It’s Time

Not All Are Weeping is in my hands

We’re Having a Zoom Launch Party, and You’re Invited

On Sunday, June 4, from 2-3ish PM (EDT), I will celebrate the publication of my first chapbook, Not All Are Weeping, with a virtual book launch party. I will talk a little about my poetry journey and read some poems. Some friends will speak and read poems. (Sadly, I can’t bake cupcakes for you on Zoom. Please provide your own exciting and celebratory refreshments) Register now by clicking the link below.

Some of you may know my friend, Argy Nestor. You can look forward to hearing from her at the book launch. Argy is an educator, communicator, and artist. She will be interviewing me and keeping up with questions from the chat room. We have known each for years since our children were very young and she can tell good stories. You might want to ask her about our next project: a collaboration on a book of poetry and images.

Ms. Argy Nestor
Educator, Artist, Blogger, Connector
HundrED Ambassador, Academy member
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Argy in Hawaii at a pineapple farm

Many of you may be asking, “What is a chapbook?” In the world of poetry publishing, a chapbook is a small, focused collection of poems, usually 30-40 pages. It is not merely a collection of poems but a project with at least some coherence in the topic. It is not a collection of all the poems written in the past two years, for example, but a selection of poems that go together in some way. My poems are organized around issues of aging, loss, and grief as well as the painful reckonings we must make with ourselves at times. There are also some fantastical adventures with an orchestra full of trees and a slightly skewed winter sleigh ride. I am so grateful for all of your support and I hope you enjoy the book.

Schedule of Upcoming Events for the Release of Not All Are Weeping

May 12 – My copies will be mailed

May 19 – purchaser copies will be mailed

May 20- Saturday 1-5 Camden Poetry Festival, Camden, Maine 1-5 Camden Festival of Poetry

May 26- Friday at 2 PM at the Owl and Turtle Bookshop in Camden, Maine -Poetry Reading, Book Signing

June 4- Sunday 2-3 PM (EDT) Zoom Book Launch

June 15- Thursday 5-6 Stonebroke Bread and Books, Gardiner, Maine- Poetry Reading and Book Signing

Published by Jean Anne Feldeisen

I was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Mildred Shropshire and Theodore Felsberg Jr. I was raised in Galloway Township and graduated from Oakcrest High School in southern New Jersey in the Sigma 67 Class in 1967. I attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, and graduated from Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, and (almost) music. After that, I taught piano to local children and adults in the 70s and 80s, had a catering business, "Jean's in the Kitchen," from 1980 to 1992, then went to graduate school at Rutgers Camden to obtain my Masters's Degree in Social Work. Since 1996 I have worked as a therapist and counselor, first in New Jersey for five years and then, when our family moved to Maine, in Augusta, Maine, for five years. For the past 17 years, I have had a private psychotherapy practice in Gardiner, Maine, During the pandemic, I packed up and moved my office home to Washington, Maine. On the year of my seventieth birthday, I decided to write and self-publish a memoir about our parents' World War II romance, Dear Milly. I began blogging on Medium in earnest in 2020 and have posted more than 265 stories, including a block of stories about my catering career which I hope to turn into a book in the next year. I have been writing and collecting poetry since childhood but never showed it to anyone. Recently, I learned how valuable it could be to join a group for feedback and support for my writing. I have taken several courses and written many poems, and recently had several poems accepted for publication. Off in a new direction, again.

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