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Monday, May 31, 2010

June in NYC: MICHAEL MONTLACK reads for NYQ and at The LGBT Center

Meet Author Michael Montlack in NYC this June


Monday June 21
The New York Quarterly
Linda Tieber, Michael Montlack, Christine Cuccio Radlmann
The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St, NYC
6-8PM
Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Hosted by: Ted Jonathan
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/



Tuesday June 22
Center Voices presents Working Authors
Stephen Motika, Michael Montlack and Matthew Hittinger
Stephen Motika, Michael Montlack and Matthew Hittinger
Join us for a reading of the work of three queer authors.
THE LGBT CENTER
208 West 13th Street
West Village, NYC
Reception 6PM
Program 6:30-8PM
$8 online/$10 at the door
http://www.gaycenter.org/node/5285




THE SLIP by Michael Montlack (PWP,2009)
THE SLIP
by Michael Montlack
ISBN 978-0-9841844-2-2
Soft Cover, Saddle Stitched, 32 pp.
$10.00 (+ $1.50 S&H)
Poets Wear Prada, October 2009

June Events: TANTRA-ZAWADI in NYC, NJ & on the Air!

Tantra-zawadi, NYC with Alec Bell, UK
The 3rd Annual Montserrat Poetry Festival,Montserrat Vineyards, Knob Noster, MO
May 2010



Poetic Moments - Interview of Tantra-zawadi
Hosted by Cendrine Marrouat
http://show.soulpoetrysite.com/
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Showtime: 3PM



Make Music New York - Tantra-zawadi and King Tut
Battery Park City
Battery Park Place and State Plaza
Monday, June 21, 2010
8:30 - 9PM



North Jersey Literary Series
Poets Wear Prada Showcase
with
Cyndi Dawson, Tantra-zawadi, Joel Allegretti, John J. Trause
The Classic Quiche Cafe
330 Queen Anne Road
Teaneck, New Jersey
Saturday, June 26, 2010
8 - 11PM


A Night of Three Goddesses
Presents "Powerful Women":
MilDred Gerestant, Tantra-zawadi, and Sokhna Heathyre Mabin
A delicious evening of poetry, music, movement,
gender expression, juiciness and more!
Q & A after performances.
NY Performance Arts Library at Lincoln Center
111 Amsterdam Avenue
(btwn 64th & 65th Sts)
NY, NY 10023
1 train to 66th street, Lincoln Center
Monday, June 28, 2010
6 - 8PM



Project Empowerment - Tantra-zawadi
Blog Talk Radio interview
with Kathleen Schmidt, Author of ESCAPING THE GLASS CAGE:
A Story of Survival and Empowerment from Domestic Violence
www.blogtalkradio.com/projectempowerment
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Showtime: 12PM


GATHERED AT HER SKY by Tantra-zawadi (PWP, 2010)
GATHERED AT HER SKY
Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi
ISBN 978-0-9841844-6-0
Limited Signed 5.5 X 8.5 Traditional Chapbook
Available from the Author $10
Poets Wear Prada, May 2010
Trade Paperback, 42 pp.
List Price: $12.00
Soon Available from Lulu.com, CreateSpace.com and on Amazon.com

Sat June 12 JOEL ALLEGRETTI at NYPL-Fort Washington Branch, NYC

WORDS IN THE HEIGHTS: THREE WRITERS READ THEIR WORK

NYPL logo
Fort Washington Library (Map and directions)
535 West 179th Street
New York, NY 10033-5799
Phone: (212) 927-3533

Not accessible to wheelchairs


June 12, 2010 2:00 PM EST

Three talented local writers, Barbara Blatner, Joel Allegretti, and Anca Pedvis, will be reading from their recently published works. This program is presented as part of Uptown Arts Stroll 2010 - Northern Manhattan’s Annual Visual and Performing Arts Festival.

About the Readers:

Barbara Blatner is a poet, playwright and composer whose plays have been produced in New York, Boston and Cleveland. This year, two full-length poetry collections, The Still Position and Living with You, are coming out with New York Quarterly Books; a poetry chapbook, The Pope in Space, was published in 1986 by Intertext Press.

