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.

Brownstone Poets on Summer Hiatus: No Zoom Readings in August and September

Hello Poets and Friends,

Brownstone Poets is taking a summer hiatus. There will be no Zoom readings held in August and September. We return on Saturday, October 29 with Broadstone Book authors: Susana H. Case, Margo Taft Stever, and Amy Barone.

However, Brownstone Poets will be at the New York City Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island on Saturday, September 10 at 11:30 a.m. on The White Horse Stage. I will be hosting this 30-minute slot. The featured readers are:

Roxanne Hoffman, Dorothy Cantwell, Ptr Kozlowski, and Megha Sood.

Roxanne Hoffman (photo credit: Su Polo)
Dorothy Cantwell
Ptr Kozlowski
Megha Sood

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

I would like to give an honorarium to the features. Donations will be taken during August and September on PayPal at pcarragon@gmail.com.

I will also accept a donation in person at the festival. Your donation will count as an attendance toward being in the 2023 anthology.

Stay tuned for further details and the NYC Poetry Festival . . .

Stay cool and safe,

Patricia Carragon

Curator/ Editor-in-Chief

Brownstone Poets

Brooklyn, NY

A Persistence of Cormorants, Sunday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Coming up Sunday, June 26 from 1 :30 p.m. to around 3:30 p.m.

at 165 Second Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Another poetry event curated by Gerald Wagoner

Four powerful poets to read by the Gowanus Canal

Free Admission

The Featured Readers:

Patricia Carragon

Roxanne Hoffman

David Francis

Megha Sood

Bios:

Patricia Carragon has been widely published online and in print. Her most recent publications include First Literary Review-East, I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, Jerry Jazz Musician, MER VOX Quarterly, Muddy River Review, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow anthology, et al. Her poem, “For All We Know,” is forthcoming in the 2022 great weather for MEDIA anthology. 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. She is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online. 

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 Magazine, 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 AffiliatesSoft 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.

Megha Sood is an Award-winning Asian American Poet, Editor, Author, Literary Activist from New Jersey, USA. Recipient of 2021 Poet Fellowship from MVICW ( Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creating Writing) and a National Level Winner for the 2020 Poetry Matters Project. Recipient of  “Certificate of Excellence” from Mayor, Jersey City. Associate Poetry Editor Literary Journals Mookychick(UK), Life and Legends (USA), and Literary Partner with “Life in Quarantine”, Stanford University. Author of Chapbook ( “My Body is Not an Apology”, Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length (“My Body Lives Like a Threat”, FlowerSongPress,2022). She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.

Born in Houston, David Francis has lived in London, Buenos Aires, and New
York.  He has produced six music albums, one of poetry, Always/Far, a chapbook
of lyrics and drawings, and Poems from Argentina (Kelsay Books).  In 2008 the
publication of his essay “Utterance and Hum: The Difference between Poem and
Song” led to a reading/lecture tour of the UK.  He has written and directed
the autobiographical films Village Folksinger (2013) and Memory Journey
(2018).  His verse and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and
anthologies.  Mr. Francis is working on his second collection. 
www.davidfrancismusic.com

Reminder: Brownstone Poets on Zoom: Megha Sood, Juan Pablo Mobili, Carolyne Wright, Sat, May 28 at 2 p.m. EST

Reminder: Brownstone Poets on Zoom

Saturday, May 28 , 2022

from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST on Zoom

Megha Sood

Juan Pablo Mobili

Carolyne Wright

Plus a limited open mic

$5

Hosted by Patricia Carragon

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 the program.

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 May reading! For your convenience, here is the link to our Facebook event page:
https://fb.me/e/1a24ntQy8

Bios:

Megha Sood is an Award-winning Asian American Poet, Editor, Author, Literary Activist from New Jersey, USA. Recipient of 2021 Poet Fellowship from MVICW ( Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creating Writing) and a National Level Winner for the 2020 Poetry Matters Project. Recipient of  “Certificate of Excellence” from Mayor, Jersey City.Associate Poetry Editor Literary Journals Mookychick (UK)Life and Legends (USA), and Literary Partner with “Life in Quarantine”, Stanford University. Author of Chapbook ( “My Body is Not an Apology”, Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length (“My Body Lives Like a Threat”, FlowerSongPress,2022). She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.

