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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.

Keuka College’s Spotlight Series Continues April 12

Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series continues Tuesday, April 12 with a poetry reading by John Hoppenthaler.

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

Hoppenthaler, associate professor of creative writing and literature at East Carolina University, served as the personal assistant to author Toni Morrison for nine years. He is the author of three books of poetry, including Lives of Water, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Domestic Garden.

Co-editor of the book Jean Valentine: This World Company, Hoppenthaler’s poetry has appeared in such publications as Blooming through the Ashes: An International Anthology on Violence and the Human Spirit, The Literary Review, September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, Copper Nickel, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Chance of a Ghost, among others.

His essays, interviews, and reviews appear in such journals as Arts & Letters, Pleiades, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, Cortland Review, Southeast Review, Chelsea, Bellingham Review, and Kestrel, where he served as poetry editor for 12 years. He currently serves as editor of A Poetry Congeries at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.

Among his honors include an Individual Artist Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, grants from the New York Foundation on the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts, as well as residency fellowships from the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, the Elizabeth Bishop House, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Keuka College’s Spotlight Series Continues March 8

Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series continues Tuesday, March 8 with a poetry reading by Christina Kubasta.

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

A Wisconsin native, Kubasta earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Wells College and a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches composition, creative writing, literature, and cultural studies at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Her poetry regularly appears in journals, and she writes reviews and columns about teaching, writing, and reading. Her chapbook, A Lovely Box won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize.

Kubasta experiments with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices, and her work has been called claustrophobic and unflinching. Her poetry has appeared in So To Speak, Stand, The Notre Dame Review, Tinderbox Poetry Review and Lemon Hound, among others. In addition, her quarterly column “Dear Literary Citizens” is available at The Rain, Party & Disaster Society.

Her first book, All Beautiful & Useless, was published in 2015.

Keuka College’s Spotlight Series Continues Oct. 8

Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series continues Thursday, Oct. 8 with a poetry reading by Joan Murray.

The reading, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Hegeman Hall room 109.

A repeat guest on NPR’s Morning Edition, Murray is a poet, writer, and playwright, whose books include Swimming for the Ark: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015, Looking for the Parade, Dancing on the Edge, Queen of the Mist, and The Same Water. 

She has contributed poetry, fiction, and essays to such journals as The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The Nation, The New York Times, the Paris Review, Poetry, the Sun, the Village Voice, and anthologies including The Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize.

Murray is a National Poetry Series Winner, a two-time National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship Winner, a Wesleyan New Poets Series Winner, and Winner of Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Award.

The editor of The Pushcart Book of Poetry and the Poems to Live By anthologies, Murray was commissioned by Broadway’s Jujamcyn Theatres, and invited by L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum, to develop Queen of the Mist for the stage. Murray has served as poet-in-residence at the New York State Writers Institute, and has given readings and workshops at myriad universities and cultural centers, including the Chautauqua Institution, the International Poetry Forum, and the Lark Theatre in Manhattan.

Walker and Simkin Open the 2015-16 Spotlight Series

Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series will begin Saturday, Sept. 26 with a concert by Nicholas Walker and Elizabeth Simkin.

The performance, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

The concert will feature original music by Walker, which the duo has work-shopped into an hour-long, programmatic set. Their collaborative music partnership spans a decade, and includes duo recitals, chamber music, early music, contemporary music, and orchestral music.

Walker, double bassist and composer, and Simkin, who plays cello, both serve as associate professors of performance studies at Ithaca College.

Simkin earned a doctorate at Indiana University Bloomington, and prior to her position at Ithaca College, served on the faculty at such institutions as Earlham College and the Eastman School of Music. She has also served as a teaching assistant to Janos Starker, with whom she studies.

She has played with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and the Buffalo Chamber Orchestra, among others. A fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Simkin serves as a U.S. artistic ambassador at international recitals.

Walker earned a doctoral degree at Stony Brook University, has toured with swing era saxophone legend Illinois Jacquet, played with jazz master Wynton Marsalis, and has worked closely with François Rabbath.

He has given solo bass recitals on four continents, and has performed at music festivals worldwide. An active chamber musician, he is a member of the multi-media ensemble Ardesco, and, along with Simkin, Ensemble X. Walker has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada.

In 2013, the International Society of Bassists (ISB) commissioned his composition, Chorale, for its international solo competition. Walker has performed with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Double Bass Festival, the Kaleidoskop Double Bass Festival in Germany, and the International Double Bass Festival in Beijing, China.

Prior to teaching at Ithaca College, Walker served on the faculty of the Stony Brook Pre-College Program, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, and Mansfield University.