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Upcoming Poetry Events – February 2011

The next monthly meeting of Just Poets will be Saturday, February 5th, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the COP Conference Room at the Campus Center at St. John Fisher College.

Donna M. Marbach will be facilitating  the opening presentation, Poetry Pilates, which will be a series of prompts and exercises to thaw our frozen brains and get those creative juices going again.  Bring paper, pencils or pens, and a willingness to take some risks.

Following the presentation, there will be the usual workshopping of poems. This time the workshops will be led by two of our fine poets, Charlie Cote and Ann C. Putnam. Each will facilitate one of the sessions. If you wish to workshop a recent poem, please remember to bring 10 -12 typed copies for sharing.

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Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. – The Genesee Reading Series continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Writers & Books with a program featuring two of the area’s notable poets and favorite alumnae of the GRS, Linda Allardt and Kathleen Wakefield.

Linda Allardt has published three books of poems, The Names of the SurvivorsRiver Effect, andAccused of Wisdom, and a renga, Stalking Reflections, written with Virginia Elson. She was one of the editors of State Street Press, and she taught creative writing at the University of Rochester, where she was one of the editors of Emerson’s journals and notebooks, including The Poetry Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson (University of Missouri Press). She has taught at Eastman School of Music, St. John Fisher, and Writers & Books.

Kathleen Wakefield‘s book, Notations on the Visible World (Anhinga Press, 2000), won the 1999 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. She also has a chapbook from State Street Press,There and Back (1993). Recent poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Southern Humanities Review, Image, Rattle, and River Styx, and she has work forthcoming in The Sewanee Review. She has taught creative writing at the University of Rochester and The Eastman School of Music, and she works as poet-in-residence at several local schools.

The Genesee Reading Series will be held at Writers & Books, located at 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. Admission is $3 for members and $6 for the general public.

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Thursday, February 10th at 7 p.m. – Gary Lehmann will be the featured reader at the Just Poets Reading Series hosted by Ed Scutt. The reading is held in the upstairs Community Room at the Pittsford Barnes & Noble. It will be followed by an open mic. Bring a poem or two to read and share with your fellow poets and other readers.

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Sunday, February 13th at 4:00 p.m. – Dave Tilley and Donna M. Marbach will be reading from their recent chapbook Twisted Pair (FootHills Publishing), as well as other poems. The reading will be held at Books, Etc., on Main Street in Macedon. For those who have never attended a Books, Etc. reading, hosted by John Cieslinski, they are quite unique, with the audience interacting and responding to the poets with questions, comments, and reactions.

Dave and Donna will also be reading from Twisted Pair at Greenwood Books First Friday Reading on March 4, 7:00 PM, 123 Main Street in Rochester.

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Friday, February 18th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Write the Night Away with Dee Hogan. Write the Night Away is a creative writing forum led by Professor Dee Hogan. It is sponsored by the St. John Fisher College English Department. The event will be held at the Golisano Gateway Writing Center at St. John Fisher. The theme for this Write the Night Away is “Godiva.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dee at ghogan(at)sjfc.edu (replace “(at)” with “@”).

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Be sure to check out the most recent Poet Talk, which is located here: Poet Talk page.

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