A N N O U N C E M E N T S

 

1 December 2018

 

in my palm
edition 2:7 of the cherita

This edition of in my palm showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, India, Philippines, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and New Zealand.

in my palm is the last edition of 2018. So much has happened this year – we’ve had a Mad about Cherita contest being the first ever Cherita competition dreamt up by Christine L. Villa of frameless sky, a small selection of my cherita translated into Hindi and Punjabi in under raintrees by Arvinder Kaur in India, the first Cherita book Whispers of Dawn, A Book of Cherita by Celestine Nudanu in Africa, and my selection and editing of Larry Kimmel’s long-stemmed roses, to name just a few exciting happenings in Cherita’s continued growth.

I have also had a selection of my published cherita set to music by Richard St. Clair and I have been invited to give a lecture once upon a cherita . . .in the prestigious Peranakan Museum in Singapore about cherita and storytelling, to hopefully start 2019 off with a loud bang.

My writing class once upon a cherita . . . has yielded two budding cherita poets to date who have taken to the cherita with much enthusiasm and gusto. I wrote about the first new poet last month and she is now joined by another promising new poet. The two poets retain their own voices in the way they write the genre. I have been asked to reprise my cherita writing class for another twelve weeks in the new year to be followed by a further twelve weeks. At this rate, I may have to extend my class by a half hour each week.

STOP PRESS – A third cherita poet has just joined the two poets I mentioned above. I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me to nurture fresh talent. I am hoping that 2019 will produce even more exciting fresh cherita voices eager to share and tell their stories. Fingers crossed.

I have edited this edition as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Peter Jastermsky/ Andrew Riutta/ Gregory Longenecker/ Joanna Ashwell/ Antonietta Losito/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Tiffany Shaw-Diaz/ Arvinder Kaur/ Ernesto P. Santiago/ Jackie Chou/ Patricia Prime/ Richard Milton Grahn/ Richard St. Clair/ ai li/ Robert Horrobin/ Maryalicia Post/ Shoshanah Steinberg/ Larry Kimmel/ Ron Scully/ Pat Geyer/ Michael H. Brownstein/ Tia Haynes/ Pauli Dutton/ Taura Scott/ Joyce Futa/ Dan Sandman/ Christine L. Villa/ Elva Lauter/ Lynne Fayne/ Joanne Morcom/ Michael H Lester/ Peter Larsen/ Geoffrey Winch/ Grace Galton/ Madhuri Pillai/ Ruth Ingram/ Mary Gunn/ paula song sarmonpal/ Keitha Keyes/ Autumn Noelle Hall/ B.S. Saroja/ Joan E. Stern/ Josette D’Orazio/ Sharon Hawley/ Erika Wilk/

 

EXAMPLE OF WORK:

again
her red stilettos

finding their way

into
another of
my poems


Geoffrey Winch

I would like to take this opportunity thank all of you – poets, writers, contributors readers and cherita enthusiasts for your unstinting loyal and kind support for 2018. Please keep the cherita campfires burning into 2019 and beyond.

Amazon has asked me to let all our readers and contributors be aware of :-

Amazon launches Free Delivery Week promotion for all customers.

We have a fantastic promotion for you to share with your visitors! From 29th November to 5th December, all Amazon customers can enjoy free standard delivery, with no minimum purchase amount, when they use promotional code FREEDELIVERY at checkout. The promotion applies to all items listed as “dispatched” or “fulfilled” by Amazon on the product detail page and is available for millions of items with no minimum order amount, including top gift ideas like toys and electronics, as well as home items, fashion and more. The promotional code can be used multiple times throughout the Free Delivery Week promotion.

Learn more here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/freedeliveryweek

Your cherita stories continue to inspire short form writers and readers and so please keep on writing them.

