Columbia County poet Karen Schoemer will read from her own work and host an open mic at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, October 5 at 5 pm.

Schoemer invites poets and poetry lovers “to share a poem and celebrate their own heritage and poetry’s shared heritage.” Participants can read one or two of their own poems or read poems from a favorite poet.

Karen Schoemer is a poet, performer and author from Hudson, NY. Her poems have appeared in La Presa, The Pine Hills Review, Up the River and Chronogram. She is vocalist for the bands Sky Furrows and Jaded Azurites. Her music journalism has been widely published and anthologized and she is the author of Great Pretenders: My Strange Affair with ’50s Pop Music. A recent graduate of the Writer’s Foundry, the MFA program at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, she is working on her debut poetry collection, Third Nature.

>Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the light at the intersection of Routes 22 and 23. For information on hours and events, call 518 325-4101 or visit the library’s website at www.roejanlibrary.org. Follow the library on Twitter: @libraryroe.

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