Voices of Poetry: Doug Anderson, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Richard Hoffman, Jennifer Martelli, Anne Elezabeth Pluto (SEAPORT)

Voices of Poetry is honored to present an evening of exceptional poetry at McNally Jackson Books -- at its new bookstore near South Street Seaport – on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7 pm.  This FREE event will feature five acclaimed poets – Doug Anderson, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr.,  Richard Hoffman, Jennifer Martelli, and Annie Pluto.

Doug Anderson served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War.  He has written about his experiences in that war in both poetry and nonfiction. He is the author of the poetry collections Horse Medicine (Barrow Street Press, 2015); The Moon Reflected Fire (Alice James Books, 1994), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police (Curbstone Books, 2000); and the memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery (W. W. Norton & Company,  2009). His awards include a grant from the Eric Mathieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. Anderson has taught at the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, and the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences at UMass Boston.

Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. is a poet, translator, and international corporate consultant. Her poetry collection Series | India, was published by Four Way Books in 2015, and her long poem, Salient, will be published by New Directions in 2020. A revised and expanded edition of her translations of the ghazals of Hafez of Shiraz, Wine & Prayer, was published in March 2019 by White Cloud Press. Other translations include Iran: Poems of Dissent and Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season, by Forough Farrohzad (Mantis, 2014). Sections of the Tibeto-Mongolian folk epic The Life of King Kesar of Ling, co-translated with Dr. Siddiq Wahid, appeared in Sources of Tibetan Tradition (Columbia, 2013). Other work has appeared in Little Star, Hyperallergic, Talisman, Paris Lit Up, Poetry International, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She has served as Guest Editor for Epiphany and The New Haven Review, chairs the Board of The Beloit Poetry Journal Foundation. She serves on the Boards of Friends of Writers and of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran. She holds a BA and JD from Harvard University and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Richard Hoffman - Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College in Boston - earned a BA in English from Fordham University and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.  He is the author of the memoirs Half the House (New Rivers Press, 2015), chosen as Book of the Year by the Boston Athenaeum Readers’ Group, and Love & Fury (Beacon Press, 2015); the poetry collections Gold Star Road (Barrow Street Press, 2007), which was selected by Molly Peacock for the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and won the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; Emblem (Barrow Street Press, 2011); and Noon until Night (Barrow Street Press, 2017); and the short story collection Interference and Other Stories (New Rivers Press, 2009). He is also a former Chair of PEN New England.

Jennifer Martelli is the author of My Tarantella (Bordighera Press, 2018), about which Maria Gillan commented "I love this book with its strength and riskiness, its weaving of the Kitty Genovese story with the narrator's own story and life. … This is a book … not to be missed."  Her work has appeared in Verse Daily, The Bitter Oleander, Iron Horse Review (winner, Photo Finish contest), Sugar House, Superstition Review, Thrush, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Her prose has been published in Gravel, The Baltimore Review, and Green Mountains Review. Jennifer’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Prizes; and she is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She co-curates the Italian American Writers Association Reading Series at I AM Books in Boston and is co-poetry editor for The Mom Egg Review.

Anne Elezabeth Pluto is Professor of Literature and Theater at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she is founder of Commonthought Magazine and artistic director and one of the founders of the Oxford Street Players. She is an alumna of Shakespeare & Company, and has been a member of the Worcester Shakespeare Company since 2011. She was a member of the Boston small press scene in the late 1980s and is one of the founders and editors at Nixes Mate Review. She is the author of three chapbooks, The Frog Princess (White Pine Press, 1985); Benign Protection (Cervena Barva Press, 2016); and Lubbock Electric (Nixes Mate Books, 2017). Recent publications include: The Buffalo Evening News, Unlikely Stories: Episode IV, Mat Hat Lit, Pirene’s Fountain, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, MockingHeart Review, Yellow Chair Review, Levure Litteraire – numero 12, The Naugatuck River Review, Tuesday, An Art Project, and Muddy River Review.

VOP was formed by Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and poetry activist Neil Silberblatt. VOP has organized and presented more than 300 poetry events in (now) five states: NY, NJ, CT, MA & ME. Those events – which have featured Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners/nominees, as well as those who have not (yet) published a word - have been presented at numerous venues, including Jefferson Market Library and The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC.


Event date: 

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

4 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038