January/February Publication News:

January/February Publication News:
Thank you, Charles Portolano for publishing my three Winter Haiku 
in The Weekly Avocet #266, January 7, 2018
 
snow-covered branches 
match the buttercream frosting
on mini cupcakes
 
gray sky, white landscape
a grim world’s transformation
for the holidays
 
gingerbread cookies 
mimic fresh snow
on trees and houses
 
 
Kudos to Ed Galing, Jenene Ravesloot, Paula Schultz, Dee Matthews, Margaret Bobalek King, John, MacLean, Joan Kantor, Leslie Mills, Maralee Gerke, Cohl Warren-Howles
 
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Thank you, Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for accepting my work for Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, January 8, 2018
 
 
subway in motion 
wheels sing lullabies
passengers fall asleep
 
vapor clouds 
rise from my teapot
winter cold blues
 
A shoutout to Peggy Dugan French, Aj´sa D´zemila Zahirovi´c, t. kilgore splake, Dennis Rhodes, Steve Ausherman, pl. wick, Judith Partin-Nielsen
 
 
 
Also, another thank you to Ayaz Daryl Nielsen for publishing my pieces in Bear Creek Haiku #141, January 2018

extreme sunshine 

tints the scenery
with glare
gray leaves  gray puddles
gray chill underneath
gray cardigan
 
behind Brooklyn Bridge 
walls of gray mist hide skyline
delusional rain
 

silhouette patterns 

washi paper made from sky
ailanthus collage
 

rain forgives anger
when it falls with grace and hope

water heals the land
courage replants, life renews
the earth and sun in balance
 
More shoutouts to Jean Aldriedge, Steve Ausherman, Peggy Dugan French, Greg Gregory, Stephanie Hiteshew, Rachel Ikens, Judy Katz-Levine, Celine Rose Mariotti, Carl Mayfield, Elanor Michael, normal, Robert O’Rourke, Judith Partin-Nielsen, Teresinka Pereira, James B. Peters, Cathy Porter, Dennis Rhodes, Toma Rosen, Dennis Saleh, t. kilgore splake, Jane Stuart, Diane Webster, pl wick, Alan Young, Paula Yup
 
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Thank you Mankh for selecting my haiku for Mankh’s Haiku du Jour, January 23, 2018
 
 
January mist
the snow plow
gathers rust
 
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Thank you Editor, Bruce Weber for selecting Roller Coaster Train for the Poems in a Centerfold section of Green Kill Broadsheet, February 2018. A shoutout to Bob Heman, Teresa Costa, Bruce Weber, David Lawton, Jane LeCroy, and more
Enjoy the issue below
 
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Mercado, Frazier, Hernandez, Yung at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat, 2/24 at 2:30 p.m.

Brownstone Poets presents

Saturday, February 24 at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

Nancy Mercado

DuEwa Frazier

Diana Gitesha Hernandez

Susan Yung


@ Park Plaza Restaurant 

220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk

Brooklyn, NY 11201

718 – 596 – 5900


Subways:

Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street

R to Court Street



4 or  to 5 Borough Hall

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

Curated by Patricia Carragon

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Bios:




Nancy Mercado is the recipient of the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Before Columbus Foundation. Editor of the Nuyorican Women Writers Anthologypublished in City University of New York’s Voices e/Magazine, she is a guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics, and assistant editor for Eco-poetry.org.

Featured on National Public Radio’s The Talk of the Nation, and a PBS NewsHour Special, America Remembers 9/11, Nancy has authored: It Concerns the Madness (a poetry collection), Las Tres Hermanas (a children’s coloring book), and is the editor of if the world were mine (a children’s anthology).

For more information, go to nancy-mercado.com.

 



DuEwa Frazier is a poet, children’s writer, author, and performer. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. DuEwa is the author of several books including Quincy Rules (2016), Deanne in the Middle (2014) and Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems (2013).  Her work has been published in magazines, literary journals and anthologies including Crossing the Divide Anthology and Eleven Eleven Literary Journal. Visit her website at http://www.duewaworld.com.

Diana Gitesha Hernandez, “Gitesha,” is an inter-disciplinary artist. Co-founder of the poetic/voice/jazz group, The Artemis Collective. Hernandez is an early member of the Nuyorican Poets Café.  She has authored several books of poetry, appears worldwide in performances and anthologies, Raw Lips Melao: A Nuyorican Rhapsody is available on Amazon. Her debut CD IMBUED (2013) weaves her voice with jazz and poetry   as Miguel Algarin, founder of the Nuyorocan Poets Cafe notes “makes these words swirl with passion.”

She is a graduate from the Swedish Massage Institute, has a masters from LIU in guidance counseling and holds a BA from SUNY in Jazz Performance and painting. Her artwork is shown and collected internationally.

