The Hudson Valley Writers Guild
The Poetry Motel Foundation
c/o Dan Wilcox
280 South Main Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
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Poets in the Park, 2017:
Karen Skolfield & Jay Wenk July 15
Poets Karen Skolfield & Jay Wenk will read at the season’s first Poets in the Park, Saturday, July 15, 7:00PM at the Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, Albany, NY. Rain site is the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany. The Robert Burns statue is located near where Henry Johnson Blvd. passes through Washington Park and crosses Hudson Ave. Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on — free & open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild & the Poetry Motel Foundation.
Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review and has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Society of America, New England Public Radio, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Split This Rock, and elsewhere; she’s an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Jay Wenk is a World War II veteran. He is the author of Study War No More: A Jewish Kid from Brooklyn Fights the Nazis (2010) & a poet who has been published widely & reads frequently in the Woodstock, NY area. He was recently named the Poet Laureate of Veterans For Peace. He says, “I’m a WW2 combat veteran who fought Fascism in Europe, and now I’m fighting Fascism here at home.”
Poets in the Park is celebrating over 25 years of bringing poetry in July to the Robert Burns statue in Albany’s Washington Park. The series was started in 1989 by the late Tom Nattell and is now run by Albany poet & photographer Dan Wilcox. Readings will also be held on July 22 with poets Ian Macks & Liv McKee; & on July 29 with poets Richard Levine & Suzanne Rancourt.