Professors Come Together On Aztec Prophectic Date: May 20, 2012

Pressbox (Press Release) – According to Master Astrologer Celeste Teal on May 20, 2012, the stars will align over the Middle East during a solar eclipse to signify a major event. But the real action will occur in the Philadelphia suburb when award winning Jeffrey Ethan Lee, Iain Haley Pollock, and NYC renowned anthropologist, professor and poet Renato Rosaldo present a stellar poetry workshop and book signing.

About the presenters:

Jeffrey Ethan Lee’s poetry book, identity papers (Ghost Road Press, 2006) was a 2007 Colorado Book Award finalist []. His first full-length poetry book, invisible sister (Many Mountains Moving Press, 2004) was praised in American Book Review, North American Review, Rain Taxi Review etc. Lee won the 2002 Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook prize ($1,000) for The Sylf (2003), created identity papers for Drimala Records, published Strangers in a Homeland (chapbook with Ashland Poetry Press, 2001). He also published hundreds of poems, stories and essays in Many Mountains Moving, North American Review, African American Review, American Poetry Review, Xconnect, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Crosscurrents, Green Mountain Review, Washington Square, & Other Voices. He also won the first Tupelo Press award for literary fiction in 2001 for a novel, The Autobiography of Somebody Else. He has a Ph.D. in British Romanticism and an MFA from NYU. His new blog link is here.

Renato Rosaldo, a Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, is one of the world’s leading anthropologists. He has done field research among the Ilongots of northern Luzon, Philippines, and he is the author of Ilongot Headhunting: 1883-1974: A Study in Society and History (1980). He is also the author of Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis (1989). He is also the editor of Creativity/Anthropology (with Smadar Lavie and Kirin Narayan) (1993), Anthropology of Globlization (with Jon Inda) (2001), and Cultural Citizenship in Island Southeast Asia: National and Beloning in the Hinterlands (2003), among other books. He has been conducting research on cultural citizenship in San Jose, California since 1989, and contributed the introduction and an article to Latino Cultural Citizens: Claiming Identity, Space, and Rights (1997). He is also a poet who graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in 1971. He is emeritus professor at Stanford University. He teaches at New York University, and is a New York Institute for the Humanities Fellow. His poetry appeared in Bilingual Review, Many Mountains Moving, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, Texas Observer. He won the 2004 American Book Award.

Iain Haley Pollock’s first collection of poetry, Spit Back a Boy (U. of Georgia Press, 2011), won the 2010 Cave Canem Prize. Previously, his work had appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Callaloo. Pollock lives in Philadelphia and teaches English at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and poetry at the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College.

About the workshop:

The workshop will occur on the 3rd floor at Tyme Gallery–the gallery will be closed–and begin PROMPTLY at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. Light refreshments–drinks, snacks, etc–will be on hand for the workshop.

The poetry workshop is charging a fee of $25.00.
You must submit a $25 fee to secure a spot in the workshop (10 seats go fast!!). There are two scholarships available for youth 18yrs and younger. Payment will be received at the door, so late comers need not worry. But call first, we might be out of room!!

To remit payment, please call Edna (Tyme Gallery) at 610-853-1215, or send Edna an email ( with ( as a cc. You cannot RSVP for the workshop without advanced payment, and you must cc Tamara Oakman, or check APIARY’s website to get full workshop instructions.

The performance, Q & A, and book signing begins at 2:30 p.m., and is FREE and OPEN to the public–but $5 donations (from those not participating in the workshop).

For full info:

Tyme Gallery is located at 17 West Eagle Road, Havertown, PA 19083.

**A CARPOOL will leave from Center City at noon on May 20. If people are interested in the carpool they must email: by May 15 at midnight.

About the Organizers:

This event is brought to you by a wonderful collaboration between APIARY Magazine, Many Mountains Moving, Mel’s Poetry Works, and Tyme Gallery.

For full info:

About melbrake

Mel Brake is an awarding winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010 has published his works. Recently, his band, the Mel Brake Family Band performed a benefit concert at Cross Road Café in Delaware County. He is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. In addition, his first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at:
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