A Poetic Spring: Five Upstate Poets Read from Their Work


Sunday, March 22nd
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Come hear five distinct and distinctly different poetic voices on Sunday, March 22nd at 2pm in the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The event is an immersive poetry experience that will resonate long afterwards, and the poets include Celia Bland, Shira Dentz, Matthew Klane, Daniel Nester, and Gretchen Primack.


Celia Bland teaches poetry and cultural reportage at Bard College, where she Writer-in-Residence and the International Coordinator for the Institute of Writing and Thinking. In the last year she has led workshops in Berlin, Vilnius, the West Bank, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is the author of Soft Box: Poems (CavanKerry), which won ForeWord magazine’s Silver Medal, and Madonna Comix (f8), a word & image collaboration with artist Dianne Kornberg. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Cortland Review, Narrative Review (where her poem, “Wasps,” wonPoem of the Year), Witness, Green Mountains Review, Sarah Lawrence Review, et al.

Shira Dentz is the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), and door of thin skins (CavanKerry), as well as Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and Sisyphusina (forthcoming, Red Glass Books). Her books have been favorably reviewed in many venues including American Brook Review and Rain Taxi, and her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, et al,, and featured at The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she has a doctorate in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and is currently Drunken Boat‘s Reviews Editor, and teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. See shiradentz.com.

Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His books include B (Stockport Flats, 2008) and Che (Stockport Flats, 2013). An e-chap, from Of the Day, has recently been published by Delete Press (deletepress.org). Other new work can be found in Horse Less Review, Lit, Harp & Altar, and word for / word. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY, where he co-curates the Yes! Poetry & Performance Series and teaches at Russell Sage College. See: matthewklane.blogspot.com.

Daniel Nester is the author of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Grief, Making Out in Church, and Other Unlearnable Subjects, which is due from 99: The Press in 2015. Other books include How to Be Inappropriate, God Save My Queen I and II, and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited. His writing has appeared in N+1, The New York Times, The Morning News, The Daily Beast, Best American Poetry, Best Creative Nonfiction, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. He teaches writing at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Gretchen Primack is the author of two poetry collections, Kind (2013) and Doris’ Red Spaces (2014). Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, FIELD, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, and other journals. She coordinates an education program in the Ulster County Jail. Also an animal advocate, she co-wrote the memoir The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals (Penguin Avery 2012). www.gretchenprimack.com.


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