Sarah Singer, Christine Swanberg on Stage at PoetsWest
SEATTLE, WAPoetsWest at the Frye will showcase Sarah Singer on stage as the featured reader at the Frye Art Museum at 2 p.m., September 2. Singer will be joined by Judith Adams, Peter Bernstein, Arthur Ginsberg, Donald Kentop, Priscilla Long, Madella Quiring, Mark Rubin, Mary Santiago, Lina Schreier, Christine Swanberg, Pieter Zilinsky, and music by Karen M. Wiley. Admission to the performance is free, but a donation of $5 includes a copy of PoetsWest Literary Journal.
Sarah Singer is the author of three books of poetry, After the Beginning, Of Love and Shoes and The Gathering. She has won more than 50 awards for her poetry. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and educated at New York University. She has had a distinguished career in poetry circlespresident of the Seattle branch of The National League of American Pen Women from 1992 to 1994; executive director of the Reading Series for The Poetry Society of America from 1979 to 1983; consulting editor from 1976 to 1981 for Poet Lore; and vice-president of The Poetry Society of America from 1974 to 1978. The New York readings of the Poetry Society of America featured many prominent poets, including Derek Walcott, Lucille Clifton, Richard Howard and Joseph Brodsky.
She is a member of The Poetry Society of America, PEN, Poets & Writers, the National League of American Pen Women, and the Washington Poets Association. She is listed in numerous directories, including Whos Who in America, Whos Who in the World, Whos Who of American Women, Whos Who in the West, Whos Who in Entertainment, PEN and Poets & Writers.
Sarah Singer has received awards from the Washington Poets Association (2001, 1998), the National League of American Pen Women, both in their Biennial Letters Contest (2000) and the Palomar Branch in the structured verse category (international contest, 1999) and the Writers Digest award for structured verse. Her poems have appeared in several anthologies including American Women Poets, International Whos Who in Poetry, Diamond Anthology of The Poetry Society of America, Filtered Images, PoetsWest, and in newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Commentary, Yankee, McCalls, The Fiddlehead, The Lyric, etc.
Christine Swanberg was the featured PoetsWest reader in March, 2000. She has been writing and publishing poetry for two decades, and she has published six collections of poetry. Her most recent collection, The Red Lacquer Room, a finalist in the Chiron Review contest, was published in 2001. Her other books include Tonight On This Late Road (Erie Street Press, 1948); Bread Upon the Waters (Windfall Prophets Press; University of Wisconsin, 1990); Invisible String (Erie Street Press, 1990); Slow Miracle (Lake Shore Publishing, 1992); and The Tenderness of Memory (Plainview Press, 1994). She earned a C.A.S. with distinction in Writing from Northern Illinois University and attended the post-graduate seminar at Vermont College. Her poems have also appeared in more than 50 journals including Spoon River Review, Creative Woman, I Am Becoming the Woman Ive Wanted, Snowy Egret, Beloit Poetry Journal and Prairie Winds. She is currently a writer-in-residence at Midway Village.
The PoetsWest Reading Series at the Frye Art Museum is a quarterly public performance of poets, both known and unknown, reading their work. The program is designed to appeal to a broad audience and gives exposure to the poets.
Christine Swanberg stated, Im really very honored that Ive been chosen again to be in the program. Its just a great venue for poets. They do a wonderful job, and its really great that they also print a book that goes with the reading, and everyone in the audience gets it. Its just a poets delight.