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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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April 2013

Joan Cusack Handler

Photo © Marlene Handler.


   Joan Cusack Handler


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

In honor of National Poetry Month, who better to be BCCLS Invite an Author than someone who both writes and publishes poetry?

It is with pleasure that I present Joan Cusack Handler as BCCLS Invite an Author for April 2013.

Bronx native, JOAN CUSACK HANDLER has two published poetry collections—GlOrious and The Red Canoe: Love in Its Making, and two anthologies that she’s edited: The Waiting Room Reader: Stories to Keep You Company, Vol.1 and The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from The Robert Frost Place, Vol.1. Confessions is her first full length prose book. Recipient of five Pushcart nominations and a Sampler Award from The Boston Review, her poems have appeared in Agni, Boston Review, Poetry East and The New York Times and her prose, including chapters from Confessions of Joan the Tall, in Indiana Review, Tampa Review, and Southern Humanities Review. In all of her literary work, Handler’s aesthetic project is the exploration of voice—its evolution and recreation on the page. In her other lives, she is the founder/publisher of CavanKerry Press Ltd. and a psychologist in clinical practice.

Poet, psychologist and publisher of CavanKerry Press, Joan Cusack Handler welcomes invitations for in-person readings and/or book club discussions of Confessions of Joan the Tall.

Joan is ready to talk about all things poetry, too, but wants you to know that she can also focus in on body image and bullying. Joan is happy to discuss visits to your libraries (at no charge) so please email her directly at

"Co-founder and publisher of CavanKerry press, Joan Cusack Handler is a member of the resident faculty at The Robert Frost Place and sits on the board of governors of the Poetry Society of America. Glorious, her debut, reads like an open field verse bildungsroman of adulthood, taking the alternately first- and third-person protagonist from 'bitching as I do about your selfishness' to 'Inviting that cypress/ to watch the sun rise/ on the Hudson.' "

Publishers Weekly Review of 'Glorious'

"The beauty of Handler’s memoir is that it will appeal to young people and adults alike, particularly those who, like Joan, have grappled with their spiritual upbringing and what it means for the day-to-day conduct of their lives. Confessions of Joan the Tall is destined to join Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Wait Till Next Year, coming-of-age tales that speak to the soul."

ForeWard/ Review of Confessions of Joan the Tall reviewed by Nancy Walker

"Handler writes with candor, sometimes almost embarrassingly so, yet thanks to her masterful rhythms, there’s beauty in even the most painful scenes. She creates a character who has a huge voice and a compelling story all her own… Her acceptance of her height—especially as her male classmates start to spring up—gives a happy ending to what otherwise seems like a traumatic childhood conveyed in a confessional of sorts that explores questions of faith, family and a welcome into womanhood.  An unconventional but engaging memoir from a promising talent."

Kirkus on Confessions of Joan the Tall

Cavan Kerry Press has been more than generous and I have all sorts of books of poetry (by Joan and other poets) for you to add to your collections so please email me and I’ll send them on to you.  I also have copies of Joan’s newest book, Confessions of Joan the Tall, available for the asking.

Take a look at Cavan Kerry’s website for information about the publishing house: and here’s a link to their blog:

I hope you’ll all consider inviting Joan Cusack Handler to your libraries to discuss poetry and/or her new book, Confessions of Joan the Tall

Now go read a poem.

Warmest regards and Happy National Poetry Month!