Saturday, February 16, 2019

February 7, 2019

The meeting  began at 6:00 p.m.


Al Koch, Sharon Palmeri, Katherine Flotz, Amy Brailey, Tim Phillipart, Hardarshan Valia, David Wilgus, Bev Stanislawski, Gail Galvin, and Lisa Groszek
Visitor:  Mike Ripley


A vote of approval for the January 17, 2019 minutes was first given by  DAVID WILGUS and seconded by MIKE RIPLEY


 Meeting March 7 and April 4:  These two meetings will be held in the Public Library in St. John.  Address:  9450 Wicker Ave, St John, IN 46373


ADAM SEDIA:  Adam won first place in the Classical Poet’s Contest with a prize of $1,000 for his poems entitled “Arise You Bones”, “To Xi”, and “Let None Dare Call It Beauty.”  Congratulations, Adam!

HARDARSHAN VALIA:  Valia’s essay entitled “A Particle in Perpetual Motion” got three acceptances.  He had it published, along with his poem “Scene at the Poetry Recital Venue” in River Babble at  The poem he read today, entitled “Imprint on Bench of a Bus Stop” was published in Poetic Medicine in the section where Poets Respond.

TIM PHILLIPART started Savoy Publishing.  He shared the process of starting your own publishing company with the group.

HARDARSHAN VALIA read his poem “Imprint on Bench of a Bus Stop” which he wrote in response to a request for poems addressing the #MeToo Movement.  It is a free verse poem about a snowflake blending with a victim’s tears, leading to the lack of shape of the snowflake reflecting the lack of voice of the victim

TIM PHILLIPART read four free verse poems.  The first, entitled “Under Le Pari sien,” plays with the title of a Paris newspaper as it describes a young couple who use it to block the rain as they cuddle on a cold day.  The second, “Limitations” describes a man gazing in awe into his lover’s eyes, fear-filled with the knowledge that he will hurt her.  “Negativity” and “Permanent Pose” laughingly take a look at our recent arctic weather as they look at responses to the Polar Vortex.

AL KOCH read “To Be a Turtle” chronicling his journey from being the slowest reader in the class to being one of the best.  His mother’s encouragement to look for the good in everything helped him, even years later, to discover that a turtle takes risks in everything he does.  That’s what makes him great.

BEVERLY STANISLOWSKI touched on the themes of Valentine’s Day, reading a Petrarchan Sonnet (Rhyme scheme ABBA ABBA on the initial Octet with a shift in the subject and the introduction of 2-3 new rhymes on the last sestet.  Bev used CDCDCD).  “Looking for Love” in true Petrarchan theme tells of a lover’s decision to leave a false love for one that is true and worthy.  “When Love Found Me” is a Pantoum—a type of Malaysian folk poetry with rhymed quatrains (Sets of 4 lines) in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza become the first and third lines of the next.  This poem shares of the ecstasies of true love (perhaps the one searched for in the previous poemJ.)   

DAVID WILGUS read a portion of his book entitled A Cross to Bear.  This section contains the introduction to Chad and Cindy who meet at a high school dance.  Both have a difficult past—Cindy has a controlling ex-boyfriend while Chad has a past history of racism based on his experience getting jumped by an African American. 

GAIL GALVAN read a short story entitled “Red Rover, Red Rover! 51st Place Flashbacks,” which reflects on the childhood of those of us who grew up before the 2008 technology boom, when fun was had through pick up ball games in the neighborhood, the joys of the ice cream man, and the care of a loving family.

LISA GROSZEK read another section of her novel Becoming Memorable. (The story of the camera that captures its subjects.)  In this section, we are in modern day where Ryan and Abby stumble on the camera which Ryan chooses and a painting for Abby. 

The Meeting Adjourned at 7:50

Respectfully submitted by Amy Brailey    

Sunday, January 27, 2019

January 17, 2019


Tammy Breitweiser, Al Koch, Amy Clites, Caren Von See, Sharon Palmeri, Sharon Buckman, Katherine Flotz, Amy Brailey, Ruthann Graczyk, Tim Phillipart, Corri Stephenson, and Paula Stephenson, Diane Stratton, Jessica Rewald and Danielle Johnson


A vote of approval for the January 3, 2019 minutes was first given by CAREN VON SEE and seconded by RUTHANN GRACZYK


AMY CLITES shared about the Writer’s Retreat she had recommended last meeting.  (Future ones will be held on the Second Saturdays of February, and March.  (Posted on Facebook)  The retreat was organized by Linda Harris.  The event costs $40, which includes lunch.  Amy thoroughly enjoyed the time which provided space for writers to spend time enjoying nature and the inspiration it offers.

TIM PHILLIPART gave a handout sharing critiques of famous writers and information on “classics” who self-published.  He highlighted a quote about Mark Twain and how he self-published and utilized the technology of his day to get his work in the hands of those who would read it. 

CAREN VON SEE gave a handout of “Things we say today that we owe to Shakespeare.”

AL KOCH informed the group that the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act has released a number of works to public domain which frees writers in use of quotes, lyrics, etc. In other words, works created before 1924 would be considered in public domain. See these links for more details:


TAMMY BREITWEISER has an essay entitled “My Almost Secret Writing Life” published in I Wrote It Anyway:  An Anthology of Essays.  She also has a work of Flash Fiction entitled “Ironic Honeymoon” which will be published on  

TAMMY BREITWEISER read two free verse poems.  The first, entitled “The Demons Steal My Soul” describes the narrator’s struggles with his/her own thoughts.  The second, “Downtown” which vividly describes conflicting elements of life in a downtown.

TIM PHILLIPART read a poem entitled “The Mercy Seat” in which he describes a student who is given the “Special seat” by the classroom door.  This place of responsibility encourages his good behavior and motivates him for more responsibility.

AMY CLITES read the first chapter of her novel entitled Inside Chance.  In the chapter, Joni Chance is walking along listening to music.  She has a creepy feeling, like a buzzing in her brain, but is distracted from it by the arrival of Izzy, a girl who bullies her.  The scene ends as Joni walks away, thinking of her mom and using music to drown out Izzy’s taunts. 

CAREN VON SEE read Chapter 10 of her novel entitled My Treasure Chest.  In this chapter, Antonio has invited his uncle Lorenzo over to discuss his gambling problem.  Sara and Antonio flirt while getting ready for the confrontation.  Uncle Lorenzo arrives, followed by Angelo who makes a pass at Sara and is confronted by Antonio.

AMY BRAILEY readDowntown Diversion” from her collection Don’t Leave Me Hangin’. Two men break into an office building and are on the verge of getting caught. 

AL KOCH read “Empty Promises,”  a commentary on the loss of integrity in today’s society where people in all arena’s speak words they know they do not mean.  These words have a devastating effect on a younger generation.  He challenges us to let our words and our character mean something. 

CORRI STEPHENSON continued Chapter 1o of her NaNoWriMo novel entitled The Watcher.  In this section, the Guardian and the boy are discussing the boy’s unique abilities, which we have yet to discover.  A second ghost appears, smelling burnt, and the boy recoils from him.  The Guardian takes him to see something.

PAULA STEPHENSON shared an untitled piece in which Hugo, the lion, lost his roar and is being teased by the other animals.   

DIANE STRATTON  read an untitled fiction story.  In this section, New Age guru Pax Peyton is giving a seminar in which each person feels they are the answer to their community’s needs.  He has divided the room into groups with a sampling of people from each age group to list their community’s concerns.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted,