Brownstone Poets on Zoom: Jason Smartwood, Kim Brandon, Prince A. McNally, Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. EST

You’re invited to Brownstone Poets, the last Saturday of the month,

Saturday, February 25 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

for our next installment of Brownstone Poets with our rockstar features:

Jason Smartwood, aka Buttered Roll

Kim Brandon

Prince A.McNally

$5 ticket purchase and advance registration required.

Plus a limited open mic.

Your $5 contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features.

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

Please follow these instructions:

Step 1: Make your $5 contribution: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO

(Note that your contribution is not refundable.)

Step 2: Register in advance for this meeting:

https://bit.ly/3hnpy8D

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. https://fb.me/e/2yAD2iU8S

Visit our FB event page at https://fb.me/e/2mW4wt096 or DM @herbf533 or @patriciacarragon for the how tos. Please sign up early to secure a first come first serve slot at our open.

Looking forward to seeing you at our February reading!

Bios:

Buttered Roll (he/his/him) is a self-taught poet, painter, performer, and not-so-complex carbohydrate who resides in Hoboken, NJ. “Exile in Orange,” Buttered Roll’s first solo visual art show, took place at SMUSH Gallery, from March 2021 through May 2021. https://www.smushgallery.com/exileinorange. Buttered Roll released his first book Quarantine: Solo, in August 2020. Buttered Roll’s poetry has been published in Soup Can Magazine, The Esthetic Apostle, and Breadcrumbs Magazine. Buttered Roll has been a featured reader at Pine Barrens Jam, great weather for MEDIA, WAYE reading series, and Backroom Broadsides. Buttered Roll’s second book, Disjecta Dismembra, was self-published on September 22, 2022.

Kim Brandon is a poet, artist, activist, and storyteller. Her work has been included in stage performances, anthologies, and journals. This year, her work was included in Peregrine’s Black Poets Speak collection. She is a 2021 Brooklyn Poets’ Poet of the Week and a VONA alumnus. She has attended Wild Seed retreats and Cave Canem Writers workshops. She is the founder of Brooklyn Society Writers group and the host of writing workshops for people of color. This year her work centers on the revolutionary power of Black love. She is hoping to publish her first poetry collection Red Honey in 2023.

Prince A. McNally is a widely published teaching poet and spoken word artist, who facilitates workshops for kids in crisis through schools and outreach programs, utilizing poetry and creative writing as a means of expression and self-discovery. His poems have appeared in numerous literary publications and anthologies, such as Boog City, Spill Words, Tuck Magazine, Dissident Voice, Jerry Jazz Musician, and The Blue Mountain Review, to name a few. He is a recipient of a Poets and Writer’s Grant and has been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart Poetry Prize. He currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Lit Balm: The Clockwise Cat Show Presented by Alison Ross, Saturday January 7 at 5 p.m. EST on Zoom

Lit Balm: An interactive Livestream Reading Series on Zoom

Saturday, January 7 at 5 p.m. EST

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The January 7, 2023 episode of Lit Balm will be the Clockwise Cat show, presented by editor Alison Ross. It will feature Marie Lecrivain, Karen Neuberg, Patricia Carragon, Giorgia Pavlidou, Heller Levinson, and John Olson. As always, we’ll begin with poems from our hosts and end with an open mic.

Hosted by Marc Vincenz, Cassandra Atherton, Jonathan Penton

Give the Gift of Poetry for the Holidays- Brownstone Poets 2022 Anthology on Amazon.com

Give the gift of poetry for the Holidays. The latest anthology from Brownstone Poets is a work of art with beautiful poetry and photography. All for $16.

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. Our reading series is expanding via Zoom, reaching out to new voices across the U.S. and the world.

We would like to thank this year’s 59 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 Maria Lisella as this year’s guest poet.

This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant spirit found in the Borough of Kings.

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Reminder: Brownstone Poets 2022 Anthology Celebration on Zoom, Sat, December 3 at 2 p.m.

Reminder: Brownstone Poets 2022 Anthology Celebration on Zoom

Saturday, December 3, 2022

2 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. EST

Our spotlight features are:

Megha Sood

Zev Torres

Harvey Soss

Mireya Pérez-Bustillo

David Dephy

Bruce E. Whitacre

Crystal Crusti Davis

Steven Koenig

Jeff Cottrill

Ken Holland

Jack Cooper

Rescue Poetix

$5 Donation

Plus a limited open mic

Hosted by Patricia Carragon

Plus a limited open mic. Your $5 contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features. Hosted by Patricia Carragon, our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief.

Please follow these instructions:

Step 1: Make your $5 contribution: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO
(Note that your contribution is not refundable.)

