Dawn MararLocal poet Dawn Marar will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Dawn Marar has published short stories, articles and essays. Most recently her poem, “Manna from Heaven,” was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Orison Anthology of Fiction & Poetry Awards. She was also winner of the Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Up the River and Tribute to Orpheus 2 and was a finalist in a Chautauqua Literary Journal contest. Her creative nonfiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Dawn has lived in Jordan and travels extensively. Much of her subject matter has to do with the political from a personal perspective, particularly what is commonly referred to in the ‘West’ as the ‘Middle East’ — and American identity.

A reading by a local or regional poet is held each Third Thursday at the Social Justice Center. The event includes an open mic for audience members to read. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., with the reading beginning at 7:30. The host of the readings is Albany poet and photographer Dan Wilcox. The suggested donation is $3, which helps support this and other poetry programs of the Poetry Motel Foundation and the work of the Social Justice Center. For more information about this event contact Dan Wilcox at (518) 482-0262 or dwlcx@earthlink.net.

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