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 Donald Lev and Linda Lerner will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Colony Cafe (22 Rock City Road), on Saturday, August 13th 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.


Donald Lev - Donald Lev, born in New York City, attended Hunter College and worked in the wire rooms of the Daily News and the New York Times, drove a cab for twenty years, and operated the Home Planet Bookshop on the Lower East Side. His earliest published poems were in 1958, his first small press magazine, HYN Anthology, first appeared in 1969, the same year he appeared as the Poet in Robert Downey, Sr.'s classic film, Putney Swope. In 1979, he and his late wife, the poet Enid Dame, founded the newsprint literary review, Home Planet News, which he continues publishing. The latest collections of his poetry are The Darkness Above: Selected Poems 1968-2002 (CRS Red Hill Outloudbooks, Claryville, NY, 2008), and a chapbook, Only Wings: 20 Poems of Devotion (Presa Press, Rockford, MI, 2010).


Linda Lerner - Linda Lerner was born and educated in New York City; her next full length collection will be published by New York Quarterly Books in the Spring, 2011.

She's published thirteen collections of poetry. The most recent: Something Is Burning In Brooklyn (2009, Iniquity Press/ Vendetta Books) Living In Dangerous Times (Presa Press, 2007) and City Woman (March Street Press, Fall, 2006, both Small Press Reviews' Picks). Two previous collections also had that honor; she's been nominated twice for a pushcart prize.

In 1995 she and Andrew Gettler began Poets on the Line, ( the first poetry anthology on the Net for which she received two grants. She is also a contributing editor of Home Planet News.

She's published in the New York Quarterly, Onthebus, Louisiana Review, Paterson Literary Review, Ragged Lion Anthology, Chiron Review, Tribes, Van Gogh's Ear, Home Planet News, New Verse News, Danse Macabre, Rusty Truck, She has given readings at the Bowery Poetry club (the Beat Hour) hosted by George Wallace, Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia Street Cafe, and various other venues around NYC and throughout the country.


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