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Monday, July 23, 2012

A Midsummer Reading w. Jack Cooper ~ July 25 ~ 7pm




The river's tent is broken: the last fingers of leaf
Clutch and sink into the wet bank. The wind
Crosses the brown land, unheard. The nymphs are departed.
Sweet Times, run softly till I end my song.
The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers,
Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends
Or other testimony of summer nights. The nymphs are departed.
And their friends, the loitering heirs of city directors;
Departed, have left no addresses.
By the waters of New York I sat down and wept . . .
Sweet Times, run softly til I end my song.
Sweet Times, run softly, for I speak not loud or long.
-- T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland
HAPPY SUMMER!

And, a cool evening of poetry Wednesday, July 25, 7:00-9:30pm * * The Green Pavilion Poetry Event * * * (The Gala event for poetry. Have dinner with the Muse, all 9 of them!) * 4307-18th Ave. Bk * * * (F train to 18th Ave. station. Last car coming from Manh, right staircase to street. You will be only about 1/2 block away from rest., same block you will be standing on.) * Join Us. Come read your work, or your favorite poet under the chandeliers! * * One of the longest running poetry venues in the NYC area.

 * * Our two featured readers for the evening, don't miss:
* J O S H U A M E A N D E R * * * J A C K C O O P E R * + o p e n r e a d i n g *                   *                              *                                    


* $5.00 min. toward rest. (an inexpensive & diverse menu, have dinner, snack, or wine with your poetry.) * $3.00 suggested donation. Your hosts: Evie Ivy, Cindy Hochman *

Coming Soon:
"The Venetian Hour" . . . Dinner with the Muse Part II- as before, those who have attended the venue, or have featured are welcome to submit to the anthology.

Some BIO Notes: John Jack Jackie (Edward) COOPER is the author of Ten (Poets Wear Prada, 2012), preview of his forthcoming “Aphorithms.” His American-English translation of Wax Women (Paris: International Art Office, 1985), with French texts of the original poems by Jean-Pierre Lemesle and photographs by Henry Jacobs, drew acclaim and dedicated full-window display from the Gotham Book Mart—legendary fishing hole to the “wise”—in New York, released in the United States the following year. His work has appeared online (exitstrata.com), forthcoming in the Unbearables' new anthology next year; his reviews, in Publishers Weekly and The Book Review of The Sunday New York Times. He has read manuscripts for Farrar, Straus & Giroux; served the Modern Language Association (MLA) as Research Associate; taught English, and counseled adult immigrants and refugees, in the ELESAIR Project, in Manhattan, for eleven years, financed by federal, state, and municipal grants—editing The Quilt, an anthology of student writings published by the Human Resources Administration (HRA). Content Producer at the GROW Network, a McGraw-Hill company, he edited Extensible Markup Language (XML), the evolving lingua franca linking human being to machine. Currently he is co-publisher and Production Editor of Poets Wear Prada.

Joshua Meander
Most known as the host of Nomad's Choir Open Mic. and Publisher of a poetry journal with the same name. When he recites a poem he invokes the actor within. He takes a great pride in enhancing other artist to shine. A main stay on the poetry scene and a dear friend to his peers. A world traveler, he was in Egypt one month before the riots and last year he visited Romania and was not bit or impaled by Dracula. Just recently a friend from 25 years ago contacted him and Joshua informed his friend that he wrote a play based on his friend and the self-published book is entitled: Kept Away From The Shade. Joshua has been featured every year at the Green Pavilion since 1992 so, thanks to a generous an insightful and host and an equally supportive audience this is the 20th time his has been featured. Thank you all for continued support and if he didn't work week nights on the graveyard shift in Manhattan he would be a regular as this reading series. Host's note (Joshua has a lovely poem in the Green Pavilion Anthology – one of the “romantic ones” Vintage Comfort)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kiwanis Summer Gazebo Readings Raise $$$ for Summer Camp; June 11: Teller, Savino, Cooper, Siegal and Goldstein Feature

SUMMER GAZEBO READING SERIES 
monday evenings 7-8 p.m. 
June, July and August

SCHOOLHOUSE GREEN
on Foxhurst Road
(just east of Long Beach Road
across from the Firehouse)
Oceanside, New York

FEATURING ON MONDAY JUNE 11TH:

Gayl Teller   Robert Savino   Jack Cooper
     Herbert Siegel   Gail Goldstein

HOST:  Tony Iovino

Free & Open to the Public
Bring Your Own Lawn Chair.

http://www.facebook.com/events/400692499973137/


Jack Cooper [Credit: Jay Franco, Inspired Word]
 

John Jack Jackie (Edward) COOPER is the author of "Ten" (Poets Wear Prada, 2012), preview of his forthcoming “Aphorithms.” His American English translation of "Wax Women," with French texts of the original poems by Jean-Pierre Lemesle and photographs by Henry Jacobs (International Art Office, Paris: 1985), drew acclaim and dedicated full-window display from the Gotham Book Mart in New York—legendary fishing hole to the “wise”—released in the United States the following year. His work has appeared online (exitstrata.com), his reviews in "The Times Book Review" and "Publisher's Weekly." He has read manuscripts for Farrar, Straus & Giroux; served the Modern Language Association (MLA) as research associate;  taught English for eleven years to refugees for the federally funded ELESAIR Project; and was an XML specialist and content production editor for McGraw-Hill/GROW Network. Currently, he is co-publisher and production editor for Poets Wear Prada, a small literary press based in Frank Sinatra's hometown, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Robert Savino

