Area poets to read at Sussex college

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:46

    NEWTON-The Idiom Reading Series will present poets Sander Zulauf and Charles Tripi, 7-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, at Sussex County Community College. Sander Zulauf is editor of the award-winning Journal of New Jersey Poets. His book of poems, "Succasunna New Jersey," published by Breaking Point, Inc., is in its fifth printing. A Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet since 1988, the three-time Pushcart Prize nominee has new poems in issues of 5AM, The Literary Review, Lips, and Anglican Theological Review. He began the annual Index of American Periodical Verse with Irwin Weiser in 1971, and is an editor of the forthcoming "The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary," Jersey Shore Publications. In 1999, he was named first Poet Laureate of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Newark. He is professor of English, creative writing, and poetry at County College of Morris in Randolph. Chuck Tripi will give his second poetry reading, his first since May 1963 at the ABMAPHD Coffeehouse in Uniondale, Long Island. Tripi lives in Sparta with his wife, Barbara. He recently retired from a 32-year association with American Airlines, having flown for thousands of hours on everything from the 707 to the DC-10 and 767. During his tenure, he was a member of the Board of Directors and the Negotiating Committee of the pilot's union. By the end of his employment, he was the chief pilot of the three New York bases and, just previously, of the Eastern Division and its 25,000 members. In May of 1998, Tripi read some of Ferlinghetti's work to his crew on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. They all took the ferry to Sausalito where Tripi sprung for a lovely, festive dinner. He wrote a poem and set it on fire, as he had done for years. Then, it was remarked, he made a good approach and landing at Kennedy the next day. He went home for a few days off, three days into which he had a career-ending stroke. Since then, he has written three volumes of poetry and verse, all unpublished. "Stones Across The Water" tends toward the spiritual journey. "Bird Streets" is autobiographical and his favorite is "Jack And Gwendolyn." For information, call 300-2194.