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:

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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.


Arriving at a Shoreline: Anthology Release Celebration!!!

Proud to be reading “For All We Know” for great weather for MEDIA this Saturday, August 20 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at our beloved Parkside Lounge at 317 East Houston Street near Attorney Street in East Village, NY

Celebrate great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology, “Arriving at a Shoreline”, with an incredible lineup of contributing poets and writers.

Featuring: Joanna Acevedo, Patricia Carragon, Amy Cook, Kat Georges, Ed Go, Meghan Grupposo, Bibbe Hansen, Tanya Ko Hong, Javan Howard, Sarah Iqbal, Craig Kite, Linda Lerner, Lucía Orellana Damacela, Yuko Otomo, Puma Perl, Ron Price, Blake Z. Rong, Karl Roulston, Lady John William Snyder, and Francine Witte

Hosted by David Lawton

“Arriving at a Shoreline” is an invigorating collection of poetry and short fiction from sixty-four writers across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains interviews with National Book Award winner Martín Espada and legendary Bay Area poet Jack Foley.

Copies of the book are selling for $22

If you wish to order copies, go to this link below:

Brownstone Poets 2022 Anthology is HERE!

Brownstone Poets 2022 Anthology is HERE!

A big Brownstone thank you to the contributors and staff for making this happen.

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.

To the contributors, please DM me at on how to receive your copy at the author rate.

For everyone else, it’s $16 on Amazon:

For everyone else, it’s $16 on Amazon:

Struggle for Liberty Virtual Reading Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 2 p.m. EST

Registration Required – Registration Link

Thank you Larry Robin for accepting my haiku for this anthology and will be sharing it at this event.

Kudos to David Dephy, R.Bremner, Martina McGowan, David Lawton, Robert Gibbons, Ameerah Shabazz, and more.

I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe on Zoom, Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m, EST

Come celebrate the new anthology by editors—Susana H. Case & Margo Taft Stever. I’m proud to be part of this event. Several poets published in the anthology will be reading.

Thursday, February 24

7 P.M. EST on Zoom

I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe is a new anthology of poems on Marilyn Monroe, one of the all-time greatest iconic figures of beauty and femininity, addresses questions about gender roles and their enactment, and the ways in which women attempt to negotiate the differences between their private and public personae. The ninety who are represented include Sylvia Plath, Sharon Olds, David Lehman, Denise Duhamel, Nin Andrews, Delmore Schwartz, Ernesto Cardenal, David Trinidad, and Frank Baez. The introduction is by Lois Banner, the founder of the women’s history movement and author of ten books, including Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox (Bloomsbury, 2012).

SUSANA H. CASE has authored eight books of poetry, most recently The Damage Done, Broadstone Books, 2022. Dead Shark on the N Train, Broadstone Books, 2020 won a Pinnacle Book Award for Best Poetry Book, a NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite, and was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. The first of her five chapbooks, The Scottish Café, Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka by Opole University Press. She co-edited, with Margo Taft Stever, the anthology I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, Milk and Cake Press, 2022. Case is a co-editor of Slapering Hol Press.

MARGO TAFT STEVER’s three full-length poetry collections are The End of Horses (Broadstone Books, 2022); Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019) shortlisted and honorable mention for the 2021 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize; and Frozen Spring (2002 Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry). Her latest of four chapbooks is Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019). Her poems have appeared in literary magazines including Verse Daily, Plant-Human Quarterly, Cincinnati Review, Rattapallax, upstreet, Salamander, West Branch, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Poem-A-Day,, Academy of American Poets, and Prairie Schooner. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Bioethics Department of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Stever also teaches a poetry workshop at Children’s Village, a residential school for at-risk children and adolescents. She is founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. (

Malaika King Albrecht is your host

Topic: I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe is a new anthology of poems on Marilyn Monroe
Time: Feb 24, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Reminder: Marilyn Monroe Anthology Reading at KGBBar, Monday, Valentine’s Day, at 7 p.m.

KGBBar Launch, Feb 14, 7 PM, 85 East 4th Street, NYC, I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, eds. Susana H. Case & Margo Taft Stever

Please bring vax card and mask as per NYC guidelines. And bring friends. Venue has a staircase and no elevator, is not wheelchair-accessible.) Must be 21 or older.