Step 2: Register in advance for this meeting:
https://bit.ly/3hnpy8D

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:
https://fb.me/e/1h85uKJcS 

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. Our reading series is expanding via Zoom, reaching out to new voices across the U.S. and the world. We would like to thank this year’s 59 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 Maria Lisella as this year’s guest poet. This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant spirit found in the Borough of Kings.

Bios:


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 https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/.

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 Soss 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. www.crystalletters.com. 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 LaFolia.com, Perfect Sound Forever, AllAboutJazz.com, 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. www.kenhollandpoet.com.

Jack Cooperr is the creator of These Are Aphorithms (http://aphorithms.blogspot.com). 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.

Brownstone Poets 2022 Anthology Celebration on Zoom, Sat, December 3 at 2 p.m.

Brownstone Poets 2022 Anthology Celebration on Zoom

Saturday, December 3, 2022

2 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. EST

Our spotlight features are:

Megha Sood

Zev Torres

Harvey Soss

Mireya Pérez-Bustillo

David Dephy

Bruce E. Whitacre

Crystal Crusti Davis

Steven Koenig

Jeff Cottrill

Ken Holland

Jack Cooper

Rescue Poetix

$5 Donation

Plus a limited open mic

Hosted by Patricia Carragon

Plus a limited open mic. Your $5 contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features. Hosted by Patricia Carragon, our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief.

Please follow these instructions:

Step 1: Make your $5 contribution: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO
(Note that your contribution is not refundable.)

Step 2: Register in advance for this meeting:
https://bit.ly/3hnpy8D

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:
https://fb.me/e/1h85uKJcS 

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. Our reading series is expanding via Zoom, reaching out to new voices across the U.S. and the world. We would like to thank this year’s 59 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 Maria Lisella as this year’s guest poet. This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant spirit found in the Borough of Kings.

Bios:


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 https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/.

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 Soss 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. www.crystalletters.com. 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 LaFolia.com, Perfect Sound Forever, AllAboutJazz.com, 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. www.kenhollandpoet.com.

Jack Cooperr is the creator of These Are Aphorithms (http://aphorithms.blogspot.com). 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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From Poets Wear Prada, Meowku by Patricia Carragon

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Patricia Carragon. author of Urban Haiku and More, returns with more Haiku, this time inspired by her favorite muse, our sphinx-like companion, the CAT. This book is also filled with Ms. Carragon’s photography as well. Attached are a few samples of feline delight.

Excerpts from Meowku:

topaz sunlight

the storefront cat

makes eye contact

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Kerouac kitty

poems unravel

like toilet paper

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

eyes of the cat witch

hypnotize her devotees

cuteness wins more treats

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

like cat’s eyes

doors to inner space

open and shut

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

the singing bowl

cannot compete

with the purring cat

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

shavasana

cat whiskers brushing

the human on the mat

Praise for Meowku:

Aaron Fisher, author of Black Stars of Blood: The Weegee Poems (Main Street Rag Press), says,“Patricia Carragon has done something notable, writing and assembling some 30 pages of haiku about cats (hence, meowku) that are neither cute nor cloying. What they are is smart, funny, and satisfyingly complex — quite an accomplishment in seventeen syllables.”

David Dephy, a Georgian/American award-winning poet, novelist, and performer, sums it up: “These poems themselves are warm and mystical like kittens. They crawl from page to page with catlike grace as you caress them with your eyes and breath, as you stare them in the eye you become cautious like them and don’t want your silence to be disturbed by anyone while reading.”

Judy Kamilhor, author of Before the Big Bang and Cat Dreams, notes, “Enjoy a delightful romp of word play through a New York filled with mischievous cats and kittens. Accompanied by lovely photos, Patricia Carragon’s poems capture moments of city life with feline friends and sometimes foes. Who knew that this ancient Japanese forms fit modern New York life with cats so purrfectly?” And lastly, Ayaz Daryl Nielsen, Editor of Bear Creek Haiku, says, “Patricia Carragon is known throughout our creative and feline worlds as “that Brooklyn girl.” The humor, noblesse, and yes, loveliness of her nationwide nurturing presence are aptly, beautifully encapsulated within these thirty-five pages of photos, haiku, and micro (yet mighty) poems. Meowku is nurturing “cattitude” we all need.

About Patricia Carragon:

Patricia Carragon loves cupcakes, chocolate, cats, and haiku. She is an avid writer of short stories, prose, and poetry. She has been widely published online and in print. Her most recent publications include Arriving at a Shoreline Anthology (great weather for MEDIA, 2022), Bear Creek Haiku, Beat Generation Anthology 2022, First Literary Review-East, I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, Jerry Jazz Musician, Moonstone Press, MER VOX Quarterly, Muddy River Poetry Review, Out Loud, an LGBTQA Literary Arts Anthology (Red or Green Books), The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow anthology, et al. Her fiction piece “What Has to Happen Next” has been nominated for Sundress Publications Annual Best of the Net Anthology. Her poem “Paris the Beautiful” won Poem of the Week from great weather for MEDIA. She was nominated by Bear Creek Haiku for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel, Angel Fire, is from Alien Buddha Press. Her books from Poets Wear Prada are Meowku and The Cupcake Chronicles. She hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology.

