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Bright Hill's 25th Anniversary Year! Have We Got a Year for YOU!
On Thursday, April 13, at 7 pm, Word Thursdays at Bright Hill Literary Center of the Catskills will continue its celebration of National Poetry Month, hosting 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 from their books by poets Richard Jeffrey Newman and Matthew J. Spireng. The readings will take place in the Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill, now featuring the prints, collages, and poems by Cherry Valley artist Richard Saba and poet-artist Mary Ashwood through April 29. Bright Hill Literary Center is located at 94 Church St., Treadwell, NY, one block north of Del. Co. Rte 14. Admission is $3 (18 and under admitted free).
Prior to the Word Thursdays readings, Bright Hill's Adult Writing Workshop will meet in BHLC's Kitchen bookstore from 5 - 7pm. All are welcome to participate in the workshop.
A poet and essayist, Richard Jeffrey Newman's work explores the impact of feminism on his
life as a man. As a co-translator of classical Persian poetry, he also writes about the impact of that canon on our contemporary lives. His books include For My Son, A Kind of Prayer (Ghostbird Press 2016),The Silence of Men (Cavankerry Press 2006), and the translation The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi's Shahameh (Junction Press 2011). He curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Elmhurst, NY. His poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and his essays have been published in, among other places, Salon.com, The Scavenger, and The Good Men Project. Newman is Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY.
Matthew J. Sprireng, Kingston, is a widely published, award-winning poet. His first chapbook, I
nspiration Point, won the 2000 Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. His first full-length book, Out of Body, won the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award and was published in 2006 by Bluestem Press at Emporia State University. His full-length book What Focus Is was published in 2011 by WordTech Communications. He is also the author of four other chapbooks: Clear Cut; Young Farmer; Encounters; and Just This. Since 1990, more than 900 of his poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies across the United States including North American Review, Tar River Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, Louisiana
Literature, English Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Yankee and The Poets Guide to the Birds. Spireng has won five national contests for his individual poems and is an eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Adopted at birth in 1947, Spireng, who was an only child in his adoptive family, for the first time in late 2014 located his birth relatives and has been united with nine half-siblings, most of whom live in Delaware County where they were raised on a farm. All have the same mother.
Other events in April include Bright Hill Clean-up Day from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturday, April 15; volunteers with rakes, pruners, and brooms are welcome, and buffet lunch will be served.
Bright Hill's 2017, 25th-anniversary-year programs are made possible by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Otis A. Thompson; A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor; A.C. Molinari; Dewar, and Tianaderrah Foundations; Stewart's Shops; the Abraham Kellogg Education Fund; the Delaware Youth Bureau, through the auspices of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, Delaware County Office of Economic Development, and with the support of Bright Hill's members and friends.Bright Hill has been a supporter of National Poetry Month since its founding.
Bright Hill's facilities include the Bright Hill Community Library, home to more than 12,000 books and literary and art periodicals that may be borrowed by local residents; the complete catalog is online at http://bhc.scoolaid.net/bin/hom. The library is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council of New York. The organization and library are located at 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846. Contact 607-829-5055 or email@example.com for more
SOME OF THE POETS AND WRITERS WHO WILL READ FOR US AT WORD THURSDAYS THIS SEASON! PLUS: EXHIBITS IN THE WORD & IMAGE GALLERY! PLUS GREAT AMERICAN POETS DAY CELEBRATIONS PLUS HISTORY DAY PLUS VETERANS & COMMUNITIES DAY PLUS BRIGHT HILL’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS!
WORD THURSDAYS READINGS BEGIN AT 7 PM.
Feb. 23 Alan King, Bowie, MD Poet & Writer
Mar. 23 Open Mic - celebrating Women’s History Month - All invited to bring 5-7 minutes of writing about and for women.
