Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Swapan Basu and Katherine Hogan at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat, 3/5 at 2:30 P.M.

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights

The Brownstone Poets presents:

Swapan Basu and Katherine Hogan

Saturday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Park Plaza Restaurant

220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St. & Pineapple Walk

Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900

Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street,

4, 5 or R to Court Street, Borough Hall

$3 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon email:


Dr. Swapan Basu was influenced by the 1913 Nobel Laureate Poet, Rabindra Nath Tagore, from Kokata, Bengal, India. He translated some of Tagore’s songs in original tunes, posted at He writes in community newspapers, Sangbad Bichitra and Udayan. His writings are in Bengali and in English and he also translates his poems.

Dr. Basu has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from a US university and spent 25 years in industry. In the last leg of his career, he chose to teach at a HS for the underprivileged community. To motivate the young and restless minds, he wrote few poems, which were all posted at the website of International Society of Poetry at Some got published in the anthologies. He received a silver bowel and medallion from ISP in 2004 for his outstanding poetry.

Dr. Basu is the Founder and Chairman of Rhyming Poets International, an NPO, at with 120+ members in 19 US states and in UK, Canada, Sweden, Slovenia and India. This group meets twice a month in NY and NJ.  They publish an ezine, Flute and hold a Rhyming Poetry Contest. This group discusses various rhyming styles with famous examples, and observes birthdays of famous poets every month to learn from their lives and works. These events are free and open to all styles and are videotaped and telecasted from NJ and all over in NY.  His interviews were telecasted May ‘06, East Brunswick Cable TV of NJ and on 14th April ‘07 by Cablevision and Time Warner from NYC. Dr. Basu has a regular weekly TV program by Cablevision at NJ.  He moderates two Yahoo groups – Rhyming and Rupantar.

Dr. Basu reads at several poetry events and was a featured poet at several readings. He has two chapbooks, Hungry Diner and Rupantar of translated Bengali poems.

Katherine Hogan, Vice President of the New York Poetry Forum, has a doctorate from St. John's University, Queens, and teaches at Long Island University, Brooklyn. Her poems, plays and short stories have enjoyed several prizes, performances and publications, including Downtown Brooklyn, The Scribes of Ozymandias, Lunch with the Muse, and Mad Poets Review among others.

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