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Review of Maine Character Energy in the Berkshire Eagle


Thank you to Jennifer Huberdeau and the Berkshire Eagle for this lovely review of Maine Character Energy (Rogue Owl Press), edited by Sarah Parke. I'm grateful to have a story in this charity anthology. All stories are by writers with strong ties to Maine; all proceeds support Everytown for Gun Safety to honor the victims of the October 2023 shooting in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine.

I'm proud to be a Mainer and proud to be among so many creatives in the Shire.

If you'd like to order a copy of Maine Character Energy and support this cause, please purchase from ROP here.

Catch me on (teaching) tour!


Thank you, Kate Abbott and BTW Berkshires, for highlighting the 19 free poetry/fiction/nonfiction workshops I'll present this year, all due to support from local cultural councils and Mass Cultural Council. Kate is a wonder! 🙏 Hope to see you at a workshop--or a few. (See registration details here.)

Here's the full article.

Coffee Fueled Stories calls me punk rock.


Thank you, Michelle Schmer of Coffee Fueled Stories! We chatted about Maine Character Energy (a charity anthology from Rogue Owl Press) and why I love my home state, plus Barry Manilow, musicals, Solid Gold, Paul Gauguin and how I got a black eye.


Listen to the podcast episode here.

Bold Journey Magazine


Pumpkins, anyone? Thank for the mention, Bold Journey Magazine.

Re: Swift Ink Stories:"I know the ups and downs of the creative process and the discipline needed to sustain a writing life. I provide a framework for others to create. I give deadlines and homework. I provide accountability. I was lucky to have wonderful mentors who did the same for me while earning my MFA (Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers) and beyond. They believed in me. So, I'm paying forward."


Read full interview here.

Sping Classes (in person) in Western MA and NY


Fun FREE (in person) stuff from Swift Ink Stories coming up in April/May in Western MA and NY. All details and registration links here.


Plus two (fee-based) ONLINE options:

*April 4, 7 pm ET (Pick Up the Pen)
*May 2-30 (five Thursdays) Spring Workshop Series for work in progress - a few spaces left!

Spring Workshop Series! Deadline extended.


Join me for a five-week spring workshop series (online) for writers of fiction or nonfiction with work in progress. A few spots left! Drafts due April 15. Details here.

Thoughts from 2024 Winter Workshop participants:

"Lara's guidance is gentle yet thorough. She's an experienced writing mentor who will inspire you."

"I so appreciate the work on my specific piece, but I enjoyed learning and thinking about the craft of writing and ways to explore even more."

"Thank you so much for this excellent, nurturing, constructive workshop. It sharpened my desire to write, gave me more confidence, and helped me focus on making my writing more compelling. The homework and the feedback from you and the group were tremendously helpful. I'm very much looking forward to the next one!"

"What an amazing opportunity! The group worked so well together. We helped each other as writers and readers."

Thanks, Boothbay Register


"Boothbay Harbor's Lara Tupper submitted a short story from her award-winning collection, Amphibians. 'Sarah [Parke, editor] wanted to focus on Maine character and resilience, and to me this means meeting hard circumstances with compassion and action. My short story, Glass, speaks to resilience. I've written about Maine in other ways, but this story seemed to meet Sarah's vision for what the anthology could be. I was thrilled when it was accepted and grateful to Leapfrog Press for allowing the story to be reprinted.'"


Read the article here. Thanks, Lisa Kristoff.

Maine Character Energy: a charity anthology


I'm honored to be part of this charity anthology, MAINE CHARACTER ENERGY, now available for preorder and out Jan. 17 from Rogue Owl Press. Our goal is to sell 3000 copies! "MAINE CHARACTER ENERGY is a charity collection of 11 written works that celebrate Maine's small towns, rugged wilderness, rocky coasts, and the everyday characters that make the Pine Tree State special. All proceeds from the collection will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety in honor of the victims, survivors, and families of the Lewiston-Auburn mass shooting that took place on October 25, 2023. We are authors who hold Maine close to our hearts and want to help the best way that we can."


Edited by Sarah Parke. The authors include: Shannon Bowring, Paul Carro, Charlotte Crowder, Cynthia Graae, Karen Menzel (nee Bovenmyer), Mary E. Plouffe, Bruce Pratt, Sidney Woods aka sid sibo, Michelle Soucy, Clif Travers, and Lara Tupper. Cover design by Em J. Knowles.


Ordering directly from Rogue Owl Press ensures that more funds go to charity. Thank you for supporting this cause!