Brownstone Poets on Zoom Saturday, April 24 from 2 P.M to 4 P.M. EST New York City

Brownstone Poets on ZOOM

Saturday, April 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City

William Washington

A.i. Firefly

James Dean Rivera

Please follow directions below, completing both steps at least two days before the reading to avoid delays entering the meeting room. Note the order of the open mic 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 program. 

Our April features are William Washington, A. i. Firefly, and James Dean Rivera. 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://rb.gy/utlbol (Note that your contribution is not refundable.) 

 Step 2: Register in advance for this meeting on Zoom: https://rb.gy/aafx4k 

 Step 3: After making your donation 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 April reading!

For your convenience here is the link to our Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/4mP0kXEZC

BIOS


William Washington

William Washington is a Spanish Harlem Elder/SpokenWord Artist, and Community Activist. William has performed SpokenWord throughout The United States. He’s performed at The Legendary NYC Nuyorican Poets Cafe- The 2016 BPC Poetry Festival in Atlanta Ga. – The Chicago Illinois 2019 Spoken Ink Live!, as well as events, in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Albany NY, Syracuse NY, etc. Mr. Washington has starred, on Off Broadway Stages- Most Notably “Sistahs Black Like Me- Harlemville.” He has performed at major Churches & Colleges throughout The Tri- State area. William Washington is the author, of the widely acclaimed Autobiography “The Nigger Chronicles/The Mispronunciation Of Who I Am” published in December of The Year 2012. Lastly William recently co-featured at “Great Weather for Media” Hosted by The Phenomenal Mr. Thomas Fucaloro! Introducing.. Mr. William Washington!

A. i. Firefly


photo by Kristopher Johnson

A.i. Firefly was born at the tail end of the 1970s in the suburbs of NYC. She is the author of Cast Iron Poetry #2 : A Moon Magnetized This Screeching Bird, a poetry collection published by Time Is An Ocean Publications. Her previous work on the web & in print appears in publications by Having A Whiskey Coke With You, NYSAI Press, Blood Moon Poetry, A.B. Baird Publishing, E·ratio, & Great Weather For Media. You can read more of her work and engage with the author on Instagram @a.i.firefly or at https://aifirefly.wordpress.com

James Dean Rivera

James Dean Rivera, also known as The Dean of Poetry, is an author, spoken word artist, and YouTuber who resides in Brooklyn, New York. Through his words, he promotes positivity and inspiration. He shares life lessons for in hopes of bettering of the lives of his audience. James has been writing since he was 14 years old and he published is book Words From The Heart in 2018 and Deep Thoughts in 2020. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Science from Brooklyn College. The Dean of Poetry lives to inspire the world one moment at a time.

Brownstone Poets on Zoom Saturday, April 24 from 2 P.M to 4 P.M. EST New York City

Brownstone Poets on ZOOM

Saturday, April 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City

William Washington

A.i. Firefly

James Dean Rivera

Please follow directions below, completing both steps at least two days before the reading to avoid delays entering the meeting room. Note the order of the open mic 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 program. 

Our April features are William Washington, A. i. Firefly, and James Dean Rivera. 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://rb.gy/utlbol (Note that your contribution is not refundable.) 

 Step 2: Register in advance for this meeting on Zoom: https://rb.gy/aafx4k 

 Step 3: After making your donation 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 April reading!

For your convenience here is the link to our Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/4mP0kXEZC

BIOS


William Washington

William Washington is a Spanish Harlem Elder/SpokenWord Artist, and Community Activist. William has performed SpokenWord throughout The United States. He’s performed at The Legendary NYC Nuyorican Poets Cafe- The 2016 BPC Poetry Festival in Atlanta Ga. – The Chicago Illinois 2019 Spoken Ink Live!, as well as events, in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Albany NY, Syracuse NY, etc. Mr. Washington has starred, on Off Broadway Stages- Most Notably “Sistahs Black Like Me- Harlemville.” He has performed at major Churches & Colleges throughout The Tri- State area. William Washington is the author, of the widely acclaimed Autobiography “The Nigger Chronicles/The Mispronunciation Of Who I Am” published in December of The Year 2012. Lastly William recently co-featured at “Great Weather for Media” Hosted by The Phenomenal Mr. Thomas Fucaloro! Introducing.. Mr. William Washington!

