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  • Welcome to 2015, Just Poets, and may this year be all you want it to be!
  • On Thursday, January 8thDavid Forman is our featured reader followed by open mic (Barnes & Noble, 7 PM). You may not know David—he divides his time between Ithaca and Rochester and comes to readings and meetings when he can. He’s a fine poet and we look forward to hearing him read at length.
  • Saturday, January 10th is our monthly meeting at St. John Fisher. Bob McDonough leads a program on poet Russell Atkins. Here’s a link to a good article on Atkins along with a sample of his poems:   http://beltmag.com/rediscovering-russell-atkins/. Bring your poems for workshop afterwards. Please note that we will meet in the Wilson Formal Lounge, just past the student cafeteria on the first floor. (1:30-4 PM).
  • Tuesday, January 13th features Colleen Powderly and Kathleen Van Schaick as part of the Genesee Writers Series at Writers & Books (7:30 PM; flyer info below).

GENESEE READING SERIES     Tuesday, January 13, 2015     Writers and Books     740 University Ave. Rochester

7:30 pm, $3 members; $6 public

Don’t miss the January kickoff of the 2015 GRS Series! Colleen Powderly and Kathleen Van Schaick present stirring, provocative, carefully-crafted poetry to take your mind off the winter blues.

Kathleen Van Schaick has been an elementary school teacher and literary anthology editor (Le Mot Juste, Foothills Publishing, 2008-2010). Her work has been published in The MacGuffin, The Broad River Review, Cairn: St. Andrews Review, The Dire Elegies: 59 Poets on Endangered Species of North America and Listening to Water: The Susquehanna Watershed Anthology. She was awarded the 2006 Portia Steele Award in Poetry. She serves as program coordinator on senior issues for WXXI radio’s Reachout Radio, programming for the blind and visually impaired, and is a hospice volunteer. An avid hiker, she has hiked in Vermont, North Carolina and Newfoundland.

Colleen Powderly’s early poems reflect her childhood in the deep South and a decade spent in the Midwest. Those poems eventually formed the basis for her book, Split (FootHills Publishing, 2009). More recent work has focused on narrative and ekphrastic poems. Her work has appeared in many journals, including Ekphrasis, Steel Toe Review, Third Wednesday, and The Centrifugal Eye, and has been anthologized in Malala: Poems for Malala Yousefzai and Mo’ Joe: The Anthology. Colleen has served on the editorial board for the Just Poets anthology, Le Mot Juste, and is currently Vice President of that organization.


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