Award Winning Songwriter James Krueger and Poet Bob Wright to Give Performance at Arts Upstairs Gallery

Bob Wright Songwriter James Krueger and Poet Bob Wright will give a performance at Arts Upstairs Gallery on Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 PM. Hailed by judges as “an extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery” Krueger is a two time honor award winner in the Great American Songwriting Contest. A founding member of the Woodstock Poetry Society and acting coordinator for six years, the Athens, NY poet Bob Wright has been published in periodicals and anthologies throughout the US such as Oxalis and Yankee Magazine. The Arts Upstairs Gallery is located at 60 Main Street in Phoenicia, NY. You can find out more about this program by calling 845-594-2249.

A man of few words, great insight and much humor, Athens, NY poet Bob Wright has been writing poetry for some 20 years. He has actively been reading his work at various venues in the Northeast for many years as well as hosting several regular poetry readings in the Hudson Valley. Currently he is the host of a bimonthly poetry reading at the Athens Cultural Center and is the curator of the web-based Hudson Valley Poetry Calendar (, a reasonably comprehensive listing of poetry events in the counties along the Hudson River. He was one of the founders of the Woodstock Poetry Society and for six years acted as its coordinator. Before that, in its last year, he served as president of the Stone Ridge Poetry Society, in Stone Ridge, New York. His poetry has been published in such diverse periodicals as Oxalis, Yankee, the Christian Science Monitor, Freefall Magazine, Heliotrope, and the North Dakota Quarterly. One of his poems appeared recently in Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, published by Codhill Press.

James Krueger has been writing and performing his own music since the age of fifteen. His richly poetic songs backed by his unique finger-style guitar playing celebrate the beauty of the Catskill region, gently connecting listeners to the natural world without ever forcing a message. A review in the Chronogram described Krueger’s music as “something you’ll put on and won’t take off” adding that his music and lyrics “reflect a deep, healthy connection with nature.” Krueger is the recipient of numerous grants and has performed for such diverse groups as the North American Bluebird Society, National Artists for Mental Health, the Sierra Club, The New York Maple Growers’ Association and the Thendara Mountain Club. He has released four solo CDs including his latest title, a live recording called Live in Denver, NY. You can hear James Krueger’s music and find out more about him by visiting his web site

The Arts Upstairs is a cooperative gallery that regularly showcases quality local art. The theme of the artwork hanging on October 4 will be “Pot Luck.”

What: Performance by poet Bob Wright and songwriter James Krueger
Where: The Arts Upstairs Gallery, 60 Main Street, Phoenicia, NY
When: Saturday October 4, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $5
Contact: or 845-594-2249