Yearly Archives: 2008

“Coming Home” Reading at W&B

Both originally from the Rochester area, W&B billed their July 24, 2007 readings as “Coming Home.” Randall, who now resides in Colorado Springs, CO, began the evening reading from her 2007 collection A Day in Boyland (Ghost Road Press). The cover of this book is rather Rod Serling–an extreme close-up of the made-up face of a haunting doll. Randall’s poems elicited chuckles and smiles from the audience which consisted largely of both poets’ friends and families. Most memorable are the titles of her poems, especially the title poem of a small self-published group collection “The Underpants of Gloom” The chapbook includes over-sized sewn paper underpants in an envelope on the inside back cover. Check out http://www.ghostroadpress.com/ for more info on Randall.

Fagan, whose original inspiration in poetry was Edgar Allan Poe, couldn’t be more different from Randall. Fagan’s work is admittedly dark incorporating violent and graphic imagery. He read from his collection Garage (Salt Publishing, 2007). “Scatology” was inspired by Maxine Kumin’s “The Excrement Poem.” What begins with a somewhat lighthearted account of the simultaneous profusion of an elephant’s liquid and solid waste elimination ends with the image of Christ on the cross. Fagan’s juxtaposition of such seemingly unrelated images is the fresh edge of a poet worth reading. To learn more about Fagan, including a video introduction, visit http://www.saltpublishing.com/.

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Leah Zazulyer Reading Thursday

Join me at Barnes & Noble Pittsford Thursday at 7pm for the July 2008 Just Poets Reading Series and Open Mic. Leah Zazulyer will be the featured reader. You’ll find us upstairs in the Community Room. Bring your own work to read at the open mic!

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Just Poets Reading Series

Join me this Thursday, June 12 for the Just Poets Reading Series at Barnes & Noble Pittsford. Poet, actor, playright, director and retired teacher Ed Scutt will be the featured reader. The event starts at 7pm in the Community Room. An open mic will follow.

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Just Poets Reading – May 2008

Please join us for the Just Poets Reading Series at Barnes & Noble Pittsford Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 pm. The featured readers will be Donna Marbach, Tricia Asklar and Tom Holmes. An open mic will follow.

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Adam Wilcox to Read Thursday

Please join me at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 10 at Barnes & Noble Pittsford for the monthly Just Poets Reading Series and open mic. Adam Wilcox will be the featured reader. An open mic follows.

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Women in Music Festival

I will be reading as part of the Eastman School of Music’s Women in Music Festival at noon on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in the Miller Center Atrium. My poems will be read prior to the performances of various musical selections. Poets M.J. Iuppa, Wynne McClure, Patricia Roth Schwartz, and Karla Linn Merrifield will also be performing on other days and in other locations that week. If you happen to find yourself in downtown Rochester, please stop by to listen! For more information visit http://www.esm.rochester.edu/wmf/.

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