Event Announcement: The Persistence of Dreams: Readings from New Books, Sunday, May 1


The Persistence of Dreams

Please join us on Sunday, May 1st at 4PM for the final Sunday Best event of the Winter/Spring 2011 season: The Persistence of Dreams, a program featuring readings from new books. Readers will include Elisabeth Frost and Elaine Terranova, both poets, and novelist Carol Wallace. In keeping with Sunday Best’s goal of providing a forum for writers local to Northern Manhattan, we are pleased to note that two of the scheduled performers, Elisabeth Frost and Carol Wallace, are residents of Washington Heights.

As always, this event will be held in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Avenue (at West 183rd Street). A suggested contribution of $7 gets you admission to the event, as well as drinks and snacks and the opportunity to talk with the artists at the after-reception. Wines will be provided by Vines on Pine.

Read on to learn more about the literary artists scheduled to read at The Persistence of Dreams.

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Elisabeth Frost. Photo: Fordham University.

Poet Elisabeth Frost is the author of All of Us (White Pine Press) and Rumor (Mermaid Tenement Press). She has also published a critical study, The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry, and served as co-editor of Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews.  She is an associate professor of English at Fordham University.

“delicious, low-key, disturbing and always surprising prose poems…a world unto themselves” ―Alicia Ostriker, poet

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Elaine Terranova. Photo by Yoni.


Elaine Terranova’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, Ploughshares Review, and Pleiades. She has also authored four books of poetry: Not To, New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2006), which was a runner-up for the Poetry Society’s William Carlos Williams Award; The Dog’s Heart (Orchises Press, 2002); Damages (Copper Canyon Press, 1996); and The Cult of the Right Hand, winner of the 1990 Walt Whitman Award (Doubleday, 1991). She is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants.

“flashes with moments and flares with memories… burns with a steady human light. ―Edward Hirsch, poet

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Carol Wallace. Photo by Jim Anness.


Carol Wallace has authored more than 20 books. Her most recent, Leaving Van Gogh, is her first historical novel. Wallace received a M.A. in art history from Columbia University in 2006. The research for her M.A. thesis provided the foundation for Leaving Van Gogh.

“truly delightful … effort to illuminate the life of [a] luminous man.” —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

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