of Women Poets Was Created and Launched
CELEBRATING AMERICAN SHE-POETS (20): Terri Muuss, Over Exposed
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Grabbing the Apple, An Anthology of New York Women Poets by Poet Terri Muuss and Friends
* Review Raven’s Wire and Interview with Matt Pasca

“GRABBING THE APPLE” … or how a regional (New York) anthology of women poets was created and successfully launched


Thanks to poet, writer and anthologist, M. J. Tenerelli, for sharing this story with us today.

Several years ago I did a show for the Northport Arts Coalition highlighting the work of well established women poets. I thought at that time that pulling together a collection of passionate, local women’s voices in a book of poetry would be a wonderful thing to do. There were so many talented women I knew on the New York circuit, giving profoundly moving performances, sharing really fine work. Two years ago my friend and co-editor, Terri Muuss, suggested that we get together and produce what became Grabbing the Apple, and anthology of New York women poets. And so a two-year project began.

The idea behind the book was to share what we believed was the unique voice of the New York woman, informed by place as well as a particular confidence, savvy, and passion. Terri and I wanted the book to serve as a conduit for these women, allowing them to define themselves as opposed to the traditional definitions existing in male-created literature, including the bible. Eve from Eve’s perspective.

First we needed a title. We wanted something that reflected the concept of women defining themselves. We turned to the original story of creation in the bible, where the mother of us all begins the downfall of man by plucking an apple from a tree. With Grabbing the Apple, we believed we had a title that turned that creation story upside down. Yes, the first woman, embraced wisdom, and that did not make her a monster but rather a heroine and a role model. The poets in the book define themselves and the lives and concerns of women, forcefully and without shame. We felt the anthology’s title embodied that. And of course “Apple” brings to mind New York.

Call for Submissions: We used social media, college websites and word of mouth to solicit submissions. We emailed the women poets we personally knew. The amount of work that poured in amazed us. I think the concept of the book really spoke to these writers, and they wanted to be heard. We culled 47 pieces from hundreds of submissions. It wasn’t easy. With the help of poet Matt Pasca, Terri’s husband, we instituted a blind process. Matt oversaw the email submission box, and printed out the poems for us, minus the writers’ names. Terri and I both had complete copies of the submissions to read through and consider. I don’t think we understood at the time just how long it would take to come up with a book we were satisfied with–to do right by the poets and the idea behind the book.

Reading and Selecting: I spent a lot of time with the work. As a mother with a full-time job, I spent many lunch hours in my car, and on the couch after work, reading poetry. It was far from a chore. The work energized me, moved me, and surprised me again and again. I started to feel honored to be stewarding these pieces into publication. It was often hard to choose what to accept and what to leave behind. Terri was also reading and considering. We each had a form to work with, where we gave each poem, identified only by number, a yes, no, or maybe. Then we would meet to compare our opinions.

In pizza restaurants, cafes, and often in Terri’s spacious living room, we would have “Apple” meetings. Often we agreed on what needed to go into the book. But not always. Sometimes one or the other of us would make a strong case for a poem we were passionate about. There were negotiations. It was never contentious. We respect each other as writers and editors, and are good friends. So we really listened to what the other had to say. It worked. We came up with a manuscript we could both stand behind. When it came to our own work, I picked a poem of Terri’s that I thought was perfect for the book, and Terri chose a piece that I had done. The next step was to create an order for the poems.

Terri suggested dividing the book into three parts, “Eden,” “The Fall,” and “After the Garden.” I loved the idea, but worried the poems we had wouldn’t lend themselves to the categories. It turned out to be needless worry. Whether loosely or specifically, each poem fits under one of the headings. I remember one night crawling around on Terri’s living room floor with the work spread out in front of us, moving poems around like puzzle pieces into each of the three sections. Again, there was a lot of consideration and some negotiating, but in the end we had groupings that made us both happy. We high fived each other and then celebrated with brownies! We had our poems and we had an order. We weren’t quite done though.

Finalizing and Publishing: We were our own proofreaders. There were a hundred plus pages to pour over. We wanted to get everything right. This took time, and in the end there were a few mistakes but we did our best. We proofed alone and together. We sent the manuscript to the publisher, corrected galleys, and up to the day before publication were still proofing! While we had input into the layout and design, it was the artist Janine DiNatale who created and did the layout for the front and back covers, and the publisher, J.B. Stillwater, who provided the beautiful finished book. I remember cradling the first copy sent to us and feeling like a proud mother. The final step was to get the collection out into the world.

Our initial book launch was at Cyrus Chai, in Bay Shore, New York. So many of the poets in the book came to read. For me, this was the defining moment. The poems I’d been living with for so long came to life. The electricity, love, and sisterhood in the room were palpable. The words sang. We’d accomplished what we set out to do, with more launches planned throughout the Summer.

© 2015, article and portrait (below), Mary Jane Tenerell;  bookcover art © Muuss and Tenerelli, All rights reserved

Grabbing the Apple is on Amazon where you can have a peek inside and sample a poem or two.

M. J. Tennerelli
M. J. Tennerelli

M.J. Tenerelli is a poet and a legal writer. She has worked as an editor of trade magazines and text books for the cosmetology, cosmetics and fragrance industries in New York City. She writes legal briefs for a Social Security Disability law firm and hosts a monthly poetry reading for the Northport Arts Coalition in Northport, NY. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Cat’s Breath and Estrellas En El Fuego, both by Rogue Scholars Press. Her poems have been published in a number of print and electronic journals, including The Feminist Wire; Poetry Bay; Alaska Quarterly Review; The Improper Hamptonian; Zuzu’s Petals; The Mom Egg; Blue Fifth Review; Poetry Kit; Poetry Super Highway; Big City Lit; American Muse and Parameter. She is a former editor of the art and literary magazine The Wormwood Press. She is the co-editor of the recently published poetry anthology Grabbing the Apple.

