“So You Think You Can Write a Picture Book?” Using their own journeys, our panel of published picture book authors and illustrators discuss the pitfalls and perils of picture book writing, while providing valuable resources and insider tips for pursuing the craft, including what it takes to turn a manuscript into a book. Panelists include Joy Nelkin Wieder (The Passover Mouse), Carol Gordon Ekster (You Know What?), Susan Edwards Richmond (Bird Count), and Nicole Tadgell (Annie Astronaut). Dudley Square, Roxbury, MA.
Susan Edwards Richmond will read Bird Count, her picture book featuring Ava, a girl who becomes a citizen scientist for a day as she counts and tallies birds in her town’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Susan will lead a bird-themed activity, and copies of the book will be on sale. The Randall Library is at 19 Crescent Street, Stow, MA. For more information, call the library at (978) 897-8572. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Join Susan Edwards Richmond at Drumlin Farm’s Nature Center for a children’s book celebration! Susan will present her picture book, Bird Count, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. Count along with Ava as she becomes a citizen scientist for a day, tallying birds with her mom and team leader, Big Al, on their town’s annual Christmas Bird Count. The event will feature fun bird ID activities, a craft, and more. Books will be available for holiday purchase. Drumlin Farm is located at 208 S Great Rd, Lincoln.
Come to Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center for an all day Open House featuring our feathered friends! Susan Edwards Richmond will present her children’s picture book, Bird Count, which follows a girl, Ava, as she becomes a citizen scientist for a day on her town’s Christmas Bird Count. In addition, the day will feature children’s book illustrator Mark Hoffmann in a workshop for children, bird banding demonstrations, bird-related crafts and activities, and so much more. Joppa Flats is located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.
The Concord Museum hosts an Author/Illustrator Day for its acclaimed annual exhibit, Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Family Trees fills the Museum with trees and wreaths of all shapes and sizes fancifully dressed for the occasion with charming original ornaments inspired by a dazzling selection of children’s picture books. Susan will be on hand to talk about her picture book, Bird Count, which will have a tree in the 2019 exhibit.
Join Susan Edwards Richmond for a story hour in the Children’s Department at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on 1 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA. Susan will read her debut picture book, Bird Count, and and be available to answer questions and sign copies of the book.
Come join the flock as Susan Edwards Richmond launches her debut children’s picture book, Bird Count! Silver Unicorn Books, located at 12 Spruce Street in West Acton, hosts the event, which will feature a reading, snacks, and fun activities about birds. Through Ava’s adventures, learn how you too can be a citizen scientist and learn to spot interesting birds in your own backyard.
Susan Edwards Richmond and Kirk Westphal will read from their new books, Before We Were Birds and Bodies of Wood and Water at Galley 55, 55 Main Street, Natick, on Thursday, May 16. Join us for wine and cheese at 7 p.m., followed by the reading at 7:30. There will be an Open Mic following the featured readings.
Host of WBUR’s On Point, Meghna Chakrabarti will moderate a panel including Helene Atwan, Krysten Hill, Susan Edwards Richmond, and Nadia Colburn. Panelists will share their favorite Mary Oliver poems and discuss the importance of this tremendously influential poet on their own work. An audience Q&A will follow. More info at https://www.wbur.org/events/461193/a-tribute-to-mary-oliver .
Poets have been moved by bird song and identified with birds’ mysterious beauty throughout literary history. Poet and children’s author Susan Edwards Richmond provides an immersive reading offering a brief tour of bird-inspired poetry from the first known verse spoken in Hindi to Shakespeare’s writings and contemporary work by Mary Oliver and Gary Snyder. Listeners can appreciate the deep connection these writers felt for their subjects, while turning inward to ask what birds mean in their own personal aesthetics. Her talk is followed by a book signing and opportunity for conversation.
Registration for the meeting opens at 8 a.m. Don’t miss the Wayne Petersen Lecture by evolutionary biologist and ornithologist Richard Prum, author of The Evolution of Beauty, at 9 a.m. Click here for more info.
Susan Edwards Richmond will be the featured guest on Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds. Susan will talk about her poetry and her children’s book, Bird Count, to be released from Peachtree Publishing Company Inc. on October 1. Talkin' Birds airs live on Sunday, March 3 at 9:30-10:00am ET, from Mass Audubon’s 27th Annual Birders Conference.. To listen to the live stream, go to http://www.talkinbirds.com/listen. If you're listening live, you can call in to the Mystery Bird Contest at (781) 837-4900.
Susan Edwards Richmond will open for featured poet Javier Zamora in the Brookline Poetry Series on Sunday, February 17. Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the Lannan Foundation, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, and Yaddo. Zamora’s poems appear in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon, 2017) is his first collection.
The Brookline Poetry Series meets once a month on Sunday afternoons, September through May, normally in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Village Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA.
