Creative Crossroads Presents “Nature Exposed”

Creative Crossroads Presents
Readings by
Jan Conn and Lois Walden

Creative Crossroads presents “Nature Exposed” Readings by Jan Conn and Lois Walden at The Stanford Grange, 6043 Route 82, Stanfordville on Saturday, Nov. 5th at 5 pm.

Jan Conn will read from her newest and ninth book of poems called Tomorrow’s Bright White Light (Tightrope Books, 2016). This collection of poems is about offbeat and secretive childhood events and stories from both male and female points of view. Some works deal with the struggles of today’s experiences, while others pull from Conn’s time spent in Latin America. Conn is also a biologist, and will read some poems sprinkled with a natural theme.

Conn has written eight books of poetry, most recently Edge Effects (Brick Books, 2012) which is comprised of poems that map a broken world filled with ghosts, hookers and wanderers.  Originally hailing from southeastern Quebec, Conn received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Toronto in 1987. Today, the poet studies the evolution and ecology of pathogen-transmitting mosquitoes at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, in Albany, New York.

Local author Lois Walden will read from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, a nonfiction book by American author Annie Dillard published in 1974.  Dillard used her personal journals at the time as inspiration for the book, which is written from a first-person point of view. Tinker Creek details her explorations and contemplations on nature and life around Tinker Creek in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, season-by-season, over the course of a year.

Walden is a writer, singer, songwriter, librettist, record producer, performer, and teaching artist who lives in the Hudson Valley. For the past 15 years she has travelled the country for The Acting Company teaching teenagers in small towns and inner city schools how to tap into their emotions and understand their world through classic theatre and literature. She is currently working on the opera Mila: Great Sorcerer and her first book of non fiction, Terminal.

Creative Crossroads’ mission is to give artists of all disciplines space to reach a local audience.  By offering exposure to different types of art and artists, Creative Crossroads hopes to inspire art students and art lovers, young and old.  The interaction between practitioners of art and those who admire or simply enjoy it will enrich the lives of all. All events are free and open to the public. Email creativecrossroads12581@gmail.com or call 845-868-7054 for more information.