Phillip Levine Phillip Levine is hosting this event this coming Saturday in Woodstock.  Check it out if you can.  Always a good time and worth the trip.

Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival (www.woodstockpoetry.com) as part of the Woodstock Arts Consortium is sponsoring the following poetry event as part of the Woodstock "Second Saturdays" Art Events. For a full listing of "Second Saturday" events, see: www.artsinwoodstock.org.

Poets Jacqueline Ahl and Joann Deiudicibus will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, on Saturday, April 10th at 2pm. Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Woodstock Town Hall.

The readings will be hosted by Woodstock area poet Phillip Levine. All meetings are free, open to the public, and include an open mike.

Jacqueline Ahl – Jacqueline Renee Ahl, daughter of a painter and a hang gliding pilot, is currently the Specialist for Disabilities and Learning at SUNY New Paltz, where she earned her BA and MA. She served as Director of the SUNY New Paltz Creative Writing Mentoring Program from 2000-2005, working with emerging writers in the areas of fiction, poetry, playwriting, and screenwriting. She also served as Executive Grant Writer and performer for Arts for Peace, a local organization of artists and activists. She now spends her summers teaching writing, philosophy, and theater courses for the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Vassar College. Jacqueline has been a featured reader at many Hudson Valley NY events and venues, including Celebration of the Arts (COTA), Poetry on the Loose, “Calling All Poets,” Voices of the Valley (sponsored by Poets and Writers), and Arts on the Bridge. She has appeared as visiting poet for the Language Arts program of the Northest Center for Special Care, and hosted "Plath and the Public Eye: A Two Day Celebration of the Work of Sylvia Plath" at SUNY New Paltz in 2004. Her publication credits include Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, Chronogram, and Vanguard Voices of the Valley–Poetry 2007. Her absurdist work Fear Itself, most recently produced in St. Louis, MO, has won three national and international awards: the Tin Ceiling 2008 Playwriting Competition, Best New Play for 2005 (one-act Division) in the Brevard Little Theatre International Playwriting Competition, and Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 77th Annual Writing Competition (Stage Play Script category). Jacqueline is most interested in experimental pieces that bridge the genres of poetry and drama, and is working on a series of performance poems for multiple voices. She lives in a tiny cottage on the outskirts of Gardiner, NY with an astounding mountain view, and shares a birthday with Maurice Sendak. She is also the Sylvia to Joann’s Anne.

Joann Deiudicibus – Joann K. Deiudicibus is a writing instructor and Staff Assistant for the Composition Program at SUNY New Paltz, where she earned her MA in English (2003). She has been published in The North Street Journal, Orange Review, Literary Passions, Fortunate Fall, Chronogram, WaterWrites, and the Shawangunk Review. Her work was selected for The Woodstock Poetry Festival, 2003. She is the Associate Editor (poetry) for two new publications:  WaterWrites: A Hudson River Anthology (Codhill Press) and the Twentieth Anniversary Special Edition of  the Shawangunk Review (forthcoming November 2009.) Her interests include writing assessment reports, vacuuming, revising, and all things Anne Sexton.

Here’s our 2010 schedule of featured readers:
May 8th, 2010 – Alison Koffler; Barry Wallenstein
June 12th, 2010 – Joan I. Siegel; Mary Makofske
July 10th, 2010 – Carl Rosenstock; Richard Levine
August 14th, 2010 – Bert Shaw; Lee Gould
September 11th, 2010 – Dennis Doherty; James Sherwood (at Woodstock Community Center)
October 9th, 2010 – Amy Ouzoonian; Tyler Wilhelm
November 13th, 2010 – Lea Graham; Reagan Upshaw
December 11th, 2010 – Open Mike & Annual Business & Planning Meeting

Also, why not become a 2010 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 the Woodstock Poetry Society website.