An Evening of Poetry

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An Evening of Poetry

*****Curator’s Choice Poetry Event***** with acclaimed local poets, Donna Reis, Donna Spector, and Mary Makofske! took place on March 4th at 7pm at the Buckbee Center where Donna, Donna and Mary wove their magic and read from their personal repertoire of poetry. Refreshments were served.

Poet, Donna Reis

Local Poet, Donna Reis

You might remember that Donna Reis was one of the featured story tellers for our Ghost Story event in October. Her choice of stories and turn of a phrase brought each selection alive.

Donna Reis’s first collection of poems, No Passing Zone (Deerbrook Editions, 2012) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: Certain (Finishing Line Press, 2012), Dog Shows and Church, a sequence of poems (Eurydice Press, 2000), Incantations (Eurydice Press, 1995). She is co-editor and contributor of Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews (Akron University Press, 2005). Her non-fiction book Seeking Ghosts in the Warwick Valley: 60 Personal Accounts (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2002) has sold nearly 2000 copies. Donna holds an MA in Creative Writing from The City College, The City University of New York and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, also The City University of New York. Additionally, Reis has taught poetry at The Northeast Poetry Center, College of Poetry in Sugarloaf, New York. Her poem, Krakow, 1939, along with a photo of her great-grandmother were featured in Carol Rosen’s hand-made, art books that are presented in the holocaust museums in Washington and Tel Aviv and at the Guggenheim in New York City. A Hudson River Valley resident, Donna is married to writer and musician Tom Miller. Together they are recording a CD of Reis’s poetry accompanied by Miller’s orchestral compositions.

A Book of Poetry by Donna Reis

A Book of Poetry by Donna Reis

Donna Spector’s play Golden Ladder (published in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays
of 2002) was produced Off Broadway, as was her first play, Another Paradise, in 1986.
Her eighteen full-length plays and many short plays have won prizes and have appeared
regionally and in Canada, Ireland, Sweden and Greece.

Her poetry collection, The Woman Who Married Herself, a finalist for the 2010 Sinclair
Poetry Prize, was published by Evening Street Press. Her poems, plays and stories have
been published in Parabola, The Greensboro Review, Poet & Critic, Sycamore Review,
Notre Dame Review, The Bellingham Review, Blue Unicorn, Marlboro Review,
Gaia, The Paterson Literary Review, Calliope, Rattle, Journal of New Jersey Poets,
The Connecticut River Review, Sojourn and other literary magazines and anthologies.
Her novel The Candle of God was published in 2012 by Outskirts Press.

Winner of the Masters Poetry Prize, she has been nominated three times for the Pushcart
Prize in poetry, and a program of her poems aired on Australian national radio. A member
of Dramatists Guild and Poets & Writers, she received two National Endowment for the
Humanities grants to study in Greece as well as grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge
Foundation and the New York Council for the Arts.

Spector has an M.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley, has taught writing at Rutgers Summer
Arts Institute, and for the past year she has been associate editor of Evening Street Review.
Her agent is Peter Sawyer, President of Fifi Oscard Agency, NYC. Visit donnaspector.net for more information.

A Book of Poetry by Donna Spector

A Book of Poetry by Donna Spector

Mary Makofske’s book Traction (Ashland Poetry Press, 2011) won the Richard Snyder Award. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals nationwide and in Australia, and in nine anthologies. She is also the author of The Disappearance of Gargoyles and Eating Nasturtiums, winner of a Flume Press Chapbook Award. Her poems have received the Robert Penn Warren Poetry Prize (Cumberland Poetry Review), the Lullwater Review Prize, the Spoon River Poetry Review Prize, the Iowa Woman Prize and The Ledge magazine Poetry Prize.
Mary lives with her husband in a solar house in Warwick, NY, where they enjoy a view of a mountain and a large vegetable, fruit, and flower garden (fodder for poems as well as the table). She has taught English at Ramapo College of New Jersey and SUNY Orange, from which she retired in 2006.

A Book of Poetry by Mary Makofske

A Book of Poetry by Mary Makofske