Jane Rosenberg LaForge, Michelle Valois and Kristin Bock after the April 20, 2013, reading at the Montague Bookmill. Thanks to all who came, and thanks to Michelle and Kristin for the invitation.
Jane Rosenberg LaForge will join Kristin Bock and Michelle Valois for "Three Readers: An Evening of Poetry and Prose" at the famed Montague Bookmill in Western Massachusetts, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Essays, poems, and stories by Michelle Valois have appeared in numerous journals, including The Massachusetts Review, Tri-Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Fourth Genre.
And you know Jane. Her full-length collection, "With Apologies to Mick Jagger, Other Gods, and All Women," is available on Amazon, and you can find her other books through our poetry store.
The Montague Bookmill is a used bookstore housed in a picturesque 1842 gristmill, set on the banks of the Sawmill River, a few miles north of Amherst and Northampton, Massachusetts. Its motto is, "Books you don't need in a place you can't find." It regularly appears on lists and photo tours of unusual and interesting bookshops.
Jane Rosenberg LaForge will head to the suburbs for a reading from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Dragonfly Music & Coffee Cafe, 14 East Main St., Somerville, N.J. She'll be appearing with Jim Meirose, author of the new novel "Monkey." Let us know if you're coming, on the Facebook page.
And if you're interested in owning four volumes of Jane's poetry and helping a good cause, you can bid on them at the NYC Lab Auction for the next 15 days.
We are delighted to announce that Jane Rosenberg LaForge's book, "An Unsuitable Princess: A True Fantasy/A Fantastical Memoir" will be published by Jaded Ibis Press, an imprint of Jaded Ibis Productions, within the coming year (either in the fall of 2013 or winter of 2014). Please check out Jaded Ibis, its authors, musicians and artists, as well as interviews with its authors and editors. You may also follow @JadedIbisPress on Twitter.
"An Unsuitable Princess" is an experimental combination of fantasy, memoir and poetry, which had its origins in a personal essay published in 2010 by Ne'er-Do-Well Literary Magazine.
Watch this site for more updates soon. And while you wait for her next book, you can always order a copy of Jane's "The Navigation of Loss" or "With Apologies to Mick Jagger, Other Gods, and All Women." Thank you for your support of small-press literature.
Hey Southern California folks: Here a chance to hear Jane Rosenberg LaForge read on the West Coast. She will be appearing from 3 to 5 p.m. this coming Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the newest branch of Bank of Books, 29169 Heathercliff Road in Malibu. (Phone: 310-457-5699). Here are directions to the store on Yelp and Google Maps in the Point Dume Plaza.
Some more reviews have come in for Jane Rosenberg LaForge's full-length poetry collection, "With Apologies to Mick Jagger, Other Gods, and All Women." [Amazon, $14]. Here are a couple of excerpts.
From Poet Hound:
"Her poems are beautiful, cynical at times, and contemplative. If you enjoy dark, rich words, soil, and/or chocolate, this is the collection for you."
From Heavy Feather Review:
"This is The Poetic Voice surviving in spite of itself. The Voice becoming a voice, 'deepened, but sheared of its depth' ('What Remains'). If nothing else, this is the voice of Walter Benjamin’s 'angel of history' played out in witness of wreckage that is both public and private. There is no heavy-handed progress here to wisdom. What the spectator accumulates leads only to the voice of the spectator. My impatience with The Poetic Voice could have kept me from this book. I’m glad it didn’t."
The Eunoia Review has published several of Jane Rosenberg LaForge's poems: "These Are the Sounds That Haunt the Deaf," "The Funeral of My First Husband," and "Sacré-Coeur Basilica." Enjoy.
Trivia: "Eunoia" is apparently an obscure medical term that is said to be the shortest English word with all the vowels.
All proceeds go to the press's Southeast Asia Mission Fund to help underprivileged students improve their English reading, writing and comprehension skills.
Here are some reviews:
"Jane Rosenberg LaForge writes poetry with focused urgency, she develops the poems, 'even as a story unraveled into diatribes and exercises for an over-exuberant intelligentsia and its discontents.' Each poem resonates with her experiences, emotional and concrete images, the reader absorbs the meanings and relates on a personal level with her poetic history. Her poetry will be read for a long time."
--Irene Koronas, Poetry Editor of Wilderness House Literary Review, and Poetry Reviewer of Cevena Barva Press and Ibbetson Street Press
"The poems in The Navigation Of Loss sit at the intersection of twin axes: personal/historical and memory/loss. They are lyrical explorations of this psychological terrain, but grounded in specific, concrete imagery that allows them to achieve a universal resonance beyond the poet's own lived experience."
--Ian Chung, Editor, The Eunoia Review
" 'Yeah, / it stank back then too, man, like it should sound / now: salt and lard slick and sugar licked to the / end.' I hear a line like that and discover a poet with a great sonic sense and with an eye unafraid to look anywhere. Her lyrical monologues drift between physical descriptions of place and meditative states of loss that find their ground in appropriate places like Bakersfield or a depressed Las Vegas sunrise. Jane Rosenberg LaForge’s poems reflect hard won realizations in both emotional and physical landscapes that try to find hope despite the loss."
--Lindsay Wilson, Editor, The Meadow: Truckee Meadows Community College Literary and Arts Journal