Jacqueline Ahl

Chronogram Open Word Reading Series Featuring Jacqueline Ahl

Jacqueline Ahl

The COW has moved!  Well not physically, even though the venue did change names, but the location stayed the same. The COW reading series has moved down the calendar to the third Saturday of the month. Instead of taking place on the scheduled Oct. 6, the next edition of the Chronogram Open Word will be on Saturday, Oct. 20 at  Outdated Cafe in Kingston with featured poet Jacqueline Ahl. Amanda Hempel was also scheduled, but will not be able to make the new date. This is another great monthly poetry event hosted by Phillip Levine with featured performers and an open mic.

COW (Chronogram Open Word): Poetry/Prose/Performance is (usually) hosted by Chronogram’s poetry editor Phillip Levine returns on Saturday, October 20 with featured poet Jacqueline Ahl at the “Outdated” (314 Wall St).

Jacqueline Renee Ahl is currently the Specialist for Disabilities and Learning at SUNY New Paltz, and an instructor for The Summer Institute for the Gifted at Vassar College. She served as Director of the SUNY New Paltz Creative Writing Mentoring Program from 2000-2005, working with emerging writers in the areas of fiction, poetry, playwriting, and screenwriting. She also served as Executive Grant Writer and performer for Arts for Peace, a local organization of artists and activists. Jacqueline has been a featured reader at many Hudson Valley NY events and venues, including Celebration of the Arts (COTA), Poetry on the Loose, Voices of the Valley (sponsored by Poets and Writers), and Arts on the Bridge. She appeared as visiting poet for the Language Arts program of the Northeast Center for Special Care, hosted “Plath and the Public Eye: A Two Day Celebration of the Work of Sylvia Plath” at SUNY New Paltz, and appeared as featured poet and panelist for “Visions of War and Peace: Poetry as Transformative Act,” conducted during Women and War, Peace and Revolution, the annual Women’s Studies Conference at SUNY Paltz. Her recent publications include The Wawayanda Review, The Sun magazine, Twenty20, and Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers. Jacqueline’s plays have been produced in Rosendale, NY, Brevard, NC, Long Island City, NY, and St. Louis, MO. Her absurdist work “Fear Itself,” most recently produced in St. Louis, has won three national and international awards: the Tin Ceiling 2008 Playwriting Competition, Best New Play for 2005 (one-act Division) in the Brevard Little Theatre International Playwriting Competition, and Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 77th Annual Writing Competition (Stage Play Script category). Jacqueline is most interested in experimental pieces that bridge the genres of poetry and drama, and is working on a series of performance poems for multiple voices.

Info: Phillip Levine — (845)246-8565 / pprod@mindspring.com

All shows are held at Outdated (an antique cafe) 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; 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.

Outdated – an antique cafe is a unique experience in upstate ny. we welcome you to come celebrate great food & design in our large open “antique cafe”. we will offer an eclectic mix of vintage goods & antiques. everything in the cafe will be available…from the chair you sit in, the art on the walls, to the food from the kitchen. at our cafe you can enjoy an excellent cup of coffee, farm fresh meals & baked goods.
314 Wall St. Kingston, NY – outdatedcafe@gmail.com – 845-430-7200

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

The series will continue with the new third Saturday of the month schedule on November 17 with Marcia Slatkin and Trina Porte and December 15 with Mike Jurkovic and Rebecca Schumejda.

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