Spring is in the Air, Time for Fun and Angel Fire

May is warming up, and the days are longer, which means more time for reading.

Thank you Alien Buddha Press and my copy editor, Cindy Hochman of “100 Proof” Copyediting Services, for believing in my Angel Fire’s value.

Angel Fire is a novel, inspired by personal experiences and nightmares, that delves into the lives of three women protagonists, Sarah Kahn, Kate Robbins, and Dana Chu, living and working in New York City during the ’90s through the post- 9/11 world and the Obama election. The book is comprised of over 57,000 words, broken down into twenty-one chapters and an epilogue. The narrative contains elements of magic realism/ urban fantasy, and beyond the wry humor, there are bizarre twists involving erotic dreams, curses, cats, and paranormal visitations from a precocious ten-year-old girl named Allie, turning this story into a psychological thriller.

Praise for Angel Fire . . .

From Peter Marra:

. . . In Angel Fire, her debut novel, Patricia Carragon expertly crafts a tale that captures the essence of what life was like in the beginning of the new millennium. What starts out as a drama soon morphs into a supernatural thriller—an emotional roller coaster populated with fantastic characters who will stay with you for a long time. Angel Fire will keep you riveted until the last page.

From Thaddeus Rutkowski:

. . . Through twists and turns, and the disaster of 9/11, the stakes rise for all of the heroines, and we follow their lives with growing apprehension as we discover their fates. Carragon gives us a sharp-edged picture of people we see every day, but whose inner demons are rarely revealed.

From Charles Rammelkamp:

. . . like nested Russian dolls, the stories are contained within other stories written by other writers, until, in a dazzling epilogue, we learn the final version of the puzzle that makes up these words. Or do we? The final sentence revives the delicious ambiguity. Patricia Carragon’s novel is an impressive construction of plot and character, particularly for those who love a gothic tale, and, more philosophically, reflections on the written word, its origins and influence.

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Two ways to purchase Angel Fire:

through Amazon or me.

Due to in-person venue cancellations, I will be posting the link to purchasing my debut novel, Angel Fire, on Amazon. Since these copies will be shipped from Amazon, they will not be signed.

If you want your signed copy from me, please send a personal message to pcarragon@gmail.com. Payment will be done on PayPal to pcarragon@gmail.com as a friendnot as a business. The cost will be $18, which includes shipping/handling. I do not charge for tax! If you don’t have PayPal, then I will accept a money order. Once the payment is done either through PayPal or money order, I will ship the book to you. Please don’t forget to give me your home address to ship the book.

Available on Amazon:

$12.99 (retail price before shipping and tax)

Product details

  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 243 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1706761376
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1706761372
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.61 x 9 inches

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.

Reginald Dwayne Betts is featured poet at milestone CCNY Poetry Festival, May 6

Pleased to be a guest poet at this festival on Friday, May 6

Reading with friends:

Robert GibbonsEve PackerJeff WrightThaddeus RutkowskiEllen LytleSteven Koenig

CCNY’S   50TH ANNUAL               

POETRY FESTIVAL

Division of Humanities and the Arts

Co-promotional sponsors:

The American Academy of Poets &

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2022

9:15 AM TO 5:00 PM

 Featured Guest Poet:

              Reginald Dwayne Betts

READINGS:

ELEMENTARY & JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

9:15 AM – NOON

HIGH SCHOOL POETRY WINNERS

NOON – 1:30 PM

GUEST OF HONOR:

Reginald Dwayne Betts

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

CCNY ENGLISH STUDENTS & INVITED GUESTS

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

AARON DAVIS HALL

MARIAN ANDERSON THEATER

133RD STREET AT CONVENT AVENUE

CONTACT:

Pamela Laskin

(212)650-6356

http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/poetryoutreachcenter

Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts will be the featured guest poet for the 50th annual City College Poetry Festival held at the Marian Anderson Theater at Aaron Davis Hall (160 Convent Avenue). Dubbed “the Woodstock of the Spoken Word,” the festival has become New York’s longest-running poetry celebration.

“The City College Poetry Festival is the democratic voice of poetry in New York City public schools,” said Pamela Laskin, a lecturer in the City College English department and director of the CCNY Poetry Outreach Center, which produces the festival. “Its assumption is there are many poets, and they all have terrific stories to tell. This would make Walt Whitman proud.”

