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JP Open Mic: Featuring Poet Laura Klinkon

  • Before Your Quiet Eyes Bookstore 439 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY, 14607 United States (map)

Come for another great night of poetry and fellowship at the Before Your Quiet Eyes bookstore.

This month's featured poet, Laura Klinkon, emigrated from Sicily as a child; grew up and studied in Pittsburgh, PA; married and studied in Washington, D.C.; moving permanently to Rochester, NY, with her husband in 1979.  She has a B.A. and M.A. in Literature and Languages from the University of Pittsburgh and American University, Washington, D.C.

She considers herself a "Jacqueline of (practically) all verbal genres" since her life has been a virtual survey of editing, writing, and translating jobs. Among the places she's worked are: the French Embassy Cultural Services in NYC, The Library of Congress, the National Education Association, and the Hecht Co. retail advertising department....all in Washington, D.C., and then in Rochester, technical and medical publications departments at Kodak and the U of R Cancer Center.

Though her 10th grade English teacher predicted (erroneously) she'd see her name [as a poet] in lights, she began to seriously write poetry after retiring in 2004. In 2013, Laura self-published a book-length collection, Trying to Find You, and in 2017 two chapbooks Kitchen Abrasives and Looking Askance.  She looks forward to publishing soon a book of translations into Italian of sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay, a project for which she was granted a month's residency in Rome this past year.  Something that also makes her happy is getting help and advice on book covers from her children, who both have careers in the arts.  She is also very appreciative of the literary support and encouragement she receives from Rochester friends.

Laura Klinkon (Photo By Dennis Adams)

Laura Klinkon (Photo By Dennis Adams)

Don't forget to bring some poems of your own to share during the open mic portion of the event. Usually readers are allowed 1-3 poems, for a total of three minutes.