Robert Savino is a native Long Island poet and practicing retiree.  Among Savino's publications are a full-length book of poetry, Inside a Turtle Shell (Allbook Books, 2009), and a chapbook,  fireballs of an illuminated scarecrow (Good Japan Press, 2008).   Widely published his work has also appeared in a multitude of literary journals, Angelflesh, Avenging Spirit, Axe Factory, Babylon Review, Backstreet Quarterly, Black Book Press, Bone & Flesh, Conflict of Interest, Creations Magazine 2007, 2008, 2009, Ellipsis, Fan Magazine, Fulva Flava, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Home Planet News, In My Shoes, Incoming, Jerseyworks, Long Island Quarterly, Long Islander, Mad Poets Review, Mobius-The Poetry Magazine, Negative Capability, North American Review, Oberon, Poetry Motel, Poetry Superhighway, Rogue Scholars, Skyline Magazine, Skyline Review, Sport Literate, Surreal Underground, Tapestries, The Equinox, Urban Beat, Wooden Head Review, Xanadu, and several anthologies, Babyboomer Birthright (PoetWorks Press, 2013), Toward Forgiveness (Writers Ink Press, 2011), examination anthology (Local Gems Poetry Press, 2010), Long Island Sounds (The North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2009), Long Island Sounds:2008 (The North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2008), primal sanities (Allbook Books, 2007), The Light of City and Sea (Street Press, 2006). His awards include the Oberon Poetry Prize in 2008 and the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society's 15th Annual Poetry Competition in 2005.

Gail Goldstein is a retired teacher who works with autistic children. She is published in numerous poetry anthologies and literary magazines ("Toward Forgiveness," "Mobius," "PPA Literary Review," "Long Island Sounds," etc.) and has won various poetry awards (Mobius, Farmingdale, Princess Ronkonkoma). She is on the editorial staff of several poetry anthologies. "Whispers and Shouts," an anthology of poetry written by women from Long Island, will be Gail’s first book. It is coming out later this year. Gail’s other passion is music. A percussionist, Gail is part of the drUUmatics, a West African drum ensemble performance group. Visit www.druumatics.org for more information.


Gayle Teller

Nassau County Poet Laureate (2009-2011), Gayl Teller received an MA from Columbia University and another MA from Queens College, CUNY.  Her poetry collections include "At the Intersection of Everything You Have Ever Loved," "Shorehaven," "Moving Day," and "One Small Kindness."  Her most recent poetry book, "Inside the Embrace," was selected in national competition to be published by WordTech/Cherry Grove. For 14 years,  director and founder of  Mid-Island Y JCC Poetry Reading in Plainview, NY, a reading sponsored in part by the NYSCA,  she's taught in the English department of Hofstra University since 1985.  Finalist for Nassau County Poet Laureate in 2007, she has conducted numerous poetry workshops and seminars and been the feature reader at many universities, poetry centers, and libraries.  Her work has received the Edgar Allan Poe Prize, the Peninsula Library Poetry Prize, a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Prize, a National League of American PEN Women Prize, and The Connecticut Writer Prize; "One Small Kindness" was a finalist for the Blue Light Poetry Prize.  Her poems are widely published and anthologized, and her book reviews have appeared frequently in "Small Press Review."

Herbert Siegel

Herbert Siegel, Ph.D., has been a CEO of major public companies and is the recipient of numerous professional certifications and awards. He also holds degrees in business and international law.  He has published four books of poetry including “Poems From My Drawer” (2007), “Poems For The Universe” (2009) and his most recent "Life Through My Glasses: Collected Poems, 1950–2011" (Trafford Publishing, 2011).  New York State Senior Poet Laureate (2009), he has received multiple awards for his poetry including the Ellen La Forge Foundation Poetry Prize, published by Grolier of Cambridge; Sketchbook; the Voice of the Bards; and the 2010 Award of Excellence from the Poetry Institute of Canada.Visit him online at  http://www.HerbSiegel.org.


The Kiwanis Club on Oceanside raises dollars to send children to summer camp through advertising sponsorships, program patronships and the sale of raffle tickets.

To date the following businesses are sponsoring this year's reading series with their corporate pledge of $150:
 
21st Century Appraisers
Bondi Iovino & Fusco, Attorneys-at-Law
Aaron Rappaport, D.D.S., P.C. & David Rappaport, D.M.D.
Anthony J. Santino, Councilman
Bonbino's Pizza & Restaurant
Dee's Nursery
Friedberg Jewish Community Center
Herb & Marion Brown
Home & Hearth Real Estate
Mary Jane McGrath, Attorney
Michael Schamroth and Family
Municipal Credit Union
Nassau Financial Federal Union
Oceanville Mason Supply
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Tower's Funeral Home
Westron Lighting


Advertising Sponsorships and Program Patronships are still available! Sponsorships are $150 and include the sponsor's business name and logo on signs, posters and the thousands of fliers the club distributes, as well as on all announcements (including every email the club sends).  Individuals can also participate as "Program Patrons" for $25.  "Program Patrons" will have their names listed on the programs the club will be distributing each week.


If you, or anyone you know, would like to become a sponsor or a Program Patron, send your check made payable to "Oceanside Kiwanis" to Tony Iovino at the address below-- email or include your logo and the listing you want us to print.

