After a year’s sabbatical from fiction, I am thrilled to say that I began the first story of a new collection of short stories on Christmas day and finished it this morning! The ideas had been insistently popping up for some time, and I finally conceived the thread to connect them. For now, the working title is Round Trip, and I suspect the project will occupy me for the rest of this year. It feels good though to have taken that first step!
John Keats writes in his beautiful Ode to Autumn about “Seasons of mellow fruitfulness,” and composer Daniel Steven Crafts and I are excited to say that this fall has yielded not only a May 2017 performance date for choral excerpts from our opera Adonais in Santa Fe, but now also, (we hope as we try to firm up schedules), the opportunity to have two of today’s brightest young opera talents, tenor Brian Cheney and mezzo-soprano Deborah Dmanski, record arias and scenes from the work with piano accompaniment. The target date is late November or December 2016 in New York. So stay tuned and check out the details on the OTHER PROJECTS page.
Then, too, the first Theatre Miniature video featuring Curt Dale Clark appeared on October 22, 2016 in Broadway World and was received with much positive attention. I film the second next week: a profile of director Brian P. Allen.
And finally, Scene 4 published my colorful profile of Broadway singer and actor Nat Chandler! So, if you haven’t already check these out! It has been a productive fall!
I had a wonderful time researching, interviewing, and preparing this article on Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s body of fifteen original musicals. You can read the piece in the August issue of SCENE 4 Magazine at the link above. Scene 4 is a wonderful, multi-media monthly arts journal with an international circulation. I will post the article on my blog when the rights revert to me in September.
Writing has kept me busy this February, as winter hopefully winds down here in Maine. My new short story collection, Carousel, is out and available, and I have several book talks scheduled this spring. Even more exciting is that the concluding story from the collection, “The Promise of Saint Michel,” appears in the March issue of Scene 4 Magazine. Last month’s scene 4 carried my piece on the Maine poet Edwin Arlington Robinson and his connections to Gardiner. And in addition to the usual Fanfare reviews and Broadway World pieces, I had the opportunity to interview Anita Stewart (Portland Stage) and Curt Dale Clark (Maine State Music Theatre) about their exciting upcoming collaboration this August: a co-production of Frank McCourt’s The Irish and How They Got That Way. You can read the piece here!
First review of CAROUSEL from Self Publishing Review, February 3, 2017, is in, and we are pleased!
Carousel and Other Stories by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold is a lyrical collection of stories about the small poetic moments in a marriage. Whether it’s a couple rekindling their passion on vacation, couples facing the daunting prospect of the draft, it’s a collection about fears and dreams unfulfilled, but each finding contentment among the difficulty. Verdino-Süllwold’s prose is eloquent and thoughtful. She has clear affection for her characters and sympathy for their troubles, which only evokes the same feeling in the reader. Read More
Weiala Press has published to You Tube two excerpts of Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold’s reading from CAROUSEL and Other Stories. The first is from “Don Avalon,” an amusing memory about a middle school music teacher, while the second is from “Shards,” about the memories of anniversaries past contained in the work of a Wellfleet potter.
My fourth work of fiction, Carousel and Other Stories is being printed and will be released February 23, 2016. The distributor Weiala Press has used for over twenty years is getting out of that end of the business, so we are forced to repurchase all the ISBNs for previous works and go through the laborious process of re-listing/issuing the books ourselves through the industry channels. The second printings of all the fiction will carry the new ISBNs and once again be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and directly from Weiala, Just another sign of the way the publishing and print journalism industries continue to change with lightning speed!