Poetry And The Definition Of Voice

Beat Illustration by Derek Yaniger

Beat Illustration by Derek Yaniger

Poetry, in its many forms, has been an integral part of artistic expression for centuries. From the Greek, Chinese and, Egyptian ancients to today’s modern “slams”, poets have created a distinct language using metaphors, rhyming patterns and, stylistic layering. In this panel discussion, we focus on the words, symbols and, rhythms of poetry.  Some poems are written to evoke childhood memories or take our minds to faraway scenes while others are short horror stories or long, sultry love letters. The poet’s voice is a unique signature, offering imprinted new expression and meaning, using everyday words.

The Dimmick Inn

Saturday September 16th, 2pm - 4pm.

This event is free.

Norma Ketzis Bernstock

Norma Ketzis Bernstock

Norma Ketzis Bernstock is the moderator of this panel. Her poetry has appeared in many literary journals including Connecticut River Review, Paterson Literary Review, Exit 13, Edison Review and the anthologies, Voices From Here, Pennsylvania Seasons and Paterson the Poets’ City among many others. Her chapbook, Don’t Write a Poem About Me After I’m Dead, was published in 2011 by Big Table Publishing.

She is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective and the Writers Roundtable in Newton, NJ. For eight years she was an active member of the Highlands Photographic Gallery in Milford. Currently, her images are on display to the public at Milford’s Artisan Exchange.

Norma is the recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and recognition through the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.

Martin Jude Farawell

Martin Jude Farawell

Martin Jude Farawell is a Poet and playwright. He is the author of a chapbook Genesis: A Sequence of Poems, his work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Cortland Review, Literary Review, Maryland Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Review, Paintbrush, Poetry East, Southern Review, Tiferet and others; and in several anthologies, including Outsiders from Milkweed Editions and The Traveler's Vade Mecum from Red Hen Press.

He also directs the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Martin arrived at Dodge with two decades of experience coordinating poetry readings, teaching poetry and creative writing, and working in all areas of theatrical performance and production.

Martin’s plays have been performed off-off-Broadway and by regional, college, community, and international theaters from South Africa to Los Angeles. He has given hundreds of readings and talks at such venues as the Seattle Poetry Festival, Knitting Factory, Back Fence, AWP, New York University, The New School and at bookstores, coffee houses and community colleges. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, he has been the recipient of a writing fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a frequent Pushcart Prize nominee. 

UMeleni Mhlaba Adebo

UMeleni Mhlaba Adebo

UMeleni Mhlaba Adebo is a spoken word artist, poet, actor, singer, and an adjunct professor of English at Endicott College. She has been recognized for her work by organizations including the Roxbury Community College Teaching and Learning Center, the Boston Public Health Commission Adolescent Wellness Program, and American Idol Underground. Mhlaba Adebo has performed internationally and at venues including the Boston Opera House, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Scullers Jazz Club, the Book Cafe in Zimbabwe, the Horror Cafe in South Africa and

Bogobiri in Nigeria. Her most recent work is a volume of poems, Soul Psalms (She Writes Press, 2016).

Jean LeBlanc

Jean LeBlanc

Jean LeBlanc teaches English at Sussex County Community College and is active in the poetry life of Sussex County, New Jersey. She offers workshops on topics such as the haiku aesthetic, persona poems, and figurative language, and gives readings and poetry-related talks at numerous area venues. Her two most recent collections are A Field Guide to the Spirits (Aqueduct Press 2015) and The Opposite of Bird: Haiku and Haibun (Cyberwit.new 2015).

 

The poetry panel is organized by Roland Edwards Jr.