A. i. Firefly


photo by Kristopher Johnson

A.i. Firefly was born at the tail end of the 1970s in the suburbs of NYC. She is the author of Cast Iron Poetry #2 : A Moon Magnetized This Screeching Bird, a poetry collection published by Time Is An Ocean Publications. Her previous work on the web & in print appears in publications by Having A Whiskey Coke With You, NYSAI Press, Blood Moon Poetry, A.B. Baird Publishing, E·ratio, & Great Weather For Media. You can read more of her work and engage with the author on Instagram @a.i.firefly or at https://aifirefly.wordpress.com

James Dean Rivera

James Dean Rivera, also known as The Dean of Poetry, is an author, spoken word artist, and YouTuber who resides in Brooklyn, New York. Through his words, he promotes positivity and inspiration. He shares life lessons for in hopes of bettering of the lives of his audience. James has been writing since he was 14 years old and he published is book Words From The Heart in 2018 and Deep Thoughts in 2020. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Science from Brooklyn College. The Dean of Poetry lives to inspire the world one moment at a time.

Kudos from Bear Creek Haiku

Kudos from Bear Creek Haiku

Wow, more kudos for me and Brownstone Poets from Bear Creek Haiku.

Honoring Bear Creek contributors who are editors of blogs, as well as, print or online journals.

http://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2016/02/not-only-our-finest-poetry-editors-also.html

Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen, Frosty, and Tama.

Bear Creek’s Frosty and Tama
Marianne Szlyk

Check out the journal websites for submission details:

Karen O’Leary of Whispers in the Wind
whispersinthewind333.blogspot.com

A.J. Huffman of Kind of a Hurricane Press
 www.kindofahurricanepress.com

Don Wentworth of Lilliput Review and Issa’s Untidy Hut Wednesday Haiku

https://sites.google.com/site/lilliputreview/home

February Publication News- Bear Creek Haiku

February Publication news–Bear Creek Haiku

Thank you Frosty and Tama

Some good news from Bear Creek Haiku:

a sneak preview from the upcoming Issue #132:


http://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2016/02/bijou-kumar-dubay-peggy-dugan-french.html

I share the page with

Bijay Kant Dubey, Peggy Dugan French, Dennis Rhodes, Don Wentworth, Steve Ausherman and normal

Enjoy my poems here:
eyes of the cat witch
hypnotize her devotees
cuteness wins more treats
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              the cat leaves a Christmas present
              in the litter box
              the scent of shit happening
=^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^= =^:^=
From Issue #131:
I share the page with
Jo Balistreri, Alan Catlin, Chase, Lone Crow, Sarah de Oliveira Passarella, Dennis E. Donham, Antuérpio Pettersen Filho, Peggy Dugan French, Joanna Sue Haymart, George Held, Judith Partin-Nielsen, James B. Peters, Cathy Porter, Dennis Rhodes, Toma Rosen, Dennis Salech, Jane Stuart, G. M. H. Thompson, Brian K. Turner, P. L. Wick, Yates Young, Paula Yup, Savor, Ajša Zahirović
Enjoy my poems here:
firefly light show
donkey cart planter
going nowhere
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
feathered troubadours
outside my window
          sunrise serenade
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
morning hello
maple leaves tap 
against my window
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
tuxedo kitten
    climbs the chain-link fence
              makes that Olympian leap
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
sweet and ripe
enough to eat
the melon’s scent
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
tails of tomcats
territorial showdown
Brooklyn howl
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
(for Evy Ivy)
shades of green
       in the sunlight
                 my tree knows Lorca

Patricia Carragon will not be at The Losers’ Club Project

Due to illness and doctor’s orders,
I, Patricia Carragon won’t be performing for
THE LOSERS’ CLUB PROJECT
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6 p.m.
$9 admission GIVES YOU A FREE DRINK
Saara Dutton  
Vogue Giambri
Jennifer Harmon
Aimee Herman
Marie Sabatino
 Moira T. Smith
Matthew Abuelo
Kofi Forsun
Phillip Giambri
Joel Gold
Ron Kolm
Big Mike Logan
Michael Schwartz
Hosted by Phillip Giambri
The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St, NYC-10014

