Event Announcement: Openings to Light, December 4, 2011 at 4PM



Three Poets, Three Journeys

The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens

Please join the Sunday Best Reading Series for an afternoon of poetry on Sunday, December 4 at 4PM. As always, the reading takes place at The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Avenue (at West 183rd Street).  A contribution of $7 covers the event itself, an after-reception to meet the writers, and free drinks and snacks.



“Wistful and full of wonder. Part freak show, part searing insight

―Anne Yale, Voice in the Wilderness: Musings on Writing and Poem-Craft

Poet Amy Holman

Amy Holman writes poetry, fiction, and essays and advises writers on where to publish their work. She is the author of Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window (Somondoco Press, 2010); the prize-winning chapbook Wait For Me, I’m Gone (Dream Horse Press, 2005); and An Insider’s Guide to Creative Writing Programs (Prentice Hall, 2006). She wrote the popular column “Amy Holman’s Tough Love Guide to Publishing” for Poets & Writers Magazine and was a recent guest blogger at The Best American Poetry, which anthologized a poem of hers in 1999. Her essays have appeared in the anthologies The Subway Chronicles, Making the Perfect Pitch, The Practical Writer, and Knitting Through It, and in the online journal Connotation Press. She blogs semi-regularly at We Who Are About To Die and Lending Whale.



“True-story poems about growing up in America . . . delivered in plain, sure-footed language. Read a few . . . lines and you’ll find yourself helplessly engaged.”

―Billy Collins, poet

Poet Christopher Locke

Christopher Locke has received over two dozen awards for his poetry including grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain). His fifth collection of poetry, End of American Magic, (Salmon Poetry, 2010) was a Top Ten Book of the Year, as chosen by Maine Publishers & Writers Alliance, and was nominated for the Forward Prize (U.K.). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary Review, Adbusters, Southwest Review, 32 Poems, Connecticut Review, Alimentum, West Branch, Exquisite Corpse, Atlanta Review The Chattahoochee Review, The Sun, Slipstream, Agenda (U.K.), and twice on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” His four chapbooks of poetry are The Temple of Many Hands (DeadDrunkDublin Press, 2010); Possessed (Main Street Rag, Editor’s Choice Award, 2005); Slipping Under Diamond Light (Clamp Down Press, 2002); and How To Burn (Adastra Press, 1995).



“The poems reverberate with the feeling that comes from deep observation and deep caring.…precious in the fullest sense…shining with their own light.”
Baron Wormser, former Poet Laureate of Maine

Poet Sharon White

Sharon White’s Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs award in creative nonfiction. She is also the author of a collection of poetry, Bone House. Eve & Her Apple, a new book of poetry, was published in May by Harbor Mountain Press. Her memoir, Field Notes, A Geography of Mourning, received the Julia Ward Howe Prize, Honorable Mention, from the Boston Authors Club. Other awards include a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, the Leeway Foundation Award for Achievement, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship, the Calvino Award for her fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in Salt Hill Journal, Isotope, House Beautiful, Appalachia, Kalliope and North American Review. She teaches writing at Temple University in Philadelphia, and she blogs at she blogs at Gardens and the City | Thoughts on gardens, urban nature and wilderness.


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