July 29, 2012
July 27, 2012
July 26, 2012
July 23, 2012
July 17, 2012
August 10-12 in Rhinebeck NY
Omega’s third annual Memoir Festival brings together celebrated memoirists along with new and seasoned writers who have real stories to tell and the courage to turn them into art. This weekend event is a unique opportunity to steep yourself in an art form that is on the cutting edge of literature today.
This year’s program includes Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog and Townie); Peter Birkenhead (Gonville), Melissa Coleman (This Life Is In Your Hands), and Linda St. John (Even Dogs Go Home to Die). They are joined by the inimitable McCourt brothers, Alphie and Malachy. The weekend is hosted by Fred Poole and Marta Szabo, directors of Authentic Writing.
Memoir, with its commitment to the artist’s own story and life, insists that writers take their own story seriously. It turns the writer inward to the true source of all art. This profound journey takes us from a story in our mind, where logic can prevail, to paper, where art and self-discovery take over and suddenly the outcome to any story is not so fixed.
This weekend you have time to explore and experiment with your own writing, as well as listen to and question some of the most outstanding memoirists in the nation. Through interactive writing workshops, discussions, readings, and the exhilarating chance to share your own work in public, you explore the art and craft of memoir in a beautiful and inspiring natural setting.
For More information, go to: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/omega-memoir-festival/?source=ePromo.OM.FM#-workshop-description-block
July 14, 2012
July 10, 2012
Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc., (IAW&A) has named Judy Collins as the recipient of the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012.
“Few American artists have sustained a career in popular music that is as exceptional and iconic as Judy Collins,” said IAW&A co-founder and president T.J. English. “Beginning in the early 1960s, with her role in the emergence of the folk music phenomenon, and through the rock ‘n roll explosion and cultural upheavals of the late-60s and early-70s, Judy’s pristine voice and beautiful songs gave clarity and hope to an entire generation. She has maintained that same level of artistry ever since.”
With a career that has spanned five decades, Collins recorded and performed music with the greatest singers of her era, everyone from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to Joni Mitchell and, more recently, Irish tenor Ronan Tynan. Along with performing her own songs, she has brought her inimitable style to classics by the Beatles, Leonard Cohen and Dylan. Some of her best-known renditions, including “Both Sides Now,” “Amazing Grace” and “Send in the Clowns,” have been Top 40 hits. She has recorded 38 albums and won numerous music awards, including two Grammys. She is also an author of five books – three memoirs, a self-help book, and a novel. In 1975, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her co-direction of a feature-length documentary about her classical piano instructor.
Upon being informed of her selection for the award, Collins said, “I am thrilled and honored to be given this wonderful award named after the great Eugene O’Neill. I have always believed that, in my heart, I am first and foremost a storyteller descended from a long line of Irish storytellers and balladeers. It is a great tribute to be mentioned alongside O’Neill; I will gladly be there to accept the award.”
Malachy McCourt, actor, author, IAW&A co-director, and a personal friend of Collins’ since the late-1960s, said, “Judy sings like an angel but has the strength of an iron worker. Her career has been like a beacon of light, even though – as befalls us all over a full life – she has known tragedy and despair.”
The Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2009 to honor the accomplishments of a writer, actor, musician, or cultural institution that has sustained a body of work that best exemplifies the level of integrity maintained by O’Neill. The inaugural recipient was Pulitzer-prize winning author William Kennedy. The other recipients have been actor Brian Dennehy and the co-founders of New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre, Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly.
The award, created by Tiffany & Co., will be presented Mon., Oct. 15, 2012 at a celebration to be held at the Manhattan Club above Rosie O’Grady’s in Times Square, just a few blocks from where Eugene O’Neill was born. Ticketing information will be available soon at the IAW&A website.
For more information on the IAW&A, visit the organization’s website at http://i-am-wa.org/ or Facebook page for updates and information.
July 7, 2012
July 2, 2012
IAW&A Salons are normally held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month but with the Independence Day holiday this week The first of the monthly Salons has been moved to Thurs, July 5th, 7PM, at Bar Thalia, Symphony Space at Broadway and 95th, NYC,
All are welcome to attend and enjoy as IAW&A members try out a scene from a play, a passage from a book, their latest song and more.