Blueline Magazine to Host Event with Nationally Acclaimed Poet

03.08.12

SUNY Potsdam’s Blueline Magazine, a literary magazine dedicated to the spirit of the Adirondacks, will host an event on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room. This event will feature a nationally acclaimed poet and longstanding contributor to the magazine, M. J. Iuppa.

Iuppa will launch the College’s celebrations for Poetry Month by reading from her newest work, “Within Reach,” published by Cherry Grove Collections in 2010. She has published more than 300 poems in magazines across the country and is the recipient of several awards for teaching and creative writing.

“Within Reach” has been praised for its artistry and power. As Blueline book reviewer Nancy Berbrich said, “This is nature poetry, poetry of artistic struggle, poignant and profound—the metamorphosis of a poet.”

The editors of Blueline Magazine are delighted to host such an accomplished, respected and talented New York poet.

In addition, the editors are also pleased to feature Maggie Tucker ’12, who will open the event by reading from her poetry. She is a senior creative writing major at SUNY Potsdam.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Copies of “Within Reach” will be available for purchase at this event.

About the author:

M.J. Iuppa is the writer-in-residence and director of the arts minor program at St. John Fisher College, where she teaches creative writing and poetry. She also currently serves as the poetry adviser for the New York State Foundation for the Arts. In 1996, she was the recipient of the Writing In Rochester Award and in 2000 she received the Part-Time Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at St. John Fisher College. More than 300 of her poems have appeared in small press, university and national publications. Iuppa’s works include: “Sometimes Simply,” “Temptations, Greatest Hits 1986-2001” and “As the Crow Flies.” Her first full-length poetry collection is “Night Traveler,” and “Within Reach” is her most recent full-length collection. Iuppa earned her Master of Arts degree in creative writing from SUNY Brockport in 2000, and her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University in 2006.

Blueline Magazine is published annually by the Department of English and Communication at SUNY Potsdam. To find out more information about SUNY Potsdam’s Blueline Magazine, visit www2.potsdam.edu/blueline.

SUNY Potsdam’s Department of English & Communication challenges students to complete a core of courses that explore the varied ways that people speak, write and read, with concentrations available in literature, writing, professional writing and communication. To learn more, visit www.potsdam.edu/academics/AAS/Engl.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.