>Last night at VCCA we had another fine reading. First up was Judith Tannenbaum, who is working on a dual memoir with a prison inmate she has mentored for many years. First she recited a poem she wrote long about about the experience of teaching in prisons, and then she read the very moving first chapter of the new book, which is subtitled “A Prison Conversation.” The book will be published in 2009. Then Natania Rosenfeld (who was also here last year when I was here) read two short pieces. The first was a story that has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, and the second was wonderful essay from her essay collection that she’s working on now. We’ve got a lot of readings and presentations this week, as everyone prepares to clear out before Christmas . . .