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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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Women Writers in Residence Program

Hedgebrook retreat for women writers is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle, WA. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer. Residents are housed in six handcrafted cottages, where they spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 women writers at the retreat each year.

Applications for the 2014 Writers in Residence program are now available online.Women writers of all genres and levels of experience are encouraged to apply.
The application deadline is September 4th, 2013.
May you be one of the chosen ones!



Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

author of:

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (the workbook)

Love Made of Heart (the mother-daughter novel used in college composition classes; book is archived at the San Francisco History Center)

Answer Me Now  (the award-winning short play)

and speeches advocating mental health and end violence against women and children

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Coach Teresa says: “Wear the dual hats of writer and promoter. Reach out, not stress out.”


How Does a Bookstore Get Selected to Receive the Pannell Award?

In 1981, the Women’s National Book Association established the WNBA Pannell Award to recognize and publicly applaud the work of booksellers who stimulate, promote and encourage children’s and young people’s interest in books. Lucile Micheels Pannell, a founding member of one of the WNBA chapters, was born in the late 1800s. A model bookwoman, her career included teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, working as a librarian, then managing the Hobby Horse Bookshop in Chicago’s Carson Pirie Scott department store from 1943 to 1953. Although she had no children of her own, Lucile loved reading to children and introducing them to the world of books. Chicago schools would sponsor field trips to the Hobby Horse Bookshop because children and teachers loved visiting with Lucile to listen to stories and learn about the world of books. This Award is our way to honor Lucile’s special role in WNBA’s history.


2008 Kepler’s Books and Magazines of Menlo Park, CA was the winner!  Coach Teresa here witnessed their receiving the award. The folks at Kepler’s are local heroes.

2011 Pannell Award Winners

The 2011 winner in the General Bookstore category is Queen Anne Books in Seattle, WA. The Children’s Specialty Store category winner is Fairytales Bookstore in Nashville, TN.

A jury of five book industry professionals deliberated for four weeks, then selected the winners based on creativity, responsiveness to community needs and an understanding of young readers. Jurors expressed admiration for all the nominated stores. In particular, the reasons they gave for the selected bookstores included:

In addition to WNBA, the Pannell Award is underwritten by a generous gift from Penguin Young Readers Group. Each winning store will receive a check for $1,000 and a framed piece of original art by a children’s book illustrator.  This year’s art is contributed by Erin E. Stead, current Caldecott Medalist, from the upcoming book …and then it’s spring, by Julie Fogliano, which will be published next February by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook/MacMillan; and Matthew Myers from the book Tyrannosaurus Dad by Liz Rosenberg, also published by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook/MacMillan.  The presentation of the awards will be at opening of the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast at BEA on May 24th, 2011 in New York.

Jurors this year included Deborah Brodie, editor, book doctor and writing coach at; Susan Knopf, President, Scout Books and Media; Yolanda Scott, editorial director, Charlesbridge; Manuela Soares, lecturer and director of the Graduate Seminar, Pace University’s Publishing Program; and Gail Vinett, lead buyer, Ingram Content Group.

Read more about past winners:

Cheers to independent booksellers!


Teresa LeYung Ryan

author/writing career coach/manuscript consultant

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan helps writers & authors build their platforms and fanbases and polish their manuscripts by identifying their themes and archetypes.  Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Coach Teresa says: “Reach out not stress out when pursuing your dreams!”

Novelist Teresa LeYung-Ryan uses Love Made of Heart to inspire adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their families.

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