Faculty members at SCCC to host a poetry reading on April 21
The Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival at Sussex County Community College will host a Faculty Poetry Reading event on April 21. The event will run from 6-8 pm in the Performing Arts Center Atrium. This event is free and community members are all welcome. There will be an open mic to follow the faculty readings.
The following professors will be in attendance:
David Crews, author of Circadian Rhythm (Paulinskill Poetry Project, 2014) and High Peaks (RA Press, 2015). His poems and essays are published in journals such as The Southeast Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Wisconsin Review, Paterson Literary Review, and SPECTRUM. He serves as editor for The Stillwater Review. David is currently the Director of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center.
Professor of English, Jean LeBlanc, teaches in the English Department at SCCC and facilitates poetry writing workshops for area writers’ groups. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and is available in several collections, most recently A Field Guide to the Spirits (Aqueduct Press, 2015).
Adjunct Professor, George Lightcap, is a retired public school teacher. His poems have appeared in The Back Porch Review, Voices From Here, Off Line, and The Stillwater Review. In 2013, he completed a 27 year section hike of the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail, and has also completed Vermont’s 265 mile Long Trail.
Adjunct Professor, Walter Wade, currently teaches Effective Speaking at SCCC. He is a writer, radio producer, Disc Jockey, and a collector of all types of music. Walter is a firm believer in the transformative healing power of words and music.
For more information contact David Crews at email@example.com.
Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival coming to SCCC June 11
NEWTON (April 3, 2016) – The Betty June Siconas Center at Sussex County Community College will be the setting for the Poetry Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, June 11 in the Performing Arts Center Atrium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will include an all-day book fair featuring local poets, literary readings, and workshops. Registration and breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m.
9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
10 a.m.-Noon: Workshops (registration required, more information below)
Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch and Open Reading – everyone invited!
1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Guest Poet Reading
2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Launch Reading for The Stillwater Review, Volume 6
All-day Book Fair– Come meet our local poets
Tone: A Place for Revision with Nan Baker, author of After Rain. She will begin with reading aloud to start the discussion. Nan will dive in with the problem poems by asking questions such as; Has the poem changed its path? What is assumed? Is it surprising? and many other questions. Attendees should bring 15 copies of their own poem.
Visual Poetry Workshop: In the Spirit of Play with Katrinka Moore, author of Numa, Thief, and This Is Not a Story winner of the New Women’s Voices Prize. Participants will create new poems over old book pages by practicing two visual poetry techniques, erasure and augmentation. Erasure is marking out existing words in a text and augmentation is adding words or graphics. By exploring with simple art materials, poets can step outside the anxiety of composing and expand the possibilities for their work. Each poet will come away with a completed visual poem and strategies for using the contents to write new text poems.
A Leap into the Void: Craft, Imagination, & Duende with Priscilla Orr: This workshop will look at ways of accessing that force, as participants examine poems written by others. Once a solid foundation is established, participants will turn to their own work. For this part of the workshop, three copies of a draft poem, that needs work, is recommended.
For those looking to share their own work, a free open mic session will be held from Noon-1 p.m., followed by readings from the featured poets, who will also be signing copies of their books.
The festival will close with the launch of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center’s Stillwater Review, Vol. 6, plus reading.
All workshops will run from 10 a.m. to Noon and cost $10 per person. Advanced registration is recommended to reserve a spot. All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Payment can be mailed to Sussex County Community College, ATTN: Foundation, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860. Make check payable to SCCC Foundation and please include “Poetry Festival” in the memo line. For questions, please email David Crews at, firstname.lastname@example.org.