REMINDER: Michael Graves, Sarah Sarai, Francine Witte on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant

REMINDER: Michael Graves, Sarah Sarai, Francine Witte on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2016   Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Sinc…

Source: REMINDER: Michael Graves, Sarah Sarai, Francine Witte on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant


REMINDER: Michael Graves, Sarah Sarai, Francine Witte on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant


Michael Graves, Sarah Sarai, Francine Witte on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2016

Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005
Brownstone Poets presents Michael Graves, Sarah Sarai, Francine Witte on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there’s an open mic as well.

Brownstone Poets presents:
Michael Graves
Sarah Sarai
Francine Witte
Saturday, May 7, 2016 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:

Please check the MTA’s “The Weekender” for all transit updates.

$5 Donation – plus Food/Drink – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon


Michael Graves is the author of Adam and Cain (Black Buzzard, 2006), In Fragility (Black Buzzard, 2011) and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervana Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990).  In two thousand four (2004), he received a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Thirteen (13) of his poems appear in the James Joyce Quarterly. He has read from his poems to a gathering of the Joyce Society at the Gotham Book Mart in New York City. He is a former student of James Wright, who directed two semesters of Independent Study in Creative Writing for him.

Of Sarah Sarai’s new collection Debora Lidov wrote: “The generosity, the word play and re-play, the variations, the real world and its perpetual redemptions, the imagination’s power not to transform exactly, but to reveal, which is transforming, make Geographies of Soul and Taffeta (Indolent Books), a rewarding read.” Sarai’s poems have been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Boston Review, Threepenny Review, The Collagist, and many other journals. She has written essays about spirit guides and selling marijuana while in high school, holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is thinking of getting a schnauzer. Check out Sarah Sarai at
Francine Witte is the author of the poetry chapbooks Only, Not Only (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and First Rain (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), winner of the Pecan Grove Press competition, and the flash fiction chapbooks Cold June (Ropewalk Press), selected by Robert Olen Butler as the winner of the 2010 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, and The Wind Twirls Everything (MuscleHead Press). Her poem “My Dead Florida Mother Meets Gandhi” is the first prize winner of the 2015 Slippery Elm poetry award. She has been nominated seven times for a pushcart prize in poetry and once for fiction. She is an avid iphoneographer. A former English teacher, Francine lives in New York.

Home Planet News Online, Issue 3

Home Planet News Online, Issue 3

Home Planet News, Issue 3 is now online

As one of the editors for Home Planet News, I’m happy and proud of this collection of poetry, prose, artwork, reviews, and more.

Featured Poets:
Linda Lerner and Lyn Lifshin

A Short Stretch from When I was Pat by Frank Murphy

Book Reviews:
Donald Lev for OVERHEARD IN A DRUGSTORE and other poems
by Andrew Glaze

Linda Lerner for Francis Shoots Pool At Chubb’s Bar
by Al Ortolani
Leigh Harrison for BOTH SIDES OF THE NIGER
By Andrew Kaufman
Deborah Hauser for RIDING WITH BOOM BOOM
by George Wallace
Bernie Earley and Lisa Neville for Mementos Elegiac:
Greg Weatherby’s Approaching Home


by David Gershator and Phillis Gershator
The Blog Bog:

Matthew Paris

Cover Art: 

Glass Graphics C.TvM Postcard 2 Hermes

Web page Graphics:
Corina Teunissen van Manen (C.T.v.M.), Aldo Vigliarolo, Bob Heman

Robert Roth, Austin Alexis, Ron Singer, David Huberman, Marcelle Thiébaux, George Held
Donald Lev, Gregg Weatherby, Mark Young, Sherry Kearns, Lisa Galt Bond, Joseph Farley, Robert Gould, Drew Marshall, Richard Spiegal, Simon Perchik, David Gershator, colemanden, George Snedeker, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Paul Pines, Vince Corvaia, Angelo Verga, Scott Blackwell, Arnold Skemer, Alan Catlin, Joe Stout, Bob Heman, David Hernandez, Frank Murphy, Patricia Carragon, Matthew Paris, Barry Wallenstein, George Held, sam friedman, Chris Butters,Vicki Iorio, Andy Roberts, Neil Heims, Darko R, Suvin, Gerry de Burica

We are now taking submissions for Issue 4. Please read the guidelines below:
GuidelinesSubmissions welcome.
Home Planet News Online is an On Line Only Publication.
All copyrights return to the poet, writer, artist.