Juan Pablo Mobili was born in Buenos Aires, and adopted by New York. His poems appeared in The American Journal of PoetryThe Worcester Review, and The Banyan Review, Monotiths (Australia) and Impspired (UK), among many others. His work received an Honorable Mention from the International Human Rights Art Festival, and has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net, in 2020 and 2021. His chapbook,  “Contraband,” will be published in 2022.

Carolyne Wright’s latest books are Masquerade, a memoir in poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021) and This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. A Seattle native who has lived and taught all over the country, and on fellowships in Chile, Brazil, India and Bangladesh, she has 16 earlier books and anthologies of poetry, essays, and translation. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne has received NEA and 4Culture grants. A Fulbright Scholar Award will take her back to Bahia, Brazil, post-CoVid-19.

Brownstone Poets on Zoom: Megha Sood, Juan Pablo Mobili, Carolyne Wright, Sat, May 28 at 2 p.m. EST

Brownstone Poets on Zoom

Saturday, May 28 , 2022

from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST on Zoom

Megha Sood

Juan Pablo Mobili

Carolyne Wright

Plus a limited open mic

$5

Hosted by Patricia Carragon

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 the program.

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 May reading! For your convenience, here is the link to our Facebook event page:
https://fb.me/e/1a24ntQy8

Bios:

Megha Sood is an Award-winning Asian American Poet, Editor, Author, Literary Activist from New Jersey, USA. Recipient of 2021 Poet Fellowship from MVICW ( Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creating Writing) and a National Level Winner for the 2020 Poetry Matters Project. Recipient of  “Certificate of Excellence” from Mayor, Jersey City.Associate Poetry Editor Literary Journals Mookychick (UK)Life and Legends (USA), and Literary Partner with “Life in Quarantine”, Stanford University. Author of Chapbook ( “My Body is Not an Apology”, Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length (“My Body Lives Like a Threat”, FlowerSongPress,2022). She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.

Juan Pablo Mobili was born in Buenos Aires, and adopted by New York. His poems appeared in The American Journal of PoetryThe Worcester Review, and The Banyan Review, Monotiths (Australia) and Impspired (UK), among many others. His work received an Honorable Mention from the International Human Rights Art Festival, and has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net, in 2020 and 2021. His chapbook,  “Contraband,” will be published in 2022.

Carolyne Wright’s latest books are Masquerade, a memoir in poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021) and This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. A Seattle native who has lived and taught all over the country, and on fellowships in Chile, Brazil, India and Bangladesh, she has 16 earlier books and anthologies of poetry, essays, and translation. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne has received NEA and 4Culture grants. A Fulbright Scholar Award will take her back to Bahia, Brazil, post-CoVid-19.

Brownstone Poets on Zoom: Megha Sood, Juan Pablo Mobili, Carolyne Wright, Sat, May 28 at 2 p.m. EST

Brownstone Poets on Zoom

Saturday, May 28 , 2022

from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST on Zoom

Megha Sood

Juan Pablo Mobili

Carolyne Wright

Plus a limited open mic

$5

Hosted by Patricia Carragon

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 the program.

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 May reading! For your convenience, here is the link to our Facebook event page:
https://fb.me/e/1a24ntQy8

Bios:

Megha Sood is an Award-winning Asian American Poet, Editor, Author, Literary Activist from New Jersey, USA. Recipient of 2021 Poet Fellowship from MVICW ( Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creating Writing) and a National Level Winner for the 2020 Poetry Matters Project. Recipient of  “Certificate of Excellence” from Mayor, Jersey City.Associate Poetry Editor Literary Journals Mookychick (UK), Life and Legends (USA), and Literary Partner with “Life in Quarantine”, Stanford University. Author of Chapbook ( “My Body is Not an Apology”, Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length (“My Body Lives Like a Threat”, FlowerSongPress,2022). She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @meghasood16.

Juan Pablo Mobili was born in Buenos Aires, and adopted by New York. His poems appeared in The American Journal of PoetryThe Worcester Review, and The Banyan Review, Monotiths (Australia) and Impspired (UK), among many others. His work received an Honorable Mention from the International Human Rights Art Festival, and has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net, in 2020 and 2021. His chapbook,  “Contraband,” will be published in 2022.

