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Poet Laureate of Missouri to Read Here April 15


Keuka College’s Spotlight Series will continue with a reading by William Trowbridge, the Poet Laureate of Missouri, Tuesday, April 15.

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

Trowbridge holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctoral degree in English from Vanderbilt University. In April 2012, he was appointed to a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Missouri.

Trowbridge has five collections of poetry, including Ship of Fool, The Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger; and three chapbooks including The Packing House Cantata, The Four Seasons, and The Book of Kong.  

A Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, his poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies, textbooks, and periodicals including Bouelvard, Colorado Review, Columbia, Crazyhorse, Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, New Letters, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and Tar River Poetry, among others. Two of Trowbridges’s books consist of monologues delivered by King Kong.

Among his awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and The Anderson Center. Trowbridge served as an editor of The Laurel Review, one of the Midwest’s leading literary journals, for 18 years.

Now living in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Trowbridge teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program.

Author Tessa Mellas in Keuka College Spotlight

Award-winning fiction author Tessa Mellas will read from her works Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of Keuka College’s Spotlight Series.

Free and open to the public, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Corning Room of Dahlstrom Student Center.

Mellas received the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award for her debut story collection Lungs Full of Noise. The book features 12 “magically realistic” stories that explore women’s issues, culture, society, and psychology.

A native New Yorker, Mellas earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. She is pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches composition and creative writing. She will serve as a distinguished visiting writer at Bowling Green State University this spring.

Mellas’ stories have appeared in such magazines as Crazyhorse; Gulf Coast; Hayden’s Ferry Review; Story Quarterly; Light Speed; and Washington Square Review. She has also been published in the anthologies 40 Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial; Apocalypse Now: Prose and Poetry from the End of Days; and Girls on Fire.

A former theater director, the Cincinnati resident has competed nationally in synchronized figure skating.

Poet Juliana Gray in Spotlight

Award-winning poet Juliana Gray will read from her works Thursday, Oct. 3, as part of Keuka College’s Spotlight Series.

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

Gray’s most recent chapbook, Anne Boleyn’s Sleeve, captured the  2013 Winged City Chapbook Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. All of the poems in the collection are written in the voice of Anne Boleyn.

A faculty member  at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference from 2000 -2011, Gray is the author of two poetry collections including Roleplay, which won the 2010 Orphic Prize. Her chapbook, History in Bones, won the Wick Chapbook competition in 2001. Gray’s first book of poetry, The Man Under My Skin, was published in 2005.

Her poems have appeared in such literary journals as The Hopkins Review, New South, River Styx, The Tampa Review, and 32 Poems, among others. Her poems have also been featured in several poetry anthologies including Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds, Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poets, Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe III: Anthology of Southern Writers, The Next of Us Is About to Be Born, and The Wick Poetry Series Anthology in Celebration of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Wick Poetry Center.

Her non-fiction poetry has also been selected for publication in River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, and Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue.

A native of Alabama, Gray is an associate professor of English at Alfred University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alabama, master’s degree in English and creative writing from the University of Tennessee, and  doctorate in English and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati

The Spotlight Shines on Poet Ralph Black

Keuka College’s Spotlight Series will continue Thursday, April 25, with a reading by poet Ralph Black, associate professor of English at SUNY Brockport.

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

Black, who serves as co-director of the Brockport Writers Forum, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and his master’s degree and doctorate from New York University.

His poems have appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Orion, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, and Chelsea. A recipient of the Chelsea Poetry Award and the Academy of American Poets Prize, Black was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2002. He published a collection of poems, Turning over the Earth, in 2000 and received the Anne Halley Poetry Prize in 2008.

Black has read his poems as part of the University of Rochester’s Plutzik Reading Series, one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious literary reading programs. Established to honor the work of Hyam Plutzik, a distinguished poet and Deane Professor of Poetry and Rhetoric at the University, the series has featured more than 175 noted writers, including Pulitzer Prize recipients Anthony Hecht, Elizabeth Bishop, and Galway Kinnell.

Angela Glover in the Spotlight

Non-fiction author Angela Glover will read from her works Thursday, April 18, as part of Keuka 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.

Glover is assistant professor of English at Midland University, where she also serves as director of the writing center and coordinates the creative writing and reading series. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Glover earned her doctoral degree from the University of Kansas.

Her writing has appeared in The Mochilla Review, the Sequel, Heritage of the Great Plains, and Eureka Studies: Teaching Short Fiction. Her memoir, All Skate, Now Reverse, is about growing up in the Midwest.

“As a collective work, my memoir seeks to convey a greater truth about how family and place inform identity,” said Glover. “The 14 essays focus on the ordinary and attempt to illuminate it with connections and meanings that are morally complicated, and intentionally meant to tap into the reader’s own memories.”

In 2010, Glover was selected by the Willa Cather Foundation to be its writer-in-residence, where she led a series of prairie workshops. She lived in the Harling House, made famous in Cather’s My Antonia.

Glover is  penning a collection of personal essays about growing up in a suburb during the ’70s. In these essays, she grapples with going green, living in a split level track home, and her fear of owls.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two dogs.

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.

Phil Memmer in the Spotlight

Poet Phil Memmer, associate editor for Tiger Bark Press in Rochester, will read from his works Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Keuka College.

Part of the College’s Spotlight Series, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library. It is free and open to the public.

