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CNY Branch of the NLAPW

Summer Surprises! CNY Branch Exciting News From Members

Janet Fagal’s poem about finding animal shapes in puffy summer clouds, “Take 10 to Find Ten,” was accepted for Bridget Magee’s latest anthology for kids of all ages, 10 •10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 different ways. It will be available this fall.

Appearing this fall in Cayuga Lake Books’ From the Finger Lakes: A Memoir Anthology is Janet Fagal’s poem, “Learning to Fish”. This poem has appeared before in On Montauk and the CNY Branch’s anthology In the Company of Women. It also was awarded Third Place in the NLAPW 2014 Biennial’s Della Crowder Miller poetry contest. It was the poem of the week at in 2014. In addition, CNY Branch artist member, Joan Stier, painted Janet and her grandmother clamming at the bay in 2018. The poem and this painting hang proudly in Janet’s front hall. It remains a poem close to her heart because it symbolizes the importance of early childhood experiences with family which has taken on new meaning since the birth of her first grandchild in 2016. It remains a poem about cherished memories.

Janet’s poem, “2020 Hindsight” which focuses on life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been selected and will be featured at in the coming months on the online poetry page.


Joan Applebaum will be teaching painting classes during the month of August at the Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton NY. She recently painted an Adirondack Chair to be raffled as part of a fundraising event for Hearts For Youth, a non-profit formed to support the youth in the community of Alexandria Bay, NY and surrounding areas. (photo of chair at the end of this email)

Joan was recently interviewed for the Mispillion Art League website. You can see the video at this link.

Janine DeBaise's lyrical, powerful essay "Wings," about aging, dealing with dementia in the family, birding, and love, was chosen for publication by the South Dakota Review, a literary journal published by the University of South Dakota.


Rachael Ikins was honored to be included in a book launch for Through the Looking Glass: Reflections on Madness and the Chaos Within from Indieblu publications at Philadelphia’s The Big Blue Marble Bookstore. There were nine featured readers and the editors of Indieblu for a Q & A after the reading. The anthology is available on Amazon. Coming soon from Indieblu Press is the second anthology But You Don’t Look Sick about living with chronic illness, several Ikins poems included. Courtesy of a Poets & Writers’ grant and Owl Light/Canadice Press, Rachael is a featured reader from the press’s upcoming issue. Each feature reads up to ten minutes. Anyone interested in attending should contact her at, and she will email you the link to join to listen.

Rachael Ikins had a poem accepted for the fall issue of the Muddy River Poetry Review. Ikins’ work appears in the 2021 edition of Le Mot Juste through Just Poets and published by Foothills Publishing. The launch was Sunday in person and at the last minute, also Zoom due to breakthrough Covid infections.


Judith McGinn's moving poem "Final Quest" was selected as a featured poem by the NLAPW poetry editor to appear on the website. The poem about the pandemic, false narratives, climate change, and human survival begins with the intriguing line, "I’m quarantined in Middle-earth on a cold, wintry day."


Nancy Dafoe has three poems and an essay published in four-page spread in 34th Parallel magazine, published both online and in print.

Dafoe and Bobbie Dumas Panek have poetry published in the new anthology of poetry by Onondaga County poets and poets who support the arts in Onondaga County, titled, What We See on Our Journeys. The anthology was edited by Martin Willets, Jr. Dafoe's poems selected for the anthology are "We Who Are So Concerned with Death" and "Neglected Sixth or a Metaphor for the Prose Poem." Bobbie Dumas Panek's poems in the anthology include "More Fun than a Barrel of Celery," "Poet and African Violets," and "Lovely Locks."

Dafoe's novella Naimah and Ajmal on Newton's Mountain has been released by the publisher and is available through publisher Finishing Line Press and online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book distributors.

Dafoe and Rachael Ikins were individually recently interviewed via podcasts with the Parrot Literary Corner.


Linda Bigness offers a FREE Demonstration of encaustic wax painting on Saturday, July 31 from 1 to 4. Linda is also curating an exhibition of works in wax and mixed media at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY through mid-August.


Susan Murphy is teaching a watercolor class in Old Forge and is teaching "Urban Sketching" at the Sacketts Harbor Art Center. Sue also has working showing at ArtHouse at the Warehouse. Susan Murphy artwork appears here.

Just a few of our updates!


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