Upwards of 150 students from as many as 50 schools are expected to recite their poems at this year’s festival. The festival is “something the children always look forward to,” said Deborah Newman, a former teacher at P.S. 368 in Brooklyn, who had been attending the festival for over 13 years.  “It’s a blessing, something that is real to them, and it’s an entire year of poetry for the children, leading up to this celebration.  The teachers and the administrators love it, too.”

Some of the children who participated in the festival’s early years are now teachers who bring their classes. “In 1975, I introduced a third grade student to the audience of 400 cheering students, teachers, friends and family; in 1996, this same individual returned to the festival at City and introduced the readers from her fourth grade class,” recalls Barry Wallenstein, CCNY professor emeritus and former festival director.

“Over the past four decades, this event has become a place of reunion and affirmation for City College alumni, returning teachers, student-poets and friends of the College. I hope it and the important activities of the Poetry Outreach Center continue long beyond 2020.”

In addition to the readings by students, each year the festival invites one or more prominent poets to read their work. Among those who have appeared are Paul Simon, Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn Brooks, Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, Philip Levine, Billy Collins, Major Jackson, Kimiko Hahn, Cornelius Eady, Patricia Smith, Richard Tillinghast, Tom Sleigh , Marilyn Nelson, Elana Bell and Aracelis Girmay, Tracy Smith, Marilyn Nelson, Jacqueline Woodson, Nicole Cooley  David Groff, Estha Weiner and, most recently (on ZOOM), Nathalie Handal.

The event commences with readings by elementary school students, followed by poets from junior high schools. Beginning around noon, the winners of the festival’s citywide high school poetry contest will recite their poems, with the top three winners receiving the Poetry Prize, which are cash prizes.

A reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts will conclude the day.

The festival presents a special award for the best poem in a language other than English.  Submissions have come from 20 different languages over the festival’s history, reflecting the diversity of both New York City and of CCNY.

This year, for the first time ever, The American Academy of Poets has agreed to be a co-promotional sponsor. As always, we are fortunate to have the Division of Humanities and the Arts sponsor our event, under the wonderful tutelage of Interim Dean Renata K. Miller. In addition, Andrew Rich’s  Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership has lent its vital support and publicity.

Festival Sponsors

  • Axe-Houghton Foundation
  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • Poets & Writers, Inc.
  • David and Harianne Wallenstein
  • CCNY President, Dr.Vince Boudreau
  • DeeDee Mozeleski, Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Interim Dean Renata K. Miller,  Division of Humanities and the Arts
  • Provost, Dr. Tony Liss
  • Interim Deputy Dean of School of Education, Andrew Ratner
  • CCNY English Department, Mikhal Dekel,  Interim Chair
  • CCNY MFA, Michelle Valladares, Director, Creative Writing
  • CCNY Office of Government and Community Affairs, Karen Witherspoon, vice president
  • The Foundation for City College, Annika Luedke and Diana Ward
  • South Wind Foundation
  • Andrew Rich, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts

Renowned poet Reginald Dwayne Betts. Photo credit: Giancarlo Valentine

Celebrated poet, memoirist and educator Reginald Dwayne Betts is the featured poet at the 50th annual City College Poetry Festival on May 6 in  CCNY’s Marian Anderson Theater. Dubbed “the Woodstock of the Spoken Word,” New York’s longest-running poetry celebration will also include Ukrainian essayist and translator Vasyl Makhno as guest poet. The all-day event that features budding poets from up to 50 public schools, runs from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

“The City College Poetry Festival is the democratic voice of poetry in New York City public schools,” said Pamela Laskin, a lecturer in CCNY’s English department and director of the CCNY Poetry Outreach Center, which produces the festival. “Its assumption is there are many poets, and they all have terrific stories to tell. This would make Walt Whitman proud.” 

Upwards of 150 students from as many as 50 schools – both elementary and junior high — are expected to recite their poems, with the top three winners receiving the Poetry Prize. 

The festival is “something the children always look forward to,” said Deborah Newman, a former teacher at P.S. 368 in Brooklyn, who had been attending the festival for over 13 years.  “It’s a blessing, something that is real to them, and it’s an entire year of poetry for the children, leading up to this celebration. The teachers and the administrators love it, too.”

Some of the children who participated in the festival’s early years are now teachers who bring their classes. “In 1975, I introduced a third grade student to the audience of 400 cheering students, teachers, friends and family; in 1996, this same individual returned to the festival at City and introduced the readers from her fourth grade class,” recalls Barry Wallenstein, CCNY professor emeritus and former festival director. 

