Literature Program
 


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

$5

Earth's Daughters presents

Howard Wolf & Al Felix

Gray Hair Poetry Series

Howard Wolf
photo by Nancy J. Parisi
Howard Wolf, Emeritus Professor of English at UB, has been writing for sixty years and teaching for fifty-two years. He is the author of two volumes of stories: Of the Bronx and Manhattan a Son and The Education of Ludwig Fried, and a novel, Broadway Serenade. His collection, Far-Away Places: Lessons in Exile (2007), is a blend of several genres, reflecting his interests in cultural criticism, short fiction, generational memoir, plays, and travel. He is currently working on a group of stories set in Israel entitled Guide for the Perplexed Traveler. A winner of a Hopwood Prize for Fiction (University of Michigan) and two Fulbrights (Turkey and South Africa), he has lectured in twenty countries. Howard is a member of PEN American Center and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, and a Life Member of Wolfson College of Cambridge University. His work is collected at the Frost Library of Amherst College, his alma mater. He is also a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Michigan. The author of ten books and three hundred articles and other publications, he is still trying to portray with imaginative accuracy the age in which he lives.

Al Felix
photo by Thomas Brown
Al Felix is a former English teacher at Orchard Park High School and now resident poet at Caffè Aroma on Elmwood Avenue. Al’s wife, Jackie Felix, a prominent painter and printmaker in Buffalo who passed away in 2009 on her 80th birthday, was the subject last year of a posthumous solo retrospective exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, The Sexual Politics of Jackie Felix (February 10–April 29, 2012), in conjunction with which Al published a chapbook entitled Jackie Felix Remembered: Wife, Artist, Feminist, combining his poems about Jackie and their life together with photos of her and some of her works. He has had work published in Chaffin Journal, Moebius, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Poetalk—organ of the San Francisco Bay Area Poets Coalition, Penguin Review of Youngstown State University, and elsewhere. In the winter, Al is the MC for Aroma’s open-mike poetry series, but on a fine summer day you might find him chatting with someone on Bidwell Parkway or scrawling poems on his yellow legal pad.

 
 
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