Calling All Creative Writers!

Back in the old pre-covid days, here at ASA College we used to come together each year for literary events. Whether we were celebrating Black authors in February or our own students’ creative talents, the spirit and energy of these literary events always captivated our audience, and I believe it is time to resume that creative tradition.

I am inviting students to volunteer to join a creative writing committee to meet on Zoom and plan this virtual event for the Spring semester.

Whether you write–or you just love literature–contact me to sign up for our first Creative Committee Meeting on Sunday 1/17 at 1 p.m. Please email me to reserve your virtual seat:

Voices & Visions

This year at ASA College–both our Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses– we are celebrating Black History Month by honoring the cultural struggle and empowerment of black poets, playwrights, authors and artists in America. Beginning with the poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar and progressing to the present moment and the artwork of painter Kehinde Wiley, students and faculty will be sharing these remarkable works– all of which are part of our liberal arts curriculum at ASA–powerful voices and visions that have reshaped the culture of this country and changed the world

.ASA College Manhattan Campus 1293 Broadway : mezzanine lounge 4-6 pm Brooklyn Campus Lawrence Street (Rm tba): 4-6 pm

Campus Project: Haunted Manhattan

As crazy, congested and overpriced this island becomes, we New Yorkers still love it–and for me the name New Yorker also applies to all my international students who have the audacity to come here and make this city their own.And as certifiably crazy New Yorkers, they need to know their lineage and the history of this island dating back to the end of the last ice age when nomadic people first arrived from the north. This term my Saturday class is beginning our research focusing on the Lenape people who farmed, fished and cultivated these islands for thousands of years before the arrival of the Dutch. Beginning with lower Manhattan, we’ll create a tour guide and map of Manhattan so other Campus students can embark on their own walking tours.In addition to trying our hand at cartography, we’ll add to hour historical research ghost stories of other New Yorkers who came and stayed….and stayed, adding ghost sightings at each of the historical sites that we’ll be visiting in coming weeks. Have any young readers hooked on history and “verifiable” ghost stories– check out the Bearport series, including Nightmarish New York!

ZE! a masked event to be remembered…

Yasemin Aslangoren, a Turkish princess who graced our audience.

My deep appreciation to the actors and writers who performed in our staged reading of ZE! And of course to my students, as well as the kind and curious who wandered in to join us at Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village on Saturday. Among them were Melissa Santos and her son, Noah, a gifted reader with whom I hope to be collaborating along with other kids and moms on creative writing projects. Noah is currently keeping his own creative writing journal (which he hides under the mattress of their bunk bed to keep it safe from his little brother known as “the shredder”) to generate ideas for future projects!

Pronouns & the Power of Ze!

Join Book Bogglers for our upcoming event charting the slow exit of thee, thou, thy, thine and ye from everyday English and the new emergence of non-binary pronouns such as ze, zim and zir—along with “they” as a singular pronoun making a formal appearance in the Merriam Webster & a reading from the BOOK OF ZE, with fellow writers & actors: Monique Pappas, Se Hee Jo, Amira Appleblossom, Louis Herrera & others TBA.

Saturday 11/9 | 3-4:30 pm Jefferson Market Library 425 Avenue of the Americas

Pre-publication review copies will be available upon request at the event. For more info visit:  

Thanks ASA College for the Warm Welcome!

Book Bogglers Amira Appleblossom, E Merwin and Se Hee jo at ASA College reading Septemeber 2019

For most of us, keeping it together, working multiple jobs and caring for family in these harsh times, is a daily creative effort. But to find time to come together to talk about our creative gifts and the source of all creativity, is a great pleasure.

Thank you to all the ASA College students and faculty who joined us for a reading from A LEGEND of NOW. We’ll be back on October 30 for a reading of HAUNTED TITANIC along w a raffle for free copies of this Bearport Publication. If you signed up for a free review copy of A Legend of NOW, the delivery has arrived, and we will by emailing you to pick up your book.

Yosemely Caravajal signing our guest list!
Students w. E. Merwin discussing our creative gifts!


… if you love spooky stories! Join me at ASA College on Wed. 9/ 4 to launch 2 of my 2019 spooky titles for Bearport Publishing: Horror in Michigan and Horror in New York. As with all my Bearport titles, these stories are both weirdly verifiable–no, not the ghost, but all the stories have been reported by multiple witnesses, documented in books and newspapers, and are the result of not my imagination, but research! 

The real pleasure in writing these books for Bearport, including Haunted Titanic in 2018, certainly has been in tracking down the stories, and it is my hope that beyond the fun of a good scare, kids will research the people, cities and events where these haunted stories unfold.

I will also be joined by friends and faculty in reading the opening chapters of A Legend of Now and introducing the book’s twin, A Tale of Two– and offering review copies to all interested readers!

WED 9/4 at ASA College 105 West 33rd St. NYC 10001 Room 710 6-7 PM

Join us on 3/23 in the Village for our 1st scripted reading of A Legend of Now!

All is not well in the New Order of the World…

Join Indigo and Thistle– along with a talented cast of friends, for our first dramatic reading of A Legend of Now! We are fortunate to be presenting in the Jefferson Market Library at 425 Avenue of the Americas on Saturday March 23 from 3-4:30 pm.

Let’s celebrate Spring and the power of the creative process to trump tyranny and illuminate these dark times!

Join us in the Village for more ghostly tales!

A literary reading at Jefferson Market Library 425 Avenue of the Americas on Saturday 3/23/2019 from 3-4:30. Recommended for writers of any age.

Jefferson Market Library probably has a few ghosts of its own. This Victorian Gothic gem with its ponderous oak doors and vaulted windows was once a courthouse–where even a few literary types found themselves before the judge. Great American author, Stephen Crane appeared to defend a young woman hauled in as a prostitute. And before she became a Hollywood icon, Mae West, wrote and appeared in off-Broadway plays–one which landed her in the Jefferson Market jail overnight on obscenity charges when she couldn’t raise bail.

So the building itself–designed in partnership with Calvert Vaux, who with Frederick Law Olmtead bequeathed NYC two other jewels: Prospect and Central Park–deserves a visit.

Readings are frequent and varied, as booked by Frank Collerius, the literary impresario of the library. Last year I brought a group of international students to experience Macbeth in the the round–they barely understood a word, but were bewitched by the rhythm as well as the sexiness and violence of the robustly acted tale. Earlier this month, I attended Feminist Fables from France by author Emily Blake, and was struck by how, even when stripped of any semblance of theater, the drama of good writing resonates when read by a talented performer.

And so I am very appreciative to have this opportunity to share some of my own experiences as an author and my own literary encounters with ghosts ranging from banshees to the phantoms of the Titanic, sightings of Edgar Allen Poe in the Village, as well as the ghosts of John Lennon at the Dakota.

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