“Over the past four decades, this event has become a place of reunion and affirmation for City College alumni, returning teachers, student-poets and friends of the College. I hope it and the important activities of the Poetry Outreach Center continue long beyond 2022.”

The festival concludes with a reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts. He continues the tradition of notable poets who’ve graced the festival since 1972. They include Paul Simon, Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn Brooks, Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, Philip Levine, Billy Collins (read all).

About Reginald Dwayne Betts
In October 2018, The New York Times Magazine published Betts’ long essay “Getting Out.”  Several months later, the piece was awarded a National Magazine Award.  The publication was another example of Betts entering into a new genre and bringing the same depth and richness of self-reflection and exploration of the central problem on this generation: incarceration and its effects on families and communities. Read more.

About Vasyl Makhno 
Based in the U.S., Vasyl Makhno’s numerous honors include the Encounter Award, The Ukranian-Jewish Literary Prize; and the Uri Shevelov Prize (twice). He was also twice a finalist for the BBC Book of the Year Award. Makhno is the author of 11 collections of poetry. His most recent, “A Paper Bridge,” appeared in 2017. He has also published two book of essays: “The Gertrude Stein Memorial Cultural and Recreation Park”  and “Horn of Plenty.” Read more.

The American Academy of Poets debuts this year as a co-promotional sponsor. Click here for a list of all the sponsors.

For more information about the 50th CCNY Spring Poetry Festival, please contact Pamela L. Laskin at ccnypoetryoutreachcenter@gmail.com .

About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Change in Scheduled Events for the Fort Greene Poetry Festival Finale

Just letting you know our closing party wIll still be taking place tomorrow at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Unfortunately our scheduled keynote Patricia Spears Jones tested positive yesterday and has started the requisite 5-day self-quarantine.

Our closing party will start with a Tribute to Richard Wright, followed by a Poetry Workshop and our open mic. Hope to see you all there. And wishing Patricia an easy quarantine and speedy recovery. Thankfully so far she’s asymptomatic today.

Come to the Eastern Wing Lawn of the park. The area is across from the visitor’s center walkway. Some chairs and open Lawn Space but attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets for seating.

Subways:

Take the A, or F to Jay Street Metro Tech

the Q or R to DeKalb Avenue

the 2, 3, 4, 5, R to Court Street

Head Northwest to the park

on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-greene-park-poetry-festival-closing-party-tickets-330243285557?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/557205385726273/?ref=newsfeed

Brownstone Poets Schedule:

Just to remind you that Brownstone Poets is still on a hiatus during April because we are supporting the Ft. Greene Park Poetry Festival for National Poetry Month. Your attendance will count toward the anthology. Admission is free. It’s an open mic, so bring your poetry to the festival and enjoy! We’ve already had several friends who support Brownstone Poets attend the readings.

(A suggested donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated. The easiest way is through PayPal at: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO
Your contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features.)

Our regular program will be back on Saturday, May 28 on Zoom with featured poets Carolyne Lee Wright, Jose Mobili, and Megha Sood. We will start promoting this reading early in May.

I’m so happy to be part of this festival at the beautiful Ft. Greene Park in my borough of Brooklyn and a big Brownstone thank you to those who came to hear me with Robert Gibbons and Kim Brandon and take the workshop with Jordan Franklin. I will be on the program again to share about Richard Wright who once lived in Ft. Greene.

A BIG Shout Out to Monik Walters, Executive Director of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Roxanne Hoffman from Poets Wear Prada, and Poets and Writers for coordinating these April events, and glad that I am able volunteer my services.

No Brownstone Poets Reading in April but come to the final installment of the Fort Greene Poetry Festival this Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

Our final installment of the Ft. Greene Poetry Festival for National Poetry Month

is coming up on

Saturday, April 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (depending on how long the open mic lasts).

Admission is Free!

Roxanne Hoffman and Monik Walters will be at the helm

Patricia Spears Jones will be our Keynote Speaker

Patricia Carragon will read for the Richard Wright Tribute

Plus a Wide Open Mic

Microphone and Speaker to be provided

This will be one event that can’t be missed!

Come to the Eastern Wing Lawn of the park. The area is across from the visitor’s center walkway. Some chairs and open Lawn Space but attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets for seating.

