-Smoky Quartz: On the Road

Smoky Quartz
Celebrating Local Poetry and Prose

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21st 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
203 Main Street, Rindge, New Hampshire

Relax with a cup of coffee while listening to works by some of the Monadnock region’s finest writers. This event is sponsored by Smoky Quartz, the online journal of the Monadnock Writers Group.

Free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be served

Download an event flyer to share:
Smoky Quartz on the Road Flyer

-Notes from the November MWG Meeting

Mud Chronicles book reading at the Mariposa on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30
Fall Art Mixed Media Exhibit Jaffrey Civic Center, November 22-December 23, 2019

Our speaker for November was Randy Pierce. His presentation was informative and inspiring.

Here are some links for things mentioned in the presentation:
His non-profit 2020 Vision Quest: http://2020visionquest.org/
His blog On the Path: http://2020visionquest.org/blog/
His book See You at the Summit: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42382127-see-you-at-the-summit
The video of Randy ringing the bell at Tough Mudder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U82L8hSLZhI
TEDx video Transition Trauma and Social Risk Management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kShGJfwY5kY
TEDx video Vision Beyond Sight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JplehvyGMdQ
HBO’s “Inside the NFL” Fan Life: Randy Pierce Full-Tilt Full-Time nominated for a Sports Emmy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9-5ksq8iJE

A couple notes I took:
Work fun into the essence of what you do
Celebrate what you can do
Adversity is what gives us a choice – grow or don’t
Practice makes progress
Frustration leads to failure – convert that frustration to curiosity
Attitude is the difference between adversity and an adventure

-Mud Chronicles Reading

Mud Chronicles Reading
Our next Mud Chronicles reading will be held at 6:30 – 7:30 on Wednesday, December 4, in the Mariposa Museum.

We will have about ten of the contributors reading their own pieces: poetry, fiction or memoir. We will also have some of the artwork to view in its original form.
Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase.
Admission is free but contributions in support of the Mariposa Museum are welcome.

The Mud Chronicles

The Mud Chronicles: A New England Anthology includes works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and images from New England writers and those who have a strong connection with the region. These works reveal the transitional essence of “the fifth season” in both physical and emotional landscapes.

Experience of our “fifth season” highlights this anthology, showing how much landscape and seasonal cues matter to our contributors. Plus, beings of metaphor that we are, the fifth season reminds us of emotional transitions, of times that don’t fit smoothing in the unfolding of life, that mark a shift in who we were and who we will become. – Sara Miller

-Submissions Open: Pop-Up Stories Hunger & Homelessness: Stories of Hope

Following the success of Firelight Theatre Workshop’s Pop up stories about “Tiny Friendship Stories” this past summer, we are continuing this tradition of community collaboration in support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 16th-24th.

We are asking for stories of 100 words or less inspired by the prompt “Hunger & Homelessness: Stories of Hope.” Perhaps you have experienced hunger or housing insecurity or you have helped someone experiencing the same. We would like to hear your story.

The stories can be submitted to Jason Lambert and Lisa Rogers, email hungerhomelessnesshope@gmail.com, by November 8th.

Pop Up Stories

Some stories will be selected to be read by actors from Firelight Theatre Workshop and ConVal High School at an art opening by ConVal High School students being held at the Peterborough Library on November 15th titled “What Does it mean to Feel at Home?” Stories will also be recorded, so the community can listen to them while the art show is exhibited at the library.

Please share this call for stories with others you think might have a story to tell.

We want your story to be heard. It is important these stories are heard. Out of respect for writers who wish to remain anonymous, all submissions recordings, and readings will be listed anonymously. The privacy of all writers will be completely upheld.

Facebook & Instagram: @hungerandhomlessnessawareness

-Poetry in the Pines: Cathedral of the Pines and the Monadnock Writers Group announce winners of the “Poetry in the Pines” Competition, Reception 2019

Poetry in the Pines

On September 22, the winning entries in our summer poetry contest were permanently placed on the trail at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge alongside last year’s winners. Our judge, Tim Mayo (pictured here), read an intriguing selection of his poetry. The contest winners and other finalists also read their poems in the meeting hall and then again on the trail.

The winning entries were:
Snow Melt by Jessie Salisbury
Spawn by William Doreski
Saps Running by Stephen Seraichick

The other finalists were:
Tones by Ann Day
Moonrise by Johnathan Blake
Pasture Rose by William Doreski
I Made the Stream Run Good Today by Kathryn Newman Schongar

-Notes from the MWG Meeting 9/21/19

Here are my highly unscientific notes from our meeting. Feel free to add something that spoke to you in the comments!

Poetry Bridging Continents Event, Oct 28-31
MWG members have no charge for events but do email Roger or Maura to get on the list

Smoky quartz has rolling submissions https://smokyquartz.org/

Fall in Love With New England has free access on Friday, in Nashua http://fallinlovewithnewengland.com/

Nov Peterborough Library Book Group Evicted by Matthew Desmond – Wed Nov 20 6:30 pm, Fri Nov 22 11 am
This Pulitzer Prize-winning book is available for 25% off at Toadstool in Peterborough

Alliance of Artist Communities (like Macdowell)

September Quill

We have released the first issue of the Monadnock Writers’ Group newsletter for our 2019-2020 program year: https://monadnockwriters.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/the-quill-2019-9.pdf

Note that our first meeting will be held at the MacDowell Colony on September 21. This venue always provides an exciting start to our programs, featuring presentations from two of the current MacDowell Fellows.

Also note that on the next day, September 22, we will sponsor an event jointly with Cathedral of the Pines to announce the winners of our summer poetry contest. The three winning poems and four other finalists will read their poems in addition to a reading by Tim Mayo, our contest judge. See details in the Quill.

