Literature Program

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth's Daughters presents

Anne Huiner & Carol Townsend

Gray Hair Poetry Series

Anne Huiner Anne Huiner is a writer, actor, and activist. Her work has been published in Sow's Ear and Room of Our Own. Huiner was a member of Ice 9, a poetry/ performance group, and performed with them at the Screening Room and in the Buffalo Infringement Festival. She taught the "Writing and Well Being" workshop at the Erie County Mental Health Association for two years. She designed and oversaw Across the Lines: Poets Respond to Discrimination, which combined, for the first time, an event of National Poetry Month with National Fair Housing Month. She is a member of a women's writing group (which includes Ann Goldsmith, Ruth Thompson, Elaine Chamberlain, Helen Conkling, and Judy Slater, among others) which has been going strong for over thiry years, despite its lack of a name, The group read together at Indigo Gallery in 2009.

Her work often combines poetry with performance. Her poetry draws from a variety of her work and volunteer experiences: at a shelter for battered and homeless women, in the mental health community, and over a decade as an educator for a local fair housing agency. For five years she was director of HOME Players, an improvisational theater group which she formed to educate the community about the impact of discrimination.

Carol Townsend is an associate Professor of Design at Buffalo State College. She has been a featured reader in the Rooftop Poetry series, as well as at the Orion Cafe for the opening of the Burchfield Center, in the new/reN.E.W. series at Impact Gallery, and in the Wordflight series at the Crane library. She was selected for the spotlight readings at the Chautauqua Writers' Center Creative Writing Symposia on a number of occasions. She has had poems published in The Other Herald, Sow's Ear, and the Buffalo News.

Earth's Daughters magazine, the oldest continuously published feminist literary arts periodical in the U.S., is currently celebrating its banner 40th year.