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Poetry Is Jazz - The Official Press Release


Sometimes you've got to go beyond your blog/Twitter/Facebook spaces and send out a good old-fashioned press release to drum up media coverage for an event. Here's the press release for next week's Poetry Is Jazz gig. If you edit or write for a publication, it's probably a good idea for you to do an article on this event. Just sayin'...

For Immediate Release

BOA Editions Hosts “Poetry Is Jazz” Event

On Tuesday, June 15th, Rochester’s premier not-for-profit literary publisher, BOA Editions, will host Poetry Is Jazz. The event will feature BOA author and acclaimed performance poet Sean Thomas Dougherty reading his work accompanied by a quartet of RPO/Eastman musicians: Mark Kellogg, Jim Doser, Chris Azzara, and Geoff Saunders. Local painter Steve Smock will commemorate the event by creating a painting during the performance which will then be auctioned off at BOA’s annual Dine & Rhyme celebration in October.    Poetry Is Jazz will be held at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Avenue) at 6PM. Admission is free. The event is co-sponsored by ATM Properties, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Chris Carretta - Real Estate Broker, Corrosion Products & Equipment, and Marchioni & Associates. Sean Thomas Dougherty was born in 1965. He is the author of nine books including Nightshift Belonging to Lorca, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Except by Falling winner of the 2000 Pinyon Press Poetry Prize from Mesa State College. In 2007, BOA published Dougherty’s poetry collection Broken Hallelujahs and his newest collection, Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line, will be published by BOA in fall 2010. His awards include two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry. Dougherty is known for his electrifying performances which have taken him across North America and Europe. He received an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University and lives in Erie, PA where he teaches writing workshops. BOA Editions, Ltd., the Rochester-based Pulitzer-Prize- and National-Book-Award-winning publishing house, received a 2000 New York State Governor’s Arts Award for overall artistic excellence. Founded in 1976, BOA has published more than 200 books and pamphlets of American poetry, poetry in translation, and short fiction.


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