Local poet Philomena Moriarty will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, on Thursday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Philomena Moriarty has recently published My Moon Self, which is a combination of poetry and memoir. She uses mindfulness and other spiritual practices in her writing process and views poetry itself as a spiritual practice. Philomena lives in East Greenbush and was a longtime member of the Voorheesville Thursday Night Poets. The evening will also include the annual holiday visit from “Sanity Clause,” with a gift of poetry for all who read in the open mic.

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.

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