Follow Patricia on:

https://brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/

https://patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/

https://www.instagram.com/patriciacarragon

Twitter @BrownstonePoets

Like Her Page on FaceBook

https://www.facebook.com/Brownstone-Poets-143560915675230

About Poets Wear Prada:

Publishing beautifully designed volumes of well-crafted poetry — and now fiction — you want to read, since October 2006 from Hoboken, New Jersey, birthplace of Frank Sinatra and professional baseball.

POETS WEAR PRADA
C/O Roxanne Hoffman
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Meowku is available on Amazon:

https://amzn.to/3EnRNh5

$12 

In the UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meowku-Patricia-Carragon/dp/1946116211/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3PPM69H1SB8XU&keywords=meowku&qid=1662145917&sprefix=meowku%2Cspecialty-aps%2C123&sr=8-1

£9.00

Marc-André

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We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by five cheeky cats that get up to all kinds of mischief that of course, you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

If you are interested in joining us by becoming a regular contributor/guest author do drop us a message @ info@katzenworld.co.uk .

Brownstone Poets at the NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island, Saturday, September 10 at 11:30 A.M.

Reminder:

Patricia Carragon's Blog: Words Give Me the Will to Write

Spend a poetic day on Governors Island on Saturday, September 10, and please make a stop at the White Horse stage at 11:30 a.m. to hear the wordsmiths from Brownstone Poets.

Featured readers:

Ptr Kozlowski

Dorothy Cantwell

Roxanne Hoffman

Megha Sood

Hosted by the curator and editor-in-chief, Patricia Carragon

Your support would count as an attendance toward being in the 2023 anthology.

Please note:

I would like to give an honorarium to the features. Donations will be taken during August and September on PayPal at pcarragon@gmail.com. or in person at the festival. Your donation will count as an attendance toward being in the 2023 anthology.

Patricia Carragon (Host)

Patricia Carragon (she/her) has been widely published online and in print. Her most recent publications includeBear Creek Haiku, First Literary Review-East, I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, great weather for Media, Jerry Jazz Musician, MER VOX Quarterly…

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Brownstone Poets at the NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island, Saturday, September 10 at 11:30 A.M.

Spend a poetic day on Governors Island on Saturday, September 10, and please make a stop at the White Horse stage at 11:30 a.m. to hear the wordsmiths from Brownstone Poets.

Featured readers:

Ptr Kozlowski

Dorothy Cantwell

Roxanne Hoffman

Megha Sood

Hosted by the curator and editor-in-chief, Patricia Carragon

Your support would count as an attendance toward being in the 2023 anthology.

Please note:

I would like to give an honorarium to the features. Donations will be taken during August and September on PayPal at pcarragon@gmail.com. or in person at the festival. Your donation will count as an attendance toward being in the 2023 anthology.

Patricia Carragon (Host)

Patricia Carragon (she/her) has been widely published online and in print. Her most recent publications include Bear Creek Haiku, First Literary Review-East, I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, great weather for Media, Jerry Jazz Musician, MER VOX Quarterly, Out Loud, an LGBTQA Literary Arts Anthology from Red or Green Books, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow anthology, et al. Her fiction piece “What Has to Happen Next” has been nominated for Sundress Publications Annual Best of the Net Anthology. Her poem “Paris the Beautiful” won Poem of the Week from great weather for MEDIA. She was nominated by Bear Creek Haiku for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel, Angel Fire, is from Alien Buddha Press. Her books from Poets Wear Prada are Meowku and The Cupcake Chronicles. She hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology.

Ptr Kozlowski

Ptr Kozlowski (he/him) has been a taxi driver, delivery man, poet and printer, singer-songwriter, and guitarist. He likes to bring a musical perspective to the spoken word. He’s been published in Hobo Jungle, South Florida Poetry Journal, and anthologies by great weather for MEDIA and Brownstone Poets. Ptr has performed at CBGB’s, ABC NoRio, Bowery Poetry Club, and The Cornelia Street Cafe.

Dorothy Cantwell

Dorothy Cantwell (she/her) lives in NYC and has worked as an educator, actor, and playwright. Her work has been published in the Long Island Literary Journal, Brownstone Poetry Anthologies, Constellate Literary Journal, Flash Boulevard, Assisi, River and South Review, Angel City Review and Poetrybay. She’s been a featured poet in Great Weather for Media Sunday Series, The Phoenix Reading Series, Brownstone Poets, and the Huntington Poetry Barn. decantwell7@gmail.com.

