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A Great Time at Fergie’s


We had a great time at Fergie’s Pub reading for Moonstone. Thanks to Larry Robin for the invite and hosting, and to Dave Worrell our co-feature. Also to all the open mic readers. To learn more about Moonstone visit: https://moonstoneartscenter.org/


Video From Cafe Improv !

A Great Time at Café Improv


It was a great crowd at Café Improv in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday evening. The acts were outstanding and the staff was generous as always. A video will follow in a week or so. g and I had a great time! http://cafeimprov.com/

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Photograph by Lynn Irving

Back From Mudd Puddle

Diane Mudd Puddle

g and I enjoyed reading for the great crowd at Mudd Puddle Café in New Paltz, New York. Thanks to Robert Milby for hosting us and to the great open mic readers!

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Diane Sahms-Guarnieri with Poet Laureate of Orange County New York Robert Milby  

Back From the Farmhouse Under the Cucumber Magnolia Tree


Thanks to Susan Cohen and the Artists of Yardley for inviting me to read my poetry last evening in such a beautiful space. Those in attendance were lovely and the Q&A after the reading was outstanding.

To learn more about the Artists of Yardley please visit: https://www.artistsofyardley.org/

Wilson Reviews – The Handheld Mirror of the Mind




Back From Beacon, New York


I recently read at The Howland Cultural Center in the town of Beacon in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York State. The crowd was great and I send special thanks to Hayden Wayne and Robert Milby for booking me. A nice way to end the year.

Best wishes to all for all in the New Year

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri’s Affect

Hand Held Mirror of the Mind

Thanks to Stephen Page for this Amazon review.

These are dense poems, packed with imagery, emotion, and sensualness. A long, slow read, I lingered over every word—each affecting, not a one I would extract. Reading “The Handheld Mirror of the Mind” is like reading a novel, the kind that after you pick it up and begin reading, you are reluctant to set it down.


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Stephen Page is the Author of The Timbre of Sand, Still Dandelions, and A Ranch Bordering the Salty River. https://smpages.wordpress.com

Beautiful, Artful Poems

Hand Held Mirror of the Mind

Thanks to Chistina M.R. Norcross for this Amazon Review on the Handheld Mirror of the Mind.

In her opening, ten-part poem, Diane Guarnieri invites us to honor our vast history of all beings, all creatures, and all understandings of faith to join together, “as global dreamers in coexistence.” In “Everyone has their own hallelujah,” she celebrates a reverent appreciation for the gifts of ancestors. These are musical, artful poems. Guarnieri has a gift for bringing to life the real and the unreal, and even things we cannot see, like the wind. Diane Guarnieri has the ability to describe even a junco bird with a sense of magic, and we are instantly beguiled. The Handheld Mirror of the Mind (Kelsay Books, 2018) is a beautiful poetry collection, which you will want to return to again and again!

norcross—Cristina M. R. Norcross, Editor of Blue Heron Review; author of Amnesia & Awakenings and Still Life Stories, among others.


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Newtown Bookshop Featured Poet

Newtown Bookshop
Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will read  on October 11 @ 6 p.m. at the Newtown Bookshop.  Please join us and bring a poem or two. We look forward to seeing you there!
Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of four full-length poetry collections, her latest one, The Handheld Mirror of the Mind (Kelsay Press, 2018). She has been published in The Philadelphia InquirerPennsylvania Literary Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, among others. Currently she is poetry editor at North of Oxford, an online literary journal.
Newtown Bookshop Poetry Group
Village at Newtown, 2835 S. Eagle Road,
Newtown, PA 18940
(215) 968-2400

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