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 Jackie Sheeler, Mary Eliza Crane, and Sharmagne Leland-St. Johnwill be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Colony Cafe (22 Rock City Road), on Saturday, May 14th 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.


Jackie Sheeler - Jackie Sheeler is a native New Yorker, an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and renegade. Her first collection, The Memory Factory, won the Magellan Prize (Buttonwood Press, 2002). When her second book, Off the Cuffs, Poems by and about the Police, was released by Soft Skull (2003), Thomas Lux said “This anthology should be in every police station in the US!” Three Rooms Press published her chapbook, to[o] long, in 2008 and a second full-length collection, Earthquake Came to Harlem, was published by NYQ Books in 2010. Other publication credits include anthologies and journals such as Bum Rush the Page, The Bandana Republic, New York Quarterly, Rattapallax and Long Shot.


Mary Eliza Crane - Mary Eliza Crane grew up in New England and began writing poetry at age fourteen to reconcile the incongruencies of life. Poetry remains the one constant to which Mary always returns. In the Adirondacks she fell madly, passionately and desirously in love with the natural world. A transplant to the Cascade foothills of the Pacific Northwest, her voice lives in the understory and fog of the Snoqualmie River. A fusion of this one true love and a deep understanding of what makes us human, she writes simultaneously of the personal, political and natural world. A regular feature at poetry venues in the Puget Sound region, her first volume of poetry What I Can Hold In My Hands was published in 2009 by Gazoobi Tales. At First Light, also published by Gazoobi Tales will be released in early 2011.

“Mary...writes with irony, eloquence and an emotion that illuminates the darkness.” (KGBond)


Sharmagne Leland-St. John - 4 time Pushcart Prize nominee, is a Native American poet, concert performer, lyricist, artist, and film maker. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the poetry e-zine Quill & Parchment ( Sharmagne spends time between her home in the Hollywood Hills, in Southern California, her fly fishing lodge on the Stillaguamish River in the Pacific Northwest, and her summer residence in Woodstock. She tours the United States, Canada, and England as a performance poet. She has published 4 collections of poetry: Unsung Songs (2003), Silver Tears and Time (2005), Contingencies (2008) La Kalima (2010); and has co-authored a book on film production design: Designing Movies: Portrait of a Hollywood Art-ist (Greenwood/Praeger 2006).


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