Earth's Daughters magazine's Gray Hair Literary Series continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave.. (near Tupper St.) with readings by poet Al Felix and prose and fiction writer Howard Wolf.
Felix, a former English teacher at Orchard Park High School, has had his writing published in a wide variety of regional and national publications. His most recent chapbook is "Jackie Felix Remembered: Wife, Artist, Feminist," a series of poems and photographs about his wife, the prominent Buffalo painter and printmaker Jackie Felix, who died in September of 2009.
Wolf, Emeritus Professor of English at the University at Buffalo after a teaching career that spanned over five decades, is the author of over a dozen books, including two volumes of stories, “Of the Bronx and Manhattan, a Son” and “The Education of Ludwig Fried” (2006), along with a novel, “Broadway Serenade” and a memoir “Forgive the Father: A Memoir of Changing Generations” (1978).
His most recent collection, “Far-Away Places: Lessons in Exile” (2007), is a blend of several genres, reflecting his interests in cultural criticism, short fiction, autobiographical writing in general and the generational memoir in particular, plays, and travel writing.
At the time when many of the pieces in the book were written, America was still in the throes of Cold War thinking, looking primarily at the U.S.S.R. as the world power which might disrupt the progressive path of liberal democracy. Since then, the collapse of the Soviet Union, coupled with the predictable rise of China, India, and Pacific Rim countries as global economic and political forces, along with the less predictable rise of Islamic extremism in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan, has not so much invalidated the pieces as call attention to the complexity of America's continuing engagement with the world.
Accordingly, each essay in the book is followed by a short bibliography, and a well-written “Re-Vision,” as the Wolf looks back on his journeys and puts them into a 21st century perspective.
He is currently working on a group of stories set in Israel, where his daughter and her family live, titled “Guide for the Perplexed Traveler.”