The submissions requirements are as follows:
Submit up to 4 poems at a time We would prefer prose pieces that are 2000 words or less, but we will consider longer pieces by merit. We will accept only one prose piece per writer per issue.
Art work, paintings, drawings, photos, are welcome.
Simultaneous submissions will be accepted with the understanding that we will be notified ASAP of publications in another magazine.

Home Planet News Online will accept poems that have been previously published in printed magazines, journals, or chapbooks with a distribution of 500 copies or less.

We will not accept poems or prose that has been accepted in an anthology or published in another online magazine.

Please include contact information Submit everything in one file as a single word document. No pdf files. Submissions should be sent to: Response time is about 12 weeks.


Chief Editor:
Frank Murphy

Executive Editors:
Patricia Carragon
David Gershator
Phillis Gershator
Linda Lerner
Matthew Paris

Lehman Weichsellbaum

Consulting Editor:
Donald Lev

Computer Editor
Frank Murphy



Happy to announce that my spring haiku is in
the The Weekly Avocet, #174, April 13, 2016

In this issue are the following nature poets:

Carol A. Amato
George Agak
Sandra Bounds
Patricia L. Goodman
Barbara Segal
Greg Gregory
Sharon Cote
Gail Denham
Judy Brow
Sandra Cannaday Knapp
Charles Portolano

Now for the haiku (a Hemingway twist) :

roots growing out of pots 
green “babies”
need “new shoes” 



Brownstone Poets is finally on and Kindle!

Brownstone Poets has been inspiring poetry in Brooklyn since 2005. We strive to be unique and diverse, and we welcome a multitude of styles and forms. We would like to thank this year’s fifty-two reader-contributors listed below, as well as our loyal attendees. Without their love for, and dedication to, our reading series, this anthology would not have been possible.
We would also like to honor this year’s guest poet, Evie Ivy, and pay tribute to our fellow poets, Cynthia Toronto and Michael Walsh, who passed away this past year.
This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant creative spirit in the Borough of Kings.

For Paperback Issue: $15
  • Series: Brownstone Poets
  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1530319226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530319220
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces

For Kindle Issue: $6.99

  • File Size: 2120 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01E2NUT92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
At the Brownstone Poets readings, $11
Stayed tuned for Poets House Info for July 14.
Book Party info to come.

More Bear Creek News, Issues #132 and #133

Pensive Bodega CatMore Bear Creek News, Issues #132 and #133

More Bear Creek News, Issues #132 and #133

Sorry for being behind on posting.

I’m happy to have my haiku in both issues #132 and #133

Sharing with these poets in March, Issue # 132

Pat Anthony
Steve Ausherman
Jo Balistreri
Lysa Collins
Candi Cooper-Towler
Lone Crow
Bijoy Kumar Dubey
Peggy Dugan French
George Held
Stephanie Hiteshew
A.J. Huffman
Joy Leftow
Carl Mayfield
John McDonald
Karen O’Leary
Judith Partin-Nielsen
James B. Peters
Toma Rosen
P.L. Wick
T. Kilgore Splake
Don Wentworth
Joanna M. Weston
Kelly Jean White
Paula Yup

Sharing with these poets in April, Issue # 133

Pat Anthony
Herbert Jerry Baker
Jo Balistreri
John Berbrich
Wayne F. Burke
Lysa Collins
Candi Cooper-Towler
Lone Crow
Bijoy Kumar Dubey
Joanna Sue Haymart
Jerry Hauser
George Held
Joy Leftow
Celine Rose Mariotti
Carl Mayfield
Lauren McBride
Karen O’Leary
James B. Peters
Tom Sacramona
Dennis Saleh
G.A. Scheinoha
Christina Sng
T. Kilgore Splake
Jane Stuart
Don Wentworth
Kelly Jean White
Robert Wooten
Paula Yup
Ajša Zahirovíc


Now for the haiku:  March, Issue #132

eyes of the cat witch 
hypnotize her devotees
cuteness wins more treats


kitty rubs
against your legs
       free massage

Brooklyn felines
                comes with the territory

sleeping kittens
on the bed
fur ball quilt


Now for the haiku:  April, Issue #133

litterary cats:
         Kindle subscribers
         in Amazon’s litter box


ivy climbs the walls
          territorial droppings 
                       bake in summer heat


kitten caboodle
litter box quicksand hides poop
but not the scent


feline companions
cat ladies anonymous
men need not apply


e-mail rejection
send more storm clouds to Brooklyn
haiku jumps off bridge