War Is Hell

Lots of Poetry in the Hudson Valley This Week

War Is Hell

There is a lot of poetry going on down in the Hudson Valley this week. It all starts off with Cheryl Rice and Michael Heinrich as the featured poets at the Bohemian Book Bin on Thursday, November 10.

Thursday, Nov. 10th at 7:00PM

Cheryl A. Rice and Michael Heinrich
Open Reading

all in one of the best oldest bookstores around
Hosted  by: Teresa Costa
$3.00 sugg. donation

Bohemian  Book Bin, 85 Carle Terrace (off Rte 9W), Lake Katrine, NY
(845)336-6450 (Call if lost or need directions…)

Coming Up
Dec. 8th  Poetry Potluck – Everyone bring a dish of food to share. And 5 minutes of Performance each.

Then there are three poetry readings happening on Saturday.The first reading will be the Woodstock Poetry Society meeting with a special venue and start time for the Veteran’s Day holiday with featured poets Jay Wenk, Walt Nygard, Dayl Wise, Matt Spireng and Suzanne Cleary

Note the venue – we will be at the Woodstock Historical Society’s Eames House, (20 Comeau Drive) for this reading.
Note the start time – we will be starting at 12 noon. with Jay, Walt & Dayl reading. Than around 2:30pm, Matt & Suzanne will read. There will be open mike at various times throughout.

Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival (www.woodstockpoetry.com) in association with the Woodstock Historical Society (http://www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org/) and 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: www.artsinwoodstock.org.

Poets Matt Spireng and Suzanne Cleary will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Woodstock Historical Society’s Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive, on Saturday, November 12th, 2011 at 12 Noon (special early start time) and the event will start at 12:30pm. Poets and veterans Jay Wenk, Walt Nygard, & Dayl Wise will also be reading. Jay, Walt, & Dayl will read, beginning around 12:30pm. Matt & Suzanne will read, beginning around 2pm. In addition, there will be open mike readings.

Refreshments will be provided by the Woodstock Historical Society.

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

Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of every month at either the Colony Cafe (warmer months) or the Woodstock Community Center (cooler months).

Matt Spireng  is the author of the book Out of Body, winner of the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award, and four chapbooks, Young Farmer, Encounters, Just This and Inspiration Point, winner of the 2000 Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. His book What Focus Is is forthcoming in 2011. He lives in Lomontville in the house in which he was raised as a child. More than 600 of his poems, many of which draw on the region in which he lives, have appeared since 1990 in magazines and journals across the United States.

Suzanne Cleary’s two poetry books are Trick Pear (2007) and Keeping Time (2002), both published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry and Poetry 180, and in journals including Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and Poetry London. She teaches at SUNY Rockland. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Cleary reviews books for Bloomsbury Review.

Note, the November 12th event is being combined with a Veterans Day Event. We are co-sponsoring with the Historical Sociey of Woodstock. We will be at the Eames House (20 Comeau Drive). We will start at 12 noon w/Jay Wenk, Walt Nygard, & Dayl Wise. Our WPS features Matt Spireng and Suzanne Cleary will read at approximately 2pm.

The second Woodstock reading will take place at the Woodstock Library featuring Roberta Gould and Julie Hedrick.

Roberta Gould & Julie Hedrick with Peter Wexler/music

Woodstock Library
Sat.  Nov. 12 at 5:00pm

And then at 7:00PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Kingston Mary Panza, Dan Wilcox and Murrow will be performing.

Poetry reading  11/12/11   7pm   Unitarian Universalist Congregation
320 Sawkill Road, Kingston   845-331-2884
$5 donation, $2.50 open mic readers
Guest readers: Mary Panza, Murrow, and Dan Wilcox

Mary Panza, Vice President of Albany Poets is Albany’s poetry diva. She originated and hosted the poetry open mic at Border’s and has been a driving force in the poetry community for a number of years. Mary has also been active in promoting, hosting, and participating in many arts events through out Upstate New York.

Murrow is Thom Francis (spoken word, samples, effects & video, composition) and Keith Spencer (guitar, bass, keys, computers, layers, composition) masterfully blend spoken word with samples, video and a plethora of instruments.

Dan Wilcox is the host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany, N.Y. and is a member of the poetry performance group “3 Guys from Albany”.  As a photographer, he claims to have the world’s largest collection of photos of unknown poets.