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 Mary Kathryn Jablonski and Will Nixon will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, on Saturday, October 11th 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.


Mary Kathryn Jablonski - Saratoga Springs poet Mary Kathryn Jablonski has recently released a chapbook titled To the Husband I Have Not Yet Met (published by A.P.D.). Woven with threads of humor, the poems explore memory, longing, and imagination.

Jablonski is a visual artist and poet who is assistant director of the Schick Art Gallery at Skidmore College. In past lives she has worked as a graphic artist, caterer, photo shoot stylist, barista, window display designer, and mannequin dresser, among other things.

From 2000 to 2005, Jablonski was director of the Saratoga Poetry Zone, inviting such renowned poets as Andrew Hudgins, Martín Espada, Denise Duhamel, and Brigit Pegeen Kelly to the Saratoga region. She also initiated and curated a program of literary readings to complement exhibits at the Arts Center Gallery in downtown Saratoga Springs where she was gallery director from 1999-2002. She has read her poems throughout the Capital District, including at the historic Caffè Lena and has been published in widely recognized journals like the Beloit Poetry Journal and the Healing Muse. In 2007 she was awarded a NYSCA grant to create a new series of artworks and poems and interview artist/writers on the Internet.

She has studied art at Cazenovia College, Skidmore College, Studio Art Centers International (Florence, Italy), the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art, and the University at Albany.

Will Nixon - Will Nixon's new book, My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse (FootHills Publishing), offers poems from his experiences growing up in the Connecticut suburbs, then living in Hoboken and Manhattan as a young man, and finally moving to a Catskills log cabin. His previous chapbooks are When I Had It Made (Pudding House) and The Fish Are Laughing (Pavement Saw). He's working on several new chapbooks, including one inspired by Night of the Living Dead. In the past as a journalist, he was a contributing editor to The Amicus Journal, published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a correspondent for The Adirondack Explorer. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and and listed in The Best American Essays of 2004. He now lives in Woodstock.

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