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Poet Melissa Balmain to Read from Her Works as part of Keuka College’s Spotlight Series

Keuka College’s Spotlight Series will continue Thursday, Nov. 6 with a poetry reading by Melissa Balmain.

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

Balmain, an adjunct instructor of English at the University of Rochester, earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. A humorist and journalist, Balmain recently became editor of Light, the country’s oldest journal of light verse, which she helped revive and bring online after 20 years in print. Her subjects have ranged from popular culture to parenthood to cattle ranchers to collies that surf.

Her first full-length poetry collection, Walking in on People, is the winner of the 2013 Able Muse Book Award. Her collection was selected by final judge X.J. Kennedy, who has also been part of the College’s Spotlight Series.

In Walking in on People, the serious is lightened with a generous serving of wit and humor, and the lighthearted is enriched with abundant wisdom. Subjects range from the current and hip (Facebook posts, online dating, layoffs, retail therapy, cell-phone apps, trans fat), to the traditional and time-tested (marriage, child-rearing, love, death), and includes such forms as the villanelle, ballad, triolet, nonce, and the sonnet.

Balmain’s poems have been published in such anthologies as The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse and Killer Verse, and in American Arts Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, Poetry Daily, the Spectator (UK), and the Washington Post. Her prose has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and Details, among others. She is a columnist for Success magazine and the author of a memoir, Just Us: Adventures of a Mother and Daughter.

Balmain has won national journalism honors and been a finalist for the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the X.J. Kennedy Parody Award.

Poet Bruce Bennett to Read from His Works as part of Keuka College’s Spotlight Series

Poet Bruce Bennett will read from his works Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.

Part of the College’s Spotlight Series, the reading is free and open to the public.

Bennett, who serves as professor of English and director of creative writing at Wells College,  is the author of nine full-length books of poetry and more than 20 poetry chapbooks. His books include Something Like Karma and Subway Figure. His chapbooks include Visitation and The Holding Stone, and A Girl Like You. His latest book, Swimming in a Watering Can, was published this year.

His New and Selected Poems: Navigating the Distances was chosen by Booklist as “One of the Top 10 Poetry Books of 1999.” Bennett has reviewed contemporary poetry books in The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Harvard Review, among others, and his poems have appeared widely in literary journals, textbooks, and anthologies. He was awarded a Pushcart Prize for his villanelle, The Thing’s Impossible, which appeared in the fall 2011 issue of Ploughshares.

He received three degrees, including his doctorate, from Harvard University, and taught at Oberlin College from 1967-70. While at Oberlin, Bennett co-founded and served as an editor of Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.

In 1970 he moved to Cambridge, Mass., where he co-founded and served as an editor of Ploughshares. Three years later, he began teaching at Wells College.

During the 1980s and 90s, Bennett served as co-associate editor at Judith Kitchen’s State Street Press in Rochester and Brockport. In 1993, he co-founded the Wells College Book Arts Center and Wells College Press, and served as director of both until 2002. Under his direction, Wells College Press published a number of poetry chapbooks and pamphlets, as well as poems by writers featured in the Wells College Visiting Writers Series.

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