Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

As seen in the New Yorker, NY Times, Time Out NY and Four Seasons Magazine

January 13th’s WINTER POETRY Salon features readings by five notable poets — Diana Whitney, Adam Penna, Sarah Gutowski, Jared Harel, and Jennifer Michael Hecht — followed by discussion on the balance of active family life and creative career moderated by novelists M. M. De Voe (founder of Pen Parentis, Ltd) and Christina Chiu (2015 Pen Parentis curator). Please RSVP to this event.


Diana Whitney’s first collection of poetry, Wanting It, was released in August 2014 by Harbor Mountain Press. She graduated from Dartmouth College and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and attended the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Diana’s essays and poems have appeared in many publications, including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Numero Cinq, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and the Crab Orchard Review. Her irreverent parenting column, Spilt Milk, was syndicated for four years in several newspapers, garnered a loyal readership, ran as a commentary series on VPR, and is now being collected into a book. Diana lives in Brattleboro, VT with her husband, two daughters (ages 7 and 9), and fourteen chickens. www.diana-whitney.com

Adam Penna is the author of two books of poems, Little Songs & Lyrics to Genji and The Love of a Sleeper. His forthcoming book, Talk of Happiness, will be published by S4N press in late 2015. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been featured on Verse Daily. He is an associate professor of English at Suffolk County Community College and lives in East Moriches with his love, six cats and two wonderful stepchildren.

Sarah Kain Gutowski is the author of Fabulous Beast: The Sow, a chapbook published by Hyacinth Girl Press, and an Associate Professor of English at Suffolk County Community College. Her work has been published in Stirring: A Literary Collection, Verse Wisconsin Online, Verse Daily, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Epiphany, The Threepenny Review, and So to Speak: A Feminist Journal. She keeps a record of her writing life, experience in academia, and motherhood at http://mimsyandoutgrabe.blogspot.com.

Jared Harel is the author of ‘The Body Double’, a narrative long poem published by Brooklyn Arts Press. His poems have recently appeared in such journals as Tin House, American Poetry Review, The Southern Review and The Threepenny Review. He teaches writing at Nassau Community College, plays drums for the rock band, The Dust Engineers, and lives in Astoria, NY with his wife and two-year old daughter.

Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, intellectual historian, and commentator. She has published three books of poetry, most recently Who Said, with Copper Canyon in 2013. Her first book, The Next Ancient World won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, and Publisher’s Weekly called her second poetry book, Funny, “One of the most original and entertaining books of the year.” She has also written award-winning history and philosophy books. She has been a guest on Hardball MSNBC, The Brian Lehrer Show, and On Being, and her work appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, American Poet, Politico, and The Washington Post. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, NPR puzzle guru John Chaneski, and their son Max, 10, and daughter, Jessie, 8, where they all await further news on Max’s middle school picks.


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