Rochester poet and teacher M.J. Iuppa has had — and continues to have — a long, poignant career: She has four full-length poetry collections and five chapbooks published; she is a lecturer in creative writing and the director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor Program at St. John Fisher; and she's earned numerous accolades for her work in education over the last two decades. But Iuppa's work has mainly stayed humble, intimate, and focused on small aspects of life. There's a consistent connection to nature — Iuppa and her husband happen to live on a farm in Hamlin — and the poet seems to be hooked by personal stories.
Iuppa will give a reading from her two latest poetry collections, "This Thirst" and "Small Worlds Floating," on Thursday, March 22, at St. John Fisher College. 7:30 p.m. in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel, 3690 East Avenue. Free. sjfc.edu; mjiuppa.com.