Brownstone Poets Anthology Event this Saturday!

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Our Brownstone Poets Annual Anthology Celebration is only a few days away. Please join us this Saturday, December 3, from 2 on to 4:30 pm ET. Your $5 contribution helps support the publication of our 2023 anthology and guarantees you a 3-minute spot at our open mic (for poetry) at this event.

Our spotlight readers are:

Megha Sood

Zev Torres

Harvey Soss

Mireya Perez

David Dephy Thank you, David, for this beautiful photo of Brooklyn Bridge!

Bruce E. Whitacre

Crystal Crustl Davis

Steven Koenig

Jeff Cottrill

Ken Holland

Jack Cooper

Rescue Poetix

Hosted by Patricia Carragon, our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief.

Please follow these directions, completing all the steps at least two days before the reading to avoid delays entering the Zoom meeting. Everyone is automatically signed up for the open. Note the order of the open reading follows the order of signup. Sign up early to read early in the program. Last-minute signup means you will read at the end of the program:

Step 1: Make your $5 contribution:

(Note that your contribution is not refundable.)

Step 2: Register in advance for this meeting:

Step 3: After making your contribution and completing your registration, you will receive a confidential confirmation email containing your unique link to join the event.

Looking forward to seeing you at our December reading! For your convenience here is the link to our Facebook event page:

DM @herbf533 or @patriciacarragon for more info or for assistance registering. #brownstonepoets #readingseries #anthology #poetryfriends #poetrycommunity #literaryevent #booklaunch #bookparty #openmic #zoomevent

Bios for Spotlight Readers:

Megha Sood is a Pushcart-nominated poet, author, editor, and blogger; a poetry editor at MookyChick (UK), Life and Legends (USA), Brownstone Poets (2022); a partner in “Life in Quarantine,” Stanford University, USA, 2020, a National Level Winner and Recipient of 2020 Poet Fellowship (Martha’s Institute of Creative Writing). Website

Zev Torres’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications including the Rainbow Project, Otherwise Engaged, NYC From the Inside, and Brownstone Poets’ 2010-2021 Anthologies. “Left Unsaid,” is the third poem in a trilogy following Another Side of the Story (Kitchen Sink Magazine (2021) and Rites of Passage (Maintenant 15 (2021).

Harvey Sosss has been writing for several years now and won Writer’s Diget poetry prize awards in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Poems of his have been published in conjunction with the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize (2016), Shabda Press’ Nuclear Impact anthology and elsewhere here and abroad.

Mireya Perez-Bustillo’s poetry searches for that “other voice” expressed through entrapment and oppression. Her work appears in Revista del Hada, Caribbean Review, Americas Review, Diosas en Bronce: Anthology of Colombian Women Writers, and IRP Voices, among others.

David Dephy, a Georgian/American award-winning poet named as A Literature Luminary by Bowery Poetry, The Stellar Poet by Voices of Poetry, The Incomparable Poet by Statorec, A Brilliant Grace by Headline Poetry & Press, and An Extremely Unique Poetic Voice by Cultural Daily. He lives and works in New York.

Bruce E. Whitacre’s work has been published in American Journal of Poetry, Poets Wear Prada, and World Literature Today, among others. His poems are included in The Strategic Poet by Diane Lockward, and the anthologies Brownstone Poets 2021 and I Want to be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe.

Crystal Crustl Davis is a multidisciplinary, mixed media artist, freelance writer, and social media marketer. Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ she is the creator at Crystal Letters, and Co-Founder of OpenRoad Poetry. Her work is inspired by nature, color, and craft through art and writing. IG: @crystallettersofficial.

Steven Koenig is a Brooklyn-born and bred poet, educator, music journalist, and activist. His poems have appeared in Brooklyn Day of the Poet, Poetry in Performance, Sensations, and Diseased Pariah News. His music writing has appeared in, Perfect Sound Forever,, and Signal to Noise.

Jeff Cottrill is a novelist, poet, journalist, and spoken-word artist based in Toronto. He has headlined in countless literary series throughout Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. Jeff has authored four chapbooks and recorded three CDs, and his debut novel, Hate Story, is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Ken Holland, an award-winning poet, has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, and has had work widely published in such journals as Rattle, Tulane Review, Southwest Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and Tar River, as well as several anthologies. He lives and breathes in Fishkill, New York.

Jack Cooperr is the creator of These Are Aphorithms ( His work has appeared widely, in print and online, including Brownstone Poets 2013 and 2021. “Slouching Toward Bushwick,” a collection of his Brooklyn poems, is forthcoming soon from Poets Wear Prada. He lives in Paris.

Rescue Poetix aka Susan Justiniano, is the first Puerto Rican woman Poet Laureate of Jersey City, N.J. As a globally published and performing poet, she has over fifty original poems set to music under her professional artist brand RescuePoetix™. She is an arts advocate deeply involved in the arts community.


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