Rodger and Denny installing the winning poems at Cathedral of the Pines. Photo and supervision by Carl.
Rodger and Denny installing the winning poems at Cathedral of the Pines.
Photo and supervision by Carl.

Seeking an author: Hunger and Homelessness Week is November 16-24. The Toadstool is interested in holding a reading related to this theme, possibly on Saturday the 23rd. If you can recommend a local author who has published on hunger, homelessness, or poverty to do this reading, please let me know.

Carl Mabbs-Zeno, Secretary
Monadnock Writers’ Group

-Writerly Event: Peterborough Players Playwright-Director Downtown at Mariposa Museum for First Friday

Charles MoreyJoin the Peterborough Players at the Mariposa Museum for First Friday in August. Playwright and Director, Charles Morey, will give a peek behind the curtain at the process of writing, and then directing his upcoming play Dumas’ Camille.

Mr. Morey is the author of eleven produced plays. Figaro was commissioned and produced Off-Broadway by the Pearl Theatre Company in 2012 and was named a NY Times “Critic’s Pick.” The Granite State was premiered by the Peterborough Players in the summer of 2014. In addition he has written Laughing Stock – a hilarious romp, loosely based on his time as Artistic Director of the Players in the 70s — which has received close to 200 hundred productions around the world, The Yellow Leaf, The Ladies Man (an adaptation from Feydeau with over 70 productions to date) as well as adaptations of the 19th century classic novels, The Count of Monte Cristo, A Tale of Two Cities, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula and The Three Muskateer. His plays have been produced at numerous professional theatres around the country, and Laughing Stock has been in continuous production in Russia since 2013. His current projects include a commission to write the Libretto for a Music-Theatre piece about Walter Reuther and the American Labor Movement with composer Greg Pliska, tentatively titled A Most Dangerous Man. He is also working on the first draft of a new play, Monadnock, the third of the ‘New Hampshire Plays’ including The Granite State and The Third Sky.

Mr. Morey was the Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City from 1984 to 2012 where he directed more than 90 productions including world premieres of Find and Sign by Wendy MacLeod, Bess Wohl’s Touch(ed) and In as well as first regional theatre productions of Les Misérables, The Producers, and The Vertical Hour. While serving as Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players from 1977 to 1988, he directed some 35 productions including significant world premieres by Percy Granger (Eminent Domain and Unheard Songs) and Poet Laureate of the United States Donald Hall’s Ragged Mountain Elegies.

Charles Morey splits his time between Peterborough and NYC. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.

He will direct Dumas’ Camille at the Players August 14th -25th. This will be the east coast premiere for this moving play filled with some of the most beautiful music ever written. It is a deeply romantic love-story about the relationship of reality to memory and art, set at a rehearsal for Verdi’s La Traviata.

“I am delighted to be part of the Players First Friday presentations and look forward to talking about the rich and fascinating history behind Dumas’ Camille” says Playwright–Director, Charles Morey. “I enjoy being a part of this incredibly creative community in the Monadnock Region.”

Don’t miss the August edition of Peterborough Players First Friday downtown at the Mariposa Museum on Friday, August 2nd. Admission is free, doors open at 5:30pm, and the program will begin at 6:00pm. Tickets for summer season shows are on sale and can be purchased at Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, or by calling (603) 924-7585. For more information, please visit www.peterboroughplayers.org.

-Member News: Carl Mabbs-Zeno Releases A Witness Too Silent

Have you tired of hearing me claim I am writing a novel, several novels, just not willing to to do the busy work of getting them published? Well, I am tired of making the claim so I finally did the busy work. I expect one to be released each month this summer. The first is available now on Amazon or by order from any bookstore (ISBN978-1-7331262-0-5). The Toadstool had some copies today. The electronic version is available for $5 from Amazon (ISBN 978-1-7331262-0-5). More details are attached below.

Not everyone reads novels and no one is likely to be interested in all of mine but I enjoyed writing all of them and offer them you in case you find something amusing in one of them.

Carl M-Z


A Witness Too SilentA Witness Too Silent
Two years teaching in Africa! A new PhD envisions an exciting start to his career but soon sees his training has given him little preparation for the experience.
How much can a modest young American on his own help in an unfamiliar country? Bretton must set his goals low although he hopes to leave some legacy of his time overseas. He struggles to understand the agricultural college where he is teaching in Lesotho while apartheid rages in neighboring South Africa.
When Bretton returns twenty years later, he is less modest, less naïve, and less ambitious but more troubled by a crisis no one but he remembers.
paperback: ISBN978-1-7331262-0-5
electronic: ISBN 978-1-7331262-0-5

A Pale Shade of HonorA Pale Shade of Honor
Eighteen is too early for some young men, even bright and sincere ones, to navigate the demands of starting college, meeting girls, growing independent of family and facing the draft.
The narrator of this story would hate to admit he learned more about himself from the Army than from college although he knows he failed at both. At twenty-one, with the war behind him, he expects, and we agree, he will cope better with whatever he faces next.
Release date: July 4, 2019
paperback: ISBN978-1-7331262-2-9
electronic: ISBN 978-1-7331262-3-6

Niege NoireNiege Noire
Two women lost in an urban storm; three days of bad weather; one reluctant guide to find the way.
Release date: August 8, 2019
paperback: ISBN978-1-7331262-6-7
electronic: ISBN 978-1-7331262-7-4

Birch Bark and Blackberry ThornBirch Bark and Blackberry Thorn
Three honest young men in rural New Hampshire struggle with the dark underground in their community.
Release date: September 2, 2019
paperback: ISBN978-1-7331262-8-1
electronic: ISBN 978-1-7331262-9-8