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Keuka College’s Spotlight Series Continues April 26

Michael Czarnecki and Sue Spencer

Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series continues Tuesday, April 26 with a poetry and rhythm performance by Michael Czarnecki and Sue Spencer.

The performance, known as “All One Song,” is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

Czarnecki marks his return to Keuka College and the Spotlight Series with “All One Song.” It includes percussion, poetry, stories, and photographs combined in an experiential presentation interconnecting people, creativity, and nature. Spencer and Czarnecki will express the human connection with nature through rhythms, words, and photos.

Czarnecki is a poet, oral memoirist, photographer, and small press publisher. The founder and editor of FootHills Publishing, he began his poetry career more than 50 years ago. In 1985, he gave his first public reading of a poem he had written about the Vietnam War. Influenced by such poets as Robert Frost, Lew Welch, T’ao Ch’ien, and Su Tung-P’o, Czarnecki has given readings throughout the United States.

In conjunction with readings, Czarnecki has facilitated numerous writing workshops for writers of all ages and has served as a poet-in-residence in elementary, middle, and high schools in numerous states around the country.

Czarnecki has published several volumes of poetry including Morning Mist and wild voices come when they will, both published last fall. He is also the author of Acadia Cycle; Never Stop Asking for Poems – Selected Works; In the Spirit of T’ao Ch’ien, Twenty Days on Route 20; Sea Smoke and Sand Dollar, Simple Life, Simple Poems; Crisscross; and Zoo Haiku.

Spencer began drumming as a child and took lessons at the Eastman School of Music. This started a journey with drums, rhythm, vibration, and dance that still continues. She learned from renowned master drummers, and plays with improvisational, rhythm-and-blues based rock-n-roll bands in the Corning and Ithaca areas. Spencer has played drums with children of all ages and has shared her talents in schools, libraries, art camps, and music festivals, among others. She has long been a student of African dance and she currently dances and drums with Mounafanyi Percussion and Dance Ensemble.

Spotlight Series to Feature Poet Michael Czarnecki, Musician Pat Kane

Poetry and music will share top billing when Keuka College’s Spotlight Series resumes Thursday, March 7.

Pat Kane

Poet and publisher Michael Czarnecki will read from his works  while Pat Kane will showcase his musical versatility at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library. It is free and open to the public.

Czarnecki, who was featured in a Spotlight Series reading last year, is founder and editor of FootHills Publishing. He began his poetry career more than 45 years ago and has been influenced by Robert Frost, Gary Snyder, Robinson Jeffers, Lew Welch, T’ao Ch’ien, Basho, Ryokan, and Su Tung-P’o.

Czarnecki has given readings throughout the United States and has published several volumes of poetry including Acadia Cycle; Never Stop Asking for Poems – Selected Works; Twenty Days on Route 20; Sea Smoke and Sand Dollar, Simple Life, Simple Poems; Crisscross; and Zoo Haiku.

Kane’s instruments include fiddle, guitar, bodhran (a traditional Celtic frame drum), which he plays at jigs, reels (a traditional Scottish folk dance), and square dances. He also plays myriad ballads from Ireland and the United States.

Nicknamed the Balladeer of the Southern Tier, Kane has twice won first place for singing at the fleadh cheoil, an annual competition for traditional Irish musicians. He has recorded several CDs including West O’Clare Take One; West O’Clare Take Two; West O’Clare Four Track Mind; Somewhere West O’Clare; Live at Hogan’s; Between the Plough and the Stars; Once Upon a Pub; Old Time Squares; Home from Home; and Christmas on the Farm.

Spotlight on Michael Czarnecki

Poet and publisher Michael Czarnecki will read from his works Wednesday, March 14 as part of the College’s Spotlight Series.

Free and open to the public, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room in the Lightner Library.

Czarnecki, founder and editor of FootHills Publishing, began his poetry career nearly 45 years ago. In 1985, he gave his first public reading of a poem he had written about the Vietnam War.

Influenced by such poets as Robert Frost, Gary Snyder, Robinson Jeffers, Lew Welch, T’ao Ch’ien, Basho, Ryokan, and Su Tung-P’o, Czarnecki has given readings throughout the United States.

Czarnecki has read from his poetry at Wells College, University of Wisconsin Baraboo, North Hennepin Community College, Treasure Valley Community College, Wilkes University, Finger Lakes Community College, Kutztown University, St. John Fisher College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Oklahoma City Community College, Western Nebraska Community College, Reading Area Community College, DeSales University, Penn State Berks, SUNY Binghamton, Elmira College, and SUNY Brockport.

In conjunction with readings, Czarnecki has facilitated numerous writing workshops for writers of all ages and has served as a poet-in-residence in elementary, middle and high schools in numerous states around the country.

Czarnecki has published several volumes of poetry including Acadia Cycle; Never Stop Asking for Poems – Selected Works; Twenty Days on Route 20; Sea Smoke and Sand Dollar, Simple Life, Simple Poems; Crisscross; and Zoo Haiku.