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Genesee Reading Series Features Two JP Members!

Genesee Reading Series

Tuesday, May 14th

7:30 P.M. (come at 7 for nibbles!)

Members $3; Public $6

What an opportunity the Genesee Reading Series presents this month! Wellknown
and beloved MJ Iuppa reads from a new book with emerging, not-tobe-
missed Celeste Helene Schantz. Our celebration of poetry extends into
May, as these two poets show us why poetry still matters.

M.J.Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario, where for the past eight years, she and her husband, Peter Tonery, have been committed to food sustainability. Her most recent poems have appeared in Poetry East, The Chariton Review. Tar River Poetry, Blueline, The Prose Poem Project, and The Centrifugal Eye, among others. Her chapbook As the Crow Flies appeared in 2008 (FootHills Publishing), and her second full length collection, Within Reach, was published in 2010 by Cherry Grove Collections. A prose chapbook, Between Worlds, will be published in 2013 by FootHills. She served as the poetry advisor (2007-2012) for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and since 1986, has worked as a teaching artist in the schools, K-12, for a variety of agencies ( RCSD, BOCES 2, Genesee Valley BOCES, Writers & Books, Project U.N.I.Q.U.E. and V.I.T.A.L. programs). Currently, she is Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor program at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.


Celeste Helene Schantz is a member of the Board of Directors of Just Poets. Her work appears
in the groups’ annual journal, Le Mot Juste. Her essay, “Lines of Descent,” selected as a part of Story Walk at the Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, tells the tale of how she learned about her African slave and Native American ancestors and how her family came to Upstate New York. In 2012 she was a finalist in the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s National Poetry Competition, judged by Naomi Shihab Nye. In March, Celeste was a participant in the Eastman School of Music’s Women in Music festival, which this year featured Pulitzer Prize winning composer Melinda Wagner. She has been chosen by poet and novelist Marge Piercy to participate in her Intensive poetry workshop at Cape Cod. Celeste lives in Fairport with her son Evan, and is currently at work on her first book of poetry.


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