Tillie’s of Brooklyn is Closing January 1, 2012

Sad News!

Tillie’s of Brooklyn is closing on Sunday,
January 1, 2012.


All scheduled Brownstone Poets events are now cancelled for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  So sorry to all my featured readers!

But we will continue with the 1st Saturdays at Park Plaza Restaurant.

Please stay tuned for further developments.


Amy Leigh Cutler and Ronnie Norpel Read at Tillie’s of Brooklyn, Tue 1/17 at 7 p.m.

Poetry Grows In Ft. Greene

The Brownstone Poets Presents:
Amy Leigh Cutler and Ronnie Norpel

Tuesday, January 17

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

Tillie’s 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


Amy Leigh Cutler is a New York City based poet. Amy’s “American Woman” tour took her from New York to California, where she performed in National Parks, bars, cafes, and bookstores all over the United States. She has also toured internationally in London, England where she competed in the Farrago Poetry Slam and in Dublin, Ireland where she was featured at The Kilmainham Arts Club. “Orange Juice and Rooftops” is her first published book of poetry and prose, and American Woman is her chapbook of poetry. Amy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in P.P.E. from The King’s College. She competes in performance poetry slams and is available for readings and lectures. Her background in spoken word and performance pieces comes largely from her work with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox. MA. Amy is also a photojournalist for The Basics online magazine. Check out her website at http://www.amyleighcutler.com.
Ronnie Norpel is a performance poet, actor, photographer and jock with a deep passion for the Phillies, where she spent seven seasons as a ballgirl and fan accommodation manager. In New York, “Ronnie G” was the muse and collaborator of Warhol Factory superstar Gerard Malanga, whose photo of Ronnie, “Marble of Light,” was included for the exhibition and catalogue, Artists of the Warhol Circle Then & Now. She studied acting in Hollywood and worked at the Zero One Gallery. Today, Ronnie reads monthly in NYC with the Upper Left Side Writers and Poets. Other readings include the Lower East Side Festival, the SynonymUS collective at Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Wild Angels at St. John the Divine.

George Held and Claudia Serea Read at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat 1/7 at 2:30 p.m.

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights

The Brownstone Poets presents:
George Held and Claudia Serea

Saturday, January 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Park Plaza Restaurant

220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and 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

For more directions:

$3 Donation – plus Food/Drink – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon email:


George Held, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, publishes his poems, stories, translations, and book reviews in such places as Commonweal, Confrontation, Notre Dame Review, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. His poems are included in over two-dozen anthologies, and his fourteenth collection is After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets (Červená Barva Press, 2011).
Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in 5 a.m., Meridian, Mudfish, Harpur Palate, Exquisite Corpse, Word Riot, Blood Orange Review, Zoland Poetry,Cutthroat, Green Mountains Review, The Red Wheelbarrow, and many others. She is the author of two poetry collections: Eternity’s Orthography (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and To Part Is to Die a Little, forthcoming from Červená Barva Press. She co-edited and co-translated TheVanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman Publishing, 2011). She lives in New Jersey and works in New York for a major publishing company.




Patricia Carragon’s December Publication News

Hi Everyone,

It’s the busy season at work and in writing. So much is happening in regards to publications, etc.  
If I have repeated some of this news before, I’m sorry.



I’m honored to be one of these fine Brevitarians selected to be in the forthcoming beautiful issue of MÖBIUS, THE POETRY MAGAZINE. My Haibun, “The Healing Pond,” was selected. Congrats to these Brevies. Thank you “Brevie” Juanita Torrence-Thompson for all your hard work and spirit.


Pet Poetry Publication “Paws, Claws, Wings and Things”
Pleased to hear that my poem, “The Kitten,” has been accepted for publication in the Pet Poetry Publication “Paws, Claws, Wings and Things.” Congrats to Roxanne Hoffman for being published in this anthology. And hooray for cats!!!

First Literary Review-East – December Issue

“Brevies” Cindy Hochman and Karen Neuberg never miss a step in putting out a stellar edition of First Literary Review-East. My 99% piece is in the December Issue.