If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.


ai li

editor
www.thecherita.com

 

 

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22 November 2018

once upon a cherita . . .
with ai li

7 pm Monday 7 January 2019
Ixora Room, Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 17994

I have been invited to give a lecture on cherita and storytelling in Singapore on Monday 7 January 2019 at the Peranakan Museum. The museum explores the art and culture of Straits Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, and which houses one of the finest and most comprehensive public collections of Peranakan objects. As a Straits Chinese woman or nyonya, I feel honoured to be giving a presentation in this prestigious museum where a large number of my late mother’s personal collection of fine kebayas, sarongs and related accessories have found a home. One set of her personal kebaya and sarong have been on display in a glass cabinet within the museum since my mother’s death in 2011. It would be like going home for me come the evening of my talk as the lion city has always been my mother’s spiritual home.

https://www.peranakanmuseum.org.sg/whats-on/lectures/7jan2019_aili

My lecture once upon a cherita . . . will take you into the timeless world of stories and storytelling with my personal Peranakan family stories, published cherita and other short poems. This presentation will be an hour long, accompanied by a power point presentation of vintage archival family photographs and text, and concluding with Q & A from the floor.

You are all invited to step into the vanishing world of the Peranakans – the Straits Chinese of old Malaya and Singapore.

Seating will be on a first come first served basis.

If you live or happen to be in Singapore on and around this date, it will be lovely to meet you.
Do please come forward to make yourself known to me if you are in the audience.

I look forward to meeting all of you.

In light,

ai li

 

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we cannot go back
by ai li

the launch of ai li’s new third book of cherita
which features 90 virgin Cherita with a one poem to a page format, and now available in paperback and on kindle on Amazon.

To celebrate and coincide with the announcement of my forthcoming lecture in Singapore in January 2019, I have decided to launch my third book of cherita and continue telling and sharing stories that need to be told.

wecannotgoback


One example from my new book :

 

too late

to turn back
now

i’m in
my dreaming
room


ai li

copyright ai li 2018


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1 November 2018


snow ghosts

edition 2:6 of the cherita

This edition of snow ghosts showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Ireland, Canada, India, New Zealand, Italy, Romania, France, Poland and Australia.

snow ghosts take us all into the season of mists with shorter days and darker nights. I have enjoyed selecting and collating this edition, and as always, I have tried my best to ensure that each edition of the cherita will give the reader a very different reading experience from the previous editions.

As for my once upon a cherita . . . writing class, I am pleased to report that I may have found a new cherita poet. She is not only extremely enthusiastic about the genre, but writes from her own personal truths thus giving her words much poetic power. I have asked her to put together a submission for the cherita, and I am looking forward to receiving her contribution. She will be part of the growing list of new and good cherita writers.

I have edited this edition as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Andrew Riutta/ Akane/ ai li/ Maryalicia Post/ Peter Jastermsky/ Joanna Ashwell/ Larry Kimmel/ Ron C. Moss/ Debbie Strange/ Tiffany Shaw-Diaz/ Arvinder Kaur/ Susan Burch/ Julie Bloss Kelsey/ Richard Milton Grahn/ Patricia Prime/ Richard St. Clair/ Antonietta Losito/ Benjamin Eric Taylor/ Shoshanah Steinberg/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Michael H. Brownstein/ Pat Geyer/ Tia Haynes/ Joyce Futa/ Joan Stern/ Joanne Morcom/ Christine L. Villa/ Robert Stewart/ Tim Callahan/ James Haddad/ Josette D’Orazio/ Jackie Chou/ Michael H Lester/ Larry Kimmel/ Geoffrey Winch/ Stanford M. Forrester/ Rachel Sutcliffe/ Réka Nyitrai/ Grace Galton/ Robert Horrobin/ Peter Larsen/ Gregory Longenecker/ Beverly Lafontaine/


EXAMPLE OF WORK:

to crows everywhere:

here is my head
here is my heart

a little meat
to smear on your beaks
till spring

Andrew Riutta

Thank you for all your submitted cherita and for sharing your stories. These stories will now be read far and wide and hopefully inspire even more writers and poets to come forward with their own efforts, all of which are precious personal tales.

Your collective support keeps the cherita strong with words to entice and draw out the inner storyteller who lives in all of us.
If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.


ai li

editor
www.thecherita.com

 

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