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Genesee Reading Series at Writers & Books – Tuesday, April 8th

GENESEE READING SERIES
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Writers and Books
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
7:30 pm, $3 members; $6 public

April showers bring … an exciting Genesee Reading Series program
featuring the accomplished, original, and thought-provoking writing of
two Rochester originals, Gregory Gerard and Tony Leuzzi.

TONY LEUZZI is an Associate Professor of English at Monroe Community College. His
second book of poems, Radiant Losses, won the New Sins Editorial Prize in 2009 and
was released the following year. In November 2012, BOA Editions released Passwords
Primeval, Leuzzi’s interviews with 20 American poets. His latest book of poems, The
Burning Door, was released by Tiger Bark Press in March 2014.

GREGORY GERARD’s writing has been recognized by Tiny Lights, The Stone Table
Review, and Geva Theater. His memoir, In Jupiter’s Shadow, (Infinity Publishing, 2009)
traces a McQuaid boy’s struggle with forbidden attraction. More recently, he’s launched a serial story on Amazon’s Kindle, The Martini Chronicles, which tracks the friendship
between a single gay man and a married straight woman. Each chapter comes with a
themed martini recipe, created (and quality tested!) by Gerard himself.
His teaching credits include a guest instructor stint at the U of R’s Scholars Creative
Writing Program and an annual offering of a Creative Writing series at Writers & Books.
In 2013, he received WAB’s Big Pencil Award for teaching excellence.

Genesee Reading Series – March 11

As Wanda said in her email, “There will be NO snow, ice, freezing rain, or other unfriendly weather on Tuesday, March 11, so [...] you can all make it safely to Writers and Books for a great program.  Patricia Roth Schwartz and Laura Klinkon will be featured, and you know you don’t want to miss an opportunity to hear these poets!  

Patricia Roth Schwartz, poet, playwright, fiction writer, workshop leader, editor/publisher, has lived in Waterloo, NY in the Finger Lakes on her 35 acre property, Sage-Thyme Haven, for over 22 years. For almost thirteen years, she has volunteered inside Auburn Correctional Facility, a maximum security men’s prison, helping inmates conduct a weekly poetry workshop. Schwartz has edited four volumes of work produced by the inmates there. Her ten minute and one-act plays have been given staged readings in Rochester and in the Finger Lakes. She has conducted
writers’ workshops widely in the Rochester area and throughout the Finger Lakes, and for the past three years has facilitated a Reading and Discussion Group for Geneva Public Library, funded by a grant from the NY Council on the Humanities. Schwartz’ poem “Biopsy” was selected as part of the Rochester Poet’s Walk. The two most recent of her published volumes are The Loneliness of Squash (Blue Heron, 2011), and The Crows of Copper John, the History of Auburn Prison in Poems (Olive Trees 2012). Visit her website/blog, http://www.patriciarothschwartz.

Laura Klinkon studied literature and language at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., at American University, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere as part of continuing and independent study. She has been employed in writing, translating, and substitute teaching in various cities including New York, Washington, D.C. and her adopted hometown of Rochester, N.Y., where she raised two children with her former husband, Heinrich Klinkon, now deceased. She is a member of Just Poets and Rochester Poets as well as Writers & Books in Rochester, N.Y.; she
has read her poems in the Eastman School of Music’s Women in Music Festival. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Liberty’s Vigil and Le Mot Juste. and in the local online Canto Magazine each month since Canto’s first issue in September, 2013. Trying to Find You, a book of poems.

Just Poets Open Mic

Gretchen Schulz will be the featured reader at the Just Poets Open Mic at Barnes and Noble on Monroe Ave on Thursday Feb. 13 at 7 pm.   An open mic will follow the guest reader.  All are welcome so come show your support!!! And, as always, much thanks to Anita Augesen for all the great work she does for JP!!!

February Meeting Wrapup

Love poems as Lenses

prélude:
To make a segue from the January Chaucer meeting, Celeste read a few passages from the story of the Wife of Bath.  Did the Wife trade love for money in order to forego money for love?  And just what does she mean by “sovereignty”?  What is it that women want?   

Powerpoint

All you need is love, say the Beatles – but what is it?  We went around the room, each person offering a different angle for definition.

Love for its “unalterable” character in Shakespeare’s sonnet 116, or the unmoveable spine in Richard Wakefield’s poem, is slippery business!

Members were given links to the powerpoint via email and handouts with Wakefield’s Writing about Love were at the meeting. 

Why do we write about writing about love ?  and what do we mean by “love”?

