Literature Program

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth's Daughters presents

Perry Nicholas & Penelope Prentice

The Gray Hair Reading Series

Penelope Prentice is Professor of English Emerita at D'Youville College. An award-winning playwright and internationally acclaimed Harold Pinter scholar, Prentice has had a dozen plays performed in New York, Washington, Buffalo, London, Australia, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, and China. Her plays, finalists in over a dozen national competitions include: Transformational Country Dances, Collector of Beautiful Men, How To Seduce Your Husband, City of No Illusions, Lady and the Cowboy for Cable Fable Channel 10, Red November Charlie December, and Thriller, winner of the Lawrence S. Epstein Award and a finalist in seven competitions including the Philadelphia Bar Association Playwriting Award and Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Recipient of an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, and three New York Foundation for the Arts Sponsorships, she has held five playwright's residencies, including at Chautauqua Institution and New Perspectives Theatre Company in NYC.

A planner of the First International Women Playwrights Conference, and author of two books on England's great living dramatist, Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, including the critically lauded Pinter Ethic: The Erotic Aesthetic, she directed the documentaries?In One Voice, about the First International Women Playwrights Conference, and Bedtime Stories—Tell Me a Story I'll Never Forget, about recovery from rape/incest. Poems from her book Capturing the Light, scored by the internationally distinguished American composer Eric Ewazen, premiered as Original Light at the Julliard School, Lincoln Center. Loveplay premiered with?Ewazen's music at La MaMa in NYC in 2005. She is writer/director/producer for Against Impossible Odds, a feature documentary about the run-up to a premiere of?Ewazen's Percussion Concerto, composed for the world's leading solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie and performed at the Buffalo Philharmonic under the direction of JoAnn Falletta.

Perry S. Nicholas is an English professor at Erie Community College North. He has two chapbooks in print: Stars That Cover You and Rooms of the Atrium. He was nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, in 2006 and 2007, by Skyline Magazine. In 2006, he won the Skyline Winter Poetry Bash Contest for his poem "Comealong." His poem "Santorini" appeared in the spring 2007 edition of Feile-Festa, and "Metrics" is in the winter 2008 edition of Language and Culture. His poem "March Sonnet" is online at Not Just Air.

Earth's Daughters magazine, the oldest continuously published feminist literary arts periodical in the U.S., is currently celebrating its 37th year. Publication is made possible by a Decentralization grant from the Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County, with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts.

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