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Monday, December 6, 2010

Sat Dec 11: NJLS Holiday Concert w/ LUCIANNO & ALLEGRETTI in Teanack NJ


Sat., Dec. 11, 2010
8-10:30pm
North Jersey Literary Series 
Presents
Holiday Concert
featuring
ROY LUCIANNO & JOEL ALLEGRETTI
+ Open Mic
@
The Classic Quiche Café
330 Queen Anne Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
http://www.classicquiche.com/
201 692-0150
Hosts:  Paul Nash & Denise La Neve

Sat., Dec. 11, 2010: The North Jersey Literary Series will feature a special Holiday musical performance in two sets by Roy Lucianna and Joel Allegretti at The Classic Quiche Café, 330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck , NJ. The event will begin promptly at 8 PM.

An open mike will follow the first set, during which participating poets, musicians and storytellers will have the opportunity to share their work. Finally, Roy and Joel will return to perform their second set.
We encourage our guests to take advantage of the excellent and affordable cuisine offered by The Classic Quiche Café http://www.classicquiche.com/ 201 692-0150. Come early and enjoy a relaxing meal – their Quiches are famous.


7:00 - 8:00pm: Come early and enjoy a relaxing dinner
8:00 - 8:20pm: First set by Roy and Joel
8:20 - 8:30pm: Short break
8:30 -10:00pm: Open mike
10:00 - 10:20pm: Second set

Joel Allegretti and Roy Lucianna are both well-regarded poets and musicians. Their musical collaborations include original compositions by Joel Allegretti, as well as new arrangements of folk and blues pieces, and even some Middle Eastern tunes. Joel plays acoustic guitar, oud and harmonium. Among Roy’s instruments are wooden flutes, harmonicas and Tibetan drums.

Paul Nash and Denise La Neve host this series, now in its 13th year.

Sun Dec 12: JOHN J. TRAUSE @ THE LITERARY LOUNGE, West Orange NJ

Dear Family and Friends,

Please join me and my fellow writers, Janet DenBleyker and Julia Roberts, in an unusual program of readings and author interviews. This is designed especially for those of you who want to know more about John J. Trause.

The Literary Lounge
Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:30 p. m.
Janet DenBleyker, Julia Roberts & John J Trause

@
Luna Stage
555 Valley Road
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 395-5551
Hosted by Mike Traynor
A $5 Suggest Donation Benefits the Featured Writers

For more details, please see the program flyer attached to this message as a JPG.

  
***

In the world of JOHN J. TRAUSE :

  • A visit to the barber is a trip to Auschwitz or a glimpse at a gangland slaying.
  • Walter Hudson is not really the 1,200 lb. man on Long Island, but a giant pre-hibernating dormouse.
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine gets caught up in mirrors and mazes.
  • Animals are found in the zoo and outside the zoo, and owls whisper.
  • The Emperor Caligula loves (no, I mean really loves) bridges.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe never grows old, and Rose Kennedy never dies.
  • Sappho and Lewis Carroll perform cunning stunts, and Nico, Lou Reed, and theBrothers Grimm interface. John Giorno reveals all.

John J. Trause

SUPERSTITION REVIEW Issue 6 Features KAREN NEUBERG


Read Karen Neuberg's poem "Tremendous Idea" in Issue 6, Fall 2010 of SUPERSTITION REVIEW:

http://superstitionreview.asu.edu/n6/bio.php?author=karenneuberg&bio=poetry



SUPERSTITION REVIEW is The Online Literary Magazine at Arizona State University.   This month issue also contains 2 non-fiction works by Paul Lisicky (http://superstitionreview.asu.edu/n6/bio.php?author=paullisicky&bio=nonfiction)  among the works of the 66 artists and authors who are featured in our latest edition. To read more, go to: http://www.superstitionreview.com/




Karen Neuberg's work has appeared in Barrow Street, Columbia Poetry Review, Diagram, and Phoebe, among others. She's a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, holds an MFA from the New School and is associate editor of Inertia Magazine. Her chapbook, Detailed Still, was published in 2009 by Poets Wear Prada Press. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn and West Hurley, New York.

Shakespeare Anyone?

David Morneau's "No Pianos Allowed" concert is on Wednesday, 12/8.

David will be presenting three songs from his LOVE SONGS PROJECT:

  • "Behind Corneal Gates," Shakespeare's Sonnet 56 with poetry by Patricia Carragon
  • "Music In Me," Shakespeare's Sonnet 8 with poetry by Susan Maurer
  • "Now I Love You Best," Shakespeare's Sonnet 115 with poetry by Roxanne Hoffman

These will be performed by Mary Hubbell (soprano), Roberta Michel (flute) and Ernesto Ramos (guitar).

LOVE SONGS is a new songwriting project that pairs sonnets by William Shakespeare with poems by contemporary writers. Each collaborating poet selects one sonnet and pairs it with a work of their own—an existing poem or one written especially for the project.  David is setting each pair to music.
You can preview "Behind Corneal Gates"  at the 5OF4 website: http://5of4.com/love_songs/sounds.html

The text for all 3 pieces as well the other pairs selected for the project can be read at the 5OF4 website:
http://5of4.com/love_songs/poets.html



Also Robert Voisey and David Morneau will performing MONKEY LAB.

