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Bright Hill's First Annual Veterans and Communities Day - Saturday, November 12, 11:30 am - 5:30 pm - Free & Open to the Public
Bright Hill's First Annual Veterans and Communities Day - "Writing War & Peace" - Saturday, November 12, 11:30 am - 5:30 pm - Free & Open to the Public
The Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill - Opening Sunday, November 6, 3 - 5 pm - "One Ground Beetle, A Collaborative Exhibit" by Delmar Poet Melody Davis and Albany Artist Harold Lohner
"One Ground Beetle," A Collaboration - Melody Davis, Poet; Harold Lohner, Artist - Opening Sunday, Nov. 6, 3- 5 pm, Free and Open to the Public, with Artist's talk by Harold Lohner & Reading by Melody Davis - The Word & Image Gallery, BHLC, 94 Church St., Treadwell, NY 13846.
New Books Available!
Winning Titles in BHP's Full-Length Poetry Book and Poetry Chapbook Competitions 2015.
Caroline Morrell is the author of a chapbook of poems, Whispery her eye the flight. Her poetry has appeared in Black Clock, Conjunctions, Connecticut Review, Court Green, Fence, Spinning Jenny, Versal, and elsewhere. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Final Fort is the Winner of the Bright Hill Press 2015 Poetry Competition, selected by Alice B. Fogel, New Hampshire Poet Laureate, and Bertha Rogers, Editor in Chief, Bright Hill Press. "Without autobiographical impulse but not without personal pronouns, Caroline Morrell's non-narrative poetry captivates by image, rhythm, and a suggestion of object over subject. This work surprises at every turn, and rewards an intrigued delving. FINAL FORT's oceanic undertow is gorgeous and dangerous, propelled by an urgency of strangeness that reveals more slant than so many others' poems miss when they attempt to tell us straight. These poems 'feed [us] to the seemingly empty space' where then our minds 'will bouquet.'" —Alice B. Fogel
Cynthia Neely is a poet and a painter. She lives with her husband and son up an unmaintained mountain road in the Cascade foothills of North Central Washington and spends her summers on an off-grid island in Georgian Bay, Canada. These places have been indelibly etched into her persona and so into her poetry and paintings. The natural world and her place in it have always been important to her and to her work. When she travels from these areas she invariably heads north. Neely is the 2011 winner of the Hazel Lipa Poetry Chapbook Prize for Broken Water published by Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. Her critical work has appeared in The Writers' Chronicle, and her poems in numerous print and online journals including Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, and Terrain.org, and in several anthologies. Her full-length book of poetry, Flight Path, was published in 2014 as a finalist in the Aldrich Press book contest. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University.
"What begins in grief, sails forth like a ship's spider on silk rigging, swinging from a draft of hope. PASSING THROUGH BLUE EARTH is a lyric meditation on the vagary and seduction of life, a celebration of both 'presence and absence on this blue planet / this perfect earth.' One is haunted by its loveliness." —Sandra Alcosser -- "Cynthia Neely's love of this blue planet sings out in poetry that weaves beauty and loss, love and grief, the conflicting pulls of holding on and letting go. Rich in music and precise observation, these poems grapple with the paradoxes of life, mixing ode and elegy into the final, poignant truth that we are all only passing through." —Ellen Bass -- "PASSING THROUGH BLUE EARTH is an elegant meditation on grief, and in the hands of a poet of careful precision and unsentimental emotion, we are granted to discover beauty in the uncertainties of life—its unpredictability that ranges from the molecular, the cellular, to the grander issues of the environment and our place in it. Cynthia Neely is a poet of great skill and intelligence who welcomes us into her private way of seeing and feeling the world. We are the better for having accepted her invitation." —Kwame Dawes
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Word Thursdays November 10 - with Poets William Duke, Andes, NY & Judith Kerman, Woodstock, NY
On Thursday, November 10, at 7 pm, Word Thursdays will host an open mic, during which all those present are welcome to read for up to five minutes from their own work or that of others, followed by an intermission, then readings by Andes poet William Duke and Woodstock poet Judith Kerman. The readings will take place in the Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill, now featuring the collaborative exhibit, "One Ground Beetle," by Delmar poet Melody Davis and Albany Printmaker Harold Lohner (from Nov. 6 through November 25). Prior to the November 10 Word Thursdays reading, Bright Hill's Adult Writing Workshop will meet in BHLC's Kitchen bookstore from 5 - 7pm. All are welcome to participate in the workshop; guidelines are available. at http://www.brighthillpress.org
William Duke is a gardener, a poet who specializes in haiku, singer songwriter, painter, yoga Instructor, and real estate broker. He is the former skipper and board member of the Gowanus Dredger and a former board member of Caodman Academy Charter School. He currently owns and manages Willow Drey Farm, a new wedding/ event space in Andes, NY.
Judith Kerman is a poet, performer and artist with broad cultural and scholarly interests. She has published eight books or chapbooks of poetry, most recently Galvanic Response from March Street Press. Kerman was raised in an atheist home with a strong sense of history and progressive politics as part of Jewish identity. She acquired broad knowledge of both the Hebrew Bible and Jewish culture through reading. In her late forties, she became active in Jewish religious and community life. However, the conventional understanding of Jewishness remains problematic for her, while the tradition of argument, exploration and dispute remains compelling-a challenge faced by all those who still feel rooted in their culture of origin while finding a deeper meaning in the great scope of human experience.
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Library News! More than 4500 books ready to check out -- Children's, Youth, Visual Arts, Poetry, Literary Fiction & Nonfiction, Arts Biography, Science, Nature, Reference - a Great and Unique Library! Cataloging continues.
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The Last Best Motify by Naton Leslie
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