Three Hudson Valley poets will read at Christ Church Episcopal, Hudson, for its second Poetry Series reading in memory of the late parishioner and poet John Ashbery. The reading at 431 Union Street, Hudson, on Friday, Sept. 20 includes a reception in conjunction with early buying at the Fall book sale on Saturday, Sept. 21 (9 to 2). The $10 admission includes early book-buying at 6 p.m., the reception, and the poetry reading at 7 p.m.
The poets are Gretchen Primack, poet and educator; Karen Schoemer, poet-musician, and Vladimir Nahitchevansky, poet and journal editor.
Gretchen Primack has worked as a teacher and administrator with prison education programs for ten years. Her three poetry collections are Visiting Days (Willow Books), Kind (Post Traumatic Press), Doris’ Red Spaces (Mayapple Press), and a chapbook, The Slow Creaking of Planets (Finishing Line, 2007). She co-wrote The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals with Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary co-founder Jenny Brown (Penguin Avery 2012). Widely published in journals, including Best New Poets 2006, she is a passionate advocate for the rights and welfare of non-human animals and lives with several of them, along with a beloved human named Gus.
Karen Schoemer of Hudson is a poet, performer, author and coordinator for book events at Time & Space Limited. Her poems have appeared in La Presa, The Pine Hills Review, Up the River and Chronogram. She is vocalist for the bands Sky Furrows and Jaded Azurites. Her music journalism has been widely published and anthologized, and she is the author of Great Pretenders: My Strange Affair with ’50s Pop Music. A recent graduate of the Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, she is working on her debut poetry collection, Third Nature.
Vladimir Nahitchevansky, a 2015 Bard College graduate, is editor and founder of W O O D: A Journal of Cross-Generational Poetics. His latest chapbook is Power Triptych. He works as a printer and lives in Kingston, NY.
The poetry series is coordinated by Christ Church parishioner, poet and journalist Djelloul “Del” Marbrook, who grew up in New York City and Long Island in the late 1930s and 1940s and spent many childhood summers in Woodstock. Following his career as a journalist, Del’s published books over the past 19 years include twelve of poetry and eight of fiction. His forthcoming books are Suffer the Children (fiction and poetry) on October 14 and Lying Like Presidents: New and Selected Poems in 2020.
The inaugural poetry reading at the church last June 21 featured prize-winning poet L.S. Asekoff, who had been an Ashbery teaching colleague; Kevin Swanwick, a successful businessman and emerging poet, and Del Marbrook.
Christ Church Episcopal
431 Union Street