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 Frank Boyer and Guy Reed will be the featured readers when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at the Colony Cafe, 22 Rock City Road, on January 14, 2012. 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.


Frank Boyer - Frank Boyer started writing with the goofy idea of “becoming a writer” when he was 20 years old. The idea gave some sort of focus to his ongoing mania, as he bounced here and there, scattering himself across the landscape. He has been writing ever since, one way or another.

Landing in New York City in the late 1970’s to pursue an interest in dance and performance, he stuck around there for 15 years that spanned the 1980’s. He participated in the performance art scene of the Lower East Side, collaborating with the normal bunch of lunatics, performing at PS122, LaMama, and other funky-chic venues. Occasionally he ventured uptown of 14th Street, usually to go to an art museum or catch a poetry reading, or to work at one of the legion of ludicrous jobs he scammed his way into in order to support his art habit.

In the late 1980’s, when he was an artist in residence at Tompkins Square Library, he began to build installations using found objects and “talismans” from his past. He still occasionally creates large-scale works with performance and installation elements. He has recently published a chapbook, Jumping Out of My Skin, and is working on a second one, as well as a full-length manuscript that draws upon Greek and Egyptian mythology to examine the processes of grief. For the last two or so years he has been writing haiku and haiku-related poems every day. He teaches visual and performing arts-related subjects at SUNY-New Paltz and SUNY-Ulster.


Guy Reed - poet and essayist, is the author of the poetry chapbook, The Effort To Hold Light, (2011 Finishing Line Press). His poems have appeared in Home Planet News, Ulster Magazine and several anthologies including: Lifeblood (2011 Chickaree Press), The Goat Hill Poets (2010: Post Traumatic Press) and Riverine (2007: Codhill Press). He is a 15-year resident of the Catskill Mountains where he lives with his wife and their two children.


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