Barbara's verse play, No Star Shines Sharper, was published in the early 90s by Baker's Plays, produced for radio by the Public Media Foundation and aired repeatedly on National Public Radio stations. She has written music for theater, including the Boston Shakespeare Company and New Theater, and for the Boston-based fusion group Urban Myth.


Joel Allegretti is the author of two full-length books from The Poet’s Press, The Plague Psalms and Father Silicon, which was selected by the Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. His third collection, Thrum, a chapbook of poems, prose poems and brief poetic essays about musical instruments, appeared in 2010 from Poets Wear Prada.

His work has appeared in many national journals, including The New York Quarterly, Margie, Rattapallax, Slipstream, Xcp Cross-Cultural Poetics and Confrontation. His poetry was the basis of a song cycle by composer Frank Ezra Levy that had its world premier in 2009 at Kean University in New Jersey.


Anca Pedvis has had a twofold calling: as a painter and as a poet. As a poet she has published her work in all major literary magazines in Romania. Also she has three books of poetry published: An Imperceptible Whif of Socrates (The Romanian Book Press, 1997), The Mount Placid Tirade, a bilingual, Romanian-English edition (The Romanian Cultural Foundation Publishing House, 2003), and Propilogue ( Bucharest, Ideea Europeana, 2006). She has also written numerous essays and translated American poetry for Romanian readers.



Reprinted from http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2010/06/12/words-heights-three-writers-read-their-work-0.




THRUM by Joel Allegretti (PWP, 2010)
THRUM
Poems by Joel Allegretti
ISBN 978-0-9841844-4-6
6" x 9" Saddle Stitched, 40 pp.
$12.00 (+ $2 S&H by Mail Order)
Poets Wear Prada
Release Date: March 2010


Perfect Bound Edition Now Available
on Amazon.com:

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sun May 23: Tantra with New Book at Monteserrat Poetry Festival, Missouri

Tantra-zawadiPhoto Credit: Arnold Browne

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Montserrat Poetry Festival

Montserrat Vineyards
Montserrat, Missouri
Knob Noster, MO 65336
(660) 747-WINE (9463)

Hosted by: Mark Pearce

Here is the line-up:

1:00 Katy Trail Trio*, Sedalia
1:20 Larry Welling, Kansas City
1:40 James Kneece, Independence
2:00 Christina Pacosz, Kansas City
2:20 Dave Ewing, Warrensburg
2:50 Alec Bell, London, U.K.
3:20 Gustavo Adolfo Aybar, Kansas City
3:40 Hubert Neth, Lee’s Summit
4:10 Jim Coffman, Columbia
4:40 Eva Ridenour, Armstrong
5:00 Walter Bargen, Ashland
5:30 Tantra Zawadi, New York City
6:00 Doug Kiburz, Sedalia
6:20 Debbie Noland, Sedalia
6:40 Glen Enloe, Independence
7:10 Larry Allen, Columbia
7:30 Mark Pearce, Warrensburg
7:50 Rachel Brown, Warrensburg

* Anna Lee Bail, Mable Fowler and Mary Frances Herndon

There are a few returnees and a number of new presenters this year. With over four dozen submissions, the field is strong and varied. Though it’s designed as a come-and-go affair, you might find yourself wanting to stay for all seven hours.

Those wanting to attend from out of town might choose to stay in nearby Warrensburg, Missouri, where there are three or four Bed and Breakfasts and several nice motels from which to choose.
http://www.visitwarrensburg.org/




Tantra-zawadi, an award winning poet/artist/filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York, has performed to standing-room audiences in the USA, South Africa, London, Germany and Toronto. Her new book, GATHERED AT HER SKY, 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.



Gathered at Her Sky
Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi
ISBN 978-0-9841844-6-0
Trade Paperback, 42 pp.
List Price: $12.00
Poets Wear Prada, May 2010

Soon Available from Lulu.com, CreateSpace.com and on Amazon.com


“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 the Girl Child Network
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 Café

“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

“The power in her words percolates; the truth in her story persuades; and the activism in her message is victorious.”