Introduction, Susana Case & Margo Taft Stever read CD Wright & Ted Berrigan
Elaine Sexton
Anna Limontas-Salisbury
Stephanie Laterza
Cindy Beer-Fouhy
Meredith Trede 
Jason Schneiderman
Marion Brown
Bruce E. Whitacre
Patricia Carragon 
Susana Case & Margo Taft Stever read Lucia Perillo & Ai / Intermission

Alexander Cavaluzzo
Karen Neuberg
Robert Gibbons
John J. Trause
Tina Kelley
Henry Crawford
Frank Baez
Joel Allegretti
Mervyn Taylor
Conclusion, Susana Case & Margo Taft Stever read Gwendolyn Brooks & Sylvia Plath


C. D. WRIGHT received fellowships from foundations including the MacArthur, the Lila Wallace, the Lannan, the Guggenheim, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She published sixteen collections of poetry and prose during her lifetime and was a faculty member at Brown University for decades. Her book One With Others won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. (

TED BERRIGAN was the author of more than twenty books, including The SonnetsBean Spasms (with Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard), Poems, In BriefRed Wagon, and, lastly, A Certain Slant of Sunlight. He taught at the famed Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, at Northwestern University in Chicago as poet-in-residence, at the Poetry Project of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery in New York City, and, toward the end of his life, at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

ELAINE SEXTON’s most recent collection of poetry is Prospect/Refuge (Sheep Meadow Press). She teaches at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute, serves as the visual arts editor for Tupelo Quarterly, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She is an avid bookmaker and micro-publisher, and founder of the 2 Horatio poetry seminars. (

ANNA LIMONTAS-SALISBURY is a New York City poet, writer, freelance journalist, and educator. Her poetry can be found inthe Emotive Fruition performance series Heartbreaker/ Verse Maker, Came Back with A Clap Back, and Let Lighting Set Us on Fire, and corresponding chapbooks. She’s been featured storyteller and poet at arts venues such as How to Build A Fire with Open Source Galleries and Honey Dipped Productions. (

STEPHANIE LATERZA is a writer and attorney from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, The Psyche Trials (Finishing Line Press) and a SU-CASA 2018 award recipient from the Brooklyn Arts Council. ( 

CINDY BEER-FOUHY has been teaching in public and private schools and community facilities for fifty years. She currently teaches at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

MEREDITH TREDE’s Tenement Threnody is from Main Street Rag. Stephen F. Austin State University Press published Field Theory. A Toadlily Press founder, her chapbook, Out of the Book, was in Toadlilly’s Desire Path. She has earned residency fellowships at Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale, Saltonstall, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia and France. (

JASON SCHNEIDERMAN is the author of four books of poems: Hold Me Tight and Primary Source (both from Red Hen Press); Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press); and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press). He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. 

MARION BROWN, a lifelong resident of New York State, lives in Yonkers. Her chapbooks, published by Finishing Line Press, are Tasted and The Morning After Summer. She serves on the Advisory Committee of Slapering Hol Press, the Program Committee of the Hudson Valley Writers Center, and the National Council of Graywolf Press.

BRUCE E. WHITACRE has completed master workshops with Jericho Brown, Alex Dimitrov, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Mark Wunderlich. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and lives in Forest Hills, Queens. (

PATRICIA CARRAGON’s poem Paris the Beautiful won Poem of the Week from great weather for MEDIA. Herlatest book from Poets Wear Prada is Meowku and her debut novel, Angel Fire, is from Alien Buddha Press. Patricia hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. (

LUCIA PERILLO’s books include Dangerous Life (Northeastern University Press), which won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America; The Body Mutinies (Purdue University Press), winner of the Kate Tufts prize from Claremont University; Luck is Luck (Random House), which won the Kingsley Tufts prize from Claremont University; and Inseminating the Elephant (Copper Canyon Press), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress and others. Perillo was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2000.

AI’s book, Vice: New and Selected Poems was awarded the National Book Award for Poetry. Her other books include: Cruelty (Perseus Books Group), Killing Floor (Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets), Sin (an American Book Award winner), and Fate (all by Houghton Mifflin), GreedVice: New and Selected PoemsDread, and the posthumous No Surrender (all by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.). She was a professor and the vice president of the Native American Faculty and Staff Association at Oklahoma State University until her death in 2010.

ALEXANDER CAVALUZZO is an East Village-based writer and artist. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Newsweek to Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. (

KAREN NEUBERG is a retired information specialist and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Pursuit (Kelsay Books) and the chapbook, the elephants are asking (Glass Lyre Press). She holds an MFA from The New School and is associate editor of the online journal First Literary Review East. (

ROBERT ANTHONY GIBBONS, a native Floridian, came to New York City in 2007 in search of his muse Langston Hughes and found a vibrant contemporary poetry community. His first book, ​Close to the Tree​, was published by the New York-based Three Rooms Press. He is a Cave Canem Fellow (2019–2021) and has received residencies from the Norman Mailer Foundation and the DISQUIET International Literary Program. In 2018, he completed his MFA at City College.

