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Le Moyne College to Host Poetry Reading

<p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a poetry reading by Rebecca Seiferle and Linda Pennisi on Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Reilley Room, located in Reilly Hall.<br /> <br /> Rebecca Seiferle's third poetry collection, “Bitters,” published by Copper Canyon Press, won the Western States Book Award and a Pushcart prize. Her previous collection, “The Music We Dance To” (Sheep Meadow 1999) won the 1998 Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, and poems from the collection were included in “Best American Poetry 2000” and in “The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women,” edited by Erin Belieu and Susan Aizenberg. Her first book, “The Ripped-Out Seam,” won the Bogin Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Writers' Exchange Award from Poets &amp; Writers, and the National Writers' Union Prize, and was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. <br /> <br /> Her translation of Vallejo's “The Black Heralds” was published in 2003, and her translations of Alfonso D'Aquino and Ernesto Lumbreras appeared in “Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry” (Copper Canyon 2002). Her translation of Vallejo's “Trilce” was a finalist for the 1992 PenWest Translation Award. <br /> <br /> She has regularly reviewed for The Harvard Review and Calyx , and her poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in over twenty-five anthologies. Seiferle holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York with a major in English and history and a minor in art history. In 1989, she received her MFA from Warren Wilson College. She taught English and creative writing for a number of years at San Juan College and has taught at the Provincetown Fine Arts Center, Key West Literary Seminar, Port Townsend Writer’s Conference, Gemini Ink, the Stonecoast MFA program, and has been poet-in-residence at Brandeis University. In 2004 she was awarded a poetry fellowship from the Lannan Foundation.<br /> <br /> Linda Pennisi’s second collection of poems, “Suddenly, Fruit,” was recently released by Carolina Wren Press as winner of their 2006 Poetry Series. Her first collection, “Seamless,” won the Perugia Press Intro Prize and was published in 2003. <br /> <br /> Pennisi has received an Individual Artists Grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, and a sampling of her poetry earned Perugia Press a Greenwall Fund Grant from the Academy of American Poets to support the publication of “Seamless.”<br /> <br /> Additionally, her collections were named first runner-up for the Philip Levine Prize and the Spire Press Chapbook Award; and a finalist for the Dorset Prize, the May Swenson Award and the Beatrice Hawley Award. Pennisi’s poems have appeared in literary journals such as McSweeny’s, Hunger Mountain, Natural Bridge, Faultline and Prairie Schooner and in the anthology “Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania” (Penn State University Press, 2005).<br /> <br /> Linda Pennisi has worked as a long-term adjunct professor in Le Moyne College’s English department, where she currently directs the creative writing program.<br /> <br /> The program is free and open to the public.</p>
posted on: 2/2/2007