Event Announcement: Valentines to Earth, February 13 at 4PM

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Valentines to Earth: Poetry and Prose

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 4pm

(Preceded by a Panel on Gardening and Community, 2pm)

The Lounge @ Hudson View Gardens, Pinehurst Avenue and 183rd Street

The phrase “Mother Earth” has been used so often and so freely that many dismiss it as a cliche.  But it is an apt articulation of our relationship to the planet we inhabit.  We rely completely on our environment, yet we often take what it provides us for granted–just as children sometimes take for granted the love and care they receive from their parents.

It is becoming ever clearer that the Earth desperately needs our care and attention.  This Valentine’s Day weekend, you can show your appreciation and concern for the environment in a small way by attending Valentines to Earth, featuring readings by accomplished writers who are also environmental activists.  The reading will be preceded by a “bonus pre-event,” a special panel on gardening and community.  As always, all events take place in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens.  The reading begins at 4PM on Sunday, February 13.  The gardening panel begins at 2PM.

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Wendy Babiak explores with her poems a way forward for us as a species, in which we establish mutually beneficial relationships with each other and our world. Her work has appeared in Barrelhouse, Tampa Review, Poets for Living Waters, Big Bridge, and Poems Against War, among others. Babiak’s Conspiracy of Leaves (Plainview Press) has been described as a “mixtape made by a dear friend who wants to stir up your endorphins but also challenge you to think . . . [through] poems [] at once deeply personal and resolutely politcal, direct and ornate, conversant in the language of science but unafraid of the spiritual and ecstatic (Tim Horvath, author of Circulation (sunnyoutside press).”  Poet and translator Ana Božičević describes Babiak’s work as following “the trajectory of a deeply feminine poetics” and speaking in “a voice capable of imagining itself absolutely anywhere, starting from the fertile dirt floor of creation’s kitchen and springing up into an astronaut’s-eye view.”

Wendy Babiak (photo courtesy of the author)

Vivian Demuth is the author of a novel, Eyes of the Forest, and a poetry chapbook, Breathing Nose Mountain. Her work has appeared in anthologies and journals in Europe and North America. Each summer she hosts an annual Poetry on the Peaks event at a firelookout where she works. Lyn Di Iorio, author of Killing Spanish and Assistant Professor of English at The City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center, praises Demuth’s novel as “an arresting experiment in the techniques of magical realism. ”  Kaylie Jones, author of Speak Now and A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, calls Demuth’s Eyes of the Forest “a breath of fresh air” filled with “prose [that] is wonderfully descriptive and confident, an ode to nature in its most primal form.”

Vivian Demuth (photo courtesy of the author)

Babiak and Demuth will be joined by local writers Marlon Danilewitz, Gordon Gilbert, Peter Martin, and Melissa Moschitto of  The Anthropologists.

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Bonus Pre-Event at 2:00 PM:

Community and Gardening: a Panel Discussion

With Wendy Babiak, Lois Ann Lawless, Dorrie Rosen, and Tom Waters

A suggested donation of $7 covers both the reading and the panel, as well as drinks and snacks at the after-reception.


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  1. […] (who will be doing double duty as a panelist during the community gardening event) and Vivian in our event announcement for Valentines to Earth.  Please read on to learn more about the local writers and panelists who will also be contributing […]


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