Three Northampton, MA poets--Wendy Xu, Mark Leidner, and Ted Powers--will read from their poetry on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7 to 9:30 pm at the Sharon Arts Center, 30 Grove St., as part of their Good Neighbor series. There is a $6 suggested donation and wine and light refreshments will be served.
"The Good Neighbor: Poetry series is dedicated to bringing good people and good poems together," says Gallery assistant and poetry series organizer Zachary Green. "We're celebrating the fact that poetry did not die out with romanticism and hoping that contemporary poets will help create a contemporary readership as the landscape of poetry starts to look more like a vertical swimming pool and less like a Greek lyre. If you are into that, come out and be a part of the good neighborhood."
Wendy Xu is the author of the chapbook "The Hero Poems," published by H_NGM_N BKS. She was selected as winner of the 2011 Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, and her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The American Poetry Journal, CutBank, Diagram, Jellyfish, NOO Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, Third Coast, MAKE, InDigest, and elsewhere. She co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books.
Mark Leidner is the author of "Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me" (Factory Hollow Press, 2011) and "The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover: aphorisms" (Sator Press, 2011).
A resident of Northampton, MA, Ted Powers' poems have appeared in Strange Machine, NOO Journal, GlitterPony, and Sixth Finch, among others. He attends UMass-Amherst.
"These poets have a following," Green adds. "They are recognized nationally, but few here know of them. This has to change, and we hope the series will do just that."