Annual Public Reading by the Stone Ridge Library Writers

Friday, September 20
Marbletown Community Center
Free and open to the public

The writers invite you to celebrate the Autumn Equinox and their seventh year together. Please join them for an evening of poetry and prose.

The Stone Ridge Library Writers are: Catherine Arra, Facilitator, Frank Boyer, Jude-Laure Denis, Eric Stewart, Fay Loomis, Cliff Mallery, Mike Polcari, Carol Shank, José Sotolongo, Lisa St. John, Natasha Williams, Cecilia Worth.

Catherine Arra is a former high school English and Creative Writing teacher. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, (Women in Parentheses) (2019), and Writing in the Ether (2018), as well as three chapbooks. Catherine facilitates the Stone Ridge Library Writers Groups. Find her work at

Frank Boyer began writing poetry in his early 20’s, and has, one way or another, kept his hand in ever since. Originally from the rural Midwest, he came to the Hudson Valley by way of NYC. He teaches college courses focused on the interface between image and word. He is happy to be wherever imaginative writing is written and read.

Jude-Laure Denis has an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and was a member of NY’s John Oliver Killens Writers Workshop. Her work elucidates the untold stories of Black women. She’s read her work in a variety of venues including: KGB, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 651Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) among others.

Fay L. Loomis lives in the woods in Kerhonkson. Her writing increasingly reflects the preciousness and angst of the eventide of life, particularly disability, since a stroke in December of 2017. Her poetry and prose have appeared in print and online publications, most recently Breath and Shadow, Wordgathering, River Poet’s Journal, and Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky.

Cliff Mallery has been a lawyer, a teacher and a tender of bar. He writes recreationally about people he has known who may now be forgotten. By his writing, he hopes that they will be remembered. He lives in Accord with his wife Kathy.

Mike Polcari, a native Stone Ridgian, worked in New England, and San Francisco in finance and higher education. He moved to Las Vegas where he played poker professionally, scoring 11th in a World Series of Poker tournament, while collecting stories to spin into fiction. He writes thrillers and has penned two novels, striving to leave each chapter with a cliffhanger. He now works in Admissions at SUNY Ulster and spends his time working on his house and with his wife and stepchildren.

Carol Shank writes primarily for children. Her poem, “Bug Lights” published in August 2016, won the Highlights High Five 2016 Pewter Plate Award for “Poem of the Year.” Other poems have appeared in Cricket and Ladybug, and she’s written work-for-hire picture books for Reading A-Z and Capstone Press.

Lisa St. John is a high school English teacher and published poet. She is currently working on a memoir. Lisa has published in several journals including Light, Entropy Magazine, The Poetry Distillery, Poets Reading the News, and Chronogram Magazine. Her first poetry chapbook, Ponderings, as well as her blogs can be found on her website at

José Sotolongo was born in Cuba. His prose and poetry have appeared in several publications, including Atticus Review, Blue Fifth Review, The Southampton Review, and Third Coast Magazine. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fiction of 2019. The Scented Chrysalis, a novel, was released in 2019.

Eric Stewart is a former English teacher who moved to Accord in 2001. Currently he is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway in Stone Ridge. He began writing six years ago and hopes to soon publish his first novel, The Wiltwyck Grimoire, a work of historic fantasy set in Ulster County. He also serves on the Town Board of Marbletown.

Natasha Williams is a writer and science coach with teachers at the International Community High School for recent immigrants. There she supports teacher practice and curriculum development. She grew up in New York City and resides in the Hudson Valley. Natasha writes creative non -fiction and short stories and is editing a memoir for publication titled The Parts of Him I kept.

Cecilia Worth transforms into nonfiction adventures the challenges of life that seem insurmountable. Following thirty years as a registered nurse involved with birthing and, later, terminal AIDS, she moved at age 69 to a waterless cabin in the timeless wilderness of Alaska Momentarily tarrying in upstate New York, she is reworking a book of interviews with newly expectant fathers.

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