First of all...we know that spring is just 6 or 7 weeks away. This creates an optimism in upstate NY, rumors of robins marking an early return, some hearty growth pushing through snow in the cracks along the basement, all signs that we have survived another winter thus far and the end is in sight.
One of the things that make the season slide on by is the reading series at the DWC. Ah yes, nationally known writers sharing their words and it does not cost a thing beyond parking, if you choose a lot, and the cost of a book so you can get it signed. And the books are always $15 or less. Hey! A bargain in anyone's eyes.
So this week, as we continue our journey through the dark months, we will be hosting Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, in a return visit to read from her new collection, ] Open Interval [, published by the University of Pittsburg Press and recently recognized as a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for Poetry. Lyrae is also the author of Black Swan, which won the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in African-American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Rattapallax and Shenandoah and several anthologies.
Lyrae lives in Ithaca, NY, where she is an Assistant Professor at Cornell University; Tomorrow will be her second visit to the DWC. Please join us for this evening of marvelous verse. We will post a review of ] Open Interval [ tomorrow.
Do you want a sneak peak of the poems we will be receiving from our guest? Visit Laura Ryan's new blog on Central New York literary news, Syracuse Books Examiner for a video clip.