No Reading in December–Happy Holidays from Brownstone Poets

No reading for December 

Happy Holidays from Brownstone Poets
May the season bring peace of mind, joy, hope, and inspiration!

Come back on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

to hear

Maria Chisolm, Julie Haag, Roxanne Hoffman,  
Freida Grace Jones, Prince A. McNally

at Park Plaza Restaurant 

220 Cadman Plaza West

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Starting in 2020, Brownstone Poets will be on the LAST Saturday of the month, unless there is a holiday conflict (then it would be on the third Saturday for that month). 

First snow


on the half-finished bridge

Matsuo Bashō


Reminder: Judith Lee Herbert, Jennifer Juneau, Linda Lerner, and Denita Stevens at Park Plaza Restaurant Sat, 11/23 AT 2:30 P.M.


Four Strong Women Writers

Judith Lee Herbert, Jennifer Juneau, Linda Lerner, and Denita Stevens to rock Brownstone Poets on Saturday, November 23, 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.

Judith Lee Herbert,
Jennifer Juneau
Linda Lerner
Denita Stevens

Saturday, November 23, @ 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

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Judith Lee Herbert’s chapbook, Songbird, was recently published by Kelsay Books, and was previously chosen as a finalist in the Blue Light Poetry Prize and Chapbook Competition in 2017. Her poems placed in contests in 2018 at the Nassau County Poet Laureate Society and the Mid-Island Y JCC. Her poetry has appeared in three additions of the Bards Annual and in Before the Dawn 2019. Her poems have been published in print and online publications including The Ekphrastic Review, These Fragile Lilacs, First Literary Review-East, Nassau County Poet Laureate Society Review, Long Island Quarterly, and Mothering in the Middle.

Jennifer Juneau is the author of the novel ÜberChef USA (Spork Press) and the poetry collection More Than Moon (Is A Rose Press.) Her work has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in journals such as the American Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Columbia Journal, Evergreen Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Pank, Passages North, Portland Review, Seattle Review, Verse Daily and elsewhere. She lives and writes in Brooklyn.

Linda Lerner’s recent collection, A Dance Around the Cauldron, a prose work consisting of nine characters during the Salem witch trials brought into our own times (Lummox Press, 2017.) Previously published books: Yes, the Ducks Were Real & Takes Guts and Years Sometimes (NYQ Books (2011 and 2015). When Death is a Red Balloon, a chapbook of poems will be published by Lummox in 2019. Taking the F train forthcoming from NYQ Books. Recent acceptances: Maintenant, Gargoyle, Paterson Literary Review, Café Review, Wilderness Literary House Review, Cape Rock and Piker Press, etc. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize several times.

Denita Stevens was born and raised in Texas, but now she resides in New Jersey with her beloved Pomeranian. She is the author of Invisible Veils, a collection of poems which gives insight into what it’s like to live with anxiety, depression and survive the trauma of being sexually assaulted. Her next book will be her memoir, Disorderly Life, which is about how she spent more than a decade living with undiagnosed PTSD, but started to heal after finding the help she needed. Find out more at

16th Annual Brevitas Festival of Short Poems

16th Annual Brevitas Festival of Short Poems

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.
PRICE $10 (includes new anthology)

pin Bowery Poetry Club308 Bowery, NYC 10012

BREVITAS is a community of invited poets who email one or two original, short poems (14 lines max) to each other on the 1st and 15th of each month – to nurture new work and invite constructive feedback.

This Festival is the once-a-year splurge when we publicly gather to perform and project our favorite poems of the year, plus celebrate publication of the 2019 brevitas Anthology of the Short Poem.

Featured poets include Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman, City Lore founder Steve Zeitlin, Queens Poets Laureate Maria Lisella and Hal Sirowitz, Sparrow, Ron Kolm, Steve Luttrell, Patricia Carragon, John J. Trause, Dorothy Friedman August, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Gerd Stern, and over FORTY more dynamic and diverse poet-members. Poet-member Steve Dalachinsky will be specially honored in memoriam. Poet-member/cartoonist Flash Rosenberg will host. Followed by a brief open mic.

