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Upcoming Poetry Events – August 2011

August is slow month for poetry, which is okay because we’ll need the rest heading into September when the poetry events will flourish and The Writers Forum will commence its reading series.  Until then, here’s what’s a happening.

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Monday, August 1 at 5:12 p.m. – The release of Dwain Wilder‘s newest collection of poems, Under the Only Moon (FootHills Publishing). To read about it, go here. To order it, click here. (By the way, isn’t that a great title?!)

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Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. – John Roche will be the featured reader at the monthly poetry open mic at the historic Caffé Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Falls, NY. For more information, click here.

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Friday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. – John Roche will be reading at Greenwood Books, located at 123 East Avenue, Rochester, NY., as he promotes his newest collection of poems, Road Ghosts, which is available from theenk Books.

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Saturday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. – Just Poets meeting at St. John Fisher College  in the  COP conference room on the second floor of the Campus Center. Donna Marbach will facilitate the opening presentation Poetry Pilates 2. No sneakers are required, but bring paper and a pen or pencil. Also, bring 15 copies of one of your poems if want to participate in the writing workshops after the presentation.

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Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. – The Genesee Reading Series, with impresario Wanda Schubmehl, continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Writers & Books with a program featuring Len Messineo and RP (Bob) Siegel.

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Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m – Just Poets monthly open-mic night, but this time with a twist. In August we’re doing what’s known as an ESP reading, which stands for Everybody Swaps Poems reading. The way it works is everyone brings in a poem typed on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, and each poem goes into a pile. The host randomizes the pile and the fun begins. It really only has two rules 1. UNDER ABSOLUTLEY NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN YOU READ YOU OWN WORK! 2. You pick a poem from the top of the pile and read the poem you get. The venue insists this event be family friendly in the matter of language. The reading will be held in the upstairs Community Room at the Pittsford Barnes & Noble.

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Friday, August 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Write the Night Away with Dee Hogan. This month’s theme is the sacredWrite 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 “Fistfight in Heaven.” 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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