Genesee Community College Hosts Poet Joan Murray

Student Literary Club observes National Poetry Month

Prize-winning poet, writer, editor and playwright, Joan Murray will bring her creative writing talents to Genesee Community College on April 22, 2010 for a dramatic presentation and a writing workshop. Sponsored by the President’s Innovation Award (PIA) and the Student Literary Club, Joan Murray’s poetic presentation is based on her celebrated book, Queen of the Mist: The Forgotten Heroine of Niagara. She will also lead a workshop on finding inspiration to write, researching ideas and discovering the right words to create and convey feelings and emotions through words and she’ll read from her collection of poetry.
The ‘Poetry and Pizza’ workshop will take place on April 22 from 12:30pm- 1:30pm in the Conable Technology Building room 119.The dramatic presentation will take place in the Stuart Steiner Theater at 7:00pm followed by a reception and book signing in the theater lobby. The presentation and workshop are free and the public is welcomed.
Queen of the Mist tells the fascinating historical story of Annie Taylor, who, in 1901, became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. But as Joan Murray reveals in the astonishing and absorbing poetic narrative, America didn't know what to do with the mature and self-possessed heroine, Annie Taylor. As an "older woman,” she was rejected and exploited and finally eclipsed by the man who repeated her stunt ten years later.
“We are so pleased and honored to bring such a distinguished poet to the College as we commemorate April as National Poetry month,” Anita Whitehead, reference librarian and Student Literary Club advisor said. “She is an exemplary professional who will inspire our students and our community in a unique and creative way.”
Joan Murray is a poet, writer and playwright, whose books, including, Dancing on the Edge and Queen of the Mist (both Beacon Press) and Looking for the Parade (W. W. Norton). She is also editor of the Poems to Live By anthology series from Beacon, and the Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The Nation, The New York Times, and The Best American Poetry. Former Poet in Residence at the New York State Writers Institute, she’s been a repeat guest on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. For more information: .
For further information or to register for the poetry workshop please contact Anita Whitehead at 343-0055 x6231 or Alice Weather at 343-0055 x6539.

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Editor’s Note: A photograph of poet and author Joan Murray is available at