Keisha-Gaye Anderson and Charles J. Butler Read at the Linger Cafe

Poetry Grows In Boerum Hill

The Brownstone Poets Presents:Keisha-Gaye Anderson and Charles J. Butler

Tuesday, March 20

Starts at 7p.m. – Sign up at 6:45 p.m.

At Our New Venue,

The Linger Café & Lounge

533 Atlantic Ave. (between 3rd and 4th Avenues)
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 689-4813

Take the N, R, or D to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street
2, 3, 4, 5, B, or Q to Atlantic Avenue
F to Jay Street and change for the R at Metro Tech and get off at Avenue/Pacific Street
G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn and walk along Hoyt Street to Atlantic Avenue

$3 donation + food/drink (wine and beer available) – Open-Mic


Curated by Patricia Carragon

Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a poet, author, screenwriter, and journalist, whose work has appeared in The Mom Egg, The Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Poetry and Performance, Poems on the Road to Peace, Small Axe Salon, and Caribbean in Transit, and Streetnotes: Cross Cultural Poetics. She is a founding poet with Poets for Ayiti. Proceeds from their 2010 poetry chapbook, For the Crowns of Your Heads, are helping to rebuild Bibliotheque du Soleil, a library razed during the earthquake in Haiti. Keisha’s poetry chapbook Circle Unbroken was self-published in 2003. She is currently a master’s degree candidate in MFA in Creative Writing Program at The City College, CUNY. Visit her on the web at .

Charles J. Butler started out reading at the Nuyorican Café when he was seventeen. He has published his work in Abestos, the Brownstone Poets Anthology, and Rogue Scholars, among others.  He has hosted numerous Brooklyn venues;the Park Slope Poetry Project and was the Associate Editor of its publication,Erato, Your Word, at the Brooklyn Lyceum, and the Perch Cafe’s Literary Serieswith Pamela Laskin and Elise Buchman. No Shirt Press published his fullcollection of poems, 39 Poems, in 2010.

Hassanal Abdullah, Tsaurah Litzky, and Nathan A. Versace Read at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat 3/3 at 2:30 pm

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights

The Brownstone Poets presents:
Hassanal Abdullah, Tsaurah Litzky, and
Nathan A. Versace

Saturday, March 3 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:



Hassanal Abdullah, poet, novelist, critic, translator, and author of twnty-one books, was born in Bangladesh. He has introduced sonnets with rhyming scheme abcdabc efgdefg and seven lines stanza pattern, called Swatantra Sonnets.  The second edition of the book with the same title was published in 2004. The bilingual collection, Breath of Bengal (2000), which was published by Cross-Cultural Communications, Merrick, NY, and was translated into English by Nazrul Islam Naz, a British-Bengali poet. Hassanal is the editor a bilingual (Bengali-English) poetry journal, Shabdaguchha, which is also available online: He has been published in LIPS, the Paterson Literary Review, Poetrybay, Medicinal Purposes Literary Review, Asbestos, Long Island Sound, and more.  He has been honored as the ‘Centerpiece Poet’ in the Year’s End Issue, 2001, of the Medicinal Purposes Literary Review.
Tsaurah Litzky is a poet who also writes erotica, fiction, creative nonfiction, art criticism and book reviews. However, Tsaurah says poetry is her heart and she considers it a great privilege to be a poet. She has had published fourteen poetry chapbooks, most recently Blue Blood of Morning from Snapdragon Press, now in its third printing. Her first major poetry collection, Baby On The Water, was published by Long Shot Press in 2003. Her new poetry collection, Cleaning The Duck, is just out from Bowery Books to rave reviews. Steve Cannon calls it “funny as hell.” Steve Dalachinsky says it “shows us the soul of a poemlies within its honesty.” 

Nathan A. Versace was born in Rochester, New York and spent his childhood surrounded by cows. In his Senior Year in high school, he ran a campaign of distortion and lies and won as Student Senate Chairman. He attended SUNY Geneseo where he was Editor of the school literary journal, The Experimentalist, a publication that he dedicated to avoiding the truth at all cost. His first published poem was about a large breasted woman in Volition based in San Francisco in 1984. His poetry and prose has since been published in about 50 publications nationwide including New York Press and New York Newsday. Wrote a column for Downtown/The Aquarian on East Village life called The Downtown Diaries from 1994-1997. While driving a cab in 1992, he met Norman Mailer who later granted him an interview a few months before his death. He is currently an employee of The Brooklyn Eagle where he contributes words, photography, and advertising dollars.  He has an easy life, can afford to take the subway at will.

How Dirty Girls Get Clean Anthology

Happy to be part of How Dirty Girls Get Clean: An Anthology of Wicked Woman Writes, Art and Subversive Scholarship (Volume 1)

Rene, thank you for taking my short story, “The Fractured Peacock”.

Kudos to all:

Rene Diedrich, Vicki F., Alice Carbone, Fiona Helmsley, Lydia Lunch, Amy Wood, Ann Wood, Jen Blowdrier, Jennifer Bradpiece, Cyndi Dawson, Puma Perl, Joie Cook, Joan Jobe Smith, Cassandra Love, Iris Berry, Iris Schwartz , Lisa Cherry, Lori Lakela, Madeline Artenberg, Joan Jobe Smith, Tamara Madison, Mende Smith, Roxy Cotin, Kerryn Teddra, Babs Martin, Hulga McSwine, Annette Zillenikaz, Gabey Razo, Veronica Ghostwriter, Barbara Moore, Justin Lee Brown, R Brown, Linda Albertina, Heather McCorkle, Kit Kennedy, Dominique Lowell, Kat Georges, Connie Sadler, Sarah Mac Clay, Patricia Carragon, Evie Ivy, Peggy Hienrich, Becca Mertz, Darlene Pagan, Rev Jen Miller, Alicia Adams, Tamiura Reid, Laura Estrada, Jackie Sheeler, BC Petrakos, Janice Medin, Misty Rainwater, Nico Turner, Iryna Harpy

George Wallace Reviews Urban Haiku and More in the Latest Big City Liy

A big shout out to George Wallace for his amazing review for my book, “Urban Haiku and More” in the latest issue of Big City Lit.

Here’s an excerpt from the review:

In Urban Haiku and More, Patricia Carragon brings something else to the table. There’s a kind of urbane wittiness to these works, by turns caustic, plaintive, engaging and abrupt — a kimono-clad harkening to Whitman’s notion of the Barbaric Yawp.
This is poetry on the urban edge, haiku that attempts to straddle the wide gulf between New York City street smarts and the ineffable parlance of the zen moment. Often enough, it is compelling stuff.
Carragon is nothing if not in this world and of it, warts and all, delineating the painful truths as opposed to the transcendental. There are ample examples of her unflinching candor: Here’s a couple “I douche my drain/With Drano/she/does hers/with Liquid-Plumr.’ ‘ stained sheets/not from/your boyfriend’s last visit.’ Or this: ‘love/decides to/take the subway//and gets screwed/in the/tunnel.’ 
Haiku, Senruy, Hay(Na)Ku
and other Unrhymed Tercet Poetry
by Patricia Carragon
Fierce Grace Press, 2010; 52 pages; $7.00
You can purchase Urban Haiku and More at:

St. Mark’s Bookshop

31 Third Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets

New York, NY 10003

212 – 260-7853

 or buy them in person.  

Find a used copy at: 

P.S. Bookshop
 76 Front Street
 DUMBO, Brooklyn,NY 11201
 Phone# (718) 222-3340
 Take the F to York