Brownstone Poets Pushcart Nominations for 2023

Congratulations to the following poets nominated for the 2023 Pushcart Prize from the Brownstone Poets 2022 Anthology, It was very hard to only select six from this fine collection of poets:

David Dephy

Prince A. McNally

Sandra Yannone

Susan Justiniano

Talena Lachelle Queen

Tish Ince

For Poetry: David Dephy — “Time Is Heart”

Prince A. McNally

For Poetry: Prince A McNally — “Shadow Boxing With Her Karma

Sandra Yannone

For Poetry: Sandy Yannone Sandra Yannone — “Gratitude Workshop, Notebook #12, 1991

Susan Justiniano

For Poetry: Rescue Poetix Susan Justiniano — “Exposed”

For Poetry: Talena Lachelle Queen — “You Cannot Silence the Ocean”

For Poetry: Tish Ince Poet Writer Tish Ince — “I polish shoes”

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

Brownstone Poets 2022 Anthology Celebration on Zoom

Saturday, December 3, 2022

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

Our spotlight features are:

Megha Sood

Zev Torres

Harvey Soss

Mireya Pérez-Bustillo

David Dephy

Bruce E. Whitacre

Crystal Crusti Davis

Steven Koenig

Jeff Cottrill

Ken Holland

Jack Cooper

Rescue Poetix

$5 Donation

Plus a limited open mic

Hosted by Patricia Carragon

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

Please follow these instructions:

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

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

Step 3: After making your contribution and completing your registration, you will receive a confidential confirmation email containing your unique link to join the event.

Looking forward to seeing you at our December reading! For your convenience here is the link to our Facebook event page:
https://fb.me/e/1h85uKJcS 

Since 2005, Brownstone Poets has been inspiring poetry in Brooklyn. We strive to be a unique and diverse community, welcoming various literary styles and forms. Our reading series is expanding via Zoom, reaching out to new voices across the U.S. and the world. We would like to thank this year’s 59 reader-contributors, as well as our loyal attendees. Without their love and commitment, our reading series and this anthology would not have been possible. We’re honored to have the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma as our poet-in- residence and Maria Lisella as this year’s guest poet. This collection of poetry, infused with Brooklyn imagery, is our contribution to the vibrant spirit found in the Borough of Kings.

Bios:


Megha Sood
is a Pushcart-nominated poet, author, editor, and blogger; a poetry editor at MookyChick (UK), Life and Legends (USA), Brownstone Poets (2022); a partner in “Life in Quarantine,” Stanford University, USA, 2020, a National Level Winner and Recipient of 2020 Poet Fellowship (Martha’s Institute of Creative Writing). Website https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/.

Zev Torres’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications including the Rainbow Project, Otherwise Engaged, NYC From the Inside, and Brownstone Poets’ 2010-2021 Anthologies. “Left Unsaid,” is the third poem in a trilogy following Another Side of the Story (Kitchen Sink Magazine (2021) and Rites of Passage (Maintenant 15 (2021).

Harvey Soss has been writing for several years now and won Writer’s Diget poetry prize awards in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Poems of his have been published in conjunction with the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize (2016), Shabda Press’ Nuclear Impact anthology and elsewhere here and abroad.

Mireya Perez-Bustillo’s poetry searches for that “other voice” expressed through entrapment and oppression. Her work appears in Revista del Hada, Caribbean Review, Americas Review, Diosas en Bronce: Anthology of Colombian Women Writers, and IRP Voices, among others.

David Dephy, a Georgian/American award-winning poet named as A Literature Luminary by Bowery Poetry, The Stellar Poet by Voices of Poetry, The Incomparable Poet by Statorec, A Brilliant Grace by Headline Poetry & Press, and An Extremely Unique Poetic Voice by Cultural Daily. He lives and works in New York.

Bruce E. Whitacre’s work has been published in American Journal of Poetry, Poets Wear Prada, and World Literature Today, among others. His poems are included in The Strategic Poet by Diane Lockward, and the anthologies Brownstone Poets 2021 and I Want to be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe.

Crystal Crustl Davis is a multidisciplinary, mixed media artist, freelance writer, and social media marketer. Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ she is the creator at Crystal Letters, and Co-Founder of OpenRoad Poetry. Her work is inspired by nature, color, and craft through art and writing. www.crystalletters.com. IG: @crystallettersofficial.

