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September 21, 2006

Poet Wanda Phipps to Speak at Farmingdale State

Wanda Phipps
Wanda Phipps

Farmingdale State's Visiting Writers Program is delighted to invite the Long Island community to see and hear Wanda Phipps read her poetry and speak about her art on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 11:00 am in Ward Hall Great Room. Wanda Phipps is a poet, performer, translator, and journalist who lives in Manhattan , New York .

Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems is Phipps' first full-length collection. The book is a collection of her best poems from a writing project in which she wrote every day right after she awoke. Wake-Up Calls is a fascinating reflection of the many different moods a person can have in the morning and a very personal glimpse into the author's life (she was moving into a new home at the time). Phipps explores issues of identity and self with a freshness of voice and imagery fortuitously captured in the state between dreaming and fully waking up.

Phipps is the author of the CD rom Zither Mood (Faux Press), the chapbooks Lunch Poems (Boog Literature), Your Last Illusion or Break-Up Sonnets (Situations Press), and After the Mishap (Faux Press). Her poems have appeared in more than sixty publications, including Salon, Agni, Exquisite Corpse, How2, The World, Hanging Loose, Shampoo , and Boog Lit . She has also been featured in the anthologies: Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the Poemfone Poets (St. Martin's Press), O.blek: Writing From The New Coast (o.blek editions), The Portable Boog Reader (Boog Literature) and the Boston Poetry Marathon 2003 Postcard Set ! ( Boog City ). She is a contributing editor for Big Bridge , and served on the editorial board of Lungfull . She has performed on stages all over the U.S. as a poet and with her various bands. Her poetry has been the subject of a short film entitled Filmpoem for Wanda Phipps by Joel Schlemowitz.

Phipps received her B.A. in English with a Theater Concentration from Barnard College of Columbia University, and studied poetry with Bernadette Mayer, Allen Ginsberg and others at the Naropa Institute. Phipps also studied theater and acting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco .

The Visiting Writers Program highlights the importance of literature to education and culture and works to develop its resources and strengthen its service in behalf of this idea. The audience for the program includes:  faculty, students, and professional staff from the college and many individuals from the surrounding Long Island and Metropolitan community.

All events are open to the public. There is no admission charge. For more information, contact Dr. Margery Brown, at 631-420-2645.