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New Brighton Place Poetry Series features readings by Craik, Gatza, and Hogan

The Brighton Place Poetry Series, a new venue for readings and spoken word performances in the Buffalo area north towns, presents its second monthly program of the summer tonight at 7 p.m. featuring readings by poets Roger Craik, Geoffrey Gatza, and Paul Hogan at Brighton Place, 999 Brighton Road in Tonawanda. 

The new series, created and curated by Buffalo-based sculptor, painter, writer, and archivist Donna White, takes place in the activity room of Brighton Place, a community-based resource center located in a former Buffalo and Erie County Public Library branch serving the Kenmore and Tonawanda areas.  Ms. White, who holds a Masters degree in Library Science from the University at Buffalo, is the staff librarian at Brighton Place.

About the poets:

Roger Craik, a native of Leicester, England, teaches poetry and creative writing at Kent State University-Ashtabula, and has published four full-length collections of poems, "I Simply Stared" (2002), "Rhinoceros in Clumber Park" (2003), "The Darkening Green" (2004), and "Those Years" (2007).
Geoffrey Gatza is the award-winning poet, editor, and publisher of BlazeVOX Books.  His own books include "Secrets of my Prison House" (2010), "Kenmore: Poem Unlimited" (2009), and "Not So Fast Robespierre" (Menendez Publishing, 2008).

Paul Hogan is vice president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, and was recently picked to serve on the strategic advisory panel for the Cultural Data Project (CDP), a national initiative designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations.  His books of poetry include "Points of Departures" (White Pine Press, 2008) and "Inventories" (BlazeVOX, 2012).

The reading and all other arts events taking place at Brighton Place are free and open to the public.

--R.D. Pohl
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