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Hearty congratulations to Joan Gelfand!  Her new book The Long Blue Room (published by Benicia Literary Arts) has poems which have won awards, including: Poets 11 judged by Jack Hirschman, Poet of the Month from, Honorable Mention from Pen Women/Roanoke, First Prize from Osmosis Sanctuary and Honorable Mention from the City of Benicia. Her poem, “Transported,” was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Thirty poems in this new collection have been nationally and internationally published in Literary Journals, anthologies and webzines!
Joan will be in NYC and Boston in April 2014!
April 5 | Environmental Poetry from five Northern California Poets w/ Genny Lim, Drew Dillinger, Mary Mackey, Kurt Lumpkin and Al Young, Poet Laureate of California Emeritus, Rockridge Public Library, Oakland, CA @ 2pm

April 9 | Honoring National Poetry Month, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, CT, Noon – workshop on publishing; 7pm – reading and book signing

April 12 | Reading with Raymond Nat Turner – Live jazz, Nuyorican Poets Café, NYC, NY @ 2pm

April 13 | Sunday Evening Series, Parkside Lounge, NYC, NY @ 7pm

April 17 | Reading with poets from the Women’s National Book Association, Boston, MA, venue TBD

May 4 | Congregation Beth Sholom: New Arts and Literature Festival @ 4pm

May 21 | U of W Bookstore reading & book signing, U District Store, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA @ 7pm

Writing Coach Teresa says: “ Celebrate Joan Gelfand, her new book, the environment, our souls, and National Poetry Month!”

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Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2:00-400pm Environmental Poetry for the Soul -   Oakland, CA

Environmental Poetry for the Soul
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2-4 pm
 Free to the Public
The Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library is located at 5366 College Avenue in Oakland, CA.  This event celebrates April, National Poetry Month.
Featuring Poets:  Judith Cody, John Curl, Drew Dellinger, Sharon Doubiago, Joan Gelfand, Genny Lim, Kirk Lumpkin, Mary Mackey, Claire Ortalda, Jeanne Powell, Floyd Salas.  For more information, contact Kim McMillon at (510) 681-5652.




Cheers to Joan Gelfand, all poets, National Poetry Month, our Environment, and our souls!


22-Day Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan 

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOWShe helps clients identify their themes and archetypes.   “Reach out, not stress out.”

Teresa’s novel Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby is used in college courses and archived at the San Francisco History Center.

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Author Mary Jo McConahay says:

“I wrote Maya Roads after thirty years of traveling in the rainforest region of southern Mexico and northern Guatemala, not only as a journalist but also because I am deeply taken by all culture Maya, ancient and modern. I don’t avoid the violence that has ripped that part of the world with revolution and civil war, describing what I have seen; but I travel too in order to find the sacred Maya sites, and to wonder at the ancient cities that speak even in ruins.”


Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest
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Saturday August 20, 2011 Mary Jo McConahay will be featured at Left Coast Writers at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925

Talking about Maya Roads Aug. 27, 2011 on Peter Greenberg Worldwide  Tune in!

For a complete list of author’s appearances:

Sept. 7, 2011 7:30pm The BookSmith, 1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

Taos, NM – Sept. 10, 2011

Los Alamos, NM – Sept. 13, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – Sept. 15, 2011

Santa Fe, NM – Sept. 17, 2011

Washington D.C., DC 20009 – Sept. 27, 2011

Davis, CA 95616 – Oct. 14, 2011

Sacramento, CA 95818 – Oct. 16, 2011

Bates College, Lewiston, ME 04240 – Oct. date to be announced

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA – Oct. 26, 2011

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ – Nov. 16, 2011

Harvard Club, Tucson, AZ – Nov. 17, 2011, 12:00 noon

Holy Trinity Church, Tucson, AZ – Nov. 17, 2011, 7:00pm

“Every once in a while I stumble upon a book that is so beautifully written and infused with so much intelligence and heart that it leaves an indelible mark on me. Mary Jo McConahay’s Maya Roads is such a book. In its hungry passion and wide-eyed wonder, it’s an extraordinary literary journey and a moving testament to a region and a life.” —Don George, National Geographic Traveler, Trip Lit blog

“A layered examination of a place and a people whose ancient culture is rapidly disappearing.” —Kirkus

“From the moment Mary Jo McConahay steps into the deep Mexican jungle, you will follow her anywhere. In this extraordinary travel memoir, McConahay journeys through beauty, history, disappearing cultures, and revolution. . . . Her courage, keen observation, and open heart make her an unparalleled guide to this gorgeous, mysterious, sacred, and sometimes terrifying corner of the planet.” —Laura Fraser, author, An Italian Affair and All Over the Map
[Coach Teresa here. So cool to see Laura praising Mary Jo’s book. I just met Laura this year when my pal/talking-tagline guru/travel writer Elisa Southard invited me the February 2011 Bay Area Travel Writers meeting. Laura was the speaker; Elisa Southard was the co-chair the Student Travel Writing Contest.  Here’s Elisa article about the event.]

“Powerful, descriptive, spiritual and lush.”  —June Carolyn Erlick, editor in chief, Re:Vista: Harvard Review of Latin America, and author, A Gringa in Bogotá: Living Colombia’s Invisible War

I cheer for Mary Jo, her book, and her insight into ancient and modern Maya culture!



Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!”

Coach Teresa is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days $9.81 for ebook; $22 for print edition

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“Thanks, Teresa, for the get-up-and-go I found for my promotion phase between the covers of your workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days. So valuable.  All the best to you!” Mary Jo McConahay, author of Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest

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