NO PIANOS ALLOWED CONCERT
Wednesday, December 8, 9:30pm
@
The Tank
354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
$10 ($7 - students)

 (212) 563-6269

Take the 7, N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to 42nd Street Times Square

For more information about David Morneau and various projects visit:

Check Out George Held's New Blog! And In Person This Friday in NYC.

PWP Author George Held has a new blog:  http://georgeheld.blogspot.com/  A frequent book reviewer for Small Press Review, as a well a regular columnist for INFAUXTAINMENT,  George has posted his review of Nicole Cooley's MILK DRESS (Alice James Books, 2010),  Saturday December 4th.


George will be the featured reader at the Son of Pony Friday Night Open Mic at The Cornelia Street Cafe this Friday, December 10th.


Friday, December 10th, 2010
GEORGE HELD
+
Open Mic (3 minute limit)
6pm - 7:45pm
(arrive by 5:45pm to secure spot at the open)
@
The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014
212.989.9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/
$7 cover includes 1 house drink
Host: Jackie Sheeler

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The following titles are available on LULU:

THRUM: Poems by Joel Allegretti

DEAD RECKONING: Poems by Gene Auprey

GATHERED AT HER SKY: Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi

OUTSIDE GIRL by Cyndi Dawson

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sat 12/4 BOB HEMAN Hosts CLWN WR Event #12 at Westbeth in NYC

The 12TH BIG CLWN WR Event/Celebration
Saturday, December 4, 2010
7:00 - 10:00 P.M.
Westbeth Community Room
155 Bank Street / 57 Bethune St.
FREE ADMISSION!!!
featuring film and performance
by Mindy Levokove
with poetry by
Thomas Fucaloro, Evie Ivy, Judy Kamilhor,
Jee Leong Koh, Brian McInerney, Katrinka Moore,
Adriana Scopino, George Spencer, Phyllis Wat 
& Liza Wolsky
songs by Carolyn Ota
photographs by Lori Rogers
plus a collaborative dance poem
by Nathan Whiting & Christina Knight
hosted by Bob Heman, editor of CLWN WR,
& The Westbeth Artists Residents Council
Literary Arts Committee

[Westbeth is an artists' housing complex in the far West Village convenient to the 14th Street stop on the A, C, and E trains, the West 4th Street on the A, C, E, B, D, F and M trains, and the Christopher Street stop on the 1 train.  It is mid-block between Washington and West Streets.  The Community Room is in the inner courtyard.]


CLWN WR edited by Bob Heman

P.O. Box 2165, Church St. Station, New York, NY 10008-2165

e-mail: clwnwr@earthlink.net website: http://www.clwnwr.org/

CLWN WR invites small poems of 50 words or less (but prefers works no larger than 20 words.) We have a special interest in poetry in which the imagination manifests itself not only in content, but also in form, process and approach. Works must be able to fit comfortably on a 5½ x 4¼ inch page. We also invite visual poetry no larger than 3 x 4 inches ACTUAL size. All other work is by invitation only.



IN THE (NEW VERSE) NEWS: SALVATION RINGS ON 5TH


Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

James Penha, Editor THE NEW VERSE NEWS (who by the way is the author of SNAKES and ANGELS: Adaptations of Indonesian Folk Tales, Winner of the 2009 Cervena Barva Press Fiction Contest) has posted a jpg of  my poem "SALVATION RINGS ON FIFTH" this morning.  Check it out: http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnewversenews.blogspot.com%2F2010%2F11%2Fsalvation-rings-on-fifth.html

Here's the original, written 11/24, in anticipation of tonights (11/30) Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center, NYC:



SALVATION RINGS ON FIFTH

( *
avenue
bellringers
chiming
A
ZZZZ
V
dollars
emerge$
$faith
gleams
==
Heaven’s
intermittent
jovial kaddish
looms majestically!
Newsrooms observe:
+ + + + + + + + + + + + +
+ + pilgrims + + + + + + + + +
+ + + + + + + + + queuing + + + +
>|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|<
Rockefeller’s *S*P*R*U*C*E* twinkling
>|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|< >|<
>>>>>>>> underneath? voices <<<<<<<<<
: )       
!WOW!       
X-MAS-SIVE!        
YULE-TIME-ATE!        
ZONIC!       


~ rmh 11/24/2010



Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PWP Author Sighted On-Line: Karen Neuberg on Blue Print Review Blogs

Monday, November 22, 2010, INTERNET:  Karen Neuberg poem "origin" is reprinted online on Blue Print Review's blog "just a moment" (http://just1m.blogspot.com/). The poem originally appeared in Wheelhouse Magazine, Issue 8.   Her chapbook from Poets Wear Prada, DETAILED STILL, is also mentioned on that day at the sister site, Daily s-Press, "a book blog that explores the landscape of new small press + indie books at the pace of 1 book a day" (http://dailyspress.blogspot.com/2010/11/detailled-still-karen-neuberg-poets.html). Both blogs are edited by Dorothee Lang.

