Julie Bentsen, Maria Chisolm, Roxanne Hoffman, Freida Jones, and Prince A. McNally to at Plaza Restaurant, Saturday, January 25, at 2:30 p.m.

Julie Bentsen, Maria Chisolm, Roxanne Hoffman, Freida Jones, and Prince A. McNally to rock Brownstone Poets on Saturday, January 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.

Saturday, January 25, @ 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




Julie Bentsen is a poet and surrealist illustrator from the forgotten realms of Staten Island, which she represented in the 2016 and 2018 National Poetry Slam competition. A student of the Unconscious, her poetry and sketches often stem from dreams and nightmares. As a visual artist she enjoys creating live pen and ink sketches to live poetry, and has done so at events with 3Po3try NYC, Deep Tanks Studios, Post:blank magazine, NYSAI magazine, and Lumen.

Maria Chisolm worked with the late Adolph Caesar with her poetry and actor/play write, Paul Benjamin who both were a big inspiration to her and for her. She has read twice at The Ensemble Theater in New York. She participated in the Los Vegas 20th Anniversary and Symposium Poetry Contest for The International Library of Poetry. She won a poetry contest at the Queens Borough Public Library and has read some of her work on Hugh Hamilton’s Talk Back Radio Show. She has also read at The Drama Book Shop twice in Potpourri, a show directed by Melissa Maxwell. Maria is in several Anthology Books and was in Essence Magazine. Maria currently has a poetry book out called Sudan’s Angels which is available on Amazon, e-book, or from AuthorHouse, and a new book out called Burnt Orange.

Roxanne Hoffman runs the literary press Poets Wear Prada with Jack Cooper. Her words can be found in cyberspace (The IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel Archive, Pedestal Magzine, New Verse News); set to music (David Morneau’s Love Songs); on the silver screen (2005 indie flick Love and the Vampire); and in print (The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates; Soft Skull Press; It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure, Harper Perennial). Her elegiac poem “In Loving Memory,” illustrated by Edward Odwitt, was released as a chapbook in 2011. Their second collaboration, The Little Entomologist, was published in 2018.

Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Freida Jones is a writer of poems, novels, and plays. She is the author of Music Masquerades as Honey in My Hands, a collection of poems centered around jazz. While at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her play, Lucky Strikes Legacy was produced. More recently, in 2016, Freida performed a dramatic reading of In the Tradition (Amiri Baraka), a tribute to writer at the theater in Gallatin, NYU. She was the producer of a live dramatic performance of Music Masquerades in Harlem in 2017. Participation in workshops: Cave Canem, Women Writers in Bloom, and John Maney’s Finding Your Inner Wisdom keeps her creativity refreshed.

Prince A. McNally is a Brooklyn born poet, writer, philosopher, activist, and spoken-word artist. Prince is a rising voice on the NYC poetry scene, whose poetry focuses primarily on the human condition and social injustice. His work has appeared in The Dissident Voice, TUCK Magazine, GLO-MAG (India), The World Poets Anthology, The International Beat Poets, and anthologies, Beatatude and We Are Beat to name a few. His first collection of poetry is scheduled for an early 2020 release.


Zinc Bar Video from Don Yorty

Zinc Bar Video from Don Yorty

Thank you Don Yorty for this wonderful video and promo for my books for Hanukkah and Christmas


Check out this amazing video from Don Yorty Explorations
of my reading at the Zinc Bar back on September 29th.

Co-features were Jennifer Juneau and Francine Witte.

From Don’s blog:

“There are important stones one never sees because they are the foundation that hold everything up; not only the capitol, the stadium, and the church, but even the poetry reading. What are buildings or books without the words? Over the years, Patricia Carragon has offered her good spirits and support along with the poetry she writes, publishing and giving others venues to read at and be heard. A visible foundation, worthy of thanks, Patricia Carragon read at the Zinc Bar last September and I wanted to be there to catch her words. She read from three recently published books, InnocenceThe Cupcake Chronicles, and Meowku. The joie de vivre of her work makes the time pass, and while it does, you nod, enjoy and laugh; to know her is to love her you will understand at last.”