LATE BREAKING NEWS: Grabbing the Apple, An Anthology of New York Women Poets by Poet Terri Muuss and Friends


Grabbing the Apple6 (click on link for list of poets)

 “The story of Eve has been, more often than not, interpreted by men. Eve has been presented as impulsive, disobedient and ignorant. But what if Eve were the real hero and mother of us all? Where would we be had she never looked for knowledge, asked the important questions, challenged the powers that be? In this beautiful collection of over 40 New York women poets, the strength, vitality and unique voices of women emerge to answer some of these questions. Energy, savvy, wisdom and power emanate from these poems, both individually and as a collection. The women whose work has been anthologized in this collection are as bold as New York, as brave as Eve. Not content to have their stories told for them, these poets grab the apple with both hands and tell it themselves. Grabbing the Apple is a powerful an amazing resource for any reader or student who wants to explore an in-depth selection of work from some of New York’s finest and strongest women poets.”

Word from Terri Muuss today is that this long awaited anthology  – Grabbing the Apple (JB Stillwater Publishing Company, 2016) – is out and available through Amazon. Congratulations to Terri and to Editor M.J. Tenerelli and all the contributing poets.

Coming soon:  An interview with Terri  Muuss along with a review of her collection Over Exposed (JB Stillwater, 2013). Terri is a poet, writer and performer. Her poetry/prose one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll, received grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and Poets and Writers and was named “Best Theatre: Critics’ Pick of the Week” by the New York Daily News; it has been performed throughout the US and Canada since 1998.

Terri has two sons and is married to poet Matt Pasca. Matt was interviewed in these pages. His interview along with a review of his stunning Raven’s Wire is HERE.

THE SUNDAY POESY: Opportunities, Events and Other Information and News



Opportunity Knocks

The deadline is 5 p.m. EST, September 30th, 2016 for application submissions. “The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.” Details HERE

THE POETRY PROJECT‘s Fellowship Program: Call for 2016-17 Application submissions deadline is Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Three 2016-17 ESB Fellows will be announced in mid-October. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

THE MISSOURI REVIEW “The editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction of general interest (no literary criticism). Please clearly mark the outer envelope as fiction, poetry or essay. Do not mix genres in the same submission. Payment rate is $40 per printed page.” Details HERE.

THE BRIAR CLIFF REVIEW accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography. Deadline November 1, 2016 for the next issue. Details HERE.

THE GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION is accepting applications for fellowships to assist reasearch and artistic creation (U.S. and Canada). Deadline Monday, September 19, 2016. Details HERE.


Opportunity Knocks

THE MISSOURI REVIEW “sponsors the annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize Contest in fiction, poetry, and essay, with a winner and three finalists named in each category. Length restrictions are 25 pages for fiction and essay, 10 pages for poetry. Winners will be published in the following spring issue plus each will receive a cash prize: $5,000 each for fiction, poetry, and essay. Postmark deadline is October 1. A $25 fee per submission includes a one-year subscription. Details HERE. Scroll down.

THE BRIAR CLIFF REVIEW announces its “21st Annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction contest. First-place winners will receive $1,000 in each of the three categories and will be published in the 2017 edition of The Briar Cliff Review. The contest will run from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1, 2016.” Details HERE.

THE AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW publishes original poetry, literary criticism, interviews, and essays. Details HERE.


ALBANY POETS WEEK Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2 Details HERE.

CowPoets Cover 2008.indd28TH ANNUAL COWBOY CHRISTMAS POETRY GATHERING is December 2-3, 2016, Friday and Saturday, sponsored by The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce (Arizona) “We invite you to visit our western community for this special heritage event. The Cowboy Reception is on Friday, December 2th and includes beer/wine and appetizers at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, located at 21 North Frontier Street. Several of our featured cowboy poets & entertainers will be performing to give you a small taste of what will be featured at the Saturday Night show. Limited tickets are available for the reception @$10 per person advance/ $20 at the door. The featured cowboy poet’s performance scheduled on Saturday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine Street. Admission: $15 advance tickets – $25 at the door. Tickets for the Gathering are available from The Chamber – 928-684-5479”

14051764_937555199686407_2398345223503328904_nHEADS-UP BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – Poetry in your neighborhood Take a break from the politicos and war mongers and join with Terri Muuss and friends for an evening of poetry … Thursday, September 8 at 7 PM – 10 PM in EDT
Pacific Standard 82 4th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217
The book and poets: “Grabbing the Apple” (JB Stillwater Publishing, 2016) is an anthology of poems by New York Women Writers. Readers will be Terri Muuss and Mary Jane Tenerelli (editors), Gabriella Belfiglio, Teri Coyne, Nancy Keating, Jane Le Croy, Liv Mammone and Stella Padnos. Books will be on hand for $14.00.


Helene Cardona announced the Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016) won the Pinnacle Book Award for Best Bilingual Book in Poetry.


Church Going by Phillip Larkin and read by him in this video

If you are reading this post in email, you will likely have to link through to view the video.


Submit your event, book launch and other announcements at least fourteen days in advance to Publication is subject to editorial discretion.