Chris Wheeling

April COW in Kingston

Chris Wheeling

The COW poetry/prose/performance series keeping moooving along every first Saturday of the month in uptown Kingston. On April 7, host and Chronogram poetry editor Phillip Levine welcomes Chris Wheeling and Robert Milby as the featured poets at the BEAhive.

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, April 7th, 7pm with Chris Wheeling and Robert Milby.

It was around 2001 when Christopher Wheeling ran into a bunch of poets on the campus of Orange County Community College. After he picked himself up off the floor, he took up the practice of creative writing, something he hadn’t done for about a decade. It was a gateway drug to late nights at greasy spoon diners, long conversations that went until the sun came up in the morning, broken hearts, repaired hearts, more broken hearts, some bad habits, some good habits, a distinct lack of haircuts, and friendships that have lasted the years despite varying forms of madness and idiocy.

His poetry may or may not reflect his experiences along the way.

Parental discretion advised.

Robert Milby, of Florida, NY has been reading his poetry in the Hudson Valley and beyond since March, 1995. He hosts 3 Hudson Valley poetry series: Florida Library Poetry Café in Florida, NY, Noble Coffee Roasters in Campbell Hall, NY and Mudd Poets Poetry series at Mudd Puddle Café, New Paltz, NY. He has been published widely in several dozen magazines and 12 anthologies. He and Carl Welden are the poetry and Theremin duo,Theremin Ghosts! haunting the Hudson Valley each October since 2003. Robert writes the column Poets Comitatus: Dead Poets of the Hudson Valley, for Heyday Magazine. He is also co-founder and a board member of the innovative Northeast Poetry Center’s College of Poetry workshop series at 7 West Street, in Warwick, NY. Robert’s first book of poetry is Ophelia’s Offspring (Foothills Publishing, 2007). He is the author of several chapbooks and cds.

Info: Phillip Levine — (845)246-8565 /

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.

And for your viewing pleasure we present this video of Phillip Levine at the Bowery Poetry Club on Jan 1, 2012  – “Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word”