albany poets Shirley Powell (who was one of our features at the 2006 Albany Word Fest) will read her work at the next program in the Poetry on the Loose Reading/Performance Series.  The event will be held at the Baby Grand Bookshop at 7 West Street in Warwick at 4:00 p.m. on April 5.  Following the featured poet, others are welcome to read original work on any theme.  Admission is free.

A volume of Powell’s selected works, Other Rooms (Poet’s Press), was published in 1998.  Her poetry is also available in The Adventures of Margaret, Villages and Towns, Rooms, Rooms Two, Parachutes, and Alternate LivesWomansong (Poets Press), an anthology she edited, was one of the first literary products of the Women’s Movement in the 1970s.  Her novel, Running Wild, was published in 1981 by Avon Books.  In addition, she has worked as a journalist for such newspapers as The Kingston Freeman and The Times Herald-Record.

With Alan Silverman, she started the Stone Ridge Poetry Society readings at the Stone Ridge Library and remained a leader in the organization, editing its magazine, Oxalis, throughout its twenty-three issues over six years of publication.  She has taught writing workshops and literature at Marist College in Poughkeepsie and for Poets in the Schools, now called Poets in Public Places.  She is a past-President of the Dutchess-Ulster Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women.

Robert Waugh will be featured on May 3.

For further information, contact: William Seaton and Poetry on the Loose, Inc. by phone at 845-294-8085 or email seaton@frontiernet.net