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Franklin Township Poetry Reading Series: Fall into Inspiration

October 14, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$5 – $7

Place:   Historic Van Liew-Suydam House, 280 South Middlebush Road

            Somerset, NJ 08873




Dates:  Sunday, October 14:                        Paul Muldoon              2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

            Sunday, October 21:                           Mark Doty                    2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

            Sunday, November 4:                      Maxine Susman        2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

            Saturday, November 10:                     Nancy Scott                12:30 – 2:30 p.m.



Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize Award Winning Poet to Launch Franklin Township Cultural Arts Author Series

And…. Kate Gallison, Author, as host for Maxine Susman

And…. Patrick Clifford, Irish-American Musician, Songwriter to play Oct 14th, 1:45-2:15



The Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council is launching its inaugural Fall into Inspiration series of Author Readings with four renowned poets reading their works; each followed by a moderated question and answer period. All events are being held at the historic Van Liew-Suydam house, 280 South Middlebush Road, part of the Meadows Foundation in Somerset County.


Paul Muldoon, the internationally recognized and Pulitzer Prize winning poet will start the series; Patrick Clifford will perform Traditional and Modern Irish pieces before his reading. Next in the series is Mark Doty, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, and Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Ginsburg Poetry contest recognized Maxine Susman is third in the series. Concluding the Fall into Inspiration series, will be author and artist, Nancy Scott.


Paul Muldoon has published 11 main collections of poems, including Moy, Sand and Gravel, for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His next book is The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics, due out from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in February 2013. He is the Howard G.B. Clark Professor at Princeton University since 1987and has been the Poetry Editor at the New Yorker since 2007. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”


Mark Doty won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008 for his volume FIRE TO FIRE: New and Selected Poems. Mark Doty has published eight books of poetry and five volumes of nonfiction prose. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, he teaches at Rutgers University, and lives in New York City. He is currently working on a new book, WHAT IS THE GRASS, a meditation on the life and work of Walt Whitman.


Maxine Susman, author of five chapbooks, and whose work appears in several dozen literary journals and anthologies, is a recognized poet and educator. She writes about the natural world, illness and healing, art, place and personal history: Wartime Address tells of a young wife trapped in occupied Paris in WW II. Creamery Road tells tales of rural New York State and Maine.


Nancy Scott is the author of five books of poetry and is the managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative. She spent three decades in both the private and public sectors on behalf of homeless families, abused children and those with AIDS.


The Franklin Township CAC will be showcasing the works of these eclectic authors and musicians and serving light refreshments. Admission to each is limited to 50 participants: $7 per person; $5 for seniors and students. Pre-register by email at the Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council: franklincac@gmail.com. State: “Poetry Series” in the subject line. Include your name and the number of participants. Tickets for all events can be purchased at the door beginning 15 minutes before the programs. Please contact Lesley McKillop at 609. 577.3847, for further information.


October 14, 2012
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$5 – $7


Historic Van Liew-Suydam House
280 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, NJ 08873 United States
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Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council