212- 989- 9319

Subways:
A, B, C, D, E, F to West 4the Street
1 to Christopher/ Sheridan Square

Update on Palabras Luminosa, Luminous Words (the 22nd Annual Alternative New Years Day Spoken Word Extravaganza-Poetry

Update on Palabras Luminosa, Luminous Words (the 22nd Annual Alternative New Years Day Spoken Word Extravaganza-Poetry

Due to illness and my doctor’s orders:
I, Patricia Carragon, will not be hosting or reading at this event on Friday, January 1, 2016.
The Fantastic Puma Perl will be taking my place. She will be hosting my spot between 3 p.m. — 4 p.m. She will be reading before 3 p.m.
Should be AWESOME!
Palabras Luminosa, Luminous Words (the 22nd Annual Alternative New Years Day Spoken Word Extravaganza-Poetry
150 POETS TO INVADE THE STAGE!
From 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E. 3rd St (between Aves. B and C)
New York, NY -10009
212- 780 – 9386
Open Mic Available
Free Admission
F Train to Second Ave.

Mankh on Haiku and Carragon Haiku Publication News

Hello Poets and Friends,

More Haiku news from The Weekly Avocet and Bear Creek Haiku

The Weekly Avocet, November 18th, 2015–Special Haiku Edition Honoring my Haiku buddy, Mankh (Walter E. Harris III):




From Charles Portolano, editor and publisher of The Avocet:
    I had the pleasure of meeting Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) from Selden, NY, at our get-together of Avocet poets on Long Island this September.  He read his haikus and a few of his students read their wonderful haikus, too.   I have greatly enjoyed reading his book Haiku One Breaths. 
     I started playing with haikus when I became editor of The Avocet.  I love writing them now,    hard to write a great one, but, then, that is what makes it so much fun.
    At the end of this issue are wonderful haiku by haiku master Yosa Buson. Wonderful work!!!
Haiku Primer by Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), Selden, NY – mankh@allbook-books.com
Though its roots go back at least 2600 years, haiku as a literary form began to flourish with Matsuo Bashô in 17th century Japan. The individual hokku (what would become haiku) was extracted fromhaikai-no-renga (linked verse).
Nearly all modern haiku poets agree that the 5-7-5 syllable structure is not necessary, as Japanese is a picture language and does not have syllables, rather onji (sound-symbols, what the 5-7-5 refers to). If the poem happens to be 17 syllables (or occasionally longer), fine, but in general, 10 to 14 syllables more aptly convey what a haiku in Japanese sounds and feels like. One guide-line: whatever works best!
Typically there’s a kigo (season-word), e.g. “cherry blossom” indicates spring so you don’t need to write ‘in spring the cherry blossoms…’ Remember that haiku is a minimalist art; less is more. A haiku also has a kireji or pause, typically after the first or second line. For example, Kobayashi Issa’s classic: Don’t worry spiders / I keep house / casually; the pause is after “spiders.”
The first two lines of a haiku often create a tension/conflict/contrast which the third line resolves or somehow takes to another level, rather than repeating what’s already been stated. While some poets experiment with one long line or four lines, the principle remains the same.
If having trouble writing a haiku, ask yourself: What is it that stirs me to put this experience or observation into words? Try to translate that experience (it may take some editing) so as to allow for the exact words, so as to allow the reader/listener to experience what you experienced. So if I saw an amazing sunrise, more important than that I saw it, would be trying to convey the feeling itself.
Senryu have a similar structure but highlight human nature and are typically humorous, ironic, or poignant . . . though it can be challenging to tell the difference, so haiku often becomes the generic term for both. A haibun is a short prose piece typically followed by a haiku, and often used in travel journals, the most well-known being Bashô’s Narrow Road to the Interior. Art combined with a haikuis traditionally called haiga.
My pocket-sized book is part how-to write haiku and part anthology with poems by 24 people. It’s titled Haiku One Breaths because it’s said that the length of a haiku is what can be uttered in one breath. The subtitle is, a voice through a tangle because these little poems help to illuminate the present moment, or as Alan Watts wrote, from a Buddhist perspective, in his book The Way of Zen(p.44): “Therefore the practical discipline of the way of liberation is a progressive disentanglement of one’s Self from every identification.”
Thus, each moment gives us the opportunity to be awake . . .  and haiku can help remind us of this consciousness, along with keeping us connected with the flowing movement of the seasons.
One way to learn about haiku is simply to read them and notice what you appreciate.
To purchase Haiku One Breaths, here’s the link to my website and scroll to “sale $7” which includes mailing. http://allbook-books.com/html/purchase_books.htm
must be good friends,
three sparrows gathering
     on a lilac branch
   Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
   Selden, NY
               
