46th Annual Poetry Festival at City College


46th Annual Poetry Festival at City College
Initiated in 1972 and known as New York City’s “Woodstock of the Spoken Word,” the Spring Poetry Festival brings to the stage New York City public school students, college students, CCNY faculty and alumni, and guest artists of every poetic stripe, all reading their own work.

The Festival is held each year in Theater B of Aaron Davis Hall, 135th St. and Convent Avenue in Manhattan, from 9-5. The public is invited to attend. Early in the afternoon, the winners of the all-city-public-high school poetry contest read their winning poems.

The 46th Annual Spring Poetry Festival
Friday, May 4th, 2018 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)





Rosalie Calabrese, Patricia Carragon, and others to read one poem

Hosted by Pamela Laskin, Director for Poetry Outreach

Free admission. 

The City College of New York, Marian Anderson Theatre, Aaron Davis Hall, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY, 10031- Subway A, B, C 135th Street, A, B, C, D to 125th Street, #1 to 137th Street.



Spring Publication News

Spring Publication News



1-Poetry Bay Presents Flash Boulevard, March 31

Sending a big thank you to Francine Witte and George Wallace for publishing my fiction pieces, “Nervous Butterflies (1958)” and “All She Had to Do Was Close Her Eyes.”

Check out the link below:



River Poets Journal

2-River Poets Journal 

Thank you Judith Lawrence for accepting my two haiku, for River Poets Journal Napkin/Pocket Poems for National Poetry Month. Honored to be posted with Iris N. Schwartz




3-Bear Creek Haiku, #143 April

Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen, Tama, and Frosty for publishing these haiku:

inside an old box

the calico seeks shelter

December snowstorm



when the lights go out

cries from the cat

take over the apartment



the mischievous cat

curls up on the windowsill

plans her next attack



early morning meows

outside the bedroom door

cat adoption blues


A shoutout to George Held, Steve Ausherman, Lone Crow, Julie A. Dickson, Bijoy Kumar Dubey, Deborah H. Doolittle, Stephanie Hiteshew, Roberta Beach Jacobson, Ellaraine Lockie, normal, Judith Partin-nielsen, Teresinka Pereira, Pogo, Juanita Torrence-Thompson, Dennis Rhodes, Tom Sacramona, Vivian Bolland Schroeder, R Soos, t. kilmore splake, Tseten Madison Sun, Ann Christine Tabaka, Diane Webster, Kelley Jean White, Paula Yup



4-Nomad’s Choir Spring 2018, Vol. 26 Issue 2 

Thanks Joshua Meander for another great issue and publishing:

“Mourning Haiku”


like tombstones

the rocks remember

each flower that died



on hallowed ground

a sanctuary grows

wild geraniums



like clouds

departing for sun

grief fades


Kudos to Bernard Block, Noel David Cohen, Jack Cooper, Erika Dagnino, Peggy Fitzgerald, Robert Gibbons, Penelope Maguffin, Josuha Meander, Jaroslav Eliah Sykora, Elisabeth Ann Todras, and more.

REMINDER: Amy Barone, Steve Luttrell, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat, April 28 at 2:30 p.m.


Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2018

Brownstone Poets Still Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005

Brownstone Poets presents

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


Amy Barone

Steve Luttrell

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

@ 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

FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/2030275540562244/






Amy Barone’s new poetry collection, We Became Summer, from New York Quarterly Books, was released in early 2018. She wrote chapbooks Kamikaze Dance (Finishing Line Press) and Views from the Driveway (Foothills Publishing.) Her poetry has appeared in Café Review, First Literary Review-EastGradivaPaterson Literary Review, Sensitive Skin, and Standpoint (UK), among other publications and anthologies. She spent five years as Italian correspondent in Milan for Women’s Wear Daily and Advertising Age. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. A native of Bryn Mawr, PA, Barone lives in New York City.

Steve Luttrell is an internationally recognized Poet and Publisher. He is the founding editor of The Café Review, an award winning art and poetry journal, published in Portland, Maine since 1989. He is a past Poet Laureate for the city of Portland, Maine and is the author of five published collections of poetry including his latest, Plumb Line, published by North Atlantic Books (Berkeley, Ca.) in 2015.

