HERE, NOW Poetry Reading


HERE, NOW is an extremely occasional reading series which brings together local writers, the published and unpublished, the celebrated and the secret. It's a celebration of writing craft and practice and the importance of books and writers in our community. 

Grace Bonner is a former Director of the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center, where she now teaches poetry. Round Lake, her first collection of poetry, was published by Four Way Books in October 2016. She has written a memoir, Ghost Tracks. She is a MacDowell fellow, a mentor in PEN’s Prison Writing Program, and Associate Publisher of CavanKerry Press. She lives in Hudson, New York.

Norman Douglas lives on planet earth with little or no property that he can call his own. his 59th trip around the sun begins at the next 911. suspicious that his meat and bones have hosted a few distinct spirits—also certain that he has channeled scores of other entities—his resolve to cooperate in the writing of a history that recounts the simple human construction of a universal utopia will one day appear far less selfish than it sounds. 

Reyna Eisenstark is a freelance writer and editor living in Chatham, NY. She writes for plenty of educational publishing companies, but her essays have been published in Free Range Nonfiction, Full Grown People, You can read more of her writing at

Irene Mitchell’s fourth poetry collection, Equal Parts Sun and Shade: An Almanac of Precarious Days was published in January 2017 by Kelsay Books. Her other collections include Minding the Spectrum’s Business (FutureCycle Press, 2015), A Study of Extremes in Six Suites (Cherry Grove Collections, 2012), and Sea Wind on the White Pillow (Axes Mundi Press, 2009). Formerly Poetry Editor of Hudson River Art Magazine, Mitchell, an ad hoc facilitator of poetry workshops, is known for her collaborations with visual artists and composers.

Karen Schoemer is a poet, journalist and performer living in Hudson. She won first prize in the 2015 Hudson Valley Writers Guild poetry contest; her poems have appeared in Up the River, Chronogram and forthcoming in the Pine Hills Review. A 2016 Virginia Scholar at Instarlodge in Germantown, she is vocalist for Sky Furrows and the Schoemer Formation, and contributed vocals to Street of Mirrors, a 2017 album by Venture Lift.