Monday, January 7, 2008

Poets, Writers Join in Birthday Festivities

My 60th birthday on January 5 brought together poets, writers, friends, and colleagues at the Writer's Center in Bethesda for a Saturday afternoon of diverse voices and good company.

Readers included Rose Solari, Bill O'Sullivan, Nan Fry, Cindy Lollar, Ginnie Hartman, Sarah Sorkin, Judith Witherow, Sue Lenaerts, Riggin Waugh, and Mary Beth Hatem. Poets from Rose's spring class at the Writer's Center included Ellen Cole, Laura Goldberg and Amani. And there were a few last minute surprises!

In the audience? About 60 people including my two children, Erin and Sean. They drove down from Philly for the event. And many of my friends from Frederick, MD, attended -- including Anne Garrett and Katherine Jones and Deb Gardner.

And there's much more to come! The image above is the invitation that went out to everyone . . . This was one of the most amazing days of my entire life!