A few poets and writers from Lou Orfanella’s Last Automat Press will share the feature spot tonight.
Last Automat Readers for this date will include:
James R. Scrimgeour received his BA from Clark University, his MA and PhD from UMass, Amherst, and is a Professor of Writing at Western Connecticut State University. He’s published seven books of poetry and over 200 poems in anthologies and periodicals. He writes a poem or more every week, likes to work “en plaine aire,” to explore the relationship between landscape and consciousness. He lives in New Milford with his wife, Christine Xanthakos Scrimgeour. His Last Automat book is On Thatcher Island.
Barbara Stout has been teaching English at Kent School for over three decades. She started the schools creative writing program, advised its award-winning literary magazine, and was awarded an Honorary Teaching Chair in 2005. Over the years she’s taken lit courses at Bard, Hofstra, and at The City Center, and studied with Carolyn Forche, Galway Kinnell, Colette Inez, Janet Kaplan, Ai, James Scrimgeour, Anthony S. Abbott, Ed Jones, and David Bouchier. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from Earlham College and an M.A. in Theater from Northwestern University and for many years wrote local play reviews. In 1976 her book of children’s haiku poems, Whispers. was published by Shiver Mountain Press. Her work has appeared in Hellas, Amelia, Snowy Egret, Hobo Jungle, Thumbprints, The Kent Quarterly, Social Anarchist, The Hunted News, Connecticut English Journal, and Psychopoetica (UK). Her Last Automat book is The Kindness of Pines
Lynne Paris-Purtle has taught literature and writing for twenty-seven years at Western Connecticut State University and is an Instructor in the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. Although she’s been writing poetry since she could form letters, she has trouble letting her poems go, and this is her first published collection. Works in progress include a non-fiction book about parenting and a romance novel with a menopausal heroine. She lives in New Fairfield with her husband, Mark, and her German shepherd, Maggie May. DRAGONFLY WINGS is her Last Automat poetry collection.
A Ridgefield-resident, Roxanne Ringer says she is a self-educated young woman who never attended formal school until she took courses at Western CT State University at the age of 14. At 15 she wrote her first book, a memoir Old Enough to Look Back. Of writing a memoir at such a young age she says I wrote about a very impressionable stage of y like and all the memories I included influenced me to beome who I am…” When she is not writing, Roxanne enjoys ballroom and Latin dancing, acting, cooking, music, drawing and watching old movies.
Lou Orfanella, founder and publisher of The Last Automat Press is a prolific writer. He is author of, or a contributing author to more than a dozen books* and his writings have been published in many national and regional publications.** He holds degrees from Columbia University and Fordham University and teaches writing at Western Connecticut State University and high school English in Valhalla. He’s presented dozens of public readings and offers individual and group writing workshops. He can be contacted at LORFANELLA@hotmail.com.
* Books Lou has written or contributed to include: Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear, In a Flash: Twenty-One Short Short Stories, Excursions: Poetry and Prose, Streets of New York, How I Happened, Allurements and Lamentations, Composite Sketches, Scenes from an Ordinary Life: Getting Naked to Explore a Writer’s Process and Possibilities, Reel Rebels, When Genres Collide, and Rationales for Teaching Young Adult Literature.
**He’s had articles in The New York Daily News, College Bound, English Journal, World Hunger Year Magazine, Discoveries, Teacher Magazine, and New York Teacher.