Take the Long Way Home addresses the various paths and pathologies that take us from where we are to where we may be going. “Women are always displaced persons/born searching for someone/someplace to be.”Martina Reisz Newberry’s fine new collection explores the mixed blessings of a long life,how desire lingers, even as beauty fades. Taking their cue from the seasons and popular songs, the poems sizzle as well as lament,” says Alexis Rhone Fancher, author of HOW I LOST MY VIRGINITY TO MICHAEL COHEN AND OTHER HEART STAB POEMS, and STATE OF GRACE. A perfect book for end-of-summer reading, this gathering of poems talks, dreams, and ponders with the reader. Think of it as a companion for walks in the woods or along the beach--the staples of summer’s end. These poems connect. Whether the reader is twenty-five or ninety-five, the theme of finding home and of life changing at every moment is universal and beautifully accessible.
A poem for each of the weekly Torah portions, written by Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert who immersed himself in the weekly text and came out on the other side with a poem that adds humor, modern insight, and "reverent irreverence" to his interpretations of these ancient stories around which modern-day Judaism has developed. This collection of Jewish poetry adds to Lupert's growing canon of Judaic liturgy interpretations which have found receptive audiences and readers, from all over the world, who are seeking modern interpretations of our oldest text.
Martina Reisz Newberry’s most recent books are NEVER COMPLETELY AWAKE ( from Deerbrook Editions), and TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME (Unsolicited Press). She is also the author of WHERE IT GOES (Deerbrook Editions). LEARNING BY ROTE (Deerbrook Editions) and RUNNING LIKE A WOMAN WITH HER HAIR ON FIRE: Collected Poems (Red Hen Press).
Newberry has been included in It Happened Under Cover, Ascent Aspirations’ first two hard-copy anthologies, also in the anthologies In The Company Of Women, Blessed Are These Hands and Veils, and Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women. She has been widely published in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad.
She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo Colony for the Arts, Djerassi Colony for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Disciplinary Arts.
Passionate in her love for Los Angeles, Martina currently lives there with her husband, Brian, a Media Creative.
Rick Lupert has been involved with L.A. poetry since 1990. He is the recipient of the 2017 Ted Slade Award, and the 2014 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Distinguished Service Award, a 2 time Pushcart Prize Nominee, and a Best of the Net nominee. He served a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets for 2 years, and created the Poetry Super Highway ( http://poetrysuperhighway.com/ ). Rick also hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading for almost 21 years. His first spoken word album "Rick Lupert Live and Dead" featuring 25 studio and live tracks was released in March, 2016. He’s authored 21 collections of poetry, including “God Wrestler”, “Donut Famine”, "Professor Clown on Parade", "Romancing the Blarney Stone", “Making Love to the 50 Foot Woman”, “The Gettysburg Undress” (Rothco Press) and “Nothing in New England is New”, and edited the anthologies “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”, “A Poet’s Haggadah” and the noir anthology “The Night Goes on All Night. He also writes and draws (with Brendan Constantine) the daily web comic “Cat and Banana” and writes the Jewish Poetry column “From the Lupertverse” for http://www.JewishJournal.com/. He has read his poetry all over the world.
Poet Gina Capobianco reads from her new book Conscious Connection
Sunday Dec 3rd @ 3pm
Conscious Connection documents Capobianco’s journey to healing. Her themes have, as the years have passed, become more reflective and insightful. While before she wrote her evocative free verse with passion and ferocity, she now writes with a more mature sense of purpose, intentionally confronting the darkness that continues to periodically encroach on her life.
Many of Capobianco’s best poems are dark, exemplifying the despair and isolation of depression. Yet as the collection and her healing progress, she moves you toward a dawning hope for connection with other people—a hope that becomes reality as Capobianco finds the help and healing she needs.
A powerful, emotionally intense examination of depression, Conscious Connection demonstrates the healing power of the written word. If you, like Capobianco, suffer from depression, you’ll see yourself in her words and realize her final message—the darkness may return, but so does the light.