Coordinated by Paul Forte
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011, from 3:00 to 5:00
Gallery is pleased to present an evening of poetry coordinated by Paul
Forte. Featured poets will be Peter Covino, Jan Keough, Lisa Starr,
and Paul Forte. These readings will occur in an intimate gallery setting,
each night featuring reading by three poets who will recite selections
of their recent works.
Peter Covino, poet, translator, and essayist is Assistant Professor
of English at the University of Rhode Island. His poetry collections,
both from New Issues, are The Right Place to Jump (2012), and Cut Off
the Ears of Winter, winner of the 2007 PEN America/ Osterweil Award.
His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review,
Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review,
among others. He also co-edited, Essays on Italian American Literature
and Culture for Bordighera Press, CUNY (2011).
Jan Keough enjoys living atop RI in Cumberland. Her poems have appeared
in print, online, and most recently in the Naugatuck River Review. She
is a co-founder of the Origami Poems Project which distributes free
micro-books of original poetry at various venues throughout the state.
Along with her musically-gifted husband, Kevin, and a couple of irreverent
mini-schnauzers, her mainstay has been the decades-long practice of
Lisa Starr, Rhode Island’s Poet Laureate, divides her time among a variety
of interests, her children, and her passion for poetry. She is a two-time
recipient of the Rhode Island Fellowship for Poetry. Starr is also a
founding member of Ocean State Poets, an organization that has established
dozens of poetry circles in typically marginalized communities.
In April of 2009 Starr assembled more than a dozen US State Poets Laureate
for Poetry for Hope, during which the visiting poets worked with more
than 7,000 Rhode Islanders (most of them students and teachers) during
the five day event.
Starr’s third collection of poems, Mad With Yellow, was published in
September, 2008. She is the author of two other books: This Place Here
(2001) and Days of Dogs and Driftwood (1993). Her poems have been published
in dozens of journals. A poet by choice and an innkeeper by necessity,
Starr lives in and operates the Hygeia House, a 10-room inn on Block
Island which is also home to the Block Island Poetry Project, now in
its 9th year. The brightest lights of her life are her two children,
Orrin (15) and Millie(13) her beloved dog, Brother, and Jewel, her wild,
new little cat. When time permits, she writes her heart out.
Paul Forte is a visual artist but also writes poems and essays. A resident
of Rhode Island since 1987, Forte has exhibited at the San Francisco
Art Institute, San Francisco (1975, 1976, 1983); A Space Gallery, Toronto
(1978); 80 Langton Street, San Francisco (1981); The Center for the
Visual Arts, Oakland (1986); The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford 1991);
the Kim Foster Gallery, New York City (1998); Hera Gallery, Wakefield
(2001, 2003), and Francis Naumann Fine Art, New York City (2007, 2008).
Forte’s work is included in the Sol Lewitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut;
The Museum of Modern Art,New York City (Artist’s books); and the Yale
University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, among others. Forte
is a past recipient of a National Endowment Fellowship (1978), and a
Pollack-Krasner Fellowship (1990).
A Poetry Series
Coordinated by Julie Hassett
Sunday, October 9th, 3:00 – 5:00
Sunday, November 6th, 3:00 – 5:00
Hera Gallery is pleased to present two nights of poetry coordinated
by Julie Hassett. Featured poets will be David O’Connell, Jacob nelson,
Leith MacArthur, Lori Desrosier, Julie Danho, and Kim Baker. These readings
will occur in an intimate gallery setting, each night featuring reading
by three poets who will recite selections of their recent works.
Reading on October 9th will be David O’Connell, Jacob Nelson, and Leith
David O’Connell received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Ohio State
University. His poems have appeared in RATTLE, Fugue, Drunken Boat,
Bryant Literary Review, and Boxcar Poetry Review, among other journals.
His work was awarded a Rhode Island State Council of the Arts fellowship
in 2009. Jacob Nelson graduated with his MA in English from the University
of Rhode Island, where he became the Associate Editor for Poetry of
The Ocean State Review, the University’s literary arts journal. At URI
the Department of English awarded him first place in the graduate division
in the Nancy Potter Poets Contest. Leith MacArthur has written many
short stories and poems, but his true passion is to be found, and expressed,
in novels. As well as being a writer, MacArthur has been, at one time
or another, a personal life coach, clinical hypnotherapist, avid mountain
climber and hiker, and musician.
Speaking on October 9th will be Lori Desrosier, Julie Danho, and Kim
Baker. Lori Desrosiers’ first full-length collection of poems, The Philosopher’s
Daughter, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2012. Her poems have
appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is editor and
publisher of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry.
Julie Danho received an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University.
Her poems and essays have appeared in Barrow Street, Southern Poetry
Review, Mid-American Review, and West Branch, among others. She received
a 2012 Fellowship in Poetry and a 2010 Poetry Merit Award from the Rhode
Island State Council on the Arts. Kim Baker uses her words to end violence
against women, and performs in the annual Until the Violence Stops Festival
Providence. She has been published both online and in print, and has
also been featured on Rhode Island NPR broadcast. This I Believe.
These programs are presented with partial support from The Rhode
Island State Council on the Arts, Rhode Island State Council of the
Humanities, Hera Educational Foundation, and The Friends of Hera. Hera
Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons
with disabilities. Parking is available.