Monday, March 05, 2007

Sandi Kahn Shelton and Joyce Peseroff Read on March 27th

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series welcomes novelist/humorist Sandi Kahn Shelton and poet Joyce Peseroff to the Anchor Bar on Tuesday, March 27th at 7 PM.

Sandi Kahn Shelton's second novel, A Piece of Normal, has just appeared in paperback. Sandi, a transplant to the New Haven area, always meant to move back to California but instead discovered she could live without the Pacific Ocean much more easily than she could do without clam apizza, snow days, and all the writers who live in this little 19-square mile area. Although by the age of five, she envisioned a smooth-running literary career for herself after she sold a story to her neighbors for 20 cents (the cost of a banana popsicle), she's discovered since then that the writing life, while mostly fun, isn't just about acquiring frozen desserts. She is the author of three non-fiction humor books about parenting--books that boast of offering absolutely NO viable parenting advice except "just try to make it from day to day." A feature writer and former humor columnist for the New Haven Register, she's the author of two novels, What Comes After Crazy and A Piece of Normal, and is currently at work on a third. She also maintains a blog at her website,

Joyce Peseroff's four books of poems are The Hardness Scale, A Dog in the Lifeboat, Mortal Education, and Eastern Mountain Time (Carnegie Mellon University Press). She is the editor of The Ploughshares Poetry Reader, Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake, and, most recently, Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. Recent poems and reviews appear in Margie, Memorious, Ploughshares, Salamander, Slate, and The Women's Review of Books. She has received grants for her poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, as well as a Pushcart Prize. She is Director of Creative Writing and the new MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series Spring Season

The Ordinary Evening Reading Series was created to bring emerging and established poets and writers to New Haven, and to enrich the already robust artistic, cultural, and literary scene in the Elm City. The readings always take place on a Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Anchor Bar’s Mermaid Room. For now, you’ll have to settle for one reading a month. Seating is limited so get there early! If you have a question about the reading series, please email If you’d like to receive announcements about upcoming readings, please email Here’s the reading schedule through May 2007. Click on the links to learn more about the readers and visit this site frequently for updates and news:

January 23 April Bernard and Roya Hakakian
February 27 Fred Dillen and Deirdre Bair
March 27 Sandi Shelton and Joyce Peseroff
April 17 Chandra Prasad and Sheila Kohler
May 15 Elizabeth Alexander and Lloyd Schwartz.