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Beginning  February 6, “Words Carry Us” the poetry open-mic and featured writer program at Green kill begin and continue every Thursday at 8 PM.  Free coffee served. A contrubution of 1-5 dollars is requested.

On first Thurday, February  6 at 8 pm, Mike Jurkovic will host the open-mic and present his featured poet, Cheryl Rice who will read from her new book “Love’s Compass.”

On the second  and four Thursdays, February 13 and 27 at 8 pm,  William Lessard will host the open-mic. On February 13, William will host with the featured readers Ruth Danon and James Belfower.  On February 27, William will host with the the featured readers  Shira Dentz, Adam Tedesco and James Belflower. 

On the third Thursday,  February 20 at 8 pm, Betty MacDonald will host the open-mic and present the featured writers Matthew Spireng, Linda Melick, Suzanne Cleary, along with herself.

Information on all the writers is coming shortly.

February 6

About Cheryl Rice

LOVE’S COMPASS, POEMS BY CHERYL A. RICE, RELEASED

Published by Kung Fu Treachery Press

Hudson Valley poet Cheryl A. Rice is pleased to announce that her most recent poetry collection, Love’s Compass, has just been released by Kung Fu Treachery Press. An imprint of Spartan Press, the publisher is based in Missouri. 

Love’s Compass gathers over twenty years of poems, regarding loves both romantic and platonic. Rice’s work has appeared in small press journals and other periodicals around the country and across the pond. Previous books include My Minnesota Boyhood (Post Traumatic Press: 2012), Moses Parts the Tulips (A.P.D Press: 2013), and most recently, Until The Words Came (Post Traumatic Press: 2019), the latter a collaboration with poet Guy Reed. 

Of My Minnesota Boyhood, Young Adult author Marianna Boncek says, “You will find yourself, again and again, saying ‘ah’ after each of Cheryl Rice’s poems…” Poet and Publisher of Home Planet News Donald Lev said of the same collection, “…with a novelist’s skill, she carves ice, water, and fish into Moby Dick-like metaphor that sinks deep and stays…” 

Proprietor of her own occasional imprint, Flying Monkey Press, Rice is also the founder and host of the now-defunct “Sylvia Plath Bake-Off,” an annual combination open mic and baked goods contest held in Kingston, New York for over a decade throughout the 1990s. Her RANDOM WRITING workshops have been offered at schools, art galleries and retreat centers throughout the Hudson Valley. 

Love’s Compass is available for ordering at https://www.barnesandnoble.com  and https://www.amazon.com/, as well directly from the poet at live readings. The cost is $13.00. For more information, Rice may be contacted at cheryl.a.rice.02@gmail.com, or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Flying-Monkey-Productions. Her blog is at:  http://flyingmonkeyprods.blogspot.com/.

About Mike Jurkovic

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Poet, pundit, provocateur, and photo-visualist, Calling All Poets President Mike Jurkovic looks forward to hosting Words Carry Us at Green Kill Gallery every first Thursday of the month. Just in time for Election 2020, he awaits the spring release of and performing AmericanMental – a spoken word musical CD collaboration featuring Albany guitar sculptor Nick Bisanz among 

others. He loves Emily most of all.  www.mikejurkovic.com 

February 13

About James Belflower

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James Belflower has work that has appeared or is forthcoming in Postmodern Culture, PulpMouth, SOBER, & Barzkh, among others. He is the content developer and designer for Fence Digital, the electronic publishing platform of Fence Books.

About Ruth Danon

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Ruth Danon is the author of Word Has It (Nirala Publications, 2018), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVOX, 2015), Living With the Fireman (Ziesing Brothers, 1981), Work in the English Novel (Croom-Helm, 1985), and Triangulation from a Known Point (North Star Line, 1990).

About William Lessard

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William Lessard has writing that has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Best American Experimental Writing, Hyperallergic and the Poetry Foundation. His visual work has been featured at MoMA PS1 and is part of the special collection at Poets House. 