Chuma Whahid Rasul, Founder/CEO of Chuma Spirit Books, LLC,
and author of The Third Eye of a Butterfly



About the Author:

Tantra-zawadi, an award winning poet/artist/filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York, has performed to standingroom audiences at venues as far away as South Africa, London, Germany and Toronto. She has performed original works in off-Broadway productions including Soldier Blues, and her one-woman performance piece, Girl: A Choreospective. She is known for being on the cutting edge as an artist regarding issues such as HIV and AIDS awareness. Tantra’s poem and video, “Scarlet Waters,” was featured on the Product (RED) video wall to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa and her short documentary, A Silent Genocide ~ A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS edited by Oliver Covrett, takes another look at the personal impact of the disease.

Follow Tantra-zawadi online:



www.tantra-zawadi.com
www.facebook.com/tantrazawadi
www.myspace.com/tantrais
www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi


Greatest thanks to Montserrat Vineyards for hosting the event and to public television station KMOS-TV for helping to promote and sponsor it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sat May 22 Art & Healing Anthology Reading: Alexis, Johnson, Maney @ African Voices, NYC

Saturday, May 22
4:00 p.m.

Art and Healing Anthology Reading

@
African Voices
270 West 96th Street
New York, NY
~with~
Austin Alexis
Jacqueline Johnson
John Maney
and others
Copies of Art's Buoyant Felicity will be on sale.

This Event is Free!


FOR LINCOLN & OTHER POEMS by Austin Alexis (Poets Wear Prada, 2010)
For Lincoln & Other Poems
by Austin Alexis
ISBN 978-0-9841844-3-9
6" x 9" Saddle Stitched, 36pp.
$10.00 (+ $2 S&H by Mail Order)
Release Date: March 2010

Perfect Bound Edition Now Available from Create Space: www.createspace.com/3440550
And on Amazon:
www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Other-Poems-Austin-Alexis/dp/0984184430/

Austin Alexis contemplates the way time's passage alters our sense of artists such as Chopin, Haydn, Poe, and Martha Graham as well as, among others, grandparents, Einstein, and presidents Lincoln and Obama. The way the poet
cultivates sound, sense, and form, he grows, as he writes George Sand did for
Chopin, "the branch he needs / in order to soar."

George Held, author of Phased, Grounded, and other poetry collections

By use of precise imaginings, Austin Alexis allows us an intimacy with select artists: Chopin, or a street poet, or Lincoln, that great artist of rhetoric and vision. An engaged and observant poet, Alexis reveals grace, connection, legend and mortality. This book is an ode to all of us.

Sarah Sarai, author of The Future Is Happy

The poet's vision enables the reader to see connections between Einstein and Merce Cunningham whose choreography "penetrates... the mysteries of space time [and] weight," and how Lincoln's last day actually culminates in another with the inauguration of Barack Obama: "each verse a fetus / waiting to be born / in the heart of a reader."

Linda Lerner, author of Something is Burning in Brooklyn, and thirteen other collections


Poems and stories by Austin Alexis have appeared in journals such as Six Sentences and Tuesday Shorts and in the chapbook Lovers and Drag Queens (Poets Wear Prada, 2007). Recently he served as a panelist for The Bronx Council on the Arts Literary Fellowships. One of his poems won a prize in the 2008 Poets for Forest Competition. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of anthologies, including Bowl of Stories (Oregon Council of Teachers Anthology Winners Publication), Off the Cuffs (Soft Skull Press), Dinner with the Muse (Ra Rays Press), Art's Buoyant Felicity: Art/Healing/Creativity (Lickle Nine Press), and And We the Creatures (Dream Horse Press), among others.

Sun May 23 Allegretti Rises Like a Phoenix, Serving Up Bengal Curry & Poetry!