Memmer’s newest book of poems, The Storehouses of the Snow: Psalms, Parables and Dreams, was published by Lost Horse Press in February 2012. He is the author of three other books of poems, including Lucifer: A Hagiography, which was awarded the Idaho Prize from Lost Horse Press. His first two books of poems are Sweetheart, Baby, Darling, and Threat of Pleasure, which received the Adirondack Literary Award for Poetry.

He is also the author of three chapbooks of poems, including Greatest Hits, Apartment, and For Resident.

Memmer’s poems have appeared in such literary journals and anthologies as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Poetry London, Southern Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Epoch, Tar River Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Don’t Leave Hungry: 50 Years of Southern Poetry Review, among others.

His work has also appeared in Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” newspaper column, The Cortland Review, The Library of Congress’ Poetry 180, Verse Daily, And More Verse Daily, and Salt Hill.

Memmer served as a fellow at the Hawthornden Castle International Writers Retreat in Scotland and is director of the Arts Branch of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, where he founded the Downtown Writer’s Center in 2001.

Poet, ’01 Graduate in Spotlight

Poet and author Austin MacRae, a 2001 Keuka College graduate, will return to his alma mater Tuesday, Sept. 18, to read from his works.

Part of the College’s Spotlight Series, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library. It is free and open to the public.

MacRae’s most recent work, The Organ Builder, was recently published by Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio. Professor of English Bob Darling says the anthology “provides further proof that Austin MacRae is one of the finest poets of his generation, and his work is accessible and challenging. The Organ Builder is both a fruition of a love affair with language and a promise of work to come.”

Poet Bruce Bennett, professor of English and director of creative writing at Wells College, says MacRae’s “dedication to craft of all sorts is evident in The Organ Builder, but so too is dedication to thought, close observation, and having something important to say about our shared humanity. Austin MacRae has written an impressive book.”

Born and raised in Cortland, MacRae still lives in the city, and earned his master’s degree from SUNY Cortland. He serves as an adjunct instructor of English at Tompkins Cortland Community College, and as literary editor of Free Inquiry magazine.

His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Atlanta Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, 32 Poems, The Cortland Review, Rattle, Stone Canoe, Unsplendid, Measure, The Formalist, and Red Jacket, Keuka College’s literary magazine, among others. He is the author of two chapbook collections, The Second Rose and Graceways, and three other anthologies: Mowing, Guns ‘n Roses, and Margin.

MacRae was a finalist for the Morton Marr Poetry Prize and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His poems are included in such anthologies as Villanelles, The Best of the Barefoot Muse, and Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets.

The Bard: A Reader’s Digest Version

By Amanda Harrison ’12

Shakespearean actor and author Tim Mooney will bring his one-man show Lot ’o Shakespeare to Keuka College Wednesday, April 25.

The next offering in the Spotlight Series, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Barn Theater and is free and open to the public.

Mooney will perform a single monologue from each Shakespeare play, with the order determined by chance.

Lot ’o Shakespeare “takes highbrow art and mixes it with lowbrow fun,” said Matthew J. Palm of the Orlando Sentinel. “Mooney is an engaging presence and can switch from indignation in Comedy of Errors, to earnest in a love sonnet, to comical Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He may not be as physically imposing as some actors to play Henry V, but his St. Crispen’s Day speech made me want to take up arms with him.”

Chaim Eliyahu of KCStage.com called Lot o’ Shakespeare “a tour de force comprising no fewer than 19 Shakespeare scenes and sonnets. Mooney’s interpretations were outstanding, and not infrequently cast new light on obscure corners of Shakespeare’s work.”

Mooney has also garnered rave reviews for Moliere Than Thou, another one-man show. He is the author of an acting textbook titled Acting at the Speed of Life; Conquering Theatrical Style.

Spotlight Shines on Poet Jay Rogoff

Poet Jay Rogoff, a lecturer with Skidmore College’s English department, will read from his poetry Tuesday, April 3 at Keuka College.

The next offering in Keuka’s Spotlight Series, the reading is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

Rogoff’s most recent book, The Code of Terpsichore, a series of poems concerning dance, was published last year. Other poetry collections include The Long Fault, The Art of Gravity, How We Came to Stand on That Shore, and The Cutoff, which earned the Washington Prize for Poetry. Rogoff received a 2010 Spring Garden Press’s Robert Watson Poetry Award for his manuscript Twenty Danses Macabre, and was awarded a letterpress chapbook of the collection. In 2010, he received the Pushcart Prize.

Rogoff’s work appears in several journals and magazines, including Agni, Literary Imagination, Ploughshares, Poetry London, Salmagundi, and The Southern Review, among others. He frequently publishes criticism and reviews in such places as The Georgia Review, Salmagundi, and The Southern Review. An essay about his poetics in relation to Emily Dickinson’s appeared in the fall 2008 Emily Dickinson Journal.

A frequent guest at Yaddo—an artists’ community in Saratoga Springs—he has recently completed a book-length poetic sequence on Paris in 1870, the Franco-Prussian War, and the siege of Paris as viewed through the artistic ferment of the period, especially the ballet Coppélia.

In addition to crafting poetry, Rogoff reviews the New York City Ballet’s annual summer season for The Saratogian, and writes dance criticism for The Hopkins Review, Ballet Review, and The Saratogian.