Susan Kolodny and Puma Perl at Cafe Dada Tues, 7/17

Poetry Grows In Park Slope

The Brownstone Poets Presents:

  Susan Kolodny and Puma Perl

Tuesday, July 17

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

Café Dada

57 Seventh Ave. (at the corner of Lincoln Place)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 622-2800


 2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza

B or Q to Seventh Avenue

F or G to Seventh Avenue (9th Street)

R to Union Street, plus a bit of a walk.

$4 donation + food/drink (wine bar available) – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon


Susan Kolodny’s poems appear
in New England Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Marlboro Review, River Styx,
and in other journals and several anthologies. A psychoanalyst
in practice in the Bay Area, she specializes in work with artists and writers,
and is the author of The Captive Muse: On Creativity and Its Inhibition

(PsychoSocial Press, 2000). She founded and chairs an event series called
Poetry & Psychoanalysis at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
where she is on the faculty. Her first poetry collection, After the
, was published last November by Mayapple Press.


Puma Perl is a performance artist and a widely published poet and writer.  She is the author of two chapbooks; the award-winning Belinda and Her Friends and the recently published Ruby True, and full-length collection knuckle tattoos.  She is the co-creator, co-producer, and main curator of DDAY Productions, which currently puts on shows at many venues.

New Third Tuesday Venue for Brownstone Poets

Hello Poets and Friends, 

Thanks to Bernard and Diane Block, the Brownstone Poets Reading Series has a new 3rd Tuesday venue, starting July 17 in Park Slope with featured poets,  Susan Kolodny and Puma Perl.
This lovely venue is Cafe Dada, a French-Hungarian restaurant where the old Ozzie’s used to be. Murat Ozcan of Cafe Couleur adds old world charm to Park Slope.  The cafe combines old and new furnishings, making one feel right at home.  This is certainly a place for those in the arts.  Chef and Manager Carl Alioto provides an exquisite menu of delectable food. I know that the chocolate almond pastry and the quiche are delectable.  There’s a wine bar and the coffee is excellent.
* Unfortunately, due to increased costs in running my reading series (producing the anthologies, Internet usage, flyers, bio sheets, etc.), the suggested donation will be $4 starting July 17.

Cafe Dada 

57 Seventh Avenue at the corner of Lincoln Place 

Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217 

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

Suggested donation: $4 

Open Mic


2 and 3 to Grand Army Plaza

B and Q to Seventh Avenue

F and G to Seventh Avenue (9th Street)

R to Union Street, plus a bit of a walk. 


Patricia Carragon

Curator and Editor-in-Chef

Brownstone Poets

Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology at Poets House

Poets House 20th Anniversary Showcase Opening: Saturday, June 30

Poetry Readers, Poetry Publications, Poetry NYC, Poetry Events
I’m happy to announce that The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology is to be showcased at Poets House.

Please come to Poets House and enjoy the beauty and emotion that is poetry.


June 30, 2012 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
(11 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Members Preview)

Event Location: Kray Hall
Admission: Free
on Saturday, June 30, 2012, this year’s Showcase will be on view
throughout the month of July and will include all of the year’s new
poetry and poetry-related books, chapbooks and multimedia titles
published in the United States. More than 2,100 titles were in last
year’s exhibition, representing close to 650 U.S. publishers—commercial,
university, independent, small and micro-presses.
The Poets House Showcase is made possible by longtime Poets House supporter Deborah Pease – an original supporter of The Paris Review – who is passionate about the Showcase because it reflects the range, diversity and inventiveness of current poetry publishing.
On view: through July during regular library hours

Admission Free

Poets House 10 River Terrace – New York, NY 10282 
SUBWAY Take the 1, 2, 3, A or C lines to Chambers Street Station. Walk west along Chambers and take a left at River Terrace. 
M22 runs along Chambers between North End Ave and the Lower East Side.
The M20 travels from the Upper West Side and the southern tip of Battery
Park City to North End Ave. The Downtown Connection, a free Lower
Manhattan shuttle bus, travels to North End Ave from South Street
Seaport and from Broadway along Murray Street; for more information,
Monday through Friday, ferry riders from New Jersey can travel via NY
Waterway and disembark at the Port Authority Ferry Terminal at the World
Financial Center and walk north to River Terrace.

