Saturday, February 20, 2016

Marge Piercy and Patricia Smith Reading in Paterson March 5

The Poetry Center at PCCC presents a poetry reading by Marge Piercy and Patricia Smith on March 5, 2016. The reading is at 1 pm at the historic Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church St., Paterson, NJ.

The program is free and an open reading follows. Free parking is available at the PCCC lot on College Blvd., between Memorial Dr. and Church St. For more information and directions, go to

Knopf published Marge Piercy’s The Hunger Moon: New & Selected Poems and most recently her nineteenth book, Made in Detroit.  Piercy has produced 17 novels, most recently, Sex Wars. PM Press just republished Dance the Eagle to Sleep, Vida and Braided Lives with new introductions. Her first short story collection, The Cost of Lunch, etc., in an expanded paperback was published in September 2015. She also the author of essays and poems, including "My Life, My Body” in the “Outspoken Author” series. Her memoir is Sleeping with Cats (Harper Perennial). Her work has been translated into 19 languages and she has given readings, workshops or lectures at over 450 venues here and abroad. Her website is

Patricia Smith is the author of six books of poetry, including: Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and one of NPR’s Top 5 Books of 2008, and Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the 2014 Bobbitt National Prize from the Library of Congress, and finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Teahouse of the Almighty (2006), was a National Poetry Series selection and winner of the Hurston/Wright Award.  Smith is the winner of the Chautauqua Literary Journal Award and two Pushcart Prizes for “Laugh Your Troubles Away” and “The Way Pilots Walk.” Current projects include:  Gotta Go Gotta Flow Gotta Blow, Smith’s poetry combined with photography by Michael Abrasion; a coffee table book of poetry and 19th-century photos of African Americans; and her seventh volume of collected work.

There will be writing workshops Piercy and Smith from 10 am to 12 pm prior to their readings. Pre-registration and a fee are required.