Marcia Reed, owner of Gallery 37, will host a poetry reading on Saturday, October 17 at 3 pm. The event will take place next door to the gallery at The Music School of Delaware, 10 S. Walnut Street, cosponsor of the event. The reading will be paired with a collage and printmaking exhibition .
The featured poets are JoAnn Balingit, H.A. Maxson, and Maggie Rowe. JoAnn, appointed Delaware’s Poet Laureate in 2008, is the author of Words for House Story (WordTech Editions, 2013) and two award-winning chapbooks. She is an assistant editor at YesYes Books and is the state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud. She also directs the Delaware Writing Region of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. JoAnn has been a featured performer at Sunday Salon in NYC, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Feats of Poetic Strength in Philadelphia, and Writers in Wilmington at the Delaware Art Museum. She has held a number of literary fellowships including most recently a Bread Loaf Bakeless Fellowship in fiction at Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.
H. A. “Max” Maxson is the author of seventeen books of poetry, fiction and literary criticism. Over eight hundred poems, stories, reviews, and interviews have appeared in print in magazines, reviews, and journals. He has taught writing and literature for forty-two years and currently teaches at Wesley College and Delaware State University in Dover, DE. He holds a Ph.D in creative writing from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He recently won first prize for his novel, Comfort, co-authored by Claudia H. Young, from the Delaware Press Association.
Maggie Rowe’s chapbook, Every Mother Moves To A New Country, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. She has published poems in The Sun magazine, Oberon, On the Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers, The News Journal and Dreamstreets. She has been awarded a Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature (Poetry) and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Three of her poems were shortlisted for the 2015 Hennessy Literary Award sponsored by The Irish Times. Maggie works as a poetry teacher at the Cancer Support Community of New Castle County and as a freelance editor and proofreader. Half-Irish and raised in Britain, she has lived in the United States since 1983.
The featured printmakers and collage artists exhibiting in conjunction with the reading are Mary Ellen Daly, Betsy Rybczynski, and Carol Staub. According to Marcia Reed these artists go with their intuition and let the process lead to chance and surprise, exploring with their materials/medium while searching for their imagery. There is no predictable outcome. These three women are on a continuous path, expanding and developing their visual vocabulary.
Immediately following the reading there will be a reception at Gallery 37, next door to the music school, for the poets and the printmaker and collage artists. The public is welcome to both the reading and the wine reception.