Prompts for your own writing:

  • try one word in a fixed place that begins and ends the poem. In the case of Wakefield, it was fun to “rewrite” his poem (some thought it edged on the gimmicky) in couplets.  What happens to words as we move them?
  • maybe you too want to explode clichés about love.  How do I love thee?  Let me compare… images of hearts, roses, fine wine, battlefields… what is this love?
  • The problem with metaphors…  Zbigniew Herbert:  I would like to describe: note how he takes half the poem to demonstrate finding one word to truly describe something (let’s say love) :  It is a fine reminder of underlining in words, the worn out metaphors.  The second half of the poem blurrs a flurry of emotion/image.  This link gives you poem and a bit of commentary:  http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2011/01/poetry_i_would_like_to_describ.html

Patterns for Love

  • Symploce (example from February Poet Talk)
  • Getting to the “spine” of it (Richard Wakefield poem)
  • “old” and “new” :  Elizabethan lute songs interrupt “First Love” by Jan Owens http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/242926
  • using repetition (yet a little more… yet a little more)

– The 12th century Persian Poet behind “Layla” who was a fool for love, joins Eric Clapton.

– How many versions of fool for love do we have?

– How many versions of Love Makes the World Go ‘Round with a Thank You to Precious Bedell

 

Collaboration is at the heart of creativity.  Precious as a first time participant at a Just Poets meeting was courageous in volunteering to help with this presentation. She spurred discussion about how lyrics that rhyme resemble poetry—some of which would fail without music, some of which stand on their own because of the line.

 

One more link:
The final slide had one version of Rilke’s “Blank Joy”.

When dealing with poetry in translation, it’s always good to compare several translations if not the original.   This version: http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/rainer-maria-rilke/blank-joy/  is not as clear as this version: : http://paulweinfieldtranslations.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/rainer-maria-rilke-blank-joy/

January 14th – Genesee Reading Series at Writers & Books

The Genesee Reading Series on January 14 presents two provocative and original thinkers and writers, Peter Lovenheim and Peter Conners.  Please come at 7PM for refreshments and enjoy the program starting at 7:30.

Peter Lovenheim is a journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, and other publications. He teaches writing in the Department of English at Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds a degree in journalism from Boston University and in law from Cornell Law School. In addition to his most recent book, In the Neighborhood, he is author of a previous work of narrative non fiction, Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf, a first-hand attempt to understand the food chain. He has written essays and short stories, and is author or co-author of several books for the general reader about mediation and conflict resolution, including Mediate, Don’t Litigate: Strategies for Successful Mediation, with Lisa Guerin, and Becoming a Mediator: Your Guide to Career Opportunities, with Emily Doskow, both from Nolo Press. His book Reading Between the Lines, selected and edited with Rabbi David Katz, is a collection of contemporary stories—modern midrash—based on the Hebrew Bible. He has three children and lives in Rochester, New York.

Peter Conners is author of seven books of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction including his most recent titles, Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead (Da Capo Press, 2009), White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg (City Lights, 2010) and JAMerica: An Oral History of the Jam Band Scene (Da Capo Press, 2013). He is Publisher of the award-winning non-profit literary press BOA Editions.

Remember to send in your submission to Le Mot Juste!

Below are the submission guidelines as well as more information regarding the 1st Annual Janus Award…

Le Mot Juste 2014

Call for Poetry Submissions!

And Janus Award Competition Entries!

Edited by Karla Linn Merrifield

with Colleen Powderly, Celeste Schantz

and Wanda Schubmehl

Send Us Your Finest Work!

Deadline: December 15, 2013

1. Eligibility: Le Mot Juste is open to all Just Poets members in good standing (in

other words, with dues paid).

2. One to three ORIGINAL poems per poet maximum. Your poems will

automatically be considered for the 2014 Janus Award (see separate document).

3. Length: maximum 34 lines each, INCLUDING stanza breaks (= one printed

page); poems longer than 34 lines will not be considered.

4. By email only, attached as a .doc (or .docx or .txt only) as a SINGLE attachment

of three poems in 12-point Times New Roman only. Send anonymous poems

(three maximum) and cover letter to lmj2014editor@gmail.com.

5. Do NOT put your name or any other identification on the poems. Label the

attachment: “Submission – Your Full Name” and label your email subject

likewise. Poems that contain poet identification will be ineligible and discarded.

6. If you do not have access to email, please mail your cover letter and a hard copy

of your poems – with no identification to: Karla Linn Merrifield, 15945 Edrose

Shores, Kent, NY 14477. Poems submitted after Nov. 1 should be mailed to Karla

Linn Merrifield, 16100 Baypointe Blvd., #E504, North Fort Myers, FL 33917.)

Poems that contain poet identification will be ineligible and discarded.

7. Janus Award participation: If you do not want to participate in the Janus Award

competition, please state so clearly in the cover letter to your submission.

8. Note: Friends and family members of the judge who are Just Poets members are

ineligible for the award as are members of the LMJ editorial board.

9. Cover letter must contain: A) your contact information (name, mailing address,

email);B) titles of your three poems; C) one-line bio note (max. 25 words) that

cites a favorite quotation and its author in answer to the question: “Why do I write

10. Original poems only; please do not send poems that have already been published

(including on Facebook, blogs, etc.).

