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Upcoming Poetry Events – January 2011

WELCOME IN THE A NEW YEAR WITH Writing Aerobics at Writers & Books Facilitated by Donna M. Marbach Saturday, January 8th from 10AM until Noon.

If the dark days and winter cold have gotten you down lately, or you’ve just been feeling “uninspired” these days, come share a Saturday morning writing with friends. Find inspiration in prompts, exercises, and the camaraderie of like-minded writers. After all the holiday flurry, some down-to-earth writing  exercises promise to perk you up and  get you back in writing mode.

$109 W&B members / $139 general public for all 8 classes, or $22 W&B members / $28 general public per session

Writing Aerobics is the best workout in town. The emphasis is on impromptu writing exercises.


Because of the New Year’s Holiday on Saturday, January 1st, the next monthly meeting of Just Poets is on Saturday January 8th from 1:30 PM until 4:00 PM at the Campus Center, COP Conference Room (up the stairs to your left) at St. John Fisher College.  JP President Sarah Freligh will open the meeting with a presentation about grants, fellowships, and residencies for poets with Claudia M. Stanek commenting a bit on her recent residency in Poland.  Following the presentation, there will be the usual work shopping of poems with Claudia and Sarah each facilitating one of the sessions.  If you wish to workshop a recent poem, please remember to bring 10 -12 typed copies for sharing.


Saturday, January 8th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Writers & Books is kicking off their 30th Anniversary Year with a special event featuring readings by 30 poets who have been an important part of the W&B community during its first three decades.  The Afternoon and Evening will celebrate Rochester’s literary community with a sharing of poetry, food and drink (pinot, both noir and grigio)  Admission: a dish to pass or a bottle of pinot to share.  Among the featured readers for the evening: Anne Coon, Charles Cote, Sarah Freligh, Vincent Golphin, M.J. Iuppa, Kitty Jospe, Jim Longenbach, Donna M. Marbach, David Michael Nixon, Patricia Roth Schwartz, John Roche, and others.


Genesee Reading Series, Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 7:30 PM, Writers and Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, $3 members,  $6 public

James Longenbach is the author of four books of poems, most recently The Iron Key (W. W. Norton); his poems have also appeared in many magazines, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. In addition, his reviews of contemporary poets appear regularly in The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review; his most recent book of literary criticism is The Art of the Poetic Line (Graywolf). A longtime member of the English Department at the University of Rochester, he also teaches regularly at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Anne C. Coon is Professor Emeritus in the College of Liberal Arts at RIT. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Redactions, Provincetown Arts, Nimrod, and The Baltimore Review. Anne’s books include Henry James Sat Here; Via del Paradiso; Daedalus’ Daughter; and Discovering Patterns in Mathematics and Poetry, co-authored with Marcia Birken. Anne’s poetry has been set to music by composer Daniel Koontz, and she has collaborated with photographer John Retallack on a forthcoming book. She is currently working on her second novel.


Thursday, January 13, 7 PM.   Now that the holidays are over, the monthly Just Poets Reading Series and Open Mic , is operating again. Ed Scutt hosts the reading, which will feature new member, Todd Beers, followed by an open mic.  The reading is held in the upstairs Community Room, Barnes & Noble, Pittsford.


Saturday, January 15, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Pittsford Community Library, 24 State St., Pittsford. “ A Bi-Lingual Experience:  How Poets translate TO and FROM ASL.”

Miriam Lerner, an interpreter at RIT/NTID will be a guest speaker to talk about a documentary she created entitled  “The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox”.  She will share and comment on performances and interviews of deaf poets who were experimenting with poetic devices in American Sign Language from 1984 to 1992. Followed by a reception to allow for questions and answers.  There will be an interpreter.


Saturday January 22, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – For those of you who missed it the first time around, you have a second opportunity to take Dave Tilley’s work shop “Writing Through the Divine,” where you can engage in a small group that will explore how we can get out of ourselves while writing.  In other words Dave will facilitate the group’s looking into the question of “How do I take the artist out of the art.” His workshop will take a beginner’s look at the use of symbol, mythology, and synchronicity in looking into what to write and discovering our language for doing so.    Some of you will remember that Dave Tilley spoke to Just Poets in August about Non-Egoic Poetics, touching upon topics this workshop will cover.  The workshop is open to the public, however Just Poets members get a nice discount. In order to keep the class at a very informal level, the class size is limited to 12. Registration ahead of time is required; to reserve a spot contact Dave via email tilley@rochester.rr.com or phone him at: (585) 730-3631 to register.  Location: The Carriage House, 693 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.  Cost $60 general public/$50 Just Poets Members.



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