When does a firefly soar with light?
With the grace of a firefly, enchantment and wonderment of this creature personified, here is part of the answer:
From 2001 to 2015, Patricia Roth Schwartz served as a volunteer inside the Auburn Correctional Facility where she facilitated a weekly poetry workshop with inmates. In 2008, she was named ACF’s Volunteer of the Year, and has edited four published books of inmate work, including the anthology, “Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind.” She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences as a prison volunteer, and is working towards a 2018-19 publication release. A prolific poet, Pat has published volumes of poetry via books and inclusion in several noted literary journals. She routinely reads her work, presents writing workshops in diverse venues, and her volume,The Crows of Copper John: a History of Auburn Prison in Poems, initially issued in 2013 by Olive Trees, was re-issued in 2017 by FootHills. Her chapbook, "Know Better: poems of resistance" was issued by locofo (2017,) and recently re-issued in expanded format by Clare Songbirds. She lives with her partner, Sandy Zohari, and their dog Rosie on their thirty-five acre property, Sage-Thyme Haven, in Waterloo in the Finger Lakes. She can be reached www.patriciarothschwartz.com.
She can be seen and greeted in person on September 28. We hope you join her!
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