Ms. Neuberg blogs at http://www.karenneuberg.blogspot.com/ where more of work can be found.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Poets Wear Prada Announces 2010 Pushcart Nominations

Poets Wear Prada, Hoboken NJ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Roxanne Hoffman
201 795 3810
roxy533@yahoo.com


 
SMALL NEW JERSEY LITERARY PRESS PICKS SIX 
FOR A SHOT AT THE ANNUAL PUSHCART PRIZE
RECOGNIZING THE BEST OF 2010 BY SMALL PRESSES 
 
HOBOKEN, NJ (November 18, 2010)  Poets Wear Prada announces its 6 nominees for the 35th Annual Pushcart Prize, the coveted award for the best of the best published by small presses.   Each fall, nominations for the Pushcart Prize are made by little magazine and small book press editors (print or online).  Each editor may make up to six nominations from their year’s publications by the December 1, (postmark) deadline.   Nominations can include a poem, short story, essay or a chapter from a novel, or any "literary whatnot." Translations, reprints and both traditional and experimental writing are also welcomed. The best from these nominations are selected by Bill Henderson and the other Pushcart Press editors for inclusion in the annual print anthology distributed by W. W. Norton, published every year since 1976.


The six nominees and their submitted works in order of their release are as follows:



“The Drop” by Austin Alexis from his chapbook For Lincoln: & Other Poems (Poets Wear Prada, March 2010), a varied collection of poetic portraits -- famous &  unknown -- artists, US Presidents, street people, commuters and family members -- selected as a Small Press Review Pick this past June.  Poets Wear Prada published his previous chapbook LOVERS AND DRAG QUEENS in 2007. This is his second Pushcart nomination by the press.


"Guitar” by Joel Allegretti from his chapbook Thrum: Poems (Poets Wear Prada, March 2010), a pop-culture and trivia infused collection of 22 prose poems and essays about "chordophones" or string musical instruments. “Guitar” was previously published in Porcupine.


“Chores” by the widely traveled and a dedicated outdoors man Gene Auprey from his chapbook Dead Reckoning: Poems (Poets Wear Prada, April 2010), a 50-page collection of memoiristic poems set in rural Maine and written in colloquial New Englandese.


“Girl” by Tantra-zawadi,  the award winning Brooklyn poet/artist/filmmaker from her chapbook Gathered at Her Sky: Life Poems (Poets Wear Prada, June 2010), containing contains excerpts from her off-Broadway production SOLDIER BLUES, and her one-woman performance piece GIRL: A CHOREOSPECTIVE, as well as the text of previously recorded spoken word tracks. “Girl” also appeared in the publication Poetry in Purple as part of Downstate Medical Center’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 2009.


“Exit 14” by New Jersey Actress and Wordrocker Cyndi Dawson from her chapbook Outside Girl (Poets Wear Prada, June 2010), focusing on the author’s behind-the-scene experiences and reflections on her “coming of age” during the punk rock ’80s in New York and New Jersey.


“At the Kotel” by Philadelphia native and retired speech therapist B.E. Kahn from her chapbook Landscapes of Light: Poems (October, Poets Wear Prada, 2010), tracking her spiritual journey while traveling from Greece to Israel.

Poets Wear Prada, a small literary press based in Hoboken, New Jersey, was founded in October of 2006 to develop and promote new and established narrative and lyrical poets. Some of the poets previously published and nominated by the press include Iris Berman, Carol Wierzbicki, Michael Montlack, Susan Maurer, Erik La Prade, Gil Fagiani, Bob Heman, Maria Lisella and Laura Vookles. Poets Wear Prada blogs at http://pwpbooks.blogspot.com/. Most of their titles are available at Amazon.com.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sun Nov 21: PHOENIX w/ Maurer, Graves & Weichselbaum 5:30-7:30PM Bengal Curry NY


Sunday, November 21, 2010

5:30PM-7:30PM
Phoenix Reading Series @ Bengal Curry
featuring


SUSAN MAURER,

LEHMAN WEICHSELBAUM
&

MICHAEL GRAVES
@
Bengal Curry
65 West Broadway
New York, NY 10007-2292
212.571.1122
Between Murray and Warren.
1 1⁄2 blocks below Chambers St
Take the 1, 2, 3, A, C or E trains to Chambers Street
Hosted by Mike Graves
*An Open Mic at the Discretion of the Hosts*

This Sunday will be another great experience at the Phoenix Reading @ Bengal Curry. If you love poetry you will not want to miss it. If you love Indian food, including the best naan in NYC, you will not want to miss it. If you love both you will be in Nirvana. If the weather is bad please call Bengal Curry at 212-571-1122 to verify that the venue is open.

The following poets will be featuring:

Susan Maurer’s BY THE BLUE LIGHT OF THE MORNING GLORY was published by Linear Arts, IN2, with Mark Sonnenfeld by Marymark Press, and DREAM ADDICT by Backwood Broadsides. RAPTOR RHAPSODY was published in ’07 by Poets Wear Prada, MAERCHEN in ’08 by Maverick Duck. RAW POEMS was published by Gold Wake Press as e-book in '08. Letterpress broadsides were done by Clamshell Press and The Center for Book Arts. Her first full-length collection PERFECT DARK was published in 2009 by Ungoverable Press and is available as a free-to-read-and-download e-book at http://ungovernablepress.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/2/2/2122174/perfect_dark.pdfHer poetry has been nominated 4 times for Pushcart. Nelson Lyon, Writer for Saturday Night Live, Writer & Director of The Telephone Book, Co-Producer with Hal Willner of William S. Burroughs’ Spoken Word CD album Dead City Radio calls Maurer's work: "Gifted and surprising."

