Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic With Featured Poet Alan Casline

Alan Casline This month Carolee Sherwood is guest-hosting the Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic up in Saratoga Springs. Alan Casline will be the featured poet at the historic folk venue. Here is more info on Alan and the event.

Alan Casline is an American poet, editor, and small press publisher. He was born in Fort Johnson, New York in 1951 and attended St. Lawrence University and SUNY-Albany.  As an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University he was poetry editor of Laurentian (1973). He has published a number of collections of poetry and has written on watershed wisdom, folklife, natural history, sustainability, and local poetry. Beginning in 1975 in Canton, New York, he edited and published Rootdrinker, a long standing magazine of watershed poetics, art, and non-fiction. An early bio-regionalist, his Landsat satellite photo cover for Rootdrinker (1975) and his seminal and often reprinted essay “Farm as Ecology”(1977) contributed to the cultural and literary growth of bioregional and watershed groups throughout North America. He has published several volumes of poetry, including Birdsfoot (1985), Some Late Thursday Night Poems (2007) and Grandfather Carp (2009). His poetry appeared in the anthology River of Dreams: Poems from the St. Lawrence Valley (1990), edited by Albert Glover, as well as in numerous other magazines, anthologies and in varied forms electronically and in print.

He is director of Rootdrinker Institute, a membership based organization, which promotes rediscovery of the inspirations and creative visions of earlier artists and writers of each unique watershed. His Benevolent Bird Press has published a number of collections of poetry by other writers. In addition to Rootdrinker, he has edited and published Normanskill (2007) a watershed anthology and the creative folklore anthology The Annals of Perious Frink (2007).

the first Wednesday of every month Caffè Lena presents:
Caffè Lena Poetry Open Mic
Wednesday, July 7
7pm sign up, 7:30 readings start
Featured Poet: Alan Casline


Special Guest host Carolee Sherwood
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs     583-0022