Poet Karen Schoemer will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. Karen Schoemer is a poet, performer and author living in Columbia County. Her poem “November Sun” won first prize in the 2015 Hudson Valley Writers Guild poetry contest. She is currently writer-in-residence at Instarlodge in Germantown, NY.

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 (518) 482-0262; e-mail: dwlcx@earthlink.net.

The Social Justice Center, founded in 1981, is a non-profit organization working for progressive social change through education, community building and collective action. The center advances the struggles against racism and for peace and justice. For further information about the SJC, call (518) 434-4037.

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