This coming Thursday (September 22, 2011) local poet Carolee Sherwood will be one of the featured poets at the Word Thursday series at the Bright Hill Center (94 Church St., Treadwell, NY) along with Pennsylvania poet Christopher Bursk.
On Thursday, September 22, Word Thursdays will present Langhorne Manor, PA poet Christopher Bursk and Castleton-on-Hudson poet Carolee Sherwood. They will read from their work after the open mic, which begins at 7 pm, and intermission, during which free refreshments are served. During the open mic, all those present are invited to read from their own work or that of others for up to 5 minutes. The readings are held at Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell, NY (one block north of Barlow’s General Store on Rte. 14).
Christopher Bursk will read from The Infatuations and Infidelities of Pronouns, winner of the 15th Annual Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition and published by BHP in 2011. Bursk, recipient of NEA, Guggenheim, and Pew fellowships, is professor of English at Bucks Community College in PA. He is the author of a number of collections, including Cell Count, Ovid at Fifteen, and The Improbable Swervings of Atoms, winner of the 2004 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. He has been recognized for his work with prisoners, the homeless, food banks, and women’s shelters.
Carolee Sherwood, Castleton on Hudson, NY, is a painter, mixed-media artist, and poet. Her poetry has been published in a number of print and online journals, most recently appearing in Awakenings Review, Scythe, Wicked Alice, and The Centrifugal Eye. Her poem “How to Let Wild Birds Out” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2008. She co-manages the online poetry project “Big Tent Poetry” and writes reviews for Poets Quarterly.
Bright Hill Literary Center’s 2011 programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State council on the Arts , the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, the Otis A.Thompson Foundation, the Walter Rich Charitable Foundation, the A. C. Molinari Foundation, area businesses, and its members and friends. Bright Hill is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the New York Council of Non-Profits. Bright Hill’s Community Library, which features an extensive collection of literary and art-related volumes as well as children’s literature, is free and open to the public Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 am – 4 pm, Wednesdays, 9 am – noon, during Word Thursdays readings, and by appointment. Free wireless Internet access is available in the library. For further information about BHLC and its programs, contact Bright Hill Center at 607-829-5055 or email the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also an open mic for poets to share their work. For more information on this series and the Bright Hill Center, go to their website www.brighthillpress.org.