Sunday, December 6, 2009

Online links to my work

Online links to LVPD work:

Three more poems have been accepted by qarrtsiluni recently, to be published in their Health issue, which begins in January. All my qarrtsiluni poems also have MP3 recordings published with them. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Reading Schedule

Upcoming readings:

December Wordplay featuring Two Upstreet Poets:
Lisken Van Pelt Dus and Cynthia Saunders

Papyri Books, 45 Eagle Street, North Adams, MA
Saturday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m.


WordPlay, the monthly reading series co-sponsored by Inkberry and Papyri Books, will be presented Saturday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. at Papyri Books , 45 Eagle Street. Featured writers will read from their work, which has recently appeared in upstreet number five, a nationally distributed literary anthology published by Ledgetop Publishing, which is based in Western Massachusetts.

Vivian Dorsel, editor/publisher of upstreet, will introduce Lisken Van Pelt Dus and Cynthia Saunders, both poets whose work appears in upstreet number five. Ms. Dorsel will also read an excerpt from the Robin Hemley interview, which appears in the same issue of upstreet.

Lisken Van Pelt Dus teaches English and other languages in Great Barrington. Her poetry can be found in upstreet number one and two, Conduit, Main Street Rag, Ellipsis, and other journals. She has earned awards from The Comstock Review, Atlanta Review, and Writing the River: the 2004 Word Street Writing Contest. Her chapbook, Everywhere at Once, has just been released by Pudding House Press. She lives in Pittsfield with her husband.

Cynthia Saunders QuiƱones has been an English teacher in Dalton and writing instructor and advisory board member for Word Street in Pittsfield. She is now Director of Education for the Barrington Stage Company.. Her work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and upstreet number one. She lives in North Adams with her husband.

Gail Burns of Williamstown will host the event for Inkberry. After the reading, there will be a brief intermission, followed by the popular WordPlay open mic. Refreshments will be available, and admission is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact Papyri Books at (413) 662-2099 or visit Inkberry's website at

Monday, March 16, 2009

Everywhere at Once

Breaking news!

My chapbook, Everywhere at Once, has just been released by Pudding House Press, and is now available for purchase.

It's a collection of twenty poems, unified by bird imagery. In poems that travel the globe, the book deals with themes of immanence, identity, the human condition, and, of course, love.

A sample poem - in fact, the first one in the book, from which the title is taken - can be read at

The cover art is by my brother, artist John Van Pelt.

The book costs $10 plus shipping. Copies are available from me (in person, or e-mail me at or from Pudding House Press ( - scroll down the left side of the page to "Order Form"). If you order from me, let me know if you'd like your copy signed and/or dedicated. I'm also hoping to have copies in Berkshire bookstores soon.