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Bal Harbor Blues Noh Place Poetry Anthology

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Paperback: $17.99

EVENTS

December 20, 2022
TidePool Bookshop

October 22, 2022
Workshop13

October 2, 2022
Worcester State University

September 19, 2022
Radio Interview/Podcast

Noh Place Poetry Anthology
ISBN: 978-1935874430

In an effort to avoid nostalgia and an aggrandizement of anyone’s “glory days,” while narrowing the selection of poets, we solicited work with the understanding that the poems may have been written before, during, or after the poets’ participation in the Noh Place Poetry Series. Thus, the scope of this anthology spans decades, rather than presenting a “freeze frame” on time. Each poet chose their own work for inclusion, and in the same spirit, wrote their own biographical statements, with the idea that such an approach would illustrate the variety of voices and experiences that were an essential component of Noh Place and its philosophy. We believe that this collection of poems, modified from its original, more inclusive plan, contains aesthetic value, poetic stylings, and/or socio-political relevance, and indeed, continues to stand on its own merits. The participating seventeen poets in the anthology were chosen for their local, regional, and/or national importance, and for their representation of the many styles and voices that exemplified the Noh Place Poetry Series. Five of the selected poets have passed away. We asked Noh Place founding member Stephen Campiglio to select their poems and write their biographical statements. We regret that all of the poets who read for the Series over the years could not be included. This exclusion does not reflect any editorial bias or taste.


Reviews

Founded on the idea that artists can break barriers between artforms and encourage one another to experiment, the Noh Place Cooperative sponsored events featuring painting, poetry, and music much as the Japanese tradition of Noh Theater weaves music, dance, and drama. Put together from a wide variety of individual artists, The Noh Place Poetry Anthology embodies the mystery and miracle of creativity with amazing unity. Imagine if a poet were to introduce a painter to the practice of writing. There might be a lot of barriers unless the poet were to adopt a light touch, a tentative, speculative way, avoiding stuffiness and pedantry. The poems in this anthology are very much in that mode. It is said that fine poems teach their readers how to read them. What’s fascinating about these poems is how they reveal the way figures of speech are both triggers and products of the imagination. The anthology is both a tour-guide into the practice of poetry and a fountain of inspiration.
— Bill Tremblay, award-winning poet, novelist, professor, and editor


This remarkable anthology shines a light on the literary, visual, and performing artists who came together to share their soul-nourishing gifts with the Worcester (Massachusetts) community in the 1980s and 1990s. The contributors comprise an impressive variety of racial, ethnic, and social class backgrounds. All are clear-eyed about the harsh realities of urban existence while at the same time steadfastly playful and life-affirming. The book features several nationally recognized poets, among them Chris Gilbert, Etheridge Knight, and Brother Blue, along with established regional poets such as Jonathan Blake, Stephen Campiglio, Eve Rifkah, Bill O’Connell, Jean Lozoraitis, and some talented writers whose work is published for the first time in these pages. Skillfully edited and creatively combining images and words, the Noh Place anthology celebrates those who contributed to a literary and artistic renaissance in the center of New England during the final decades of the twentieth century. Their voices remain powerfully resonant, relevant, and reverberant today, and deserve to be read, heard, and amplified.
— Shanee Stepakoff, MFA, PhD
Author of Testimony, winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association 2022 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry


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Paperback: $9.99
eBook: $2.99

EVENTS
July 28, 2022
6 pm at
The Ivy Bookshop
Baltimore, MD

Bal Harbour Blues
by John Scheinman
ISBN: 978-193587
4416 (print); 978-1935874423 (eBook)

In 1991, John has a good life running the numbers racket In Brooklyn and Staten Island until his mob boss, Louie the Finger, pulls him out with a late-night phone call. New York state lottery is moving into the mob's turf, so The Finger is shifting business to crack and prostitution. In his mid-fifties and with no interest in the drug trade, John takes Louie's offer to retire on a mob pension to a tacky South Florida high-rise with his wife, Eleanor. Cast out of New York and adrift without purpose, John begins to dissipate in the heat. But Eleanor has other ideas and quietly begins making forays into the Miami underworld with one goal in mind - to develop the perfect crime to help her husband get his mojo back.


Reviews

"In an era before most horseplayers bet with a computer or a smartphone, racetracks were among the most colorful places on earth, filled with wise guys and hustlers and an assortment of characters looking to make a fast buck. John Scheinman's Bal Harbour Blues, set in Miami in 1991, evokes these memorable days. John has a Runyonesque feel for the lingo of the racetrack, and an irrepressible affection for even the crooks and con men who populate it. I loved this story."

- Andrew Beyer, author of Picking Winners

"What do you do when you get an offer from Louie the Finger that you can't refuse? Unless you believe that a lead pipe against the side of your head is beneficial to your health and happiness, you take it. John Scheinman has crafted a novella as funny as it is literate."

- Jerry Izenberg, Hall of Fame sports columnist

"If you like plain-spoken, hard-boiled pulp fiction written by Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler, you will love Bal Harbour Blues. In a spot-on noir voice, his story of scams, numbers and racing goes deep, as it's also about family, love, and trust, with a touch of humor in all the right places."

- Sasscer Hill, multi-award-winning author of Flamingo Road and Full Mortality

About the Author

John Scheinman grew up on Long Island and is a writer and editor living in Baltimore. The last turf beat writer for The Washington Post, he is a two-time Eclipse Award winner for excellence in writing about thoroughbred racing. His piece Memories of a Master was named a notable sports story in The Best American Sports Writing 2015 anthology. His headline writing and general reporting has been honored by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists. His sketch comedy has been performed at the Warehouse and Source theaters in Washington, D.C. and Theatre Odyssey in Sarasota, Florida. He made his standup comedy debut in 2019 at the DC Improv Comedy Club. A graduate of American University, he studied writing with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor and improvisational comedy and performance at The Theatre Lab in Washington. He began his journalism career at The Ring, The Bible of Boxing.

Listen to him on the podcast "Going in Circles" by Charles Simon.