Apr. 13 Richard J. Newman, Jackson Heights, NY Poet & Matthew J. Spireng, Kingston, NY Poet
Apr. 27 Elizabeth Cohen, Plattsburgh, NY Poet & Janet Kaplan, Brooklyn, NY Poet
May 11` Peter Fortunato, Ithaca, NY Poet & Neil Silberblatt, Harwich, MA Poet
May 25 Alexander Cigale, New York, NY Poet & Translator & Michael Jennings, Syracuse, NY Poet
June 8 M. J. Iuppa, Hamlin, NY Poet & Writer & Laura Orem, Red Lion, PA Poet
June 22 Joanne Clarkson, Olympia, WA Poet & Writer & Djelloul Marbrook, Germantown, NY Poet & Writer
July 13 Joe Elliot, Brooklyn, NY Poet & Dorothy Friedman, Brooklyn, NY Poet
July 27 Jaime Wriston Colbert, Endicott, NY Writer & Margaret Ryan, NYC & Chatham, NY Poet
Aug. 10 Sharon Mesmer, Brooklyn, NY Poet & TBA
Aug. 24 Pamela Bernard, Walpole, MA Poet & Adrian Blevins, East Winthrop, ME Poet
Sept. 14 Eric Gansworth, Niagara Falls, NY Poet & Writer & Charlotte Walker, Gilbertsville, NY writer
Sept. 28 Margot Farrington, Brooklyn & Treadwell, NY Poet & Andrew Morris, Walton, NY Poet
Oct. 12 Rachel Guido DeVries, Cazenovia, NY Poet & Jesse Hilson, Bovina Center Poet & Writer
Oct. 26 Marwa Helal, Brooklyn, NY Poet & Patricia Eakins, New York, NY Writer
Nov. 9 Ginnah Howard, Oneonta, NY Poet & Writer & Billy Merrill, New York, NY Poet & Writer
EXHIBITS IN THE WORD & IMAGE GALLERY - EXHIBITS OPEN ON SUNDAYS FROM 3 - 5 PM
Apr. 2-28 Richard Saba & Mary Ashwood, Cherry Valley NY Poet & Artist
May 7-26 Jack Beal/Sondra Freckleton/Ann McGarrell/Walter Hamady: Flora
June 4-23 Bruce Goddard, Franklin, NY Artist & Edmond Rinnooy-Kan, Franklin, NY Artist
July 1 - 29 Annual Fund-Raising Silent Auction
Aug. 6-25 Bertha Rogers Solo Exhibit
Sep. 3-22 Yolanda Sharpe Exhibit with Marly Youmans
Oct. 8-27 Book Arts Exhibit
Nov. 4-24 Bright Hill Kids Art & Anthology Launch
Dec. 2 - 24 Bright Hill Press 25th Year Exhibit & Anthology Launch
GREAT AMERICAN POETS DAY CELEBRATION - CELEBRATING ELIZABETH BISHOP - NOON - 5 PM
Apr. 22 Robert Bensen, Oneonta, NY Poet
Eva Davidson, Oneonta, NY Poet
Christine Gelineau, Windsor, NY Poet
Bertha Rogers, Treadwell, NY Poet
Thomas Travisano, Oneonta, NY Poet & Bishop
HISTORY DAY - NOON - 5 PM
July 15 Participants TBA
VETERANS & COMMUNITIES DAY - NOON - 5 PM
Nov. 4 - BRIGHT HILL KIDS ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH / BHLC
Nov. 11 Participants TBA
DEC. 9 BRIGHT HILL ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH / POETS HOUSE NYC
DEC. 16 BRIGHT HILL ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH/ THE WORD & IMAGE GALLERY, Treadwell
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Registration Begins Now for BHLC Summer Literary Workshops for Kids!
