Thursday, September 22, 2011

Upcoming Poetry Reading at St. John Fisher College, October 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

St. John Fisher College
Visual & Performing Arts Minor
proudly presents

Michael Meyerhofer
reading from his newest
chapbook of poems,
Pure Elysium winner of the
2010 Palettes and Quills
Second Biennial Chapbook Contest
selected by Dorianne Laux
Thursday, October 13, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
Golisano Gateway Midlevel.
Free and Open to the Public.


Michael Meyerhofer's third book, Damnatio Memoriae, won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. His previous books are Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award) and Blue Collar Eulogies (Steel Toe Books, finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize).

He has also published five chapbooks: Pure Elysium (winner of the Palettes and Quills Chapbook Contest), The Clay-Shaper's Husband (winner of the Codhill Press Chapbook Award), Real Courage (winner of the Terminus Magazine and Jeanne Duval Editions Poetry Chapbook Prize), The Right Madness of Beggars (winner of the Uccelli Press 3rd Annual Chapbook Competition), and Cardboard Urn (winner of the Copperdome Chapbook Contest).

Michael Meyerhofer has won the Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest, the Laureate Prize for Poetry, the James Wright Poetry Award, and the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Arts & Letters, River Styx, Quick Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and other journals.

He received his BA from the University of Iowa and his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He currently teaches poetry, creative writing, and composition at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

This reading is funded in part from Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the
New York Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Poets For Change Reading at Flying Squirrel 9/24/2011

Poets, Paulette Swartzfager, John Roche, Karen VanMeenen, Colleen Powderly, Ed Scutt, and Eddie Swayze are organizing readings for the 100,000 Poets for Change day in Rochester this Saturday September 24, 2011. This is part of a worldwide effort originated by Michael Rothenberg of Big Bridge magazine and now listing 600 events in 95 countries:

The event at Flying Squirrel will focus on hunger, poverty, and homelessness. While poetry and music are served upstairs, a meal will be served to neighborhood folks in need downstairs.

This is an invitation to come and listen and support this event.

Here are the Highlights:

11 am - 5 pm: "Open Mic” ; Hosts: Paulette Swartzfager & Colleen Powderly
2-3 pm: ASL poetry hour hosted by Eddie Swayze
4-5 will be poets hosted by Colleen Powderly,
5-6 pm: LEGGS - A Reading of a Play About a Future Dystopian America by Ed Scutt
6-7pm: Pure Kona Features, with Hosts Norm Davis & Mike Rae
7-10 pm: Featured Poets with Hosts – John Roche & Ren VanMeenen
8pm –"Flying Words” – Kenny Lerner and Peter Cook

Hope to see you there!

Flying Squirrel Community Space is located at 285 Clarissa St. Rochester NY, 14608 585-678-6870

Upcoming Events in Rochester, September 24, 2011

30th Anniversary Writers Block Party At Writers & Books:










Schedule of Performances

12:00: John Roche

12:15: Sam Abrams

12:30 Sarah Freligh

12:50 Charles Cote

1:10 : Silver Threads

1: 45: M. J. Iuppa

2:05: Tom Holmes

2:30: Flying Words

3:15: Corey Winrock

3:35: Jill Kress Karn

4:00: Sally Bittner Bonn

4:20 Jan Wenk Cedras

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

CAST: Cambridge American Stage Tour

Cambridge American Stage Tour (CAST) returned to St. John Fisher College to perform Shakespeare's Macbeth on 9/12/2011.

The 17 member company, a lively and personable group of Cambridge University students, held the audience (180) in rapt attention. I have never been in such a quiet audience. Not a shuffle or snuffle. Everyone was hanging on every actor's word.

I was intrigued by the set and the way they portrayed their characters. The conversations about the play continued today, two days later. Students are still thinking and reacting to the performance.

Friday, September 9, 2011


St. John Fisher College Writer-in-Residence, M.J.Iuppa, has had a poem selected for inclusion in Poets Walk, an interactive sidewalk installation that runs along University Avenue between North Goodman and Prince Streets.
Iuppa's poem, "Simply," is one of the selected poems that will be represented by words or lines engraved in stone.
Poets Walk is part of the Art Walk Extension Enhancements Project, a public art and urban design project in the Neighborhood of the Arts lead by the City of Rochester. The project involves a wide range of local cultural and educational partners, including the Memorial Art Gallery and Writers & Books.
There will be a celebratory Poets Walk Reading at the Memorial Art Gallery on Sunday, November 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for the fall of 2012.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Blog This Rock: Poem of the Week: M.J. Iuppa

Blog This Rock: Poem of the Week: M.J. Iuppa: Groundwork
The fence that wasn't a barrier, that didn't hold anything back or up, but was the grid over the scene of