Tony Iovino
68 Yorktown Street
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Home: 516-763-1667
Work: 516-741-8585
Cell: 516-459-3262
tonyiovino@gmail.com

Mon 6/11 Peter Chelnik's Go Cat Go! Poetry w/ George Wallace at Gracie's Corner Diner in Yorkville, NYC

Monday, June 11th


6:45 PM - 9 PM


Peter Chelnik's GO-CAT-GO! Poetry Event

~featuring~

GEORGE WALLACE
@

Gracie's Corner Diner

352 E 86th St

(First Avenue)

New York, NY 10028

Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Upper East Side

(212) 737-8505


FREE!  Open Mic for Poetry


your food/beverage purchase helps support the venue

George Wallace, first Poet laureate of Suffolk County, professor at Pace University in New York, is the author of twenty chapbooks published in the US, UK, and Italy, Jumping Over The Moon (Boone's Dock Press, 2011), Poppin Johnny (New York: Three Rooms Press, 2009) and Summer of Love, Summer of Love (Shivastan Press, 2008), the most recent. A  full-length poetry book, Incident on the Orient Express, was just released by Nirala Publications, Nepal. Winner of the CW Post Poetry Prize, Wallace is  editor of poetrybay.com, poetryvlog. com, Long Island Quarterly and "Walt's Corner" in the Long Islander newspaper. An author whose work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean, Bengali, Russian, and Macedonian, he has traveled extensively to perform his work and to teach poetry workshops. Described as "Poetry's Rock Star" (Samantha Weiner, Long Island Examiner), Wallace is a a well-known and highly regarded poetry promoter.  He hosts monthly poetry readings at The Poetry Café at The Conklin Barn, Huntington and co-hosts the Go-Cat-Go Poetry Event with Peter Chelnik at the Greenwich Village Bistro.  Wallace was name 2011-2012 Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace.

 

Peter Chelnik

Publisher/Editor Roxanne writes a little bit about the host of Go Cat Go!:

Peter Chelnik is responsible for getting me to read my work in public.  In 2003 I went to hear him read at The Back Fence at Dee Anne Gorman's invitation.  I had never met him before. There was this big burly "all-American" guy at the mic wearing his trademark Pendleton plaid wool shirt, baseball cap, glasses, mustache. reading list poems and what lists he read.  It sounded like jazz rants. No music.  But he was making music with his words.And his words were filled with American people and American scenes. big and real just like him. He was terrific.  Then after the reading broke up, Bridgid Murnagham, reading curator and our waitress for the day, dragged Dee and me on to the stage to read from our notebooks while Chelnik, along with his brother and nephew cheered us on.

We became fast friends, and Herb and I had the pleasure of publishing a chapbook of his poetry,  "Paradise Highway," four years later in 2007.

Monday, June 4, 2012

June 6 Ice Gayle Johnson at WCW Center in Rutherford NJ

Poetry in Rutherford, Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 7:00 PM

(June 4, 2012 -- Rutherford, New Jersey) -- The William Carlos William Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County features poet, publisher, and entrepreneur Ice Gayle Johnson this Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 7:00 p. m.  As usual the monthly program also features the words of William Carlos Williams and a brief talk about the Rutherford poet.  An open reading concludes the program.  The event is free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required and all poets and poetry lovers are invited to attend and participate in the open reading. The WCW Poetry Cooperative readings are held the first Wednesday of each month on the upstairs Terrace of Williams Center for the Arts (www.williamscenter.org) located at 1 Williams Plaza in Rutherford, New Jersey.  The event is hosted by John J. Trause, Director or the Oradell Public Library.  For more information, please contact the Rutherford Public Library at 201.939.8600.

Author Ice Gayle Johnson
Ice Gayle Johnson’s debut poetry collection, "“The Key: Lady Grizzly & Sir Charles Otter” (Hoboken: Poets Wear Prada, 2012), 42 pages, ISBN-10: 0615606512, ISBN-13: 978-0615606514) shares her very personal experiences of love and loss, first the familial and then the romantic.

Creator of “The Five-point Cut,” “Graduated Bob” and “Fire Fly,”  the Chicago-based stylist Ice, a member of Intercoiffeur, the international honorarium and organization for hairdressing professionals, served on Clairol’s Presidential Council with First Lady Nancy Reagan’s colorist. An accomplished photographer, she has been represented by the Ward Nasse Galley of New York, her photos appearing on Marcel Schulman Greeting Cards, Signature Greetings, and others.

 As a co-founder and shaper of Uphook Press, Ice co-edited and contributed to its debut collection, “A Cautionary Tale: Peer into the Lives of Seven New York Performing Poets,” in 2008. Three other anthologies have followed: “you say. say.” (2009), “Hell Strung and Crooked” (2010), and “gape-seed” (2011). Ice Gayle Johnson has performed her poetry, coast to coast -- from the Bowery Poetry Club in New York to The Beat Museum in San Francisco. Her spoken word tracks have been featured by Stay Thirsty Media and Poetz.com. Eponymous CD and DVD are available at CDbaby and at DVD.com.

John J. Trause, Director, Oradell Public Library
New Jersey poet John J. Trause, host of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative Readings, and Director of the Oradell Public Library, is the author of  two poetry collections, "Inside Out, Upside Down & Round and Round" (Nirala Publications, 2012) and "Simply Serial" (Poets Wear Prada, 2008).

William Carlos Williams
William Carlos Williams (1883 –1963) was an American poet closely associated with modernism and Imagism. A pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine her received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He was born in Rutherford, New Jersey where he lived much of his life and died.  He published his first book, "Poems," in 1909. In 1920, Williams was sharply criticized by many of his peers (like Hilda Doolittle, Ezra Pound, and Wallace Stevens) when he published one of his most experimental books, "Kora in Hell: Improvisations." Pound called the work "incoherent" and H.D. thought the book was "flippant."   "Spring and All," which contained classic Williams poems like "By the road to the contagious hospital," "The Red Wheelbarrow," and "To Elsie" was published in 1923.  He is also know for his modernist epic poem, "Paterson" (published between 1946 and 1958), an account of the history, people, and essence of Paterson, New Jersey.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Jack Cooper
atelierprincipen@gmail.com
201.253.0561

“The Key: Lady Grizzly & Sir Charles Otter” by Ice Gayle Johnson (Hoboken: Poets Wear Prada, 2012), 42 pages, ISBN-10: 0615606512, ISBN-13: 978-0615606514, list price: $12.00, is available in paperback from Amazon Books and other popular booksellers.

