Helen O’Leary to join poets for Creekside Books & Coffee


Helen O’Leary to join poets for Creekside Books & Coffee’s poetry reading on May 9th, 2009.

[Skaneateles, NY] Creekside Books & Coffee, an independent bookstore and coffeehouse in Skaneateles, has just confirmed that Helen O’Leary, local poet and educator, will be joining the talented lineup of poets who will be reading at Creekside’s Poetry Reading on May 9th at 7:00 pm in the coffeehouse. 

“This means that we now have five (5) local poets who will be sharing their original work with us for an inspirational evening of poetry,” says Erika Davis, owner of Creekside Books & Coffee.  “There is much to learn and be inspired by from those involved in the creative writing process. We hope that many come out for the evening to enjoy these talented writers.”

About the Poets

Helen O’Leary Syers is a graduate of Vermont College and Empire State College, where she is now an online instructor in cultural studies. In community centers and churches in Syracuse, Skaneateles, and Auburn, Helen has facilitated study groups of The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron’s bestselling workbook on creative recovery, as well as other study groups on the value and practice of living a creative life. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in several local small presses.

Rachel Guido deVries is a poet and fiction writer.   She continues her book tour of Central New York venues reading from her newest publication, The Brother Inside Me, published by Guernica Editions in 2008.  This collection of poems considers with characteristic clarity and honesty the early death of her brother, her father’s life with dementia and the changes and wisdom that come with age.  Her first children’s picture book, Teeny Tiny Tino’s Fishing Story, was released in January, 2008 by Bordighera Press, and was chosen as the winner of the 2008 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, in the category of Grades Pre-K-3.    A past recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts award in fiction, she lives in Cazenovia, NY.  She is a poet-in-the-public schools, and offers workshops and readings independently.

Mary Gardner Mary has returned to writing poetry and essay after a career in human resources and management development during which time, twenty-two of her articles were published in professional literature.  She has won poetry awards from the National League of American Pen Women, CNY Branch, and was one of 16 winners in the 2007 Syracuse Art Poster Project; the latter features haiku in a city-wide celebration of poetry and the graphic arts.  Her poems have appeared in The PEN WOMAN and in the recently published anthology, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. LINCOLN, an officially endorsed publication of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Heidi Nightengale was born in Connecticut but spent her school years in Skaneateles and graduated from Skaneateles High School in 1979 and went on  to attend Keuka College and Cornell University.  She is currently a PH.D candidate studying at Capella Univerity.  Heidi teaches for Empire State College and LeMoyne College’s graduate department of education.  She has been published in journals and anthologies across the United States.  Bird Vision is her first chapbook.  She is also working on children’s stories.  A literary review of Bird Vision will be published in summer 2009 in the literay critique journal, Book/Mark.  Heidi currently lives in Auburn where she attracts faeries to her gardens and enjoys hanging May Day baskets and creating Harry Potter inspired Ministry of Magic letters for friends and family.
Elizabeth Patton was born and educated in the South and has lived in New York since 1966.  In addition to teaching English, she has taught history, Latin, and music in several states.  In 1984, she left an English position at Skaneateles High School, where she developed a senior elective in creative writing.  Her writing has appeared in professional journals, literary magazines, anthologies, and newspapers.

Creekside Books & Coffee is located at 35 Fennell Street in Skaneateles.  The bookstore is the only retail store in the village selling new hardcover and paperback books as well as toys, gifts, greeting cards and other merchandise. The coffeehouse features the freshest roasted coffee in town, a light fare menu and a pleasant atmosphere to relax and enjoy.