Originally airing Friday, March 11, 2016.
WRFA public affairs director Jason Sample talks with Neil Flory from Jamestown Community College about The Living Voice – a two-day event exploring the intersections of poetry and music. The Living Voice features poet and Georgia Review editor Stephen Corey and several western New York composers and will be held at JCC on March 16 and 17 at both the JCC Jamestown and Olean Campus.
Free and open to the public, the events are sponsored by JCC’s arts, humanities, and health sciences division, English and music departments, Faculty Student Association college program committee, and the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities.
On March 16, Dr. Corey, who grew up in Jamestown, will present a poetry reading at noon in the Weeks Gallery on JCC’s Jamestown Campus. He and Neil Flory, coordinator of JCC’s music program, will present “Lifted Far Past Daily Speech,” a new creative collaboration that also features the talents of vocalist James Beal and pianist Cathy Gagliano, at 1 p.m. in the gallery.
A special concert featuring poetry by Dr. Corey and music by Dr. Flory and fellow composers Rob Deemer and Sarah Hutchings begins at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre on March 17.
Dr. Corey will present a poetry reading at 10 a.m. on March 17 in the Cutco Theater on JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean. He and Dr. Flory will discuss their “Lifted Far Past Daily Speech” collaboration at 11 a.m. in the theater.
Dr. Corey has published nine collections of poems, including There Is No Finished World (White Pine Press, 2003) and has co-edited four books in three genres, including Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press, 2001) and Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard: Selected Fiction from Six Decades of The Georgia Review (University of Georgia Press, 2012).
His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many periodicals, among them Shenandoah, The American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, and The Kenyon Review. Mercer University Press will publish Dr. Corey’s first book of prose, Startled at the Big Sound: Essays Personal, Literary, and Cultural, in 2017.
From 1977-83 Dr. Corey co-edited and subsequently edited The Devil’s Millhopper, an independent poetry magazine he helped establish. Since 1983 he has been with The Georgia Review, an internationally regarded literary journal published at the University of Georgia, and has served as its editor since 2006.
Dr. Corey taught at the University of Florida (where he earned his Ph.D. in English) and the University of South Carolina, and has served as poet-in-residence or visiting poet/editor for several conferences and writing programs across the U.S., including those sponsored by the University of Arizona, Binghamton University, and Vermont College.
Born in Buffalo, Dr. Corey moved to Jamestown at the age of four with his parents, Dale and Julienne Corey. He graduated from Jamestown High School in 1966. He was a reporter for the Jamestown Post-Journal — as its Chautauqua Institution reporter for the 1969 season and as a sportswriter from 1972-75.
Dr. Corey married another JHS class of ’66 graduate, the former Mary Gibson, in 1970. They have four daughters and nine grandchildren. His three siblings — Michael Corey, Susanne Corey Cala, and Bill Corey — still reside in the Jamestown area.
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