Lehman Weichselbaum poet, reporter, critic. Widely published in mainstream and alternative print media. Associate editor HOME PLANET NEWS.

Michael Graves is the author of a full-length collection of poems, ADAM AND CAINE (Black Buzzard, 2006) and two chapbooks, ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSER (Cervana Barva, 2008) and OUTSIDE ST. JUDES’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990). In 2004, he was the recipient of a grant of $4,500 from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. He is the publisher of the small magazine PHOENIX. Many years ago, he was a student of James Wright and organized a conference on James Wright at Poets House in 2004. And he became a member of P. E. N. a couple of years ago. In addition to leading a James Joyce Ulysses’ Reading Group, he has published thirteen poems in the James Joyce Quarterly and read from them and others of his poems influenced by Joyce to a gathering of the Joyce Society at the Gotham Book Mart.

SAT, NOV 20: SENSATIONS MAGAZINE W/ DAVID MESSINEO & JOHN J. TRAUSE @ POETS HOUSE, NYC 4-6PM

Dear Family and Friends,

Please join us for this exciting program:

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2010, 4-6PM
DAVID MESSINEO, FORMAL 2010 Tour Conclusion 
and
The Debut of
 SENSATIONS MAGAZINE ISSUE 48
"21ST CENTURY AMERICA" 
@
THE STANLEY KUNITZ CONFERENCE ROOM
POETS HOUSE
10 River Terrace
NEW YORK CITY

SENSATIONS MAGAZINE concludes its three-year, six-issue "American Century" series with the debut of Issue 48, "21st Century America," in the Stanley Kunitz Conference Room at Poets House. The new Poets House facility will be a key location for American poetry in the 21st century, given their added storage space and 50-year lease, making it the ideal location to debut "21st Century America ." Readers will be limited to reading poems published in SENSATIONS MAGAZINE Issues 47 and 48 only, and there is no open mic. Also, Publisher David Messineo will conclude his 2010 FORMAL Tour at this location, AND John J. Trause will be presenting his own poetry from Issue 48, "21st Century America " and interpreting the work of Jaruth Jones.

Poets House | 10 River Terrace | New York , NY 10282 | (212) 431-7920 |
website: http://www.poetshouse.org/
Also, please see the additional information below from publisher David Messineo.

Love & Peace,


JOHN

*****

SENSATIONS MAGAZINE is pleased to be the first New Jersey literary magazine to debut a new issue at the new Poets House, 10 River Terrace, in lower Manhattan, and looks forward to your participation in what should be a sensational afternoon. The reading will be videotaped, so please dress nicely. (I'll be in a tuxedo, but formal attire is not required.)

BASICS

SENSATIONS MAGAZINE Issue 48, "21st Century America," Fall/Winter 2010 (last of the six-part "American Century" series) will debut this Saturday, November 20, 4-6pm, at the Stanley Kunitz Conference Room. The reading also will include the conclusion of the 2010 Formal Tour by David Messineo, who will read a 5-poem feature set from FORMAL, in tuxedo, to close out his tour. That reading will fall after the "September 11, 2001" section, and before the "America , 2011-2100" section.



ATTENDING

As of this writing, we are expecting 13 poets from 4 states in attendance.
Coming from New Hampshire: Dianalee Velie.

Coming from Rhode Island : Brett Rutherford.

Coming from New York state and city: Dennis Wayne Bressack, Aza Derman, Davidson Garrett, Steven Koenig, Eugenia Macer-Story, and Jacqueline de Weever.

Coming from New Jersey : David Messineo, Cheryl Moore, Pina Pipino, Susanna Rich, and John J. Trause.

Others confirmed as attending: Eric Kleber de Freitas, Marilyn Hartl, and Mort Rich.

In short, this will be our largest gathering of published SENSATIONS MAGAZINE poets since our 20th anniversary celebrations in 2008.

Paul Nash and Denise la Neve will be on the road to Indiana, and send best wishes to all. Other published poets have been invited to read, so that number may go up - and there may be one or two surprise appearances, as well. Additional poets - from Australia , North Carolina , New York , and Tennessee - send regrets they cannot attend.

There will be no open mic opportunity for anyone not published in Sensations Magazine.

While this is a free to attend event, we encourage guests to bring $20 if they wish to purchase a copy of Formal, or $25 if they wish to purchase a subscription that includes Issue 48. Parents should not bring children to this event.

The room will open around 3:45, and we'll start the reading right at 4pm. Some of you might want to arrive much earlier, so you can tour the facility and see some of their 50,000 volume poetry collection.

ARRIVAL BY CAR/SUBWAY

Paid parking in the area is approximately $10 per hour. You will have to browse the surrounding blocks for metered or paid parking.

