Mount hosts pair of local poets

April 19, 2017

Mary Makofske performs her original poetry at Mount Saint Mary College. 


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 Mary Makofske and Jo Pitkin.

Makofske’s poetry draws from her experiences with her family, nature, and more. Her latest book is “World Enough, and Time,” and her previous offering, “Traction,” won the Richard Snyder Prize. She is also the author of “The Disappearance of Gargoyles” and “Eating Nasturtiums,” winner of a Flume Press chapbook competition.

A resident of Warwick, N.Y., her poems have appeared in “Poetry,” “Southern Poetry Review,” “Poetry East,” “Asheville Poetry Review,” “Poetry Daily,” “Calyx,” and other journals, and in 17 anthologies. Makofske received second place in the 2015 Paterson Literary Review Allen Ginsberg Awards and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize four times.

Pitkin’s poems – including the pieces she read at her Mount performance – often bring a fresh perspective to everyday objects and situations.

After working as an editor, Pitkin pursued a career as a freelance educational writer and is the credited author of more than 40 books for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. She lives and works in the Hudson Valley, an inspiration for some of her poems.

She is the author of several books, including “Cradle of the American Circus: Poems from Somers, New York,” “Commonplace Invasions,” and “Rendering.” Additionally, her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies including “The New York Review of Books,” “A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley,” and “Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry.”

Both readings were sponsored by the Division of Arts & Letters and hosted by the Mount Saint Mary College Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.

The Mount community will enjoy an open mic event to close out this year’s poetry series on April 27 at 4 p.m. The event, to be held at in the college’s Dominican Center, is free and open to the public.