Literature Program

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth’s Daughters presents

Sally Fiedler & Jimmie Gilliam

Gray Hair Poetry Series: Season 5

Sally Fiedler
photo credit: Diane Christian
Sally A. Fiedler taught English at the University of Illinois, around the edges at UB, and at D'Youville College, Buffalo Seminary, and Nichols School. After 43 years of teaching, she is now retired. She has long been active in local poetry circles and worked with Poetry-in-the-Schools for several years. Her books include Timepieces, Skin & Bones, To Illinois with LoveEleanor Mooseheart, and, most recently, A Trick of Seeing. She has published approximately eighty poems in periodicals, including American Poetry Review, Wisconsin Review, Buffalo News, Earth's Daughters, Spirit, Folio, Forum, Aspect, and Buffalo Report. She has given many poetry readings in the region and around the world, from UB, Just Buffalo, and the Chautauqua Institution to Urbino, Italy, Vassar College, Black Mountain College Festival, the University of Hawaii, Temple University, Florida State University, and USC. Fiedler has two children, six stepchildren, eleven step-grandchildren, and nine step-great-grandchildren. She is the widow of the late, great literary critic Leslie Fiedler.

Jimmie Gilliam
photo credit: Geri Grossman
Jimmie Margaret Gilliam is Professor Emerita at ECC, where she taught English Literature on the College's City Campus from 1971 to 1995. She was a co-editor of Earth's Daughters from 1975 to 1986. She is co-author of the poetry volume The Rime & Roar of Revolution (as Jimmie Canfield, with Bob Dickens, 1975) and author of the poem/novel Ain't No Bears Out Tonight (as Jimmie Gilliam Canfield, 1984) and Pieces of Bread (as Jimmie Canfield Gilliam, 1987), which was on the Academy of American Poets 1987 Fall Reading List. She has also been published in New Buffalo Graphics' Tea Leaves (a collection of poetry broadsides). Her work was featured in Writers At Work, an anthology published by Just Buffalo in 1995 and used in the Buffalo Public Schools. She has given readings and workshops all over WNY, in Albuquerque, NM, and in her hometown of Asheville, NC. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including  Earth's Daughters, The Asheville Poetry Review, Eve Magazine, The July Press, Black Mountain Review, Paunch, and Intent,Ink, as well as The Buffalo News "Poetry Page."
In  1991 Jimmie led a master workshop, The Translation of Silence, which was the origin of the ongoing collaborative group of women writers, “Women of the Crooked Circle."  She has also been the beloved "guide" of  "The Pearls Writing Workshop" for many years.

Gilliam has read widely in the Buffalo area for literary series such as at Allen Street Hardware Cafe, the Screening Room, Tru-Teas Reading Series, Wordflight at Crane Library, new/reNEW at Impact Gallery, and previously for the Gray Hair Series at Hallwalls.

In 2006, she received Just Buffalo's  "Literary Legacy" award. In 2009, Gilliam was invited as a panelist and reader to Transplanted Poets, the Southern Women's Writers Conference at Berry College in Berry, Georgia.

Earth's Daughters magazine, the oldest continuously published feminist literary arts periodical in the U.S., is currently celebrating its 39th year. This event is curated and hosted by ryki zuckermanThe Gray Hair Series is co-curated by Jennifer Campbell and ryki zuckerman.

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