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 Allen Fischer and Barbara Ungar will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Colony Cafe (22 Rock City Road), on Saturday, July 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.


Allen Fischer - Allen Fischer draws on business background in his poetry.

Retired as director of marketing for a nationwide firm, his writing is as likely to mine the images and conflicts of the world of business as it is to describe the seasonal extremes of upstate New York.

Although he lives for the most part (90%) in Saugerties, NY, he can also be found in Brooklyn, NY, and for 3 weeks in summer near Hamburg, Germany, his wife's home town.

From the Philadelphia area, a graduate of Haverford College, he attended Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, served in the US Army in Washington DC and in Italy.

He came to poetry relatively late. For about 12 years, he worked closely with poet William Matthews.

Fischer has published widely in journals such as The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Rattle and River Styx. In 1997, his poems were selected for inclusion in the Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry and Bright Hill Press' Out of the Catskills and Just Beyond, and in 2006, Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers.


Barbara Ungar - Barbara Louise Ungar's startling new book, Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life, blends diabolical humor and dead-seriousness in its exploration of marriage, divorce and women's history. Judge Denise Duhamel writes, “Hilarious, gritty, punch-in-the-gut honest, these poems are perfect for romantics, cynics, and every kind of reader in between.”

Ungar's most recent poetry collection, The Origin of the Milky Way, won the 2006 Gival Press Poetry Award, an Independent Publishers' Silver Book Award, an Eric J. Hoffer award, and was a co-winner of the Adirondack Center for Writing Award for Best Book of Poetry 2007. An English professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, Ungar is also the author of Thrift, Sequel, and Haiku In English.


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