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Poet to Recall Mother and Therapist at Cayuga CC

DATE: 03-23-2005

Poet and performance artist Hal Sirowitz, whose collections include Mother Said and My Therapist Said, will present a reading and book signing on Monday, April 11, at the Auburn campus of Cayuga Community College. The reading, set for 11:00 a.m. in the student lounge, is free and open to the public.

The college's spring 2005 visiting writer, Sirowitz performs regularly at poetry slams in New York City's East Village. He has also appeared on MTV and in the PBS series The United States of Poetry.

A native of New York City, Sirowitz received a bachelor's degree from New York University and has studied at Hofstra University. His Mother Said has been translated into Hebrew, Norwegian, Finnish, and Danish. Entertainment Weekly deemed the collection of maternal wit and wisdom “comical, touching, and deeply irritating.”

The poet is quoted in CA magazine as saying, “I never had writer's block. All I had to do was call [my mother] and she?d yell at me. I?d have an instant poem.”

The event is sponsored by the college's Humanities Division and Poets and Writers, Inc., with support from the New York State Endowment for the Arts. Sirowitz's books will be available for purchase and signing after the reading.