Dowling Presents 'An Evening of Poetry' to Celebrate Long Island
OAKDALE, NY - In conjunction with Dowling College's annual theme
"Celebrating Long Island," the Mu Tau chapter of Sigma Tau Delta,
the International English Honor Society, will host "An Evening of
Poetry" by Long Island Poets on Monday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Readers will include Daniel Thomas Moran, the Poet Laureate of Suffolk
County and at least three Dowling College professors, Virginia Walker,
Ph.D., Professor Julie Sheehan, an adjunct member of the English
Department and William Thierfelder, Ph.D. Dr. Walker's work has
appeared nationally and is represented in The Light of City and Sea,
published by Street Press, a recent anthology of verse by Long Island
poets that she also helped to edit. Sheehan will read from her book,
Orient Point. Dr. Thierfelder will read from his collection, How the
Dinosaurs Devoured the Humans, published this past May. Poets from
Nassau and Suffolk will join them to share their work.
Daniel Thomas Moran
Moran is the author of six volumes of poetry, the most recent of which,
"From HiLo To Willow Pond", was published by Street Press in 2002. He
has read widely throughout New York City and Long Island and has done
readings in Ireland, Italy and Austria. He has had some 125 poems
published in such prestigious journals as Confrontation, Nassau Review,
Oxford, National Forum, Commonweal, Parnassus, Sulfur River,
Pedestal, Rattapallax, LUNGFULL, Poetry Salzburg Review,
Iconoclast, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Art
Times, Home Planet News and The Norton Critical Anthology on Darwin.
From 1997-2005 Moran served as Vice President of The Walt Whitman
Birthplace Association in West Hills, New York, where he instituted The
Long Island School of Poetry Reading Series and has been Literary
Correspondent to Long Island Public Radio, where he hosted The Long
Island Radio Magazine. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
on three occasions. In 2005 he was appointed Poet Laureate by The
Legislature of Suffolk County, New York. He has been listed in Who's Who
in America and The International Who's Who in Poetry. His next
collection, "Farnan's Well" will be published by The University of
Salzburg in Austria in 2006. He is a practicing Doctor of Dentistry on
Shelter Island, where he lives with his wife Karen.
Virginia Walker, Ph.D.
Dr. Walker teaches English and humanities courses at Dowling College
and Suffolk County Community College. Her poetry has been published in
Nassau Review, Long Island Quarterly, Minetta Review, and Pegasus.
She has read at all the East End libraries and many schools and colleges
on Long Island and New York City. She has worked with East End
fisherman and East End hunters to teach children how to write poetry
about tradition bearers. Dr. Walker acted as an associate editor on the
2006 Suffolk County Poetry Anthology, The Light of City and Sea. Her
work appeared in this and other poetry anthologies such as Touched by
Eros and In Autumn.
Sheehan won the Barnard Women Poets Prize for her second book, Orient
Point, just out from W.W. Norton. Other honors include the Poets Out
Loud Prize for her first book, Thaw, the Poetry Society of America's
Robert H. Winner Prize and The Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Prize.
Of Thaw, Harold Bloom wrote that her poetry, "at its best and most
characteristic, exuberantly returns us to Walt Whitman (the real
Whitman, and not the barbaric imitators)." Of Orient Point, Linda
Gregg writes, "I was struck by the muscle, size, shadows, and nuance
of her work." More advance praise comes from Billy Collins ("Orient
Point delivers the goods, a collection bursting with verbal and
existential exuberance"), John Hollander ("Julie Sheehan's wit,
imaginative power, splendidly controlled diction and sense of pace are
apparent in the way in which she can engage matters of deep feeling with
a comic exuberance that can beau
About Dowling College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,500 students at
its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre
Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk
border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor′s, Master′s, and Doctoral degrees in several
disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education.