9th Annual Brevitas Festival of the Short Poem

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
For further and deeper information contact: Richard Storm, rdstorm@nyc.rr.com
The 9th Annual brevitas Festival of the Short Poem
Sunday, November 11, 2012
2:30 – 5:30 pm
POETS HOUSE
10 River Terrace (at Murray Street)
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The Stars
One night I spoke
to the stars.
“Write a poem,”
they said.
“What kind of
poem?” I asked.
“Doesn’t matter.
Just make it short.”
            ~ Sparrow
           (poet-member, brevitas)
Poets House is hosting the 9th Annual brevitas Festival of the Short Poem on Sunday November 11, 2012 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm.
Poet-members Jim Pignetti and Steve Zeitlin (founder of City Lore) launched brevitas by inviting a variety of dedicated poets to share original, short poems (14 lines max) with each other via email on the 1st and 15th of each month. Now ten years later, this community has grown to nearly 40 poets who offer individual, constructive feedback to each other’s works. This experiment has nurtured the collection of over 200 short poems for the anthology “2012 brevitas 9” that will be celebrated and given to everyone who attends the Festival. Poems will be projected and performed by each poet. Books will be signed. Literary antics will entertain. Laughter, pith and meaning will collide.
Poets in the audience will have an opportunity to sign-up for the Short Poem Open Mic (14 lines max) hosted by Bob Holman, international spoken-word poetry guru and founder of The Bowery Poetry Club).
Memorial tributes will honor our departed poet-members Iris Berman and Sue Machlin.
“Because of brevitas,” poet-member Richard Storm observed, “everything is a potential poem and everyone is a potential poet.  Because of brevitas, poetry waits for me…. On the next block, around the corner, on every stranger’s face.”
brevitas members are a feisty mixture of well-known, emerging, and irrepressible artists and poets, including program hosts Angelo Verga (Spoken Word Curator for The Cornelia Street Café) and Flash Rosenberg (artist in residence for LIVE from the New York Public Library). Other poet-members include New Yorker poet Sparrow, Poet Laureate of Jones Street Sanford Fraser, Mobius editor Juanita Torrence-Thompson, First Literary Review-East editors Cindy Hochman and Karen Neuberg, co-founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative John J. Trause, along with a lively roster of accomplished wordsmiths including Dorothy Freidman August, Susan Gerardi Bello, Claudia Carlson, Patricia Carragon, Jan Garden Castro, Esther Cohen, Gil Fagiani, Christian Garaud, Leigh Harrison, Bob Heman, Eileen Hennessy, Evie Ivy, Judy Kamilhor, Andrew Kaufman, Maria Lisella, Tsaurah Litzky, Georgia Luna, James McMenamin, Katrinka Moore, Leslie Prosterman, Dorothea Hutton Scher, Zev Shanken, Ed Smith, Esther K. Smith, Nathan A. Versace, Carolyn Wells, and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright. 
$10 admission includes a copy of the brevitas anthology of short poems, 2012 brevitas 9.
9th Annual brevitas Festival of the Short Poem
Sunday, November 11, 2012  • 2:30 to 5:30 pm
When:  Sunday, November 11, 2:30 – 5:30
Where:  Poets House, 10 River Terrace (at Murray Street).
   Take the 1, 2, 3, A, C to Chambers Street.
Admission: $10 (includes the brevitas anthology)
Contact:  Richard Storm, rdstorm@nyc.rr.com
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Richard Levine and Michael T. Young at Cafe Dada Tues, 11/20 at 7 p.m.

Poetry Grows in Park Slope

The Brownstone Poets Presents:

Richard Levine and Michael T. Young




Tuesday, November 20
 
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) 622-2800Subways:  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. 

http://www.hopstop.com/

$4 donation + food/beverage – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon

Bios:

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

MÖBIUS THE POETRY MAGAZINE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION POETRY READINGS

MÖBIUS
THE POETRY MAGAZINE
30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
POETRY READINGS
plus
JIMMY ROBERTS
(Composer of award-winning musical, “I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE”)
Will be at the piano singing his songs
HOST: JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON Editor-in-Chief/ Publisher
POETS PRESENTING:
EJ. ANTONIO * DOMINICK ARBOLAY * LAURA BOSS * PATRICIA CARRAGON
GIL FAGIANI * DANIELA GIOSEFFI * BARBARA HANTMAN * CINDY HOCHMAN
EVIE IVY * MARIA LISELLA * GEORGE H. NORTHRUP * HELEN PETERSON
JIMMY ROBERTS * THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI * JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27TH, 2012
4:15 PM – 7 PM
including reception w/light refreshments
DOORS OPEN TO PUBLIC 4PM
$7 ADMISSION at the door
MÖBIUS 2012 (30th Anniversary Issue) WILL BE FOR SALE!
EPISCOPAL ACTORS GUILD 
1 East 29th Street (between 5th & Madison Avenues), NYC
Enter through Episcopal church garden path
2nd floor (chair lift available) 
Limited Capacity. MUST RSVP to mobiusmag@earthlink.net to ensure a seat.

Leslie Prosterman and Nathan A. Versace read at Park Plaza Restaurant Sat, 11/10 at 2:30 p.m.

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

Subways:

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:

http://www.hopstop.com/

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

Curated by Patricia Carragon

pcarragon@gmail.com
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http://patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/
http://myspace.com/pattiekake8

http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712

BIOS:

 

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.