Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes & Susan Sindall

Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes will be reading from her new memoir, Losing Aaron, about her son's mental illness and death.

Susan Sindall will read recent and older work from her manuscript, The Blue Guide to Greece and Other Poems.


Susan Sindall's life in poetry was preceded by years of activity in another art. After graduating from the Dance Division of the Juilliard School of Music in 1960, she went home to Cambridge MA for the summer and started teaching Modern Dance in the gym of her old high school. She performed with Mary Anthony, Eve Gentry, and others while teaching children and adults in the greater New York area. The 92nd Street YM-YWHA served as her professional home where she became Director of the Children's Dance Department.

As she watched her students interact, then saw their personalities similarly expressed in improvisation and choreography, she began to study Laban Movement Analysis, which teaches the observational skills and vocabulary to better understand such movement transformations. She continued teaching dance at Manhattanville College, SUNY New Paltz, The Lincoln Center Institute, and the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, which she had co-founded, but in 1985 she retired to concentrate on writing. 

Jean Valentine was a wonderful first teacher, as were Robert Bly and Michael Burkard. A fortunate member of Galway Kinnell's workshop at New York University, she graduated Magna cum Laude in 1994 from a free-wheeling Gallatin Division banquet of Old English, Chaucer, and Art History. Her poems were slowly appearing in journals. She was again teaching children--this time as a poet in the schools. She won residencies at colonies (see Publications and Awards). After two summer workshops with Ellen Bryant Voigt, Susan Sindall entered the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and earned her MFA in 2003. The intellectual energy, stringent demands, and support of that program continue to nourish her poems. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her composer husband, whom she met at Juilliard. Their son and daughter, with spouses and two grandsons, often visit. 

Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes was born in London in 1945 and grew up in Greece, Washington DC, Saigon, Singapore and Colorado. With her husband she brought up their two children in New York, and there, for many years, she taught English to immigrants and native New Yorkers at the City University. She served as an officer in the union of faculty and staff at CUNY, then after her son’s death devoted herself to writing about him. Her poems and stories have been published in a number of print and online periodicals and her new book, Losing Aaron, is available from Amazon and for Nook. She lives now in the Hudson Valley, where she is active in a peace group, Women in Black.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
The Golden Notebook
29 Tinker street
Woodstock, NY 12498
Losing Aaron Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990376736
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hamilton Stone Editions - August 17th, 2016