Woodstock Poetry Society
Featured Reading and Open Mike
Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 2pm
Golden Notebook (Upstairs)

Cate McNider
Laurence Carr

Poets Cate McNider and Laurence Carr will be the featured readers, along with an open mike when the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival meets at Golden Notebook (Upstairs), 29 Tinker Street on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at 2pm.

Note: WPS&F meetings are held the 2nd Saturday (2pm) of every month at Golden Notebook (Upstairs).

Golden Notebook (Upstairs)
29 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498

The reading will be hosted by poet Phillip X Levine. All meetings are free, open to the public, and include an open mike.


Cate McNider - Cate McNider is an Alexander Technique teacher in addition to poet, painter and dancer. Much of her poetry is drawn from her body, inspired by nature and spirit perceptions within and without. Her debut collection, Separation and Return, (Vantage Press) in 2010 received rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly, The Midwest Review and Currents. She did a series of readings launching Separation and Return at NYC public libraries, Inspired Word and Woodstock Poetry Society. She is working on her next collection.


All is moving inside me,
allowing the flow of Nature’s power,
our consensual power, to exist.
Dark night covers my being,
I wake in deep space; the long arm
of the milky way comes from my back.
I am a dancing frog in the rainforest.
I am the swelling heat of summer.
I feel the waving wheat of the Great Plains.
I smell the soft air after a summer’s rain,
somewhere. I hear a bell far off,
and then it happens...
letting myself be done.

-Cate McNider


Laurence Carr - Laurence Carr (Vaudeville) has had plays produced throughout the U.S and Europe, including The Wakeville Stories, 36 Exposures, and The Voyage of Mary C.. His Off-Broadway play, Kennedy at Colonus, was cited in the Burns Mantle Best Plays Series. His novel, Pancake Hollow Primer, (Codhill Press), won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in 2013, and his poetry appears in numerous publications. He teaches dramatic and creative writing at SUNY New Paltz. Website: www.carrwriter.com

Saigon Cinnamon

sits innocently enough
         on the grocery shelf
         between the cardamon
         and cumin

bought without a second thought
         and ready for
         holiday baking

the rich brown bark
         peeled from trunks
         once deflowered from
         Agent Orange’s
         secret visits
         fertilized with
         blood and bone meal
         from half a world away

the label should read
         Ho Chi Mihn City cinnamon
a more complex meter
         but too many syllables
for a sexy brand that rolls off the tongue

         so we buy our Saigon cinnamon
a name whose metaphor and meaning
         are lost on those who weren’t witness

and the spice cakes and cookies
         will be served with grace
         with not a hint of aftertaste

-Laurence Carr


Developing WPS 2017 Schedule - all readings at Golden Notebook (Upstairs)

01/January 14th – Elizabeth J. Coleman; Lee Slonimsky
02/February 11th – Janet Hamill; Pauline Uchmanowicz
03/March 11th – Perry Nicholas; Peter Coco
04/April 8th – Matthew J. Spireng; Richard Levine
05/May 13th – Joel Lewis; Kate Reese Hurd
06/June 10th – Karen Corinne Herceg; Mike Jurkovic
07/July 8th – Donald Lev; Howard J. Kogan
08/August 12th – Paul Nash and the "Palisades Poets"
(John J. Trause, Denise La Neve, Josh Humphrey, Susanna Rich, Mort Rich, ...)
09/September 9th – Mary Makofske; TBA
10/October 14th – John Amen; Ken Holland
11/November 11th – Cate McNider; Laurence Carr
12/December 9th – Dante Kanter; Otis Kidwell Burger; and Annual Business Meeting

Also, why not become a 2017 Member of the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival?

Membership is $20 a year. (To join, send your check to the Woodstock Poetry Society, P.O. Box 531, Woodstock, NY 12498. Include your email address as well as your mailing address and phone number. Or join online at: www.woodstockpoetry.com/become.html). Your membership helps pay for meeting space rental, post-office-box rental, the WPS website, and costs associated with publicizing the monthly events. One benefit of membership is the opportunity to have a brief biography and several of your poems appear on this website.

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