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Poetry Writing Workshop for Seniors Reading and Publication Event

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Date and Time: 
April 26, 2016 - 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Event Location: 
Kray Hall
Admission: 
Free and open to the public

A reading and publication party for poems written by Martha Andujar, Patrice Harvey-Livingston, Rosanne Levitt, Edith Merle, Nancy Rosing, Betty Samuels, Amy Seidman, Marie Soffer, and Olga Wong, participants in the fall 2015 6-week poetry workshop, held at Greenwich House Senior Center, Independence Plaza, lead by poet and educator Steven Sher .

Martha Andujar was born in North Carolina, and raised in Harlem, New York City. She attended Queens College, Columbia University and the Graduate Center of CUNY, earning a Ph.D. in Sociology. She is a mother and grandmother. She retired from the NYC Department of Education as a Social Worker. She enjoys writing, and has been published three times by Reflections, a UFT publication.

Patrice Harvey-Livingston: A native New Yorker educated in New York City’s public schools when three “R’s” reigned. Obtained a B.A. in Economics from New York University. Has a knack for the written word through poetry and prose. Recently learned to draw and paint. Published works include: New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Creative Writing, Poets House Writing Workshop for Seniors, and Community Agency for Senior Citizens, Staten Island, N.Y. A 2014 certificate winner in the 16th annual festival for Poetry of Loss, “A Journey of Generations.” In 2015 published “Rocks” in the Chrysalis 17th Annual Poetry Festival and still going strong.

Rosanne Levitt became a New Yorker (Brooklynite) at age seven. She earned a B.A. in Zoology at CUNY’s Hunter College, then, after several years as a microbiology technician in research labs, decided to join the War on Poverty in the late 60’s, becoming a welfare caseworker and ultimately earning an M.S.W. at Hunter SSW twenty years after her B.A. Poetry, hiking and especially music (recorder playing and choral singing) help to keep her life in balance.

Edith Merle was born in “El Barrio," a neighborhood in upper Manhattan populated by the city’s new Puerto Rican immigrants. Edith took advantage of the new opportunities, obtaining a B.A. from CCNY and a M.A. in Education from Adelphi University. Always with a flair for writing, today she writes about her childhood, her college days, everyday life and politics, exhibiting her signature touch of humor. Her work has been published in UFT’S Reflections. Edith recently read at Community Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc.’s 17th annual poetry festival in Staten Island, receiving an honorable mention award in CASC’s 2015 poetry contest. Her winning poem, “Let the Bells Ring—Let the Birds Sing,” was published in the anthology Chrysalis.

Nancy Rosing was born in Saint Paul, MN. At sixteen, she decided to be an artist, receiving her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She also received a scholarship to Instituto Allende, San Miguel, Mexico; and studied Art History at the University of Minnesota. After living in Monreale, Italy, she moved to New York City in 1973. Her many travels included China. The first poet Nancy adored was T. S. Elliot: “It was the sound of the words—for I was not aware of the era’s politics.” Around that time, John Berryman came to dinner with a bottle of liquor and drank it all. Nancy has visited the home of Emily Dickens and found it impoverished, and has sat in the gazebo overlooking the Hudson River where Mark Twain wrote.

Betty Samuels is a retired NYC teacher who loves to write, act, draw and travel. Her recent travels have included Southeast Asia, Chile and Argentina. Her last acting role was with The Hudson Guild Community Theater in its production of New York Ladies. As a second year participant in the Greenwich House poetry workshop, she has grown in her understanding, interest and joy of poetry.

Amy Seidman, an editor of her Newark, NJ, high school yearbook, and an English major, studied creative writing at the Writer's Voice of The West Side YMCA and at The New School, where she also studied lyric writing with Sheila Davis. Amy experienced the dual pleasure of growing up with the words and music that comprise "The Great American Songbook," and of growing older with Judd, whose unique talent at the piano brought to life not only those standards, but his own contributions to musical theater as well. From the start of their relationship until Judd's death 35 years later, they were close collaborators. Amy is a mother, a grandmother, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Born in East Harlem, Marie Soffer graduated from Julia Richman High School. She owned and operated retail shops on 42nd Street for 20 years, afterwards going on to become a manager of medical claim analysts. Currently retired, she is widowed, with one son. One of Marie’s essays was recently published in Community Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc.’s 17th annual poetry festival anthology.

Olga Wong lives in New York City. She is from Hadera, Israel. She likes quilts. She works with clay and paint for her descendants.

Workshop leader Steven Sher is the author of 14 books including, most recently, Grazing On Stars: Selected Poems (Presa Press, 2012) and The House of Washing Hands (Pecan Grove Press, 2014). He has taught writing for more than 35 years at many universities, workshops, festivals, writers in the schools programs and his poetry and prose have appeared in some 350 publications around the world.

Event Sponsored By: 
Poets House
Event Type: 
Readings and Conversations
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