Local poets Kirby Olson, William Greenfield, and Bill Fellenberg will read selections from their poetry collections, including Olson's new book Christmas at Rockefeller Center, at CAS on Saturday, December 5 at 2pm.
Christmas at Rockefeller Center is an exploration of the liturgical year in a Christian poet’s life in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Kirby Olson documents the small town of Delhi in rural Delaware County with occasional visits to New York City. Veering between surrealist lyricism and seasonal detail in the manner of Charles Reznikoff, Olson’s style is clearly steeped in the Beatitudes, and reaches back for its content to the cross and the epic that did not end at Gethsemane two thousand years ago.
“Kirby Olson is a poet of classic beauty, perhaps surreal in genre." —Allen Ginsberg
Olson's poems have been in Christianity and Literature, First Things, Partisan Review, Chronicles, Cortland Review, Poetry East, Naropa Institute Literary Journal, and many other publications. He currently teaches creative writing and philosophy at SUNY Delhi.
This event is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted at the door.