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Ithaca Poet Jerry Mirskin to Read at Cayuga CC

DATE: 02-23-2009

Jerry Mirskin

Poet Jerry Mirskin will offer a free public reading of his work at Cayuga Community College on Monday, March 9, at 11:00 a.m. in the Auburn campus Student Lounge. Mirskin has published two collections of poetry, In Flagrante Delicto and Picture a Gate Hanging Open and Let That Gate Be the Sun. His poems have appeared in over a dozen journals and anthologies. "Mirskin knows 'the heart is out of its cage' in moments of witness," says Hilda Raz, editor of the literary journal Prairie Schooner, and he shares those moments in writing that "touches earth and ourselves."

Born in the Bronx, Mirskin has lived in California, Wisconsin and Maine. He has worked as a carpenter, a dairy herdsman, and a New York State Poet-in-the-Schools. Currently an associate professor at Ithaca College, Mirskin also teaches at Cornell University and leads workshops at other schools. His visit to Cayuga is sponsored by the college's Humanities Division with support from Poets & Writers, Inc., and funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.

For further information, contact Howard Nelson, English faculty, at 255-1743 x 2275.