Book Markers: 04.02.15

Local book news

Return of the Poetry Affair

National Poetry Month is upon us, and to mark it Rosalind Brenner, a Springs artist, has again organized a Poetry Affair at LTV Studios in Wainscott. This year’s brings 14 Long Island poets to read from their work starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

Among those reading with Ms. Brenner, a poet in her own right, will be Carole Stone, The Star’s book reviewer this week, whose collections include “American Rhapsody,” from CavanKerry Press. This year’s Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Long Island Poet of the Year, Graham Everett, who is the founding editor of Street Press, and last year’s, Annabelle Moseley, a Pushcart Prize nominee several times over, will read, as will George Wallace, a past Suffolk County poet laureate.

“They will be short readings of approximately five minutes each,” Ms. Brenner said. “We want to give you a quick taste and leave you asking for more.” A reception will start at 6:30, and books will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 or a donation of food to the East Hampton Food Pantry.

Workshops in Verse and Prose

Beginning on April 16 and running for two consecutive Thursdays at 7 p.m., Marc Perrin will lead a poetry workshop at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Mr. Perrin, an instructor in creative writing and literature at Stony Brook University and the author of two collections of poems, will explore “poetic genres, markets, inspiration, and process,” a release said. The course is limited to 12 participants and costs $20. Registration in advance is required.

At the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, it’s time for another round of memoir writing classes with Eileen Obser, East Hamptoner and veteran writing coach. Starting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., “personal and autobiographical writing” will be examined, involving readings, exercises, and group discussions. “Research techniques . . . and marketing information are included.” All levels of ability will be welcomed. The cost is $65 for five two-hour sessions.