Click and enjoy my reading

Innocence is published by Finishing Line Press, and can also be found on Amzon. You can check out FLP here:


The Cupcake Chronicles and Meowku are published by Poets Wear Prada. They can also be found online at Amazon. You can check PWP here:http://www.poetswearprada.com/



With Tony Dohr, Jennifer Juneau and Francine Witte at Zinc Bar



at the Poets Wear Prada Table

IAWA’s First Pre-Holiday Book Sale
Opened to anyone who has participated at a 2019 IAWA reading
at the Mulberry Street Library

10 Jersey Street
NYC, 10012


2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A sampling of the publishing houses
that have been featured at IAWA:

Alien Buddha Press, Apprentice House, Archway Publishing, Ashland Poetry Press, Big Table Publishing Company, Bone Orchard Press, Bordighera Press, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Dark Light Publishing, downtown materialaktion, Dramatists Books, Finishing Line Press, Five Star, Fordham University Press, Grey Book Press, Guernica World Editions, Hammer & Anvil Books, HarperCollins,
Harvard Square Editions, Hummingbird Press/Wake Forest University, iUniverse, Little A, Mad Gleam Press, New Village Press, NYQ Books, Other Press, Ovunque Siamo Press,
Palgrave Macmillan US, Penguin/Putnam, Poets Wear Prada, Rain Mountain Press, Redux Consortium, Rogue Phoenix Press, Scholastic/Orchard Books, Serving House Books, Simon & Schuster,Shakespeare & Company, Soho Press, SUNY Press, University Tennessee Press,Upper Hand Press, Wordtech, Writing Knights Press

Open Mic and
Shop Talk: Publishers, the Good the Bad and the Wonderful
Delivering the Perfect Pitch and more …



Welcome to Earthly Light, The 26th Annual Alternative New Years Day Poetry and Spoken Word Extravaganza

Happy 2020!

Welcome to Earthly Light: 

The 26th Annual Alternative New Year’s Day Poetry and Spoken Word Extravaganza


I’m reading between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. as well as Jennifer Juneau. 

Come and Enjoy!



Jan 1st, 2020
1 P.M. to 9 P.M.
150+ Performers
Poetry / Performance / Music / Dance
Plus Limited Open Mic – Sign Up Early!

St. John’s Lutheran Church
81 Christopher Street
(Between Seventh Avenue South and Bleecker Street, Manhattan)

Event Contact:

Email: info@alternativenyd.org
Website: www.AlternativeNYD.org

St. John’s Contact:

Phone: (212) 242-5737
Website: http://stjohnsnyc.org/

DIRECTIONS: Easily accessible by mass transit. By subway, take the 1 Train to Christopher Street or the A, B, C, D, E or F to West Fourth Street / Washington Square. By bus, take the M8 or M20.

MEOWKU is meowing for the holidays

MEOWKU is meowing for the holidays! Books make wonderful gifts for family and friends.

and a haiku nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Thank you Roxanne Hoffman and Jack Cooper!



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Paperback: 46 pages

Publisher: Poets Wear Prada (August 18, 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1946116211

ISBN-13: 978-1946116215

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.8 ounces

Fall Publications

Fall Publications 2019


Honored to be in BigCityLit. Thank you to Barry Wallenstein and Richard Levine for accepting my music-inspired poems, “Ball and Chain” and “Mona Lisa.”   Shout outs to these contributors:

Jan Barry Jon Benner Christopher Hirschmann Brandt Patricia Brody Robert Burr Albert Dépas W. D. Ehrhart Barbara Elovic Rhina P. Espaillat Allen C. Fischer David Francis Vernon Frazer Philip Fried Carol Graser Walter Hess Amy Holman Kate Irving Marc Jampole J. Chester Johnson David M. Katz Maeve Kinkead Samantha Kitsch Steve Koenig Alison Koffler Dean Kostos Robert Kramer Annie LaBarge Gerry LaFemina Pamela L. Laskin Iris Lee Beth Levin Richard Levine Helane Levine-Keating ellen ‘windy’ aug lytle Djelloul Marbrook Quitman Marshall Stephen Massimilla Richard Newman D. Nurkse Alicia Ostricker Jaclyn Piudik Ron Price Gretchen Primack Stephanie Rauschenbush Bertha Rogers Carl Rosenstock Adam Roufberg Thaddeus Rutkowski Daniel Shapiro Neil Shepard Matthew J. Spireng Mason Trent David Tucker Helen Tzaglof Gerald Wagoner Barry Wallenstein Chocolate Waters Joe Weil Judith Werner Kathleen Widdoes Jeffrey Cyphers Wright Michael T. Young Kip Zegers and more.


