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Butterfly Poetry Festival: Hazleton: 8/26/07

The 2007 Butterfly Poetry Festival will be held on Sunday, August 26 at the Hazleton Campus of Penn State University. This year's Festival is being sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance Against Homelessness.

The poetry festival will explore "portraits in visual and verbal forms." The event will consist of two sessions, one at 1:00 PM and the second at 3:00 PM, with an intermission and informal gathering between the two sessions. Poets are invited to share their "portrait poems" in the first session. The poets and audience will explore the concept of portraits as represented in words. There will be an open reading of "portrait poems" which will be limited only by time. Poets interested in participating are asked to contact Salvadore DeFazio, the festival's organizer, at 570-455-3963 before the event.

The second session will be introduced by Gary F. Clark, director of the Alliance Against Homelessness. Mr. Clark, a former professor of Art and Art History at Bloomsburg University, has focused his energies on photographing homeless people over the past few years. Since a recent interview by National Public Radio's Jennifer Ludden, Clark's Web page has had nearly one million visits. Viewers from around the world have responded and posted dozens of
comments concerning the photos. A presentation of photographs will be presented by Mr. Clark followed by a forum about the homeless. Insight into aspects of homelessness will be presented by a few experts in the field. The forum will then consider the amalgamation of poetry and photographs, the verbal and visual, to create a more comprehensive representation and understanding of the homeless. Gary Clark and Salvadore DeFazio will discuss their collaboration, and the hopes of expanding that collaboration among Pennsylvania's most influential poets.

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