O'kay, maybe Allegretti doesn't quite rise like a phoenix in the morning, especially on Sunday. But he will be serving up some great poetry from his new collection THRUM, recently released from Poets Wear Prada, and other work. And joining him will be Tom Oleszchuk and host Mike Graves. You don't want to miss this triple treat! Plus the Indian food is good and reasonably priced.

Sun., May 23:

5:30PM-7:30PM

*JOEL ALLEGRETTI*
*TOM OLESZCHUK*
*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 & George Spencer

*An Open Mic, if time permits, will be 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.

About the Featured Writers:

Joel Allegretti is the author of two full-length collections from The Poet's Press: The Plague Psalms which appeared in 2000 and is now in its third edition and Father Silicon which appeared in 2006. In March 2010 Poets Wear Prada published his third collection, Thrum, a chapbook of poems, prose poems and brief poetic essays about musical instruments. Allegretti’s work has appeared in Art/​Life Limited Editions, Rattapallax, New York Quarterly, Descant, The Laurel Review, Margie, Confrontation, Xcp Cross-Cultural Poetics, Slipstream and many other journals. He is represented in the anthology Chance of a Ghost (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005, and his poem in that collection received an Honorable Mention in the 2006 edition of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, published by St. Martin’s Press. His website is http://www.joelallegretti.com/

Tom Oleszczuk has published his verse in New Press Quarterly, Medicinal Purposes, Pivot, Poetalk (California), Brownstone Poets Anthology, and others, including online at RogueScholars.com. He has been featured throughout New York City and has written several chapbooks, the latest being Time Out for Good Behavior and A Million Tons of Rubble. Tom recently won an Honorable Mention in the Lucidity International Clarity Poetry Competition. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Heidi and their 4 cats.

Michael Graves is the author of a full-length collection, 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 two thousand four (2004), he was the recipient of a grant of four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500.00) from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. He has published the third issue of his magazine PHOENIX.

Have you had your poetry today?



THRUM: Poems by Joel Allegretti (PWP, 2010
THRUM
Poems by Joel Allegretti
ISBN 978-0-9841844- 4-6
Soft Cover, Saddle Stitched, 40 pp.
$12.00 (+ $1.50 S&H)
Release Date: March 2010

"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

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tantra-zawadi | Gathered at Her Sky

Tantra-zawadi, an award winning poet/artist/filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York, has performed to standing-room audiences in the USA, South Africa, London, Germany and Toronto. Her new book, GATHERED AT HER SKY, 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.


Gathered at Her Sky
Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi
ISBN 978-0-9841844-6-0
Trade Paperback, 42 pp.
List Price: $12.00
Poets Wear Prada, May 2010

Soon Available from Lulu.com, CreateSpace.com and on Amazon.com

“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 the Girl Child Network
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 Café



“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



“The power in her words percolates; the truth in her story persuades; and the activism in her message is victorious.”

Chuma Whahid Rasul, Founder/CEO of Chuma Spirit Books, LLC,
and author of The Third Eye of a Butterfly


About the Author:

Tantra-zawadi, an award winning poet/artist/filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York, has performed to standingroom audiences at venues as far away as South Africa, London, Germany and Toronto. She has performed original works in off-Broadway productions including Soldier Blues, and her one-woman performance piece, Girl: A Choreospective. She is known for being on the cutting edge as an artist regarding issues such as HIV and AIDS awareness. Tantra’s poem and video, “Scarlet Waters,” was featured on the Product (RED) video wall to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa and her short documentary, A Silent Genocide ~ A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS edited by Oliver Covrett, takes another look at the personal impact of the disease.

Follow Tantra-zawadi online:


www.tantra-zawadi.com
www.facebook.com/tantrazawadi
www.myspace.com/tantrais
www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi

Monday, May 10, 2010

Gene Auprey | Dead Reckoning

Author Gene Auprey offers a new collection of poems; a meditation on nature, life and death, and the ever-present possibilities of hope, humor and love.

