Literature Program

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth's Daughters presents

Gray Hair Poetry Series - Coeur-Tête: a Post-Valentine's Reading by Four Poets

All members of Women of the Crooked Circle: Linda Drajem, Barbara Faust, Caroline Parrinello, & Kathy Shoemaker

Linda Drajem taught English for many years to secondary students in the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS), and then in the English Department at Buffalo State College. She holds a PhD from UB. She has been published in the Buffalo News, Trees of Surprise, In the Company of Women, Intuitions, The Plowman Anthology, Artvoice, and a volume of poetry, InnerSessions. She is a member of the Milkweed Collective, which provides programs combining art with creative writing, and part of the Writers Corps of Just Buffalo Literary Center. She has taught writing classes (with Shoemaker) for the Jung Center, at Just Buffalo, and elsewhere.

Barbara Q. Faust is a poet, an early childhood teacher in Buffalo (for 27 years), a long-time member of Women of the Crooked Circle, and, previously, Co-Director of the WNY Writing Project. Most recently, her poems have appeared in New York Quarterly. Her work has been published in the Buffalo News, Writers Who Cook, and The Reading Teacher. Her first volume of poetry, InnerSessions, is a shared book which also contains poems by Linda Drajem and Kathy Shoemaker. The three women are currently working with the founder of the Women of The Crooked Circle (and their muse), jimmie margaret gilliam, on a new book about writing poetry. Faust has read her work (with Drajem and Shoemaker) at Talking Leaves…Books, Wordflight at the Crane Branch Library, Indigo Gallery, and Dog Ears Books Fourth Friday. Her nonfiction work has been published in Workshop I & II, edited by Nancie Atwell.

Caroline Parrinello also teaches in the BPS. In 2011 she was one of 20 teachers from WNY to be named "Teacher of Merit" by Business First. She has been writing with Women of the Crooked Circle since its inception, and feels very grateful to the all the other women writers who have encouraged her along the way. She has read at Indigo Gallery with the complete group of poets who make up the Circle,and in the Wordflight series with Drajem, Faust, and Shoemaker.

Kathleen Shoemaker grew up in rural Washington State and has lived in the California desert and western Massachusetts. After settling in WNY, she raised a family, taught yoga, worked in the art and framing business, and continued her education, earning a Bachelor's in Humanities at SUNY Empire State. When she settled in Buffalo 15 years ago, she joined the Women of the Crooked Circle. She also is a member of the Café 57 writing group. She has taught writing classes at the Jung Center and Just Buffalo (with Linda Drajem). Her life-long inquiry into creativity—both collaboratively and individually—as well as in nature, yoga, dance, poetry, and meditation continues. Her poetry has been published in the book InnerSessions, on which she collaborated with Barbara Faust and Linda Drajem. Shoemaker has read her own work (with Faust and Drajem) at Indigo Gallery, Talking Leaves…Books, Dog Ears Book, and Wordflight.

Earth's Daughters Magazine—a feminist literary periodical published in Buffalo by a multi-generational "collective" editorial board consisting of Ansie Baird, Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell, Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, and ryki zuckerman—is in its 41st year. The Gray Hair Poetry Series, hosted by ryki zuckerman, is in its sixth season.