Thank you to everyone who helped to launch Atlantic on the evening of 23rd July!
It was hot as blazes in the basement of the Poetry Cafe, but the room was packed despite the heat, with about 40 people (or however many can fit into that basement, including people sitting up the stairs…)
It was a pleasure to share the stage with poet Bill Trubb, whose book All Men are Afraid also came out with Cinnamon Press recently.
The reason the night was extra-special for me was the presence of my mom Kathy, my Aunt Debbie and Aunt Robin, and Uncle Ed, all of whom happened to be on tour through Europe and the UK this month, with their ‘London day’ happening to fall on the 23rd. Though I always miss friends and family who are not able to attend, it was amazing to be surrounded by so many beloved friends and family members from both sides of the Atlantic!
I’m especially pleased to have photos by the talented Marcos Avlonitis, whom I recommend to all in need of a photographer.
Introducing the book.
Our table of publications!
Cinnamon’s lovely Editor, Jan, introducing Bill’s book and mine.
A happy poetry fan & friend of Bill’s.
Reading (and talking with my hands.)
My aunt Robin, mom Kathy, & uncle Ed.
Bill sharing a lovely reading.
Debbie, Robin, Kathy & Ed – special guests from Rhode Island
So glad my mom could be there!
One of the best parts – signing.
Cassie looks through the books for sale.
Two of my favourite ladies: Cassie & my mom finally meet.
Our dear friend Dr Paul Craddock
The first launch my mom’s been able to be here for.
A couple of poets goofing around.
My mom: first editor & best reader.
Friends Patricia & Paul get to meet my family too!
A quiet moment.
Richard & Robin chatting.
So pleased this reader feels that my family-themed poems hold universally-relatable emotions!
‘Lobstah!’ ‘No, crayfish!’
My mom & aunt get to meet Giskin Day, friend & mentor.
Excellent poet himself
So many special people here all together! Giskin, Paul, Ed, Robin, Debbie, Patricia, Kathy, me, Richard, Sarah, Lorraine