         
all the sunflowers
bowing to the earth,
autumn rain
           
   Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
   Selden, NY
October trying to memorize
marigold scent
on my fingers
   Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
   Selden, NY
see that tree,
standing tall in the freezing cold —
what’s your story?
    Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
sunrise songs
birds drinking
the light
  Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
  Selden, NY
 
Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) writes haiku and other kinds of poems, also essays, much of whichis at www.axisoflogic.com where he is resident poet, and his website www.allbook-books.comHe teaches haiku, brush calligraphy, and balancing East-West traditions. He enjoys music, meditation, munchies, and more. 
 
 
Here are my contributions:
 
ghostly calicos
toms the color of midnight
catnip bewitches
Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY
sleepless in Brooklyn
restless like rain’s persistence
against the window
Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY
baby ginkgo fan
wears the color
of life and death

Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY
unlike red maples
oaks and honeylocusts
turn blond or brunet

Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY
broken olive branch
nursing home garden in bloom
Mommy . . . I’m sorry!
Patricia Carragon
Brooklyn, NY


Other Haiku Avocet writers: Joan Higuchi, Chris Valentine, Art Elser, Theresa A. Cancro, Charles Portolano, Judy Wucherer, Narges Rothermel, Indy Quillen

***************************************************
 
Bear Creek Haiku, Issue #130, November 12, 2015
Sam, the Brownstone Poets Mascot and friend of Linda Lerner, is a guest of honor on the Bear Creek Blog
in the bear creek haiku issue #130:
sharon anderson   hopwood  pennsylvania
heitor almeida araujo   villa mon logis  france
                           translated by teresinka pereira
patricia carragon   brooklyn  new york
alan catlin   schenectady  new york
lysa collins   white rock  british columbia
lone crow   fort collins  colorado
nancy l dahl   ypsilanti  michigan
robert edwards   kirkland  washington
chase and chris faiers   marmora  ontario
joanna haymart  (10 years old)   cottontown  tennessee
                                      granddaughter of james b peters
stephanie hiteshew   ellicott city  maryland
kitsuné   somewhere in nepal
dorothy mclaughlin   somerset  new jersey
charlie mehrhoff   oakland  maine
karla linn merrifield   brockport  new york
karen o’leary   west fargo  north dakota
syed liaquath peeran   bangalore (bangaluru)  india
andré peragallo   vernevil  france
                                   translated by teresinka pereira
teresinka pereira   toledo  ohio
james b peters   cottontown  tennessee
dennis rhodes   naples  florida
toma rosen   mt baldy zen center  california
dennis saleh   seaside  california
g a scheinoha   eden  wisconsin
rex sexton   philadelphia  pennsylvania
vivian bolland schroeder   humble  texas
t kilgore splake   calumet  michigan
brian k turner   fullerton  california
p l wick   empire  colorado
yates young   palm coast  florida
paula yup   spokane  washington
ajsa zahirovic   sarajevo  bosnia and herzegovina
Very pleased to have one of my haiku featured on this blog, as well as the cover page: 
Zen on a park bench
I am no different than
the trees or bushes
(first published in First Literary Review-East November 2013—Cindy Hochman has good taste! 😀 )
My two other haiku in this issue are:
he throws out
the garbage
before Zen enters
Kerouac kitty
poems unravel
like toilet paper
(first published in First Literary Review-East January 2013—Cindy Hochman has good taste! 😀 )

Jennifer Harmon, Ptr Kozlowski, and Robert Kramer, Saturday, October 3, at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant

Jennifer Harmon, Ptr Kozlowski, and Robert Kramer, Saturday, October 3, at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant

Brownstone Poets presents Jennifer Harmon, Ptr Kozlowski, and 
Robert Kramer, Saturday, October 3, 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.

