September 19th, 7pm
Followed by an open mic
Elinor Cramer’s first poetry collection, “She Is a Pupa, Soft and White” was published in December 2011 by Word Press. She is the author of a chapbook, “Canal Walls Engineered So Carefully They Still Hold Water,” for which she received a Heritage Grant from New York State. Her poems have appeared in “Stone Canoe,” “The Comstock Review,” “The Healing Muse,” and other journals. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College, and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She lives in Syracuse where she practices psychotherapy.
Omanii Abdullah is an Adjunct Professor with Syracuse University’s African American Studies department. Professor Abdullah conducts workshops throughout the nation in correctional facilities, division for youth centers, high schools, colleges, and hospices. He is also the Director of the Hank Gathers’ Players, a multi-cultural troupe of traveling college student poets. Selected publications include “I Wanna Be the Kind of Father My Mother Was” (Poetry Collection), New Readers Press, 1993; “Nobody Eats Fried Chicken Like Black Folks Do” (Poetry Collection), Ernestine Durham Press, 1999; and “This is Gonna Hurt Me a Whole Lot More’n Hurst You” (Poetry Collection), Ernestine Durham Press, 2003.