Monthly Archives: April 2004

4-28-2004 – Barbara Holder

April 28th, 2004 – Barbara Holder
Barbara Holder earned a B.A., MA. and M.Phil. from Columbia University. She was an adjunct associate professor of English at Pace University for l5 years. Her poems have been published in various magazines including EARTH’S DAUGHTERS, WIND, WORCESTER POETRY REVIEW, KENTUCKY POETRY REVIEW, and SLOW DANCER. Her work has also appeared in college literary anthologies published by McGraw Hill and Prentice Hall. She has won honorable mentions for her poems in the “Emily Dickinson Competition”, The Rilke International Poetry Competition,” and in Alaska’s UAS Explorations Competition.” In 2004, her poetry will be featured in THE FINAL EDITION published by HORSE LATITUDES PRESS. She has led poetry writing workshops at her home, at cultural centers and libraries, and at Westchester Community College. She has organized readings by many prominent poets such as Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell, Robert Bly, Sharon Olds, Stephen Dunn, and Eamon Grennan. She also leads journaling workshops in the Progoff Intensive Journal method. She has a background in ballet and dances in her living room to New Age music like “Forest Rain.” She’s been included in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Women. Billy Collins has written of her work: “Barbara Holder’s poems are reminders that paper can cut. They are at once delicate in their touch and suddenly incisive. The voice here is highly attentive to the nuanced calls of the natural world, and its desire is to achieve moments of intimacy earned through the workings of language. Holder is a careful maker of lines, a deft fixer of words on the page, but a song is always running through her craft, a lifted voice singing of loss and longing.” 
  (host – Alice Anne)

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4-21-2004 – Sara Holbrook

April 21st, 2004 – Sara Holbrook
Visiting us from Chicago. “I have written poetry ever since I can remember. I started writing for kids when my two daughters were small, continuing through their middle and teen years. When I began, I would write the poems and my girls, Katie and Kelly, would draw pictures to go along with the poems. The first audience for one of my poetry readings was a slumber party. Since that time, the poems and my audiences have increased. I am now the author of six poetry books for kids and one for adults. I also share my love of poetry with teachers, parents and students at around 100 schools and teacher meetings per year. I write about two things, mostly — what I know and what I wonder about. Reading and writing poetry helps me understand my life, the world, and the people I care about. Whether I am writing funny or serious poems, writing poetry helps me see what’s true. I am a performance poet, I don’t think a poem really comes to life until it is read aloud. I have had many jobs in my life. I am a graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio where I received a degree in English. I have done some part-time teaching, but mostly I have made my living writing. Before I became a full time poet, I worked in the area of public relations in the fields of law, drug prevention and public housing. I call my poems Kid Poems for the not-so-bad because I write for kids who are like I am — maybe a little ornery, but really not-so-bad. Sharing my passion for poetry with audiences and student writers is the best job I’ve ever had.”  (host – Peter) 

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4-14-2004 – Sallie Wright and Tora Givotovsky

April 14th, 2004 – Sallie Wright and Tora Givotovsky.
Sallie Wright – is a prize-winning painter and printmaker. Her poetry has been published in journals here and in Ireland and she was a semi-finalist in the l999 Discovery/the Nation competition. She lives in Falls Village, CT.
Victoria Givotovsky – Tora’s work has appeared in a variety of journals, among them Arts & Letters, Nimrod, Rattle, The Comstock Review, and Water/Stone. She has poems forthcoming in Natural Bridge and The Bitter Oleander. A selection of her poems was a finalist for Nimrod’s 2002 Pablo Neruda Prize and the W.B. Yeats Society of New York awarded one of her poems second prize in their 2003 Poetry Prize Competition, Harvey Shapiro, judge. Her work has been translated into Russian and published in Russian journals and newspapers. (host – Cheryl)

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4-7-2004 – Poets from Curbstone Press

April 7th, 2004 – Curbstone Press poets.
(host – Peter)

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