The YMCA’s Downtown Writer’s Center Presents: a reading by poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

As part of its Winter Visiting Author Series, The YMCA’s Downtown Writer’s Center is pleased to announce a reading by poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon at 7:00pm on Friday, February 19th at The Downtown Writer’s Center, located inside the Downtown YMCA.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon’s poems have appeared in such journals as African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Rattapallax, and Shenandoah, and in several anthologies, including Bum Rush the Page and Role Call. Her first book, Black Swan, was awarded the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her newest collection, ] Open Interval [, was one of five finalists for the 2009 National Book Award. She is also the co-author, with Elizabeth Alexander, of the chapbook Poems in Conversation and a Conversation.

This DWC event is free and open to the public.

The YMCA’s Downtown Writer’s Center is CNY’s only community center for the literary arts, offering a wide range of programs in poetry, fiction, non-fiction and dramatic writing. For information on this and other winter readings and events at the Downtown Writer’s Center, please call 315-474-6851 x 328, or visit our website at http://www.ymcaofgreatersyracuse.org/arts.