Roxanne Hoffman

Roxanne  Hoffman (non-binary) runs the independent literary press Poets Wear Prada with Jack Cooper, and she’s the Zoom meister for the Brownstone Poets reading series. Her words can be found in cyberspace (The Performance Poetry Preservation Project, Scarlet Literary Magazine, and HIV: Here & Now); 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 and, most recently, NYC  from the Inside: NYC Through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here and Out Loud: An LGBT Literary Art Anthology). Her elegiac poem “In Loving Memory,” illustrated by Edward Odwitt, was released as a chapbook in 2011; their second collaboration, The Little Entomologist, in 2018. Current projects include a new poetry collection riffing Alfred Hitchcock — she’s about halfway through completing over fifty abecedarian poems, one for each of the famed director’s films. Roxanne also has been coaching other writers in honing their craft and self-marketing skills for successful publication, via weekly Zoom sessions, since 2020.

Megha Sood

Megha Sood (she/her) is an Award-winning Asian-American poet, author, editor, and literary activist from New Jersey, USA. She is a literary partner with the Life in Quarantine Project (Stanford University) and a member of the National League of American Pen Women(NLAPW), Women’s National Book Association, and the United Nations Association-US Chapter. She is the author of the chapbook, My Body is Not an Apology, (Finishing Line Press, 2021) and poetry collection, My Body Lives Like a Threat (FlowerSongPress, 2022). Her co-edited anthology The Medusa Project has been selected as a digital payload to be sent to the moon in 2023 as part of the historical LunarCodex Project in collaboration with NASA/SpaceX. She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.

Information about the NYC Poetry Festival:

Visit www.newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com for more info about the festival. A round trip ferry ticket is price of admission to this otherwise free event, and the ferry ride is free for all before noon, all day for seniors 65+ and children 12-, otherwise $4. Book your tickets online at https://www.govisland.com/plan-your-visit/ferry.

Laborfest 2022, Tuesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. EST

Fighting for A New World, Poets & Musicians

July 12, 8 p.m EST

Zoom Event

FREE

Join LaborFest when we have labor music and poets from around the US.
Musicians include Matt Seidel and others.
Poets:
– Christopher Hirschmann Brandt is a writer, political activist, translator, carpenter, actor and theatre worker who teaches poetry workshops, Peace and Justice and theatre courses at Fordham and Pace Universities. His poems, essays and translations have been published in Spain, France, and Mexico as well as in US journals and anthologies.
– Ama Birch lives and works in New York City. Belladonna* published her chapbook, “(Spirit)” in June of 2022 as part of their Lesbian Allstars series.
– Patricia Carragon has been widely published online and in print. Her debut novel, Angel Fire, is from Alien Buddha Press. Her books from Poets Wear Prada are Meowku and The Cupcake Chronicles. She hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online.
– Linda Kleinbub is the curator of Fahrenheit Open Mic, founder of Pen Pal Poets & editor of Pink Trees Press. Linda was one of six local poets invited to read at the Americas Poetry Festival of New York 2021. Some of her work is found in The Best American Poetry, Brooklyn Rail, The Observer, and Sensitive Skin Magazine. Her first full-length book of poetry COVER CHARGE is an Unbearables Title from Autonomedia.
– Eve Packer: Bronx-born, poet/performer/actress, appears solo, w/music, in dance and theatre. Grants and awards include NYFA, Jerome Foundation, NEH, and NYSCA. She has published four poetry books, skulls head samba,, playland poems 1994-2004, new nails. (Fly By Night Press). Fall ’21 sees her new book no mask no talk corona poems 2020-2021 (w/photos) from Autonomedia Press. Has several poetry/jazz CD’s w/ saxophonist Noah Howard & others. Teaches at WCC. Honored to the skies to have known steve cannon and be one of the Tribes mom, grandmom, Lives downtown and swims daily.
– Jenifer Vernon is author of Rock Candy on West End Press and active with the Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA). You can see one of her poems, “Bobbie the Girl,” on WCSA’s website under the WCSA Creatives Corner section. She and Rosie O’Halloran got this section going in 2022. She lives on Nisenan lands in a place currently called Folsom, California with her family; and teaches communication and journalism at Sierra (Community) College.”
– Howard Pflanzer (poetry organizer) poet, playwright, and lyricist and co-founder of Crossways Theatre. Dead Birds or Avian Blues, his book of short poetic satiric plays and poetry, was published by Fly By Night Press. He was the prizewinning Poet of the Month of The Poetry Company. His hybrid performance piece, Walt Whitman Opera, adapted from Whitman’s poetry with music by Constance Cooper, was presented at the undergroundzero festival in New York.