BRIGHT HILL SUMMER LITERARY WORKSHOPS & BRIGHT KIDS BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS 2017
Bright Hill’s 24TH Annual SUMMER Literary Workshops for Kids program will take place from late June through August 2017. Space is limited, so early registration is advised. Note: All Bright Hill Literary Workshops for Kids include writing and visual arts. Children ages 6-14 are eligible. High-school students and Middle-school students are eligible for the 3-D Poetry & Story Workshops, which are limited to only 7 students each & led by Bertha Rogers, Founding Executive Director & Master Teaching Artist, aided by Cain Rodriguez, Franklin. Workshops 1, 3, and 5, re led by Bertha Rogers, aided by high-school and college interns. There is always an exhibit and program for parents at the end of each session. Bright Kids Book Club takes place at different times during the year. Pre-Registration is required for all workshops and book club programs. High-school and Middle-school students are eligible for Workshops 2 and 4 (Poems & Stories in 3-Dimensions, using the new 3-D printer), limited to 7 students each and led by Bertha Rogers, Founding BHP Director & Master Teaching Artist, assisted by High-School Intern Cain Rodriguez, Franklin. Elementary through Middle-School students are eligible for Workshops 1, 3, and 5, led by Bertha Rogers, assisted by High-School Interns Felix Bridel, Cain Rodriguez, and others.
SUMMER 1: "BUGS! HOW TO LOVE THEM!" Grades 1 -8 (Ages 6-14). 9 am - 2:30 pm for FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS in June. Morning & afternoon snacks included. Bring lunch. Students will research, write, and make visual arts projects based on astronomy. Includes a trip to the Cornell University Insect Collection (7 million insects!) in Ithaca on Day 2. Full scholarships for Delhi C. S. students. Full & partial scholarships available for students from other regional schools .June 26-30.
SUMMER 2: "POEMS & STORIES IN THREE DIMENSIONS" (3-D PRINTING) / HS WORKSHOP - Grades 9-12, limited to 7 students only. 9 am - 2:30 pm forFIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN JULY. Morning & afternoon snacks included. Bring lunch. Students will design, create, build, and print their own 3-d characters from their writing with our new 3-D printer. Full scholarships for Delhi CS students; full and partial scholarships available for students from other regional schools.. July 17-21.
SUMMER 3: "THE TALKING TREES - HOW DO THEY SPEAK?" Grades 1-8 (Ages 6-14). 9 am - 2:30 pm FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN JULY. Morning and afternoon snacks included. Bring lunch. Students will research, write, and make visual arts projects involving geography and fossils. Includes a trip to the NYS Museum in Albany Fossil Foreston Day 2. Morning & afternoon snacks included. Bring lunch. Full scholarships for Delaware Academy & CS students; full and partial scholarships available for students from other regional schools. July 24-28.
SUMMER 4: "POEMS & STORIES IN THREE DIMENSIONS" (3-D PRINTING) / MS WORKSHOP - Grades 6-8, limited to 7 students only. 9 am - 2:30 pm forFIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN AUGUST. Morning & afternoon snacks provided. Bring lunch. Students will design, create, build, and print their own 3-d characters from their writing with our new 3-D printer. Full scholarships for Delhi CS students; full and partial scholarships available for students from other regional schools. August 7-11.
SUMMER 5: "ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS: TRAVELING IN THE MIND AND HANDS TO THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST". Grades 1 -8 (Ages 6-14). 9 am - 2:30 pm for FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN AUGUST. Morning & afternoon snacks included. Bring lunch. Students will research, write, and make visual arts projects based on Ancient Near East Art & Travel. Full scholarships for Delhi CS students. Full & partial scholarships available for students from other regional schools. Aug. 14-18.
BRIGHT KIDS BOOK CLUB - Grades 3-8;
Saturdays, Noon - 1 pm; various months during the year; led by Linda Morgan and Wendy Burckhaus. Each student gets a free copy of the book being discussed, but must attend at least 2 of 3 sessions for the book. Free Program.
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.
Children and adults may obtain a library card and check out books from our wonderful selection of books! Library hours: Monday & Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm; Wednesday, 9 am - noon; Saturday, 9 am - noon; & by appointment (call 607-829-5055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
*This video for the Bright Hill Press AT Hand Poetry Chapbook series was created by Titan TV Studios, Tuscarora High School, Frederick, MD, for National Poetry Month 2014. Grab a chapbook and put it in your pocket!
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