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Since 2005, Brownstone Poets has been inspiring poetry in Brooklyn. We strive to be a unique and diverse community, welcoming various literary styles and forms. We would like to thank this year’s sixty-nine reader-contributors, as well as our loyal attendees. Without their love and commitment, our reading series and this anthology would not have been possible.We’re honored to have the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma as our poet-in- residence and David Austell as this year’s guest poet.We mourn the passing of Gil Fagiani, who was a translator, essayist, short-story writer, poet, and friend, and have dedicated a section in his memory.This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant spirit found in the Borough of Kings. Planning on events at the Mulberry Street Library in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Public Library in Park Slope, etc. Stay tuned . . .
Thank you Pamela Laskin for inviting me to be one of the published poet readers The 47th Annual Spring Poetry Festival Friday, May 3rd, 2019 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Theater B of Aaron Davis Hall, 135th St. and Convent AvenueManhattan
Poets and City College faculty Estha Weiner and David Groff to read at 47th annual poetry festival
New York’s longest-running poetry celebration, the annual City College Poetry Festival, will take place on Friday, May 3, at the college’s Harlem campus. CCNY’s own accomplished faculty members David Groff and Estha Weiner will be the featured guest poets.More than 150 students from as many as 50 schools are expected to recite their poems at the day-long event. Now in its 47th year, some children who participated in the festival’s early years are now teachers who bring their classes. The event includes readings by elementary school students, followed by junior high school poets. The winners of the festival’s citywide high school poetry contest then recite their poems, with the top three winners receiving the Knopf Publishers Prize.A reading by Groff and Weiner will follow. The festival concludes with college students, alumni, faculty and published poets from around the country reading their works.The all-verse event runs from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aaron Davis Hall’s Marian Anderson Theater.Groff’s book Clay was chosen by Michael Waters for the Louis Bogan Award. His first book Theory of Devolutionwas selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series. He teaches in the M.F.A. creative writing program at The City College of New York. Weiner’s newest poetry book is at the last minute. Winner of a Paterson Prize and Visiting Scholar at Shakespeare Institute, Stratford, England, she is a professor at City College and Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute.
Ngoma Hill, Tsaurah Litzky, Bob McNeil, Danny Shot, Saturday, May 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant
Four powerful poets Ngoma Hill, Tsaurah Litzky, Danny Shot, and Bob McNeil to rock Brownstone Poets on Saturday, May 25 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. Come enjoy an afternoon of poetry and delicious food at this cozy family-owned restaurant.
Ngoma is a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist,singer/songwriter, Artivist and paradigm shifter, who for over 50 years, has used culture as a tool to raise socio-political and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought.A former member of Amiri Baraka’s The Spirit House Movers and Players and the contemporary freedom song duo Serious Bizness, Ngoma weaves poetry and song that raises contradictions and searches for a solution to a just and peaceful world.Ngoma was selected as the Beat Poet Laureate of New York for 2017 by The National Beat Poetry Poetry Foundation.His newly released CD is entitled, Conversation with Esu, features Performance Poetry, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, and Blues.
Tsaurah Litzky, a long time trendsetter in the margins, is a widely published writer of poetry, fiction, erotica, memoir, and commentary. Her publications include the poetry collections, Baby On The Water; (Long Shot Press) and Cleaning The Duck (Bowery Books) as well as fifteen chapbooks. Her most recent chapbook is a book of yoga poems, Full Lotus (NightBallet Press) and Flasher: A Memoir published by Unbearables/Autonomedia. She is a member of the on-line poetry circle Brevitas and the Unbearables. She is also a collage artist. Tsaurah lives on the Brooklyn waterfront where she can see the Statue of Liberty, icon of Free Women everywhere, from her kitchen window.
