Literature Program

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


Earth's Daughters presents

Michael Czarnecki & Karen Lee Lewis

The Gray Hair Reading Series

Michael Czarnecki is a poet, oral memoirist, and owner/publisher of FootHills Publishing, a family-run business that produces hand-crafted chapbooks and full-length collections of poetry. He teaches community workshops, has been a visiting lecturer at the college level, and served as a Poet-in-Residence in K-12 schools for 15 years. He is the author of Wheeler Hill (Benevolent Bird Press); The Acadia Cycle (Simpatico Poets Press); Zoo Haiku (Paper Kite Press); Never Stop Asking for Poems—Selected Work (FootHills); Twenty Days on Route 20 (FootHills); Sea Smoke and Sand Dollars (Foothills); and Simple Life, Simple Poems (FootHills); and is a contributor to In the Spirit of T'ao Ch'ien, Charles Rossiter, Editor (FootHills). In 2013 Czarnecki set out on a 96-day poetic journey appropriately named "Poems Across America." Although this was not his first road trip to read and discuss poetry, it was the first one during which he did a reading in each of the contiguous 48 states.

Karen Lee Lewis is a poet and nature photographer, as well as a Teaching Artist and a Teacher Consultant for the WNY Writing Project at Canisius College. She has taught creative writing in over 20 WNY public, private, and parochial schools, and for various non-profit organizations and art galleries throughout WNY, including: The C.G. Jung Center, Dog Ears Bookstore, CEPA Gallery, Writers & Books (Rochester), UB's Anderson Gallery, the Albright-Knox, BOCES, Buffalo State's Rooftop Poetry Club, and Just Buffalo Literary Center. One of her "Picturing Poetry" projects at Native American Magnet School in Buffalo, NY (with photographer Amy Luraschi) was the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Jon Hand, and was aired on WNED-TV in 2010. Her poetry, short fiction, features, interviews, and photography have been widely published, most recently in Sugar Mule's Women's Writing Nature anthology. Architrave Press recently printed a poetry broadside of one of Karen's poems. Karen's work has been published by the Nature Conservancy, Buffalo Spree, Slipstream, and Teachers & Writers magazine, and in the local anthologies Bridget's Fire, Voices from the Herd, and Nomad. The Buffalo Ornithological Society features many of her photographs on its website. One of her photographs was selected and used as the cover of Earth's Daughters magazine issue #79. In 2012, Karen was one of 30 teaching artists across the country invited to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a national seminar on Teaching Artistry. Karen is also a fellow of The Banff Centre, Canada's creative leader in arts and culture. Her full-length poetry collection What I Would Not Unravel (The Writer's Den) came out in 2010.

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David Schirm
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