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June 24 • 08:44 AM
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Word Thursdays to Celebrate Women's History Month with Irish Poet Judith Mok March 29


03/23/2012 - On Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m., Bright Hill Literary Center will celebrate Women's History Month by featured the noted Dublin, Ireland poet and novelist Judith Mok. Mok will perform and read her work after the open mic, during which all those present are invited to read their own work or that of others on the subject of women and/or women's liberation in today's political climate. The evening begins at 7 pm 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.  

Mok was born in Bergen in the Netherlands and lived abroad for most of her life; Ireland has been her home for the last 15 years. She has published three novels and four books of poetry as well as short stories, and she has written for radio and print media. Her short stories have been short listed twice for the Francis McManus award and her first novel The innocents at the Circus for the Prix de l'Academie Francaise. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in literary magazines and Anthologies. The Irish Times about her new book of poetry Gods of Babel, said "Many of the poems in the volume contemplate questions of belonging and identity, such as the lyrical 'Amsterdam Sunday,' which, mourning a lost childhood landscape, concludes that 'My Sunday is a Dublin one.' Music is an overarching theme, and the attempts at capturing the magic of singing, convey some sense of wonder and amazement. Gods of Babel contains beautiful imagery and promising ideas." Judith Mok travels the world working as an internationally acclaimed lyric soprano and performing in operas. Recently she toured the USA, beginning at Lincoln Center in New York with her musical/literary, one-woman show as Molly Bloom in "Molly says NO!"

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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