If coming by subway, you can take the 1, 2, 3, A, or C to Chambers Street . Walk Chambers toward the Hudson River until it ends at Rockefeller Park and River Terrace. Turn left on River Terrace. Poets House is at 10 River Terrace, near the corner of Murray Street.

David Messineo
Publisher, SENSATIONS MAGAZINE

Friday Nov 19 Mike Graves & Cyndi Dawson at Bengal Curry, NYC at 8pm

This Friday, November 19th at 8PM,  join Phoenix Reading Series Host MICHAEL GRAVES and Wordrocker CYNDI DAWSON over Indian food and some of the best naan in NYC at Bengal Curry in Tribeca for a Talk and a Reading.

Michael Graves


This will be the first of Michael Graves' Friday night talks at Bengal Curry. Bengal Curry is at 65 West Broadway, between Murray and Warren, 1 1⁄2 blocks below Chambers St. The subject will be "Out of My Nothingness: The Work of James Wright." This talk was first given as part of a conference on Wright that Mike organized at Poets' House in 2004.


Michael Graves is the author of a full-length collection of poems, ADAM AND CAIN (Black Buzzard, 2006) and two chapbooks, ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSER (Cervana Barva, 2008) and OUTSIDE ST. JUDE'S (R. E. M. Press, 1990). In 2004, he was the recipient of a grant of $4,500 from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. He is the publisher of the small magazine PHOENIX. He was a student of James Wright and organized a conference on James Wright at Poets House in 2004. He is a member of P. E. N. In addition to leading a James Joyce Ulysses’ Reading Group, he has published thirteen (13) poems in the James Joyce Quarterly and read from them and others of his poems influenced by Joyce to a gathering of the Joyce Society at the Gotham Book Mart. He has appeared on the Poetry Thin Air Cable Show and the DVD of that interview will soon be in the collections of Poets House, NYPL, the Poetry and Rare Books Collection at SUNY-Buffalo, The Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries and the Fales Library and Special Collection at NYU.



Cyndi Dawson
 Joining him will be wordrocker Cyndi Dawson who will be reading from her new poetry collection OUTSIDE GIRL released this past June from Poets Wear Prada. 

Dawson curates the Poets and Angels music and poetry series in her hometown of East Brunswick, and has performed in N.Y., N.J. and internationally. An actress in TV and film, she has stood in for Madonna and appeared on LAW AND ORDER and is famous for her collaboration as a performance artist with Venezuelan SoHo-based, artist Rene. Her new poetry chapbook OUTSIDE GIRL focuses on her behind the scene recollections of the punk rock '80s in New York.

Other publication credits include Gutter Eloquence Magazine, Heroin Love Songs, Lines Written with a Razor, Spine Writer, Deep Tissue Magazine, Off Beat Pulp, Breadcrumb Scabs, The Plebian Rag, 63 Channels, The Skyline 2009 Review, The Aquarian, Images of the Mystic Truth, Gloom Cupboard, Light Trauma, Journey of the Poet/Prophet, Poetz.com and the Livingston Medium, and two previous collections, Dream Sequences and Inside of Outside. Her spoken word has been featured on the CD, Going Down Swinging and has been heard on radio stations around the world.


Jackie Sheeler, host of the Friday night open mic series at the Cornelia Street Cafe, writes about OUTSIDE GIRL: "These poems are black leather jackets lined in lace and silk. If you don’t hear the drums booming out of propped-open club doors, if you don’t see the bloodied arm and earlobe of the punk, if you don’t smell the Bowery, mustard greens and car exhaust, then you haven’t been paying attention."

Visit Ms. Dawson online at www.myspace.com/insideofoutside.


Friday, November 19th
8PM-10PM
MICHAEL GRAVES & CYNDI DAWSON
A Talk: Out of My Nothingness: The Work of James Wright
A Reading: OUTSIDE GIRL
@
Bengal Curry
65 West Broadway
New York, NY 10007-2292
212.571.1122
Between Murray and Warren.
1 1⁄2 blocks below Chambers St
Take the 1, 2, 3, A, C or E trains to Chambers Street
Please purchase meal, snack, desert and or beverage to help support the venue.
Small Donations Encouraged and Greatfully Accepted  

*Both writers will have their books available for sale and signing*

Monday, November 15, 2010

George Held's Latest Scoop: Bullies Become Latest Oppressed Minority

Infauxtainment.com » "Bullies Become Latest Oppressed Minority"

Click here: http://infauxtainment.com/?p=6801  if you'd like to keep up with the times.

Best,

George






George Held
author of
Phased: Poems, etc. (Poets Wear Prada, 2008),
13 other poetry collections, and the editor
of the anthology TOUCHED BY EROS

George Held's most  recent book, his 14th poetry collection is AFTER SHAKESPEARE: SELECTED SONNETS (Cervena Barva Press, November 2010)

Sat Nov 20 "Face THIS" Tantra-zawadi Reads from La Lupe's Novel at WOW in NYC

Beautiful Ones!

Hope you can join us for “Face THIS” – a staged reading by Tantra-zawadi from La Lupe’s novel on Saturday, November 20th at the WOW Cafe Theatre.


La Lupe


Doors open at 7: 30 PM – performance begins at 8:00 PM.

