Monday, April 12, 2010

Chatter on TV

On April 4th, Barb and I visited the studios of Haverhill Community Television. Barb watched from the control room as I taped a 30-minute episode of WriteNow hosted by Gayle Heney. Gayle interviewed me about my book, Chatter in the Canopy, about the illustrations, and about poetry in general. I read 5 or 6 pieces from the book, including the always fun and challenging Sadly, Our Geniuses Linger.

Gayle is the current (and two-term) Poet Laureate of North Andover, MA.

The spot will air on Haverhill Community TV for the month of May on Comcast channel 22 on Tuesdays @ 7:30 pm and 11:30 pm and Wednesdays @ 6:30 am, 10:30 am and 3:30 pm. Following the May airdates in Haverhill, the show will also be broadcast on the local Andover, Methuen and N. Andover cable channels in June and July.

The show will be also available online at for the month of May starting around May 10th.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Richard Jessup Roberts - Dad - Obit

Sigh ...

RICHARD JESSUP ROBERTS died from a stroke on January 13, 2010 at Stamford Hospital.

He was born May 31, 1930 in Stamford, the son of Samuel W. Roberts and Gladys Jessup Roberts. A graduate of Stamford High School and Yale University, where he studied art and zoology, he worked for a number of years at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center where he served as Curator of Exhibits and head of the Nature Center zoo and farm.

After retirement he devoted his time to painting, drawing and sculpture and pursuing his interests in history and horticulture. As an enthusiastic volunteer at the Stamford Historical Society, he worked with groups that helped with the restoration and maintenance of Fort Stamford and researched and documented many ancient burial grounds throughout Stamford.

The Historical Society honored him at the 2009 Annual Meeting by awarding him the Virginia T. Davis Distinguished Service Award for outstanding volunteerism.

He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Roberts and his wife, Barbara Hyle of North Andover, Mass.; his daughter, Alison Andrade and her husband, Mitch of Waldoboro, Maine; his son, Kent Roberts of Portland, Maine; two grandchildren; and by his brother, John W. Roberts of Greenwich. He is also survived by many friends with whom he shared his interests.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date to be announced by the family.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory may send it to the Stamford Historical Society Library Fund, 1508 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903.

Published in Stamford Advocate on January 20, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Chatter "Noted" on berniE-zine

Chatter in the Canopy was included under "Books Noted" in the December 2009 issue of berniE-zine at

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