Caffe LenaOn Wednesday, June 6, Caffè Lena will present a poetry reading by Paul Pines. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7pm and the readings will start at 7:30. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5 general, free for students

Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022, www.caffelena.org

PAUL PINES grew up in Brooklyn near Ebbets Field and passed the early 60s on the Lower East Side of New York. He shipped out as a merchant seaman, spending part of 65/66 in Vietnam, then opened his Bowery jazz club, The Tin Palace, the setting for his novel, The Tin AngelRedemption, a second novel, is set against the genocide of Guatemalan Mayans. My Brother’s Madness, a memoir, explores the nature of delusion in the unfolding of intertwined lives.  His latest book, Trolling with the Fisher King—Re-imagining the Wound, (Chiron Publications, 2018) is a memoir that explores the archetypal rhythm of wounding and healing.

Pines has published fourteen poetry collections: most recently Gathering Sparks. His selected works, A Furnace in the Shadows, will be out this year from Dos Madres. Poems set by composer Daniel Asia appear on the Summit label. Pines has conducted workshops for the National Writers Voice and lectured for the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He lives with his wife Carol in Glens Falls, New York, where he is a psychotherapist in private practice and hosts the Lake George Jazz Weekend in mid-September since 1986. Website: paulpines.com.

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