For Immediate Release

Poets Bobbi Katz and Cheryl A. Rice will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, on Saturday, October 20th at 2pm. Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of every month except for October, when it is held on the 3rd Saturday.

The readings will be hosted by Woodstock area poet Phillip Levine. All meetings are free and open to the public.


Bobbi Katz - Bobbi Katz feels her ease with rhyme and rhythm is the result of growing up when the radio brought jazz and jingles into American homes. Although she also writes for adults, she's been publishing books for young people since the 1970's.

Her collection of poems, ONCE AROUND THE SUN, published by Harcourt, was included the Booksense list of the Ten Best Poetry Books of 2006 announced last April. Although it was last on the list, preceded by collections by Seamus Heaney, Ted Kooser, Alan Ginsberg, Katz felt it was a validation of what was formerly just a theory: transmigration of the soul. Surely her long-gone grandmother from Bialystok has been reincarnated as an as yet unidentified big mouth in the world of independent book store owners! ONCE AROUND THE SUN also was one of two books given the "Growing Good Kids" Excellence in Children's Literature award. The program was established to identify books that nurture appreciation of nature.

Last spring Greenwillow/Harper Collins published TRAILBLAZERS: POEMS OF EXPLORATION. It is a collection of over 60 well-researched poems written in the first-person voices that try to re-imagine the personal doing the extraordinary.

Cheryl A. Rice - Born on Long Island in 1962, Cheryl A. Rice has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She has had both poems and prose published in Chronogram, The Country and Abroad, The Florida Review, The Gathering of the Tribes, Home Planet News, Mangrove, Other: -----, The Temple/El Templo, Ulster Magazine, and The Woodstock Times, and online at,, and She has lived in New York's Hudson Valley for over 25 years.

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