For Immediate Release

Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival as part of the Woodstock Arts Consortium is sponsoring the following poetry event as part of the Woodstock "Second Saturdays" Art Events. For a full listing of "Second Saturday" events, see:

Poets Tad Richards and Yuyutsu RD Sharma (Ram Dass) will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, on Saturday, May 10th at 2pm. Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of every month.

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


Tad Richards - Tad Richards’ recent poetry publications include Cortland Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Phoebe (The George Mason Review), Chiron Review, Iowa Review, Fragments (UK) and Fieralingue Poets Corner (Italy). His novel in verse, Situations, was published in 2002; another collection, My Night With the Language Thieves, in 2000, both by Ye Olde Font Shoppe Press. He has written about 20th Century poets for the forthcoming Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets, and about music and musicians for The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. He is the author of The New Country Music Encyclopedia. Current projects include a novel which is a rollicking comic romp through the McCarthy Era and the CIA overthrow of the Mossadegh government in Iran, and Take Five: Poems in 5/4 Time, for Ye Olde Font Shoppe Press.

He is president and artistic director of Opus 40, in Saugerties, NY (

Yuyutsu RD Sharma (Ram Dass) - TRecipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He has published seven poetry collections, including, Annapurna Poems, (Nirala, 2007) A Photographic and Poetic Journey to the Foot of Everest, (Epsilonmedia, Germany, 2006) with German photographer Andreas Stimm and recently a translation of Irish poet Cathal O’ Searcaigh poetry in Nepali in a bilingual collection entitled, Kathmandu: Poems: Selected and New, 2006. He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry.

Widely traveled author, he has read his works at several prestigious places including Poetry Café, London, Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Belfast, Western Writers' Centre, Galway, WB Yeats' Centre, Sligo, Gustav Stressemann Institute, Bonn, Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, The Guardian Newsroom, London, Arnofini, Bristol, Borders, London, Royal Society of Dramatic Arts, London, Gunter Grass House, Bremen, GTZ, Kathmandu, Ruigoord, Amsterdam, Nehru Centre, London, Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Indian International Centre, New Delhi, and Villa Serbelloni, Italy. He has held workshop in creative writing and translation at Queen's University, Belfast, and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany.

His works have appeared in Poetry Review, Chanrdrabhaga, Sodobnost, Amsterdam Weekly, Indian Literature, Irish Pages, Omega, Howling Dog Press, Exiled Ink, Iton77, Little Magazine, The Telegraph, Indian Express and Asiaweek.

Born at Nakodar, Punjab and educated at Baring Union Christian College, Batala and later at Rajasthan University, Jaipur, Yuyutsu remained active in the literary circles of Rajasthan and acted in plays by Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, and Edward Albee. Later he taught at various campuses of Punjab University, and Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu.

The Library of Congress has nominated his recent book of Nepali translations entitled Roaring Recitals; Five Nepali Poets as Best Book of the Year 2001 from Asia under the Program, A World of Books International Perspectives.

Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovanian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. Currently in Europe, he edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and contributes literary columns to Nepal’s leading daily, The Himalayan Times and Newsfront Weekly. He has completed his first novel.

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