The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology at BookCourt Sun, June 24 at 7 p.m.

A Labor of Love is Now A Celebration of Love–
the Love of Poetry and Prose. 
Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology Book Event
A Celebration
of Poetry in Brooklyn
Sunday, June
7 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
163 Court
Cobble Hill,
Brooklyn, NY 11201   Phone # (718)
Take the F or
G to Bergen St., R to Court St.,4 or 5 to Borough Hall
Hosted and Curated by Patricia

The Brownstone Poets is proud to have its annual anthology event at BookCourt on Sunday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Rain or shine, this is a celebration for sixty-one diverse poets (featured poets from 2011 or poets who had frequently attended the Brownstone Poets reading series during 2011, plus a guest poet). All scheduled anthology contributors are reading from the anthology. Admission is free. This reading will not include an Open Mic.

Sadly, two contributors have recently passed away:

Brant Lyon – May 12

Iris Berman – June 1

Their poems in the Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology will be heard and cherished. Their poetry was a vital part of the Brownstone Poets community. We will not forget our friends. Their poetry will live on.

Brant Lyon’s “FOREVER DADA,” will be read by Patricia Carragon

Iris Berman’s “RUNNING SCARED,” will be read by Cynthia Toronto

The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology will sell for $8 at BookCourt. All anthology contributors will get their complimentary copy at the reading if they haven’t already received one.

George Wallace, the Brownstone Poets’ first Guest Poet, is coming to read at BookCourt:

The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology will sell for $8 at BookCourt. All anthology contributors will get their complimentary copy at the reading if they haven’t already received one.

George Wallace, the Brownstone Poets’ first Guest Poet, is coming to read at BookCourt:

George Wallace is a regular on the NYC poetry scene, who tours the US and Europe to read, lecture, and conduct workshops. Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, he’s author of 22 chapbooks in the US, UK, Italy, and Greece. Recent appearances: US: Woody Guthrie Festival (Okemah, OK); Mabel Dodge Luhan House (Taos, NM); Church of Beethoven (Albuquerque, NM); Beyond Baroque (Los Angeles, CA); the John Steinbeck Center (Salinas, CA); Beat Museum (San Francisco, CA); and Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival (Lowell, MA). UK: Robert Burns Centre (Dumfries, Scotland); the Dylan Thomas Centre (Swansea, Wales); Citizen 32 (Manchester, England); John Ruskin’s Brantwood (Cumbria, England).

This is the current line-up of poets from The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology who will be reading at BookCourt:

This is the current line-up of poets from
The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology who will be
reading at BookCourt:
George wallace (guest poet)
Amy holman
Austin Alexis
bernard block
Brant Lyon’s poem to be
read by Patricia Carragon

BookCourt is a charming independent bookstore dedicated to serving the Cobble Hill community and surrounding Brooklyn areas with friendly service that’s both kid and adult-friendly. This bookstore provides a wide selection of books to attract any bibliophile, as well as the Barnes and Noble aficionados. Books from local authors are welcomed at BookCourt and find homes on its shelves.

The Brownstone Poets, a Brooklyn-based literary series, is generally held twice a month. It’s an Open-Mic with usually two featured readers. Patricia Carragon, the host and curator, is the editor-in-chief and publisher of the annual anthology. Her assistant editors are Cindy Hochman, Brenda J. Gannam, and Karen Neuberg. Ms. Carragon began this reading series back in 2005 with Evie Ivy, who was her co-hostess.

