September 15 Features

Helen W. Mallon

Helen. W. Mallon comes from a Philadelphia Quaker family. Consequently she loves all shades of brown and gray and odd cadences of language—(“Does thee want tea?”) She has a degree in Fine Arts from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where she studied poetry with Henry Braun and Toby Olson.
She was a winner in the ‘Significant Other’ competition for emerging women poets, culminating in a reading/performance for the Living Word Series at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia in March 2002. The 2nd Anniversary Issue of HiNgE Online, Philadelphia’s online arts journal, made her the featured poet. Two poems were chosen by judge JC Todd for Perkins Center for the Arts’ New York City tribute in fall 2003.
Her chapbook, Bone China, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She has had poems in The David Jones Journal in England, A New Song, and Sensations Magazine. She has upcoming poems in The Mad Poets Review, One Trick Pony, and poetry and an essay in The Drexel Online Journal.

Syracuse, NY
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Professional Experience

2000 – 2002: YMCA Downtown Writers’ Center, Syracuse, NY: Teaching staff, both adults and young people; YMCA Camp Iroquois, Manlius, NY, Special Programming Director, YArts, development and instruction of creative/expressive arts program for a day camp servicing children between the ages of 3 and 16; Café Paradiso, Syracuse, NY, Coordinator, Poetry Paradiso, weekly reading series; Hillbrook Detention Center, Syracuse, NY, ongoing poetry workshop for youth in detention, aged 12 – 17; Coordinator of Syracuse, NY reading as part of week-long United Nations-sponsored program, Dialogue Among Civilizations through Poetry, of 200 readings among 150 locations worldwide; teaching artist in schools, pre-K – 12; former board member and currently advisor to Partners for Arts Education; Il Chiostro di Toscana Arts Workshops, Tuscany, Italy: Week-long poetry workshop for adults; Austin International Poetry Festival, Austin, TX: Invited poet with 4 readings and presented Word Play, a workshop for established poets. 1999 - 2000: Westcott Community Center, Syracuse, NY: Coordinator/producer “Sunday Kind of Words,” a poetry series featuring touring nationally known poets to present both a workshop and reading, with partial funding by Poets & Writers, Inc.
1997- 1999: Pastabilities, Syracuse, NY, Host and Coordinator “Third Thursday Poetry” reading series, with partial funding by Poets & Writers, Inc.
1990-Present: Facilitator of workshops in self growth and realization, and spirituality, including "The Lyric of Devotion," a meditation and journaling experience for self-awareness and spiritual connection, among others.
1997-Present: Senior Editor, “The Comstock Review” poetry journal sponsored by the Comstock Writers’ Group, Syracuse, NY.
1994-1999: Poetry/Arts Editor of "Central NY Environment," newspaper regarding environmental and ecological issues.
1993-1997: Coordinator and Public Relations for Syracuse Area Poetry Slam! and "Poetry at the End" Reading Series, Happy Endings Cake & Coffee House, Syracuse, NY; Coordinator/ Facilitator for poetry workshops for both teens and adults.
1995-Present: Coach for the Syracuse Chapter NAACP ACT-SO Program in Poetry, working with African-American teenagers for annual regional competition. Coached local first-place winners to continue in national competition. In 1995, coached the National Gold Medalist.

Publications Poetry journal publications include the Alfred Review, the Asheville Poetry Review, Central NY Environment, Con & Pro, the Crevice of Illusion, the Comstock Review (formerly known as Poetpourri), the Great Lake Review, the Midwest Poetry Review, the Nickel Review, Passages III (All Nations Poetry Contest publication), the Red Brick Review, the Salt Hill Journal, the Seasons, and the Syracuse Guide. Anthology publications include: The Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind (©2000, Breakthrough Press), Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (©2000 Manic D Press), 2001 Di-Verse_City: Poets of the Austin International Poetry Festival, and the Syracuse Cultural Workers’ “Women Artists Datebook 1998 and 2000.” On-line publications include poets4peace, Poets Porch, and MAP of Austin Poetry, and the Poetic License Workshop Circle. Moderator of AngelLightPoets on-line poetry workshop.

Author of one volume of poetry,Coaxing Nectar from Longing, published by Hale Mary Press, Syracuse, NY, 1997; a cassette recording of poetry: Angels at the Breakfast Table; works in progress include three other volumes of poetry, a CD, and a book of essays on the path of devotion and self-discovery, Etheric Postcards. A second collection of poems, An Insanity of Roses, is being considered for publication. Soon to be released chapbook of poems by Pudding House Writing and Research Center, Jonestown, OH, as part of their GOLD: Poets’ Greatest Hits series of noted contemporary poets.

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