 

Susan Yung: Anti–bullying, Domestic-Violence, misogynist-hater, anti-racist, democratic-anarchist, ghetto-girl, Chinatown-Harlem, East Village-West Village, homesteading-gentrifier, yuppie-squatter, homeless-sheltered, American-Asian, World-Traveller, Adventuress-Common-Law-Wife, Photographer-Videographer, Martial-Fine-Artist, Musician-Drummer, Artist-Scientist, Geologist-Librarian, Mathematician-Designer, Collector-Exhibitionist, Buyer-Seller, Cook-Politician, Migrant-Worker, Independent-Dependent, Pacifist-Activist.

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About Patricia Carragon:



Patricia Carragon is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online. She hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets reading series and open mic and is Editor in Chief of its annual anthology. Her poems and stories have appeared in over one hundred publications, most recently Autonomedia, The Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry, Bear Creek Haiku, Clockwise Cat, Diaphanous, First Literary Review-East, Panoply, poeticdiversity, Sensations, Sensitive Skin and The Yellow Chair Review, among other literary journals and anthologies. She is the author of three collections of poetry, “Journey to the Center of My Mind” (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005), “Urban Haiku and More” (Fierce Grace Press, 2010), and “Innocence” (Finishing Line Press, 2017). “The Cupcake Chronicles” is her first book of fiction.

http://amzn.to/2yAYc9o “It is a testament to her vivacious spirit that Patricia Carragon would think to personify cupcakes as a device to chronicle quotidian activities and as a mode to assuage the anxieties of her daily jaunts. Tasty diary entries mingle humor and contemplative musings in a way that not only tantalizes the tongue but stimulates all of the sensory receptors, as her imagery erupts from the page to entice one’s very soul.” — Alison Ross, publisher and editor of “Clockwise Cat”

  • Ms. Carragon has whipped up a batter of metaphor, mysticism. and whimsy, sprinkled with the right words, layered with meaning, baked to perfection and topped with a sweet frosting of fable.
    — Peter V. Dugan, Nassau County Poet Laureate 2016- 2018
     
    The Cupcake Chronicles is an imaginative fable that explores what would happen if your afternoon treat were to suddenly come to life.
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    Carragon writes with humor, deft language, and an energy that sweeps us into buttercream icing. . . Pay close attention to the wisdom her cupcakes impart: “We are here to look delicious and to please the sweet tooth of the human race” ; “Humans are better off as desserts.”
    — Maria Lisella, Queens Poet Laureate 2015 – 2018

Reminder: Saturday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m. Thaddeus Rutkowski, Neil Silberblatt, Bruce Weber

Reminder:

HAPPY NEW YEAR 

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2018

Brownstone Poets Still Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005

REMINDER:

 

Brownstone Poets presents

Saturday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Thaddeus Rutkowski  
Neil Silberblatt 
Bruce Weber


@ Park Plaza Restaurant 

220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk

Brooklyn, NY 11201

718 – 596 – 5900


Subways:

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.

http://web.mta.info/weekender.html


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

Curated by Patricia Carragon

 

FACEBOOK INVITE:

https://www.facebook.com/events/579065342443829/

pcarragon@gmail.com
brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/
patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/

en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712

Bios:

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of a creative memoir, Guess and Check; a collection of flash fictions, Violent Outbursts; and the novels Haywire, Tetched, and RoughhouseHaywire won the Members’ Choice Award, given by the Asian American Writers Workshop. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, Medgar Evers College and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA. He received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.

Neil Silberblatt’s poems have appeared, or will be appearing soon, in numerous journals, including Poetica Magazine, The Otter, The Aurorean, Two Bridges Review, Oddball Magazine, Verse Wisconsin, Muddy River Poetry Review, Nixes Mate Review, Naugatuck River Review, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Canopic Jar, First Literary Review-East, and The Good Men Project. His work has been included in the anthology, Confluencia in the Valley: The First Five Years of Converging with Words (Naugatuck Valley Community College, 2013); and in University of Connecticut’s Teacher-Writer magazine. He has published two poetry collections: So Far, So Good (2012), and Present Tense (2013), and has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize.  Neil is the founder/director of Voices of Poetry – which, since 2012, has presented a series of poetry events, featuring distinguished poets & writers, at various venues throughout CT, NYC and Cape Cod.  He is also the host of the Poet’s Corner program on WOMR/WFMR (out of Provincetown, MA), for which he has interviewed acclaimed poets and writers.  Neil’s mom & dad both grew up in the County of Kings, and he is delighted to return to that borough for this poetry reading.

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 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), Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers(New Paltz, New York: Codhill Press, 2007), and The Unbearables Big Book of Sex(Autonomedia, 2010). He has performed regularly in the tri-state area, both alone and for many years with his former performance group, Bruce Weber’s No Chance Ensemble, which produced the CD Let’s Dine Like Jack Johnson Tonight(members.aol/com/ncensemble). He is the producer of the 24 years running Alternative New Year’s Day Spoke Word/Performance Extravaganza. By day, Bruce is the former Curator of Paintings & Sculpture at the Museum of the City of New York, and splits his time between his homes in New York City and Saugerties, New York. He has also authored numerous publications on American art.