Changes for the Brownstone Poets

The Brownstone Poets are still in operation at the Park Plaza Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights for the First Saturday readings.  I will be taking July off, but will be back Saturday, August 4.  Due to increasing operation costs in running the series and publishing the annual anthology, I must raise the $3 suggested admission fee to $4.  In order to cut costs, as well as Going Green, I am eliminating the bio sheets handed out at the readings. 
I am sorry to announce that the Linger Cafe and Lounge is now closed after three years of serving the Boerum Hill community with its unique flavor and service.  Thank you Jessica Pichardo for providing a beautiful home for the spoken word, art, and music.  Please click on the link below for Jessica’s moving message:

All Third Tuesday readings are on hold until further notice.  I am presently searching and sending out queries for a new Third Tuesday home.  I doubt if I will find another venue soon enough for the June reading.
My apologies to all my featured readers who were to be reading at the Linger Cafe and Lounge:

June 19, 2012: Al Ortolani and Vincent Quatroche

July 17, 2012: Susan Kolodny and Puma Perl

August 21, 2012: Susan Maurer and David Messineo

September 18, 2012: Amber Atiya, Stephen Bluestone and Robert Gibbons

October 16, 2012:Jack Cooper and Mindy Matijasevic

November 20, 2012: Richard Levine and Michael T. Young 

January 15. 2013: Joel Allegretti and James Arthur

I will try to reschedule if necessary.
In the meantime, I will alert everyone once I establish a new Tuesday venue or if I have to cancel scheduled readings.
The First Saturday series is on Holiday Hiatus for July and will return Saturday, August 4 with the Red Barrow Poets John Barrale, Zorida Mohamed, and Tony Puma at Park Plaza Restaurant. 


Sad News from the Poetry Community

poet friends and vital contributors to the Brownstone Poets Anthologies are no
longer with us:

Brant Lyon on May 12 (my birthday).  He died suddenly that morning.
Iris Berman on June 1.  She has battled lung cancer for several years.
I am still in shock and disbelief that both Brant and Iris have passed
away.  The poetry community will not be the same, although their poetry
will live on.  Their poems in the Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology will be
honored at the Annual Brownstone Poets Anthology Reading at BookCourt on
Sunday, June 24 at 7 p.m.
Bookcourt163 Court StreetCobble Hill, Brooklyn 11201
Right now, I only have memorial information for Brant.

I will keep you posted on the upcoming Hydrogen Jukebox Show on Thursday, June 28.

Iris Berman, as soon as I hear
about the memorial arrangements from Cynthia Toronto, I will let you know.

For donations in Brant Lyon’s memory, please send to the following

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender
Center (

 PEN (

From Three Rooms Press:
Bowery Poetry ClubSaturday, June 9, 3-5:30 p.m. Our heart is heavy with the loss of
Brant Lyon, 
who passed away suddenly on May 12. Brant was a vital, caring, creative, and 
enthusiastic poet,
musician, producer and publisher. He was co-founder of the 
New York independent press great weather for MEDIA; author of the book
Are White Inside,” a full
length collection of his poetry; and
of the popular series Hydrogen Jukebox, at which poets read their work to live
 improvised music. He recently recorded and produced the cd “Brain
which included tracks by Hydrogen Jukebox regulars. His passing has left a 
great hole in the lives of friends worldwide.To celebrate his life, a memorial for Brant Lyon
will be held at Bowery Poetry 
Club on Saturday, June 9, from 3-5 p.m. The event
will feature several scheduled 
 speakers discussing Brant’s impact on their
lives (no open reading). Please come 

to pay your respects to Brant.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & 

Transgender Center (

to PEN (

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Bleecker & Houston)
New York, NY 10012

From Great Weather For Media:
Dias y Flores Community Garden 
Saturday, June 16, 4-7 p.m.


This event was the idea of Brant Lyon. Rather than
holding it as a memorial,
we wish to honor his vision of a poetry celebration for the

community.However, it will also be a beautiful place to share memories with old
andnew friends.

An outdoor celebration of poetry a nd
performance in the East Village. 
Featured readers selected by great weather for
MEDIA, Mike Geffner 

for The Inspired Word, and David Lawton for
Jujomukti Spoken Word 


Plus open mic.

Representing great weather for MEDIA: Eric
Alter, Billy Cancel, 

Aimee Herman, Karl Roulston.

Representing The Inspired Word: Dean El Negro,
Christopher J. Greggs, 

Ululy Rafael Martinez.

Representing Jujomukti: Corinna Bain, Karen
Grace, Puma Perl.

Hosted by Jane Ormerod, Thomas Fucaloro, and
George Wallace.

With thanks to Jeff Wright.

520-522 East 13th Street,
New York, NY 10009