Thursday, November 17, 2011

99% poetry

There is a site for poetry called "99 Poems for 99 percent." The link is

This is a blog that speaks to the issues of the majority. Dean Rader, an English professor at the University of San Francisco, is the curator.

I would recommend that you log into this web page to see how relevant poetry is to Americans today.

And there still may be time to submit your voice to the outcry.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Today's "Get Fuzzy" Comic Strip

October 30's contribution by Darby Conley is appropriate for writers and the times.

Hope you don't take it seriously, though it does give pause.

Poetry has its place in the world today. The fear factor needs to be balanced by the beauty of words and by creating a respite for us all with the images that lift our spirits. Poets are there too to provide the echo of the turbulence.

What are your thoughts about this?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cupertino Poet Laureate: "First Words" and David Denny

Today marked the event,"First Words,' conducted by the Cupertino Poet Laureate, David Denny. He read some of his inspired poetry and was joined by six other local poets during the program.

Dave Denny is a teacher of poetry, literature, and creative writing at De Anza College. He holds the distinction of being chosen as the first Poet Laureate of Cupertino. The motto for his term as Poet Laureate is "Celebrate Creativity."

The other poets who presented their works were Jennifer Swanton Brown, Jack Hasling, Karl Kadie, Ron Miller, Ann Muto, and Laura Oliver. The audience at the outdoor Civic Center Plaza in Cupertino was delighted at the diversity of poetry presented.

I am honored to share that I am invited to participate as a reader of my poetry next time. For more information, please see laureate

Friday, September 30, 2011

National Writing Project: Why I Write October 20

This has been copied from


NWP Radio: Why I Write

OCTOBER 20, 2011

One way we're celebrating the National Day on Writing is by talking with writers about writing.

Join us for a conversation with Katherine Schulten , editor of theNew York Times Learning Network and a New York City Writing Project fellow; New York Times education reporter Fernanda Santos ; Dana Goodyear , Figment co-founder and staff writer for the New Yorker; and novelist and Writing Project teacherAshley Hope Perez .



For more information, contact Tanya Baker at

Friday, September 16, 2011

Poetry Foundation

There is a website that is a must-see for poets. It is

I learned about it through American Public Media. Garrison Keillor does a spot there called "Writers Almanac," in which he reads a poem aloud every morning.

You can sign up for biweekly messages from online.

To review the Writers Almanac offerings, see

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Poem about September 11 for 10th anniversary

This poem of mine was published in the September issue of "Writers Talk," the newsletter of South Bay Writers.

September 11.2001

by Susan Paluzzi

Are your loved ones O.K.?

On this gruesome day

That's the question we ask

As we face the task

Of clearing the debris

That could herald World War III.

The echoes resound

As the buildings tumble to the ground

Have you seen this person around?

Have you seen my daughter, my brother, my wife?

Or have we lost another life?

People hurtled from windows in terror

The images are imprinted forever.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Center for Writing Excellence & Newsletter & Contest

The Center for Writing Excellence is seeking contributions to the free newsletter, "Excellent Writing." Contributors are encouraged to include their bio and contact information.

There are guidelines at

The newsletter is released the first Monday of each month. Subscribers are allowed a free classified ad.

A contest with the deadline to enroll of September 30, 2o11 is also being held. Entrants get five days to write 700-1000 words based on a prompt. See: for more information. There is a nominal entry fee.

The C4WE also offers classes, as well as webcasts, for a very reasonable price.