Bear Creek Haiku

Kitty appreciation to Ayaz Daryl Nielsen and his kitty staff for publishing my catku in Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Friday, November 22, 2019

kitty rubs  

against your legs  

free massage

faucet waterfall 

thinking of cats and haiku  

while I brush my teeth

Kudos to Adrian Bouter, Kitsuné, Corey Cook, Alan Catlin, Paula Yup, Judith Partin-Nielsen, 

t. kilgore splake, and Vanessa Kittle


for publishing my catku in Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, Wednesday, November 27, 2019

feline etiquette
humans must cater to cats
never vice versa

congrats to Stephanie Hiteshew, Vernon Odam, Rumi, James B. Peters, Teresinka Pereira, Haris Ichwan, Robert Gniewek, t. kilgore splake, Toma Rosen, and Judith Partin-Nielsen



Narrative Northeast

Thank you Pamela Hughes for accepting my two music-inspired poems, “Spiritual” and “Speak Low,” on the Narrative Northeast’s blog on Saturday, November 23.



The Avocet

Happy to be in the Fall 2019 Issue of The Avocet. Thank you Charles, Vivian, and Valerie Portolano.

Shout outs to Charles Portolano, Vivi Portolano, Linda Melville, Annie Jenkin, Holly Rose Diane Shaw, Peter Leverich, Anthony Wood, Tyler Robert Sheldon, Marjorie Borden, Kate Lassman, 
Jan Stuart, Wilda Morris, Jack Maze, Julia Kennedy Kirkland, Robert Savino, Greg Gregory, John Reid, and many more.

as days grow shorter  the last heatwave  fights to survive

clouds open up  allows sunlight to pass donut in the sky


headlights shine  on fallen leaves  obscure moon watches


Mankh’s Haiku Calendar 2020,  Allbook Book Press

Thanks Mankh for accepting my photo, “Birds in the ‘Hood” and my two haiku below:

at midnight

feline karaoke

gets hotter

under oak branches

flies dance in circles

summer breeze

2020 Haiku Calendar is dedicated to our steve dalachinsky and to the youth climate activistshttps://www.allbook-books.com/html/2020_haiku_calendar.htm

Sharon AndersonBill BatcherCliff BleidnerTasha BoehmElena BottsPaula CamachoPatricia CarragonChris ClendeninJeanne ClendeninLynn Coopersteve dalachinskyBetsey DickersonLinda Trott DickmanCarmela DolceAdam D. FisherLynn M. FornuffDavid Fox Glenn P. GaramellaTiokasin GhosthorseBarbara HarrisMankh (Walter E. Harris III)Patrice HasbrookKristine HendersonLinda Marie HiltonJim KacianBill KenneyMaria ManobiancoSheila MardenfeldEve MaretRoberta A. McQueenCristian MartinezCindy MedinaLinda Ranieri MelodiaA. MolotkovMariJo MooreOnan MusoyChristopher A. NicolaYuko OtomoKaveri PatelEvan PritchardTony QuaglianoNarges RothermelWill RyderRobert SavinoLisa M. Scuderi-BurkimsherBarbara SegalTom StockPatti TanaAnne Marie TognellaJ R (Judy) TurekJulia VogelleJR VorkMargarette WahlLynne Weixel, PhDKay J. Wight


Thank you Rebecca Anne Banks  for publishing Democracy in  Subterranean Blue Poetry-Volume VII Issue XII, dedicated to Leonard Cohen. Kudos to R. Bremner.