Founded in 2006, Poets Wear Prada publishes beautifully designed, well-crafted poetry chapbooks from Sinatra’s hometown, the birthplace of professional baseball.

"Inside Out, Upside Down, & Round and Round Poems Selected & New" by John J. Trause (Nepal: Nirala Publications, 2012), 83pages, ISBN-81-8250-049-4 2012, list price: $20.00, is available from the publisher (www.niralapublications.com).

The Nirala Nepal Series is a series of contemporary writing.

Rapunzel: A Poem by Iris Berman







It was the little girl’s hair
They worried about

Shining, golden nuggets
Of light leaping from strand
To strand

It made them afraid, curious,
Awesome, dumbstruck, blind,
In hate and in love

So they hid her away
Forbid her to leave
The dark and lonely room

And there she sat
Year after year
Framed in the backlit
Picture window

Singing to herself
And the birds answered back

One spring day
A fine young man
Followed the beautiful music
To the one in the window

The old ones were afraid
They sent her far away
To a barren desert
Where she wouldn’t stray

But a song filled with the lute
And the flute and dancing in May
Possessed the young man
Led him to her little house

And there they stay
Together to this day.


 
Reprinted from
THE LITTLE BOOK OF FAIRY TALES
& LOVE POEMS
by Iris Berman
(Poets Wear Prada, 2007)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Remembering Our Friend Iris Berman




IRIS BERMAN

 Poet  * Graphic Designer * Artist  



WHO IS IRIS BERMAN?

Iris Berman is a graduate of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and also attended The Art Students League in Manhattan. Her major influence was Richard Pousette-Dart from who she learned much about art and spirituality. She also holds a certificate in Electronic Publishing from Pratt Institute. Her artwork has been exhibited in several solo and group shows including the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC) Artists Speak Series.

After many years of not writing, she walked into a poetry reading in the Village about 6 years ago and started writing poetry again. She has studied with Louise Gluck, Barry Goldensohn and William Packard and has attended the Riverside Poetry workshop and the 92nd Street “Y", to name just a few workshop venues. Currently, she is studying with Dorothy Friedman.

She has published locally in Stained Sheets, Nomads Choir, Rogue Scholar, Home Planet News, Medicinal Purposes, and nationally in Song of the San Joaquin. She has appeared at open mics and has been a featured reader at many poetry venues throughout the City.

Visit www.beansaboutit.com to see some of Iris's poetry.



WEAKNESS FOR BEAUTY

Poets have
a weakness
for beauty

Sometimes
it rages
like a fire
in the monotony
of a day

It overtakes them
on a crowded avenue
on a superhighway
or from exposure
to a deserted road

The poet may get
a wild idea
in the middle of
an oppressive afternoon
or in the icy night

They get hot
like jalapenos
with a grand idea
or in a detail
that everyone else
ignores

Sunrises and
sunsets can make
them weep

They see all things
in gashes and flashes
flashes and gashes

In the wound
and in the healing
of the wound










The Little Book of Flowers

Suddenly, a rose isn't a rose isn't a rose. Iris Berman's new collection tantalizes the reader, awakening all the senses for a delectible and sensual feast. Her words, like a waft of perfume, draw you into her private world of flowers for an aromatic massage of the mind.
   — Roxanne Hoffman, Curator and Co-Host of The Longest Running Bar Reading in The Village at The Back Fence
 


Iris Berman at The Back Fence [photo credit: Roxanne Hoffman]


Friday, June 1, 2012

Sun., June 3: Phoenix Reading w/ Poets Calabrese, Casey, Ice in Greenwich Village

Three women, all emerging writers, Rosalie Calabrese,  Pat Casey, and Ice Gayle Johnson -- a native New Yorker and management consultant for the arts, an Irish-American storyteller, and a Chicago hair stylist and professional photographer -- will be reading for Michael Graves' Phoenix Reading this Sunday afternoon June 3rd from 4:00 p.m.  to 6:00 p.m. at Scalinatella (formerly Scali Caffe), 245 Bleecker Street (west of Carmine), (212) 255-5353, in Greenwich Village, New York City. 

PHOENIX READING SERIES
Sundays at 4PM
@ Scalinatella
245 Bleecker Street
(west of Carmine)
New York, NY 10014
www.scalicaffe.com
 
Rosalie Calabrese
[Credit: Penny Jennings]
Rosalie Calabrese, a native New Yorker and graduate of CCNY, with a background in journalism, music administration, and various aspects of theatre, for the past several years has been a management consultant for the arts. In addition to preparing promotional materials, she writes poetry, short stories, and has composed libretti and lyrics for musicals. Her poems have appeared in "Cosmopolitan," "Poetry New Zealand," "Poetica," "Jewish Currents," "Jewish Women’s Literary Annual," "And Then," "Möbius," "Genie," "Thema," "Phoenix," "The Mom Egg," "The New York Times," "Critical Sociology," "Psychoanalytic Perspectives" among other publications, online and in print, including several anthologies, most recently "Miracles of Motherhood" and "To Have and To Hold" both released in 2007 from Center Street/Hachette Book Group USA.

Ice Gayle Johnson
Creator of “The Five-point Cut,” “Graduated Bob” and “Fire Fly,” Chicago-based stylist Ice Gayle Johnson, a member of Intercoiffeur, the international honorarium and organization for hairdressing professionals, served on Clairol’s Presidential Council with First Lady Nancy Reagan’s colorist. An accomplished photographer, she has been represented by the Ward Nasse Galley of New York, her photos appearing on Marcel Schulman Greeting Cards, Signature Greetings, and others.

