Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry. -- Mark Strand
Throughout Central New York on Saturday, February 6th, the aromas of fine foods and the words of noted area writers will waft as the 2010 YMCA Arts Branch LiterarY Dinners commence in the early evening. Each year, on the first Saturday in February, Y-Arts friends and Board members host dinners in their homes to support the many programs for youth and community that are provided by the Y-Arts Branch of the Greater Syracuse YMCA. Afterschool programs, arts-based learning experiences for youth, music lessons, and the Downtown Writer’s Center all benefit from this community-driven fundraiser. The cuisines vary from home to home but may include Indian, Tuscan, southern style comfort food, tapas, all dependent on the hosts’ talents and palettes. If you would like to attend next year’s LiterarY Dinner, contact Phil Memmer at 315.474.6851 extension 328. If you care to donate, make your tax-deductible check out to the YMCA and mark Y-Arts in the memo. To those who are dining together Saturday, bon appetit!
Georgia Popoff is a poet with two published collections of poetry, a teaching artist, arts-in-education professional development specialist, editor of Comstock Review, Downtown Writer’s Center faculty member, and board member of the Association of Teaching Artists. Georgia is Poet-in-Residence in numerous school districts and also teaches adult writing workshops.