Southampton Cultural Center presents
Voices of Poetry – Muse of Blues
Saturday, September 1 at 6 pm
Voices of Poetry and Muse of Blues are delighted to present an evening of great poetry and music at Southampton Cultural Center, a beautiful performance venue. This event will feature a stellar array of poets – Jessica Greenbaum, Michael Klein, Eva Salzman & Neil Silberblatt – plus music by acclaimed vocalist/composer Christine Tobin.
Jessica Greenbaum is the author of Inventing Difficulty (Silverfish Review Press, 1998), winner of the Gerald Cable Prize; The Two Yvonnes(Princeton University Press, 2012), selected by Library Journal as one of Best Poetry Books of 2012; and Spilled and Gone (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), about which Tony Hoagland said “When I read it, I feel myself open and relax into the world.” She has received awards from the NEA and the Poetry Society of America, and has taught inside and outside academia, including in communities which have experienced trauma.
Michael Klein is the author of several poetry collections, including The Talking Day (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), and When I Was a Twin(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). He also edited, and his work as included in, the anthology Poets for Life: Seventy-Six Poets Respond to AIDS(George Braziller, 1992). His books of prose are The End of Being Known (2003) and Track Conditions (2003), both published by University of Wisconsin Press. Michael teaches at Hunter College in NYC.
Eva Salzman is the author of the poetry collections Double Crossing: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2005); Bargain with the Watchman(Oxford University Press, 1999); and co-editor of the anthology Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English (Seren, 2009). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares Literary Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Guardian, and has been broadcast widely on BBC radio. She is a lecturer at Goldsmiths (University of London). Collaborations include those with her late father – composer Eric Salzman – a Long Island bird expert and Board Member of South Fork Natural History Museum. (More on Eric Salzman:
Neil Silberblatt’s poems have appeared, or will be appearing shortly, in numerous journals, including The American Journal of Poetry, Tikkun Daily, Plume Poetry Journal, The Aurorean, Mom Egg Review, Ibbetson Street Press, Naugatuck River Review, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Canopic Jar, Nixes Mate Review, and The Good Men Project. His work has been elected for various anthologies, including Collateral Damage (Pirene’s Fountain); and Culinary Poems (Glass Lyre Press). He has published two poetry collections: So Far, So Good (2012), and Present Tense (2013), and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His most recent book, Past Imperfect (Nixes Mate Books, 2018), was nominated for the Mass. Book Award in Poetry. Neil is also the founder/director of Voices of Poetry.
Irish born vocalist/composer Christine Tobin is renowned for her rich voice and compositional style. With eleven highly acclaimed CDs and four major awards, Christine is treasured in the UK and beyond as one of the leading lights on the contemporary scene. Her sound was described by The Guardian as ‘Tobin’s 24 carat voice’ while praising her both for the poetry of her compositions and the warmth of her golden voice. The Irish Times called it ‘music that veers from grungy, post-industrial grooves to wispy romanticism to abstracted contemporary classical’. She has led various projects and in 2012 ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, her settings of W.B. Yeats poems, won a British Composer Award. The following year, she won a ‘Herald Angel Award’ at the Edinburgh Festival for her show ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep”, her imaginative versions of Leonard Cohen classics. She has also won Jazz Vocalist of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2014, and Best Vocalist at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards.
Pianist/composer/educator Angelica Sanchez’s music has been acclaimed by Jazz Times, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, among others. She was the 2008 recipient of a French/American Chamber Music America grant and the 2011 Rockefeller Brothers Pocantico artist residency. Sanchez’s debut solo CD, A Little House, was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and her recording “Wires & Moss” was chosen by The New York City Jazz Record (formerly All About Jazz-New York) as one of best Releases of 2012.
Southampton Cultural Center – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – combines art, education, dance, music and theatre to engage and nourish the entire community with the arts. Established in 1985, SCC serves all East End residents and visitors by providing a variety of programming including classes, art exhibitions, and live performances for children and adults. A bequest by the late Willard Levitas and his wife Aura allowed a renovation and expansion that led to the 2006 opening of SCC’s performance space, the Levitas Center for the Arts.
Christine Tobin and Eva Salzman have previously collaborated at Muse of Blues events at The Cell Theatre in NYC, and at King’s Place Theater in London.
Since 2012, Voices of Poetry has organized and presented more than 200 poetry events in four states: NY, NJ, CT and MA. Those events – which have featured Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners/nominees, as well as those who have not (yet) published a word – have been presented at numerous venues, including Provincetown Art Association & Museum; The New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT; The Mount / Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, MA; and The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC. This marks VOP’s first event on Long Island.
Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts
25 Pond Lane, Southampton Village
Tickets: $ 25 general admission; available in advance
at scc-arts.org or at the door; reservations are suggested