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December 7, 2015

Mia Phoebus Remembers Tennessee Williams

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 6:17 pm


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Mia reads from her first book of poetry, REMINDERS OF AN I NOT LEFT BEHIND.

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NINETY-FOUR YEARS YOUNG and she had the audience at GATSBY BOOKS hanging on every word. Mia Elkovsky Phoebus showed us the character, intellect, and energy that so fascinated Tennessee Williams way back in 1940. The event was the release of Mia’s latest book, WALKING THE DUNES WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, a poetic memoir of the Provincetown glory days so often mentioned in Tennessee’s biographies.

When I say the audience hung on every work, I’m not exaggerating. Mia’s rich, resonent voice filled the shop easily and she poured operatic emotion into her reading. Sean Moore, the owner of Gatsby’s and a poet himself, called the work “remarkable,” and instantly invited Mia to come back early in 2016.

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Mia and Sean with her books.

Sean mentioned that a sample copy left at the store a week ago for him to M-GMia w Seanlook at had sold before he could open the cover!

Special guests included authors Treacy Colbert, who read two poems dedicated to TW,  and dance-romance author Tonya Plank. Dr. Vicki Harvey read from WTDWTW, and had audience members closing their eyes to listen as Mia’s elegant words poured forth.

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Special guests Vicki Harvey and Treacy Colbert share a chuckle.

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Beautiful Tonya Plank gets a signed copy.

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MFA candidate and Ashedit contributor LISA CIARFELLA assists.


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Literary fiction writer Margo McCall said hello.


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Poet Dale Herd paid respects. and gifted Mia with a copy of his book EMPTY POCKETS

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The author and her editor.

Please friend Mia on Facebook.

Walking the Dunes with Tennessee Williams on Amazon.

Reminders of an I Not Left behind on Amazon.




  1. Good to see!

    Comment by charlesgramlich — December 8, 2015 @ 8:25 am

  2. Thanks for sharing, Elaine. I should read Ms. Phoebus’ book, but I’m not much into poetry.

    Comment by Oscar Case — December 8, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

  3. It was a terrific event Elaine. Mia is an inspiration to all, especially writers and poets!

    Comment by Lisa Ciarfella — December 8, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Writing Fiction and commented:
    A day with Mia Phoebus at Gatsbys books in Long Beach. The author/poet wow’d the crowd with her energetic, lively, readings and persona.
    Mia’s life and times with Tennessee Williams make for extrodinary story telling, but don’t take my word for it. Grab her book, and read all about it!

    Comment by Lisa Ciarfella — December 8, 2015 @ 2:16 pm

  5. I am reading Mia’s book, and I’m loving it! She has a distinctive voice, and her recollections of that “glorious summer” are remarkable. There’s an undercurrent of longing in her descriptions that’s touching but not sentimental. Instead, Mia gives readers a story both realistic and rich in detail and substance.

    Comment by Rachel S. Roberts — December 12, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

  6. Nice to hear from everybody and a special hello to author Rachel S. Roberts. Thank you for such kind comments, I’ll let Mia know. –Elaine

    Comment by ashedit — December 13, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

  7. This is fabulous. Mia is looking great!

    Comment by James Hollander — July 4, 2016 @ 12:11 am

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