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Judith Kerman at Pine Hollow Arboretum Open Mic

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The schedule for the 2013 Pine Hollow Open Mic series is out (see below) and the first reading kicking off the series is Friday April 5 with featured reader Judith Kerman.

Judith’s introduction:

For me, poetry is at least partly a visual and musical art form. Or at least, it comes out of those parts of my mind. Making art is more important to me than poetry in particular, but poetry is my first and oldest art, and my central identity. (I’m also a musician, photographer, plastic artist, and computer artist). I’m intrigued by the pieces that “come easily” out of a weird part of my head, but more in love with the things I have to work hard for. Several years, I composed several songscapes for performance with my poems.

I founded Earth’s Daughters magazine in Buffalo in 1971, and have run Mayapple Press since 1978. Our catalog of over 100 titles includes books by Allison Joseph, William Heyen, Eleanor Lerman, Conrad Hilberry, Gerry LaFemina, Geof Hewitt and Helen Ruggieri. Last May, I retired after 20 years teaching and administration at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, and moved to Woodstock, NY.

My eight books or chapbooks of poetry  include, most recently, Galvanic Response (March Street Press, 2005) and the bilingual collection, Plane Surfaces/Plano de Incidencia ( Santo Domingo: CCLEH, 2002). I have also published two books of translations of Spanish poetry, A Woman in Her Garden: Selected Poems of Dulce María Loynaz (Cuban; Cervantes Prize laureate, 1992; published by White Pine Press in 2002) and Praises and Offenses: Three Women Poets from the Dominican Republic (BOA Editions, 2009). As a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Dominican Republic in 2002, my main project was translating the poetry and fiction of contemporary Dominican women; I made a video about Dominican Carnaval during a second visit in 2004.

This great poetry reading and open  mic series takes place at the Pine Hollow Arboretum (16 Maple Ave., Slingerlands, NY) and starts at 6:30pm. Poets and writers who wish to participate in the open mic can read three short poems, two longer poems, or two pages of prose. This event is made possible by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild, Rootdrinker Institute, and Delmar Writers Group. For more information contact Alan Casline at

Here is the schedule for the 2013 series:

April 5 — Judith Kerman
May 24 — Stephen Ellis
June 14 — Bernadette Mayer
July 12 — Stephen Lewandowski
August 9 — Fifth Annual POETS AT THE ARBORETUM
September 13 — A.C. Everson: World Premiere Performance Poetry In the Garden of Ma (a work in four seasons)
October 11 — Carol Graser
November 8 – Mimi Moriarty, Marion Menna

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