New Poetry and Events

Jane’s next full-length collection of poetry, Daphne and Her Discontents, will be published by Ravenna Press in late 2016 or 2017. Ravenna Press, which is run by  Kathyrn Rantala is located in Spokane, Wa., and is the publisher of several literary magazines, including The Anemone Sidecar, which printed Jane’s poem “In the Garden” in 2010. Recent poems from the Gyroscope Review,  Junoesq Literary Magazine, and The Otter  will be included in this collection, based on the Greek myth of Daphne. Check back for more information on this project.

Join Jane, the writers Kelly Daniels, Tara Ison, Erin Aubry Kaplan and Cris Mazza for a discussion on the California memoir at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Los Angeles on April 2, 2016,  staring at 9 a.m. in room 409 AB in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Moderated by Kaplan, a prominent Los Angeles journalist, the discussion will center on an exile’s perspective of the California experience.

Readers of An Unsuitable Princess know about Jane’s interest in cancer. Jane recently contributed two poems to Dear Cancer: The Anthology, a collection of poetry and prose to benefit the Little Red Door, a social services agency which provides support to cancer patients and their families. Please purchase a copy.

Jane’s essay, “The Egg,’’ has been published by The Longridge Review, an online literary magazine that is an outgrowth of the Childhood Essay Project. 

Works in Progress: #WIPBlogTour

The indie fantasy writer A.M. Justice, who graciously reviewed "An Unsuitable Princess: A True Fantasy/A Fantastical Memoir," published by Jaded Ibis Press, has tagged me in the Works in Progress Blog Tour (#WIPBlogTour). I am honored to oblige. I’m currently — and I use that word guardedly — at work on two projects that I hope will see the light of day before the end of time. 

The first is another fairy tale, much like half of "Unsuitable Princess." Tentatively titled "The Hawkman," it is the story of a pianist’s experiences in the trenches and prisoner of war camps of World War I.  The story has two inspirations, the first being my father’s stories of his father’s service in the Russian army. The other is a friend’s recommendation that I write another fairy tale, but without the footnotes that distinguished Princess. I wrote what really shouldn’t even be called a first draft, but may be more like a scaffold for a longer piece, about two summers ago. This past summer, I began to expand the work in earnest.

English-speaking P.O.W.s — Americans or English — were relatively rare in the German-run camps; most were Russian or French. So I’m trying to base the protagonist’s journey, in part, on the observations of an actual English soldier.  F.W. Harvey, known for composing the poem “Ducks’’ during the war, was captured by the Germans in 1916. He spent two years in seven different camps, “but happily he lived to write the story of his captivity,’’ as a history of his infantry unit states.  I’ve read Harvey’s "Comrades in Captivity"; and an account of his regiment in the war, the Story of the 2/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment 1914-1918 by A.F. Barnes, M.C. (). My husband gave me a recently republished edition of Harvey’s novel, "A War Romance," last month and I hope to read it as soon as possible.

Other books I’ve consulted include "The First World War" by John Keegan; "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Eric Maria Remarque; and "Silent Night: The True Story of the World War I Truce" by Stanley Weintraub.

The second project is a series of poems about Daphne, a Naiad, or nymph associated with water, in Greek mythology. As Apollo, the sun god, pursued Daphne, she appealed to her father for help on avoiding Apollo’s advances.  His solution was to turn her into a Laurel tree, and her story has inspired visual artists for centuries. I have written 22 of these poems and am trying to decide whether to incorporate them into a larger, more conventional prose story; or whether to attempt to make them into a poetry manuscript. You can find some of my Daphne poems in the River Poets Journal (“Grandma/Daphne’’) ; The Tower Journal (‘’Daphne Redoubled” ); and Fruita Pulp (‘’Pre-Daphne’’).

To carry on the good work of the Works in Progress Blog Tour, I’ve nominated three writers to pick up where I’ve left off. They are:

Chris Bowen, who as founder of Burning River chapbooks published my first volume of poetry, is the author of "We Were Giants," a chapbook of short stories from Sunnyoutside Press. He also edits The Ohio Vintage Matchbook Company, a site that publishes new poetry or prose once a week. He cooks, writes, and is about to head back to school in Cleveland, Ohio.