Brownstone Poets presents:
Jennifer Harmon
Ptr Kozlowski
Robert Kramer

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

Park Plaza Restaurant

220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk

Brooklyn, NY 11201 – 718 – 596 – 5900

Subways:

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:

http://www.hopstop.com/

$4 Donation – plus Food/Drink – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon

pcarragon@gmail.com


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BIOS:

 
 
 
Jennifer Harmon is a poet who was born and raised in New Mexico, currently residing in Astoria, Queens. Inspired by her late mother Patty, also a writer, Jennifer’s goal is to share their story with the world. Her work is heavily influenced by personal relationships with family and friends as well as the atmosphere of the Southwest desert and the East Coast. Although she misses the hot enchiladas and the enchanting pastel pink and orange sunsets of New Mexico, she has formed a rich and rewarding life in New York City. Intertwining her mother’s writings with her own, Jennifer’s poetry readings provide a unique and often very moving experience to her audience. She can be reached at jdharmon03@hotmail.com.
 
 
 
Midwood resident Ptr Kozlowski has been writing poems along the way through a varied life. He learned letterpress printing from his father in Connecticut and worked as a typesetter in San Francisco in the late 1970’s, where he also was a roadie. Back East, he’s been a truck driver and a NYC cabbie. He’s played guitar in bands from Folk and New Age to New Wave and Grunge. Ptr’s poems have appeared in Hobo Jungle, Curare, and Stained Sheets, and in anthologies from Brownstone Poets and Great Weather for Media. He’s been featured at major Brooklyn and New York readings.
 
 
 
 
A native New Yorker and former director of the New York Poets Cooperative, Robert Kramer studied and lived in Europe as the US Army’s First Lieutenant, Fulbright Scholar in Munich, Germany, and as Swiss Government Fellow in Bern, returning to the United States to teach at the university level.
He’s the author of numerous books and articles on the history of literature and art, and has received six awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A widely published playwright, poet, translator of European literature, he has read his poetry and translations on radio and television, as well as at Harvard, Princeton, and NYU. 
He is the Professor of Art History at Manhattan College at Riverdale, New York.

Pictures from the 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase

Pictures from the Poets House 23rd Annual Showcase

Pictures from the Poets House 23rd Annual Showcase:

Patricia Carragon with Brownstone Poets 2014 and 2015 Anthologies (photo by Ptr Kozlowski)
Patricia Carragon with Brownstone Poets 2014 and 2015 Anthologies (photo by Ptr Kozlowski)
Rosalie Calabrese and Ilsa Gilbert
Hassanal Abdullah
Erica Mapp
Tom Savage
Matthew Anish showing his chapbooks
Matthew Anish with his chapbooks
Linda Lerner
Ptr Kozlowski
Susan Maurer with her chapbook
my yearly bathroom shots
Susan Maurer
Linda Lerner
Vittoria Repetto
Boni Joi
Rose Bernal
Patricia Carragon with the 2015 anthology (cover by Bob Heman) (photo by Ptr Kozlowski)
Susan Maurer with her poetry collection (Photo by Linda Lerner)
Linda Lerner by her NYQ publication
Patricia Carragon with her anthologies (2014 cover by Carmel Curtis) (Photo by Linda Lerner)
Two cooks not in the kitchen (Patricia Carragon and Vittoria Repetto) (Photo by Linda Lerner)
Susan Maurer (Photo by Linda Lerner)
Patricia Carragon with her latest anthology (Photo by Linda Lerner)