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February 23, 2011

Word Thursdays to begin season


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Word Thursdays will begin its 19th year of readings and a celebration of Black History Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, by featuring Brooklyn poets Robert Hart and Kamilah Aisha Moon. They will read from their work after the open mic and intermission; during the open mic all attendees are invited to read for up to five minutes from their own writing or that of others that focuses on African-American poetry or prose. The readings will take place in the Word & Image Gallery, 94 Church St. in Treadwell, now featuring an exhibit of Bright Hill poetry and other books published since 1994. Admission is $3 or free to those 18 and younger.

Hart grew up in Harlem. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954, and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Now Hart works for a mail sorting company in Midtown West. Hart first wrote poetry in his high school poetry class. It was years later that he came onto the New York poetry circuit and started reading at various venues. Hart works with other performers, including musicians, dancers and other poets. His two books are "Acrobat" and "Lightly in the Good of Day."

Moon is a recipient of fellowships to Cave Canem, the Prague Summer Writing Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., and The Vermont Studio Center. Moon's work has been featured or is forthcoming in several journals and anthologies. A featured poet in conferences and venues around the country, Moon received her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

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 Walter Rich Charitable Foundation, the Dewar 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's Community Library & Internet Wing, which features a large 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 wordthur@stny.rr.com.