A founder and shaper of Uphook Press, Johnson co-edited and contributed to its debut collection, “A Cautionary Tale: Peer into the Lives of Seven New York Performing Poets,” in 2008. Three other anthologies have followed: “you say. say.” (2009), “Hell Strung and Crooked” (2010), and “gape-seed” (2011).  Her debut collection of poems,“The Key: Lady Grizzly & Sir Charles Otter,” a very personal account of love and loss, both familial and romantic, was recently released by Poets Wear Prada.

Michael Graves
Michael Graves, author of four poetry collections, the most recent, “In Fragility” from Black Buzzard, hosts The Phoenix Reading Series every Sunday afternoons series at Scalinatella, 245 Bleecker Street (west of Carmine), (212) 255-5353, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. An open reading follows the featured guest writers. There is an $8 food/beverage minimum plus a suggested $3 donation.


By Subway: Take the 1 train to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square; alternatively the A, B, C, D, E, or F train to West 4th Street and exit at the West 3rd Street exit.

From New Jersey: Take NJ PATH to Christoper Street.


The first Phoenix reading took place in 1995 at La Poeme, a venue on Prince and Elizabeth Streets, and in the years since the series has grown and evolved into the friendly forum it is today. Each week, Phoenix features a set of talented and recognized poets (usually two or three) who read for 20 minutes each. Following the spotlight readings, there is an open mic, and any and all audience members are welcome to share 3-5 minutes of their own material. Phoenix also publishes a print review.


For more information about the series and the print review, please contact Host Michael Graves by email to mikegraves50@hotmail.com




About the Host:


Michael Graves is the author of two full-length collections of poems, "Adam and Cain" (Black Buzzard, 2006) and "In Fragility" (Black Buzzard, 2011) 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 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 Finnegans Wake 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.

Our apologies:  Pat Casey's bio was not available in time for this release.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kiwanis Summer Gazebo Readings Resume in Oceanside on June 4

The Gazebo on School House Green in Oceanside, New York


(May 27 - Oceanside, New York) The Kiwanis Club of Oceanside, New York  announces, with great pride and enthusiasm, their Sixth Annual Summer Gazebo Readings series. The Summer Gazebo Readings feature four published authors/poets each Monday evening throughout the summer, set on a village green in Oceanside. An eclectic mix of authors (non-fiction and fiction) and poets read from their works before large, friendly, receptive crowds.

Tony Iovino

The Summer Gazebo Readings are held each Monday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in June, July & August. Each evening 4-5 authors and poets share their work from the Gazebo on Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside, NY.  The event is hosted by attorney and writer Tony Iovino, a longtime resident of Oceanside, and author of novel Notary Public Enemy (Diversion Press, 2011).


Linda Opyr
The first event is scheduled for Monday June 4th.  Feature readers include Nassau County Poet Laureate Linda Opyr; Roxanne Hoffman;  New Jersey publisher and writer Roxanne Hoffman of Poets Wear Prada; Peter Dugan, author of Members Only(2011), a book of poetry offering unique insight into the world of motorcycles, bikers, and those who move to the beat of a different drummer; and Beverly Koch, member of the Long Island Writers' Guild and co-leader of the guild's memoir workshop held at libraries in Bellmore, Merrick, East Meadow and Commack.


Roxanne Hoffman

Schoolhouse Green is located on Foxhurst Road, Oceanside, New York (just east of Long Beach Road), about a 4 minute drive from the Long Island Rail Road's Rockville Centre Station.

The event is free an open to the general public.  Seating is limited; please, bring your own lawn chair. Many of the authors/poets will have books available for sale and signing. Light refreshments will be also be available.

Peter Dugan
As this in an outdoor event, the reading may be cancelled in the event of  extreme inclement weather. 

The Kiwanis Club of Oceanside sponsors numerous programs in the Oceanside Community geared for children and the under privileged. Their major use of the funds is to sponsor underprivileged children to a week long summer camp outside of Utica called Kamp Kiwanis. Each year we send upwards of twenty five children, fully outfitted.

The Kiwanis Club invites you to become an advertising sponsor for the reading series.  All proceeds raised (all--not net--all) by the program help send underprivileged kids to Kamp Kiwanis. Sponsorships are $150 and include your name and logo on signs, posters and the thousands of flyers they distribute, as well as on all announcements (including every email they send).

The club is also offering "Program Patrons" for $25. "Program Patrons" will have their names listed on the weekly program distributed each week at the reading.

If you would like to become a sponsor or Program Patron, send your check made payable to "Oceanside Kiwanis" to 68 Yorktown Street, Rockville Centre, NY 11570-- email or include your logo and the listing you want us to print.

Raffle tickets will also be sold at the readings to raise additional funds for the program.

For more information contact Tony Iovino by email at

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 28: Coney Island's On Our MInd: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Jack Cooper Dreaming of Coney Island
Hmmm...Those Nathan's Franks

Join us for a celebration of the writings of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, this Memorial Day, Monday May 28th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Yippie Cafe & Museum, 9 Bleecker Street (Just West of Bowery), New York, NY 10012.  Poets Wear Prada Production Editor JACK COOPER will be among the readers honoring Ferlinghetti with poems by the celebrated poet and some of their own.  The event is hosted by Gordon Gilbert. $3 Suggested Donation. RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/246679128765087/

A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND: Poems by Lawrence Felinghetti
A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND
Poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

By Subway: Take B, D, F, M to Broadway/Lafayette, 6 to Bleecker Street, or  F or V to 2nd Avenue. 