Linda Lenhoff is the author of two novels from Kensington Books, Latte Lessons and Life a la Mode.  Her work has been praised for by bestselling author Lynne Hinton, who said Life a la Mode provided “the satisfaction of a great slice of pie without any of the calories.”  She is a freelance writer and editor in Northern California and has written a third book that she is now shopping around. 

Cris Mazza is the author, most recently, of "Something Wrong With Her,"  a ground-breaking memoir from Jaded Ibis; "Indigenous: Growing Up Californian" (City Lights Books 2003); and 16 other books. She is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

 

 

New York Tornado

There is a reason why during a tornado the clouds are green. The tornadoes pick up whatever vegetation is in their paths and that turns the clouds green. Since the tornadoes travel mostly over open land, this makes a lot of sense. But some day, I suppose, when all this land is settled, covered with buildings and houses, the clouds will change color. They will be gray with cement, lead, asbestos, or whatever is still legal to build with in the future. Or perhaps they will be clear, like the glass from the windows they pick up. They will be transparent.

Read the rest at the Ohio Vintage Matchbook Company.

'Unsuitable Princess' Tour and Other Readings


Jane Rosenberg LaForge reading from "An Unsuitable Princess" to a full house at the April 18, 2014, book party, held at the Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn. Thanks for coming!

Jane Rosenberg LaForge reading from "An Unsuitable Princess" to a full house at the April 18, 2014, book party, held at the Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn. Thanks for coming!

Coming in 2015

Jane's next reading will be on Jan. 11, 2015, time and location to be announced, as part of the Roar Shack Reading Series in Los Angeles; there is no announcement online yet.

The West Coast Book Tour ... Thanks, All! 

Monday, May 19: Jane's West Coast launch started with a reading at Book Soup on the Sunset Strip. Here are more details from our favorite bookstore in Los Angeles.

Thursday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. Reading and signing at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach, Calif. More details on Facebook.

Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m.: Reading and signing at Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calif.

Read the reviews and other media coverage. 

More appearances scheduled in January 2015. If you are interested in scheduling an appearance, please send Jane a message.

 

Making False Gods of the Famous

Over at Ink, Sweat and Tears, the poetry and prose webzine, Fiona Sinclair has reviewed Jane Rosenberg LaForge's poetry collection, "With Apologies to Mick Jagger, Other Gods, and All Women."

An excerpt:

"The author’s technique is to start with a concrete idea which then sparks a series of contemplations that are often metaphysical. However what draws the reader on is a fine use of lyrical rhythm with an often elegiac tone. This is not to say that the poems are depressing but take an honest look at aspects of humanity ranging from ageing and death to the modern obsession with making false gods out of the famous..."

Read the rest. 

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Coming Soon: 'An Unsuitable Princess'

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Jaded Ibis Press announces that "An Unsuitable Princess" -- part memoir, part fantasy -- will be released this spring, with art by Mary Ann Strandell. 

Advance praise:

"An Unsuitable Princess is a daring combination of old-school storytelling and the true wit of the best of contemporary memoirists." -- Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening

"A quirky and compelling new class of literary mashup" -- Jess Winfield, author of My Name Is Will

"[A] tender and heartbreakingly candid reinvention of memory..." -- Kate Southwood, author of Falling to Earth

 

 

 

 

'Hollywood Dream Factory' Emerges

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Earlier this month, Emerge Literary Journal's latest issue dropped, with the poem "Hollywood Dream Factory" by Jane Rosenberg LaForge. You can pick up a copy for $8.99 at Amazon.  That would be nice of you. It also includes work by Jake Russell, Joseph Nicholas, Andrew Ruzkowski, Cara Schiff, Annalee Kwochka, Gael Goepfert, and many others. Jay Sizemore and others. Table of contents is here. 

New Schedule of Poetry Readings

Jane Rosenberg LaForge will be reading her poetry on 7 p.m. Monday, July 15, with George Wallace and other poets, at Reif's Tavern, 302 E. 92nd St., Apt. 4R, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The evening of music, comedy and poetry is sponsored by New York Eternal Radio (more details here).

On Sept. 25, Jane will be reading at the KGB Bar on the Lower East Side at an event celebrating the release of Great Weather for Media's second anthology, "The Understanding Between Foxes and Light." She has a poem, "Barring Leviticus," in the anthology.

And in October, Jane will be part of the Burning Rivers author tour, with readings in Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and New York.

Please join us.