Open Mic

Our good friend William Seaton sent along announcements for two events that are happening this Friday and Saturday downstate.

Surreal Cabaret in Sugar Loaf – One Night Only!

A Surreal Cabaret will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2 at the Orange County Citizens Foundation, 23 White Oak Drive in Sugar Loaf.  Admission is free.  The event will feature a series of short acts with local artists in performance.

In tribute to Surrealist émigré Kurt Seligmann (on whose estate the Foundation’s offices are located) each work will contain elements influenced by Surrealism.  Breton’s “Manifesto of Surrealism” maintains, “in this day and age logical methods are applicable only to solving problems of secondary interest.”

Acts may cross genres from poetry and drama to dance and music.  The audience can expect conceptual play, experimentation, improvisation, and audience involvement.

The performances will be presented by the Lama Swine Toil. Participating artists are David Horton, Jennifer Kraus, Daniel Mack, Oliver Olive-Eyes, Steve Roe, Patricia Seaton, William Seaton, and Ken Van Rensselaer.

Surrealism Festival events will continue at least through next spring.

Further information available from William Seaton at seaton@frontiernet.net.

And then on Saturday in Warwick…

Cotter to Read at Poetry on the Loose

James F. Cotter will read his work at the next program in the Poetry on the Loose Reading/Performance Series.  The event will be held at 7 West Street in Warwick at 4:00 p.m. on December 3.  Enter by door on right side of building.  Following the feature, others are welcome to read original work.  Admission is free.

In 2009, Cotter published A New Life: Learning the Way of Omega, a collection of his poetry with prose reflections.  His poetry has also appeared in America, The Commonweal, The Hudson Review, The Nation, The New York Times, Sparrow, Spirit, Thought, and other periodicals.  His translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy was published by SUNY Stony Brook.

A professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh since 1963, he is the author of Inscape: The Christology and Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and of articles on Dante, Chaucer, Sidney, Hopkins, and Salinger.  He serves as president of the International Hopkins Association.  He is also the author of Beginnings: the first Twenty-Five Years of Mount Saint Mary College.

The next Poetry on the Loose reading will be held January 7.

For further information, contact: William Seaton/ Poetry on the Loose, Inc. at  or (845) 294-8085.