Steven Koenig is a Brooklyn-born and bred poet, educator, music journalist, and activist. His poems have appeared in Brooklyn Day of the Poet, Poetry in Performance, Sensations, and Diseased Pariah News. His music writing has appeared in LaFolia.com, Perfect Sound Forever, AllAboutJazz.com, and Signal to Noise.

Jeff Cottrill is a novelist, poet, journalist, and spoken-word artist based in Toronto. He has headlined in countless literary series throughout Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. Jeff has authored four chapbooks and recorded three CDs, and his debut novel, Hate Story, is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Ken Holland, an award-winning poet, has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize, and has had work widely published in such journals as Rattle, Tulane Review, Southwest Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and Tar River, as well as several anthologies. He lives and breathes in Fishkill, New York. www.kenhollandpoet.com.

Jack Cooperr is the creator of These Are Aphorithms (http://aphorithms.blogspot.com). His work has appeared widely, in print and online, including Brownstone Poets 2013 and 2021. “Slouching Toward Bushwick,” a collection of his Brooklyn poems, is forthcoming soon from Poets Wear Prada. He lives in Paris.

Rescue Poetix aka Susan Justiniano, is the first Puerto Rican woman Poet Laureate of Jersey City, N.J. As a globally published and performing poet, she has over fifty original poems set to music under her professional artist brand RescuePoetix™. She is an arts advocate deeply involved in the arts community.

REMINDER: Brownstone Poets on ZOOM Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City Talena Lachelle Queen, Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix, Crystal Davis

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REMINDER: Brownstone Poets on ZOOM

Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City

Talena Lachelle Queen

Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix

Crystal Davis

Please follow directions below promptly, in advance of the reading, to avoid delays entering the meeting room. Note that order of the open mic follows the order of registration.

Sign up early, read early.:

We’re back! On ZOOM. Our March features are Talena Lachelle Queen, Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix, and Crystal Davis. Plus a limited open mic. Your $5 contributions keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features. Hosted by Patricia Carragon, our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief.Step 1: Make your $5 donation: https://rb.gy/utlbolStep 2: Register in advance for this meeting: https://rb.gy/25jtrtStep 3: After making your donation and registering, you will receive a confidential confirmation email containing your unique link to join the event.Looking forward to seeing you at our March reading!

BIOS


Talena Lachelle Queen

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Talena Lachelle Queen 
is the president and founder of Word Seed. Inc. a nonprofit with a literary focus, and the poet laureate for her hometown Paterson, NJ. Additionally, Queen is the chair of the Paterson Art Exchange: the official art commission for the City of Paterson. She created the Paterson Poetry Festival (2018), the Speak Series a virtual reading (2020), the Maria Mazziotti Gillan Literary Service Award (2019) and The Seed to 3 Literacy group. Queen holds a BA from Montclair State University, Teaching Certification and MFA from the University of Washington, and a Nonprofit Certification from the Mendozza Business School at the University of Notre Dame. Queen’s favorite word is: yet: “I don’t know, yet.”

Susan Justiniano

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Susan Justiniano
, a Puerto Rican NJ native, found her performance voice in Jersey City. In 2006, RescuePoetix™ emerged as an artist, entrepreneur and business entity. RescuePoetix™ has recorded over fifty (50) original poems to music, and has harnessed the ability to gather resources across the world into projects that impact without barriers.She has served on Nonprofit Boards since 2016, currently serving on In Full Color, West Side Arts and Music (Treasurer), Word Seed Inc (VP), and serves on committees for Bergen County Players, HCCC/Hudson Gives, and Paterson Performing Arts Development Center. She is the 2021-2022 Jersey City Poet Laureate.

Crystal Davis

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Crystal Crusti Davis is a multidisciplinary and mixed media performance artist, poet, painter, freelance writer, editor, and social media marketer. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and is the author and creator at Crystal Letters (CL), and the Co-Founder and Co-Producer of OpenRoad Poetry (ORP), an artistic partnership between CL and RescuePoetix TM. Her art and writing projects, CL and ORP, have collaborated with arts non-profit organizations and artists across the Tri-State area, nationally, and internationally. Her work is inspired by nature, color, and the utilization of practical craft through art in the visual and written form.