Subways:

Take the A, or F to Jay Street Metro Tech

the Q or R to DeKalb Avenue

the 2, 3, 4, 5, R to Court Street

Head Northwest to the park

on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-greene-park-poetry-festival-closing-party-tickets-330243285557?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/557205385726273/?ref=newsfeed

Brownstone Poets Schedule:

Just to remind you that Brownstone Poets is still on a hiatus during April because we are supporting the Ft. Greene Park Poetry Festival for National Poetry Month. Your attendance will count toward the anthology. Admission is free. It’s an open mic, so bring your poetry to the festival and enjoy! We’ve already had several friends who support Brownstone Poets attend the readings.

(A suggested donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated. The easiest way is through PayPal at: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO
Your contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features.)

Our regular program will be back on Saturday, May 28 on Zoom with featured poets Carolyne Lee Wright, Jose Mobili, and Megha Sood. We will start promoting this reading early in May.

I’m so happy to be part of this festival at the beautiful Ft. Greene Park in my borough of Brooklyn and a big Brownstone thank you to those who came to hear me with Robert Gibbons and Kim Brandon and take the workshop with Jordan Franklin. I will be on the program again to share about Richard Wright who once lived in Ft. Greene.

A BIG Shout Out to Monik Walters, Executive Director of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Roxanne Hoffman from Poets Wear Prada, and Poets and Writers for coordinating these April events, and glad that I am able volunteer my services.

No Brownstone Poets Reading in April but come to the final installment of the Fort Greene Poetry Festival this Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

Our final installment of the Ft. Greene Poetry Festival is coming up on

Saturday, April 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (depending on how long the open mic lasts).

Admission is Free!

Roxanne Hoffman and Monik Walters will be at the helm

Patricia Spears Jones will be our Keynote Speaker

Patricia Carragon will read for the Richard Wright Tribute

Plus a Wide Open Mic

Microphone and Speaker to be provided

This will be one event that can’t be missed!

Come to the Eastern Wing Lawn of the park. The area is across from the visitor’s center walkway. Some chairs and open Lawn Space but attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets for seating.

Subways:

Take the A, or F to Jay Street Metro Tech

the Q or R to DeKalb Avenue

the 2, 3, 4, 5, R to Court Street

Head Northwest to the park

Invite on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/557205385726273/?ref=newsfeed

Brownstone Poets Schedule:

Just to remind you that Brownstone Poets is still on a hiatus during April because we are supporting the Ft. Greene Park Poetry Festival for National Poetry Month. Your attendance will count toward the anthology. Admission is free. It’s an open mic, so bring your poetry to the festival and enjoy! We’ve already had several friends who support Brownstone Poets attend the readings.

(A suggested donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated. The easiest way is through PayPal at: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO
Your contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features.)

Our regular program will be back on Saturday, May 28 on Zoom with featured poets Carolyne Lee Wright, Jose Mobili, and Megha Sood. We will start promoting this reading early in May.

I’m so happy to be part of this festival at the beautiful Ft. Greene Park in my borough of Brooklyn and a big Brownstone thank you to those who came to hear me with Robert Gibbons and Kim Brandon and take the workshop with Jordan Franklin. I will be on the program again to share about Richard Wright who once lived in Ft. Greene.

A BIG Shout Out to Monik Walters, Executive Director of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Roxanne Hoffman from Poets Wear Prada, and Poets and Writers for coordinating these April events, and glad that I am able volunteer my services.


No Brownstone Poets Reading in April but come to the Fort Greene Park Poetry Festival this Saturday, April 23 and next Saturday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

Brownstone Poets is taking a hiatus during April because we are supporting the Ft. Greene Park Poetry Festival for National Poetry Month from Saturdays, April 23, and 30 at 3 p.m. Your attendance will count toward the anthology. Admission is free. It’s an open mic, so bring your poetry to the festival and take a workshop class as well.

(A suggested donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated. The easiest way is through PayPal at: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO
Your contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features.)

Our regular program will be back on Saturday, May 28 on Zoom with featured poets Carolyne Lee Wright, Jose Mobili, and Megha Sood. We will start promoting this reading early in May.

I’m so happy to be part of this festival to be held every Saturday in April at the beautiful Ft. Greene Park in my borough of Brooklyn and a big Brownstone thank you to those who came to hear me with Robert Gibbons and Kim Brandon and take the workshop with Jordan Franklin.

A BIG Shout Out to Monik Walters, Executive Director of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, and Roxanne Hoffman for coordinating this event, and glad that I am able volunteer my services.