Celebrants

Bernard Block  
Tom Oleszczuk   
Kim Kalesti   
Jessica Femiani  
Barbara Ann Branca  
Jack Cooper  
Richard West  
Bob Quatrone  
Patricia Brody  
Thad Rutkowski  
Dorothy Friedman  
Linda Lerner  
Evie Ivy  
Steve Bluestone  
Robert Agnoli  
David Elsasser  
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About Our Host:  

Gordon Gilbert (Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

Gordon Gilbert, a long-term resident of the West Village, is a writer of short stories, poetry and monologues, currently writing, directing and producing a work-in-progress, "Monologues from the Old Folks Home." He has only been exploring the NYC spoken word scene since 2008. And of course, he is working on the great American novel, a life-long project to which he returns every few years.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sun., May 27: Phoenix Reading w/ Allegretti, Kolm and Padki in Greenwich Village, NYC

Three local writers, Joel Allegretti, Ron Kolm and Melind Padki -- an eclectic mix of voices: a pop-culture chronicler, a "Downtown" cultural revolutionary and archivist, and an inside observer of Indian diaspora in America -- will be reading for Michael Graves' Phoenix Reading this Sunday afternoon May 27 from 4:00 p.m.  to 6:00 p.m. at Scalinatella (formerly Scali Caffe), 245 Bleecker Street (west of Carmine), (212) 255-5353, in Greenwich Village, New York City. 

PHOENIX READING SERIES
Sundays at 4PM
@ Scalinatella
245 Bleecker Street
(west of Carmine)
New York, NY 10014
www.scalicaffe.com
 

"The Kansas City Star” counted Joel Allegretti’s “Father Silicon” among the “100 Noteworthy Books of 2006,” a list that included Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” and “Against the Day” by Thomas Pynchon. Allegretti’s poetry has been set to music by Frank Ezra Levy with performances at  Kean University and at Holy Trinity, New York City.  His fourth poetry collection, “Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems,” which the pop-culture chronicler describes as his "jet-setting, la dolce vita collection," was recently released by Poets Wear Prada.


Ron Kolm is probably best known for his involvement with the Unbearables, a loose collective of cultural revolutionaries -- poets and artists, he founded in 1985 with  Bart Plantenga, Mike Golden, and Peter Lamborn Wilson, inspired by  Hakim Bey's seminal book "TAZ" (Temporary Autonomous Zone).  In addition to organizing and participating in the group's performance-demonstrations, he has co-edited the group's anthologies, all published by Autonomedia, the latest titled "The Unbearables Big Book of Sex." "The Ron Kolm Papers," some thirty-five cartons of correspondence, notebooks, objects, chapbooks, signed first editions and runs of literary magazines,  were purchased by the Fales Library at New York University, where they now reside.

Melind Padki, originally from India, now residing in New Jersey, has had poems and short stories published in both English and “Marathi,” his mother tongue. He spent twelve years in the great city of Mumbai before coming to Unites States as a post-doctoral fellow at University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His observations, up close and personal, of Mumbai's massive slums and local workers' movements, have appeared in India’s national newspaper, “Times of India.”

Michael Graves
Michael Graves, author of four poetry collections, the most recent, “In Fragility” from Black Buzzard, hosts The Phoenix Reading Series every Sunday afternoons series at Scalinatella, 245 Bleecker Street (west of Carmine), (212) 255-5353, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. An open reading follows the featured guest writers. There is an $8 food/beverage minimum plus a suggested $3 donation.


By Subway: Take the 1 train to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square; alternatively the A, B, C, D, E, or F train to West 4th Street and exit at the West 3rd Street exit.

From New Jersey: Take NJ PATH to Christoper Street.


The first Phoenix reading took place in 1995 at La Poeme, a venue on Prince and Elizabeth Streets, and in the years since the series has grown and evolved into the friendly forum it is today. Each week, Phoenix features a set of talented and recognized poets (usually two or three) who read for 20 minutes each. Following the spotlight readings, there is an open mic, and any and all audience members are welcome to share 3-5 minutes of their own material. Phoenix also publishes a print review.


For more information about the series and the print review, please contact Host Michael Graves by email to mikegraves50@hotmail.com




About the Readers:
Joel Allegretti


Joel Allegretti is the author of four collections of poetry: Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2012); Thrum (Poets Wear Prada, 2010); Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, a list that included novels by Cormac McCarthy and Thomas Pynchon; and The Plague Psalms (The Poet’s Press, 2000). 


Allegretti’s poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, PANK, The New York Quarterly, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art, MARGIE, Fulcrum and many other national journals, as well as in The Best American Poetry blog. His work has be published in several anthologies, including three this year: Divining Divas (Lethe Press), Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems (Smalls Books), and In the BLACK, In the RED (Helicon Nine).


Allegretti’s poetry has been set to music by Frank Ezra Levy for two song cycles: “A Cycle by the Sea,” which had its world premiere at Kean University in 2009, and “Night Keeps Its Promise,” first performed by Cantori New York at Holy Trinity, New York City, in 2011. 





Ron Kolmn
Ron Kolm is an American poet, editor, activist and bookseller. In 1985, Kolm, Bart Plantenga, Mike Golden, and Peter Lamborn Wilson founded the Unbearables, a loose collective of poets and artists based on the precepts of Hakim Bey, as set forth in his seminal book, TAZ (Temporary Autonomous Zone). Taking their name from a short story by Mike Golden, they target literary cliches, which they attempt to deconstruct with humor.


Kolm is a co-editor of the groups anthologies: Unbearables (1995), Crimes of the Beats (1998), Help Yourself! (2002) and The Worst Book I Ever Read (2009) all published by Autonomedia. Kolm's own publications include The Plastic Factory (1989, Red Dust), Welcome to the Barbecue (Low-Tech Press, 1990) and Rank Cologne (P.O.N. Press, 1991). His work can also be found, along with the other Unbearables, in the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunder's Mouth Press, 1999), and in Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's Literary Scene, 1974-1992 (New York University Press, 2006). He has collaborated on a novel, Neo Phobe, written with Jim Feast (Unbearable Books, 2006).


