For Immediate Release

Poets Christina Lilian Turczyn and Robert Milby will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, on Saturday, July 14th at 2pm. Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of every month except for October, when it is held on the 3rd Saturday.

The readings will be hosted by Woodstock area poet Phillip Levine. All meetings are free and open to the public.


Christina Lilian Turczyn - Formerly a Fulbright Scholar in Modern German Drama, Christina Lilian Turczyn is a poet, educator, and freelance writer. She has taught critical writing, creative writing, and literature at Dutchess Community College and William Paterson University, among other institutions. She received her B.A. from Cornell, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, and her Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. While earning her doctorate at Binghamton, Christina had the great privilege of taking workshops with Ruth Stone and Milton Kessler.

Her poetry awards include first prize in the Allen Ginsberg poetry awards, mentioned in The New York Times, an Associated Writing Programs' Intro Award, an award from the Academy of American Poets (university level) and honorable mention in the Rita Dove National Poetry Awards (under the aegis of the Salem College Center for Women Writers). She is the recipient of fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Dodge Foundation. She was invited by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to read her poems at the 2002 Dodge Poetry Festival as a Poet Among Us. Most recently, Christina was awarded first prize in the Mohonk Mountain Stage Company's “Vanguard Voices of the Hudson Valley” competition. She has just completed her second collection of poems, The Sky Inside Your Body.

Her work has appeared in The Paterson Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, The Princeton Arts Review, The Cream City Review, Dutchess Community College's Exposed,
Really: The Funnel: Newsmagazine of the Fulbright Commission, and the Associated Writing Programs' Pedagogy Papers, among other publications. Her poems have been performed by actors of the Yara Arts Group, La MaMa Experimental Theatre. Christina's academic articles include “Varying Composition: Music, Imagery, and Performance in First-Year Writing,” included in the anthology, Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner, and New Methods of College Teaching (2004).

Robert Milby - Robert Milby, of Florida, NY has been writing poetry for 20 years and reading his work throughout the Hudson Valley, NY and beyond, since early 1995.

He has been published in Home Planet News, Hunger Magazine, Will Work For Peace, and many other anthologies and magazines. He hosts 6 poetry reading series in the Hudson Valley. Robert is a listed poet with Poets and Writers, Inc. He was the invited poet at SUNY Oneonta, in March, 2003.

He is the author of 4 chapbooks, two of which were illustrated by Phillip Guston's grandson, David Kadish. His spoken word cd is entitled: Revenant Echo (Sonotrope Recordings, 2004). His first book is Ophelia's Offspring (Foothills Publishing, June, 2007) He writes for The Delaware and Hudson Canvas, in Bloomingburgh, NY He is a freelance thinker.

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