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Word Thursdays Celebrates Black History Month With Poetry Reading Feb. 23

02/17/2012 - On Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., Bright Hill Literary Center will celebrate Black History Month by featuring Cooperstown storyteller Claire Beetlestone and Brooklyn writer Ibi Zoboi.

They will perform and read their work after the open mic, during which all those present are invited to read their own work or that of others that reflects the Black History theme for up to five minutes. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill, 94 Church Street, Treadwell, one block north of Barlow's General Store on County Route 14. Admission is $3 (free to those 18 and under), and refreshments will be served.

Claire Beetlestone was born into a family of musicians, artists, writers, and actors by night, but who were teachers, journalists, CPAs, and psychologists by day. Dr. Beetlestone follows right in their footsteps: the mother of five, she has been a docent to a tropical zoo, a dancer, and an art impresario. Dr. Beetlestone is a practicing specialist physician (a diagnostic radiologist) and calls Cooperstown, NY or Argyllshire, Scotland "home" when she is there. She has traveled from America through Europe, Africa, and Asia. Listening along the way, Dr. Beetlestone has collected stories and legends, specializing in international folk tales, making sure to leave a few of her own behind.

Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her short stories have been published in the award-winning Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, the highly acclaimed Haiti Noir (Akashic Books) edited by Edwidge Danticat, The Caribbean Writer (Vol. 25), and Anansesem Caribbean Children's Magazine. A graduate of the Clarion West and VONA workshops, Ibi has completed a Young Adult contemporary fantasy novel based on Haitian mythology and is at work on a new one. She's a mother of three, married to a woodcarving illustrator, and is a teaching artist in the New York City public schools.

Bright Hill Press & Literary Center's 2012 programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State council on the Arts, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, the Otis A.Thompson Foundation, the A. C. Molinari Foundation, the Tianaderrah Foundation, Stewart's Shops, Price Chopper's Golub Foundation, area businesses, and its members and friends. Bright Hill is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the New York Council of Non-Profits as well as being a sponsor of the Academy of American Poets National Poetry Month. Bright Hill's Community Library, which features an extensive collection of literary and art-related volumes as well as children's literature, is free and open to the public Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 am - 4 pm, Wednesdays, 9 am - noon, during Word Thursdays readings, and by appointment. Free wireless Internet access is available in the library. For further information about BHLC and its programs, contact Bright Hill Center at 607-829-5055 or email the Center at wordthur@stny.rr.com.

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