First Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Event


First Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Event


The Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Book Event
A Celebration of Poetry and Prose from Poets from
Brownstone Poets Reading Series
Saturday, February 28 at 2:30 p.m.
Park Plaza Restaurant
220 Cadman Plaza West
Brooklyn Hts., NY  11201
Limited Open Mic

Free Admission —
open mic 
Anthology Poets who plan to come and read:
Cindy Hochman
Edi Holley
Rosalie Calabrese
Maria Chisolm
Ron Kolm
Boni Joi
Brenda Gannam
Bob Heman
Karen Neuberg
Sarah Sarai
Susan Maurer
David Elsasser
Ernest K. Woodley
Mary Askin-Jencsik
Elliot Abosh
Ptr Koszlowski
Noel David Cohen
Linda Lerner
Linda Rothstein
David Francis
Kristin Robie 
Zev Torres
Patricia Carragon
and the list is growing . . .

Copies of the 2014 anthologies will be available at the reading at the bargain price of $5.
Contributor copies will be available for contributors to the 2014 anthology.


Winter Haiku Publications

Ice tree on 18th street







It’s freezing outside, but winter is a time for seasonal inspiration and poetry.



My haiku is in The Weekly Avocet #114, February 18, 2015:



slush mountains rise

above the sidewalks

groundhog’s revenge


Pleased to share the space with Charles Portolano, Donna Pflueger, Jean Moody, Joan Colby, Christine Cassello, Pamela D. Hirte,

John L. Wright, Cynthia Tedesco, Joan Higuchi, and

Lois Batchelor Howard.






Happy that my seasonal haiku was in Mankh’s Haiku du Jour for  February 21, 2015:


gentle snowfall

beauty comes before

the slush

Second Brownstone Poets Anthology Reading

Second Brownstone Poets Anthology Reading
The Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Book Event
A Celebration of Poetry and Prose from Poets from
Brownstone Poets Reading Series
Thursday, March 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Booksellers Park Slope
267 Seventh Ave.
Park Slope, NY 11215
Free Admission — NO OPEN MIC unless time permits!
SUBWAYS: F or G to Seventh Ave., D, R, N to 9th
Evie Ivy
Bruce Weber
Joanne Pagano Weber
 Rosalie Calabrese
Ron Kolm
Mireya Perez
Boni Joi
George Held
Brenda J. Gannam
Austin Alexis
Bob Heman
Rona Lebo
Mary Askin-Jencsik
Ptr Kozlowski
Susan Maurer
Alan Braverman
Ernest K. Woodley
Patricia Carragon
and more to come . . .

Beat Writers, Jack Kerouac, On the Road Again–Back to Jack–

Beat Writers–Jack Kerouac, On the Road Again — Back to Jack Friday, 3/20 at 6 p.m.

Beat Writers   Jack Kerouac
On the Road Again — Back to Jack

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6 p.m.

The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St, NYC-10014
(212) 980- 9319

$8 admission/free drink

Hosted by Gordon Gilbert

The second in a series of readings of the beat generation writers.

A celebration of Jack Kerouac’s life and writings with personal
remembrances and a reading of a selection of his works by local
NYC poets and writers:

Stephen Bluestone, Patricia Carragon, Jack Cooper,
Steve Dalachinsky, Claire Fitzpatrick, Roxanne Hoffman,
David Lawton, Michael Lydon, Peter Martin, Roberto Mendez, Frank Perero, Su Polo, Leslie Prosterman, Griselda Steiner,
Susan Weiman, Gordon Gilbert


A, C, D, E, F to West 4th St.  1 to Christopher St.

George Dickerson Memorial Service Saturday, Mar. 14th at 3:00 PM


I remember Robert Dunn introducing me to George Dickerson at BookCourt several years ago. It was at Richard Levine’s reading. I had the pleasure of booking George with Richard Levine back on September 4, 2010 at Park Plaza Restaurant.

George was a great poet and actor, and he will not be forgotten. For those who love poetry, his words will live on as his gift from the muse.

If you wish to attend the memorial service,
please RSVP Suzanne at:



Host: The Family of George Dickerson
Saturday, Mar. 14th at 3:00 PM
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Note from the host:
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to one of the following charities:
Friends of UNRWA (
Earthjustice (
Judson Memorial Church Capital Campaign (

Amy Barone, Maria Lisella, and Sweta Srivastava Vikram Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant

Brownstone Poets presents Amy Barone, Maria Lisella, and  Sweta Srivastava Vikram   Saturday, March  7 at 2:30 p.m. at 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.

Brownstone Poets presents:

Amy Barone

Maria Lisella

Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Saturday, March 7 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

R to Court Street

4 or  to 5 Borough Hall

For more directions:

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

Curated by Patricia Carragon



amy barone









Amy Barone’s new chapbook Kamikaze Dance was published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in CityLitRag, First Literary Review-East, Gradiva, Impolite Conversation (UK), Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets, and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, among other publications. She spent five years as Italian correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Her first book, Views from the Driveway, was published by Foothills Publishing. A board member of the Italian American Writers Association, she co-organizes and promotes their monthly readings in New York City.  She belongs to PEN America Center and the Brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem.

Maria Lisella






NYQ Books published Maria Lisella’s first collection, Thieves in the Family in 2014. Her work in chapbooks —Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada) has been twice nominated for a Pushcart-Poetry Prize. She won Honorable Mention from the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and was a finalist for Queens Poet Laureate. Her work appears in Feile Festa, Gradiva, LIPS, Paterson Literary Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Voices in Italian Americana, and online on and First Literary Review East. She co-curates the Italian American Writers Association 2nd Saturday readings; and is a charter member of the online poetry circle, brevitas now in its 12th year.

Sweta S Vikram_author pic for Pattie







Sweta Srivastava Vikram (, featured by Asian Fusion as “One of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, Amazon bestselling author of 9 books, novelist, poet, essayist, columnist who currently lives in New York City with her husband. A graduate of Columbia University, when Sweta is not doing yoga, dancing, cooking, traveling, writing books and posts for other magazines, or teaching creative writing, she is working as a digital marketing consultant. Connect with her on

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