On the Winter Solstice, in Norse mythology, the sun goddess gives birth to her daughter self and is reborn. Celebrate her imminent return with readings from four luminous new poetry collections by some of The Hudson Valley’s most exciting poet-goddesses.


Catherine Arra reading from “(Women in Parentheses)” (Kelsay Books)

Tina Barry, reading from “Beautiful Raft” (Big Table Publishing)

Jo Sarzotti, reading from “Waiting from Achilles” (Black Lawrence Press)

Ana Silva, reading from “One Cupped Hand Above the Other”(Dancing Girl Press)

**The Readers****

Catherine Arra is the author of two full-length collections, most recently (Women in Parentheses)(Kelsay Books, 2019) and Writing in the Ether (Dos Madres Press, 2018), as well as three earlier chapbooks. Catherine’s poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals online and in print, and in several anthologies. Forthcoming in 2020 from Finishing Line Press, is a new chapbook, Her Landscape, Poems Based on the Life of Mileva Marić Einstein. Arra is a native of upstate New York, where she teaches part-time and facilitates local writing groups. Find her at

Tina Barry is the writer and curator of “The Virginia Project,” a written-word and visual arts collaboration and traveling exhibition. Barry’s short fiction and poetry appear in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has received several Best of the Net nods. Barry is a teaching artist at The Poetry Barn and Gemini Ink, and the author of Mall Flower: Poems and Short Fiction.

Jo Sarzotti is the author of two books of poems, Mother Desert (Bakeless Prize winner, Graywolf Press 2012) and WAITING FOR ACHILLES (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Radar, Tupelo Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly, North American Review, Perihelion, Borderlands, and in the anthologies The Traveler’s Vade Mecum (Red Hen Press 2016) and Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion (Abrams 2015). She lives in New York City where she directs the Liberal Arts Department at The Juilliard School and hosts the Three Muses Reading Series.

Ana C. H. Silva lives in East Harlem, NYC and West Shokan, NY. Her poems are in Podium, Rogue Agent, The Mom Egg Review, the nth position, Snow Monkey, Chronogram, StepAway Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Between the Lines, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Shantih Journal. Ana created “Olive Couplets,” an Olive, NY community-based poetry work, and “Lines in the Woods,” an outdoor, interactive poetry installation at the CHHS in Rosendale, NY. Ana curates the MER online Gallery. She won the inaugural Rachel Wetzsteon Memorial Poetry Prize at the 92nd St. Y Unterberg Poetry Center. Her 2019 poetry chapbook, One Cupped Hand Above the Other, is with Dancing Girl Press. Her forthcoming chapbook, While Mercury Fish, is with Finishing Line Press.

The author’s beautiful books will be available for signing after the reading. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP requested.

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4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Poetry Barn
1693 NY-28A
West Hurley NY