11. Editing/corrections: The editor reserves the right to make minor adjustments for

grammar, spelling and anthology stylistics such as title capitalization style for

consistency; if more significant changes are required, the editor will contact you

to negotiate any changes to the selected poem.

12. Content disclaimer: In keeping with Just Poets’ policy of nondiscrimination,

please do not submit poems conveying discrimination based on gender, race,

religious beliefs, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. And please refrain from

vulgarities unless essential to a poem’s integrity.

13. Late submissions: Submissions received after December 15 will be ineligible and

14. About the 2014 Janus Award judge: Eve Hanninen, editor and publisher of The

Centrifugal Eye, one of the preeminent international poetry journals, who is

familiar with the work of many of our members, will be the 2014 Janus Award

judge. For more about Hanninen, see the accompanying award announcement.

 

Le Mot Juste 2014

Call for Poetry Submissions!

And Janus Award Competition Entries!

Edited by Karla Linn Merrifield

with Colleen Powderly, Celeste Schantz

and Wanda Schubmehl

Send Us Your Finest Work!

Deadline: December 15, 2013

1. Eligibility: Le Mot Juste is open to all Just Poets members in good standing (in

other words, with dues paid).

2. One to three ORIGINAL poems per poet maximum. Your poems will

automatically be considered for the 2014 Janus Award (see separate document).

3. Length: maximum 34 lines each, INCLUDING stanza breaks (= one printed

page); poems longer than 34 lines will not be considered.

4. By email only, attached as a .doc (or .docx or .txt only) as a SINGLE attachment

of three poems in 12-point Times New Roman only. Send anonymous poems

(three maximum) and cover letter to lmj2014editor@gmail.com.

5. Do NOT put your name or any other identification on the poems. Label the

attachment: “Submission – Your Full Name” and label your email subject

likewise. Poems that contain poet identification will be ineligible and discarded.

6. If you do not have access to email, please mail your cover letter and a hard copy

of your poems – with no identification to: Karla Linn Merrifield, 15945 Edrose

Shores, Kent, NY 14477. Poems submitted after Nov. 1 should be mailed to Karla

Linn Merrifield, 16100 Baypointe Blvd., #E504, North Fort Myers, FL 33917.)

Poems that contain poet identification will be ineligible and discarded.

7. Janus Award participation: If you do not want to participate in the Janus Award

competition, please state so clearly in the cover letter to your submission.

8. Note: Friends and family members of the judge who are Just Poets members are

ineligible for the award as are members of the LMJ editorial board.

9. Cover letter must contain: A) your contact information (name, mailing address,

email);B) titles of your three poems; C) one-line bio note (max. 25 words) that

cites a favorite quotation and its author in answer to the question: “Why do I write

10. Original poems only; please do not send poems that have already been published

(including on Facebook, blogs, etc.).

11. Editing/corrections: The editor reserves the right to make minor adjustments for

grammar, spelling and anthology stylistics such as title capitalization style for

consistency; if more significant changes are required, the editor will contact you

to negotiate any changes to the selected poem.

12. Content disclaimer: In keeping with Just Poets’ policy of nondiscrimination,

please do not submit poems conveying discrimination based on gender, race,

religious beliefs, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. And please refrain from

vulgarities unless essential to a poem’s integrity.

13. Late submissions: Submissions received after December 15 will be ineligible and

14. About the 2014 Janus Award judge: Eve Hanninen, editor and publisher of The

Centrifugal Eye, one of the preeminent international poetry journals, who is

familiar with the work of many of our members, will be the 2014 Janus Award

judge. For more about Hanninen, see the accompanying award announcement.

Writers & Books, Genesee Reading Series, November 12

GENESEE READING SERIES
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Writers and Books
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
7:30 pm, $3 members; $6 public

*** Come at 7PM to share light refreshments and socialize before the program ***
Two dynamic young poets from Buffalo, Josh Smith and
Angela Veronica Wong, present our program for November. Come
experience the future of poetry with us !

 

Angela Veronica Wong is the author of the full-length poetry collection how to survive a hotel fire (Coconut Books 

2012). Her chapbooks include Johnny, In Your Last Letter, which was chosen by Bob Hicok as a 2011 Poetry Society of 

America New York Fellowship Winner.She was interviewed by Poets and Writers, Jan/Feb 2013, as one of their 

12 Debut Poets. She is on the internet at http://www.angelaveronicawong.com

Josh Smith is known as the Rockstar in his hometown of Buffalo, covering magazines such as Artvoice, capturing

three Best of Buffalo awards.In Toronto, he is the newest host of Canada’s longest-running poetry series, published 

by Chrysalis Zine and Rampike. In Rochester, he’s been heard at Pure Kona, Just Poets, and Rochester Poets readings. 

The Montreal Gazette branded him “The Buffalo-born Badass.” In 2012, Ploughshares published his work, and in 2013 

he began pursuit of a degree from Harvard Extension School. His website is JoshSmithPoetry.com

 

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