Susan Edwards Richmond and Terry House will read their poetry in Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio’s first winter poetry series. Come in from the cold and listen to the poetry of nature and community by two of the farm’s original plein air poets! Stay for refreshments and informal conversation. Hope to see you there! Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio is located at 38 Eldridge Road in Harvard, MA.
Jean Moore, Susan Edwards Richmond, Scott Ruescher, and Zvi Sesling will read from their new books in the NEPC's series opener on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. The reading will be at Harvard’s Yenching Library Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, and will be followed by a reception with the poets.
David Davis and Susan Edwards Richmond will kick off the Opening of the Saltbox Gallery's Fall Artoberfest Show with poetry that resonates with the work of the gallery's 12 artists. Readings will be from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception and beer tasting until 9 p.m. The event takes place in PITA Hall, Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA.
Artists represented in the gallery show are Priscilla Brown, Debbie Frio, Joe Frio, Margie Florini, Robert Hahn, Karyl Hayes, Anne Krupsky, Michael Milczarek, Darcy Moulton Scanlo, Karen Nastuk, Laura Stober, and Candy Way. Join us for an evening of poetry, art, and delicious food and drink in the beautiful atmosphere of Plum Island.
Thirty local poets will read original work created at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, MA on the theme Paths, Tracks, and Trails. The walk will take us around the pond, through the Medicine Wheel, to the Olympic Bell, and return through the Raspberry Patch on the way to the Orchard and Meditation Hut.
Participating poets are Zachary Bos, Lucinda Bowen, Polly Brown, Heather Corbally Bryant, Helen Marie Casey, David Davis, Wendy Drexler, Linda Fialkoff, Lynn Horsky, Terry House, Joan Kimball, William Lenderking, Moira Linehan, Greg Lowenberg, Deborah Melone, Franny Osman, Dawn Paul, Cheryl Perreault, Mary Pinard, Carol Prost, Joanne DeSimone Reynolds, Susan Edwards Richmond, Hilary Sallick, Georgia Sassen, Carla Schwartz, bg Thurston, Lynne Viti, Catherine Weber, and Mary Zoll. The event is free and there will be a reception following the walk. A chapbook of the 2018 collection of poems will be available for purchase.
Thank you to the Acton-Boxborough, Groton, and Littleton Cultural Councils for their continued support for the publication of the chapbook. All of these are local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Susan Edwards Richmond will read at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Bright Hill Press & Literary Center, 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY, 13846-4607.
Join us for The Silver Unicorn Bookstore's first-ever Poetry Night at 12 Spruce Street, Acton, MA! Four local poets will be reading selections from their work.
- Susan Edwards Richmond
- Helen Marie Casey
- Kirk Westphal
- E. Christopher Clark
Afterward, there will be a panel discussion with our resident bookseller and poet, Dana Dykiel. For more information, click on https://www.silverunicornbooks.com/.
Susan Edwards Richmond reads with Simeon Berry and John Canaday in Porter Square Books Poets & Pints Reading Series at the Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, on Wednesday, May 9. Join the poets at 6 p.m. for a social hour followed by a poetry reading at 7 p.m.
Susan Edwards Richmond will read at the 18th annual Boston National Poetry Month festival in the Commonwealth Room at the Boston Public Library on Saturday, April 7th, at 1:20 pm. Other readers in this hour will be poets Richard Fein, Michael Ansara, Barbara Helfgott-Hyett, Emily Pineau, Dennis Daly, and Denise Provost.
Susan Edwards Richmond and Gary Metras will read from new books, Before We Were Birds and Winter Storm, respectively, at Del Rossi's Trattoria, Route 137N, Dublin, NH. Gather before the reading at 2:30 p.m. for complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments and Open Mic sign up. If you would like to join the poets and host Rodger Martin for dinner afterward, please rsvp (603-525-4715 or email@example.com).
The Robert Creeley Foundation is delighted to announce our 18th Annual Robert Creeley Award winner, poet and prose writer Mark Doty. Mark your calendars for his public reading March 20th at 7:30 PM at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School auditorium, 36 Charter Road, Acton, Massachusetts.
Susan presented a poetry class via Skype to fourth graders at Chadwick International School in South Korea. She talked about poetry and imagination, discussed her favorite poems and influences, read some of her own work, and held a Q&A. (Times presented are times in Korea.)
The Concord, Massachusetts. Christmas Bird Count begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, as birders go out to listen for owls. Volunteers will fan out across their territories in multiple towns to count every single bird they see and hear over the 24-hour period. I will be joining my team in East Acton!
Susan Edwards Richmond and Wendy Drexler, poets and naturalists, will read from their latest collections, followed by light refreshments and conversation about the making of poems that link their lives to what Thoreau calls the “inexhaustible vigor” of wildness in the natural world.
A free event sponsored by The Friends of the Library and offered as part of Concord’s yearlong Thoreau Bicentennial, Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main St., Concord.