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

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