Friday, April 22, 2016

Distinguished Poets Series Features Alicia Ostriker and reg e gaines on May 7

The Poetry Center at PCCC's Distinguished Poets Series is proud to present a free reading featuring Alicia Ostriker and reg e gaines on May 7, 2016 at 1 pm at the Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street (corner of Ellison St.), Paterson, NJ.

Poet, critic, and activist Alicia Ostriker has published numerous volumes of poetry, including The Book of Seventy (2009), which received the Jewish National Book Award; No Heaven (2005); The Volcano Sequence (2002); Little Space (1998), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Crack in Everything (1996), winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize wand the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award; The Imaginary Lover (1986), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; A Woman Under the Surface (1983), Once More Out of Darkness (1974), and Songs (1969). Ostriker has taught in the low-residency Poetry MFA program of Drew University and New England College. She lives in Princeton, NJ, and is professor emerita of English at Rutgers University.

reg e gaines is a Tony Award-nominated playwright and Grammy-nominated lyricist, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, a Heideman Award Finalist, The Beatles Killed Jazz, and winner of the 2003 Downtown Urban Theater Festival’s Best Play Award for Other Aspects. reg has four books of poetry including, The Original Buckwheat and Abstract Sax, and is editor of the 2015 poetry anthology, A Year In Ink, Vol. 8. This former Nuyorican Poets CafĂ© Grand Slam Champ has read his poems on, The Arsenio Hall Show, Jon Stewart Show, MTV's Spoken Word Un-Plugged, Woodstock '94, MSNBC's Edgewise and Seasons Four/ Five of HBO's Def Poetry. He was recently commissioned to write and direct Through the Looking Glass by Center Theatre Group, a project designed to create theater in underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods.

An open reading will follow the featured readers.

Workshops will be offered by Alicia Ostriker and reg e gaines from 10 am to 12 pm prior to their readings. Pre-registration and a fee of $20 is required. Contact the Poetry Center at 973-684-6555.

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