Suggested $10 donation (more if/less if)

w/ Audience participation at the end --
You SHARE your feedback!


@
The WOW Cafe Theatre
59 East 4th Street
(between The Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York City, NY
http://www.wowcafe.org/


Directions by subway: Any train to Broadway/Lafayette or 6 train to Bleecker Street (3rd Street) Walk to 4th Street.

I am reading the role of Tania (a character from La Lupe’s novel) of politics, race, gender, sexuality and the impact of domestic abuse in America (circa 1970).

Hope to see your beautiful faces there. Your energy and support is truly appreciated.

Love and Light,

Tantra-zawadi

Tantra-zawadi
author of
Gathered at Her Sky: Life Poems
(Poets Wear Prada, 2010)




"Tantra's writing oozes with the passion of Neruda and the sensitivity of Sonia. Her words can warm the coldest of hearts." -Bruce George, Co-Founder of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam








"Tantra-zawadi is one of the finest and greatest female poets who undoubtedly has ushered in a new era and genre that will take the 21st century into one where humanity will move forward. She rejuvenates the weak mind, shakes and moves hard hearts. If one wants the power of poetry, then Tantra's is the holistic package." -Betty Makoni, Founder of Girl-Child Network Worldwide and a 2009 Top Ten CNN Hero





"Tantra-zawadi's poetry speaks of a global consciousness and ambassadorship; each word of every line reminds us of the connection we have to one another in the race to win." -Tshombe Sekou Harris, Founder/Host of Freedom Verse Cafe

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Authors share you book titles today with a comment!

SHOP FOR PWP BOOKS AT LULU: http://stores.lulu.com/poetswearprada


The following titles are available on LULU:


THRUM: Poems by Joel Allegretti
DEAD RECKONING: Poems by Gene Auprey
GATHERED AT HER SKY: Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi
OUTSIDE GIRL by Cyndi Dawson

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Susan Maurer Gives an Impromptu Reading at Teardrop Park, NYC

Poets Wear Prada poet Susan Maurer took a copy of Bob Heman's CLWN WR (issue 48 which contains her poem "Night Walking" about Teardrop Park ) to a park tour Dorothea Basile recently lead at that park, one of a series of her tours of Battery Park's Conservancy's public art collections. Ms. Basile asked Ms. Maurer to do a reading of her poem on the spot which she very happily did.  Susan Maurer says "It was a beautiful day and it was really fun."

Here's the poem reprinted with the permission of the author:



NIGHT WALKING
There must be a reason
for the sudden
sound of birdsong in the dark
in Teardrop Park

by Susan Maurer

Reprinted from clwn wr 48, Editor/Publisher Bob Heman.


RAPTOR RHAPSODY
Poems by Susan Maurer
(Poets Wear Prada, 2007)
RAPTOR RHAPSODY
Poems by Susan Maurer
(Poets Wear Prada, 2007)

Susan Maurer's chapbook RAPTOR RHAPSODY was released by Poets Wear Prada in 2007.

Check out THE NEW VERSE NEWS : "O HAITI" by George Held


TO READ AND SHARE: George Held's "O HAITI" in the Monday, November 08, 2010 of THE NEW VERSE NEWS.




George Held



George Held’s poetry chapbook PHASED: Poems, etc  is available in a print-on-demand version at Amazon.com.


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Online Journal Seeks Current Events Poetry!

http://www.newverse%20news.com/


THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.
The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received. What's best? A genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story or event.

See the website at http://www.newverse%20news.com/   for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to (replace (at) with @). Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

SUBMISSION CALL REPRINTED FROM CREATIVE WRITERS' OPPORTUNIES.

DAVID ELSASSER at STARK REALITY Fri Nov 12 6:30pm @ Nola Studios NY

Poets, Musicians, Comedians, Dancers, Singers, Improvisationists, Magicians,
Story-Tellers, Actors, Mimes, Performing Artists of Every Variety!
All Are Welcome!

Be Daring!
Be Real!
Be Yourself!
or Not!

STARK REALITY

w/ DAVID ELSASSER, featured poet 

DAVID ELSASSER
[photo credit: Su Polo]
&
Open Mic
Friday, November 12th
6:30 p.m. signup

@
Nola Studios
244 W 54th Street
(bet. Bdwy & 8th Ave.)
11th Floor Studio C
New York, NY 10019

An Open Mic
Hosted by Viviana Grell

David Elsasser is the author of the poetry chapbook LAST CALL (Poets Wear Prada, 2009).

Poems for Peace w/ FAGIANI, BRINSON, WISE, NYGAR & VERGA Veteran's Day @ Cornelia St. Cafe NYC

POEMS FOR PEACE - From the World of War
at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11
at The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY

Gil Fagiani, Thomas Brinson, Dayl Wise
and Walter Nygar


Host: Angelo Verga
Limited open mic-sign up (arrive early to make the list).
Cover $7


BY SUBWAY
A, B, C, D, E, F, and M to West 4th St. or 1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Square.


BY CAR
Take 7th Avenue South, turn left on Bleecker; Cornelia Street is the second turning on the left. We're a quarter of the way down on the left hand side.

There is metered parking on the street until 10pm. After 10pm and on Sundays it's free.

