Publication News


1- redheaded tulips was published by SOUTH BY SOUTHEAST

Haiku & Haiku Arts Vol. XIX No.3

2- Haiku pieces:

Homeless Men, Walking Hangers, and Last Minute Shoppers

are part of the Retail Woes anthology being published thru Local

Gems Poetry Press, to be available on Amazon and Createspace.

Please visit for more


3- My flash fiction piece, Behind the Glass, will be published in

the upcoming Unbearables anthology, “From Somewhere to

Nowhere: the End of the American Dream” to be published by

late spring 2013 (Unbearable Books/Autonomedia).



Black Blizzard Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word Extravaganza at Dixon Place


I am excited to kick off the New Year at the Black Blizzard Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word Extravaganza at Dixon Place as one of the 150 performers.  The show will start at 2 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.

My scheduled time is between 6 to 8 p.m.

Open mic

$5 admission

Dixon Place is at

161A Chrystie Street between Rivington and Delancey

Lower East Side, NY 10002

(212) 219-0736


F to Second Avenue

J or Z to Bowery

6 to Spring Street

M to Essex Street

B or D to Grand Street

Bruce Weber’s No Chance Ensemble at Park Plaza Restaurant Sat, 1/5 at 2:30 p.m.

Poetry Grows Again in 2013

The Brownstone Poets presents:

Bruce Weber’s No Chance EnsemblewithBruce Weber, Joanne Pagano Weber 

and Bob Hart

Saturday, January 5 at 2:30 p.m.

at the newly renovated 

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:

has been performing since the fall of 1996. Their pieces range from edgy, insightful dram-entary to moody psycho-rantasy covering topics from love, relationships, family and violence to nature, god, death, and spirituality. Members of the group featured in today’s performance are poets Bob Hart and Bruce Weber, and the fiction writer and painter Joanne Pagano Weber. The ensemble has been directed for the past several years by Joanne, and has performed regularly at venues in New York City and the surrounding area, including Dixon Place, the St. Marks Poetry Project, and HERE theatre.
Bruce Weber is the author of five published books of poetry, These Poems are Not Pretty (Miami: Palmetto Press, 1992), How the Poem Died (New York: Linear Arts, 1998), Poetic Justice (New York: Ikon Press, 2004), The First Time I Had Sex with T. S. Eliot (New York: Venom Press, 2004), and the just released The Break-up of My First Marriage (Rogue Scholars Press).Bruce’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, as well as in several anthologies, including Up is Up, But So Is Down: Downtown Writings, 1978-1992 (New York: New York University, 2006), and Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers (New Paltz, New York: Codhill Press, 2007). He has performed regularly in the tri-state area, both alone and with his performance group, Bruce Weber’s No Chance Ensemble, which has produced the CD Let’s Dine Like Jack Johnson Tonight (  He is the producer of the long running Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza. By day, Bruce is Senior Curator at the National Academy Museum, and splits his time between his homes in New York City and Saugerties, New York.
Joanne Pagano Weber is a writer of fiction who is also a visual artist and performer. Among other places her work has been published in Word Thursdays Anthology, Curare, and Breukelen Magazine, and performed on Let’s Dine Like Jack Johnson Tonight, a CD by The No Chance Ensemble, of which she is a member and director. She has performed at numerous venues in New York, including The Knitting Factory and Dixon Place with the ensemble, or as a featured writer.
Bob Hart took a poetry class in high school. Some time later his memory was wiped. Years afterward he found himself an old man with a fund of work written during years of his forgetfulness, work which he considers could be much improved by intelligence and imagination. He is the author of two books, and has been published in numerous magazines.

Joel Allegretti and James Arthur at Cafe Dada Tues 1/15 at 7 p.m.

Poetry Grows in 2013

The Brownstone Poets Presents:

Joel Allegretti and James Arthur

Tuesday, January 15

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.

$4 donation + food/beverage – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon

Joel Allegretti ( is the author of four collections of poetry: Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2012); Thrum (Poets Wear Prada, 2010); Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, a list that included novels by Cormac McCarthy and Thomas Pynchon; and The Plague Psalms (The Poet’s Press, 2000). Allegretti’s poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, PANK, The New York Quarterly, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art, MARGIE, Fulcrum and many other national journals, as well as in The Best American Poetry blog. He is represented in three new anthologies: Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012), alongside Mark Doty, David Trinidad, and Timothy Liu; Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems (Smalls Books, 2012), which includes work by Langston Hughes, Hart Crane, Alicia Ostriker, and Edward Hirsch; In the BLACK, In the RED (Helicon Nine, 2012), which includes poems by Dana Gioia, Brenda Hillman, Ted Kooser, and Philip Levine. Allegretti’s fiction has appeared in Think Journal, The Adroit Journal, autolycus: rogue literary journal and Petrichor Machine, among other periodicals. His Aqua: A Play in One Repeated Act was a semifinalist in the 2010 KNOCK International Play Contest. He wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, whose symphonic work is released on Naxos American Classics. Allegretti is a member of the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP.

James Arthur’s first book of poems, Charms against Lightning, was published this past October by Copper Canyon Press, as a Lannan Literary Selection. Individual poems from Charms against Lightning have appeared in The New Yorker, The New RepublicPoetry, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, an Amy Clampitt Residency, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. Copper Canyon’s catalog describes Charms against Lightning, as “a poetic bildungsroman organized around the theme of awakening from a ‘ghost world’ in order to journey toward a definition of selfhood” and his poems as “romantic in spirit and contemporary in outlook … rhythmical, elastic, and expressive.” During the 2012-13 academic year, James will be a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton.