Poetry Reading featuring JoNelle Toriseva

04/18/2018, 7:00pm

A group of local residents who read and write poetry have come together to host a poetry reading featuring JoNelle Toriseva, as well as any poets who attend the reading at 7 p.m., April 18, in the Reading Room at the Richmond Memorial Library.

The organizers are interested in meeting with other people in the community who enjoy poetry and might be interested in coming together more frequently for readings and workshops.


“We suspect there are several people locally who write poetry but don’t have an outlet to meet with other poets and that there are a number of people who simply enjoy poetry and would attend readings,” said one of the organizers, Howard Owens.  “We hope this initial event will attract those people and show there is enough interest for regular gatherings.”


Toriseva will be the featured reader, but there will also be time for an open reading, with each attendee invited to read one short poem of their own, or of another author.


JoNelle has won the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry from Cutbank. Her work has appeared in The North American Review, Salt Hill, The Literary Review, The Saranac Review, The Cincinnati Review, Descant, and JACKET, among others, and included in Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound from City Lights, and Best Canadian Poetry in English.


She is the Director of English, Communications and Media Arts, and an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY-GCC. Toriseva has also taught for Mills College, California Poets in the Schools, San Francisco WritersCorps, and Literary Arts of Portland, Oregon.


Other organizers include Eric Zwieg, Bill Kauffman, Bob Conrad, JoNell[E] Toriseva, and Lucine Kauffman.