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is the author of 15 books of verse, including most recently Blue Lyrefrom Dos Madres Press. He has an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College where he studied with Allen Ginsberg and also taught. For 13 years, Wright ran Cover Magazine, The Underground National. Currently, Wright stages events showcasing artists and writers at KGB Lit Bar, Sidewalk Cafe, and La MaMa ETC in NYC, in conjunction with his art and poetry journal, Live Mag! He contributes regularly to American Book Review. Poetry is in New American Writing, 2017. Wright is a Kathy Acker Award recipient for 2018.

Get Your Calorie-free Cupcakes on Amazon.com


“Something went wrong with the oven thermostat. Instead of being set at the normal three hundred and fifty degrees, the thermostat was elevated beyond five hundred. Human error wasn’t to blame. The poor oven couldn’t control what was happening within its immense belly. It cried for help, but the bakers were on their coffee break . . . The text message “Help, the oven is overheated” flashed across its screen. But it was too late.”

Find out what happened by ordering your calorie-free copy of “The Cupcake Chronicles”  at Amazon. com.

Enjoy a Baker’s Dozen of fun-filled, calorie-free cupcakes without the guilt served by the bakers at Poets Wear Prada.

Order your copy at http://amzn.to/2yAYc9o

If you live in the UK,
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“The Cupcake Chronicles,”nominated for a Pushcart Prize:

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.


  • “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.
    — Francine Witte, author of Not All Fires Burn The Same
    The fine playfulness of this book is worth three times the cover cost. Own it and get such sweetness, calorie free.
    — Susan H. Maurer, author of Josephine Butler: A Collection of Poetry
    What begins as a normal work day changes for Carragon when she sees “cupcakes — the size of hobbits — parading the halls” of her office. From that point on, humanoid confections take over her life — and  — ours in this allegorical tale depicting the underlining madness of our ordinary lives.
    — Linda Lerner, author of Yes, the Ducks Were Real”
    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:   Women Writers in Bloom’s Seven Year Anniversary Celebration


Women Writers in Bloom’s Seven Year Anniversary Celebration

Women Writers in Bloom’s Seven Year Anniversary Celebration!

#Eventbrite Link: goo.gl/ptaAju
***** or #Click #TicketURL in FB event

Phillip J. Ammonds as Trinity Rayn * Pamela Sneed *
Hosted by JP Howard
Saturday, April 14 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave (between Hoyt and Bond)
Brooklyn, New York 11217
(347) 987-4966
Refreshments to be served.  Open Cash Bar.

  • Hoyt-Schermerhorn: A, C and G
  • Bergen Street: F
  • Atlantic Ave – Barclay Center: B, D, Q, R, 4,  and 5
Check the MTA’s weekend schedule changes at http://web.mta.info/weekender/lineview.html?r=r

#Eventbrite Link: goo.gl/ptaAju
***** or #Click #TicketURL in FB event

From JP Howard, the host:

Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon‘s Seven Year Anniversary Celebration is live! Come celebrate our big 7 as we celebrate our fabulous Salon writers during National Poetry Month on Saturday evening April 14th! Join our FB event, but make sure to also register for your Eventbrite ticket (link available in FB event page) or here: goo.gl/ptaAju #Eventbrite tickets #required for entry, so we stay within capacity for our venue. Please help us spread the word y’all!

Fabulous features are: Pamela SneedAngela BrownCheryl Boyce-TaylorElizabeth LaraWendy AnguloCandice IlohPhillip J. Ammonds as Trinity Rayn and Patricia Carragon#HappyCurator #WeBloom

Finishing Line Press Showcase Reading at Poets House, Thursday, May 4 from 6 to 8

Finishing Line Press Showcase Reading at Poets House

Thursday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Readers with works published by Finishing Line Press will present old and/or new poems:

Anita S. PulierJeanne Marie OstermanJames B. NicolaPaulA NevesCatherine Higgins-MooreKathleen McCoyDeborah Kahan KolbJeremy FreedmanTheodore CornwellPatricia CarragonAdam Berlin.

