PHOTO: Poetry on the Green at SUNY OrangePoetry on the Green - April 22, 2015

Faculty Poetry Readings, Student Poetry Slams and Poetry Marathons Headline Month-Long Schedule in April

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, the SUNY Orange English Department will host a series of poetry readings on each of the College’s campuses throughout the month, along with a “Poetry on the Green” event set for Wednesday, April 22.

This will mark the fourth successive year that the College has hosted Poetry on the Green, an outdoor poetry reading marathon that will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Middletown campus Alumni Green. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Shepard Student Center’s Fireplace Lounge.

Other events planned for the Middletown campus include a series of Tuesday morning faculty readings on April 7 (Anne Sandor, Mary Makofske, Deborah Chedister and Diane Bliss), April 14 (Amanda Crowell and Alex Jakubowski) and April 28 (Sandra Graff, Bliss and Sandor). All three sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to Noon in Room 221 of the College Library. A Student Poetry Slam will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, April 10 in the Gilman Center for International Education.

In Newburgh, a Poetry Marathon is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. An interdisciplinary faculty reading, planned from 11 a.m. to Noon on Tuesday, April 14 will feature the following faculty members and staff: Christine Henderson, Tim Zeszutek, Pete Soscia and Graff. Sandor, Jean Carlos Cowan and student David Remer will headline a Poetry Coffee House lineup starting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 21. Each of the events on the Newburgh campus will take place in the Orange Country Trust Company Great Room located in Kaplan Hall.

All readings and events are free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Diane Bliss at (845) 341-4063.

Speakers & Conferences

The department offers many rewarding events throughout the school year, including special speakers and conferences. For more information, view current speakers & conferences.


The department is proud to offer a special award:

the annual John B. Parkhurst Award for "excellence in creative writing. For more information, please be sure to visit the Awards page.