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Sunday, August 19, 2018
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12:00pm [12:00pm] Vigil PA&E
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Peace/Anti-War vigil at corner of East Ave. and Goodman Street, Rochester. All are welome!

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2:00pm [2:00pm] August reading featuring poet LAURA KLINKON, followed by our Open Mic.
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Join us on Sunday, August 19, 2 pm at Legacy at Cranberry Landing for our August reading featuring poet LAURA KLINKON, followed by our Open Mic. Laura Klinkon was born in Sicily, and her family moved to the Unites States when she was ten. She earned her B.A.in languages from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A in literature from American University in Washington D.C. where she also worked and married before she and her husband moved to Rochester in 1979. She has held numerous jobs writing, editing, and translating, for example: the Library of Congress, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, and the National Education Association. She has also done copywriting for Kodak and worked at the UR Cancer Center in their publications department. She began seriously writing poetry when she retired in 2004, and in 2013, published a book-length collection, Trying to Find You, dealing with her mother's illness and death. In 2017 she published two satirical chapbooks Kitchen Abrasives and Looking Askance. In July of this year, she published a book of translations into Italian of sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay, for which she was granted a residency in Rome last year. She's also published op-ed pieces in the local Messenger Post newspapers and, in 2014, had an eight-month run in the online journal, Canto. In 2013 and 2014, she was one of the featured poets in the Eastman School's Women in Music Festival. Laura's notes that her poetry professor at American University told her that her poems evoke the phrase "I know." Yet, what always strikes her is how much she doesn't know, and many of her poems reflect the effort to figure things out. She says it's like E.M. Forster's question, "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" Or from her own standpoint, "How do I know what I'll say until I write it?" While this might sound confusing, Laura feels confusion is often a starting point for poetry. And confusion can be funny, which she feels is the only resolution to some of the questions she confronts. Don't forget that our Open Mics are NOT limited to poets: singers, musicians, short fiction writers/memorists, storytellers, comics, and even dancers are also welcome. Even if you can't join us, if you know folks who might enjoy coming, to perform or as audience members, pass the word and send them the following public link to this invite: http://j.mp/RoPo1808 You can also support RoPo's ongoing efforts with an annual membership, which is still only $20. To join using your credit/debit card, go to http://squareup.com/store/rochester-poets/ Our readings are FREE and open to the public; donations to support Rochester Poets are encouraged and gratefully accepted. Refreshments served. See you on Sunday, Frank Judge President Rochester Poets 585-260-9005 UPCOMING Sep 16: Oct 21: Nov 18: Dec 2: Jan 20: Feb 17: Mar 17: 100,000 Poets for Change Doug Curry Jack Bradigan Spula 2018 Holiday Celebration Michael Ketchek Hugh Mitchell TBA

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