 February 20

About Suzanne Cleary

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Suzanne Cleary’s fourth book, Crude Angel, was published in 2018 by BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City) and is a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Kessler Award. Beauty Mark (BkMk Press 2013) won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Her other awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her publication credits include The Atlantic, Poetry London, Georgia Review, and Best American Poetry. She teaches as core faculty in the Converse College low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing.

www.suzanneclearypoet.com

About Betty MacDonald

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Writer/performer Betty MacDonald contributed to TMI’s What to Expect When you’re Not Expecting at Woodstock’s Bearsville Theatre. Her essays and poems are included in the anthologies Get Out of My Crotch!, 80 Things To Do When You Turn 80, Better With Age and Open House. Betty has been a featured reader at Spoken Word, in Kingston, NY, Read650 at the Cell Theatre in New York City, and Best of Read650 at Vassar College. In 2019, she interpreted six roles in Work Project at Catskill’s Bridge Theatre. For thirty years Betty has honed her storytelling abilities as an active cast member with Community Playback Theater. She reads frequently at Words Carry Us a monthly series she hosts at Green Kill in Kingston, NY. 

About Linda Melick

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Linda Melick has been writing poetry and prose for most of her life. She was a teacher in a maximum-security prison for twenty years and is a New Paltz resident. Her work has appeared in Suicide Imprint, Open Press 2018, Wallkill Valley Writers Anthology, A Slant of Light, Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, and in Obsession Literary Journal. Her poetry collection Not for Sissies will be available at the reading.

About Matthew J. Spireng

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Matthew J Spireng of Lomontville is a widely published, award-winning poet. His full-length book manuscript Good Work has won the Sinclair Prize from Evening Street Press and will be published by them. More than 1,000 of his poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies across the United States. His books are What Focus Is and Out of Body, winner of the Bluestem Poetry Award. His chapbooks are: Clear Cut; Young Farmer; Encounters; Inspiration Point,winner of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition; and Just This. His individual poems have won six national awards including The MacGuffin’s 23rd Annual Poet Hunt Contest in 2018 and the 2015 Common Ground Review poetry contest. He is a 10-time Pushcart Prize nominee.

February 27

About James Belflower

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James Belflower has work that has appeared or is forthcoming in Postmodern Culture, PulpMouth, SOBER, & Barzkh, among others. He is the content developer and designer for Fence Digital, the electronic publishing platform of Fence Books.

About Celia Bland

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Celia Bland teaches poetry at Bard College, where she is associate director of the Bard College Institute for Writing & Thinking. She is author of Cherokee Road Kill (Dr. Cicero Books, 2017) 

About Shira Dentz

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Shira Dentz is the author of five books. Among them: how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry, 2018), which was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and APR/Honickman Awards. Sisyphusina is forthcoming this year from PANK Books. 

About Adam Tedesco

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Adam Tedesco has work that has appeared in Fence, Jubilat and the Laurel Review, among others. His first poetry collection, Mary Oliver, was published by Lithic Press in February of 2019.

About William Lessard

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William Lessard has writing that has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Best American Experimental Writing, Hyperallergic and the Poetry Foundation. His visual work has been featured at MoMA PS1 and is part of the special collection at Poets House.

About Green Kill

Green Kill is a multi-use performance space dedicated to a diverse and growing creative community. Green Kill’s mission is to create artistic opportunities through peer to peer organization of talented and dedicated visual, performing and literary artists.

Find out how you can support green kill here: https://greenkill.org/2019/07/12/please-support-green-kill/

Green Kill is a handicapped accessible exhibition performance Space located at 229 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston, New York, 12401, 229greenkill@greenkill.org, open Tuesday to Saturday from 3  pm to 9 pm, with a selection of events on Sundays. Green Kill is closed on national holidays. The phone number is 1(347)689-2323. For the event schedule please visit http://greenkill.org/events. Exhibition viewing hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 3-5 PM or you may make a special appointment by contacting 229greenkill@greenkill.org or phoning 347-689-2323.

 

Words Carry Us, Every Thursday

Beginning  February 6, “Words Carry Us” the poetry open-mic andfeatured writer program at Green kill will take place every Thursday at 8 PM.  Free coffee served. A contrubution of 1-5 dollars is requested.