Poets Bob Wright and Teresa Marta Costa will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, on Saturday, April 14th, 2007 at 2pm.

The readings will be hosted by Woodstock area poet Phillip Levine. All meetings are free and open to the public. For information about the group, and its activities, visit http://www.woodstockpoetry.com/

Bios:

Teresa Marta Costa – Brooklyn born, Catskill Mountain bred, is a 42 year resident of Ulster County, NY. Attended her first poetry reading in Rosendale, NY where she met the infamous George Montgomery & Ray Bremser. She has featured extensively throughout the Hudson Valley, in Venice Beach, California, NYC, & in Albany, NY. She had published three chapbooks: Cosmic Orgasms, CO2- What We breathe Out, and Bon(e) Appetit(e). Costa has been published in Mombacchus Journal, The Woodstock Times, Waterways 1979, Chronogram, Other:6, Wildflowers; an Woodstock Anthology, Home Planet News, Poets Gallery Press, Literary Passions, Companions; Crazy Ladies Press, amongst others. She is listed in American Poets & Writers Directory, a member of Woodstock Poetry
Society, Voices of the Valley and the now defunct 3 Free Women; a poetry entourage. Was a featured poet on The Velvet Trigger Poetry Show; in 1979, & Poets Gallery Show, Also partook at the last Avant Garde Festival in 1979 in NYC. Was a featured poet at The Ulster County Poetry Festival at Widow jane Cave, in Rosendale, NY in 2006, and at The Albany Wordfest in 2006. Former poetry director & host of the now-defunct cross st Gallery in Saugerties, NY where she hosted more 3 years of poetry readings, til the roof caved in. Costa now hosts poetry readings at The Bohemian Book Bin, Rte. 9W at The Kings Mall, in Kingston, every second Thursday of the month.

Her most recent chapbook: Gone Fishing will be available. Costa resides in W. Hurley with her husband, various & mythological critters of different dimensions..

Bob Wright – Bob Wright, who currently resides in Athens, New York, has been writing poetry for some 20 years. In March 2007 he will start up a monthly poetry reading at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, that will feature two poets and an open mike. He is one of the founders of the Woodstock Poetry Society and for six years acted as coordinator at most of its monthly meetings. Before that, in its last year, he served as president of the Stone Ridge Poetry Society, in Stone Ridge, New York. He was active for a number of years in the Alchemy Club (a poetry group formed some 70 years ago in Grahamsville, New York); performed for a poetry performance series based in New Paltz, New York; and for several years initiated and participated, along with musicians and other poets, in an annual benefit for the Woodstock Artists Association. He is published in a number of notable literary journals and often attends and reads at poetry venues throughout the Hudson Valley. He is the curator for the Hudson Valley Poetry Calendar ( www.poetz.com/hudson), a fairly comprehensive listing of poetry events in the Hudson Valley; has been a featured reader at local colleges, bookstores, libraries, and cultural centers; and has conducted poetry workshops at several colleges and summer camps.

Here’s our upcoming schedule of featured readers:
5/12 – Lee Gould, Dimitris Lyacos
6/9 – Iris Litt, Jana Martin
7/14 – TBA, Cheryl A. Rice

Also, why not become a 2007 Member of the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival?

Membership is a nominal $15 a year. (To join, send your check to the Woodstock Poetry Society, P.O. Box 531, Woodstock, NY 12498. Include your email address as well as your mailing address and phone number.) Your membership helps pay for hall rental, post-office-box rental, the WPS website, and costs associated with publicizing the monthly events. One benefit of membership is the opportunity to have a brief biography and several of your poems appear on this website.