DEAD RECKONING by Gene Auprey (PWP, May 2010)DEAD RECKONING
Poems by Gene Auprey
ISBN 978-0-9841844-5-3
6" x 9" Saddle Stitched, 50 pp.
$15.00
Release Date: May 2010


“At home somewhere between the pastoral and the familial, violence and tranquility (often showing how they are sometimes the same side of the same coin), Gene Auprey’s voice is one of restrained and steady power.”

James Midgely, Editor Mimesis



“What strikes me about this poetry is its solid groundedness. The speech rhythms of Auprey’s native vernacular weave a fine colloquial music that seems a direct heightening of the spoken word; whether embodied in skillfully crafted free or metrical verse, his art evokes the real sound of people using language organically. Solid texture is achieved by the way Auprey's imagery so strongly evokes all of the five senses. You can see the world of these poems very sharply, but you can also hear it, touch it, smell it, and taste it as well. It has substance. I come out of reading these poems with a strong impression of actually having been in Auprey's physical reality, and of having shared important truths and insights there. More poetry like this, please!”

Paul Stevens, Editor The Chimaera




“Gene Auprey’s poems transport the reader into worlds of immediacy — the primal world of rural culture and of nature, but also the contemporary world and its particular urgencies. Dead Reckoning is an engaging and rewarding work, rich in language that examines the human condition from a stable but varied set of vantages.”

David Landrum, Editor Lucid Rhythms



About the Author:

Gene Auprey is Senior Editorial Adviser for Soundzine, an online international literary journal located at http://www.soundzine.net. His poems have appeared in The Flea, Hawk & Whippoorwill, Lucid Rhythms, Other Poetry, Pisgah Review,and The Shit Creek Review, as well as many other places, both pixel and print.

Gene currently lives in Buxton, Maine. Widely traveled and a dedicated outdoors man, he enjoys the company of his grandchildren. He has worked across the United States in construction, designed and built many homes, managed diverse companies, and also served as an ordained minister. While his poetry has many influences, perhaps the strongest has been New England’s poet laureate, Robert Frost.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

PWP at PBQ's 2nd Bookfair for Literacy May 21 2010


Painted Bride Quarterly's 2nd Annual Bookfair for Literacy on Friday May 21 2010 is the finishing touch to this year's Week of Writing (WOW) celebration at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

WOW 2010 runs from Monday May 17th through Friday May 21 and includes daily marathon readings, panel discussions and even a special session on The Craft of Stand Up.
Poets Wear Prada is proud to participate for the 2nd year. Please stop by our table to check out our latest releases (many of our titles will be discounted for the fair ), pitch your chapbook manuscript, and find out about our 3rd anthology theme.

This year's Bookfair for Literacy on Friday May 21 includes the following local publications, small presses, and literary magazines:
American Poetry Review
The Baltimore Review
Cider Press Review

Hidden River Publishing/New Door Books
The Literary Review
Painted Bride Quarterly

Per Contra
Philadelphia Poets
Philadelphia Stories

Philly Fiction
Poets Wear Prada
Press 1
River Poets Journal/Lilly Press
The Smart Set
Swedenborg Foundation Publishers
two.one.five magazine

The Bookfair will take place in the Great Court in the Main Building on Drexel University’s campus from 10AM – 3PM. The Main Building has pedestrian traffic of about 1,800 people per day, as well as campus tours. Main is located on the northeast corner of 32nd and Market Streets, and is the oldest building on Drexel’s campus.

This event will be free and open to the public. During the Bookfair, Painted Bride Quarterly will be sponsoring a used book exchange where all proceeds will go to Philadelphia Reads, a non-profit literacy organization. To support this effort, we are looking for new or lightly used book donations at one of our several drop-box locations around Drexel’s campus.

An awards ceremony takes place after the fair from 3PM - 5PM at Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets. The ceremony features the 29th Annual Freshman Writing Awards, the Literature Essay Prize, the Week of Writing (WoW) Awards, and the Sigma Tau Delta Inductions. The awards are sponsored by the Erika Guenther and Gertrud Daemmrich Memorial Prizes, The Department of English and Philosophy, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Refreshments will be served.

For the complete event schedule for WOW 2010 please visit:

http://drexelpublishing.org/wow-2010/