She has been nominated for three Pushcart awards and her poetry has appeared in Canary; The Brooklyn Review; Literary Mama ; PANK; The Paterson Literary Review; The Red Wheelbarrow, Thema, and elsewhere.
She graduated from Brooklyn College with an MFA in Creative Writing.
Sondra Gash's Silk Elegy (CavanKerry Press) is set in Paterson, New Jersey, once the silk weaving capital of the United States and a center of radical unionism. Through these connected poems, told in the voices of three members of a Jewish family at the start of the last century, Gash weaves a story about the immigrant sweatshop laborers who left their indelible mark on this mill town, while she unravels a story of family madness, love and sacrifice.
Sondra grew up in Paterson, NJ. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, Calyx, The Paterson Literary Review, and U.S. 1 Worksheets. She has received grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Corporation of Yaddo, and won first prize in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition. In 1999, the Geraldine Dodge Foundation awarded her a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Arts. She lives with her husband in New Jersey, where she teaches writing and directs the poetry program at the Women’s Resource Center in Summit.
This poetry series is held at the Montclair Public Library Auditorium and hosted by Maria Gillan and Laura Boss.
All readings are free and open to the public and begin at 6 pm with an open reading, followed by the featured readers at 7 pm.
Location: Montclair Public Library (Auditorium), 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Street parking is available surrounding the library. For information, contact the library at 973-744-0500 or contact Laura Boss or Maria Mazziotti Gillan.