Charles T. Straney, Nancy Dunlop, and Sam Turner will host and feature together and separately at Voice Less Readings on Thursday, May 16 at 8 PM. BYOB. Contribution of $1 to $5 Suggested. The will be the last time Noah David Roberts  will host Voice Less. Please wish him well.

About Charles T. Straney, Nancy Dunlop, and Sam Turner


Charles T Straney on the left, Nancy Dunlop and Sam Turner

It happened this way:  Charles T. Straney chased me down as I was walking across campus one day.  He said, “Okay.  It’s time.  Let’s get going.”  We were so young, 18, 19 maybe?  Charles, Sam Turner and I had signed up for a workshop at SUNY Albany.  New to poetry, three young cubs.  But I understood what Charles meant.  It was time for us to get to work.  Seriously.  To write as much as possible.  To read accomplished poets.  To exchange what we were learning, and most importantly, to get together once a week and workshop the heck out of each other’s poems.  We were very different from one another.  We were kids, hormones flying around.  But our weekly workshops were sacrosanct.  How we remained so disciplined so young is still a marvel to me.  We had a sympatico, an intimacy, a growing support of and respect for each other as poets.   This was decades ago.   And I can say that I have never had a connection with poets like the one I had with these two wonderful fellows.  I learned how to write poetry because of my work with Sam and Charles.  It is a blessing that we have found each other again and that the trust and affection remains intact.  Just like when we were kids, swimming in poems.  And the poetry continues to flow.   With gratitude and love.

About Nancy Dunlop

Nancy Dunlop is a poet and essayist, who resides in Upstate New York. She received her Ph.D. at UAlbany, SUNY, specializing in Creative Writing and Poetics. She also taught at UAlbany for 25 years. Most recently, she has been curator of Wren, an international online forum for women in the arts. A finalist in the AWP Intro Journal Awards, she has been published in a number of print and digital journals, including Swank, alterra, Truck, The Little Magazine, Writing on the Edge, 13th Moon, and Writers Resist: The Anthology, 2018. Her work has also been heard on NPR.

About Sam Turner

Married with two grown children, Sam was born and raised in The Bronx, and lives there now.  He is a professional gardener and four-time winner of the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO poetry prize.  

About Voice Less

In 2019 Voice Less Readings will be slightly modified based on the comments and experiences of conducting an weekly poetry open mic at Green Kill.

Thank you Noah David Roberts who coined the name, brought to clarity both the format and the culture of the event and hosted it weekly for two years. Noah will be moving in the coming months and so this is the time to take the next steps for the program.

The name will remain the same at Noah’s request and because it captures the philosophy of the reading and Green Kill as a whole—non-judgmental and supportive open mic poetry and prose for wordsmiths of all backgrounds and ages. 

A donation of one to five is preferred at Voice Less Readings which is split between Green Kill, the host and the featured poet.  As has been the policy, coffee is free and there are inexpensive soft drinks and snacks at Ozubar in the  White Room at the back for Green Kill, and Voice Less Readings is BYOB. 

Among the changes, firstly Voice Less Readings will now be held on the first and third Thursdays of every month.

The hosting position will be a voluntary  and change  monthly, thus potentially 12 hosts a year, with a commitment of twice in a single month. And there may be guest hosts who split a month. 

About Green kill

Green Kill is a multiuser  performance space dedicated to the arts. It serves a growing diverse art community. Green Kill is an LLC in transition to become of 501c3. The objective is to build an institution for the arts which grows and creates opportunities  inclusive through the peer to peer involvement of talented visual and performing artists.

Green Kill is a handicapped accessible and located at 229 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston, New York, 12401,, Green Kill is open Tuesday to Saturday from 3  pm to 9 pm, closed on national holidays. The phone number is 1(347)689-2323. Performance events schedule please visit t Exhibition viewing hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 3-5 PM or you may make a special appointment by contacting or phoning 347-689-2323.