image Phillip Levine sent along the following announcement for this weekend’s Woodstock Poetry Society reading with Frank Boyer and Donald Lev.  If you are in the Woodstock area on Saturday afternoon, this would be a great reading to check out.

Poets Frank Boyer and Donald Lev will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival returns to the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, on Saturday, May 9th at 2pm. Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Woodstock Town Hall, except during the winter months when we meet at the Woodstock Community Center (56 Rock City Road).  The readings will be hosted by Woodstock area poet Phillip Levine. All meetings are free, open to the public, and include an open mike.

Frank Boyer was born and raised in the Middle West. Throughout the 1980’s, he was based in New York City, where he was active in the performance art scene and also wrote and performed poetry. He has lived upstate since 1992, and is the single parent of a teen-age son. He is glad to read and to hear poetry whenever he can.

Donald Lev was born in New York City in 1936. He attended Hunter College, worked in the wire rooms of the Daily News and New York Times, and then drove a taxi cab for 20 years (with a 6-year hiatus in which he ran messages for, and contributed poetry to, The Village Voice and operated the Home Planet Bookshop on the Lower East Side). His earliest poems appeared in print in 1958 and he started his first small press magazine, HYN Anthology, in 1969. Among his honors have been a Madeline Sadin Award from New York Quarterly in 1973 and a Life Time Achievement Award from the Catskill Reading Society/Outloudbooks in 2003. Outloudbooks has just brought out his The Darkness Above: Selected Poems 1968-2002 a sampling from the first four decades of his writing. His brief underground film-acting career pinnacled with his portrayal (he wrote his own lines) of "The Poet" in Robert Downey Sr.’s 1969 classic Putney Swope. He and his reclusive cat Kit Smart live in High Falls, NY, where he spends most of his time publishing the literary tabloid Home Planet News, which he and his late wife Enid Dame founded in 1979.

Here’s our upcoming 2009 schedule of featured readers:
Jun 13 – Judith Saunders; William Seaton
Jul 11 – Marnie Andrews; Raphael Kosek
Aug 8 – Susan Lewis; India Radfar
Sep 12 – Cornelius Eady; Gioia Timpanelli
Oct 10 – Patti Martin; Susan Hoover, Victoria Sullivan
Nov 14 – George Wallace; TBA
Dec 12 – Open Mike & Annual Business & Planning Meeting

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