Historian Robert Siegle describes Kolm as "an editor and facilitator for magazines and presses as well as a writer of fiction and poetry" who "carried boxes of little magazines around to bookstores, passed around copies of new work, and connected people" in general, noting that "wherever we look along the networks that hold together the diverse creative talents who constitute this cultural revolution, we find Kolm."

Milind Padki, was born in India to a famous bohemian literary couple. Grew up in a house full of books and literary discussions. Published bits and pieces in school and college magazines. For his pharmaceutical education and PhD in the pharmaceutical sciences, he lived in the great city of Mumbai for 12 years, where Indian society was and still is, under constant churn. Observed Mumbai’s massive slums and slum dwellers up close and personal. Observed workers’ movements very closely. Published small pieces in India’s national newspaper, the “Times of India”. Came to the US as a Post-doctoral fellow at USC, Los Angeles. On the east Coast since 2002, where he has participated in many open poetry readings. Has published poems and short stories in both English, and “Marathi”, his mother tongue. His literary interests are in the interaction between the Indian immigrant and American culture.


About the Host:

Michael Graves is the author of two full-length collections of poems, Adam and Cain (Black Buzzard, 2006) and In Fragility (Black Buzzard, 2011) 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 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 Finnegans Wake 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.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sat. 5/19: Fink, Hoffman, Karageorge, Shmailo at Cornelia St. Cafe in NYC

The Greek-American Writers’ Association

 

Presents


Tom Fink, Roxanne Hoffman,
Penelope Karageorge & Larissa Shmailo



 

6-7:30 PM, Saturday, May 19th, 2012




The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street (Between West 4th & Bleecker Streets)

(212) 989-9319
A $7.00 entry fee includes one complimentary house drink.

Hosted by Dean Kostos



Thomas Fink is the author of seven books of poetry, including Peace Conference (Marsh Hawk, 2011) and Autopsy Turvy (Meritage, 2010), a collaboration with his daughter, Maya Diablo Mason. His work appears in The Best American Poetry 2007 (Scribner’s). A Different Sense of Power (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2001) is his most recent book of criticism, and in 2007, he co-edited Burning Interiors: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics. Fink’s paintings hang in various collections.


A freelance journalist, Penelope Karageorge writes frequently about film and theatre. She is the author of a crime novel, Murder at Tomorrow (Walker Publishing), Stolen Moments (Pinnacle Press) and a poetry collection, Red Lipstick and the Wine-Dark Sea (Pella Publishing). Her short stories have been published in journals as diverse as Mouth Full of Bullets and The Charioteer. Penelope began her career as a Newsweek reporter, interviewing luminaries including Bette Davis and Cary Grant. She was publicity director of People magazine. She's currently developing her original film script, a romantic comedy set on the Greek island of Lemnos, Drinking the Sun.


Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider. Her words can be found, on and off the net, in Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, The Fib Review, Hospital Drive, Lips Magazine, Lucid Rhythms, Mobius: The Poetry Magazine, The New Verse News, The Pedestal Magazing and Shaking Like a Mountain; the indie flick Love and the Vampire starring Dave Gold and Rick Poli; and several anthologies including The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates (Soft Skill Press), Love After 70 (Wising Up Press), and It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial). She started the small literary press Poets Wear Prada with her late husband in 2006, and continues to runs it with the poet, fiction writer and translator Jack Cooper.Her elegiac poem "In Loving Memory" with illustrations by Connecticut artist Edward Odwitt was published as a chapbook in 2011.


Larissa Shmailo has been published in The Unbearables Big Book of Sex, Barrow Street, Fulcrum, Rattapallax, Drunken Boat, Big Bridge, Mad Hatters Review, Naropa’s We among other publications. Larissa translated the Russian Futurist opera Victory over the Sun by A. Kruchenych for the original English-language production performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, archived at the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. Her CD, Exorcism won her the 2009 New Century Music Awards for spoken word with music. Her first CD, The No-Net World, is heard frequently on the radio and internet. She has published three books of poetry, In Paran (BlazeVox), A Cure for Suicide (Cervena Barva Press), and the e-book Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks).

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Robert Gibbons featured at Go Cat Go, May 14th, in Yorkville, NYC



Monday, May 14th


6:45 PM - 9 PM


Peter Chelnik's GO-CAT-GO! Poetry Event
~featuring~


ROBERT GIBBONS

@


Gracie's Corner Diner

352 E 86th St

(between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)\

New York, NY 10028

Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Upper East Side

(212) 737-8505


FREE!  Open Mic for Poetry


your food/beverage purchase helps support the venue


Robert Gibbons, originally from Belle Glade (Palm Beach County) Florida, is an actor, model, musician, educator, writer and spoken word artist.  His work has been published widely online and in print in places like Cartier Street Review, Nomad's Choir, Stained Sheets, and The Palm Beach Post, appearing in several anthologies, Dinner With the Muse, The Anthology of the Green Pavilion Poetry Event, ed. Evie Ivy (Ra Rays Press, 2009), The Brownstone Poets, ed. by Patricia Carragon and hell strung and crooked, eds. Jane Ormerod, Ice Gayle Johnson, Brant Lyon, Tom Fucalora (Uphook Press, 2011).

A popular performance poet he has been featured for Kairo's Cafe at the Church of the Village, Saturn Series at Nightingale Cafe, Poets on White at Space on White, and at The Cornelia Street Cafe, among other venues.

