COW (Chronogram Open Word) Featuring Donald Lev and Guy Reed


Donald Lev

The COW series continues on Saturday, September 3 at 7:00pm with two of the Hudson Valley’s finest poets, Donald Lev and Guy Reed. The series is hosted by veteran Kingston/Woodstock open mic/poetry reading host (and Chronogram Poetry Editor) Phillip Levine.

Here is the info from Mr. Levine:

COW (Chronogram Open Word)
Donald Lev and Guy Reed
Hosted By Poetry Editor Phillip X. Levine

Spoken Word Series
First Saturday, Every Month

* Continues: Sat, Sept 3, 7pm *
w/Wide Open Microphone & Free Drink

COW (Chronogram Open Word): Poetry/Prose/Performance is hosted by Chronogram’s poetry editor Phillip Levine, it runs on the first Saturday of every month at 7pm at the BEAhive (314 Wall St).

The series, produced by Chronogram and BEAHIVE, continues on Saturday, September 3rd, 7pm with Donald Lev & Guy Reed.
COW (Chronogram Open Word) — Featuring: Donald Lev and Guy Reed
Saturday, Sept 3, 7pm

Donald Lev was born in New York City in 1936. He attended Hunter College, worked in the wire rooms of the Daily News and New York Times, and then drove a taxi cab for 20 years (with a 6-year hiatus in which he ran messages for, and contributed poetry to, The Village Voice and operated the Home Planet Bookshop on the Lower East Side). His earliest poems appeared in print in 1958 and he started his first small press magazine, HYN Anthology, in 1969. Among his honors have been a Madeline Sadin Award from New York Quarterly in 1973 and a Life Time Achievement Award from the Catskill Reading Society/Outloudbooks in 2003. In 2008 Outloudbooks brought out his The Darkness Above: Selected Poems 1968-2002 a sampling from the first four decades of his writing. A chapbook, Only Wings: 20 Poems of Devotion was published in 2010 by Presa Press in Michigan, and a new collection, A Very Funny Fellow, will be brought out by NY Quarterly Books at a date still to be announced. His brief underground film-acting career pinnacled with his portrayal (he wrote his own lines) of “The Poet” in Robert Downey Sr.’s 1969 classic Putney Swope. He lives in High Falls, NY, where he spends most of his time publishing the literary tabloid Home Planet News, which he and his late wife Enid Dame founded in 1979.

Guy Reed, born and raised in Hopkins, Minnesota, is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. He studied filmmaking in Minneapolis & St. Paul at Film In The Cities. He is the author of the forthcoming chapbook, The Effort To Hold Light, (Finishing Line Press). His poems have appeared in Home Planet News, and several anthologies including: Lifeblood (2011 Chickaree Press), The Goat Hill Poets (2010: Post Traumatic Press) and Riverine (2007: Codhill Press). He lives in the Catskill Mountains with his wife and their two children.

BEAHIVE – 314 Wall St, Kingston, NY
Info: Phillip Levine — (845)246-8565 /
$5 / free for BEAHIVE members

All shows are held at BEAHIVE in Uptown Kingston (314 Wall St.). Doors open at 7pm; start time is 7:30. Features perform for approximately 20 to 25 mins. each, with open mic before and after. Cover charge is $5; free for BEAHIVE members. Drink included.

Phillip X. Levine is a poet, editor and performer. He is poetry editor for Chronogram and president of the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival ( From 2001-2008, he hosted a popular weekly reading series at The Colony Cafe, one of the most storied venues for poets and musicians in Woodstock, NY. This OPEN WORD series is an evolution of The Colony series.

Chronogram ( is a free monthly magazine that nourishes and supports the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley.

BEAHIVE is a new kind of collaborative space for work and community. Its ultimate aim is to support a Local Living Economy, one that is locally rooted and human-scale. BEAHIVE opened in Beacon in May 2009 as the first such space in the Hudson Valley and partnered with Chronogram to open a second location in Uptown Kingston in December 2009.

Photo credit: Dan Wilcox