Brevitas 10th Annual Festival of the Short Poem

Brevitas 10th Annual Festival of the Short Poem, Sun, 11/10 at 1 p.m.



Brevitas 10th Annual Festival of the Short Poem, Sun, 11/10 at 1 p.m. at The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NYC 10012

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Poet-members Jim Pignetti and Steve Zeitlin (founder of City Lore) launched brevitas by inviting a variety of poets to share original, short poems (14 lines max) with each other via email on the 1st and 15th of each month. Now, a decade later, this community has grown to over 50 poets. The Festival of the Short Poem is their annual gathering− poems are projected and, books are signed, and literary antics ensue. Laughter, pith and meaning collide.

Co-hosts for this brevitas’ 10th Anniversary Festival are Tony-nominated stage and screen actor Paul Hecht, host of the popular poetry series at the Cornelia Street Cafe celebrating birthdays of historic, short-poem luminaries, and photographer, cartoonist, poet and Renaissance woman Flash Rosenberg.

Tickets: $10.00 (includes a copy of the accompanying printed anthology)

List of Brevitas Poets:

1.      Steve Zeitlin
2.      Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
3.      Carolyn Wells
4.      Nathan A Versace
5.      Alicia Vasquez
6.      John J. Trause
7.      Juanita Torrence-Thompson
8.      Richard Storm
9.      Gerd Stern
10.     Sparrow
11.     Ed Smith
12.     Hal Sirowitz
13.     Zev Shanken
14.     Dorothea Hutton Scher
15.     Flash Rosenberg
16.     Thomas Rigney
17.     Leslie Prosterman
18.     Helen Peterson
19.     Karen Neuberg
20.     Katrinka Moore
21.     Tsaurah Litzky
22.     Maria Lisella
23.     Ron Kolm
24.     Andrew Kaufman
25.     Evie Ivy
26.     Cindy Hochman
27.     Bob Heman
28.     Leigh Harrison
29.     Christian Garaud
30.     Gil Fagiani
31.     Steve Dalachinsky
32.     Esther Cohen
33.     Jan Garden Castro
34.     Patricia Carragon
35.     Claudia Carlson
36.     Maura Candela
37.     Amy Barone
38.     Dorothy Friedman August


Love Songs CD Release Party



5of4 Music, in cooperation with Composers Concordance Records, is celebrating the release of David Morneau’s Love Songs, an album of ten genre-crossing songs that combine Shakespeare’s sonnets with contemporary poetry. The celebration will feature readings of the poems from the album by their authors, as well as the opportunity to listen to selected tracks from the album.Each song features a different poet, who was involved int he selection of the paired sonnet. The goal was to present a variety of perspectives on love, which is often the subject of songs. Love, when presented by Shakespeare in his Sonnets, is complex and multi-faceted. It has very little in common with the idea of love presented in many of the popular songs of the last century. The poetry in Love Songs is varied and subtle in its perspectives.


Thursday, November 21, 2013. 7:30PM
Gallery MC 549 West 52nd Street, 8th Floor
(Between 10th and 11th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
$10 (includes admission and refreshments)

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readings by:
Austin Alexis
Patricia Carragon

Cindy Sostchen-Hochman

George Held
Evie Ivy

Susan Maurer

Anne Fiero

Poets Karl Roulston and Frank Simone at Cafe Dada, Tues, 11/12 at 7:30 p.m.


Brownstone Poets presents Karl Roulston and Frank Simone on Tuesday, November 12 at the new time of 7:30 p.m. at Café Dada. Enjoy the Old World ambiance in Park Slope that’s near several subways.  Feast on French-Hungarian cuisine and delectable pastries.  Relax with some wine or beer, a cup of coffee or tea while listening to great poetry. There’s an open mic as well. Poetry does grow in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Brownstone Poets presents:

Karl Roulston and Frank Simone

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Starts at 7:30 p.m. (new time) – Sign up at 7:15 p.m.

Café Dada

57 Seventh Avenue (at the corner of Lincoln Place)
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217


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/drink – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon




photo credit: Puma Perl

Karl Roulston can be found delivering his words and blowing his blues harp in and around New York City. He appears on the Hydrogen Jukebox “poemusic” CD brain ampin’.  Recent written works have appeared in The Bitter Oleander and the great weather for MEDIA anthologies It’s Animal but Merciful and The Understanding Between Foxes and Light.


 photo credit: Lorraine LoFrese Conlin

Frank Simone started reading poetry in 1976 at a time when poetry events were held in people’s apartments. Since then he has performed in every venue there is in New York City, plus quite a few in New Jersey. His work has appeared on every media source that can deliver a poem, nationally and internationally—
he shies away from listing all the events and publications as he feels he no longer has to confirm to himself that he is a poet.

Avocet Publication News from Patricia Carragon

The Avocet Publication News


Avocet Publication News from Patricia Carragon:

1- The Weekly Avocet #43, a nature journal, has just published my haiku:

cover the earth
trees stripped of leaves

I share “the page” with Juanita Torrence-Thompson, Charles Portolano, and many other fine poets.  

2- Four of my Haiku are in The Avocet A Journal of Nature Poetry, Fall 2013 Issue.

a season for change

trees have a mid-life crisis
as the leaves turn red

age spots adorn

           the maple leaves

           against my window

golden leaves

            touch the ground

            autumn grace

the sound of drills

               jack o’ lantern smiles

               under construction

Barbara Hantman and Charles Portolano are also in this issue.

Patricia Eakins, Nicholas Johnson, and Chad Parenteau, Saturday, November 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant


Brownstone Poets presents  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.
Brownstone Poets presents:

Patricia Eakins

Nicholas Johnson

Chad Parenteau

Saturday, November 2 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 or 5 to Borough Hall
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$4 Donation – plus Food/Drink – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon




Patricia Eakins is the author of The Hungry Girls and Other Stories and The Marvelous Adventures of Pierre Baptiste, which won the NYU Press Prize for Fiction and the Capricorn Fiction Award of the Writer’s Voice. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Parnassus, Conjunctions, Fiction International, and The Paris Review, which awarded her the Aga Khan Prize. The French translation of The Hungry Girls (by Françoise Palleau-Papin) was recently published by the University of Grenoble Press. Eakins is the judge for the 2013 PEN – New England Fiction Prize and curates Outloud/Uptown, a reading series in northern Manhattan.


Nicholas Johnson is co-founder and editor of Big City Lit, an online literary
magazine ( His degrees include a BA from UConn, an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, and an ABD from the Catholic University of America. He taught creative writing for many years at the Payne Whitney Clinic and The Lighthouse in New York City. Nick Johnson’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Pivot, Rattapallax, The Journal, APR, The Same, Orbis (UK), Poetrybay, The Ledge, Shenandoah and the anthologies Pomegranate Seeds and Chance of a Ghost. His chapbook, Degrees of Freedom, is available from Bright Hill Press.


In 2003, Chad Parenteau self-published his first chapbook, Self-Portrait In Fire (based on his MFA thesis) and won a Cambridge Poetry Award. He appears in numerous print and online publications, including anthologies such as French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets. He published his third chapbook, Discarded: Poems for My Apartments (Červená Barva Press, 2008). His first full-length collection, Patron Emeritus, was released in June 2013 from FootHills Publishing.  Chad currently hosts and organizes Stone Soup Poetry, one of the longest-running weekly poetry venues in Massachusetts.  Chad creates and edits its online tribute journal, Spoonful, and releases a limited series of print chapbooks currently available through the venue.