Alan Braverman, Catherine Gigante-Brown, Omayma Khayat, Anthony Vigorito at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat, 10/28 at 2:30 p.m.

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2017

Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005

Brownstone Poets presents

Saturday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Alan Braverman

Catherine Gigante-Brown

Omayma Khayat

Anthony Vigorito

@ 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





Alan Braverman is a Brooklyn poet, artist, and, a retired teacher. Nine years ago at Ken Siegelman’s Poetry Outreach, Ken inspired Alan to write again. Sadly, Ken Siegelman passed away in 2009.  Subsequently, Alan was featured at the BookMark Bard, Barnes and Noble, and the Park Slope Library with Anthony Vigorito, the MC; and Evie Ivy’s Open Mic, at the Green Pavilion. Evie Ivy published two of his poems, in The Venetian Hour, Dinner With the Muse, Volume II, and one poem in Patricia Carragon’s Brownstone Poets Anthology. Alan has illustrated a book of poems by Anthony Vigorito, the author of several books of poetry.


Catherine Gigante-Brown’s works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in publications as diverse as Ravishly, Essence, American Gardener, Huffington Post Woman and Dakota Outdoors. She co-authored two biographies for Prometheus Books. Her short stories appear in women’s fiction anthologies. Several of her screenplays have been produced by independent film companies.Her novels The El, Different Drummer and The Bells of Brooklyn are published by Volossal, and she is currently working on a musical version of Different Drummer with a director and composer. Brown was born and bred in Brooklyn, where she still lives with her husband and son.


Omayma Khayat is a poet, a mother of three young children, and a project manager. In her writing, she often explores the tug and pull of her identity as an American of Lebanese origin, and her Muslim faith. Her poetry speaks through various levels of truths; they are a way for her to search for her part in the world, to know where she belongs. With a cultural aspect, taking from being totally culturally confused she bleeds her soul onto paper to find her mark in the world. Feeling at times stuck between two worlds, her poetry explores the tug and pull of her identity. Her poems, at times, are the legend to a map, an exploration of countless journeys throughout her existence to find the place where she belongs. Her search of where the X is, where her treasure is buried, where her identity is defined.


Anthony Vigorito, a lifelong Brooklynite, attended St. Athanasius elementary school, Lafayette High School, SUNY Fredonia, and Brooklyn College. He is retired from the Department of Education after having served 30 years as a special education teacher. Anthony was mentored by and worked closely with Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s third Poet Laureate for the past ten years, assisting in the implementation of Brooklyn Poetry Outreach, the Ken Siegelman and Marty Markowitz creation, from its inception until now. He sat on the committee to select the new poet laureate, and is currently writing, reading, supporting poets, advocating literacy, encouraging everyone to write, chronicle, diary, and journal. Anthony is the author of 4 volumes of poetry: Pier 48 South Brooklyn, Clef & Palettes, 17 West, and Seeing in 17: Art Haiku.


Carragon Publication Catch Up for August and September

Publications for August and September:

Alhambra’s Lion Courtyard
The Paddock Review, August 10, 2017

Thank you, Leah Maines for publishing this beautiful piece, originally published by Cindy Hochman and Karen Neuberg for the First Literary Review-East back in May 2016.


The Four-Sided Box
Performance Poets Association Literary Review #21, 2017

Thank you Cliff Bleindner and Judy Turek for selecting this lovely eco-poem, originally published by Daniela Gioseffi’s Eco-Poetry.Org Blog back in July 2017.


hot spot demolition birds reroute in confusion
Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, August 23, 2017

Thank you ayaz daryl nielsen for taking this little piece. Kudos to Jo Balistreri, p l wick, Judith Partin-Nielsen, Diane Webster, Judy Katz-Levine, t kilgore splake, Dorothy McLaughlin, and Ann Christine Tabaka

Third Brownstone Poets 2017 Anthology Reading at the Mulberry Street NYP, Sat, October 21 at 2 p.m.

Third Brownstone Poets 2017 Anthology Reading at the Mulberry Street NYP, Sat, October 21 at 2 p.m.

Third Brownstone Poets 2017 Anthology Event 




“Little Machines Fill Their Sky” by Bob Heman


A Celebration of Poetry and Prose from Poets from

Brownstone Poets Reading Series Held in Brooklyn Heights

The list of readers from this anthology is growing, as well as the excitement!

