Writers Salon – Robert Benson & Bertha Rogers
February 18, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Online - Virtual Zoom Meeting
February kicks off our 2021 Writers Salon series, and we are thrilled to share that we will be featuring our good friend and supporter, Robert Bensen AND Bright Hill Press founder Bertha Rogers! The salon will take place via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 18th at 7:30.
A bit about the featured poets:
Robert Bensen has published six collections of poetry, most recently Before (Five Oaks Press), and Orenoque, Wetumka & Other Poems (Bright Hill Press). Poems have appeared in Agni, Akwe:kon, Antioch Review, Callaloo, Caribbean Writer, Jamaica Journal, Native Realities, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry Wales, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Thomas Hardy Review, and many other journals and anthologies. He has also published essays and editions of West Indian and Native American writing. He directed the writing programs at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, from 1978 to 2017. His writing has won fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University, the State of New York, Illinois Arts Council, the Robert Penn Warren Award, and others. He has conducted the Seeing Things Poetry Workshop at Bright Hill Literary Center since March 2019.
Bertha Rogers’s poems appear in literary journals and in her poetry collections, including Wild, Again (Salmon Poetry, Ireland); Heart Turned Back (Salmon Poetry, Ireland); and Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen Press, NY), as well as several chapbooks. Her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, was published by Birch Brook Press, Delhi, NY) in 2000, and her translation of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, was published in 2019 (Six Swans Artist Editions, Delhi, NY). With her late husband, Ernest M. Fishman, she founded Bright Hill Press & Literary Center in 1992 (in their home) and began, among other programs, the Word Thursdays Reading Series, Bright Hill Book Publishing (publishing more than 100 poetry and anthology collections; she still serves as editor in chief), the Word & Image Gallery program, and the Bright Hill Literary Workshops for Kids. Working with the Bright Hill Board of directors, she and Fishman led the drive to move the organization to a permanent home in Treadwell and, later, to build the Bright Hill Community Library. As a teaching artist, she has taught poetry in New York City and state schools and edited more than 150 anthologies of student work. She is Delaware County’s Poet Laureate.
As a reminder, Writers Salon takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month and begins at 7:30 pm (the Zoom session opens at 7:15). The event begins with an open mic, and guests are encouraged to read personal works in this casual & welcoming environment (open mic is limited to 5 minutes per reader–please sign up in advance). At 8:00, our guests will begin the featured reading.
Free & Open to the public.
Hope to see you there!
Annie Kuhn & Bhala Jones, Co-chairs
Thank you to Unalam.com for sponsoring this event.