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Le Moyne College to Host Poetry Reading

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a poetry reading by Elizabeth Twiddy and Tara Taylor ’00 on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Reilley Room, located in Reilly Hall. The reading is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Twiddy’s first full-length collection of poems is “Love-Noise” (Standing Stone Books, 2010), the electronic version of which won the Gold Medal in Poetry from the eLit Book Awards. She won The Joyce Carol Oates Award for Poetry from Syracuse University, and four of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. To date, two of her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s NPR program, “The Writer’s Almanac,” and she is currently featured in an interview on “The Writer’s Almanac Bookshelf.” She has a chapbook, “Zoo Animals in the Rain” (Turtle Ink Press, 2009). Most recently, her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, POOL, The Alembic, H_NGM_N, the Australian journal Skive, and elsewhere. She is on the faculty, teaching poetry workshops and literature courses at the Syracuse YMCA’s Downtown Writer’s Center and serves as an editor for the poetry journal Comstock Review. Twiddy has been commissioned by the Society for New Music to write the libretto for an opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage, a project on which she is currently engaged.

Twiddy holds degrees in biochemistry and chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, where she designed and synthesized a molecule that aids in cancer detection. She began a doctorate in pharmacology at Yale, then worked in research laboratories at the Dartmouth College Medical School before earning her master’s degree in poetry at Syracuse University. She has taught writing and literature at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and at Le Moyne College and has worked with students in the Syracuse City Schools on numerous projects, including the U.S. Poet Laureate Project, Literacy through Creative Expression. She lives in Syracuse with her husband, the composer Edward Ruchalski, who has set a number of her poems to music for choir and for piano. For more, visit elizabethtwiddy.com/

Tara Taylor’s poetry has appeared in Poet Lore, Nimrod, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Grove Review, Inkwell Journal, and elsewhere. Taylor was a finalist in the 2010 River Styx International Poetry Contest and the 14th Annual Inkwell Poetry Contest. She was also a semi-finalist in the 2011 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She earned a bachelor’s degree from le Moyne College. Taylor received a master’s degree in poetry from North Carolina State University, where she was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2011 Academy of American Poets Prize and in 2010 was awarded the Brenda Smart Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of the John LaHey Award in Writing as well as a Newhouse Writing Award from Le Moyne College. She currently resides in Portland, Ore.

For more information, contact Dr. David Lloyd, director of the creative writing program at lloyd@lemoyne.edu or (315) 445-4261.

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posted on: 9/28/2011