Literature Program

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Earth's Daughters Collective

Sally A. Fiedler & Ann Goldsmith


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Sally A. Fiedler recently retired from teaching after 43 years. She taught English at the University of Illinois, around the edges at UB, and at D'Youville College, Buffalo Seminary, and Nichols School. She has long been active in local poetry circles and worked with Poetry-in-the-Schools for several years. Her books include Timepieces, Skin & Bones, To Illinois with Love, and Eleanor Mooseheart. Soon to be released is her Selected Poems. She has published approximately eighty poems in periodicals, including American Poetry Review, Wisconsin Review, Buffalo News, Earth's Daughters, Spirit, Folio, Forum, Aspect, and Buffalo Report. She has given many poetry readings in the region and around the world, from UB, Just Buffalo, and the Chautauqua Institution to Urbino, Italy, Vassar College, Black Mountain College Festival, the University of Hawaii, Temple University, Florida State University, and USC. Fiedler has two children, six stepchildren, eleven step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren. She is the widow of the late, great literary critic Leslie Fiedler.

Ann Goldsmith, a Buffalo resident of 30 years, is the author of No One Is the Same Again, a prize-winning book of poems published by the Quarterly Review of Literature. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently Traffic East (2006). Her poem “If You Don't Mind My Asking” was a prizewinner in the 2002 St. Louis Poetry Center's Best Poem Contest and appeared that year in the first issue of Margie: The American Journal of Poetry. She was a runner-up in the 1996 Orillia International Poetry Festival; twice a finalist in the “Discovery”/The Nation national poetry competition; winner in 1984 of a WNY Writers-in-Residence Award and one of “Five New Voices” selected in the Second Biennial Burchfield Competition in 1983. In 1985-86 she served on the poetry panel for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

A graduate of Smith College, Goldsmith holds a MA from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. from UB, where she taught for 10 years. She has also taught humanities at Trocaire College and currently teaches creative writing at D'Youville College. After her graduation from Smith, she worked for seven years as a newspaper reporter in her hometown of Schenectady, NY, before moving to Boulder, CO, where she was married and widowed and worked for six years as a librarian in the Denver Public Library.

From 1982 to 1994, Goldsmith served as WNY coordinator for ALPS, a statewide poetry-in-the-schools organization, for which she taught at all grade levels for 16 years throughout WNY as well as on Long Island and in the Capital District. She has been a visiting poet for Just Buffalo and the Canadian Authors' Association; served as a poet-in-residence for two years at the Chautauqua Institution's summer writing program, and was a teacher of writing for 12 years at Buffalo's Trinity Center, which granted her an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994. For nearly 20 years she led a writing seminar at Buffalo's Brent Manor.

Her most recent workshops were with the St. Catharines chapter of the Canadian Authors' Association in January 2005, where she made her third annual appearance, and at Buffalo's C. G. Jung Center, where she presented a course on fairy tales in February and March. She will give a lecture on “The Living Image in Fairy Tales” November 15 at the Center. A member of the board of the Analytical Psychology Society of WNY, she plays the piano, likes to weed in anyone's garden, has been a compulsive reader since childhood, sings in the shower, seeks out surprising views-in and out-and would take up painting if she could draw. In her next incarnation she would like to be an octoroon polymath bellydancer.

Series programmed and organized by ryki zuckerman.

Photo credits:
Ann Goldsmith by Jeanette Schneider
Sally Fiedler by Diane Christian

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