And so another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Sad that it’s over? Sad that you didn’t have anyone to share it with? Happy it’s over? Happy that you didn’t have anyone to share it with? Indifferent about it? Well then, tomorrow night’s reading is for you! We have one last reader to introduce: Bernice’s own John Reid Currie. He’s got some poems lined up that you won’t want to miss. (Plus, you can finally find out what all this hoo-ha is about.)
John Reid Currie has worked as a teacher of language and learning disabled students and has been recognized with teacher of the year awards from the New York City chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children in 1993 and the Washington Academy in New Jersey in 2004. As a teaching artist, Mr. Currie taught hand papermaking for Dieu Donné Papermill, the 92nd St. Y, Artsconnection, and Flushing Town Hall. From 2000-2003 he served as outreach coordinator for Dieu Donné Papermill’s Responsive Hands and has taught hand papermaking at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Public Library, and the Rubin Museum of Art He has performed and read his poems at the Henry Street Settlement, ABC NoRio. the Nuyorican Poets Café, Earshot, Turnstyle, Smalls Jazz Club, the Queens Central Library and other venues throughout New York City. A profile of Mr. Currie’s work as an educator can be found inGreen At Work published by Island Press. His poetry is featured in Greenwich Village, published by St. Martins Griffin. He was the editor of the on-line journal Ozone Park from 2007-2008 and a writer in residence at the Louis Armstrong Archives and Museum in 2009. In 2010, he was given a faculty and administration award for poetry at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He holds a B.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from New York University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Queens College (CUNY). In October of 2011, Mr. Currie’s poem Teen Idol Blues was published in the print portfolio Five Fathomsby Protophorm Press and Heskin Contemporary.