Friday, November 21, 2014

Sean Thomas Dougherty and Joe Weil To Read and Offer Workshops in Paterson

The Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is presenting a poetry reading by Sean Thomas Dougherty and Joe Weil on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The reading is at 1 p.m. at the historic Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street, in downtown Paterson. The program is free and an open reading follows.

Writing workshops, conducted by Dougherty and Weil, will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon at the same location. Pre-registration required; workshop fee $20. Call (973) 684-6555 or visit for more information.

Parking is available at the PCCC parking lot on College Blvd., between Memorial Drive and Church St

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of thirteen books including All You Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994- 2014 (2014 BOA Editions) Scything Grace (2013 Etruscan Press) and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010 BOA Editions). He is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, an appearance in Best American Poetry 2014, and a US Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. Known for his electrifying performances he has performed at hundreds of venues across North America and Europe including the Lollapalooza Music Festival, South Carolina Literary Festival, the Old Dominion Literary Festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, and across Albania and Macedonia where he appeared on national television. He has taught creative writing at Syracuse University, Penn State University, Case Western University, Chatham University and Cleveland State University.

Joe Weil is the award-winning author of five full length books of poetry, four chap books, and a CD of songs with Vic Ruggerio, leader of the Ska band, the Slackers. Weil has read on National public radio, as well as PBS. In 2008, a profile on Weil's life was done for NJPBS. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Review, North American Review, The Saranac Review, Rattle, Maggy, Paterson Literary Review, Lips and New York Quarterly, among others. He is currently assistant professor at Binghamton University. His most recent book of poems is The Great Grandmother Light, Poems New and Selected (New York Quarterly), and a collaborative book, West of Home (Blast Press) with his wife, poet Emily Vogel. The responsorial section of West of Home was performed in May 2014 at the KGB bar as a play by actors from N.Y.U. Weil lives in Binghamton with his wife and two small children, Clare and Gabriel.

The historic Hamilton Club Building is wheelchair accessible; large print materials and FM assistive listening devices available on request.

The Poetry Center at PCCC has been named a Distinguished Arts Project and is funded, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.