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Purchase Writers Center Event Showcases Poetry

HARRISON, N.Y. – Poets Rachel M. Simon and Ronnie Scharfman will peel back the "creative curtain" Tuesday when Purchase College hosts a poetry reading and discussion at the Neuberger museum.

The event, scheduled for Nov. 8 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is one of a series sponsored by the Purchase Writers Center and is open to the public.

"This is an exciting opportunity to showcase both established and emerging talent from high-caliber writers, a critical mission of the Writers Center," said Louise Yelin, chair of the school of humanities and a literature professor. "This series at the Writers Center offers an inside view of the dynamic process of writing, as Center Fellows and others present their work in progress. We will highlight their accomplishments throughout the year."

Rachel M. Simon is the author of two poetry collections, Theory of Orange, winner of the Pavement Saw Transcontinentel Award (2006), and Marginal Road. She is a 2011-2012 Purchase College Writers Center Fellow, where she is now developing a new collection of poems on the subject of sports.

Ronnie Scharfman, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College, the University of Aix-en-Provence, and Yale University, is Professor Emerita of French and Literature at Purchase College. She co-edited a special edition of Yale French Studies on "Post/Colonial Conditions" with Françoise Lionnet, and an anthology of French and Francophone women writers, Ecritures de Femmes.

For 15 years, Scharfman participated in poetry and midrash-writing workshops with Alicia Ostriker and Charlotte Mandel. Her poetry appeared in summer 2011 in the Jewish Women's Literary Annual, vol. 8. She is currently at work on a currently untitled chapbook of her poems.

The reading and reception featuring Simon and Scharfman are co-sponsored by the Purchase Literature Society.

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