Monthly Archives: March 2011
Song Cycle for Piano and Voice to be followed by a Poetry Reading
Libretto and poems by E. Louise Beach; Jennifer Bellor, composer.
Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm
Wilson Formal Lounge
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14618
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow the performance.
*Please note this is not an open mic event.
Sponsored by Just Poets and St. John Fisher College’s Arts Minor Program
Additional support by Poetic Effect
E. Louise Beach is a lyric poet, critic, translator, and librettist. Recently, she has been published in Barrow Street, Many Mountains Moving, Rosebud, The Bitter Oleander and TriQuarterly Online, among others. Finishing Line Press has published her two chapbooks: Blue Skies (2006) and Sine Nomine, (2011). She was recently named a finalist in the May Swenson Poetry Book Award. Seven of her poem cycles have been set to music by composers Jen Bellor, Gerald Coleman, Bryan Page, and Robert Pound. In 2011, Ms. Beach received a grant to create a libretto for August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death.
Jennifer Bellor is currently a Ph.D student in music composition at the Eastman School of Music. She holds an M.M. in composition at Syracuse University where she was the recipient of The Brian Israel Award in Composition in 2007. She was a participant in the Buffalo Philharmonic Young Composers’ Readings in 2007 for her orchestral work, “Chimera.” She has been commissioned by The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, Society for New Music, Reuben Blundell and the Millersville University orchestra, The Women in Music Festival at Eastman, and Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA with organist Nicole Marane and brass members from the Atlanta Symphony. Her piece, “Stars,” for soprano and marimba was performed on the 2009 Eastman China Tour in May.
From Rob Tyler: R-Spec is accepting submissions for their 2nd anthology, “Alternative Rochesters,” until March 31. Don’t be fooled by the hard sci fi feel of the home page (or the cryptic comments in the right hand column – the dangers of too much automation!) – they love experimental fiction, magical realism, slipstream, and fantasy, with the emphasis not on genre but on literary quality. So dust off your memoirs, change a date or two, add an extraterrestrial or a dragon, and submit. And – set it in or around Rochester. Now, it could be “New Rochester,” under a dome in a Martian crater, or the UFP Rochester trans-generational colony ship en route to Andromeda, or…. The first anthology included work by Nancy Kress, Nick DiChario, Jonathan Sherwood and JacK Garner so you’ll be in good company.
Please join Kathy Van Schaick and me for our reading at the Genesee Reading Series Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 PM. The reading will be held at Writers & Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester, NY.
I will be reading new work, some of which is inspired by my residency in Poland last fall. Kathy will be reading from her outstanding poetry–if you haven’t heard her read before, or read her work in Le Mot Juste and elsewhere, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to get acquainted with it. Her bio is below:
Kathleen’s love of poetry began when, as an elementary school teacher, she collaborated with several local poets including Judith Kitchen and Dale Davis. Her poems have appeared in The Dire Elegies: An Anthology of Endangered Species, Listening to Water: An Anthology of the Susquehanna Watershed, Sea Stories, journal of the Blue Ocean Institute, and ByLine magazine in addition to several online literary journals including Puffin Circus. Her poem “women fish” won the 2006 S. Portia Steele Memorial Contest sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Chapter of the California Writers Club. Kathleen is past editor of Le Mot Juste, the annual anthology of Just Poets, (FootHills Publishing, 2008-2010). She is very honored to have been a participating poet in the in the 2009 Women in Music Festival sponsored by the Eastman School of Music.
Wanda Schubmehl is the curator of the Genesee Reading Series. Many thanks to her and to Writers & Books for the invitation to read.