Oct. 3 / “Six Poets Short of a Sonnet” to Read at Boulder’s Innisfree Bookstore this Thursday, Oct. 6

Oct. 3 / This coming Thursday, October 6, a group of poets styling themselves “Six Poets Short of a Sonnet,” and including WSC MFA students Malinda Miller and Susan Spear along with other students of David J. Rothman’s from Lighthouse (Andrea Doray, Joslyn Green, Martha Kalin, Dale Schellenger, Jody Sorenson and Rich Uhrlaub) will read at 7 pm in Boulder at the wonderful Innisfree Bookstore, which is at 1203 13th St. Innisfree’s website doesn’t have too much in the way of scheduling info, so I’ll post the press release in here. These are some terrifically talented and committed writers — come out and hear them strut their stuff:
Innisfree Bookstore / Thursday October 6 / 7PM
Six Poets Short… of a Sonnet
SPSS writers have shared poems and enthusiasm every couple of weeks for the nearly four years. Perhaps most important, we¹ve helped each other deepen our poetic skills. 

From a core group of three who first met in courses in metrical poetry taught by David J. Rothman through Lighthouse Writers, the group has evolved to its present 8+ motley members. Some of us are working on low-residency MFAs in poetry at Western State College, a couple of are Ph.D. types, others have written fiction and articles and texts. (And so forth: motley.) What we have in common is aspiration and a desire to join the great conversation that is poetry.

Member bios (alphabetical order):

Andrea Doray is an award-winning poet, a peacenik, and a former Cook of the Week. She’s published her shorts (fiction, that is), as well as her poetry, feature articles, and stories for children. She champions literacy, free speech, and funny stories, and she blogs, tweets, and talks in her sleep about all of the above.

Joslyn Green has read a lot, taught writing (essays) and literature (Russian), published some articles, edited glop, and (go figure) owned a small real estate brokerage. Along the way, she started wanting to write poetry.

Martha Kalin is a past winner of a Hopwood Award for Major Poetry from the University of Michigan, and recipient of several fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She spent years in health care management and now manages a retreat center and  ruminates on rhyme in the foothills outside Boulder.

Malinda Miller goes by two different names and considers both Nevada and Colorado home. She has a spouse and a work spouse, two careers, two sons, two laptops, two cell phones, two bachelor¹s degrees, and one master’s degree. Though the double life has not brought balance, she follows that illusion and is pursuing another master’s — an MFA in poetry with an emphasis in versecraft from Western State College of Colorado. If nothing else, she gets to spend two weeks in Gunnison every summer while she finishes the degree.

Dale Schellenger is a retired child psychologist and poet living in Denver.

Jody Sorenson has worked as a lawyer and psychologist, often advocating for children and young adults. She wrote prose for a long time, and five of her young adult novels have been published. About five years ago, she became interested in poetry, and writing poetry, and now she¹s hooked and very thankful for the support of classes at Lighthouse Writers¹ Workshop and her poetry group.

Susan Spear teaches at Colorado Christian University, and she is a student in the poetry concentration of the Extended Studies Program at Western State College. She lives in Elizabeth, Colorado, where she and her dog Lady Guinivere explore the dusty plains.

Rich Uhrlaub is a Colorado native who became fascinated with poetry thanks to Merrill Carter, his high school AP English teacher. Upon graduation from high school, he wrote little but launched into an unconscious decades-long campaign to amass content for future poems. His favorite poetry forms (at the moment) are rhyme royal and villanelle. Rich is a contributing author of Finding Our Place: 100 Memorable Adoptees, Fostered Persons and Orphanage Alumni (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2010).


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