Literature Program
 


Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

$5

Earth's Daughters presents

Michael F. Hopkins & Martha Deed

Gray Hair Reading Series

Poet, educator, jazz critic, and social commentator for over 30 years, Michael F. Hopkins is the author of A Kind Of Twilight (Smiling Cat Publications) and the ongoing critical forum A Deeper Groove. He has written for such periodicals as The Black Scholar, Contact II, and the international jazz magazine Coda. Through UB's Dept. of African-American Studies, Hopkins instituted the first courses ever taught on the pan-ethnic fantasy ElfQuest, the Pulitzer prize-winning comic strip Doonesbury, and pioneering science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. View his literary works at www.humblevoice.com/towncry.

After writing half time for many years, Martha Deed closed her psychology practice in 2000 and began writing full-time. Poetry returned. Deed was the 2004 winner of Just Buffalo Literary Center's Buffalo/Niagara Ice Boom Poetry Contest. She has published poetry in the Buffalo News and Artvoice, and her poems, videos, and multimedia work have appeared in more than a dozen print and on-line journals, including: Iowa Review on the Web (with Millie Niss), Shampoo, New Verse News, Death Metal Poetry, Gypsy, and others. A collection of her visual poetry was published by Dan Waber on Logolalia in 2006; her e-book Intersections: a 20-day Journal of the Unexpected was published by the Museum of the Essential and Beyond That (2006); and a collection of her poems was featured in Concelebratory Shoehorn Review (2008). Her chapbooks have been published by Furniture Press (2004) and Peter Ganick's Small Chapbook Project (2006). Links to her published work can be found on her website: www.sporkworld.org/Deed


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