Word Thursdays will celebrate Women's History Month today with readings by poet and writer Mermer Blakeslee; poets Margot Farrington and Madeline Tiger; and emerging poet Mary Anne Rojas. Rojas will read from her work following the open mic; Blakeslee, Farrington and Tiger will read after the intermission.
During the open mic, all attendees are invited to read for up to four minutes from their own writing or that of others that focuses on women poets and writers.
The readings will take place in the Word & Image Gallery, now previewing exhibits by Gilbertsville interdisciplinary artist Zena Gurbo and Walton collagist and painter Anna Sea. Admission is $3 and free to those 18 and younger.
Blakeslee, of Roscoe, has published two novels, "Same Blood" (Houghton Mifflin, 1989) and "In Dark Water" (Ballantine, 1998). Her nonfiction book, "In the Yikes! Zone" (Dutton, 2002) has been reissued in paperback and ebook as "A Conversation with Fear" (E-Reads.com).
A Brooklyn and Treadwell resident, Farrington's second collection of poems is "Flares And Fathoms" (Bright Hill Press). Her poetry has appeared in the U.S., Algeria and the U.K., in magazines and in anthologies.
Tiger, of Bloomfield, N.J., publishes her work regularly in journals and anthologies. Her recent collections of poems are "The Atheist's Prayer" (Dos Madres Press, 2010), "The Earth Which Is All" (in collaboration with Three Mile Harbor Press, 2008), and "Birds of Sorrow and Joy: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000" (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003).
Rojas, of Oneonta and Queens, is a junior at the State University College of Oneonta, majoring in English with a minor in linguistics; she plans to pursue a Master of Arts degree then a doctorate in publishing. While in high school in New York City, she was in the Urban Word Poetry Workshops and, at SUNY, she has been a member of the Poetry Slam Team. Roja's chapbook, "Silent Explosion," was published under her imprint, Off the Shoulder Press, under the auspices of Bright Hill, where Rojas served as an intern in 2010.
Bright Hill Literary Center's 2011 programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State council on the Arts, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, the Otis A. Thompson Foundation, the A. C. Molinari Foundation, the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, Stewart's Shops, Price Chopper's Golub Foundation, area businesses, and its members and friends. Bright Hill is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the New York Council of Non-Profits. Bright Hill's Community Library & Internet Wing, which features a collection of literary and art-related volumes as well as children's literature, is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, during Word Thursdays readings, and by appointment. For more information about BHLC and its programs, contact Bright Hill Center at 829-5055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.