poetry and old-time music

In my poetry life, I write poems, give readings, teach writing classes and workshops, and encourage poetry everywhere. I have three books, The Cupboard Artist (Floating Bridge Press, 2012), Now (Bear Star Press 2007), and By a Thread (Van West & Company, 2000), and my work appears in many journals and magazines.


 


In my music life, I play old-time banjo, fiddle and guitar. I give banjo lessons, play for dances, concerts, and in living rooms, and love to get together with friends who play. My bands are Bulldog Dan and Dram County. My CDs are Instead of a Pony, and Goose and Gander.

 

 

 news

  • Thursday, Feb 6, 2014, 6-8pm: I'm thrilled to be reading at the release party for the Beacon Bards Anthology! Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave S.
  • The 30th Anniversary edition of the Crab Creek Review is out. I'm proud to be included.
  • Check out this wonderful new anthology, Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest! Read my poem, "Bloomery," which I'm honored is included.
  • Read this review of my new book, The Cupboard Artist.
  • Climb "The Apple Ladder," my poem in the The Far Field, our Washington State Poet Laureate's blog of Washington State Poets and Poetry.
  • Read my poem "Afternoon Off" in Poetry Northwest.
  • Fire on Her Tongue, e-anthology of contemporary poems by women, is now available from Two Sylvias Press! Contains poems not only by me, but also by Kim Addonizio, Dorianne Laux, Martha Silano, Patricia Smith, Nance Van Winkel, and many other fine poets. I'm thrilled that my poem "The Pillows" is included!
  • And how about this incredible anthology of contemporary persona poems, A Face to Meet the Faces? In it you'll find impersonations of Icarus, Diana Ross, Robert Oppenheimer, and many others, including my own, of Julia Child, inspired by her kitchen at the Smithsonian.
  • Check out my poem "My New Library," in issue #9 of Anti-, a journal of contrarian poems.
  • Read three insomniac poems in Fringe magazine.
  • Look, my poem "I Live in a Yellow Ice Cream Truck" has prompted an artistic response from the magnificently creative Anna Lena Phillips!
  • My recent banjo CD, Goose and Gander features me on banjo and vocals, and my brother Dan Tenenbaum on guitar. Here's "Bowling Green": 
  • Praise for Goose and Gander from Bill Martin's weekly Portland newsletter: "Molly Tenenbaum's "Goose
    and Gander" is another superb channeling. In particular, "Old Kimball" makes my socks roll up and down in a terrible frenzy." "...fresh and alive, brilliantly played and innovative within the style. It takes a high degree of artistry and discipline to express yourself within a style of music and not mutilate it."
  • Read my poem "Next Day" in Triquarterly Online.