On Thursday, October 12, Word Thursdays at Bright Hill Center will present New York novelist Henry Grinberg and Delhi poet Sharon Ruetenik. They will read from their works after the open reading and intermission, which begins at 7 PM. The poets will be reading in the Word & Image Gallery, now featuring the 5th Bright Hill Press North American Juried Book Arts Exhibit. Bright Hill Center is located at 94 Church Street in Treadwell, one block north of Barlow’s General Store.

Henry Grinberg was born and educated in England, where he spent World War II as a schoolboy in London, sometimes evacuated to the country and sometimes subjected to severe bombing by the Nazi enemy. These experiences are incorporated into his first novel, Wild About Harry. His second, Allegro Con, asks the agonizing question, how did the German nation, self-proclaimed the most cultivated and educated on earth, both commit and countenance bestiality in World War II? Now a United States citizen, he holds a Ph.D. in medieval studies and has taught literature and writing at the City University of New York. He is the author of scholarly and popular articles and reviews. He has recorded selections from The Canterbury Tales in Middle English, released on his own Medieval Sounds label. He is a passionate World War II buff, an ardent lover of classical music, and an amateur pianist and double bass player. He is also a certified psychoanalyst with a practice in New York City. He is married to prize-winning poet and
playwright Suzanne Noguere.

Sharon Ruetenik is Coordinator of the Writing Center at SUNY Delhi. She also teaches various composition and literature courses for the Humanities Department. Her poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including New Press, Phoebe, Agate, and Small Pond, and in the BHP publications Out of the Catskllls and Just Beyond and The Second Word Thursdays Anthology; she has also served as associate editor for several BHP publications. She was an writer in residence at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Residency site this past season. Ruetenik lives in Delhi.

Word Thursdays Bright Hill Press’s 2006 programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, the Walter Rich Charitable Foundation, the Otis A. Thompson Foundation, the Tianaderrah Foundation, the Dewar Foundation, the A. C. Molinari Foundation, the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, Stewart’s Shops, area businesses, and its members and friends.

For further information and for information about Bright Hill Press and its programs, contact Bright Hill Center at 607-829-5055 or email the Center at wordthur@stny.rr.com

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