Woodstock Poetry Society Celebrates Second Saturdays

Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival joins in the celebration of the third annual WOODSTOCK ARTS DAY. On Saturday, May 26, WPS&F in association with the Woodstock Arts Consortium will present a reading with featured poets Will Nixon, Philip Pardi, and Matthew J. Spireng from 2:00PM – 3:00PM. This reading is hosted by Phillip Levine at the Maverick Concert Hall and is free and open to the public.

Will Nixon has published two chapbooks, When I Had It Made (Pudding House) and The Fish Are Laughing (Pavement Saw) plus poems in many journals and magazines. He has finished a cyberpunk epic, Lyndon Baines Takes a Fare to the Palace of Wisdom, about a Gotham cabbie in

2063. Now he’s working on a poetry manuscript inspired by the movie Night of the Living Dead and on another about living in Hoboken in the 80s, Love in the City of Grudges. He lives in Woodstock.

Philip Pardi’s first book of poems, Meditations on Rising and Falling, is forthcoming from University of Wisconsin Press. He lives in Phoenicia and teaches at Bard College. He recently had a nightmare involving a semicolon.

Matthew J. Spireng’s full-length book manuscript Out of Body won the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award and was published in 2006 by Bluestem Press at Emporia State University.

His chapbooks are Encounters from Finishing Line Press, Inspiration Point (winner of the 2000 Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition), Just This, from Hampden-Sydney College, and Young Farmer, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

For more information, contact the Woodstock Arts Consortium (www.woodstockartsconsortium.org) or the Woodstock Poetry Society (www.woodstockpoetry.com).