Pattie Does Go Cat Go on Monday, 8/13 @ 6:45 p.m.

Brownstone Poets’ Patricia Carragon joins Peter Chelnik at Gracie’s Corner Diner on Monday, August 13 at 6:45 p.m.

Admission is FREE!


Go Cat Go Poetry Reading Series
Hosted by Peter Chelnik
Gracie’s Corner Diner
352 E 86th St

(between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave)

New York, NY 10028

Neighborhoods: Yorkville, Upper East Side

(212) 737-8505

Patricia Carragon is a New York City writer and poet.Her publications include Best Poem, BigCityLit, CLWN WR, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Ditch Poetry, Inertia, Long Island Quarterly, Lips, MÖBIUS, The Poetry Magazine, Marymark Press, Maintenant, Mad Hatters’ Review, The Toronto Quarterly, Six-Word Memoirs, and more. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005) and Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). Her latest book, The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming later this year from Poets Wear Prada. She is a member of Brevitas, a group dedicated to short poems.  She hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of the annual anthology.  For more information, please check out her Web sites at and at

Peter Chelnik’s books include Railroad Heart, East Coast Line, Manhattan
Wilderness, Eternity Road and Wildflower Serenade. He has had seven plays produced Off-Off-Broadway. These dramatic works include Street Rag, Prairie Fire, Parking Lot, Moving Target, Scarsdale Station and Tremont Vortex. Peter has also written Trick Bag, a novel of the 1960’s. And yes, he does believe “the word will set you free.” His latest book is STRAWBERRY HARMONY New Poems (Little Sky Press, March 2010).


Susan Maurer and David Messineo Read at Cafe Dada on Tues, 8/21 at 7 p.m.

Poetry Grows In Park Slope

The Brownstone Poets Presents:

  Susan Maurer and David Messineo

Tuesday, August 21

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/beverage – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon


Susan Maurer’s forthcoming poetry collection Josephine Butler, is to be published by Phoenix Press International (Les Édition Phoenix). This unique press has bases in France, Senegal, Canada, and the U.S.  Sylvie Kandé, one of the editors, was her excellent editor.  (Sylvie has just had her second book published in French by Gallimard).  Susan is a publication junkie and loves to give readings.  See her read on You Tube (on Poetry Thin Air).
David Messineo, Publisher and Poetry Editor of SensationsMagazine (, comes to Brooklynas part of his “2012 Informal Tour” for his 120-page hardcover book, Formal ($20), featuring his structured/formal poetry.  Expect a diverse 15-minute set to include ekphrastic verse; a rondeau redouble; the sonnet, sestina, pantoum, and villanelle; and range topically from paintings, to Queen Elizabeth I, to politics and contemporary issues, many from a liberal perspective.  David uses full proceeds from his book sales to help finance the publication and publish other poems, so consider helping him out with a purchase, as he attempts to have his publication break even financially without government grant funding at the close of its award-winning 25-year run.

Red Barrow Poets John Barrale, Zorida Mohammed and Tony Puma Come to Read in Brooklyn

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights

The Brownstone Poets presents

The Red Barrow Poets

John Barrale, Zorinda Mohammed and Tony Puma

Saturday, August 4 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:

$4 Donation – plus Food/Drink – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon email:


John Barrale’s poetry has been published in amany literary magazines including the Red Wheel Barrow Poets’ Anthologies (Volumes I – IV,  Poetalk, The Lullwater Review, California Quarterly, Tiger’s Eye Journal, Paterson Literary Review, and The William and Mary Review. John has lived in NJ since 1978, and enjoys reading his work in a wide variety of venues throughout the metropolitan area. 
Zorida Mohammed was born in Trinidad and immigrated to America at age 18.  She is a social worker in Bergen County, NJ.  Zorida won the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant for Poetry in 1991-92. Her poems have been published in Folio, Fulcrum # 6 and # 7, Phoebe, The Caribbean Writer, Poem, The Oyez Review, Compass Rose, The Dirty Goat, The Spoon River Review, The Atlanta Review, and The Distillery. She has also been published in The Red Wheelbarrow for the past four years. Zorida is an active member of The Red Wheelbarrow Poets and reads frequently in Bergen County, NJ, and in New York City.


Tony Puma’s career in sales/marketing/advertising, and public relations have influenced his poetry style, being less abstract and more to-the-point.  Tony has degrees from New York University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He is a member of various poetry groups including: Italian-American Writers Assn., Red Wheelbarrow Poets, Sussex NJ Writers Roundtable, Poets House (NYC), South Mountain Poets,  and the Hudson Valley ‘Poets-on-the-Loose’. His view of life is through theprism of poetry;seeing, hearing, and feeling, trying to capture emotions and relate to them via words. His poems have been featured in a variety of publications. Visit his blog

Iris Berman Memorial


a beautiful person, friend, 

and sister Brevitarian:

Memorial Tribute to Iris Berman

Sunday July 15 at 6:00 PM

A special memoriam to honor the works of Brooklyn-born poet/writer,IRIS BERMAN, who passed on June 1st. Please come pay tribute to thisamazing, prolific writer, a long-time active member of New York’s

poetry and literary community. Featured poets, friends and colleagues

will read poetry, prose, share anecdotes and stories with an Open Mic

as well. Iris writings will be available for sale and to read. A

portion of the proceeds will go to Gilda’s Club.Hosted/Presented by: Cynthia Toronto and Patrick Christiano

Donations accepted at the door
Watch Live on the Web!