April 26, 2018 • 3:30PM and 6:30PM • Carlow University
A poetry reading by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, judge of the 2017 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, and Deborah Allbritain, winner of the 2017 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author ofOpen Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, andBlack Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well asPoems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is currently at work onThe Coal Tar Colors, her third poetry collection, andPurchase, a collection of essays. She has written plays and lyrics for The Cherry, an Ithaca arts collective. She was one of ten celebrated poets commissioned to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series in conjunction with the 2015 exhibitOne-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Worksfor MoMA.
Deborah Allbritain holds a master’s degree in speech pathology from University of the Pacific. She hopes to begin study next fall at San Diego State University’s MFA program in poetry. Publications and awards include:The Antioch Review,The Cortland Review,B O D Y Literature,Front Porch,Verse Daily,One,Michigan Review,Connecticut River Review,Cimarron Review,Eclectica, and others. Her poetry has been anthologized inStand Up Poetry: The Anthology,The Unmade Bed, Harper Collins,The Book of Birth Poetry, andIn the Palm of Your Hand(Tilbury House). She received two Pushcart Prize nominations in 2015. Her poem, “The Fire,” was a finalist for the Wabash Poetry Prize.
About the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
Sponsored by the Madwomen in the Attic Creative Writing Workshops at Carlow University, the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award is an annual contest open to women writers over the age of 40 who have not published a full-length book. This award is named for the late poet Patricia Dobler, who taught for many years at Carlow University, where she directed the Women’s Creative Writing Center and the Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops. She is the author ofCollected Poems(Autumn House Press, 2005);Talking to Strangers(University of Wisconsin Press, 1986), which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry;UXB(Mill Hunk Books, 1991); andForget Your Life(University of Nebraska Press).