Literature Program

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth's Daughters presents

Lyn Loubere, Nita Penfold, & Nancy Rybczynski

Gray Hair Poetry Series

Born in England in a coastal town only 20 miles across the English Channel from France, Lyn Loubere was caught up in World War II, first as an evacuee in high school in the Midlands, then, after the destruction of Coventry, as a student at London University in Wales. Later, she did war service in the Special Repair Service in London, interrupting her studies. After the war, she graduated from London University (summa cum laude) and went to France with a French Government double grant to do research. After five years in France, she and her husband moved to the US, living in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Western New York. She earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in French Language & Literature from UB, and taught for some years at UB, as well as at ECC. She published a book (Cornell Press) and some critical studies of a French novelist friend, Claude Simon, who later received the Nobel Prize for Literature. She has been a member of the "no name" poetry workshop group since the late seventies, alongside Ann Goldsmith, Elaine Chamberlain, Helen Conkling, Judith Slater, Norma Kassirer, Joan Fitzgerald, and others. Lyn's poems have appeared in A Room of One's Own, Buffalo Press, The Buffalo News, and elsewhere.

Nita Penfold is the author of They Stand Up in Broken Shells, winner of the 2006 Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Award. She has two chapbooks of her poetry from Pudding House Publications, Mile-High Blue-Sky Pie (2002) and The Woman With the Wild-Grown Hair (1998). She 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). She is a former editor of Earth's Daughters magazine. Her poem Stigmata won the Judith Siegel Pearson Award from Wayne State University in 2005. Her work can be seen in Charters & Charters text book, Literature & Its Writers (5th edition), Say a Little Prayer (June Cotner, ed.), and Perennial Forte, the 40th-Anniversary issue of Earth's Daughters. Her newest book, Landing in Oz, will be published in May. Nita spent her formative years growing up in a large family in rural Wales, NY. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Parochial School in East Aurora, Iroquois Central High School in Elma, and Empire State College in Buffalo. Transplanted from WNY to New England to complete her Master of Arts in Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge MA in 1986, she still considers the hills of WNY her soul's true home.

Nancy Rybczynski began her writing career in the third grade when she wrote and illustrated a haiku. She was a member and the recording secretary of Niagara-Erie Writers. In the 1980s she read widely in the Erie County area. She was also co-editor of Buffalo Press Anthology (with George Grace, and others.) Last year, she read in Buffalo, for the first time in over a decade, at Nietzsche's with Celia White and others.

She was the coordinator of Writers-In-Education for Just Buffalo for four years, starting in 1990, until she moved to New York City, where she supports herself as a proofreader and jeweler. Her handmade silver jewelry is available at several stores around the country and was recently featured in the USA network television show, White Collar.