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JP Open Mic: David Purdy, Featured Poet

  • 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 is David Purdy

Born in Rochester NY the year the music died, David grew up in the suburb of Henrietta. He married Jo Ann and they had one child together, Alice.  They moved to Sacramento, CA in 1986. David and Jo Ann stayed married until she died, suddenly, in 2006.    

He had many jobs before going to college including: Warehouse-man, Commercial Truck Driver, Production Manager, Software Analyst, Painter, and Restaurateur.

Starting in 1999, David completed three college degrees, Paralegal Studies, an English B.A., and a Creative Writing M.F.A.  He began publishing poems in California literary journals in 2000.  In 2004 he was poetry editor of “Calaveras Station,” the literary journal of California State University, where he worked, briefly, as an Associate Professor of English. David currently lives in Brockport, NY, in an apartment overlooking the Erie Canal. Since 2016, he has been in a committed, and shockingly exciting relationship, with Master Gardener, Masseuse, and reluctant Poet, Monica Beck.

David Purdy

David Purdy

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.