Carolyne Wright’s latest books are Masquerade, a memoir in poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021) and This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. A Seattle native who has lived and taught all over the country, and on fellowships in Chile, Brazil, India and Bangladesh, she has 16 earlier books and anthologies of poetry, essays, and translation. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne has received NEA and 4Culture grants. A Fulbright Scholar Award will take her back to Bahia, Brazil, post-CoVid-19.

The Holidays are here, and it’s not too late to order your copy of the latest Brownstone Poets Anthology!

The Holidays are here, and it’s not too late to order your copy of the latest Brownstone Poets Anthology!

Click below to get to AMAZON

https://amzn.to/3xNv8YW

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 43 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 Yuko Otomo 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.

We are happy to announce the nomination of 6 poets from the Brownstone Poets 2021 Anthology for a Pushcart Prize. Winners will be announced next year and published in the next edition of the Pushcart Prize anthology, edited by Bill Henderson with the Pushcart Prize Editors.

Congratulations to:

Carrrie Magness Radna, Emira Mitre Kokomani, Ernest Woodley, Jeff Cottrill, Megha Sood, Ron Bremner

$15

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09J7MJXX7
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (October 12, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 94 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8548757890
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.23 x 11 inches

Pushcart Nominations for 2022

Pushcart Nominations for 2022

We are happy to announce the nomination of 6 poets from the Brownstone Poets 2021 Anthology for a Pushcart Prize. Winners will be announced next year and published in the next edition of the Pushcart Prize anthology, edited by Bill Henderson with the Pushcart Prize Editors.

Congratulations to:

Carrrie Magness Radna, Emira Mitre Kokomani, Ernest Woodley,

Jeff Cottrill, Megha Sood, Ron Bremner



Author
Title of Poem
Carrie Magness Radna“Sarah (no. 100 of Woman’s names sensual series)”
Emira Mitre Kokomani“The Existence”
Ernest Woodley“Fighting the wind, chasing the pen”
Jeff Cottrill“This Is Not Real Poetry”
Megha Sood“Poem and its hunger”
Ron Bremner“Zika”

Once again, congratulations for your fine work!

Good luck to you!

Patricia Carragon

Editor-in-Chief/ Publisher

Brownstone Poets Brooklyn, NY 11214

SOS SURVIVING SUICIDE @ A WONDROUS PLACE – TURNER CONTEMPORARY Friday, September 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SOS SURVIVING SUICIDE @ A WONDROUS PLACE – TURNER CONTEMPORARY  

Friday, September 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hosted by Turner Contemporary

Free Event

Honored to be part of this event. 

I will be zooming from Brooklyn:
Event by Stretch Outsider Art GalleryTurner ContemporaryDuration: 3 hrPublic  · Anyone on or off FacebookAS PART OF THE ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND SUPPORTED PROJECT ‘A WONDROUS PLACE’ – A special evening of stories and readings from the new Anthology – ‘SOS SURVIVING SUICIDE’- Live readings alongside projected zooming of poets from across 4 continents. A very special evening to be held in Margates most celebrated arts venues ‘TURNER CONTEMPORARY FOYLE ROOM’ Places are limited to just 80! So get in quick or be disappointed… Confirmed live readers are ; Dean Stalham, Raw by Nature, Luke Sullivan, Pat Havemercy, Suzanne French, Carlotta Allum, Madeleine White, Sophie Cameron, and Banu Ercon – Zooming in on the big screen will be Yuyutsu Sharma and friends- live from Nepal!!!!! Ireland and The USA!!!

Tim Tomlinson/USA
James Ragan/USA
Anne Casey/Ireland
Judith Mok/Ireland
Karen Corinne Herceg/USA
Megha Sood/India/USA
Yogesh Patel/UK
Timothy Gager/USA
Patricia Carragon /USA
Carrie Magness Radna/USA

FACEBOOK  EVENT:
https://www.facebook.com/events/412291240216419/?ref=newsfeed

Poetry at Turner

Friday, 3 September6:30 – 9:30pmLocation:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85890295607?pwd=Q2ZEcEtEdWxjSTlkMVFvdkx4RVFEZz09Description:Carlotta Allum (on Andrew Kidger’s account) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85890295607?pwd=Q2ZEcEtEdWxjSTlkMVFvdkx4RVFEZz09

Meeting ID: 858 9029 5607 Passcode: 373707

A Night of Poetry, Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. EST Zoom

Come enjoy the spoken words of Join me and 9 outstanding poets for a Night of Poetry with District Leader Cory Provost!
Plus Special Guests to be announced!

