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Upcoming Poetry Events – April 2011

For the month of April, the Just Poets blog will host the “Favorite Poem Project.” Each day during National Poetry Month, we will post a Just Poets member’s favorite poem along with the member’s comment about the poem. This poems are scheduled to appear each day at 9:00 a.m.


Monday, April 4, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. – St. John Fisher College English Department Fr. John Cavanaugh Reading Series presents a lecture by Jennifer de Winter: “Playing with Poetry: Videogames, Language, and Emotional Interactivity.” The event will occur at St. John Fisher College campus, Wegmans Nursing Bldg, Rm 100. The event is free and open to the public.


Karla Linn MerrifieldWednesday, April 6th at 1 p.m. – Karla Linn Merrifield will read at the SUNY Brockport Scholars Day event. Each year, SUNY Brockport celebrates its scholars and creative artists at the day-long Scholars Day event. As an emerita and an alumna, Merrifield will read at Hartwell Hall, Room 218, for Cancer Takes a Holiday: Up the Amazon and the Nile With Roger. This poetry reading will open with several selections excerpted from her new book, The Urn, which celebrates her marriage to Roger M. Weir, now in State IV cancer. She will ll then read an ensemble of poems written during their recent travels to Brazil and Egypt. This event is free and open to the public. No parking pass is required.


Friday, April 8th – Dwain Wilder will be appearing in the Bread and Water Theatre’s opening night production of “TheParis Letter.” The theatre is located at New Life Community Church, 146 Rosedale (at thecorner of Monroe Ave).


Tuesday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m. – The Genesee Reading Series continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Writers & Books with a program featuring  Gail Hosking and Megan Staffel and with impresario Wanda Schubmehl.

Gail HoskingGail Hosking is the author of the memoir, Snake’s Daughter: The Roads in and out of War. Her essays and poems have appeared in such places asNimrod International, The Florida Review,The Fourth Genre, The NJ Star Ledger, and The Chattahoochee Review. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and teaches creative writing at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Recently, the lyrical essay captures her writing attention.

Megan StaffelMegan Staffel is the author of two novels, The Notebook of Lost Things (Soho Press) and She Wanted Something Else (North Point Press), a collection of short stories, A Length of Wire and Other Stories (Pym-Randall Press), and Lessons in Another Language: A Novella and Stories (Four Way). Her short stories have appeared in The Northwest Review, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, The New England Review, The Seattle Review, and The Kansas Quarterly. Her stories have been short listed in Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize.

Megan has taught at the University of Iowa, Kansas State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Vermont College. Currently, she teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives with her husband on an old dairy farm in a small town in western New York and has two adult children.


Margaret RandallWednesday, April 13th, and Thursday, April 14th – Noted poet, photographer, teacher, essayist, and activist Margaret Randall will be visiting Rochester on April 13 and 14, with appearances at both RIT and St. John Fisher College. Margaret Randall has published more than 80 books, taught at a number of universities, and founded the influential Mexico City journal El Corno Emplumado, subject of a recent documentary film. Another documentary is called The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall.  Her awards include a 1990 Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett grant and, in 2004, the PEN New Mexico’s Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Human Rights Activism. Her newest collection of poems is called Something’s Wrong with the Cornfields (Skylight Press, 2011), and she also has a new essay collection, First Laugh (University of Nebraska Press, 2011). More information to appear on this site on April 9th.


Friday, April 15th 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 “@”).


Sunday, April. 17th at 12:30 p.m. –  8th Annual Poetry Month Celebration at Lift Bridge Book Shop. The Lift Bridge Book Shop will be hosting the 8th Annual Poetry Month Celebration. All are welcome to attend.  A great opportunity to hear a wide cross section of  poetry written and read by poets from the greater Rochester area.  Participating poets currently include Lori Nolasco, Karla Merrifield, Tom Holmes, John Roche, Lawrence Berger, Donna Marbach, David Michael Nixon, Gary Lehmann, Wynne McClureCindy Blair, Colleen Powderly, and Eric Evans.  Music provided by Woody Nicholson, our local talented musician. Refreshments too! Keep checking the Lift Bridge Book’s website listing for updates about this event! The event is free and open to the public.


Susan Deer CloudFriday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – The Flying Squirrel Poetry Series hosts “A Night to Remember.” Poets, musicians, and artists speak out against DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Featuring Susan Deer Cloud and Colleen Powderly. Plus art from survivors and supporters. There will also be an open mic. The Flying Squirrel Community Space is located at 285 Clarissa St, Rochester NY. This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. For more info, contact. Paulette Swartzfager pswartzpk(at)gmail.com (replace “(at)” with “@”).



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