REMINDER: Brownstone Poets on ZOOM Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City Talena Lachelle Queen, Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix, Crystal Davis

REMINDER: Brownstone Poets on ZOOM

Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City

Talena Lachelle Queen

Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix

Crystal Davis

Please follow directions below promptly, in advance of the reading, to avoid delays entering the meeting room. Note that order of the open mic follows the order of registration.

Sign up early, read early.:

We’re back! On ZOOM. Our March features are Talena Lachelle Queen, Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix, and Crystal Davis. Plus a limited open mic. Your $5 contributions keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features. Hosted by Patricia Carragon, our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief.Step 1: Make your $5 donation: https://rb.gy/utlbolStep 2: Register in advance for this meeting: https://rb.gy/25jtrtStep 3: After making your donation and registering, you will receive a confidential confirmation email containing your unique link to join the event.Looking forward to seeing you at our March reading!

BIOS


Talena Lachelle Queen

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Talena Lachelle Queen 
is the president and founder of Word Seed. Inc. a nonprofit with a literary focus, and the poet laureate for her hometown Paterson, NJ. Additionally, Queen is the chair of the Paterson Art Exchange: the official art commission for the City of Paterson. She created the Paterson Poetry Festival (2018), the Speak Series a virtual reading (2020), the Maria Mazziotti Gillan Literary Service Award (2019) and The Seed to 3 Literacy group. Queen holds a BA from Montclair State University, Teaching Certification and MFA from the University of Washington, and a Nonprofit Certification from the Mendozza Business School at the University of Notre Dame. Queen’s favorite word is: yet: “I don’t know, yet.”

Susan Justiniano

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Susan Justiniano
, a Puerto Rican NJ native, found her performance voice in Jersey City. In 2006, RescuePoetix™ emerged as an artist, entrepreneur and business entity. RescuePoetix™ has recorded over fifty (50) original poems to music, and has harnessed the ability to gather resources across the world into projects that impact without barriers.She has served on Nonprofit Boards since 2016, currently serving on In Full Color, West Side Arts and Music (Treasurer), Word Seed Inc (VP), and serves on committees for Bergen County Players, HCCC/Hudson Gives, and Paterson Performing Arts Development Center. She is the 2021-2022 Jersey City Poet Laureate.

Crystal Davis

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Crystal Crusti Davis is a multidisciplinary and mixed media performance artist, poet, painter, freelance writer, editor, and social media marketer. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and is the author and creator at Crystal Letters (CL), and the Co-Founder and Co-Producer of OpenRoad Poetry (ORP), an artistic partnership between CL and RescuePoetix TM. Her art and writing projects, CL and ORP, have collaborated with arts non-profit organizations and artists across the Tri-State area, nationally, and internationally. Her work is inspired by nature, color, and the utilization of practical craft through art in the visual and written form.

Brownstone Poets on ZOOM Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City Talena Lachelle Queen, Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix, Crystal Davis

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Brownstone Poets on ZOOM

Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City

Talena Lachelle Queen

Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix

Crystal Davis

Please follow directions below promptly, in advance of the reading, to avoid delays entering the meeting room. Note that order of the open mic follows the order of registration.

Sign up early, read early.:

We’re back! On ZOOM. Our March features are Talena Lachelle Queen, Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix, and Crystal Davis. Plus a limited open mic. Your $5 contributions keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features. Hosted by Patricia Carragon, our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief.Step 1: Make your $5 donation: https://rb.gy/utlbolStep 2: Register in advance for this meeting: https://rb.gy/25jtrtStep 3: After making your donation and registering, you will receive a confidential confirmation email containing your unique link to join the event.Looking forward to seeing you at our March reading!

BIOS


Talena Lachelle Queen

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Talena Lachelle Queen 
is the president and founder of Word Seed. Inc. a nonprofit with a literary focus, and the poet laureate for her hometown Paterson, NJ. Additionally, Queen is the chair of the Paterson Art Exchange: the official art commission for the City of Paterson. She created the Paterson Poetry Festival (2018), the Speak Series a virtual reading (2020), the Maria Mazziotti Gillan Literary Service Award (2019) and The Seed to 3 Literacy group. Queen holds a BA from Montclair State University, Teaching Certification and MFA from the University of Washington, and a Nonprofit Certification from the Mendozza Business School at the University of Notre Dame. Queen’s favorite word is: yet: “I don’t know, yet.”

