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November 23, 2011

Deadline nears for Bright Hill events

Daily Star

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The postmark deadline for three opportunities for poets and artists at the Bright Hill Press and Literary Center will be Nov. 30.


Bright Hill Press & Literary Center is offering an Intermediate to Advanced Poetry Workshop beginning in late March and continuing to late October. The workshop, which will be limited to eight participants, will take place on the first and third Thursdays of each month at Bright Hill Literary Center at 94 Church St. in Treadwell

There is a fee of $5, or $3 for members, for each workshop session. Bertha Rogers will lead the initial meeting and periodic meetings thereafter; the remaining sessions will be led by poet-participants, on an alternating basis. The goal of the workshop is to write and revise poems and to work toward publication. There will be discussions, from time to time, about poets who have influenced the workshop participants. How to submit work to literary journals and contests will also be discussed, as well as other, pertinent topics.

Each submission must include the following: Five pages of original poetry, single spaced, plus a cover sheet with list of poems submitted as well as name, address, telephone, email address and a brief biography with publications. The pages with poems should not have a name on them. Manuscripts will be read by Rogers and up to three other poets. Poets will be notified of results no later than Jan. 5 via email.

Send manuscripts to Adult Poetry Workshop, Bright Hill Press & Literary Center, P.O. Box 193, Treadwell, NY 13846-0193. Manuscript will not be returned.


The first place winner of Bright Hill's 17th Annual Full-Length Poetry Book Competition, chosen from finalists by a nationally known poet, will receive a publication contract with Bright Hill Press and $1,000 prize, publication in print format, and 30 copies of the printed book. Publication contracts may also be offered to the top finalists. The announcement and publication will take place in 2012, with the winning book included in Academy of American Poets National Poetry Month promotion. Complete guidelines, including guidelines for electronic submission and hard copy submission, may be found at


The Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill Literary Center is a two-room space, offering regional and national artists and writers a chance to integrate images and words and exhibit them in a setting that celebrates this juxtaposition. Nov. 30 is the deadline for exhibits in 2012 and 2013. Work must include images and words in a fully integrated format. Exhibits may be solo or the result of a collaboration between a poet/writer and a visual artist. Complete guidelines may be found at

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 A. C. Molinari Foundation, area businesses, and its members and friends.

Bright Hill's Community Library, which features an extensive collection of literary and art-related volumes as well as children's literature, is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, during Word Thursdays readings, and by appointment. Free Internet access is available in the library.

For more information, call Bright Hill Center at 829-5055 or email