Thomas Brinson, a Vietnam Veteran activist for over 40 years, has been writing poetry about surviving combat since 1967, when he was in the Central Highlands. His chapbook, Love and War, has been published by Dayl Wise's Post Traumatic Press. He lives and writes in Woodstock, NY with wife Jill and two cats.

Gil Fagiani's poetry collections include: Rooks (Rain Mountain Press, 2007), Grandpa's Wine (Poets Wear Prada, 2008), A Blanquito in El Barrio (Rain Mountain Press, 2009), Chianti in Connecticut (Bordighera Press, 2010) and Serfs of Psychiatry (Finishing Line Press, pending 2011). He has translated into English poetry written in Italian, Abruzzese dialect and Spanish. Gil is on the Board of Directors of the Italian American Writers' Association and is the Associate Editor of Feile-Festa.

Walt Nygard is the Vice President of Veterans For Peace, Northern New Jersey chapter 021. He is a USMC veteran of Vietnam, Okinawa and the Philippines, 1969 - 1970. He was born in Portland, Oregon and raised on US Army posts of the American West and Germany. Walt is a blue collar writer of poetry and fiction. His son Joe is a US Army veteran with service in the war in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division and is currently in Iraq.

Dayl Wise was drafted into the US Army with service in Viet Nam and Cambodia 1970. He is a member of Veterans for Peace. His poems have appeared in numerous publications. In his spare time, he runs Post Traumatic Press (PTP) and is the author of Poems and other stuff (PTP, 2004) and Basic Load (PTP, 2009). He lives in The Bronx and Woodstock, New York with his wife, the poet Alison Koffler.

La Prade's BREAKING THROUGH reviewed in THE BROOKLYN RAIL, NOV 2010

Roxanne,


The Green Gallery book is reviewed in the current issue of The Brooklyn Rail. I only found out 2 days ago.

There is an internet version also: Nov 2010 issue.

What's new?

Erik


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Artist Greg Lindquist's review "Art Books in Review" of Breaking Through: Richard Bellamy and the Green Gallery, 1960 – 1965 / Twenty-Three Interviews by Erik La Prade (Midmarch Arts Press, 2010) appears in the month's (November 2010) issue of The Brooklyn Rail under ARTSEEN, available online at:
http://brooklynrail.org/2010/11/artseen/art-books-in-review

Breaking Through: Richard Bellamy and the Green Gallery, 1960 – 1965
Twenty-Three Interviews
By Erik La Prade
Midmarch Arts Press, 2010
 
"La Prade synthesizes a rich and sometimes superfluous account, often seeking consensus among the recollections. In doing so, he provides a more expanded view of this brief period between Abstract Expressionism and the Pop and Minimalism movements than can be found in most accounts, while discarding the historical terminology and revisionism that has since occurred in canonical texts." -- Greg Lindquist, THE BROOKLYN RAIL


Erik La Prade is also the author of the poetry chapbook SWATCHES (Poets Wear Prada, 2008) now available at  Amazon.com.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Prose-Poem/Essay by Joel Allegretti on Best American Poetry Blog

Monday, November 8, 2010 2:24 PM

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The editor of SENTENCE: A JOURNAL OF PROSE POETICS posted a prose-poem/essay of mine, "Gaston Leroux," on THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY blog. The piece will appear along with two others, "Man Ray" and "Jules Verne," in the new issue of SENTENCE. Gaston Leroux created my favorite literary character.

http://blog.bestamericanpoetry.com/the_best_american_poetry/2010/11/brian-clements-presents-a-poem-by-joel-allegretti.html

Happy reading.

Joel


http://www.joelallegretti.com/

THRUM, a new chapbook by Joel Allegretti from Poets Wear Prada
ISBN 978-0-9841844-4-6, Trade Paperback, 38pp., $12.00


"In Thrum Joel Allegretti, deftly and delightfully, strums his magical musical instrument, which is poetry, as he forges fresh forms of songs and stories that are inspired by strummers' strings. 'Context is everything,' Allegretti reminds us, and we’re planted in the heart of a global ancient/modern orchestra. Prepare yourself for the revelatory performance."
Martine Bellen
Author of Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems,
1997 National Poetry Series selection


"Joel Allegretti's latest collection of poems is as enjoyable as it is different. Thrum takes the reader on a journey that explores known musical instruments, such as the mandolin, dulcimer and fiddle, as well as some not-so-known instruments, such as the oud, koto and theorbo. But what makes this journey unique is that each instrument is in a sense personified as the emotive element of each instrument is brought to life. Allegretti does a wonderful job tuning every poem so that the music of each instrument is realized again and again in the words on the page. An intriguing and must read for anyone who has a sense of all that culminates in the commingling of the arts."
Raymond Hammond
Editor, The New York Quarterly
Now Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Thrum-Poems-Joel-Allegretti/dp/0984184449

Read Koh's Ghazals in AT LENGTH

From: Jee Leong Koh

Subject: Ghazals in AT LENGTH

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 5:44 PM

Dear friends,

AT LENGTH, a journal that specializes in long poems, has just published my divan of 49 ghazals "A Lover's Recourse." A number of the ghazals appeared in various journals, but you can now read the entire sequence here [http://atlengthmag.com/poetry/a-lovers-recourse/].  You can read it from start to finish, if you have the stamina, or you can dip in at any point. You can read it online or you can print the pdf file and read it anywhere you wish. I hope you find a pearl or two in the strand of words.