Susan Justiniano

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Susan Justiniano
, a Puerto Rican NJ native, found her performance voice in Jersey City. In 2006, RescuePoetix™ emerged as an artist, entrepreneur and business entity. RescuePoetix™ has recorded over fifty (50) original poems to music, and has harnessed the ability to gather resources across the world into projects that impact without barriers.She has served on Nonprofit Boards since 2016, currently serving on In Full Color, West Side Arts and Music (Treasurer), Word Seed Inc (VP), and serves on committees for Bergen County Players, HCCC/Hudson Gives, and Paterson Performing Arts Development Center. She is the 2021-2022 Jersey City Poet Laureate.

Crystal Davis

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Crystal Crusti Davis is a multidisciplinary and mixed media performance artist, poet, painter, freelance writer, editor, and social media marketer. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and is the author and creator at Crystal Letters (CL), and the Co-Founder and Co-Producer of OpenRoad Poetry (ORP), an artistic partnership between CL and RescuePoetix TM. Her art and writing projects, CL and ORP, have collaborated with arts non-profit organizations and artists across the Tri-State area, nationally, and internationally. Her work is inspired by nature, color, and the utilization of practical craft through art in the visual and written form.

Brownstone Poets on ZOOM Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City Talena Lachelle Queen, Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix, Crystal Davis

Brownstone Poets on ZOOM

Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST New York City

Talena Lachelle Queen

Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix

Crystal Davis

Please follow directions below promptly, in advance of the reading, to avoid delays entering the meeting room. Note that order of the open mic follows the order of registration.

Sign up early, read early.:

We’re back! On ZOOM. Our March features are Talena Lachelle Queen, Susan Justiniano aka RescuePoetix, and Crystal Davis. Plus a limited open mic. Your $5 contributions keeps our annual anthology in print and pays our features. Hosted by Patricia Carragon, our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief.Step 1: Make your $5 donation: https://rb.gy/utlbolStep 2: Register in advance for this meeting: https://rb.gy/25jtrtStep 3: After making your donation and registering, you will receive a confidential confirmation email containing your unique link to join the event.Looking forward to seeing you at our March reading!

BIOS


Talena Lachelle Queen


Talena Lachelle Queen 
is the president and founder of Word Seed. Inc. a nonprofit with a literary focus, and the poet laureate for her hometown Paterson, NJ. Additionally, Queen is the chair of the Paterson Art Exchange: the official art commission for the City of Paterson. She created the Paterson Poetry Festival (2018), the Speak Series a virtual reading (2020), the Maria Mazziotti Gillan Literary Service Award (2019) and The Seed to 3 Literacy group. Queen holds a BA from Montclair State University, Teaching Certification and MFA from the University of Washington, and a Nonprofit Certification from the Mendozza Business School at the University of Notre Dame. Queen’s favorite word is: yet: “I don’t know, yet.”

Susan Justiniano


Susan Justiniano
, a Puerto Rican NJ native, found her performance voice in Jersey City. In 2006, RescuePoetix™ emerged as an artist, entrepreneur and business entity. RescuePoetix™ has recorded over fifty (50) original poems to music, and has harnessed the ability to gather resources across the world into projects that impact without barriers.She has served on Nonprofit Boards since 2016, currently serving on In Full Color, West Side Arts and Music (Treasurer), Word Seed Inc (VP), and serves on committees for Bergen County Players, HCCC/Hudson Gives, and Paterson Performing Arts Development Center. She is the 2021-2022 Jersey City Poet Laureate.

Crystal Davis

Crystal Davis is a multidisciplinary and mixed media performance artist, poet, painter, freelance writer, editor, and social media marketer. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and is the author and creator at Crystal Letters (CL), and the Co-Founder and Co-Producer of OpenRoad Poetry (ORP), an artistic partnership between CL and RescuePoetix TM. Her art and writing projects, CL and ORP, have collaborated with arts non-profit organizations and artists across the Tri-State area, nationally, and internationally. Her work is inspired by nature, color, and the utilization of practical craft through art in the visual and written form.