Literature Program

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

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

Nita Penfold & Anne Elezabeth Pluto


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Nita Penfold's poetry has been published most recently in the anthology, Susan B. & Me, and in the textbook Literature & Its Writers (Charters & Charters, 4th edition). Her book They Stand Up in Broken Shells won the 2006 Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Award: Her poem, "Stigmata," won the 2005 Judith Siegel Pierson Award from Wayne State University. Pudding House Publications published two chapbooks of her poetry, Mile-High Blue-Sky Pie (2002) and The Woman With the Wild-Grown Hair (1998). She later edited the 2004 anthology Hunger Enough: Living Spiritually in a Consumer Society for Pudding House. She has also published fiction, most recently in Wind Chill: Crime Stories by New England Writers (Level Best Books, 2005) and is currently finishing her first novel. She received her MA in Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1986.

Nita considers Western New York her soul's true home. She is an editor emeritus for Earth's Daughters magazine and worked closely with Niagara-Erie Writers during her residence in Buffalo in the early 1980's. She resides now in New England and works as adjunct faculty for Andover Newton Theological School and as a trainer for the "SpiritPlay" model of Montessori religious education. She also leads spirituality and arts workshops for teens and adults: She will be leading her Writing from the Soul workshop in a writing pilgrimage to Ireland in 2008.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, Anne Elezabeth Pluto lived in Buffalo from 1976-1983, and received her doctorate in English from UB in 1988. Her first reading at Hallwalls 26 years ago (!)—May 17, 1981—was part of the "Fiction Diction" series, which she later co-programmed with R.D. Pohl for two years, fall 1981-spring 1983. She also read on a bill with Jayne Anne Phillips (Black Tickets, Machine Dreams) for Just Buffalo at its Allentown Community Center location on September 10, 1982.

For the past 19 years she has taught at Lesley University, where she is Professor of Theatre & Literature and Artistic Director of the Oxford Street Players—Lesley's theatre company—which she helped establish in 1991.

She lives in Allston, Mass., in a building that once served a rooming house for the cowboys who worked the stockyards, and which her nine-year-old daughter Zofia affectionately calls the Cowboy Motel.

Pluto was a poetry contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 2005 and 2006. Her poems have been published most recently in The Lyre, Womb Poetry, There: Rewriting the Landscape, Blackbox Gallery, Facets, Quadrangle, and 88: a Journal of Contemporary Poetry.

Earth's Daughters magazine, the oldest continuously published feminist literary arts periodical in the U.S., is currently celebrating its 36th year. Publication of Earth's Daughters magazine is made possible by a NYSCA Decentralization grant from the Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County.