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:

Poet and Editor Jane Ormerod (poet/editor hell strung and crooked, Uphook Press) w/contributors Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Robert Gibbons, Bruce Weber (maybe) will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Colony Cafe (22 Rock City Road), on Saturday, April 9th 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.

Uphook Press poets Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Robert Gibbons and (maybe) Bruce Weber along with editor/poet Jane Ormerod

Uphook Press is a New York City-based publisher specializing in work by poets and spoken words artists who love both the ink and the mike. hell strung and crooked is their second anthology, taken from open submission with the aim to promote a nationwide community of performing poets. hell strung and crooked also includes interviews with National Book award winner Mark Doty, and the Danish writer-performer Claus Ankersen.

Jane Ormerod is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Recreational Vehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, 2009), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Find out more at

Mary McLaughlin Slechta is the author of the collection Wreckage on a Watery Moon (Foothills Publishing), and two chapbooks. Her work recently appeared in Common Ground and was included in Rattle's Tribute to African American Poets. An associate editor with The Comstock Review, she lives in Syracuse, NY.

Robert Gibbons is originally from Palm Beach County, Florida. He now lives in New York City where he performs his poetry in a wide variety of venues.

(tentative) Bruce Weber is the author of five published books of poetry, including The Break-up of My First Marriage (Rogue Scholars Press, 2009). He performs throughout the tri-state area, both alone and with his performance group, Bruce Weber's No Chance Ensemble. Senior Curator at the National Academy Museum, Bruce splits his time between homes in New York City and Saugerties.


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