Co-founders Steve Zeitlin and Jim Pignetti launched brevitas 16 years ago for a cozy circle of poet friends. The group has expanded and evolved into a powerful incubator of new poetry.


“Angel Fire” Acceptance by Alien Buddha Press

Thank you Red Focks and Jay Miner of Alien Buddha Press for accepting my first novel, “Angel Fire.” We are aiming for the book to release by spring 2020.

MEOW 😸 I want to thank Cindy Sostchen-Hochman for her editorial guidance and advice on submitting to this press. Thank you Roxanne Hoffman and Elizabeth Smith for your support, advice, et al throughout the years. 
A special thank you to Mardine Herrick who encouraged me to keep writing. I came a long way baby. It took about 25 tries, including an agent back in 2009, before getting published. #AlienBuddhaPress.

In the early ’90s, I began scribbling in a large green notebook. I called this story, “Invisible Souls.” After numerous revisions, twists and turns in editing, the story changed, as well as the title. Life’s events grew more cynical along with my words and beliefs. The end result was “Angel Fire.”

Angel Fire is a novel, inspired by personal experiences and nightmares, that delves into the lives of three women protagonists, Sarah Kahn, Kate Robbins, and Dana Chu, living and working in New York City during the ’90s through the post- 9/11 world and the Obama election. The book is comprised of over 57,000 words, broken down into twenty-one chapters and an epilogue. The narrative contains elements of magic realism/ urban fantasy, and beyond the wry humor, there are bizarre twists involving erotic dreams, curses, cats, and paranormal visitations from a precocious ten-year-old girl named Allie, turning this story into a psychological thriller. Allie’s need to channel the horrific events of her young life influences, and in many ways takes over, the lives of Sarah, Kate, and Dana. The child is desperate because she wants to at last be freed from her mysterious abductor and believes she can only do so by trapping Sarah and Kate into aberrant encounters with her captor in a strange and terrible, yet oddly poetic, dreamscape.

Stay tuned for more details around the holidays or after.

Early Fall Publications 2019

Early Fall Publications 2019

Live Mag! #16, Fall 2019

Thank you Jeff Wright for publishing my “me too” piece, “The Ballad of Lucy Jordon.” to these wonderful writers:Ama Birch
Peggy Cyphers
Steve Dalachinsky
Julia Knobloch
Susan Lewis
Yuko Otomo
Wanda Phipps
Mark Statman
George Wallace
Barry Wallenstein
and more
Thank you Joe Maita for publishing “Autumn Leaves” in Jerry Jazz Musician on October 11, 2019
and “Autumn in New York” in the Fall Edition, November 11, 2019

Kudos to poets Steve Dalachinsky Alan Yount, Anggo Genorga, Arlene Corwin, Aurora Lewis, CJ Muchhala, David Lohrey, 
Ed Ruzicka, Erren Kelly, Felicia Chernesky, Freddington, 
Gerard Furey, Gerard Sarnat, John Grey, John Stupp, Kristofer Collins, michael newell, Michael Vander Does, 
Paula Puolakka, Phil Linz, Phyllis Wax, Robert Gibb, 
Robert Nisbet, Roger Singer, Russell Dupont, Susandale, 
Terrance Underwood—————————————————————-

Thank you Joshua Meander for publishing “The Mother Tree” in the Fall 2019, Vol. 27 Issue 4 of Nomad’s Choir.

Shout outs to Bob Barci, Bernard Block, Robert Gibbons, Gordon Gilbert, Patrick Hammer, Evelyn Katz, Ron Kolm, Linda Lerner, Efrayim Levensen, Erica Mapp, Joshua Meander, Yinka Meander, James McMenamin, Carrie M. Radna, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Joan Kitcher-White, and more.