Susan Fox Akron, Ohio wasn’t a great place for a Jewish intellectual female to grow up in in the fifties, especially if her passion was books. I’m told I made up stories before I could manage whole sentences, and I remember singing my own verses to myself before I knew how to write them down. As soon as I finished high school I left Akron for what I hoped would be more congenial places. I studied at Cornell and Yale, traveled a lot, and lived for long spells in Paris, Rome, Umbria, and New York. I got a doctorate so I could teach, and published a book on William Blake’s poetry so I could continue teaching, first at NYU and then for many years at Queens College of the City University of New York. I loved my students and got more out of the classroom than they did, but academe was impinging so much on my writing that I took early retirement and moved into a twohundredyearold stone house in rural Normandy to clear my head. I lived there with my husband, physicist Steve Orenstein, for nearly twenty years before we returned last year to New York. That Norman homestead is the focus of my new book of poems, Border House. I’ve had very lucky collaborations. Painter Richard Ryan did a limitededition Artist’s Book of his hilarious and darkly erotic etchings with fourteen of my poems, and composer Joel Mandelbaum’s fulllength opera set on my original libretto The Village gripped audiences so intensely at its semiprofessional premiere in New York that one night a man stood up in the balcony and shouted “No!” when the hero died. The libretto, based on my husband’s experiences as a hidden child in France during World War II, led to a screenplay on another harrowing wartime incident; that screenplay was optioned for film. My poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies, among them The Paris Review, Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Boulevard, Chelsea, Chicago Review, The New York Times, and Van Gogh’s Ear. Andrew Kaufman Website: http://www.andrewkaufman.wordpress.com)
Andrew Kaufman Andrew Kaufman grew up near NYC, graduated from Oberlin College, earned his MFA in poetry writing from Brooklyn College, and his MA and PhD in English literature from the University of Toronto. His four published books include The Cinnamon Bay Sonnets, which won the Center for Book Arts chapbook competition; Earth's Ends, winner of the Pearl Poetry Award; Both Sides of the Niger (Spuyten Dyvil Press); and his recently released Complete Cinnamon Bay Sonnets (Rain Mountain Press), from which he will read this evening. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, and he is recipient of an NEA fellowship and two Pushcart Prize nominations. He was taught in a number of colleges and universities, and has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, in addition to the time he spent at Central Booking in New York, the city where he currently lives. His Complete Cinnamon Bay Sonnets, listed at$15, will be available after the reading for $10.
Kelly Vande Plasse A former editor of NYQ, Kelly is returning from a tenyear hiatus from reading (though not writing) while working full time and raising two kids in Brooklyn. Her poems have appeared in the New York Quarterly, the Bellevue Literary Review, the Paterson Review, the Atlanta Review, the Louisiana Review, and The Ledge.
Fred Yannantuono Fired from Hallmark for writing meaningful greetingcard verse, Fred Yannantuono has currently published 345 poems (one shy of doubling Shakespeare's output) in 85 journals in 30 states. His work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006 and 2013. His book, A Boilermaker for the Lady, by NYQ Books, has been banned in France, Latvia, and the Orkney Isles. Fred was recently Featured Poet in Light Quarterly. Two new books, To Idi Amin I’m A Idiot and Other Palindromes, followed by a second book of poems, I Hate to Second Guess Myself, or Do I? will be coming out within the next decade. He hasn’t been arrested in seventeen months. Caught bluefish nude, Ocean City, Maryland,1971.