URI Writers Collective sponsors reading
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 22, 1999 -- The University of Rhode Island
Writers Collective and the URI Foundation will host a poetry reading featuring
authors Janet Kaplan and Michele F. Cooper on Thursday, Feb. 11. Free and
open to the public, the reading will take place from 45 p.m., in the Hoffmann
Common Room of Independence Hall on the Kingston Campus. Refreshments and
conversation will follow the readings.
Janet Kaplan of Brooklyn, N.Y., attended Lehman College and Columbia
University and earned her MFA degree in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.
Her poems have appeared in MS., the Paris Review, the Massachusetts Review,
American Literary Review, the, Greensboro Review, among others. A chapbook,
The Solid Ground, was published in 1996 by the Premier Poets chapbook series.
Kaplan,s first full-length collection of poetry The Groundnote, won the
1997 Alice James Books New England and New York Competition and was published
in 1998 by Alice James. Kaplan is the recipient of fellowships and residencies
at Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and
the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She was the winner of the BRIO award
(an artist,s grant) in poetry from the Bronx Council on the Arts and has
taught creative writing at SUNY in Old Westbury and at Hofstra University.
Michele F. Cooper of Portsmouth, R.I., is the author of two books, numerous
essays and articles, and poetry which has appeared in journals such as Nedge,
Black Buzzard Review, Faultline, Atom Minde, Sea Change, Women on Women,
the Frontier, Arachne, and World Order. She is the founding editor of The
Newport Review and Crane,s Nest: Wisdom of the Elderwoman, and a chapbook
series, Premier Poets. She holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University
of Rhode Island, and is listed in a number of Who,s Who books. She and Kaplan
met at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
The URI Writer,s Collective is under the direction of English Professor
Don Kunz of N. Kingstown, Assistant Professor Stephen Barber of Providence,
and Tina Letcher of Kingston a URI English Dept. graduate and author. Most
readings will feature URI faculty, staff, alumni, or graduate students,
but occasionally, other authors will be showcased. University alumni, faculty,
staff, or graduate students interested in reading their work may contact
Kunz at 874-4337 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For More Information: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-2116