Read poems from Scott Rummler, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Philip Beitchman, John A. Todras, Sue Machlin, Stewart Florsheim, Ryan Buynak, Tammy Houtz, Matthew Anish, Erika Dagnino, and Tom Oleszczuk

Symmetry Pebbles #2 (once a poetry blog is now an online magazine)
Richard Thomas’ Symmetry Pebbles has expanded as an online free poetry e-zine. My Cupcake Chronicles #10 is in their 2nd issue. It’s worth reading and submitting. Please subscribe at:

for a free download.

Congrats to all the contributors in this issue:

Gary Beck, M.A. Schaffner, Joe Massingham, Joseph Farley, Clyde L. Borg, Bill Wolak, Greg T. Miraglia, Denne Kara Shaffer, Marie Lecrivain, Timothy Charles Anderson, Saloni Kaul, George Freek, Michael Estabrook, Peter Lindsey, Christopher Barnes, Lilian Oben, Mira Marten-Parker, Robert Garnham, Nicolas Grenier, Daniel Barbare, Patty Mooney, Patricia Carragon, Spree Macdonald, Ann Prendergast, Demond Blake, Ian Davis, Michael Lambert, John Grey

The Cartier Street Review – November Issue

My “The 99%” poem is in the fabulous November issue of Cartier Street Review. Please submit and subscribe. Brownstoners, Joy Leftow and Doublex have worked hard on the editorial staff with Mike Finely, Thomas Hubbard, Brad Eubanks, and Marc Carver.

for your free download and please subscribe.

Congrats to all the contributors in this issue:

April Bulmer, Claudio Tomassini, David Cooper, Robert Gibbons, Annika Ruohonen, Fred Arcoleo, Niccola DeVereaux, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Nicholas Alexander, Ann Rodriguez, Mike Finley, Joy Leftow, John Yamrus, Bernard Alain, Karen Bowles, Thomas Hubbard, Dubblex

Have a Great Holiday Season and Keep Writing and Submitting!

Pattie oxoxo

Reviews for Cindy Hochman and Chocolate Waters in Gently Read Literature for December

I love the very impressive format for Daniel Casey’s Gently Read Literature.  In this issue are my reviews for Cindy Hochman’s The Carcinogenic Bride, published by Poetry Thin Air Press (2011)and Chocolate Waters’ The Woman Who Wouldn’t Shake Hands, published by Poets Wear Prada and Eggplant Press.  I highly recommend these books.
For Cindy Hochman’s The Carcinogenic Bride
Clear the aisles!  Here comes The Carcinogenic Bride by Cindy Hochman from Poetry Thin Air Press (2011). No fanfare or organ music to accompany Ms. Hochman’s 22 poems.  Band-aids and surgical gloves need not apply.  Cindy’s poems are not bouquets of shrinking violets. They stand alone, cultivated by her brand of Brooklyn sensibility and wit.
Unlike my signature piece, The Bride Wore Black, which is my vow to singlehood, Cindy walked down a different aisle and emerged a survivor.  She survived the trenches of marriage, divorce, and cancer.  Her book is her license to life.
Yet she doesn’t walk alone.  Many women have walked down that same aisle. They are the warrior women who have battled with spouses or danced with the “Big C”.  They are the women who could relate most to Ms. Hochman’s stories and learn to laugh at life. (Read more at http://issuu.com/gently_read_literature/docs/grl_dec
For Chocolate Waters’ The     
Woman Who Wouldn’t Shake 
After a thirty-year hiatus, Chocolate Waters emerges with her spicy new chapbook, The Woman Who Wouldn’t Shake Hands, published by Poets Wear Prada (2011) and Eggplant Press (2011).  Chocolate’s writing is rich, creamy, and dark with a shot of vodka: the flavors that make her thirty-two poems taste yummy like her name and leave you craving more.  Ms. Waters, the Poet Laureate of Hell’s Kitchen and a lesbian activist, shares her passion, pathos, and humor on that most confusing and complex word in any language—love.  Her short pieces are honest and simple, spiced with grit, and easy to relate to.  You cry one moment and laugh the next.  Chocolate doesn’t want to shake your hand.  She wants you to get to know her instead. (Read more at http://issuu.com/gently_read_literature/docs/grl_dec)
Patricia Carragon