Poetry in Athens in April

Athens Cultural Center Two widely regarded Hudson Valley poets, William Seaton and Susan Sindall, will be the featured poets when Poetry at the Hudson meets at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 2 p.m.  An open mike will be part of the occasion.

Seaton, who for 14 years has produced the “Poetry on the Loose” reading/performance series in Middletown and now Warwick, has been active in poetry performance throughout his career, including happenings in the ’60s, street readings in the ’70s, and a 2006 show in Budapest with a hurdy-gurdy player as the opening act.  He has taught in a wide variety of settings, including the Nigerian bush and a New York State prison, as well as at Long Island University and Adelphi.  His most recent publications are Spoor of Desire: Selected Poems (FootHills Publishing) and Tourist Snapshots (CC Marimbo).  His poetry and translations have appeared in such journals as Chelsea, Wordsmith, Mad Blood, Home Planet News, Copulation, and Heaven Bone, as well as in four anthologies (including the recent Riverine from Codhill Press), and his scholarly studies have appeared in Mystics Quarterly, the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, and in several volumes of Bruccoli Clark’s Dictionary of Literary Biography series.

Sindall, who has been the managing editor of Heliotrope, a journal of poetry, since its inception in 1998, has had roles in both writing and dance.  With a diploma in dance from the Julliard School of Music and an MFA in writing from Warren Wilson College, she has been associated with the 92nd St. YM-YMHA Dance Center, been a Teaching Artist in NewYork City schools for the Lincoln Center Institute, taught movement education at Manhattanville College, and taught poetry for Poets in Public Service and for Poets House, in New York City.  Currently living in Shady, she also teaches a writing workshop in nearby Kingston at the Universalist Unitarian Church of the Catskills.  She has read her poetry at various venues in New York City and the Hudson Valley, been featured in a poetry/music performance at the 92nd St. Y with Peter Schickele, and has read at both the Woodstock Poetry Festival and the Chattaqua Institute.  Sindall’s poetry has appeared in such publications as The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, The Seattle Review, Negative Capability, Pivot, Salamander, and the California State Quarterly, and she will be published shortly in the  Hawai’i Pacific Review.

The readings will be hosted by area poet Bob Wright.  There is a suggested donation of $3.  To reach the Cultural Center, proceed on NY 385 into the village of Athens and turn west onto Second Street; it is the second building on the right.  For additional information, call 518-444-4561.