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Poetry in the Bowl Friday, June 14

June 14 @ EST 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $20.00

Albert Abonado: 6 – 6:30 pm
Cornelius Eady with Bernie Heveron: 6:40 – 7:10 pm
Meet the Poets | Book Signing: 7:15 – 8 pm

ASL interpretation provided

Highland Bowl, 1137 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
Rain Venue: Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

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Albert Abonado’s debut collection Jaw (Sundress Publications, 2020) has been described by Timothy Liu as “a totemic book, animal guides appearing when needed in the most ordinary spaces touched by trauma and the surreal, the DNA of our post-racial legacies rearranged to accommodate what is both funny and uncanny to the bone.” His second book, Field Guide for Accidents, selected by Mahogany L. Browne for the National Poetry Series, will be released by Beacon Press in October 2024. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, Abonado’s work has been published widely, including in Triquarterly and The Margins. He teaches at SUNY Geneseo and Finger Lakes Community College, and in fall 2024, will be artist in residence at SUNY Oswego.

Cornelius Eady’s published collections include Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (Omnation Press, 1986), winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; The Gathering of My Name (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1991), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Brutal Imagination (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001), a National Book Award finalist; and Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an NEA Fellowship in Literature; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry; a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy; and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award (1994). His Running Man, a music-theatre piece co-written with jazz musician Diedre Murray, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and awarded a 1999 Obie for best musical score and lead actor in a musical. In January 2002, a production of Brutal Imagination (with a score by Diedre Murray) won the 2002 Oppenheimer Award for the best first play by an American playwright. With poet Toi Derricotte, in 1996, Eady co-founded Cave Canem, a national nonprofit organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets. A prolific songwriter, he performs widely with Rough Magic, his New York-based literary band. He is the Chair of Excellence in the English Department at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Bernie Heveron is a Rochester-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and educator, currently accompanying Paul Nunes and playing in the Red, Hot and Blue Band. Early associations with Bat McGrath, the Colorblind James Experience, Personal Effects, and others fostered his love for lyrics and music that reflect authentic personal experience. Collaborations with Cornelius Eady and Kinloch Nelson further developed his writing and unique approach to accompaniment. He has opened shows for countless groups, among them Arlo Guthrie, Steve Goodman, 10,000 Maniacs, Commander Cody, The Little River Band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and REM. He has recorded for Atlantic, Epic, and Amherst Records, and many independent labels. Among his album credits he is proud to have appeared with Richard Thompson and other members of Fairport Convention on a collection of Bothy Ballads recorded in Aberdeen, Scotland, with singer Charlie Allan. His digital album with Cornelius Eady, Asunder, is available here.

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Books by Albert Abonado

Field Guide for Accidents

Books by Cornelius Eady

Brutal Imagination
Brutal Imagination Audio Book
Hardheaded Weather
The Autobiography of a Jukebox
Victims of the Latest Dance Craze
The Gathering of My Name

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June 14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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(585) 473-2590
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Highland Park
180 Reservoir Ave
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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