ZOOMING with Youngstown Lit: Poems and Cookies

Months and months ago, Karen Schubert contacted me to give a reading at Youngstown Lit, with a reception afterward! I volunteered to bring my gingersnaps with cream cheese and pumpkin dip. (Recipe thanks to Steve Harrington.)

Then, like so very many events, in-the-flesh readings became impossible. So we discovered Zoom Readings! Which, I have to admit, I am enjoying. I loved Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins' Zoom reading a few weeks back, and Terry Provost and Nicole Robinson's Youngstown Lit reading last month. So I was very ready when Karen asked me to read this week on Zoom. You can join us there or at the Youngstown Lit Facebook site, which will have it live on July 1st at 7:00 p.m. or as a video to view later if you can't make it.

Here is one of the ekphrastic poems I am going to read, "Two Sisters" along with the painting by Spanish artist Maria Blanchard that the poem is based on:
And to the left is the personal photo the poem refers to.

I am very sorry, however, that I won't be able to serve my gingersnaps and dip. You'll have to get your own. Here:


2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened *
1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
A big bag or box of gingersnaps

BEAT cream cheese and pumpkin in large mixer bowl until smooth. Add sugar, cinnamon and ginger; mix thoroughly. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour.
Set out with gingersnaps (or fruit or what have you).

*Neufch√Ętel (Low fat cream cheese) can be substituted


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