The Brownstone Poets Presents:
Richard Levine and Michael T. Young
Tuesday, November 20
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
Richard Levine is author of That Country’s Soul, A Language Full of Wars and Songs, Snapshots from a Battle, and most recently, A Tide of a Hundred Mountains (Bright Hill Press, 2012). A poem from the book, In a Blue Wood, was an Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day feature during National Poetry month. In 2011, his poem “Believe This” was featured in former Poet Laureate Ted Kosser’s column, “American Life in Poetry”. A retired teacher, he spends most days working to block hydro-fracking in New York State.
Michael T. Young has published three collections of poetry: Transcriptions of Daylight, Because the Wind Has Questions and Living in the Counterpoint. His next full-length collection, The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost, will be published in 2013 by Black Coffee Press. He received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a William Stafford Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Fogged Clarity, Iodine Poetry Journal, The Potomac Review, The Raintown Review, and The Same. His work is forthcoming in the anthologies The Bug Book and In the Black/In the Red.
The Brownstone Poets presents Leslie Prosterman and Nathan A. Versace on Saturday, November 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy the varied menu at this affordable family-run diner while listening to great poetry. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there’s an open mic as well.
The Brownstone Poets presents:
Leslie Prosterman and Nathan A. Versace
Saturday, November 10 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
Leslie Prosterman has recently published her first poetry book, Snapshots and Dances, with Garden District Press (New Orleans, 2011). Her poetry has appeared in several collections and publications, including The Folklore Muse (Utah State University Press) and First Literary Review-East, and will be published in From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream (forthcoming, Spring 2013). She has been a featured reader/performer at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, West Tisbury Library, at the George Mason University Fall for the Book Festival, and at Nora Laudani’s Vaudeville Nights in Vineyard Haven. In December the Erika Thimey Dance and Theater Company will present a dance concert created around Snapshots and Dances, at which Prosterman will also perform and read. A cultural activist in the conservation of grassroots culture and civil society, she is also a sometime student of trapeze. It is probably also evident that in a former life she was an academic, but that will pass.
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.