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Upcoming Poetry Events – March 2011

The next monthly meeting of Just Poets will be Saturday, March 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.

Alien ThinkingMarch’s meeting will feature Jeremy Fernaays, who will do a presentation entitled Alien Thinking and Three-Dimensional Poems. For Jeremy, the best literature is written from a foreign/fresh perspective he terms ― Alien Thinking. For him, the best poems are those that approach any subject matter with an unlimited (Three-Dimensional) view. His presentation will attempt to break participants from the literary ruts we sometimes find ourselves in and, hopefully, free us all to realize that potential ideas for future poems are more limitless than we may think.

Ron Bailey and John Roche will be the workshopping leaders at this meeting.


Friday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. – Dave Tilley and Donna M. Marbach will be reading from Twisted Pair (FootHills Publishing) and other work at Greenwood Books First Friday Reading on 123 Main Street in Rochester.


Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30 p.m. – The Genesee Reading Series continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Writers & Books with a program featuring  Claudia Stanek and Kathleen Van Schaick and with impresario Wanda Schubmehl.

Claudia StanekClaudia Stanek‘s poetry is centered around place – her ancestral origins, her own origins, and the psychological and emotional states of being produced from those origins. In the fall of 2010, Claudia traveled to Poland, the land of her ancestors. This opportunity allowed her to explore a new sense of place in the context of Poland’s evolution during the time since her ancestors emigrated to the United States.

Claudia received her MFA from Bennington College and is a founding member of the non-profit group Just Poets in Rochester, NY. Her work has appeared in Chaffin Journal, Euphony, Fourth River, Roanoke Review, and Red Wheelbarrow, among others journals. Her work has also appeared in the anthologies Cinquainicity, Community Voices, Knocking on the Silence: A Finger Lakes Anthology, Le Mot Juste, and Common Intuitions. Her poem “Housewife” was selected by composer Judith Zaimont as the inspiration for a commissioned libretto for the Eastman School of Music’s 2009 Women in Music Festival. She owns and manages Poetic Effect, a poetry submission preparation service, and she lives in East Rochester, NY with her rescued pets.

Kathleen Van SchaickKathleen Van Schaick’s love of poetry began when, as an elementary school teacher, she collaborated with several local poets including Judith Kitchen and Dale Davis. Her poems have appeared in The Dire Elegies: An Anthology Of Endangered Species, Listening to Water: An anthology of the Susquehanna Watershed, Sea StoriesJournal of the Blue Ocean InstituteByLinePuffin Circus, and mny other places. Her poem “women fish” won the 2006 S. Portia Steele Memorial Contest sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Chapter of the California Writers Club. Kathleen was editor of Le Mot Juste, the annual anthology of Just Poets for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. She was invited to be a participating poet in the 2009 Women in Music Festival sponsored by the Eastman School of Music.

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.


Piotr SommerWednesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. –  Piotr Sommer, poet, translator, and editor of Literatura na Świecie (World Literature), will read his poetry. A Q & A, book signing, and reception will follow the reading. Copies of his book,Continued, will be available for purchase at the event.

This reading will be held at the Forum, Otto A. Shults Community Center at Nazareth College. For more information email tasklar9@naz.edu. This event is FREE.


Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. – Judy DeCroce 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.


Friday, March 18th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Write the Night Away with Dee HoganWrite 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 “The Proud and the Passionate.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dee at ghogan(at)sjfc.edu (replace “(at)” with “@”).


Wednesday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. – SUNY Brockport’s The Writers Forum series continues with Jennifer Perrine.

Jennifer PerrineJennifer Perrine’s first collection of poems, The Body Is No Machine, was published by New Issues in 2007 and won the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bellingham Review, Atlanta Review, Connecticut Review, Georgetown Review, Third Coast, The Ledge, The Patterson Literary Review, The Pinch, The Cream City Review, Third Coast, River Styx, and elsewhere.

Her poem, “When the Dazzle Isn’t Gradual,” won the 2010 Bellingham Review 49th Parallel Poetry Award.  Perrine teaches at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she organizes the Writers & Critics Series and teaches courses in creative writing and gender studies.

This event will be held at The New York Room of Cooper Hall in SUNY Brockport.


Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. – Ophelia’s Flowers: Mythic Women and Love. A Song Cycle for Piano and Voice to be followed by a Poetry Reading*. Libretto and poems by E. Louise Beach; Jennifer Bellor, composer.

Ophelia’s Flowers will be performed on Thursday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilson Formal Lounge at St. John Fisher College.

E. Louise BeachE. Louise Beach is a lyric poet, critic, translator, and librettist.  Recently, she has been published in Barrow Street, Many Mountains Moving, Rosebud, The Bitter Oleander, andTriQuarterly Online, among others. Finishing Line Press has published her two chapbooks: Blue Skies (2006) and Sine Nomine (forthcoming 2011). She was recently named a finalist in the May Swenson Poetry Book Award.

Seven of her poem cycles have been set to music by composers Jen Bellor, Gerald Coleman, Bryan Page, and Robert Pound. In 2011, Ms. Beach received a grant to create a libretto for August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death.

For information, call 585-278-4637.

Additional support provided by Poetic Effect.

*Please note this is not an open mic event.


Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p..m. – Three Bad-Ass Poets reading, featuring Tom HolmesCharles Coté, and Sarah Freligh. This reading will be held at A Different Path Gallery on 27 Market Street in Brockport, NY. This event is FREE.

Three Bad-Ass Poets

Three Bad-Ass Poets

For more information, click here.

To download the flier, click Three Bad-Ass Poets flier.


Dwain WilderFriday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. – Dwain Wilder will be appearing in the Bread and Water Theatre’s production of ―The Paris Letter. This event will be held at the New Life Community Church, 146 Rosedale (at the corner of Monroe Ave). For more information, click here.

From the author of The Substance of Fire comes an absorbing play about power and money and its ruinous effects it can have on friendship, love, marriage, and ultimately oneself. In this modern tragedy set in urban New York City, Wall Street powerhouse Sandy Sonenberg finds his personal and professional life threatened by the unraveling secrets of his past. After burying his true sexual identity, a lethal affair with a young male associate forces Sonenberg to confront a lifetime of unrequited love and betrayal.

Tickets available on the website here: http://www.breadandwatertheatre.org/on_stage.htm.

Performances: April 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8pm. Matinees on the 10th and 17th at 2pm.


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



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