Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 7:00 pm, poets Catherine Sasanov and Pat Schneider will complete the fourth season of the Collected Poets Series. Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA. ($2-5 suggested donation)
Catherine Sasanov’s latest book of poems, Had Slaves (Sentence Book Award, Firewheel Editions, 2010) was recently named a 2011 Must Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Catherine is also the author of Traditions of Bread and Violence (Four Way Books) and All the Blood Tethers (Northeastern University Press), as well as the libretto for Las Horas de Belén: A Book of Hours, a bi-national (U.S.-Mexico), bilingual theater collaboration commissioned by Mabou Mines. Her current work, funded in part by the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, explores what rushes in to fill the void when evidence of slavery’s past has been eradicated from the landscapes in which it once thrived.
Poet and author of nine books including five volumes of poems, Writing Alone & With Others (Oxford University Press), and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography, Pat Schneider’s libretti have been performed and recorded at Tanglewood and in Carnegie Hall by Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony. Her work has been featured on NPR, on National Public Television, and fourteen times on Garrison Keillor’s “Writers Almanac.” Pat is founder and director emerita of Amherst Writers & Artists and AWA Press. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her forthcoming book is titled: How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice. You can find her on the web at www.patschneider.com.