Event Location:  Elizabeth Kray Hall @ Poets House

Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
New York, NY 10282

Admission is Free

Sponsored by Finishing Line Press



By Subway: Take the 1, 2, 3, A or C lines to Chambers Street Station. Walk west along Chambers Street all the way to the end (Rockefeller Park, along the Hudson River). Turn left and walk along River Terrace two blocks – Poets House is at the corner of Murray and River Terrace

BY BUS: The M22 runs along Chambers between North End Avenue and the Lower East Side. The M20travels from the Upper West Side and the southern tip of Battery Park City to North End Ave.


Finishing Line Press

March and April 2018 Publication News


Remembering 9/11 Syndic Literary Journal, March 2018


Thank you LeRoy Chatfield for publishing “Reach Out for the Moment.”

A shout out to Gordon Gilbert, Madeline Artenberg, Kathryn Adisman, Linda Lerner, Phillip Giambri, Robin Hirsch, Arthur Gatti, Ron Kolm, John J. Trause, Rosalie Calabrese, and more.



The Aquillrelle Wall of Poetry, Book Seven, 2018

Aquillrelle Wall Seven

I’m happy to have my three poems below in this issue:


“Reach Out for the Moment”

“The Four-Sided Box”

Pleased to be with these great poets, Joy Leftow, Dubblex Alleyne, Dr. Sadiqullah Khan, and more.




The Weekly Avocet, #278, April 1, 2018

Thank you Charle Portolano for publishing my haiku,

by the tulip patch 

a momma cat

hides her kittens

Shout outs to Nina Pursai, Anjali Pursai, Angela Lee, Jacqueline Lo, Judith Lyn Sutton, Bill Peck, Susan Denault, Lorraine Amada, Charles Portolano, Marcy Wingard, Gerald A.McBreen, Pat Anthony, Harold Sneide, Lynda McKinney Lambert, Sheri Linder, Carl Grametbauer, Sharley Bryce




Bear Creek Haiku, Issue #142, March 2018

Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen, Tama, and Frosty for publishing these haiku:

Squinting eyes 

brownstones behind a window

optical book shelves


glacial sunshine

Coney Island draped in ice

fingers feel the chill


bomb cyclone 

hits Coney Island

snow cone boardwalk


Ice winds whistle 

cold air vs. radiator

snow curtains on window


Gingerbread cookies 

mimic the fresh snow

on trees and houses


Snow-covered branches 

match the buttercream frosting

on mini cupcakes


gray sky, white landscape

a grim world’s transformation

for the holidays


linden solstice


at night


vaginal sunburst

hormones turn on the oven

a baker’s dozen



can’t disguise

the city’s filth


trees and plants 


but we don’t listen


quixotic brainwaves

travel to an altered state

sleepless in New York


like the leaves on trees 

summer extends its visit

warm October


heatwave in Brooklyn

we celebrate the fall

in summer clothes

Kudos to Steve Ausherman, Jo Balistreri, Martina Christina, Lone Crow, Julie A. Dickson, Deborah H. Doolittle, Fred Donovan, George Held, Rachel Z. Ikins, Allaraine Lockie, Carl Mayfield, Bradley McIlwain, Dorothy, McLaughlin, Judith Partin-Nielsen, James B. Peters, Cathy Porter, t. kilgore splake, Tseten Madison Sun, Ann Christine Tababka, Juanita Torrence-Thompson, Diane Webster, Kelley Jean White, pl. wick, Paula Yup

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, #143, Monday, April 2, 2018


Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen, Tama, and Frosty for publishing these haiku:

“inside an old box” 

“when the lights go out” 

“the mischievous cat” 

“early morning meows”

Happy to share the space with Steve Ausherman, Bijoy Kumar Dubey, Judith Partin-Nielsen, t.kilgore splake, r. soos, Diane Webster, and artists Ed Markowski and Paula Yup.