At 7 p.m. Thursday, Word Thursdays will present an open reading followed by a reading and book signing by New Jersey poet Burt Kimmelman and Massachusetts poet Frannie Lindsay. The poets will read in Bright Hill Center's Word & Image Gallery at 94 Church St. in Treadwell. Admission is $3 for adults and free to those 18 and younger. Refreshments are served at the intermission.

Kimmelman has published five collections of poetry: "Musaics," "First Life," "The Pond at Cape May Point" (a collaboration with the painter Fred Caruso), "Somehow" and "There Are Words." "As If Free" is forthcoming in 2009. For more than a decade, he was senior editor of Poetry New York: A Journal of Poetry and Translation.

Kimmelman is a professor of English at New Jersey Institute of Technology and the author of two book-length literary studies: "The Winter Mind: William Bronk and American Letters (1998)" and "The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages: The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona" (1996).

Lindsay's newest volume of poetry, "Lamb," was selected for the Perugia Press Award in 2006. It was also been chosen as the sole runner-up for the Laughlin Award, given yearly for an outstanding second volume of poetry. Lindsay's first volume, "Where She Always Was," was selected by J.D. McClatchy as the winner of the May Swenson Award.

Lindsay's poems have appeared individually in The Atlantic Monthly, The Yale Review, Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, Field and other journals. They have also been featured on Poetry Daily and read by Garrison Keillor on Writers Almanac. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has recently completed a third poetry manuscript, and lives in Belmont, Mass. She is also a classical pianist.

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