A number of poets are scheduled to read from their works this
fall at the Poetry Center at Smith College.
On Nov. 16, Roald Hoffmann, a Holocaust survivor, winner of the
Nobel Prize for chemistry and author of three collections of poems,
will give an afternoon reading at the Neilson Browsing Room in
the Smith College Library. The program starts at 3:30 p.m.
Henri Cole, who is currently Conkling Writer-in-Residence at
Smith and whose most recent work is "The Visible Man," will give
a reading on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room.
Rounding out the fall schedule, both Elizabeth Alexander and
Ellen Dore Watson, will read from their works on Dec. 10 at 7:30
p.m. at Davis Ballroom. Alexander was Conkling Writer-in- Residence
at Smith from 1997-1999 and the first director of the Poetry Center.
Watson serves as an editor of "The Massachusetts Review" and has
been director of the Poetry Center since 1999.
The 2001-2002 poetry series is supported by a gift from Sylvia
K. Burack, class of 1938 and long-time editor and publisher of
two magazines, "The Writer" and "Plays."
The position of Conkling Writer-in-Residence is
named for Grace Hazard Conkling, who graduated from Smith in 1899.
She was a member of the English Department from 1914 until her
retirement as full professor in 1947. An accomplished poet, her
work was published in such periodicals as the Yale Review, Atlantic
Monthly and Harper's. The Conkling
Writer-in-Residence Fund was established in her honor in 1992.
Kirby Titles Reissued
Northampton writer, former city councilor, community activist,
and sometime reporter for downstreet.net, Mike Kirby, has
announced the formation of Hard Knocks Press, which will re-issue
two of his earlier works, "The Technician" and "The Rostoff
"The Technician," an illustrated novella first printed
in 1981, is planned as the first of a series of Peter Doyle
novellas about working life that Kirby plans to put out
in the coming years.
According to Kirby, the historical basis for "The Technician"
derives from the three years he spent between 1959 and 1962
working as an atomic weapons technician for the U.S. Navy,
stationed in New Mexico and Nevada.
The book was illustrated by Peter Laird before he gained
fame for his work on the Ninja Turtles publications.
"The Rostoff Effect," originally published in 1997 by
Rumor Press, is Kirby's examination of the tangled financial
and ownership history of the Hotel Northampton. Signed copies
of the books are available at the Broadside Bookshop and
Beyond Words in Northampton. Proceeds from the sale of these
titles, Kirby said, will fund web-site start-up costs and
a legal review of his work in progress, "All Dressed Up
and Nowhere to Go," a history of the Heritage Bank failure.