Doylestown Saturday Trip, and Meeting Toi Derricotte

I hope everyone is having a good week so far!

Last weekend I had a fun trip to Doylestown Bookshop! Andy and I decided to make Saturday a ‘bookish excursion’, since we were also attending a poetry reading in Frenchtown that evening.

Photo is from The Doylestown Bookshop site

It’s been a couple weeks since I last visited Doylestown, so when we arrived I enjoyed browsing all the books! I admire the wide selection of diverse titles that’s always available. The selection rivals that of the Bank Street Bookstore in New York City, which also a diverse selection of reading material tailored to both patrons and teachers.

I picked up a couple interesting reads at Doylestown!

Girls in the Front by Sara Marcus is a tell-all featuring the rise of the Riot Grrrl movement in the 90s. Skimming through the book brought back so many memories of my grunge-fanatic days back in high school!

I also picked up a light read, No Judgments by Meg Cabot. This is a Contemporary Romance that involves a young woman that moves to Key West and tries to reinvent herself by running an animal rescue service.

Later that evening, Andy and I traveled to ArtYard in Frenchtown, NJ to see Toi Derricotte present a poetry reading from her recent poetry collection “i”: New and Selected Poems. Toi Derricotte is a writing professor from the University of Pittsburgh and co-founded the Cave Canem foundation. She’s also a finalist for the National Book Award (we will all find out the winner on November 20). I couldn’t wait to see an experienced poet displaying her art. I also recall seeing a Cave Canem performance in Newark a few years ago and loving it!

Toi Derricotte gave an amazing poetry presentation. The stories she shared about her early life as a young mother truly touched my heart. After the performance, I purchased a copy of Derricotte’s book and had it signed. As nervous as I was about having my copy signed, I felt determined to meet her and compliment her amazing poetry. Toi Derricotte was very sweet, and she made sure that my name was spelled correctly. I’m so happy that I met her, and I hope that she wins the National Book Award!

That’s it for now! I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!

New Poetry Group, and Good Stories/June 9 Reading Blog

After work on Friday, Andy and I traveled to Frenchtown, NJ so I can take part of First Friday Poetry. I attended this poetry event last month when it at The Book Garden, and it was very memorable. I had the courage to share one of my poems from my blog Poetic Threading, and it was received warmly.

While this month’s poetry event was being held in a space more public to the neighborhood, I was looking forward to gather and meet others who were also into poetry. I didn’t know what to expect, and while that would ordinarily make me very nervous, I was perfectly fine with being at one with everything around me.

The event was at an small art studio, with a DJ playing a eclectic mix of classic rock and 90s hip hop. The outdoor space was filled with several acres of grass to roam freely, a bonfire, and a mulberry tree where some children happily shook branches, eagerly partaking in sweet prizes. When I arrived I didn’t recognize anyone I knew from last month, so I did what any poet would do when surrounded by rich greenery and lovely music: I sat down near the bonfire and wrote a poem!

After about 10 minutes, a couple people from last month arrived at the location. It was decided that it would be a public, open-mic style reading. There was a decent sized crowd to watch the event, and a beautiful sunset served as a lovely backdrop as the poetry reading came to a close. First Friday Poetry will be held at the same location next month, and I’m looking forward to it!

Along with attending the poetry event, I read more of Lisa Grunwald’s ‘Time After Time’. I’m about nearly halfway through the story. It’s such a touch love story, as Joe and Nora learn a bit more about one another as the years pass. The story of Nora’s predicament comes to light near the closing of Part One. I also enjoy to immerse myself in Grand Central Terminal lore, as well as life in NYC during the height of the Great Depression.

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