Thursday, March 29, 2012

Never Far From Paradise Pond: D.C.-Area Smith College Alumnae Poetry Reading

With the support of the Smith College Club of D.C. and the Smith College Poetry Center, Smith College alumnae in the D.C. area will be reading poetry at The Writer's Center on Sunday, April 29th. I hope you’ll join us for a free festival of poetry readings and book signings. 

Never Far From Paradise Pond: D.C.-Area Smith College Alumnae Poetry Reading
Sunday, April 29th   
2- 5 pm

The event is open to everyone! To attend, register through Writer's Center here. Help us spread the word through our Facebook event page

Free parking in the lot across the street and a ten minute walk from the Bethesda stop (Red line.) More detailed directions here. The event is listed on their calendar here
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
(301) 654-8664

Alums and friends: Please email me (chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com) if you are available to help with the event. 

Poetry Readers:
Andrée Betancourt (1999)
Clara Changxin Fang (2005)
Marilyn Heilprin (1948)
Nancy Meneely (1965)
Chloe Yelena Miller (1998)
Eileen Ivey Sirota (1975)
Ellen Dore Watson (Smith College Poetry Center Director)
Anne Harding Woodworth (1965)
Katherine E. Young (1983)

Each poet will read for about five minutes before introducing the next reader.

Poetry Reader Bios:

Hailing from the Deep South, interdisciplinary scholar and artist Dre Betancourt’s recent creative work explores intersections among memory, collecting, and images (traditional and digital, moving and still).  She received a M.A. degree in film studies from University College Dublin and a Ph.D. degree in communication studies from Louisiana State University.  Dre’s poems have appeared in Smith College’s The Siren, University College Dublin’s All Boys Can Dance, and in performances featured at national conventions; features samples from her portfolio.  Dre has taught undergraduate courses across the communication discipline, and she currently works as a writer and editor for a national consulting firm. (Smith class:1999)

Clara Changxin Fang’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Pank, Permafrost, Lantern Review, Adirondack Review, Cream City Review, Runes, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Lines and Stars, Verse Daily among others. She received an MFA from University of Utah in 2007 and a Master in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2010. She works as a sustainability consultant on issues of climate change, energy, and urban planning. She is originally from Shanghai, China. (Smith class: 2005)

Marilyn Heilprin was born in New York City and has a B.A. from Smith College and M.A. in international relations from The American University. A former research associate, writer and editor for federal agencies and private publishers, she attended writing workshops at Breadloaf, The American University, and Writers' Center in Bethesda, MD. She has published poems in literary journals and was a finalist in the Maryland State Poetry and Literary Society chapbook contests. She co-authored Leo Saal's memoir "Crossings: A Life in Russia and Germany in the Frst Half of the 20th Century." (Smith class: 1948)

Now living on the Connecticut shoreline, Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely’s getting the hang of retirement after twenty gratifying/distressing years with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and happy adventures along earlier career paths. Among other wonderfully small-town volunteer activities, she chairs the Guilford Poets Guild. She has published poetry, book reviews and articles in a variety of literary publications and newspapers and has written a cycle of poems about the aftermath of her father’s WWII experience which serves as libretto for an oratorio commissioned by The Greater Middletown Chorale for 2013 performance. Her sister is the composer. (Smith class: 1965)

Chloe Yelena Miller has poetry published or forthcoming in the Cortland Review, Narrative, Alimentum, and Lumina, among others. Her work was a finalist for Narrative Magazine’s Poetry Prize and the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. Her essays and articles have been published in places such as Poet’s Market and Inside Higher Ed. As an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, she worked on Lumina and later on The Literary Review and Portal del Sol. Currently, she teaches creative and composition writing at Politics & Prose Bookstore, Fairleigh Dickinson University and privately. She also blogs regularly about writing ( (Smith class: 1998)

Eileen Ivey Sirota attended Smith College School for Social Work, graduating with an MSW in 1975.  Since then she has been a psychotherapist in Chevy Chase, MD, specializing in the psychodynamic treatment of individual and couples.  Eileen is also a potter whose work has been displayed and sold at Glen Echo, at Montgomery Potters and at Teaism.   Writing poetry, a mid-life discovery, has offered her an additional vantage point for observing and commenting on the human condition in all its tragicomic variety.   She has read her poems several times at the performance series Sunday Salons, hosted by Adat Shalom.  She has been published in Lighten Up,  a British quarterly, and on the Smith College alumnae poetry website.  She attends writing workshops at the Writer's Center. (Smith class: 1975)

Ellen Doré Watson is the author of four full-length collections, most recently, Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010). Earlier books include This Sharpening, also from Tupelo, and two from Alice James, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. Among her honors are a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and to Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center’s Zoland Poetry Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Watson has translated a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press), and has also co-translated contemporary Arabic language poetry with Saadi Simawe. She serves as Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, poetry editor and translation editor of The Massachusetts Review, and is a core faculty member at Drew University’s Low-Residency MFA program in poetry and translation and at the Colrain Manuscript Conference.
(Smith College Poetry Center Director)

Anne Harding Woodworth’s fourth book of poetry, The Artemis Sonnets, Etc., will be published in fall of 2011. She is also the author of several chapbooks. Her poetry, book reviews, and essays appear widely in U.S. and Canadian journals, as well as at sites on line. She has an MFA in poetry from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a member of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC. (Smith class: 1965)
Katherine E. Young's poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, and many others.  She is the author of two chapbooks, Gentling the Bones (2007), and Van Gogh in Moscow (2008).  In 2010-2011 her full-length manuscript was a semifinalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, the De Novo First Book Award, and the Philip Levine Prize, while her translation of contemporary Russian poet Inna Kabysh was awarded a share of the 2011 Joseph Brodsky-Stephen Spender Prize. She teaches English at the University of Maryland. (Smith class: 1983)

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