Bob McNeil is the author of Verses of Realness. Hal Sirowitz, Queens Poet Laureate, described the book as “A fantastic trip through the mind of a poet who doesn’t flinch at the truth.” Furthermore, Bob was published in The Shout It Out Anthology, Brine Rights: Stanzas and Clauses for the Causes (Volume 1),Not My President, San Francisco Peace and Hope, and The Self-Portrait Poetry Collection, etc. Bob wants his poetry to be a fortress against despotic politics. After years of being a professional illustrator, spoken word artist and writer, he still wants his work to express one cause—justice.
Danny Shot was longtime publisher and editor of Long Shot magazine, which he founded. He spent over 30 years as a New York City high school English teacher in the South Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn. His poems and stories have been widely anthologized and he’s performed his work everywhere. Mr. Shot lives in Hoboken, NJ (home of Frank Sinatra and baseball). His book of poems WORKS, was published by Cavan Kerry Press in March 2018. His play Roll the Dice was produced in September 2018 as part of the New York Theater Festival. Danny currently serves as Head Poetry Editor of Red Fez online magazine.
Three amazing poets Jerry T. Johnson, Anne Elezabeth Pluto, Bob Quatrone to rock Brownstone Poets on Saturday, April 27 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. Come enjoy an afternoon of poetry and delicious food at this cozy family-owned restaurant.
Jerry T. JohnsonAnne Elezabeth PlutoBob Quatrone Saturday, April 27 @ 2:30 P.M.
Park Plaza Restaurant
220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St. and Pineapple Walk
Jerry T. Johnson is a new writer to the Connecticut/ New York area. Jerry began writing in the early 1990s, had one poem published, and then took a 21-year hiatus to pursue corporate work overseas. In the spring of 2013, Jerry restarted his writing career. Since then, Jerry’s work has appeared in the U.S.A. and abroad. In addition to his work published in literary journals, Jerry is the author of two self-published chapbooks: Good Morning New Year and Morning to Morning. Jerry also curates poetry events and features at various literary events in Connecticut and New York. Jerry lives in Danbury, Connecticut with his wife, Raye.
Anne Elezabeth Pluto is Professor of Literature and Theatre at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she is the artistic director and one of the founders of the Oxford Street Players, the university’s Shakespeare troupe. She is an alumna of Shakespeare & Company, and has been a member of the Worcester Shakespeare Company since 2011. She was a member of the Boston small press scene in the late 1980s and is one of the founders and editors at Nixes Mate Review. Her chapbook, The Frog Princess, was published by White Pine Press (1985), her eBook Lubbock Electric, by Argotist ebooks (2012), her chapbook Benign Protection by Cervana Barva Press (2016) and the edited print edition of Lubbock Electric by Nixes Mate Books (2018) Recent publications include: The Buffalo Evening News, Unlikely Stories: Episode IV,Mat Hat Lit, Pirene’s Fountain,The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Mockingheart Review, Yellow Chair Review, Levure Litteraire – numero 12, The Naugatuck River Review, and Tuesday, An Art Project.
Bob Quatrone: idle host of 4 HORSEMAN poets, author of infamous 9-11 poems, early publications The Aquarian, Lunch, Lips and The Passaic Review.His latest publication in The Unbearables’ The Fall of the Second Tower.
A Big Brownstone “Thank You” to: my editorial staff, Amy Barone and Karen Neuberg,Bob Heman for his collage art, “The Egg” for the cover,Su Polo for her graphic cover design,Yuyu Sharma, our poet-in-residence,David Austell, our guest poet,Maria Lisella for helping us out with the memorial for her husband, Gil Fagiani,our contributors for their poems and photos.
Since 2005, Brownstone Poets has been inspiring poetry in Brooklyn. We strive to be a unique and diverse community, welcoming various literary styles and forms. We would like to thank this year’s sixty-nine reader-contributors, as well as our loyal attendees. Without their love and commitment, our reading series and this anthology would not have been possible. We’re honored to have the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma as our poet-in- residence and David Austell as this year’s guest poet. We mourn the passing of Gil Fagiani, who was a translator, essayist, short-story writer, poet, and friend, and have dedicated a section in his memory.This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant spirit found in the Borough of Kings.