In the first *virtual* reading of the series, we’re thrilled to host a reading celebrating the release of new books by local writers, friends, and community builders, Lesléa Newman and Sally Bellerose on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:30pm.
Lesléa Newman has created 75 books for readers of all ages including the poetry collections October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard (novel-in-verse); I Carry My Mother and I Wish My Father (companion memoirs-in-verse); and the children’s books Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story; Sparkle Boy; Heather Has Two Mommies; Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale With A Tail; and Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed.
Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the Massachusetts Book award, two National Jewish Book Awards, two American Library Association Stonewall Honors, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Gold Medal and Body-of-Work Award. From 2008 - 2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, MA.
Sally Bellerose (she/her) is a grandmother, gardener, and retired RN. In her writing, Bellerose loves to mess with rhythm, rhyme, and awkward emotion. Sally has always written about about class, sex, illness, aging, and absurdity. Recently, she has been writing about people who live in a residential/institutional setting who have profound intellectual disabilities.
Bellerose’s novel Fishwives, Bywater Books, February 2021, features old women behaving badly. Her novel The Girls Club won many awards including an NEA Fellowship. Her poetry is featured in Lady Business, Sibling Rivalry Press.
You can find more information about Sally Bellerose's Fishwives, here. Get her previous book, The Girl's Club, from the library here. Find Lesléa Newman's latest collection, I Wish My Father, here and her previous collection, Lovely, from the library here.