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Poetry and Memoir: the Transformative Power of Art

October 20, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Please join us for a reading by poets Dean Kostos and Alan Baxter in celebration of their recently published books: The Boy Who Listened To Paintings and A Second of Eternity.

“THE BOY WHO LISTENED TO PAINTINGS offers much to ponder concerning topical issues like family dysfunction, bullying, homophobia, sexual harassment, and the failure of our society to support its young people. Tragedy here has a good outcome, though, when the victim finds his way out of the infernal maze.” Alfred Corn

Copies of Kostos‘s The Boy Who Listened To Paintings and Baxter‘s A Second of Eternity will both be available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

$10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Dean Kostos‘s eight poetry collections include PIERCED BY NIGHT-COLORED THREADS and THIS IS NOT A SKYSCRAPER (recipient of the BENJAMIN SALTMAN Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty). Kostos’s anthology, POMEGRANATE SEEDS, had its debut reading at the United Nations.

His poems, criticism, and translations have have appeared in over 300 journals, including Boulevard, The Cincinnati Review, Southwest Review, The Western Humanities Review, Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com, and The Harvard University Press website. Kostos also received a Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Grant.

Having been a mainstay of the New York City Poetry Circuit for the last twenty years, Alan Baxter has read as a featured poet in Evie Ivy’s Dance of the Word at the Bowery Poetry Club and has also read his material at ABC No Rio, The Green Pavilion, and the Brownstone Poets. He has had his poems published in Nomad’s Choir, the Stained Sheets, and four of his works included in the poetry anthologies Dinner with the Muse and The Venetian Hour. He hosted the Kairos Poetry Café in Manhattan for almost eighteen years, and in 2010 published his first book of poetry Shall We Have Magic? He now assists Chester Johnson with the poetry program at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City, as well as reading poetry at St. Johns and at The Church of the Village in Greenwich Village.

Alan Baxter is not only a film-maker who has co-produced many independent movies, but he is also the founder of AB Film Productions, which a number of years ago mounted the award-winning film Barriers, which Mr. Baxter personally directed. He is also the producer of the documentary Artwatch, which contains interviews with leading art historians who have appeared many times on the famous TV show 60 Minutes. Mr. Baxter also wrote the play Juan and Emmett which Ivy Theatre produced in a small theater in New York City. He has taught literature and basic writing at The College of New Rochelle and Ramapo College.

Professor Baxter was brought up in Silver Spring, Maryland, right outside Washington, DC, and later graduated from the College of William and Mary. He did his graduate work at American University. Right now he lives in both Greenwich Village, New York City and in Montreal, Canada.

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October 20
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5:00 pm-7:00 pm
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