Malin, Scafidi kick off poetry series

“A Taste of Poetry” returns to the Shenandoah Arts Council gallery at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16. The event will feature readings by poets Stephen Malin of Westminster, Md., and Steve Scafidi of Summit Point, W.Va.

The event is co-sponsored by the Arts Council and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, a locally published and nationally recognized literary magazine edited by Kristin Zimet of Winchester and Arts Council board member Robert Lesman of Millwood. The annual series was first held in 2010.

The event will treat attendees to snacks in a pre-reading reception starting at 7 p.m. Beer, wine and soft drinks also will be served. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Malin is a contributor of poems to Sow’s Ear Poetry Review as well as journals around the country, such as Antioch Review and Sewanee Review. He is professor emeritus at the University of Memphis, where he founded and directed the school’s playwriting program.

Scafidi is the author of four collections of poetry and his poems have appeared in journals such as Southern Review, American Poetry Review and Prairie Schooner. He has a Bachelors of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. He works as a cabinetmaker.

Books by the authors and copies of The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review will be available for purchase.

The second reading in this year’s series will be held at the Arts Council on Oct. 18 and will feature poets Greg McBride, author of the prize-winning poetry collection Porthole, and Michael Collier, former poet laureate of Maryland and the current director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

Admission to the event is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, contact Shenandoah Arts Council director Tracy Marlatt at 540-667-5166 or by email at tmarlatt@shenarts.org.