POETS in PLAY 2019-2020

Corning’s Poetry Series

Featured Reader at 7PM followed by Inspired Open Mic
Held at Soul Full Cup Coffeehouse | 81 West Market Street, Corning, NY Get your coffee, pick a seat, and enjoy; then share your response to the prompt given by the featured reader during our Inspired Open Mic. See the poets’ prompts below.

  • Sep


    Charles Rossiter

    Prompt: “Poetry is a no collar job.”

    Charles Rossiter, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Recipient,
    hosts the twice- monthly podcast series at www.PoetrySpokenHere.com .
    His work has been featured on NPR, at the Chicago Blues Festival and the
    Dodge Festival in NJ. Recent books include: All Over America: Road
    Poems; Winter Poems; Cold Mountain 2000: Han Shan in the City, Lakeside
    Poems and the just-released Green Mountain Meditations, all from
    FootHills Publishing.

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    Soul Full Cup Coffee House

  • Nov


    Stephen Lewandowski

    Stephen Lewandowski has published fourteen books of poetry, and his poems and essays have appeared in regional and national environmental and literary journals and anthologies. He was student of poet Howard Nemerov, a graduate assistant to philosophical essayist William Gass and later studied with folklorist Louis Jones (Things That Go Bump in the Night).

    Lewandowski was employed in environmental conservation work, especially watershed protection, for over forty years.  He is now retired.

    His most recent books of poetry are Under Foot from May Apple Press in Woodstock, NY (2014), Last Settler in the Finger Lakes from Foothills Publishing in Avoca, NY (2015) and I Swear from Bullhead Books of Ashland, KY (2018). His Hard Work in Low Places will be published by Tigers Bark Press of Rochester, NY in 2020.

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    Soul Full Cup Coffee House

  • Jan


    Lexi Loss

    Prompt: “A hero is a firefighter. A hero is not only the firefighter that fights fire, but the firefighter that ignites fire.”

    Lexi Loss is a sixteen year old writer and poet. Her work focuses on the complexity, vulnerability, and different dimensions of life. Lexi currently resides in upstate New York, but she was raised in Queens, New York where she developed a love for writing and art, all the while navigating the world around her through the lens of a person who stutters. She plans to continue her journey in the discovery of life through art, writing, and soul fulfilling adventures. Lexi has performed at many locations in New York City, Myrtle Beach, and Upstate New York including: NYU Skirball Center representing SAY: The Stuttering Association For The Young in NYC; Five Angels Theatre representing SAY; Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC; Good Day Cafe in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Saint James High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Fresh Brewed Coffee House in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; the Dormann Library in Bath, NY; and Haverling High School in Bath, NY.

    Tuesday, January 07, 2020, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    Soul Full Cup Coffee House

  • Mar


    Rosaire Karij

    Prompt: “The truth of this life has yet to be heard.”

    Rosaire Karij grew up in New York City and has lived in Arctic Alaska, Montreal, and the Caribbean island of St. Maarten/St.Martin. She started writing late in life, chronicling some of her journeys in the 2017 chapbook Blood and The Word (Foothills Publishing). Individual poems were also included in the Foothills Publishing anthology –  The Sexuality Poems. Retired after a long career in women’s health care, she lives in Ithaca, NY where she continues to try to make sense of the world’s song, or failing that, to at least write down some of the notes.

    Tuesday, March 03, 2020, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    Soul Full Cup Coffee House

  • May


    Dawn Leas

    Prompt: “Take something when you go.”

    Dawn Leas is the author of Take Something When You Go, (Winter Goose Publishing 2016), and I Know When to Keep Quiet, (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Her work has appeared in Literary Mama, San Pedro River Review, SWWIM, SoFloPo, The Pedestal Magazine and elsewhere. Her work won an honorable mention in the 2005 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In past lives she’s been a copywriter, English teacher, admissions director, and stay-at-home mom. She writes, edits, teaches, and leads workshops and retreats. Visit www.thehammockwriter.com.

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    Soul Full Cup Coffee House

  • Jul


    Tamar Samuel-Siegel

    Prompt: “let their eyes glisten / with sudden recognition”

    Tamar Samuel-Siegel published her first chapbook, enough for now, by hand in 2007, with the photostatistical support of Kinkos and a tiny awl, fat needle, and numerous yards of embroidery floss for the binding. In 2013, she revisited the process with a new set of poems in where we come from, another hand-published chapbook. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Purchase College, where, alongside poem-making, she learned to draw trees, dance on park benches, and reflect on such notions as the anthropology of emotion. In 2018, she received her MA from Tel Aviv University where she wended through city streets, down nighttime beaches, and steep into the challenges and creative love-giving required to complete lengthy research papers. Hers focused on issues in storytelling, translation, and empathy. She has a chapbook published by FootHills Publishing in 2018.

    Tuesday, July 07, 2020, 7:00 pm—9:00 pm

    Soul Full Cup

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