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Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival Reading with David Messineo and Dennis Wayne Bressack

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The Woodstock Poetry Society returns to the Colony Cafe (22 Rock City Road, Woodstock) on Saturday, September 10 with a very special reading from David Messineo and Dennis Wayne Bressack.

This series is hosted by Chronogram poetry editor Phillip Levine on the second Saturday of each month. Here is the official release from Phillip with all of the information on the event and this months featured readers.

Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival Reading: 09/September 10th, 2011 2pm – David Messineo; Dennis Wayne Bressack – Colony Cafe

Note the venue – we will be at the Colony Cafe (22 Rock City Road) for this reading. Next month (October) we will be at the Woodstock Community Center.

For Immediate Release – for further information contact Phillip Levine (845)246-8565 or email:

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:

Poets David Messineo and Dennis Wayne Bressack will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Colony Cafe, 22 Rock City Road, on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at 2pm. Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Woodstock Community Center.

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


David Messineo – Poet/publisher/performance artist David Messineo was last featured in Woodstock, NY at Colony Cafe on Monday, November 18, 2002, as part of his 20-stop, 3-state 2002-2004 Restoration Tour. Nine years later, he returns with his follow-up to Restoration, bringing his 2011 Formal Tour to our series – where he reads his original formal/structured poetry from his sixth collection while attired in a tuxedo. The award-winning publisher of Sensations Magazine more recently was one of 26 individuals honored in 2009 with a New Jersey State Jefferson Award for Public Service, and his publication has achieved its goal of 25 years of continuous operation in 2011. Copies of his 120-page hardcover book may be purchased for $20; proceeds enable him to continue publishing the work of others via Sensations Magazine. Learn more about him and Sensations Magazine at

Dennis Wayne Bressack- Dennis Wayne Bressack is a retired dentist who lives in Woodstock, NY with his wife, Abby. They have two sons, Justin and Noah.

A writer for more than 45 years, he has been a featured reader at many venues in New Jersey, Manhattan and The Mid-Hudson Valley. His essays, short stories, poems and songs have appeared in a variety of publications including Sensations Magazine, The Home Planet News, The Woodstock Journal, The New Paltz Times, Chronogram and Wildflowers.

His holistic dental articles can be found on his website,

He has self-published seven books of poetry, Rosenberg’s Farm, Driving Towards the Sunset, First You Laugh, Return to Hopiland, Please Don’t Let My Son Go To War, Water Earth and Sky, and Winter is not for Skiing (Not For Me Anyway). He also produced two CDs of music, Me and Blue and I Am The Man.

His poetry website,, contains samples of his writing and music.


Here’s our 2011 schedule of featured readers:

01/January 8th – Marcia Slatkin; Rebecca Schumejda
02/February 12th – Cheryl A. Rice; Pauline Uchmanowicz
03/March 12th – Georganna Millman; Pui Ying Wong; Tim Suermondt
04/April 9th – Jane Ormerod (poet/editor hell strung and crooked, Uphook Press) w/contributors Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Robert Gibbons, Bruce Weber @Colony Cafe
05/May 14th – Jackie Sheeler; Mary Eliza Crane; Sharmagne Leland-St. John @Colony Cafe

06/June 11th – Eve Packer; Matthew Hupert @Colony Cafe
07/July 9th – Allen Fischer; Barbara Ungar @Colony Cafe
08/August 13th – Donald Lev; Linda Lerner @Colony Cafe
09/September 10th – David Messineo; Dennis Wayne Bressack @Colony Cafe
10/October 8th – Bobbi Katz; Teresa M. Costa @Woodstock Community Center
11/November 12th – Matt Spireng; Suzanne Cleary @Woodstock Community Center
12/December 10th – Mary Kathryn Jablonski; Roberta Gould; and Annual Business Meeting @Woodstock Community Center

Also, why not become a 2011 Member of the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival?

Membership is a nominal $15 a year. (To join, send your check to the Woodstock Poetry Society, P.O. Box 531, Woodstock, NY 12498. Include your email address as well as your mailing address and phone number. Or join online at: Your membership helps pay for meeting space rental, post-office-box rental, the WPS website, and costs associated with publicizing the monthly events. One benefit of membership is the opportunity to have a brief biography and several of your poems appear on this website.

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