Sunday, February 9, 2014

Deep Cold of Winter: Looking Back/Looking Forward

Photo from Life Archive (internet).
Imagine the frothy romance typed on this beauty.
It appears to be so dainty; a cover for the hard-working machine that it is.

This Winter has a mind of its own and deep cold.  I have been writing a lot lately as well as keeping up with the necessary tasks of staying on course at school. Last week was filled with accomplishments for me ( I was surprising myself as the to-do list dwindled before my eyes).  It feels good to check things off. 

The week had a wild snowstorm in its back pocket.  Last Wednesday was one for the books.  We received more than a foot of snow. Things cleared by Thursday.  Took my Encounters class to see/hear an exceptional concert at RPO on February 6th:

Michael Morgan, guest conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
Mayor Lovely A. Warren, narrator (Feb. 6 performance)
Rev. Dr. Rickey B. Harvey, narrator (Feb. 8 performance)

FLORENCE PRICE   Symphony No. 3 (3rd and 4th mvts.)
JOSEPH SCHWANTNER  New Morning for the World,
      “Daybreak of Freedom”
GERSHWIN  Concerto in F               
ELLINGTON  Harlem Celebrate Black History Month with New Morning for the World—by the Pulitzer Prize winner Schwantner and featuring text by Martin Luther King, Jr.—Duke Ellington’s Harlem, and a rare performance of music by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to win recognition as a symphonic composer. Plus, Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang playing Gershwin. 

This week: Art Opening At St. John Fisher College: 

Remains to be Seen: an exhibit of wood engravings by Steven Lee-Davis, February 3-March 28th, 2014
Opening: February 13, 2014, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Artist lecture on printmaking: 7:00- 8:00 p.m.
St. John Fisher College, Lavery Library, Lower Level Gallery,  
3690 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618
 Free and Open to the Public
 Nancy Greco, 585-385-8139

St. John Fisher College, Lavery Library, Lower Level Gallery: Art Exhibit: Remains to be Seen, wood engravings by Steven Lee-Davis 
Rochester, NY~ St John Fisher’s Lavery Library welcomes Artist Steven Lee-Davis, who will be exhibiting  his wood engravings in the Lower Level Gallery, February 3-March 28th, 2014. The opening is February 13, 2014, 5:30-8:00 p.m., with an artist lecture on printmaking from 7-8 p.m. in the Lower level Gallery.
Steven Lee Davis grew up in a small town on the Big Island of Hawaii. In his teen years, his family moved to Toronto, then Boston. His early art influences were the Brothers Hildebrandt, Frank Frazetta, and Allen Lee—fantasy art masters that he strived to become.
Steven Lee-Davis attended Montserrat College of Art for his undergraduate studies and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, earning a Masters degree in Art Education. He has worked as an art teacher and department chair in a boarding school in Western Massachusetts. In Amherst, Massachusetts, he had the opportunity to work with master wood-engraver Barry Moser as his studio assistant.  Moser introduced him to the craft of wood engraving and finer points of printmaking.
Recently, Steven Lee-Davis was accepted as a Roycroft Artisan and he is honored to display his prints with the double-R symbol indicating his status.
Steven Lee-Davis works in his home studio in Rochester, New York and prints on various presses at the Printing and Book Art Center. His work can be found on-line  at, on Etsy, or locally at the Gallery Store of the memorial Art Gallery.

Looking Ahead:  Poetry Reading, Not to be Missed!
Poets Nate Pritts and Jennifer Fortin, reading from their recent poetry collection:  Pritts’ Right Now More Than Ever (H_NGM_N Books, 2013) and Fortin’s We Lack in Equipment & Control (H_NGM_N Books, 2013). Book signing to follow reading.

Thursday, February 27th 2014 , at 7:30 p.m.
St. John Fisher College, Wilson Formal Lounge, Ward-Haffey Bldg. 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618,
Free and Open to the Public
M.J.Iuppa 385-8412

 St. John Fisher College, Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program, Poetry Reading

Rochester, NY ~ St. John Fisher College’s Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program welcomes Poets Nate Pritts and Jennifer Fortin, who will be reading a selection of poems from their recent poetry collections.
Nate Pritts is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Right Now More Than Ever.  Publishers Weekly described his fifth book, Sweet Nothing, as “both baroque and irreverent, banal and romantic, his poems […] arrive at a place of vulnerability and sincerity" while POETRY Magazine called his third book, The Wonderfull Yeare, “rich, vivid, intimate, & somewhat troubled.” His poetry & prose have been widely published in journals such as Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Passages North, Court Green, Gulf Coast, Boston Review & Rain Taxi where he frequently contributes reviews. Additionally, he founded H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press, in 2001 & continues to serve as Director & Prime Architect for its various endeavors.  He lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

 We Lack in Equipment & Control (H_NGM_N Books, 2013) is Jennifer H. Fortin’s second book. Lowbrow Press published her first, Mined Muzzle Velocity, in 2011. Fortin is the author of four chapbooks, from Dancing Girl Press, the Dusie Kollektiv, Poor Claudia, and Greying Ghost Press.With three other poets, she founded and edits the online poetry journal LEVELER ( Fortin is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bulgaria 2004-2006). She now works in Public Relations/Communications at the University of Rochester Medical Center. For more, visit

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