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Poetry Week: Poetry Reading TONIGHT

Reading/Discussion with Gail Gilberg, Robert Ricks, and Thom Ward

Co-Hosted with Writers and Books’ Genesee Reading Series

Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Monroe A and B

This poetry reading and discussion will feature the work of local poets Gail Gilberg, Robert Ricks, and Thom Ward.
Gail Hosking Gilberg, author of the memoir Snake’s Daughter: The Roads in and out of War (University of Iowa Press), has published her poetry and essays in journals such as The Nimrod International Journal, Tar Hill Poetry, The Fourth Genre, and The Florida Review. Her pull in writing is toward the narrative using the “I” both as guide and bit player to present larger subjects. She is always searching for the story within the facts and trying to make the ordinary extra-ordinary. She has an MFA from Bennington College and is at work on another memoir—this one about her mother.

Robert Ricks is the author of two books: a poetry and short story collection titled Down Here in the Dirt, and an urban novel just out from Black Pearl, titled Mastermind. Most of Mr. Ricks’ poetry is “Spoken Word” performance poetry in the rap tradition, with influence from his experience as an actor and director; he also writes performance ensembles for many voices.
Thom Ward is Editor at BOA Editions, Ltd., Rochester’s award-winning, not-for-profit publisher of American poetry and poetry in translation. His own poetry collections include Small Boat with Oars of Different Size and Various Orbits, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Ward teaches creative writing workshops in primary and secondary schools, and tutors individual students. He follows no predetermined strategy in writing his poems and brief fiction pieces, opting, rather, to move from surprise to surprise, allowing the language to lead him to where, he hopes, it will be both clear and mysterious for the reader.

Maria Brandt