Date:  Friday, May 7th

Time:  7:00pm to 8:30pm EST 

Admission:  FREE (donations are accepted but not required)

No Open Mic – Featured Poets & Special Guests Only

Location:  Online via ZOOM – RSVP register at:

Please RSVP via coryprovost.com or the below zoom registration link. 

Please register in advance for this meeting: 

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrdemtqjMuEtVTtIebuuqxP3c50UqugCQX

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Featured Poets (BIOs at bottom)

Plus Special Guests to be announced!


Come enjoy the spoken words of :


Patricia Carragon

Pauline Findlay

Roxanne Hoffman

Jerry T. Johnson

Stephanie Laterza

Martina McGowan

Carrie Magness Radna

James Dean Rivera

Ameerah Shabazz

Megha Sood


About Cory Provost:
https://coryprovost.com/meet-cory-2

Cory Provost is currently the Democratic State Committeeman/District Leader of the 58th Assembly District, serving the neighborhoods of East Flatbush, Brownsville, and Canarsie – holding this position since 2012.

Recently Cory served as the Brooklyn Field Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prior to that Cory was elected to serve as a Presidential Delegate for Secretary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

Cory further served the residents of New York City as the Brooklyn/Caribbean-American Liaison for the Office of the New York City Comptroller.

Cory graduated from CUNY-Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Philosophy and a M.A. in Urban Policy and Administration. While completing his studies at CUNY, Cory was honored to serve as a Trustee for the University.


Poets’ Bios:

Patricia Carragon’s latest books from Poets Wear Prada are Meowku and The Cupcake Chronicles. Her debut novel, Angel Fire, is from Alien Buddha Press. Patricia hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology.


Pauline Findlay is a poet and filmmaker of short stories. This Brooklyn-based artist is the author of Mirror Images and just completed a second collection of poetry. Ms. Findlay has been featured at the “Rimes Series,” toured in Augusta, Georgia and in her spare time, enjoys being a featured chef at Enoteca Maria cooking traditional West Indian dishes as one of the “Nonna’s of the World.”


Roxanne Hoffman runs the small literary press Poets Wear Prada with Jack Cooper. 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.


Jerry T Johnson is a Poet and Spoken Word Artist whose poetry has appeared in a variety of literary publications worldwide. His poetry collection Poets Should Not Write About Politics was selected winner of Evening Press’ 2020 Sinclair Poetry prize.


Stephanie Laterza is the author of poetry chapbook, The Psyche Trials (Finishing Line Press, 2019), feminist legal thriller, The Boulevard Trial, and La Masa A Casa (The Dough at Home-An Italian-Latina Cookbook) [*Amazon Best Seller in Spanish Cooking]. Instagram: @stef3rd.


Martina McGowan, MD, poet, public speaker, activist against social, racial, sexual injustices. Author – i am the rage, (February 2021, SourceBooks). Contributor – Kevin Powell’s anthology, 2020; The Year that Changed America. Deputy Editor – The Elevation Review Magazine. iamtheragebook@gmail.com.

Carrie Magness Radna is a librarian at NYPL, a singer, and a poet. Her poetry collections Hurricanes never apologize (Luchador Press) and In the blue hour (Nirala Publications) are now available on Amazon.com. Born in Norman, Oklahoma, she now lives in Manhattan, New York. https://carriemagnessradna.com


James Dean Rivera is an author, spoken word artist, and YouTuber who resides in Brooklyn, New York. He published his book Words From The Heart in 2018 through Lulu Publishing and Deep Thoughts in 2020 through Cyberwit Publishing.



Ameerah Shabazz has a talent for telling stories through poetry and Visual Arts. She is a teacher, writer/author/illustrator, poet, and photographer. She is the founder/facilitator of – “When Women Speak” and “When People Speak” – poetry platforms. She is the author and illustrator of Breathing Through Concrete and is featured in: Every Kinda Lady and Her Sister Pages and Philadelphia Says:Black Lives Matter poetry anthologies.



Megha Sood is an award-winning poet, editor, author from New Jersey. She is three-time state-level poetry winner and national level winner for Spring Mahogany Prize 2020. Poetry editor for Mookychick(UK), Life and Legends (USA), and a literary partner with Stanford University.