Roberta Allen and Naton Leslie at the Woodstock Poetry Society

image Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival as part of the Woodstock Arts Consortium is sponsoring the following poetry event as part of the Woodstock “Second Saturdays” Art Events. For a full listing of “Second Saturday” events, see:

Roberta Allen and Naton Leslie will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, on Saturday, September 13th at 2pm. Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of every month.

The readings will be hosted by Woodstock area poet Phillip Levine. All meetings are free, open to the public, and include an open mike.

Roberta Allen is the author of eight books, including the novel, THE DREAMING GIRL, praised by the Village Voice; two story collections, THE TRAVELING WOMAN and CERTAIN PEOPLE, both praised by The New York Times Book Review; a novella-in-stories, THE DAUGHTER, praised by the VLS; a memoir, AMAZON DREAM, praised by the LA Reader & the VLS; and three writing guides. She is finishing a story collection called NOW THAT HE’S DEAD. She is on the faculty of The New School, has taught in the writing program at Columbia, and teaches private writing classes in New York and Woodstock. Allen is also a visual artist who has exhibited worldwide, with work in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Naton Leslie is the author of a book of narrative nonfiction, That Might Be Useful (Lyon Press, 2005), six volumes of poetry: Three Shadows Are Dark Daughters (1998), Moving to Find Work (2000), Salvaged Maxims (2002), Egress (2004), The Last Best Motif (2004), and Emma Saves Her Life (2007). A collection of his short fiction, Marconi’s Dream and Other Stories (2003), won the George Garrett Fiction Prize, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He teaches writing and literature at Siena College, in Loudonville, New York.

For more information on this series in Woodstock, contact Philip Levine at 845-246-8565 or