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Events

Two Poets from Different Mothers:

An Evening with Jennifer Kagan and Fran Markover

Saturday, October 24th at 7:00 pm.

This is an online event and registration is required. To register, click here.

As poets and friends, Jennifer and Fran have crafted an evening for us in which each of them will read from their own works grouped into four topics: Family, Responding to the Pandemic, Mythological themes and Occupation. Their reading will take the form of a sort of poetic conversation in which the poems will serve as voices in a conversation, each engaging with the topic in their own unique way. 
 
Jennifer Kagan is a professor at Oswego State University, where she has worked for twenty years. She teaches in the Literacy Master's Program at the college and is the Literacy Program Coordinator. Her academic interests are the theories and models of reading instruction, integrating arts in schools, and Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.), mindfulness, and teaching yoga and tennis to kids. She writes poems for the Curriculum and Instruction Department's monthly faculty meetings. She decided she would write poems every day in response to COVID19. One hundred and thirty six days and poems later, she stopped the daily posts but still writes poems when she is so moved. Jennifer would like to dedicate this event to her husband, Peter, who was always the first reader, and who always is first in her heart.
 
Fran Markover is a family therapist and addictions counselor in Ithaca. Her poetry has appeared in many literary journals. Her chapbook History's Trail was published by Finishing Line Press. Next spring, her book How Soft the Letting Go will be published by Passager Press and placed second for the Henry Morgenthau First Poetry Book award. She has been a poetry resident at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Fran has written daily for the last 30 years, an activity that keeps her filled with wonder. She lives with husband Ron Schoneman, a retired mental health professional who does many chores so that Fran can make time to write and to play with 2 rascally adopted cat sisters who teach her about love and loyalty.