Literature Program

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth's Daughters presents

Lorna C. Hill & Trudy Stern

Gray Hair Reading Series

Lorna C. Hill is a poet and playwright, as well as an actress, teacher, and theater director. Her best-known play, Yalla Bitch, was performed as part of the first International Women Playwrights Conference in 1986. Yalla Bitch originated as a book of poetry by the same name, the last edition of which was designed, laid out, and self-published by Ms. Hill. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Ujima Company, Inc., the oldest professional repertory theatre company in Western New York and a multi-cultural membership organization, dedicated to providing a vehicle for African American performers, theatre crafts people, and administrators. As an actress, her experience includes stage, feature film, television, commercials, industrial films, and voice-overs. She is also widely known as a storyteller par excellence. Ms. Hill produced and hosted Uncrowned Queens: Voices of African American Women, a one-hour radio program on WNED-AM comprising three portraits of African American women community builders. Currently, she teaches theatre at Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts. Ms. Hill was the first woman accepted to Dartmouth College, where she received her B.A. in American Intellectual History in 1973. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she received her M.A in 1978.

Trudy Stern is the author of the chapbook Taurus in Lake Erie (The Forty-Three North Chapbook Series, Saddle Road Press, 2013). She is also the author of the limited-edition volume, Ghosts Dreams (Local Color Press, 2013). Deborah Ott, founder of Just Buffalo Literary Center, said "In Taurus in Lake Erie, Trudy Stern digs, peels, and opens her life and invites us in. The poems embody the poet's memories, incarnations, and aspirations as art maker, healer, lover, wife, and friend." Trudy was the proprietor of the former Tru-teas teahouse for years and hosted a poetry reading series there. With her partner and husband Michael Morgulis, Trudy (back then as "Trudy Dreamer") illustrated and published folios of broadsides for the inaugural readings for the then fledgling Just Buffalo in early 1978.

Earth's Daughters Magazine, now in its 44th year, is a feminist literary periodical published in Buffalo by a multi-generational collective editorial board now consisting of Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell, Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, and ryki zuckerman. The Gray Hair Series, curated and hosted by ryki zuckerman, is now in its ninth season.

This program is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc.