Velez! Moore and DubbleX with Joy Leftow at Tillies of Brooklyn, Tue, 3/15 at 7 p.m.

Poetry Grows In Ft. Greene

The Brownstone Poets Presents:

Velez! Moore and DubbleX with Joy Leftow

Tuesday, March 15

Starts at 7p.m. – Sign up at 6:45 p.m. – We must be out by 9 p.m.

Tillies of Brooklyn

248 DeKalb Ave. (corner of Vanderbilt and DeKalb)

Brooklyn, NY 11205 Phone # (718) 783-6140

Take the J, R or Q trains to DeKalb Avenue, the C to Lafayette, the G to Clinton/Washington

2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St.

$3 Donation – plus Food/Drink – Limited Open Mic – one poem (3-minute limit)

Curated by Patricia Carragon emails:

DubbleX is a poet, writer and musician who spends his days being certifiably crazy. DubbleX has been writing & playing music his entire life. He has been published by Street Literature Review Magazine (paper) The Cartier Street Review, the Nov. 3rd Club, Polarity, Mad Swirl,, wheelhouse magazine, and the recent Omega 7. DubbleX writes & plays music to stay sane.

Joy Leftow is a double alumna from Columbia U with a second Master’s from CCNY in creative writing. Her blog can be relished at:, and has over 25000 facebook followers. She’s been featured on Rockland Internet Radio, Indie Feed, Jazz Poetry Café and Everything Goes. Leftow’s honesty and openness may astonish you or embarrass you, but she promises not to bore you. Her book, A Spot of Bleach, is available at Amazon. 

Velez! Moore, vocalist, performance poet+writer is a native New Yorker who performs throughout the New York tri-state area. She has appeared at LaMama ETC., The Bowery Poetry Club, JoyceSoho, Cornelia St. Cafe & other NYC venues+art galleries. The thrust of her work is a place where sound/text+movement intersect forming a multi-disciplinary art event. Her chapbook, spiritalkin’, will be available Fall 2011.

Swapan Basu and Katherine Hogan at Park Plaza Restaurant Sat 3/5 2:30 pm

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights
The Brownstone Poets presents:
Swapan Basu and Katherine Hogan
Saturday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Park Plaza Restaurant
220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St. & Pineapple Walk
Brooklyn, NY 11201 – 718 – 596 – 5900
Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street,
4, 5 or R to Court Street, Borough Hall
$3 Donation – plus Food/Drink – Open Mic
Curated by Patricia Carragon email:



Dr. Swapan Basu was influenced by the 1913 Nobel Laureate Poet, Rabindra Nath Tagore, from Kokata, Bengal, India. He translated some of Tagore’s songs in original tunes, posted at He writes in community newspapers, Sangbad Bichitra and Udayan. His writings are in Bengali and in English and he also translates his poems.
Dr. Basu has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from a US university and spent 25 years in industry. In the last leg of his career, he chose to teach at a HS for the underprivileged community. To motivate the young and restless minds, he wrote few poems, which were all posted at the website of International Society of Poetry at Some got published in the anthologies. He received a silver bowel and medallion from ISP in 2004 for his outstanding poetry.
Dr. Basu is the Founder and Chairman of Rhyming Poets International, an NPO, at with 120+ members in 19 US states and in UK, Canada, Sweden, Slovenia and India. This group meets twice a month in NY and NJ.  They publish an ezine, Flute and hold a Rhyming Poetry Contest. This group discusses various rhyming styles with famous examples, and observes birthdays of famous poets every month to learn from their lives and works. These events are free and open to all styles and are videotaped and telecasted from NJ and all over in NY.  His interviews were telecasted May ‘06, East Brunswick Cable TV of NJ and on 14th April ‘07 by Cablevision and Time Warner from NYC. Dr. Basu has a regular weekly TV program by Cablevision at NJ.  He moderates two Yahoo groups – Rhyming and Rupantar.
Dr. Basu reads at several poetry events and was a featured poet at several readings. He has two chapbooks, Hungry Diner and Rupantar of translated Bengali poems.

Katherine Hogan, Vice President of the New York Poetry Forum, has a doctorate from St. John’s University, Queens, and teaches at Long Island University, Brooklyn. Her poems, plays and short stories have enjoyed several prizes, performances and publications, including Downtown Brooklyn, The Scribes of Ozymandias, Lunch with the Muse, and Mad Poets Review among others.

Happy Alt. Valentine’s Day From Symmetry Pebbles

Happy Alt. Valentine’s Day

Photo taken from
Symmetry Pebbles, an exciting and edgy new online journal from the UK, has taken numbers 7 and 12 from my Cupcake Chronicle series to be part of the Alt. Valentine’s Selection.

Read it at:

Also, please check out the rest of this selection 
for wonderful work by:

Anne Welsh, Richard Thomas, Arron Palmer, and Abi Wyatt

And please SUBMIT, SUBMIT to this journal!

Send to editor, Richard Thomas, no more than three poems, along with a short bio to Please put your name and email address on each poem.

Egyption Haiku on New Verse News

Please check out my latest political haiku for New Verse News for Tuesday, February 8 at:
If you write politically progressive poetry on either current events or topical issues, please submit them the New Verse News.  You must send previously unpublished poems in the body of an email along with a brief bio to:
Use “Verse News Submission” as the subject line.

Review for Because All Is Not Lost

Please check out my review For Sweta Srivastava Vikram’s Because All Is Not Lost on Gently Read Literature for February:

Because All Is Not Lost: Verse On Grief, published by Modern History Press (2010), is one woman’s celebration of love for those she had lost, but whose influence continues to touch her life. Ms. Vikram’s twenty poems do not dwell under the mourning veil. They speak of never-ending life in memories, hope, and inspiration, even skeptics, like myself, can appreciate and respect. The deaths of Sweta’s paternal grandfather, Dada, and her mother’s elder sister, Mausi, have deeply influenced the author and her writing. She says, I feel my Dada and Mausi’s absence every single day… But these two losses have taught me that their time had come. And that life is about celebrating those alive.
Her prose piece, A note to the biggest thief in this world, resonates with me the most. It protests against loss. Its universality of words goes beyond loss through death. It can also relate to those who have suffered from any situation beyond their control, whether human or nature related. But the message here is the same – the transcendence of suffering through hope and Sweta does it eloquently throughout, and especially in her final paragraph: 
Read more at:

Love and Motherhood February Publication News

* Five of my Valentine’s Day Haiku are in
the February Issue of 

I share the limelight with these fab poets below:

Linda Rothstein, Peter Aaron Myhre, Cindy Hochman, Mark Sonnenfeld, Jerome Brooke, Ted Badger, Ali F. Bilir, Charles Bane, Jr., Leigh Harrison, Lyn Lifshin, Robert Gibbons, and George Wallace

Cindy and Karen, great job!

Please check out this web site and SUBMIT, SUBMIT!

“First Literary Review-East welcomes submissions of poetry, and also prints your comments on work from previous issues.
Before submitting work to FLRev, PLEASE READ ALL THE GUIDELINES, as follows:
Seeking excellent and exciting poems (free verse, prose, or traditional forms); under 16 lines preferred due to space constraints. I am aiming for an eclectic mix of topics and styles so send me love poems, humorous poems, haiku, experimental poems, abstract, etc. Blow me away with your poetic prowess!!
Previously published ok (with proper credit). Simultaneous submissions ok (with immediate notification if accepted elsewhere). Please send 3 short poems in the body of your e-mail (no attachments), with brief bio, to” 


* One of my Mother’s Day Haiku about eggs sitting in limbo will be in the forthcoming May Issue of The Mom Egg 2011, Vol. 9.