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: www.artsinwoodstock.org

Poets Eve Packer and Matthew Hupert will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Colony Cafe (22 Rock City Road), on Saturday, June 11th 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.

Bios:

Eve Packer - Bronx-born, graduate of University of Michigan, attended Girton College, Cambridge, degrees from London School of Economics & NYU. She has traveled extensively in Europe and Latin America, and has taught at Queens & City Colleges, the New School, for 1199, and is a retired Home Instruction teacher.

An actress for many years, then performance artist and poet, she has published and performed widely, and has received grants and award from NYSCA, NYFA, the NEH, Jerome, Puffin and Chester H. Jones Foundations, and a Time to Consider: the Arts Respond to 9/11, also two Downtown Poet of the Year awards, and most recently first prize in Conceit Magazine's Juanita Torrence-Thomas Poetry Contest.

She has published two books: skulls head samba and playland poems 1994-2004 (Fly By Night Press). She also has 2 single and 4 full-length poetry/jazz CD's (w/ saxophonist Noah Howard): that look (Boxholder), west frm 42nd, cruisin w/moxie, and eve packer noah howard now playing (altsax, northcountry), and Dec '10 the two-track, first and last.

She lives downtown, has one son, and swims daily.

From Dennis Duggan (of Newsday):' a woman of talent, imagination, a mind that engages you in ways you seldom encounter.' From Donald Hall (Ploughshares, spring '05): ..I salute her as the Weegee poet..'

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Matthew Hupert - Matthew Hupert is a multi-media artist, writer, and that rarest of birds — the Native New Yorker. He believes the primary role of the Artist is to be the stick that your Zen master smacks you in the head with. His poetry has been published in The Formalist, the contemporary dada poetry and art journal Maintenant, and the anthology 150 Contemporary Sonnets.

His new full length collection, Ism is a Retrovirus, has been lauded by Mondo 2000 editor R.U. Sirius, and raved about by Jack Kerouac and Grateful Dead biographer Dennis McNally, who notes "[Hupert] sees how the words work, listens to them working, feels their meaning and spits 'em out. I love his poetry."

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