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YMCA Arts Branch
340 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-474-6851
Fax: 315-474-6857
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Downtown Writer's Center Coming Events

Poets Jackie Warren-Moore and Gemma Cooper-Novack

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Jackie Warren-Moore is a poet, playwright, theatrical director and freelance writer. She has been a Guest Columnist for The Syracuse Post-Standard for a number of years, and teaches poetry workshops. She gives poetry readings widely. Her third book of poems, Where I Come From, was recently published by Nine Mile Press.

Gemma Cooper-Novack's debut poetry collection, We Might As Well Be Underwater, is new from Unsolicited Press. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in many journals, and her plays have been produced in Chicago, Boston, and New York. Gemma has been awarded artist's residencies from Catalonia to Virginia, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Fund. She is a doctoral student in Literacy Education at Syracuse University.


Poet Carl Dennis

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

"To read him is to feel we have, or would be fortunate to have, a friend, but that no matter how well we knew him we'd never quite get to the bottom of him or begin to understand anything quite as he does." —Robert Boyers

Carl Dennis is the author of 12 books of poetry, including Practical Gods, New and Selected Poems (1974-2004), Callings (2010), and Another Reason (2014). A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Ruth Lilly Prize, he taught for many years in the English Department of the State University of New York, and taught in the Warren Wilson Writing Program in North Carolina. He lives in Buffalo, NY. His 13th book, Night School, will be published by Penguin next spring.


Poet and author Peter Makuck

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Peter Makuck lives on Bogue Banks, one of North Carolina's barrier islands. He is twice winner of the Brockman-Campbell Award for the best book of poetry by a North Carolinian. His Long Lens: New & Selected Poems was published in 2010 by BOA Editions, Ltd. and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In the fall of 2016, BOA Editions also published his sixth volume of poetry, Mandatory Evacuation. His fourth collection of short stories, Wins and Losses, was released in the fall of 2016 by Syracuse University Press. He is Distinguished Professor emeritus at East Carolina University where he founded and edited Tar River Poetry from 1978 to 2006.


Poet Sandra Beasley

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, May 19, 2017, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. Her honors include a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; two DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships; and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches as part of the University of Tampa's low-residency MFA program.


Poets Alex Cigale and Michael Jennings

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:00 PM


Price: Free


YMCA
340 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Alex Cigale's poems and translations have appeared in Colorado Review, Harvard Review Online, Kenyon Review Online, New England Review, PEN America, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. In 2015, he was awarded an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship for his work on the poet of the St. Petersburg philological school Mikhail Eremin. Russian Absurd: Daniil Kharms, Selected Writings (Northwestern University Press) is his first full book.

Michael Jennings was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans and grew up in East Texas and the deserts of southwestern Iran. His work has been translated into Czech, Lithuanian, and Chinese. For 21 years he has lived with his wife, Suzanne Shane, along with their pack of Siberian huskies, overlooking Otisco Lake. His most recent collection of poems is Crossings: A Record of Travel, which was awarded the 2016 CNY Book Award for Poetry.


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