Literature Program

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth’s Daughters presents

Helen Conkling & Bernhard Frank

Gray Hair Series: Season 5

Helen Conkling was born in Central Illinois and grew up in the Chicago area. She earned degrees from Northwestern University and has lived in Swansea, Wales, Kingston, Ontario, and Ohio before coming to Buffalo, where she studied poetry at the University of Buffalo. Later, when Conkling lived near Mayville, NY, she attended the Writers’ Center at Chautauqua in the summers. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, The Hudson Review, Antioch Review, Field, and 5AM.  Her first book, Red Peony Night (University of Pittsburgh Press), won the Starrett Award.  She is currently working on her second book, which was completed this summer and has begun making the rounds of publishers.

  Bernhard Frank taught creative writing at Buffalo State College from 1965 until his retirement in 2000. From 1977 to 1982, he was editor and translator of Buckle ", a Buffalo-based poetry magazine, and then, from 1998-2006, Buckle &. He is the editor and translator of Modern Hebrew Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 1980). He has written and published poetry, short stories, two novels, and critical essays. His novels from Goldengrove Press include John in the Wilderness and Mandolin with Rain. From the same publisher, he has a book of short stories, The Pygmies of the Heart, and three book of poems: American Gothic, The Print of Memory: A Judaica Perspective, and The Homer’s Ladies Journal. His translation of Rilke’s Blue Hydrangea (New German Review, 1997–98) can be found at He is one of the translators featured in After the Rain: Israeli Poems on War and Peace (Syracuse University Press, 1998). Other translations by him have been published in the Antigonish Review and the International Poetry Review (Fall 2000). A number of his articles and poems were published in The Explicator and Hamlet Studies. He has work in the anthology Against Infinity: An Anthology of Contemporary Mathematical Poetry (ed. by Robson & Wimp, 1979). One can find some of Frank’s poems on line, e.g., "The Western Wall," at and "Elegy for My Father’s Generation" (from Judaism Magazine, 1994) at "bnet." His critical essays on a variety of poets—including Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickinson—are widely cited, including online at Wikipedia, and at an assortment of university and literary websites. In April 2010, Frank, in a powerful, engaging, and dramatic performance, read for the UB Poetry Collection at the Butler Mansion.
Earth's Daughters magazine, the oldest continuously published feminist literary arts periodical in the U.S., is currently celebrating its 39th year. This event is curated and hosted by ryki zuckerman. The Gray Hair Series is co-curated by Jennifer Campbell and ryki zuckerman.

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Sarah Sutton
Knots and Pulses

This exhibition by Ithaca-area artist Sarah Sutton will feature a series of monochromatic oil paintings that combine representational imagery with distortions and abstractions that create scenarios in flux. They are essentially landscape paintings, but Sutton's treatment of the landscape toys with its sense of space and the notion of the built vs. the natural environment.

Katie Bell
Abstract Cabinet

Katie Bell’s exhibition is a site-specific installation conceived of as a one-act drama starring anonymous artifacts. Functioning like a theatrical set, the gallery holds static characters that reference the interior architecture of corporate and commercial spaces. Sculptural objects are often fractured or untethered to a contextual structure. Functioning as a whole, the individual artefacts are a nod to players on a stage, held captive in space and time.