Paul, the poem is for you. Thank you for being the inspiration.

My best regards to everyone,

Jee

Bench Press: http://www.benchpresspoetry.com/

Song of a Reformed Headhunter: http://jeeleong.blogspot.com/




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Jee Leong Koh is the author of two books of poems, PAYDAY LOANS (Poets Wear Prada) and EQUAL TO THE EARTH (Bench Press). His new book, SEVEN STUDIES FOR A SELF PORTRAIT, will be released by Bench Press in March 2011. Born in Singapore, he lives in New York City and blogs at Song of a Reformed Headhunter [http://jeeleong.blogspot.com].

Monday, November 8: Peter Chelnik & Charles Butler at Nightingale Lounge in NYC

Monday November 8th 
Saturn Series Poetry Reading
Features
PETER CHELNIK, 
author of STRAWBERRY HARMONY (Little Sky Press, March 2010)

&

CHARLES J. BUTLER,
author of 39 POEMS (No Shirt Press, 2010)

Come to Saturn Series Poetry Reading ... Celebrating our 16th year!
Every Monday Nite at 7:30pm to 10:30pm,
Sign-up at 7. Age 21 and Up.
Open Mic plus 1 or 2 features.
$3.00 Suggested Donation + $10 Minimum at the Bar.
@Nightingale Lounge
213 East 13th Street, at 2nd Ave.
Hosted by David Elsasser, and Su Polo
Take #6,N,R to Union Sq. Then a short walk East. or L to 1st ave, walk West

Thursday, November 4, 2010

40% OFF the perfect holiday gift!

Just a shout out!  Coupon code found on the November GOODREADS Newsletter!


From bestsellers to up-and-coming authors, find your perfect read at the Lulu Bookstore.

40% off with HOLIDAYREADS - save up to $25 -
 Offer ends 12/31/2010


SHOP FOR PWP BOOKS AT LULU: http://stores.lulu.com/poetswearprada


The following titles are available on LULU:

THRUM: Poems by Joel Allegretti

DEAD RECKONING: Poems by Gene Auprey

GATHERED AT HER SKY: Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi

OUTSIDE GIRL by Cyndi Dawson



Spread the word!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Joel Allegretti in Hoboken Poetry Festival, Sat., Nov. 6


JOEL ALLEGRETTI
Photo Credit: Jon Paul
 

Dear Friends and Colleagues:


I'll be a featured reader in a poetry festival at the Monroe Center for the Arts in Hoboken on Saturday, Nov. 6.  I'm scheduled to go on at 3 p.m. I'll read primarily from my Poets Wear Prada chapbook, Thrum. The organizer of the event is David Vincenti, chief curator of the DeBaun Spoken Word Series of Stevens Institute for Technology.

The show starts at noon and runs till 5. In between the featured poets will be musical artists and open-mic poets.

The Monroe Center is located at 720 Monroe Street between 7th and 8th Streets.

Hope to see you.

Joel

http://www.joelallegretti.com/


THRUM, a new chapbook by Joel Allegretti from Poets Wear Prada
ISBN 978-0-9841844-4-6, Trade Paperback, 38pp., $12.00


"In Thrum Joel Allegretti, deftly and delightfully, strums his magical musical instrument, which is poetry, as he forges fresh forms of songs and stories that are inspired by strummers' strings. 'Context is everything,' Allegretti reminds us, and we’re planted in the heart of a global ancient/modern orchestra. Prepare yourself for the revelatory performance."


Martine Bellen
Author of Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems,
1997 National Poetry Series selection


"Joel Allegretti's latest collection of poems is as enjoyable as it is different. Thrum takes the reader on a journey that explores known musical instruments, such as the mandolin, dulcimer and fiddle, as well as some not-so-known instruments, such as the oud, koto and theorbo. But what makes this journey unique is that each instrument is in a sense personified as the emotive element of each instrument is brought to life. Allegretti does a wonderful job tuning every poem so that the music of each instrument is realized again and again in the words on the page. An intriguing and must read for anyone who has a sense of all that culminates in the commingling of the arts."
Raymond Hammond
Editor, The New York Quarterly


Now Available on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Thrum-Poems-Joel-Allegretti/dp/0984184449/


GO CAT GO Jazz Poetry Reading Sunday, November 28


SUNDAY 11/28 – 4:30- p.m. (sign up 5 p.m.)

Peter Chelnik's "GO CAT GO Jazz Poetry"


~features~


Peter Chelnik, poet and host


Jazz by


Bob Feldman (tenor sax) & Lawrence Goldman (acoustic bass)


plus


The Open Mic


@

AMERICAN THEATRE OF ACTORS

314 W. 54th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Aves.)

Hell's Kitchen, NYC 10019

Sargent Theater 4th Floor

(212) 581-3044






By Subway: C or E to West 50th Street

Walk north to West 54th Street, west to theatre



Admission: $5