Literature Program
 


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Earth's Daughters Collective presents

Sherry Robbins and Bill Sylvester

GRAY HAIR READING SERIES:

Presented at:
Hallwalls

Sherry Robbins is a poet, teaching artist, and freelance writer. She has conducted creative writing workshops throughout New York State and abroad since 1977, and was named NYS Teaching Artist of the Year for 2005. Sherry is the WNY coordinator for Alternative Literary Programs in the Schools (ALPS), the resident writer at Gay & Lesbian Youth Services (GLYS) of WNY, and project coordinator and teaching artist for several long-term Empire State Partnership (ESP) public school residencies. She is currently an arts-in-education consultant for the University of Coimbra in Portugal and for Portugal's Belgais Center for the Study of Arts.

Sherry has published two books of her poetry — Snapshots of Paradise and Or, the Whale — and has had dozens of poems published in literary journals and anthologies here and in Spain and Portugal, including Earth's Daughters, Salmagundi, Denver Quarterly and Poets at Work. For many years she was involved in the running of two local small presses: Orchard Press and — with Beaufort Willbern and Susan Hannen — Weird Sisters Press. In the course of her continued commitment to all things useless and fascinating, Sherry recently received both her yoga teaching certificate and her M.A. in the poetics of ecstasy.


William Sylvester has published some dozen collections of poetry, including several from Ashland Poetry Press of Ohio: Curses Omens Prayers, War & Lechery—The Poem (1995), and Heavy Metal from Pliny (1992), and the prose book Fever Spreading into Light: Five Lectures on the Sources of Energy in Literature (1992). His other poetry books include After Aelian, Honky in the Woodpile, and Listening to the Ice. His poems were also featured in the Ashland Poetry Press anthologies, 80 on the 80's: A Decade's History in Verse (1990), Scarecrow Poetry—The Muse in Post-Middle Age (1994), And What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century (1999). Individual poems and other writings have appeared in such magazines as Chelsea, Fragments, Poetry, Commonweal, Western Humanities Review, Ecopoetics, Drill, Kiosk, House Organ, The Acre, Zine of the Arts, and Earth's Daughters. He is a retired professor of English and comparative literature at UB and has also published fiction, essays, translations (including Agamemnon), and reviews. Bill's performance at last May's tribute to his late friend and colleague Robert Creeley in Asbury Hall here at The Church was one of the highlights of that memorable evening.


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