Austin Alexis
Barbara Rosenthal
Bob Heman

Brenda J. Gannam

Dorothy Friedman August

Elliot Abosh

Francine Witte
Gabriel Don
Jan Garden Castro
Linda Lerner

Mike Jurkovic
Noel David Cohen
Patricia Carragon

Rosalie Calabrese

Ron Kolm

Tina Chan

Vicki Iorio

Yi Wu

Zev Torres


Saturday, October 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Mulberry Street Branch NYPL

10 Jersey Street
New York,  NY  10012

(212) 966-3424

Free Admission— LIMITED OPEN MIC


Subways: F and D to Broadway/Lafayette, 6 to Bleecker Street, R to Prince Street.

Please check the MTA Weekender for scheduled track work info:

Facebook Event

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 sixty-four 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 are proud to have the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma as our poet in residence. We would also like to honor this year’s guest poet, Bruce Weber, and pay tribute to our fellow poets Bill Pyles and Frank Simone, who recently passed away.


This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant creative spirit in the borough of Kings.

For those contributors who have never rec’d their comp copy, you can pick it up at any Brownstone Poets reading, etc. 

Additional books on sale at the readings for $12

You can order additional books 

on for $17.99

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1544703740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1544703749
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches

Kindle edition for $6.99

Tupelo Honey & other tales at Fountain House Gallery on September 15th from 6 to 8 pm

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Tupelo Honey & other tales at Fountain House Gallery on September 15th from 6 to 8 pm

Happy to be part of this gig:

Friday, September 15 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fountain House Gallery
702 9th Avenue, NYC 10019
Award winning poet, Joy Leftow, invites you to celebrate publication of her new book, Tupelo Honey & other tales at Fountain House Gallery on September 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please come and enjoy this evening celebration. Please bring any instrument for playoff jam.

Featuring artists:

Patricia Carragon
Demetrius Daniel
Roxanne Hoffman
Gavin “Dubblex” Alleyne
Marilyn Thomas King
Susan Spangenberg
Chocolate Waters

Free event – limited open mic!


Subways: R to 49th Street, E, C to 50th Street

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Boog City 11 September 15 through September 19

Patricia Carragon's Blog: Words Give Me the Will to Write


I’m reading in the Poets Theater for Austin Alexis and Davidson Garrett on Sunday, Sept 17 at Sidewalk Cafe.
6:15 p.m. “Charity” by Austin Alexis
6:30 p.m. “Conspiracy Theory: The Mysterious Death of Dorothy Kilgallen” by Davidson Garrett
Scroll down and check out the events:
Events from 9/15 through 9/19
Welcome to Boog City 11: logo Laynie Browne; fest curators: poetry-Ron Kolm, Christina, Strong, Joanne Pagano Weber, and myself; panel-Kolm; film-Joel Schlemowitz; music-R. Brookes Mckenzie; and poets theater-Joel Allegretti.

Among the festival highlights are:

—Boog’s d.a. levy lives series kicks off its 15th season devoting an afternoon to Columbus, Ohio’s Luna Bisonte Prods;

—Our Classic Album Live series presents, for its 40th anniversary, the Original Soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, performed live by 10 local music acts, preceded by a screening of…

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Remembrances of 9/11

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Dear lovers of the spoken word,

“Remembrances of 9/11”

Sunday, September 10 at 6 p.m.

The Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia St.

NYC, 10014

The evening will be one of personal remembrances about that day and the days
that immediately followed.

No political statements
No diatribes
No rants

Participants will relate their own experiences, as well as those of others.

Hosted by Gordon Gilbert

Admission of $10 includes a drink.

No open mic.

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Come hear the voices of poets and other writers:

Kathryn Adisman
Carol Alexander
Rosalie Calabrese
Patricia Carragon
Steve Dalachinsky
Gordon Gilbert
Lewis Grupper
Bob Heman
Linda Kleinbub
Leilani McInerny
Linda Morales
Anthony Murphy
Ronnie Norpel
Frank Perrero
Fred Simpson
Griselda Steiner
Zev Torres
Barry Wallenstein

Together we will reflect on the tragedy of that day sixteen years ago.

peace and love,
Gordon Gilbert