Tracy K. Smith, Friday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.

WHEN: Friday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown YMCA, 340 Montgomery St.

For information about the location and parking, click here.

Free and open to the public.

Tracy K. Smith was raised in Northern California. She received degrees in English and Creative Writing from Harvard College and Columbia University, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University from 1997-99. Her book, The Body's Question, was awarded the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize by Kevin Young, and published in 2003 by Graywolf Press. She is the recipient of a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award, a fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Boulevard, Callaloo, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Gulf Coast, the Nebraska Review, Post Road, and anthologies Poetry 30, Poetry Daily, Autumn House, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, and will serve as Lecturer in Creative Writing at Princeton from September 2005-July 2006.

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Lola Haskins, Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.

WHEN: Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown YMCA, 340 Montgomery St.
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Free and open to the public.

Lola Haskins has published seven previous collections of poetry, most recently The Rim Benders (Anhinga, 2001) and Extranjera (Story Line, 1998). Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, The London Review of Books, Beloit Poetry Journal, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She has been featured on PBS in the United States and on BBC in England. Her awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, four individual artist fellowships from the state of Florida, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the Emily Dickinson/Writer Magazine award from the Poetry Society of America. Ms. Haskins enjoys collaborating with other artists. Recent examples include performing Forty-Four Ambitions for the Piano with Kevin Sharpe, a classical pianist, and James Paul Sain, an electro-acoustic composer, and playing "the speaking Mata Hari" in a ballet of that title for which she wrote the libretto. Ms. Haskins' day job is teaching Computer Science at the University of Florida. She lives in a house she built with her husband on land outside Gainesville, where the locals include possums, armadillos, deer, and Florida black bears.

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Patrick Lawler & Diane Wald, Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

WHEN: Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown YMCA, 340 Montgomery St.

Free and open to the public.

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Patrick Lawler is the author of A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough (University of Georgia Press, 1990) and
(reading a burning book) (Basfal Books, 1994) and an associate professor at SUNY-ESF.

Diane Wald was born in Paterson, NJ, and has lived in Massachusetts since 1972. She has published over 200 poems in literary magazines since 1966. She was the recipient of a two-year fellowship in poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and has been awarded the Grolier Poetry Prize, The Denny Award, and The Open Voice Award. She also received a state grant from the Artists Foundation (Massachusetts Council on the Arts). She has published three chapbooks (Target of Roses from Grande Ronde Press, My Hat That Was Dreaming from White Fields Press, and Double Mirror from Runaway Spoon Press) and won the Green Lake Chapbook Award from Owl Creek Press. An electronic chapbook (Improvisations on Titles of Works by Jean Dubuffet) appears on the Mudlark website. Her book Lucid Suitcase was published by Red Hen Press in 1999 and a new book, The Yellow Hotel, was published by Verse Press in the fall of 2002. She works for animal welfare at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Sam Hamill, Thursday, October 13th, 7:00 p.m.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13th, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bevard Studio in the Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter.

Free for DWC Members. $5 for non-members.
Tickets: (315) 474-6851 x314

Sam Hamill is the author of fourteen volumes of original poetry including Destination Zero: Poems 1970-1995, Gratitude, and Dumb Luck; three collections of essays (including A Poet’s Work), and two dozen volumes translated from ancient Greek, Latin, Estonian, Japanese, and Chinese, most recently, The Essential Chuang Tzu, Narrow Road to the Interior and Other Writings of Basho, and Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese. He is editor of The Gift of Tongues: Twenty-five Years of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press, The Erotic Spirit, Selected Poems of Thomas McGrath, and (with Bradford Morrow) The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth. He taught in prisons for fourteen years, in artist-in-residency programs for twenty years, and has worked extensively with battered woman and children. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission. Other honors include a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, two Washington Governor’s Arts Awards, and an anti-censorship award from PEN Oakland. He is founding editor of Copper Canyon Press and director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. He founded Poets Against the War in January 2003, and in March delivered to Congress 13,000 poems by 12,000 poets, and edited a best-selling selection, Poets Against the War (Nation Books, 2003).His A Pisan Canto was recently published by Floating Bridge Press.

For more information about Sam Hamill and to read some pomes, click here.

Alice Fulton, Friday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m.

WHEN: Friday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown YMCA, 340 Montgomery St.
Free and open to the public

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Alice Fulton's most recent book of poems is Cascade Experiment: Selected Poems (W.W. Norton & Co., 2004). Her book Felt (2001) was awarded the 2002 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. Felt also was selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the Best Books of 2001 and as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her other books include Sensual Math (1995); Powers Of Congress (1990, Sarabande Books reissue 2001); Palladium (University of Illinois, 1982), winner of the 1985 National Poetry Series and the 1987 Society of Midland Authors Award; and Dance Script With Electric Ballerina (1982, University of Illinois reissue 1996), winner of The 1982 Associated Writing Programs Award. A collection of prose, Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry, was published by Graywolf Press in 1999. Her work has been included in five editions of The Best American Poetry series and in the The Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988-1997.

Her work has been adapted several times for musical and theatrical productions. Anthony Cornicello's ...turns and turns into the night, a setting of four poems from Sensual Math, premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, February 2001. The 2003 World Premiere of Enid Sutherland's complete setting of "Give: A Sequence Reimagining Daphne & Apollo" took place at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. William Bolcom's setting of "How To Swing Those Obbligatos Around" was first performed  by Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall's Centennial Celebration. Turbulence: A Romance, a song cycle with music by William Bolcom and words by Alice Fulton, debuted at the Walker Art Center in 1997.

She has received fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Michigan Society of Fellows, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is currently the Ann S. Bowers Professor of English at Cornell University.

photo © Dorothy Alexander

SU Graduate Student Reading, Sunday, October 2nd, 6:30 p.m.

WHEN: October 2nd, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Jabberwocky Café (located in the basement of the Schine Student Center)
Free and open to the public.

For information on the Jabberwocky Café, here.

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MFA students Cheryl Gatling, John Holliday & Jack Gendron will read from their poetry and prose.