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22nd Annual Poetry Festival scheduled

9/14/2004 —

The 22nd annual Hayfield Poetry Festival will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2004 in Hayfield House at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The festival will feature workshops and readings with two popular poets, Jay Leeming and Antonio Vallone. Workshops will be conducted by the poets from 9-11 a.m. and are limited to 15 participants for each one. Pre-registration is required and a complementary lunch is included.

Poetry readings from 1-2:30 PM are free and open to the public. Booksignings will follow the afternoon readings during which time visitors may talk with the poets and purchase their books. A coffee/tea reception will follow.

Jay Leeming earned an MFA from New School University and currently resides in Ithaca, NY. He has been a featured reader at Butler University, at the Woodstock Poetry Festival, at the Omega Institute in Rheinbeck, and at Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference. His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines including The Bitter Oleander, Northwest Review, Euphony, Heliotrope and Ploughshares and his first book, Dynamite on a China Plate, is forthcoming from Backwaters Press.

Antonio Vallone is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Penn State DuBois. The author of two previous collections of poems, The Blackbird’s Applause and Grass Saxophones, as well as a chapbook-length poem, Chinese Bats, he is also the publisher of MAMMOTH books, a literary press, and the editor of PENNSYLVANIA ENGLISH, the journal of the Pennsylvania affiliate of the College English Association.

This free poetry series is offered as a public service to the community by Penn State Wilkes-Barre and through  the generosity of the festival sponsors. For more information or to register for the poetry festival, contact David Chin, Ph.D. at 570-675-9247 or dpc5@psu.edu.

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