|Beth Griffenhagen published her book, Haiku for the Single Girl|
Chances are you’ve visited Murray’s Cheese on Bleecker Street at some point to snag a familiar favorite or try something new. Beyond the charm of the shiny retail counter, however, works Beth Griffenhagen, the business’s marketing and events powerhouse.
|Beth Griffenhagen on her roof in Astoria. She finds humor in everyday dating situations.|
Besides her social media chops, Beth has a keen and witty observation style that allows her to find the humor, and sometimes heartbreak, in everyday situations. Her first book, Haiku for the Single Girl, which came out last year, is a volume of poetry that contains 72 haikus about the ups and downs of relationships and dating.
Recently, we met up at Murray’s Cheese Bar, the newly opened sit-down spot a few storefronts down from the original Murray’s. After Beth tells our server her favorite new cheese finds, within minutes we have a trifecta of hand-selected varieties in front of us. The Torus Cavemaster Reserved from Vermont is a pasteurized goat’s cheese. Next is the Tomme Vaudoise, a raw cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland. Last was the Beaufort, a firm raw cow’s milk cheese from France.
|Haiku for the Single Girl|
After spending the night consoling her friend, she was on the train the next morning heading home, and found herself devouring a bag of Cheetos. While still on the train, she penned an impromptu haiku about the experience.
“I had this Cheetos dust, like, all over, so I just thought, well, if I just wipe some of it off on my bag, maybe it won’t look so bad. And after I wrote the Cheetos haiku, I thought, that was kind of fun. So I just kept writing.”
Originally from North Carolina, Beth loves living in New York City. “I am a city person at heart,” she says. “Cities are dynamic. New York is happening all around you. It’s like being in a relationship. I would definitely say I’m in a relationship with New York City.”
Besides New York, does she have a current beau? “I am dating someone now,” she says, “and he’s great. But it’s still sort of new.”
While she values in-the-moment enjoyment, Beth also tends to be pragmatic about her life long-term. “I’m set on living life in a fun but also philosophical way,” she says. “I trust what I know I have when I have it. And when it happens, she says, “I’ll know whether it’s right or wrong.”
In the meantime, as long as Beth Griffenhagen has wine, writing, and cheese somewhere in her future, we say that she comes out ahead in the dating game.
|Although she has a current beau, Beth Griffenhagen is in a relationship with New York City.|
To learn more about Beth’s book, or to draft and post your very own single girl haiku, visit the website.
To purchase Haiku for the Single Girl, check Barnes and Noble’s various locations, or if you’re in NYC, BookBook at 266 Bleecker Street in the Village.
Haiku for the Single Girl has been made into a U.K. version, translated into Dutch, German, and is forthcoming in Italian. Each edition has a different cover jacket illustration. Collect them all.
|Beth Griffenhagen with illustrator, Cynthia Vehslage Meyers|