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Joan-Burstyn path-into-the-sun-coverJoan Burstyn, poet and long-time summer resident of Woods Hole, will present a reading of her poems at the Woods Hole Public Library. Joan’s fourth volume of poems, Treasures Stored for Winter, was published earlier this year. At the Woods Hole library Joan will be joined by Dorothy Stracher in reading poems from that book as well as from Song Cycle (1976), Waiting for the Lame Horse (1987), and Path Into the Sun (2009).  A poem of hers won the international Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize in 2007. She has broadcast her poems on National Public Radio station WAER in Syracuse, NY, where, from 2003 to 2007 she was a producer for the weekly program: Women’s Voices Radio. In 2010, she was interviewed about her writing by Mindy Todd of WCAI’s “The Point.” That interview, rebroadcast on WCAI in April 2014, included music composed by Elias Lieberman to one of her poems. Three other composers have set a poem of hers to music.   Joan is Professor Emerita of Education and of History at Syracuse University. To read some of her poems, visit her website www.joanburstyn.com. In the program on August 6, titled Looking Back, Burstyn will highlight, through her poems, challenges she has faced during her long career as a professional, and as a married woman. Joan is currently preparing a fourth book of poems to be titled Treasures Stored for Winter; some poems from that collection will be included also. The event which is free and open to the public will be held in the lower level meeting room of the Library, which is handicapped accessible. For more information either call the Library at 508-548-8961.