First Thursday Poetry is on May 7th at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts,
201 Washington St, Reading, First Floor Cafe' at 6:00 pm.
Featured poet is Theresa Rodriguez
This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by Berks Bards,
with a grant from the PA Partners in the Arts, funded by an appropriation
from the PA State Legislature, and administered locally by the Berks Arts Council.
Additional support is from members and volunteers with Berks Bards, and
from the Friends of the Berks County Public Libraries.
THERESA RODRIGUEZ is a classical singer, poet, author and voice
teacher. She previously taught music, voice and conducted the campus
choir at Penn State Berks and is currently a member of the voice faculty
of the Community School of Music and the Arts at the Goggleworks. She
holds a Master of Music with distinction in voice pedagogy and
performance from Westminster Choir College and is a member of the
National Association of Teachers of Singing. Theresa is the author of
four books, including Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs. Her
sonnets have been hailed as “truly magnificent”, “poetry at its best,”
and her recitations as “electric” and having “all the passions of high
theater.” Her poetry has appeared in The Midwest Poetry Review, The
Journal for Religion and Intellectual Life, the Shakespeare Oxford
Fellowship and the Society of Classical Poets, of which she is a member.
She is a contributing writer for Classical Singer Magazine where she
writes on a variety of subjects of interest to classical singers. As a
performance poet she has appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Spoken Word
Festivals of the Theater of the Seventh Sister of Lancaster and her
poetry was recently featured in the Layers of Language exhibit at Studio
B in Boyertown. She is a contributor for the newly-released anthology
entitled Reclaiming Our Voices: An Anthology of Survivors of Domestic
Violence and Sexual Assault. She has just published her fourth book
Warning Signs of Abuse: Get Out Early and Stay Free Forever which aims
to help women get free early from abusive relationships. She is one of
the guest speakers at the “Sharing, Selling, Signing” author’s event at
Studio B in Boyetown on June 28th. Theresa is also a frequent
participant at the local Sacred Harp singings at the Exeter Quaker
meeting house. Theresa is the joyful mother of six children and
grandmother to three grandsons. Her website is bardsinger.com.