Wednesday, March 11, 2009

FILL THE PANTRY and hear two outstanding writers...

Come hear Cornelius Eady and Jessica Hagedorn read in the third "Fill the Pantry" benefit at Middle Collegiate Church.
Friday, March 20
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Middle Collegiate Church
2nd Avenue at 7th Street
Poet Cornelius Eady is the author of Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Marian Wood/Putnam, 2008); Brutal Imagination, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in Poetry; the autobiography of a jukebox; You Don't Miss Your Water; The Gathering of My Name, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; BOOM BOOM BOOM; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, which was chosen for the 1985 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets; and Kartunes. He has collaborated with jazz composer Deidre Murray in the production of several works of musical theater, including You Don't Miss Your Water; Running Man, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999; Fangs; and Brutal Imagination. Eady and the poet Toi Derricote are co-founders of Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization serving black poets. With Derricote, he also edited the anthology Gathering Ground. Eady is a professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
Jessica Hagedorn, born in Manila, Philippines, is a celebrated poet, fiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, and multimedia performance artist whose works include three novels: Dream Jungle; The Gangster of Love; and Dogeaters, which won the American Book Award and was nominated for a National Book Award. Hagedorn also is the author of a collection of poetry and prose, Danger And Beauty, and the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home in the World. Her screenplays include Fresh Kill, a feature-length film directed by Shu Lea Cheang; and episodes of The Pink Palace, an animated series created for Oxygen TV. Among her plays are Dogeaters, adapted from the novel; Stairway to Heaven; and Most Wanted, a collaboration with composer Mark Bennett. She is the Parsons Family Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.
All proceeds go to Middle Collegiate Church's community programs including its Food Pantry, Tompkins Square Park Butterfly lunch, LGBTIQ homeless youth meal, and Celebrate Life meal for those with HIV/AIDS. Suggested donations of $10 and/or bags of rice and canned food.

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