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                             NEWS FLASHES 
2021 - Published: RISE OF THE DRAGON -Journal of a Passing and the Hush Hush Boys by Barbara D. Hall
        - Published: Best Batch of Three Covid Poems in Sensations Magazine Supplement 11 - 2021
                Decade of Dichotomy, February 1, 2011 - January 31, 2021
2020 - Published: The Day The Alphabet Was Born
            by Irving Weinstein, Illustrated by Barbara D. Hall
2019 - Published: My Galapagos Adventure
            wins Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
         - Published: De-Colonizing Poetry: Hyphenated
          Americans - The Gould Writers at the Guest House
2018 - Poetry chapbook:  Route 1 Junkie
          wins Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
        - Published: A Measured Sense of Outrage -
            The Gould Writers at The Guest House
2017 - Published poetry anthology:  Gould Writers at
            The Guest House
2015 Cattitude - Stuffy's Autobiography wins
        Pinnacle Book Achievement Award 
2014 Stuffy Discovers Uncle Jon's Jungle
      Wins Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
2013  Stuffy Goes on Vacation -
   Wins Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
   Published:  Waiting for the Bus - Poetry & Photography
  Uncle Jon & Stuffy the Cat - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    Wins awards for cover design.
       More gold awards for photography
       Play:  "Man and Machine and Woman" and 
      Poem: I am a Woman" 
           win Awards in NJSFWC 2012 Annual Writing contest
  Stuffy has a website:
2011 - Short Story:  "Scary - a Parable for Life" wins award for NJSFWC 2011
        Creative Writing Contest
2010 - ONE ACT PLAY WINS NATIONAL AWARD : Honorable Mention in 
        Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Contest in Stageplay category. 
  "ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN LAURELWOOD"  - performed May 12, 2010
    The play also won 2nd place in the NJSFWC Writing Contest for 2010, along with 
    3rd place for a poem. DVD'S of the Play available send email
You can now Blog with me or with Stuffy the Cat at

All Books Available Now In Jon's Family Bookstore...
​And Iris Garden Memory Calendar...All 4 Stuffy books 
plus new Route 1 Junkie, poetry and photography, My Galapagos Adventure,
and now RISE OF THE DRAGON ~ Journal of a Passing and the Hush
Hush Boys and Three Short Stories by my father...

2019 ` My Galapagos Adventure wins Pinnacle Achievement Award
2018 - Route 1 Junkie wins Pinnacle Achievement Award
2017 - Short Story: Close Encounter of the Best Kind, 1st place NJSFWC
            Creative Writing Competition in NJ
2016 - Short Story:  The Parrot Speaks, NJSFWC Creative Writing short story
2012 - Play produced:  Man and Machine and Woman
2010 - More photography awards plus Gold and 2nd place awards 
        for Cover design of Sadie's Secret
2009 Photography awards, plus Gold for the Cover design for
     Shoestring...An Adventure in the Florida Keys, local and state in 
      NJSFWC Achievement Day competitions 
2008 Sadie's Secret: "Sadie" - a short story excerpted from Sadie's Secret takes 1st place NJSFWC Creative Writing  
79th Annual Writer's Digest Contest Honorable Mention Stageplays: One Sunday Afternoon in Laurelwood 
76th Annual Writer's Digest Contest Short Stories- Honorable Mention : excerpt from A Stroke of Genius :      short story: Monhegan Island (a chapter from upcoming book; A Stroke of Genius)   
   Peabody - Can't Hear Me (inspiration for a chapter in upcoming book: Mothers & Sons)
AWARDS - 2006 
NJSFWC ~ Creative Writing Contest  1st Place- Uncle Jon and Stuffy the Cat;  Second Place- Essay:  The    Process     (here on website);​ Third Place- Short Story:  Peabody - Can't Hear Me
NEWS 2007: 
 Adam's Eve: hear an excerpt from Adam's Eve:
    Listen to interview with Info Trak at
Bokuru fans:  visit website for information on discovery of a skull similar to that described in Bokuru.  It is real.  Read Lloyd Pye's book:  Starchild Skull and website
Work has begun on the sequel to Bokuru....
Visit website:   to hear excerpts from Adam's Eve,
Bokuru, Sadie's Secret and the story of Jon & Barbara's creative journey:  A Matter of Faith

June 1, 2007 Adam's Eve Finalist and Silver Award winner
Foreword Magazine's Independently Published books

Creativity Workshops - How to start writing and keep writing and Collage Art workshops
Contact me for information - for New Jersey Creativity Workshop
by cell phone or email for location
Bring paper/notebook and pens/pencils for timed writing workshops geared to start writing and keep going.
These are not critique sessions but ways to tap into your creativity and pull out writing blocks.
2006 Adam's Eve Cover Awards for Graphics Design: Gold ribbon local district award and 1st in State -
    New Jersey Federation of Woman's Clubs Achievement Day for Book Cover Design

