Poetry Barn Presents Belles-Lettres
Join us for Belles-Lettres, an evening celebrating the beauty of the written word! Nicole Cooley, Kate Hymes and Violet Snow will read poetry, nonfiction, and fiction in the grand-finale of our 2017 “Third Fridays at Woodstock Library” season.
An open-mic will follow. If you have a poem, song, or story to share, you are warmly invited to sign-up for one of six available 5-minute slots before the reading.
About the Readers
Nicole Cooley is a poet and non-fiction writer and the author of eight books: five books of poems, a chapbook, a novel and an artists book in collaboration with visual artists Maureen Cummins. Her collection of poems Breach from 2010 focuses on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Her newest collection Girl after Girl after Girl was just published by LSU Press in 2017, and her book Of Marriage comes out with Alice James Books in 2018. Essay Press published her digital chapbook Frozen Charlottes, A Sequence last year. Her work has been supported by a Creative and Performing Artists Fellowship at The American Antiquarian Society as well as a grant from the NEA. Her poetry and non-fiction has appeared most recently in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Narrative, and Drunken Boat. She is currently completing a non-fiction project, My Dollhouse, Myself: Miniature Histories. She is a professor of English and the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College—City University of New York.
Kate Hymes is a poet and writer, writing consultant, workshop leader and editor. Her poetry has been published in Gathering Ground: Cave Canem 10 Year Anniversary Anthology, University of Michigan Press, Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, and Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley. She edited wVw Anthologies 2011 and 2015, is the online editor for wallkillvalleywriters (http://wallkillvalleywriters NULL.org/). (http://wallkillvalleywriters NULL.org/)org (http://wallkillvalleywriters NULL.org/).,and has led writing workshops in the Hudson Valley for 25 years. She serves on the board of Amherst Writers and Artists, an international arts organization, and Calling All Poets, Beacon, NY. She lives in New Paltz, NY.
Violet Snow has been published in the New York Times “Disunion” blog, Civil War Times, American Ancestors, Jewish Currents, PurpleClover.com, Energy Times, Woodstock Times, and many other periodicals. Her current project is a book about her quest to heal her family by bonding with her ancestors. She holds a black belt in the martial art of aikido, and she is learning to speak Welsh.