Please join us on Saturday, June 28th for a poetry reading featuring
Janet Hamill, Sparrow, and Thomas Devaney. This event will be held at
Point 5 (383.5 Madison Avenue) in Albany, New York.

The reading will begin at 5:00 PM and is free, with a suggested
donation for the readers. Their biographies are below. We hope to see
you there!

Biographies from the poets

Sparrow lives in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, within the snug
village of Phoenicia, New York, with his wife Violet Snow and daughter
Sylvia. For Sylvia’s 16th birthday, Sparrow gave her Johannes Brahms’
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, on cassette. Soft Skull Press has
published three of Sparrow’s books. (Watch him on

Thomas Devaney
Thomas Devaney is the author of A Series of Small Boxes (Fish Drum,
2007) and The American Pragmatist Fell in Love (Banshee Press, 1999).
Devaney is a Senior Writing Fellow in the English Department at the
University of Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at
Brooklyn College, CUNY where he was a student of Allen Ginsberg. In
2001 he joined the Kelly Writers House, Penn’s literary hub, for four
years as program coordinator and producer of the monthly radio program
“Live at the Writers House.”

Devaney has worked with the Institute of Contemporary Art (Phila) on a
number of site specific, multi-sensory projects, including “Tales from
the 215” for the Philadelphia Freedom exhibit with Zoe Strauss, and
the performance “The Empty House” at the Edgar Allan Poe National
Historic Site for The Big Nothing exhibit. He can often be found
working in public spaces and art galleries including projects with the
Tibor de Nagy gallery and Devaney’s book Letters to Ernesto Neto (Germ
Folios, 2005).

Janet Hamill
Poet, painter, and performer Janet Hamill was born in Jersey City, NJ.
For her first five years she gazed across the Hudson from Weehawken,
NJ, before the family moved north to New Milford, in Bergen County. In
the mid-sixties Janet attended Glassboro State College (now Rowan
University), in Glassboro, NJ, where she met life-long friend,
singer/songwriter, Patti Smith. After graduating with a BA in English
from Glassboro, Janet joined Patti in New York. Using the city as a
base, and bookstore jobs as a livelihood, Janet lived out her first
love, travel, during her twenties and early thirties. Some of her
journeys included cross-country trips in the USA and sojourns in
Canada, Mexico, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Denmark, England, France, Spain, Italy, and Ireland.

Janet is the author of four books: Lost Ceilings, Nostalgia of the
Infinite, The Temple, and Troublante. Her poetry and fiction have
appeared in anthologies such as Living With the Animals, Up Late:
American Poetry Since 1970, The Low-Tech Manual, The Unmade Bed, and
Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing by Women. Some of the magazines and
journals that have published her work are Bomb, City Lights Review,
Café Review, Long Shot, Colorado North Review, Kansas Quarterly,
Exquisite Corpse, Poetry Flash, and the Hart Crane Newsletter.

A strong advocate of the spoken word, Janet has read widely at well
known poetry venues such as The Peoples’ Poetry Gathering, St. Marks
Church and the Walt Whitman Cultural Center. Early in September of
1997, Janet was the featured poet at the first Liss Ard Festival, in
Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland. The festival is held annually to
raise world-wide environmental awareness.

In the summer of 1997 Janet began to perform her poetry with the music
of Moving Star, a backing group of musicians named after one of her
poems. They are Bob Torsello (bass), Jay LoRubbio (guitar) and Sean
Healy (drums). In their short time together, Janet and Moving Star
have performed at the The People’s Poetry Gathering, The Knitting
Factory and CBGB’s Gallery in New York City, as well as clubs in
Orange and Ulster Counties. Recently, Janet and the band released their
first full-length CD, Flying Nowhere, produced by Lenny Kaye, with two
cameo appearances by Patti Smith on clarinet.

Janet makes her home in New York State


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