Thomas Townsley, assistant professor of humanities at Mohawk Valley Community College, recently had a book of poetry published by SurVision Books out of Dublin, Ireland, and will give a reading and workshop on Thursday, March 12, at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., in Utica.
“Tangent of Ardency,” a collection of surrealistic poetry and prose, is part of SurVision’s “New Poetics” series. It is available for purchase online at http://survisionmagazine.com and www.lulu.com<http://www.lulu.com>, and soon will be on Amazon, as well.
Townsley also will have copies available for purchase at his workshop and reading on March 12. The workshop, which begins at 4:30 p.m., will focus on surrealist-inspired writing techniques and is designed to encourage participants to tap into their “inner weird” and overcome writer’s block. The cost of the workshop is $5. At 7 p.m., Townsley will give a free reading of pieces from his new book, as well as some past and forthcoming work.
A prolific writer, Townsley has authored several books, the most recent being “Reading the Empty Page” and “Night Class for Insomniacs.” He also is a well-known blues musician and visual artist. Townsley teaches English, Creative Writing, and Art Appreciation at MVCC, where he has been honored with the Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities Award (2016), and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities (2017).
Mohawk Valley Community College, established in 1946, is New York State’s first community college with a mission to provide accessible, high-quality educational opportunities for everyone. As the community’s college, MVCC is committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment. With campuses in Utica and Rome, MVCC is the region’s primary provider of college education, offering 90 degree and certificate options for its enrollment of 6,000 full- and part-time students. MVCC also serves an additional 6,000 people through its corporate and community education programs, and its campuses welcome more than 50,000 people annually for community events.