Ex-speechwriter, E-Verse Radio host in poetry double-header for Frequency North March 18

“Frequency North,” the aggressively eclectic visiting writers reading series at The College of Saint Rose, rolls along in its fifth season with a double-bill of poetry from Jericho Brown, former mayoral speechwriter, and E-Verse Radio host and poet Ernest Hilbert.

Brown and Hilbert will read Thursday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Saint Rose Events and Athletics Center (Second Floor), 420 Western Ave., Albany.  Copies of their latest works will be available for purchase and signing. 

“Frequency North” is sponsored by The College of Saint Rose School of Arts and Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his doctorate in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston.  He also holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree from Dillard University. 

The recipient of a Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, he has served as poetry editor at Gulf Coast and assistant poetry editor at Callaloo.  New Issues Poetry & Prose published his first book, Please.  His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, Oxford American and several other journals and anthologies.  Brown teaches creative writing as an assistant professor of English at the University of San Diego.

Ernest Hilbert is the editor of the Contemporary Poetry Review.  He was educated at Oxford University, where he edited the Oxford Quarterly.  He later became the poetry editor for Random House’s Bold Type magazine in New York.  He is an antiquarian book dealer in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, an archaeologist.  He hosts the popular blog and video show www.everseradio.com.  His debut collection, Sixty Sonnets, appeared in 2009; a second collection of sonnets, All of You on the Good Earth, is scheduled for publication in 2013. Hilbert’s poems have appeared in the Yale Review, Parnassus, Fence, New Republic and American Poetry Review.

“Frequency North” is the brainchild of Daniel Nester, an assistant professor of English at Saint Rose.  In creating the series in 2006, Nester set about to plug what he perceived as a large gap in the literary events offered in the Capital Region.  He purposely designed the series to be “aggressively eclectic.”  In addition to teaching, Nester is the author of three books published by Soft Skull Press: How to Be Inappropriate (2009), God Save My Queen: A Tribute (2003) and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On (2004).

The remaining “Frequency North” schedule follows.  All readings are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the series website at www.FrequencyNorth.com:

• Thursday, April 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m. – Writebloody Publishing Poetry Showcase with Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, “Mighty” Mike McGee and Derrick Brown
    Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, 985 Madison Ave., Albany


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