Toni Ortner lives in Brattleboro, Vermont where she is Vice President of the Write Action Board, a nonprofit organization that sponsors evengts and readings for writers in New England. She is the point person for the Write Action Radio Hour and hosts her own show the fourth Sunday of each month where she interviews writers and they read work. The program can be streamed on line at wvew.org
Toni has had l4 books published by fine small presses. In 2012 Summoned (Goose River Press) was published. It is about six famous women who heard the call of the Divine and altered their lives to change history. These women speak in first person. Reviews of Summoned are online at Amazon reviews. The book can be ordered through gooseriverpress.com or as an e book.
In 2012 Writing With Our Blood was published by Moon Publishing Company. The book honors 20th century women: writers, artists, survivors of war. There is a section devoted to Lyn Lifshin based on letters, a section on mothers and daughters and women friends The book can be ordred at www.moon publiishing. com or as an e book.
In 2013 three new books will be published.
A White Page Demands Its Letters and Traveling, a Perspective will be ;published by unboundcontent.com. Traveling, a Perspective is about a woman' transition after divorce. It is an honest, breathtaking account. Review by Lyn Lifshin can be seen on web.me,com/Ver,ontviews/vermontviews/Reviews Old%26New.html.
Double Jeopardy will be published by Finishing Line Press.
Toni is available for readings and teaching.
Where to find Toni Ortner online
Where to buy in print
Don't Sit Shiva For Me
Don’t Sit Shiva for Me is a memoir about growing up in the Five Towns (Long Island) with their privileged culture, neuroses, art, and love… of not the most nurturing variety. The author uses deadpan humor and honesty to recount scenes that are delightful and sometimes exquisitely painful. For those of us who grew up in the suburbs of the 1950s, there is a gleeful and dismayed recognition.
Currents We Never Dream Of
Currents We Never Dream Of by Toni Ortner was written when the poet was in her late thirties in a state of transition. The closest one might get to defining the genre would be prose poetry. This is a spiritual journey yet so much more. It explores the currents that run beneath conscious awareness that can only be accessed through dreams, hypnosis or meditation.
The Water Poems
Like thoughts, water is never still but breathes deeply altered by wind and air. The surface of water reflects what is ….as does the mind of the poet. Objects sink like fading history. Translucent feathers whirl.
Writing With Our Blood
A poetry collection about women and their experiences in a time when women were emerging on their own.
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