JOHN J. TRAUSE, Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of six books of poetry and one of parody, Latter-Day Litany, the latter staged Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies. Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets. He is the subject of a 30-on-30-in-30 essay on The Operating System, written by Don Zirilli, and an author of an essay on Baroness Elsa at the same site. He co-founded the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N.J. and was the former host/curator of its monthly reading series. (

TINA KELLEY’s fourth poetry collection, Rise Wildly, was published by CavanKerry Press, which also published Abloom and AwryArdor won the Jacar Press chapbook competition. Her other books are Precise (Word Press), and The Gospel of Galore, winner of a Washington State Book Award. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. Kelley was a reporter for The New York Times for a decade, sharing in a staff Pulitzer for coverage of the 9/11 attacks. (

HENRY CRAWFORD is the author of two collections of poetry, American Software (2017) and Binary Planet (2020). He won first prize in the 2019 World Food Poetry Competition. He enjoys an extensive online presence. He currently hosts the online poetry series, Poets vs The Pandemic. (

FRANK BÁEZ, born in the Dominican Republic in 1978, has published six books of poetry, a short story collection, and two chronicles. He belongs to the Spoken Word band El Hombrecito, which has produced three albums. In 2006, he received the Short Stories Prize of the Santo Domingo International Book Fair for You’ll Have to Pay the Shrinks Yourself, and in 2007 he won the Salomé Ureña National Poetry Prize for Post Cards. In 2017, he was selected for the Hay Festival as a member of Bogotá39, the list of the best Latin American writers under forty years of age.

JOEL ALLEGRETTI is the author of, most recently, Platypus (NYQ Books), a collection of poems, prose, and performance texts, and Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing), a novella. His second book of poems, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books). The Boston Globe called Rabbit Ears “cleverly edited” and “a smart exploration of the many, many meanings of TV.” (

MERVYN TAYLOR, originally from Trinidad, has been a Brooklyn resident for many years. He has taught at Bronx Community College, The New School, and in the New York City public school system. Retired from teaching, he’s the author of seven full-length books of poetry, including No Back DoorVoices Carry, and the recent Country of Warm Snow (all by Shearsman Books), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation which was longlisted for the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in the poetry category. A chapbook, News of the Living: Corona Poems, was published by Broadstone Books. Taylor can be heard reciting his poetry on the CD Road Clear, accompaniedby renowned bassist David Williams. He is a co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. (

SUSANA H. CASE is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently The Damage Done (Broadstone Books, 2022). Dead Shark on the N Train (Broadstone Books, 2020) won a Pinnacle Book Award for Best Poetry Book and a NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite and was a Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. She is also the author of five chapbooks. Her first collection, The Scottish Café (Slapering Hol Press) was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka (Opole University Press). She is a co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. (

MARGO TAFT STEVER’s latest of three full-length poetry collections are Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019), which was shortlisted and received honorable mention for the 2021 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize, and The End of Horses, Broadstone Books, 2022. Her latest of four chapbooks is Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019). She is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Bioethics Department of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Stever also teaches a poetry workshop at Children’s Village, a residential school for at-risk children and adolescents. She is founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. (

brevitas 18th Annual Festival of the Short Poem on Sunday, November 14, at 4pmVirtual Program

Join us at the brevitas 18th Annual Festival of the Short Poem on Sunday, November 14, at 4pm
Virtual Program with open mic at end (one poem 14 lines maximum)

Register on Eventbrite:…/the-brevitas-poetry…

Hosted by Flash Rosenberg w/50+ poets, including Ron Kolm, Patricia Carragon, Maria Lisella, co-founder Steve Zeitlin, Austin Alexis Amy Barone, and more.

Paterson Review #48 this Saturday at 1 p.m. EST

Paterson Review #48 this Saturday, March 6 at 1 p.m. EST

Come join me with Amy Barone and other great poets at this celebration of words.  I will be reading “Dance with Me,” a touching poem inspired by a Ben E. King classic song.

For Your family and friends:

Dear contributors of Paterson Literary Review #48:  

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College present a virtual Poetry Reading  by the contributors of Paterson Literary Review #48 on Saturday, March 6, 21 at 1PM (EST).  If you want to join and enjoy the Poetry Reading, please see below the Livestream YouTube link and click on it at 1 PM (EST).

Please see below the Livestream YouTube link and forward it to your family and friends so they can hear you read. You can send it to as many people as you want.