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Mount welcomes spring with pair of local poets

April 19, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Poet Robert Milby enjoyed his return to the Mount Saint Mary College April Poetry Series on April 10.Mount Saint Mary College ushered in the spring season and celebrated National Poetry Month with its annual April poetry series, this year featuring acclaimed poets Robert Milby on April 10 and Corinne Herceg on April 17.

Robert Milby of Florida, N.Y. made his much-anticipated return to the Mount April Poetry Series, having first presented to a packed crowd at the 2015 event.

“It’s truly an honor to be invited back,” he said.

The poet read his original works, as well as pieces by poets like Algernon Charles Swinburne and William Wordsworth. Swinburne and Wordsworth, he noted, were both born in April, apropos for National Poetry Month. 

RIGHT: Poet Robert Milby enjoyed his return to the Mount Saint Mary College April Poetry Series on April 10.

Milby has given more than 300 featured readings and has had his work in many publications, including Sensations Magazine, Hunger Magazine, Chronogram, Hudson Valley Literary Magazine, Soul Fountain, the Wawayanda Review anthology in 2010, and others both in print and internet.
    
His first book of poetry is called Ophelia’s Offspring (Foothills Publishing, Kanona, N.Y. 2007). Milby also has narrated two spoken word CDs: Revenant Echo (Sonotrope Recordings, High Falls, N.Y. 2004) and Underground (APB Production, Wallkill, N.Y. 2008). His most recent book of poetry is Victorian House: Ghosts and Gothic Poems (Lion Autumn Music, NYC, 2015), and a new collection of poems, most of which were inspired by Orange County, N.Y., is forthcoming in 2018.
 
Milby is a listed poet with Poets & Writers since early 2005. He is Poet Laureate of Orange County, N.Y. from May 2017 to May 2019.

 

Corinne Herceg read her original works at the Mount Saint Mary College April Poetry Series on April 17.

Corinne Herceg read her original works at the Mount Saint Mary College April Poetry Series on April 17.

 

Before her reading, Herceg offered some simple advice to anyone in the audience who might be interested in writing their own poetry: know thyself. 

“As writers, we must be excavators of truth,” said Herceg. “If we aren’t able to look at ourselves truthfully, then we won’t able to accept another’s truths.”

Herceg graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor of arts in Literature and Writing and has graduate credits in editing, revision, and psychology. A recipient of N.Y. State grants, she has been featured at major venues such as The New York Public Library, The Queens Museum, The Provincetown Playhouse, St. John’s University, Binghamton Community Poets, and the Calling all Poets Series. She studied with poets David Ignatow and Philip Schultz, and novelist Glenda Adams.

Her first volume of poetry is Inner Sanctions, followed by Out From Calaboose: New Poems in 2017. She is also the co-founder and editor of The First East Coast Theatre & Publishing Company and publishes poetry, prose, essays, and reviews in a variety of magazine and literary journals in the U.S. and abroad.

Herceg is listed with Poets & Writers and is a member of The Academy of American Poets, PEN America, The Poetry Society of America, The Woodstock Poetry Society, and C.A.P.S. Her website is www.karencorinneherceg.com 
 
Both readings were sponsored by Poets & Writers, the Mount Saint Mary College Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, and the Division of Arts and Letters.

The Mount community will enjoy an open mic event to close out this year’s poetry series on April 26 at 3:45 p.m. The event, to be held in the college’s Dominican Center, is free and open to the public.