Every poetry event starts at 3pm and ends around 6pm (depending on how long the open mic lasts).

Layout: Eastern Wing Lawn and area across from the visitor’s center walkway

Take the A, or F to Jay Street Metro Tech

the Q or R to DeKalb Avenue

the 2, 3, 4, 5, R to Court Street

Head Northwest to the park

Microphone and Speaker

Some chairs and open Lawn Space but non-workshop attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets for seating

SCHEDULE

April 23rd

Invite on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/791897891975825/?ref=newsfeed

MC: Roxanne Hoffman & Monik Walters

Readers

  1. James Dean Rivera
  2. Ketriana Yvonne
  3. Pauline Findlay

Workshop: Felix Guzman & Dr. Faizen Syed

Workshop Topic: Poetry Saved My Life

Open Mic

Schedule for the rest of April:

April 30th

MC: Roxanne Hoffman & Monik Walters

Keynote: Patricia Spears Jones

Patricia Carragon reading Richard Wright

Open Mic

International Haiku Day Zoom Event, Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 2 p.m.


Thank you Larry Robbin of the Moonstone Arts Center for accepting my haiku to be in Haiku 2022 Anthology, as well as to be part of International Haiku Day Zoom Event. Glad to see that Ron Bremner, Elizabeth Cohen, and Don Krieger are among the contributors.

Zoom Link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdOCsqzkjGtNEuH75LhkFaTTLV7PkKZyV

 The old pond,
 A frog jumps in,
Plop!
 
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) – Translated by Allan Watts
The Old Pond may be the most famous of all haiku
 
“Haiku is an important form of creative expression because it distills language down to the essentials: observation, interpretation, and communication. It asks both the reader and the writer to look and search inward and outward.” Sean Lynch, Program Director of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association and Writers House in Camden, NJ.        

Reading from the contributors to Haiku 2022
Not All Contributors Will Be Reading
 

No Brownstone Poets Reading in April but come to the Fort Greene Park Poetry Festival this Saturday, April 16 at 3 p.m. and every Saturday throughout April

Brownstone Poets is taking a hiatus during April because we are supporting the Ft. Greene Park Poetry Festival for National Poetry Month from Saturdays, April 16, 23, and 30. Your attendance will count toward the anthology. Admission is free. Brownstone Poets is taking a hiatus during April because we are supporting the Fort Greene Park Poetry Festival for National Poetry Month from Saturdays, April 16, 23, and 30. Your attendance will count toward the anthology. Admission is free. It’s an open mic, so bring your poetry to the festival and take a workshop class as well.

(A suggested donation of $5 would be greatly appreciated. The easiest way is through PayPal at: https://bit.ly/3bkqFmO
Your contribution keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features.)

Our regular program will be back on Saturday, May 28 on Zoom with featured poets Carolyne Lee Wright, Jose Mobili, and Megha Sood. We will start promoting this reading early in May.

I’m so happy to be part of this festival to be held every Saturday in April at the beautiful Ft. Greene Park in my borough of Brooklyn and to feature on April 16 with Robert Gibbons and Kim Brandon.

A BIG Shout Out to Monik Walters, Executive Director of the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, and Roxanne Hoffman for coordinating this event, and glad that I am able volunteer my services.


Every poetry event starts at 3pm and ends around 6pm (depending on how long the open mic lasts).

Layout: Eastern Wing Lawn and area across from the visitor’s center walkway

Take the A, or F to Jay Street Metro Tech

the Q or R to DeKalb Avenue

the 2, 3, 4, 5, R to Court Street

Head Northwest to the park

Microphone and Speaker

Some chairs and open Lawn Space but non-workshop attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets for seating

SCHEDULE

April 16th 

MC: Roxanne Hoffman & Monik Walters

Readers: 

  1. Patricia Carragon
  2. Robert Gibbons
  3. Kim Brandon

Workshop Leader: Jordan Franklin

Workshop Topic: Pop Culture & Poetry

Open Mic

Schedule for the rest of April:

April 23rd

MC: Roxanne Hoffman & Monik Walters

Readers

  1. James Dean Rivera
  2. Ketriana Yvonne
  3. Pauline Findlay

Workshop: Felix Guzman & Dr. Faizen Syed

Workshop Topic: Poetry Saved My Life

Open Mic

April 30th

MC: Roxanne Hoffman & Monik Walters

Keynote: Patricia Spears Jones

Monik Walters reading Richard Wright

Open Mic