Colleen Michaels Update

March 6, 2012

Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels already has a full plate this spring!

Colleen will be reading in the Distinguished Poet Series on Saturday, March 10, 1 pm at The Passaic County Community College’s Poetry Center in New Jersey. Colleen was selected to take part in this event after receiving Honorable Mention in the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Her winning poem, “Blueberry Donuts,” will be published in the spring issue of Paterson Literary Review.

Colleen will also be one of two featured readers at The Cornelia Street Café’s Poetry and Prose reading Saturday, March 10, 6 pm, in Manhattan, sponsored by the Italian-American Writers’ Association, where she joins Robert Savino.

Colleen is the creator of Montserrat’s Improbable Places Poetry Tour where she brings poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, banks, laundromats and swimming pools. Each month the readings are held at a new unlikely location. The tour’s most recent stop was a roller rink! The Tour was featured in a video montage, part of this year’s Local Cultural Council Video Contest at the State House in February. The video celebrates all the incredible projects being funded all over the state. Click here to view the video (fast forward to 2:08-2:36)

Colleen’s poem “An Arbor on Arbella Street” will also appear in the forthcoming anthology, Here Come the Brides! which will is available to purchase this month!  The poem was written for the wedding of her good friends Chris and Stephanie.

Upcoming Poetry Event:
Artifact, Archive, Orchard: The Binding of Past and Present in Poetry

Montserrat College of Art is collaborating with the Peabody Historical Society to incorporate history, writing poetry, book making and a reading and lecture. It will be a three-part event beginning with a poetry-writing workshop at Brooksby Farm at the end of March. Details to follow!