Poetry Reading at Barnes & Noble

Posted January 27, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

Join us in celebrating WITS writer Carmen Jacobsen, who will read from her first book of poems, Saudade, on Tuesday, January 28th, at 7:30 PM!

images4th Tuesday Poetry Reading Series Presents:
Carmen Erna Jacobsen
Jan 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Webster Barnes & Noble, 1029 W. Bay Area Blvd. at I-45

See press release below for more information:

Carmen Erna Jacobsen was born in Kansas City, Missouri. When she was 4 years old her family moved to Mexico City, where she was raised. Carmen worked for a private English school teaching English-as-a-Second Language to pay her way through medical school. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Sciences at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in1987.

Carmen writes non-fiction and poetry. She has set up musical plays for a Montessori school at the Bayou Theater at UH Clear Lake and directed a small Ballet Folklorico group named “Aztlan”, where children combined poetry with the Mexican zapateado. She is a Creative Writing Teacher for WITS – Writers in the Schools and a teacher for DPISD. She was an Education writer who did research and wrote articles related to the K-12 public school system for The Rice Entrepreneurship Educational Program Blog.

Carmen is presenting her first completed book on poems called, “Saudade.” It is a collection of poems about how ephemeral human life and relationships can be–a sense of melancholy divided into three time chapters, longings from things in the past, its yearnings into the present and its transcendence into the future.

Please support the arts on the Texas Gulf Coast and join us for an evening of great poetry.

Poetry Reading with Merrilee Cunningham & Katharine Jager

Posted February 8, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

The Cultural Enrichment Center of the University of Houston Downtown will host a poetry reading tomorrow (Tuesday, February 9) at 5:30 PM featuring WITS writer Merrilee Cunningham and Katharine Jager. The reading will be held at the Robertson Auditorium on the 3rd floor of UHD’s Academic Building.

WITS writer Merrilee Cunningham holds a B.A. degree in creative writing from Northwestern University where she studied under the poet Stephen Spender, and a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from Vanderbilt University. Her poetic and scholarly works have been published in On, Versus, Visions, The Ball State Review, Renaissance and Reformation, the South Central Bulletin of the Modern Language Association and many other places. She edited On Magazine, a collection of poetry, while at Vanderbilt. After coming to University of Houston–Downtown, she edited Humanities in the South for seven years.

Katharine Jager is a poet and a medieval scholar.  She received her M.F.A. in poetry from New York University and her Ph.D. in medieval studies from the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Her poetry and essays have appeared in The Yale Anthology of Younger American Poets, Medieval Perspectives, The Gettysburg Review, Canteen, Friends Journal, and the Bellevue Review.

Who: Merrilee Cunningham and Katherine Jager
What: A poetry reading
When: Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 PM
Where: Robertson Auditorium, 3rd floor of Academic Building, University of Houston Downtown
Cost: Free!