Sunday Apr 29, 2018,
On Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2 p.m. the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library will close National Poetry Month with a reading by five local poets: Laurajean Zaino, Alison Stone, Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich, Claudine Nash, and Michael Collins. After the presentation by our featured poets, members of the audience will have an opportunity to read original work during an open mic session. The open mic portion of this event will include readings by students in the library’s writing workshop.
Laurajean Zaino is a mom and a yoga teacher in Piermont, but her first love was the written word. She has an MFA in poetry and can’t help but find beauty everywhere. Early poems were mostly about love and nature, but lately things have reflected her spiritual study, giving way toward the great beyond. Her first manuscript is entitled “Release & Hold.” Find her on Facebook and Instagram as YogaAndAllIsWell.
Alison Stone has published four full-length collections, Dazzle (Jacar Press, 2018), Ordinary Magic, (NYQ Books, 2016), Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award; as well as three chapbooks. Masterplan, a book of collaborative poems with Eric Greinke, is due out in 2018. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and many other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin award. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. www.stonepoetry.org, www.stonetarot.com
Michael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in more than 70 journals and magazines. He is also the author of the chapbooks How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water and Harbor Mandala and the full-length collections Psalmandala and Appearances, which was named one of the best indie poetry collections of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews.
Claudine Nash is a psychologist and award-winning poet whose collections include The Wild Essential (Kelsay Books, 2017) and Parts per Trillion (Aldrich Press, 2016) as well as the chapbook The Problem with Loving Ghosts (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She also co-edited two collections for Madness Muse Press: Destigmatized (2017) and In So Many Words (2016). Her poetry has earned numerous literary distinctions including Pushcart Prize nominations and prizes from such publications and artistic organizations as Artists Embassy International, Thirty West Publishing House, The Song Is… and Eye on Life Magazine among others. Internationally published, her poems have appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies including Asimov’s Science Fiction, BlazeVOX, Cloudbank, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal and Dime Show Review.
Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich is the author of Opening the Black Ovule Gate (finishinglinepress.com 2018) and We Are Beautiful Like Snowflakes (2016). Her poems have appeared most recently in http://www.praxismagonline, Gather Round: A Collaboration of Cave Canem Workshop and Retreat Poets, and The Journal of Poetry Therapy. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Piermont, NY. Her poetry blog is: lisarhodesryabchichpoetryblog.wordpress.com.
This event is free and open to the public. Please join us.