Cate McNider

The Woodstock Poetry Society will be meeting again this coming Saturday, June 9 at the Colony Cafe (22 Rock City Road, Woodstock) with an afternoon open mic for poetry and spoken word featuring Cate McNider and Judith Lechner hosted by Phillip Levine.

Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival 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 Cate McNider and Judith Lechner will be the featured readers, along with an open mike, when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Colony Cafe, 22 Rock City Road, on Saturday, June 9th at 2pm. Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of every month.

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

Cate McNider – A lifetime’s experience grappling with issues of identity and selfhood through her work as an improvisational dancer, actress, painter, bodyworker and yoga teacher prepared Cate McNider for the role of poet for which she is, perhaps, best suited.  A graduate of Sweet Briar College’s theater-arts program, she also studied at The Drama Studio in London before moving to New York City in the 1980’s. She lives in Manhattan with her thirteen-year-old dog, Mimi, a border/husky mix, and spends time in the Catskills writing and teaching.

Judith Lechner – Judith Lechner’s debut book of poetry, The Moon Sings Back, was published in 2011 by Waterside Press. Her poetry has appeared in Chronogram, Home Planet NewsEdnaHenryLiterary Gazette and other literary journals and in anthologies including Festschrift for Enid Dame (NY Quarterly)Her poems and essays have been read on radio (WAMC, WKZE, WDST) and interpreted with visual art at Alliance Gallery and Arts Society of Kingston. Judith has been a featured reader at many venues in New York’s Hudson Valley, including the Woodstock Poetry Festival. On the second Friday of each month, she hosts a Writer’s Night at Mezzaluna in Saugerties where poetry and prose of outstanding local authors is featured. A former teacher, she has been a writer and editor, for many years, of educational materials for students and teachers from elementary school through community college. Judith has published 24 nonfiction books and numerous articles and poems for magazines that appear in school libraries in the U.S. and abroad.

Next month on July 7, the featured performers will be Alison Koffler (with musical accompaniment Ceili Murphy on keyboards and tin whistle) and William Seaton.