The Writer's Voice Visiting Author Series Presents:
Sophia Kartsonis, Steve Fellner & Aaron Smith
Friday, February 8, 2008
West Side YMCA-- The George Washington Lounge
5 West 63rd Street (between Central Park West & Broadway)
Wines from 67Wine
Books from Mobile Libris
~Admission Free and Open to the Public~
Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Glimmer Train, Hotel Amerika & Prairie Schooner. She won the Academy of American Poets prize in both 2000 & 2004 and was the 2006 winner of the Fineline Contest sponsored by Mid American Review and judged by Denise Duhamel. Her collection Intaglio won the 2005 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and was published in Autumn 2006 by Kent State University Press. She is currently at work on a novel.
Steve Fellner's first book of poems Blind Date with Cavafy won the Third Annual Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize, judged by Denise Duhamel. It has been favorable reviewed in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Art Voice, The Mid-American Review, Salt Lake city Weekly, among others. His poetry and essays have appeared in North American Review, Northwest Review, The Sun, Western Humanities Review, among other. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Brockport.
Aaron Smith is the author of Blue on Blue Ground (Pittsburgh, 2005), winner of the 2004 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. His chapbook, What's Required (Thorngate Road, 2003), won the Frank O'Hara Award. He is a 2007 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and his work has appeared in many publications including: 5 AM, Gulf Coast, MIPOesias, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets, and Writing Poems. He is a poetry co-editor for Bloom , and he lives in New York City.
You know you want to hear Aaron Smith read.
You know you want to hear Steve Fellner. I know that's why I'm going and you should too.
I am trying to get Wicked tickets and am planning a drive to a cafe in Union, Connecticut full of used books and great old dinery food. It's been a long time, too long and I'm feeling the need to revisit certain places.
Hear me, You, I got the postcard and the message. I trust not the telegraphs, the small lit screens where bad lightning bugs light and steal wattage. I like my fires to burn pure and where you live, trash ignites and pollutes the pretty sky. But I will gather up your paper airplanes and I will fly them heaven&homeward, for now.
Listen to Patty Griffin's When it Don't Come Easy when time permits and recall I kept your secrets even when it didn't, even as it doesn't.