Literature Program

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth's Daughters presents

M. J. Iuppa & John Roche

Gray Hair Poetry Series

M. J. Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Her chapbook, As the Crow Flies was published by Foothills Publishing in 2008 and most recently, a second full collection, Within Reach, by Cherry Grove Collections (2010). She has recent and forthcoming poems in Grey Sparrow Journal, The Bryant Review, Tar River Poetry, The Apple Valley Review, 5923 Quarterly, tinfoildresses, The Chariton Review, The Raleigh Review, Victorian Violet Press, Le Mot Juste, 2009, Nova Scotia Review, Blueline, The Centrifugal Eye; in the following anthologies: From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright, edited by Bruce Hendrickson and Robert Johnson, (Lost Hills Books, 2007); Eating the Pure Light, Poems honoring Thomas McGrath, edited by John Bradley, (Backwaters Press, 2009); The Poets Guide to the Birds, edited by Judith Kitchen and Ted Kooser, (Anhinga Press, 2009); Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease, edited by Holly Hughes, (Kent State UP, 2009); Eating her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems, edited by Vasiliki Katsarou, Ruth O'Toole and Ellen Foos, (Ragged Sky Press, 2009). Other publication include a lyrical essay in Gulf Coast, fiction in The Northville Review and Six Sentences.

She is Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Arts Minor Program at St. John Fisher College, and is currently serving as a poetry advisor for the New York Foundation for the Arts (2007-2011).

John Roche is an Associate Professor of English at Rochester Institute of Technology, and also the current President of the Just Poets organization. He earned his PhD from SUNY Buffalo, studying with Robert Creeley and John C. Clarke. His full-length poetry collections, Topicalities (2008) and On Conesus (2005) are available from Foothills Publishing (Kanona, NY). His poems have appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Flurb, House Organ, Big Bridge, Jack Magazine, Interim, Intent, Woodstock Journal, Burning World, and in several anthologies. He edited the collection Uncensored Songs for Sam Abrams (Spuyten Duyvil, 2008), co-edited Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind (FootHills, 2009), and edited Martha Rittenhouse Treichler's Black Mountain to Crooked Lake: Poems 1948-2010, with a Memoir of Black Mountain College (FootHills 2010). His latest book of poems, Road Ghosts, published by theenk Books (Palmyra, NY), is available from Small Press Distribution ( and is also featured in Big Bridge #15 at Recent readings include Talking Leaves Books, Buffalo, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs; Little Theatre Café, Rochester; Different Path Gallery, Brockport, NY; Greenwood Books, Rochester; Writers & Books, Rochester; Harvest Café, Montour Falls, NY; and Acequia Book Sellers, East of Edith series, and Fixed and Free series, Albuquerque. (photo by M. Randall)