“Poetry at Work, Poetry at Play”
featuring Iris Arenson-Fuller and Steve Olechna
Program followed by Open Mic
Thursday, February 21
Iris Arenson-Fuller has been a poet/writer almost her entire life. She was presented with a poetry award by Langston Hughes a few years before his death and promised him that she would never stop writing. She was published in various anthologies and magazines as a teenager and young woman. Then family care giving and directing the adoption agency she founded and ran for decades, caused her to take a detour until the last couple of years. She kept her promise to Mr. Hughes and continued to write, but never as much as she wanted to do during those years.
Steve Olechna incorporates performance art and storytelling into his poetry. His signature poem, Juggling Four Kids, is performed while juggling four balls. His Poetry in Motion presentation, rich with audience participation, is popular with elementary schools and senior groups. He has published anthologies for these groups as well as having served as editor and publisher of the Faxon Poets Perspectives I – XI annual anthologies.
This program is held at the McMahon Wintonbury Library. Read more about the presenters and see the full fall schedule on the Wintonbury Poetry Series page.