A Taste Of Poetry

Shenandoah Arts CouncilThe Shenandoah Arts Council will be having a poetry reading on Saturday, October 20th at 7pm.  ”A Taste of Poetry” is a special collaborative event with The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and will feature local poets Ruth Holzer and Jennifer Atkinson.  An artist reception will take place after the reading.  The event is free, though donations are gladly accepted.


Ruth Holzer Bio:  Ruth Holzer grew up in New Jersey and later studied in London.   She has been published widely in magazines such as Southern Poetry Review, The Formalist, California Quarterly, Frogpond and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.  She has published two collections, The First Hundred Years (2004) andThe Solitude of Cities (2006).  A free-lance editor and translator, she has received the Edgar Allen Poe Award and the Members’ Prize from the Poetry Society of Virginia.  She has worked as a government writer, editor and linguist.

Jennifer Atkinson Bio:  Before joining the faculty at GMU, Jennifer Atkinson taught in Nepal and Japan, and at the University of Iowa and Washington University.  Her poetry and nonfiction can be read in Poetry, Field, Yale Review, Shenandoah, Image and elsewhere.  She has published four collections of poems: The Dogwood Tree, The Drowned City (which won the Samuel French Morse Prize), Drift Ice, and, in 2012,Canticle of the Night Path (which won Free Verse’s New Measure Prize).  She holds an MFA in poetry writing and an MA in creative nonfiction from Iowa.

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