Through a new collaboration, Rochester area poets are conducting a series of readings at New Orleans-area universities and arts centers in an effort to enhance cultural and arts exchanges between the two cities. The project is a component of a larger partnership that will promote additional tours and exchanges with cities across the United States over the next year.
The poetry of Rochester Institute of Technology faculty members Vincent F. A. Golphin, John Roche and Paulette Swartzfager from the department of English will be featured in the Fingers Lakes to Lake Pontchartrain Tour, March 4 through 8. The tour will also include Michael Czarnecki, poet and publisher of FootHills Press, and Susan Deer Cloud, Native American poet and National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient.
“This tour is an excellent opportunity to showcase the talents of New York poets, while also establishing partnerships that will promote further cultural exchange between Rochester and cities from across the nation,” notes Golphin.
As part of this exchange, on April 16, Bill Lavender, director of the Low Residency Creative Writing program at the University of New Orleans, managing editor of UNO Press and one of the New Orleans organizers of the current tour, will come to Rochester to direct a creative writing workshop at RIT and present a public reading of his poetry.