Three award-winning Hamilton poets will read in “Winning Words” on Saturday, April 16, at the Kirkland Art Center. Readings by William Billiter, Naomi Guttman and Jane Springer will follow a reception at 7:30 p.m. The event marks National Poetry Month and is free and open to the public.
Director of Foundation, Corporate, and Government Relations William Billiter’s book Stutter was a winner in the 2010 National Poetry Series. The award program is an open competition judged by distinguished national poets.
Naomi Guttman, professor of English and creative writing, won the A.M. Klein Award for Poetry in Quebec for her book Reasons for Winter. Her most recent book of poems, Wet Apples, White Blood, was published in 2007.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English Jane Springer was one of 10 recipients of the 2010 Whiting Writers’ Award by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. The award is given to writers of exceptional talent and promise in early career. Her first poetry collection, Dear Blackbird, was awarded the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in 2006.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary year, the Kirkland Art Center is located at 9 ½ East Park Row, across from the Clinton village green.