Local poets to read their work during April Poetry Series

March 22, 2011

Newburgh, NY -

Local poets will present their original work during the annual April Poetry Series at Mount Saint Mary College, Curtin Memorial Library, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh. Students and members of the Mount community will also share their poems.

Poetry readings, held from 4 to 5 pm on Tuesdays, April 5, 12 and 19, are free and open to the public.

Barbara Adams, whose memoir The Stone Man and the Poet was published in January 2011, will be the featured poet on April 5.

A professor emerita of English from Pace University, her poems, stories and essays have been published in literary and professional journals, and in anthologies of Hudson River poets: “Riverine” and “WaterWrites.” She has also published two books of poetry, Hapax Legomena and The Ordinary Living, and a book of literary criticism, The Enemy Self: Poetry & Criticism of Laura Riding.

On April 12, Phillip Levine, the poetry editor for Chronogram magazine and president of the Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival, will read and discuss his poetry.

He has hosted a weekly reading series at The Colony, a venue for poets and musicians in Woodstock, NY.  Levine also created a semester long poetry class for incarcerated youth at Highland Correctional Facility in Highland, NY.

Students and members of the Mount community will read their poetry -- published in the literary magazine, Keys to the Soul -- at an open mic reading on April 19.

Refreshments will be served at each session. The series is sponsored by the Mount’s Arts and Letters program and Curtin Memorial Library.

For more information, contact James F. Cotter, professor of English, at 845-569-3162 or e-mail