Radio Talk Show Appearances
   WGHT 1500 Morning Show with John Moultrie, Greta Latona, and Jimmy Howe, Pompton Lakes, N. J.
   WWRM St. Petersburg, Florida, Chad and Kristi Thomas, Magic Morning Show
   News Talk 550 KCRS, Robert Hallmark, Odessa, Texas
   WZPT FM, Pittsburgh, Pa., Kate Harris with The Morning Show with John, JR, Kate & Bubba
   InfoTrak Creative Information Network interview with Terrance McCall
   CJAD, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Peter Anthony Holder Show with Peter Anthony Holder* (CD Available)
   WLTH Radio, Gary, Indiana with Ron MOhammed
   KFYV Kelli McKay, The Connection, Los Angeles, California
   CHOK 1070, Lee Michaels Live, Sarnia, Ontario
   Talking with Tammy, Kakuka, Iowa
   WPTT Radio,  Jane Nugent's Home and Garden Talk Show, Jane Nugent, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
   WIBA 1310 Newstalk, Madison, Wisconsin with Carl Ames
   WMBS-CBS The Jack Evans Show, Uniontown, Pa.
   WORD FM 1990 Studio, John & Stephanie, Pittsburgh, Pa.
   KOLE NEWS Fox Radio, Morning Blend, J. Chapman
Personal Appearances, Book Signings, Photography Exhibits
    Boynton Beach Public Library, Boynton Beach Florida, IWWG Kitchen Table
    Reader at open mics for The Write Group, Montclair Public Library, Montclair, New Jersey
    Barnes & Noble, Clifton Commons
    Walden Books, Wayne, N. J.
    Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, N. J. 
    Career Day - So you want to be a writer... Our Lady of the Magnificat, Kinnelon, N. J.
    Children's Story Hour - Our Lady of the Magnificat, Kinnelon, N. J.
    Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell, N. J.
    International Women's Writing Guild, Author Panel & Skidmore summer conference "Remember the Magic"
    Aventura Writers North Miami Beach, Florida
    Wayne Public Library, Wayne, N. J.
    Passaic Public Library, Passaic, N. J.
    The Gallery at Presbyterian Church at Franklin Lakes, Franklin Lakes, N. J.
    West Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach, Florida 
    Ramsey Public Library, Ramsey, N.J.  
    Upper Saddle River Library, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
    Nutley Public Library, Nutley, N. J. 
    River Edge Public Library, River Edge, N. J.
    Hallendale Public Library, Hallendale, Florida  sponsored by the Gulfstream Writers
    NJ Audubon Society, Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary
    NJSFWC Fall Convention
    St. Francis of Assisi Holiday Boutique, Haskell, NJ       
    St. John Viannay School, Colonia, NJ
    St. Mathias Home School Association, Somerset, NJ     
    Franklin Elementary School, S.  Plainfield, NJ
    South Brunswick High School      
    Riverdale Community Center
    A. P. Terhune Elementary School, Wayne, NJ     
    Morris County Parks - Freulinghuysen Arboretum
    Elmwood Park Elementary School     
    Linden Presbyterian Church
   Wallington Jr.-Sr. High School     
   Bergenfield High School 
    Nomad's Choir, NewYork, NY
    Riverside Poets, NYC Riverside Library and Riverside Poet's Anthology
   Nuyorican Poets Cafe - the annual Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza
   Poetry readings at The Barn, Ringwood Manor State Park, RMAA
   St. Catherine of Bologna Annual Art and Poetry Festival 
   Unitarian Universalist Church of New Bern, North Carolina
   The Ant Bookstore & Cafe, Clifton, N. J.
   North Jersey Literary Community, Classic Quiche Cafe, Teaneck, NJ, and Wayne Public Library
   Folk Project Getaway and other open mic events, Morristown, NJ and at The Getaway
  Trumpets, Montclair, NJ
  Red Wheel Barrow - poems published in No 12 2019, No 13 2020 and No 14 2021
  The Barn, Poetry events at The Barn, Ringwood Manor State Park
  Hudson River Poets, Newburg, New York
  The Green Pavillion, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Red Wheel Barrow open mics, William Carlos Williams Center, Rutherford, NJ and Zoom
  New Bern Art Exhibit and Ekphrastic poetry reading, New Bern, NC
  Poets of North Carolina workshop, Beaufort, NC
  IWWG summer conferences Saratoga Springs,  NY and Muhlenberg University, Allentown, Pa.
  WWAM meetings at Saratoga Springs, New York

Author, poet, artist, photographer: Barbara, inspired by her late brother Jon, continues to write, publish and conduct creativity workshops.  Click here for her Story.  
Stories about Stuffy the Cat, now 
all four are national award winning books...
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