He received his B.S. in History from  Florida A&M University in Tallahassee in 1989. Robert has taught in the Palm Beach County School District; the Prince George’s County School District; the Fairfax County School District; and now works as an English Specialist for the Renaissance Charter High School of Innovation of East Harlem (Manhattan), New York City.

Robert has studied poetry at Cave Canem and the 92Y with master poets Cornelius Eady, Marilyn Nelson, KImiko Hahn, Nathalie Handal, and Linda Susan Jackson.

 

Peter Chelnik

Publisher/Editor Roxanne writes a little bit about the host of Go Cat Go!:

Peter Chelnik is responsible for getting me to read my work in public.  In 2003 I went to hear him read at The Back Fence at Dee Anne Gorman's invitation.  I had never met him before. There was this big burly "all-American" guy at the mic wearing his trademark Pendleton plaid wool shirt, baseball cap, glasses, mustache. reading list poems and what lists he read.  It sounded like jazz rants. No music.  But he was making music with his words.And his words were filled with American people and American scenes. big and real just like him. He was terrific.  Then after the reading broke up, Bridgid Murnagham, reading curator and our waitress for the day, dragged Dee and me on to the stage to read from our notebooks while Chelnik, along with his brother and nephew cheered us on.

We became fast friends, and Herb and I had the pleasure of publishing a chapbook of his poetry,  "Paradise Highway," four years later in 2007.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chicago Poet Ice Gayle Johnson at CCNY Poetry Festival on May 11th

Hair stylist turned poet Ice Gayle Johnson to spotlight the 40th annual City College (CCNY) Poetry Festival featuring fellow Chicago native Patricia Smith.

Chicago Poet Ice Gayle Johnson
Chicago hair stylist, professional photographer Ice Gayle Johnson kicks off her book tour for “The Key: Lady Grizzly & Sir Charles Otter,” her debut collection of poems, with a spotlight reading at the 40th annual City College of New York (CCNY) Poetry Festival, Jack Cooper, Production Editor at Poets Wear Prada, announced today. Dubbed “Woodstock of the Spoken Word,” the all-day, all-verse event takes place Friday May 11, from 9:15AM to 5:00PM, in Theater B of Aaron Davis Hall located on campus at West 135th Street and Convent Avenue. Fellow Chicago native Patricia Smith, with Richard Tillinghast, originally of Memphis, Tennessee, will be featured guest poets this year.

Announcing publication of “The Key” recently, Jack Cooper described Johnson’s book as “profoundly beautiful: an unexpected turn of the lock. Hidden chambers of the heart lead from a girlhood kitchen to the panorama of windows that survive the woman's adult life.” Johnson, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, shares her very personal experiences of love and loss, first the familial and then the romantic, in her debut collection. Her mentor and longtime friend, the poet Barry Wallenstein, founder of The Poetry Outreach Center at City College, invited Johnson to take part in the festival where upwards of 150 students from as many as 50 New York public schools will recite their poems. Winners of the festival’s citywide high school contest will also read, the top-three receiving cash prizes awarded by Alfred A. Knopf, the New York publisher. Johnson will be among the invited published poets from around the country joining City College students, alumni, and faculty in reading their work to close out the event.

Barry Wallenstein
Founder of The Poetry Outreach Center, CCNY
Of Johnson, Barry Wallenstein, himself, author of six poetry collections, “Drastic Collections” (New York Quarterly, 2012) his most recent, has written “Ice is anything but cold,” and of her poems, “These confessions of unashamed love, expressed frankly and directly, are warm enough to heat a city.”

Johnson continues her book tour, visiting New Jersey next month to read on Wednesday June 6th at the Williams Center for the Arts, located at 1 Williams Plaza in Rutherford. In addition to reading from her new book, Johnson has been invited to make a brief presentation on the life and work of Williams. The event is sponsored by The William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County and hosted by the poet John J. Trause. Free and open to the public, the monthly first Wednesday poetry series starts at 7:00PM and includes an open reading. Also in attendance will be The Red Wheelbarrow Poets, participants of the local peer-to-peer poetry workshops led by Jim Klein.

The author returns to New York City as featured poet on July 9th for Peter Chelnik’s Go Cat Go! reading series, a monthly poetry event, at Gracie’s Corner Diner, 352 East 82nd Street (at 1st Avenue). Sign up for the open reading begins at 6:45PM. The reading starts at 7:00PM and continues till about 9:00PM. No cover, but a food/drink purchase is required.

Creator of “The Five-point Cut,” “Graduated Bob” and “Fire Fly,” Chicago-based stylist Johnson, a member of Intercoiffeur, the international honorarium and organization for hairdressing professionals, served on Clairol’s Presidential Council with First Lady Nancy Reagan’s colorist. An accomplished photographer, she has been represented by the Ward Nasse Galley of New York, her photos appearing on Marcel Schulman Greeting Cards, Signature Greetings, and others.

A founder and shaper of Uphook Press, Johnson co-edited and contributed to its debut collection, “A Cautionary Tale: Peer into the Lives of Seven New York Performing Poets,” in 2008. Three other anthologies have followed: “you say. say.” (2009), “Hell Strung and Crooked” (2010), and “gape-seed” (2011).

“The Key: Lady Grizzly & Sir Charles Otter” by Ice Gayle Johnson (Hoboken: Poets Wear Prada, 2012), 42 pages, ISBN-10: 0615606512, ISBN-13: 978-0615606514, list price: $12.00, is available in paperback from Amazon Books and other popular booksellers.

Founded in 2006, Poets Wear Prada publishes beautifully designed, well-crafted poetry chapbooks from Sinatra’s hometown, the birthplace of professional baseball.


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Jack Cooper
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