Tuesday, January 31, 2012

George Wallace reviews Urban Haiku and More in the Latest Big City Lit





A big shout out to George Wallace for his amazing review for my book, "Urban Haiku and More" in the latest issue of Big City Lit.

Here's an excerpt from the review:





In Urban Haiku and More, Patricia Carragon brings something else to the table. There's a kind of urbane wittiness to these works, by turns caustic, plaintive, engaging and abrupt — a kimono-clad harkening to Whitman's notion of the Barbaric Yawp.

This is poetry on the urban edge, haiku that attempts to straddle the wide gulf between New York City street smarts and the ineffable parlance of the zen moment. Often enough, it is compelling stuff.

Carragon is nothing if not in this world and of it, warts and all, delineating the painful truths as opposed to the transcendental. There are ample examples of her unflinching candor: Here's a couple "I douche my drain/With Drano/she/does hers/with Liquid-Plumr.' ' stained sheets/not from/your boyfriend's last visit.' Or this: 'love/decides to/take the subway//and gets screwed/in the/tunnel.' 



URBAN HAIKU AND MORE:
Haiku, Senruy, Hay(Na)Ku
and other Unrhymed Tercet Poetry
by Patricia Carragon

Fierce Grace Press, 2010; 52 pages; $7.00






 You can purchase Urban Haiku and More at:

 
St. Mark's Bookshop

31 Third Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets

New York, NY 10003

212 - 260-7853


 or buy them in person.  

Find a used copy at: 

P.S. Bookshop
 76 Front Street
 DUMBO, Brooklyn,NY 11201
 Phone# (718) 222-3340
 www.psbnyc.com
 Take the F to York

How Dirty Girls Get Clean Anthology

Happy to be part of How Dirty Girls Get Clean: An Anthology of Wicked Woman Writes, Art and Subversive Scholarship (Volume 1)






Rene, thank you for taking my short story, "The Fractured Peacock".

Kudos to all:

Rene Diedrich, Vicki F., Alice Carbone, Fiona Helmsley, Lydia Lunch, Amy Wood, Ann Wood, Jen Blowdrier, Jennifer Bradpiece, Cyndi Dawson, Puma Perl, Joie Cook, Joan Jobe Smith, Cassandra Love, Iris Berry, Iris Schwartz , Lisa Cherry, Lori Lakela, Madeline Artenberg, Joan Jobe Smith, Tamara Madison, Mende Smith, Roxy Cotin, Kerryn Teddra, Babs Martin, Hulga McSwine, Annette Zillenikaz, Gabey Razo, Veronica Ghostwriter, Barbara Moore, Justin Lee Brown, R Brown, Linda Albertina, Heather McCorkle, Kit Kennedy, Dominique Lowell, Kat Georges, Connie Sadler, Sarah Mac Clay, Patricia Carragon, Evie Ivy, Peggy Heinrich, Becca Mertz, Darlene Pagan, Rev Jen Miller, Alicia Adams, Tamiura Reid, Laura Estrada, Jackie Sheeler, BC Petrakos, Janice Medin, Misty Rainwater, Nico Turner, Iryna Harpy

Monday, January 30, 2012

Reminder: Leigh Harrison, Cindy Hochman, Joseph Charles Rebis, Jr. at Park Plaza R



Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights




The Brownstone Poets presents:
Leigh Harrison, Cindy Hochman, 
Joseph Charles Rebis, Jr.




Saturday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m.




Park Plaza Restaurant



220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and 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






For more directions:





$3 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic



Curated by Patricia Carragon email:











BIOS:

LEIGH HARRISON is a life-long writer, poet, and singer-songwriter, creator of the Pentina poetry form, author of three volumes of poetry (Tour de Farce, Our Harps Upon the Willows, and Finding Sermons in Stones), and has two CD’s (Eclectic Chanteuse, and Oh, Wow!) released by SongCrew Music. Her poetry has been widely published in print and online; she is currently co-producing videos of the Poet To Poet (with Robert Dunn) TV show for viewing on YouTube. www.leighharrison.com



CINDY HOCHMAN is a legal proofreader right here in Brooklyn Heights, and does freelance proofreading for Harrison/Hochman “100 Proof,” a company she founded with her beautiful co-feature Leigh Harrison. She is the editor-in-chief of the online journal First Literary Review-East, an associate editor for Mobius, the Poetry Magazine, the associate editor of Poetry Thin Air Cable Show, and a contributing book reviewer for Coldfront Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, New Mirage Journal, and Gently Read Literature. Cindy is a proud member of the Brownstone Poets editorial staff. Her latest chapbook, The Carcinogenic Bride, is on sale today for only 5 smackeroos - - or your best haggle!

*******************************************************

Joseph Charles Rebis, Jr., a noted bus and coach photographer since 1977, was featured in an article, “Ich Bin Ein M4” (The New Yorker, May 26, 2008).  He started writing poetry about five years ago.  In 2009, he began reading his poetry at the Green Pavilion and the Brownstone Poets.




Monday, January 16, 2012

REMINDER: Patricia Carragon and Zork have Tea on Sunday, January 22


REMINDER!




JujoMukti Lounge


SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012


Patricia Carragon and Zork

211 East 4th Street (between Aves A & B)



New York, NY 10009

6:00pm until 8:00pm
 



Directions:

Subways F, M (2nd Ave & Houston); 6 (Astor Place; 8th St and 4th Ave.); Bus 14A from Union Square (3rd St stop and Ave. A).



Hosted by David Lawton 

Open-Mic 

$5 admission gives you tea or coffee




BIOS:



Patricia Carragon is a New York City writer and poet. Her publications include Best Poem, BigCityLit, CLWN WR, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Ditch Poetry, Inertia, Lips, MÖBIUS, The Poetry Magazine, Marymark Press, Maintenant, Mad Hatters’ Review, The Mom Egg, The Toronto Quarterly, and more. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press). She is a member of Brevitas, a group dedicated to short poems.  She hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor of the annual anthology. Her most recent book is Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). For more information, please check out her Web sites at http://brownstonepoets.blogspot.com and at http://patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/.




Eric ZORK Alan, a 6x National Slam Poet competitor, is probably best known for standing on chairs.  He is also known for gratuitously dropping names . . . like that he is the only poet ever to have his book [appropriately called “I am NOT a poet”] blurbed by Davy Jones, Dobie Gray & Wild Cherry.   Zork has featured at the hottest poetry venues in America including Chicago’s legendary Green Mill where slam started.  He has toured across America visiting High Schools and colleges in his mission  make more poets.  He performs at and hosts ZorkSlams [student based events] at Barnes & Noble Bookstores Nationwide. He hosts Westchester County, NY's largest poetry slam.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology News



SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE 2012 ANTHOLOGY ARE NOW CLOSED!!!

A labor of love now being brought together with the help of my team of assistant editors, Cindy Hochman, Brenda J. Gannam, and Karen Neuberg.  Kudos to all three!  Without their help and guidance, this anthology would not have been possible.

Congrats to the contributors (the features from last year and  the poets who came to support the Brownstone Poets venues), who will be getting their comp copy by late April 2012:


AMY HOLMAN
AUSTIN ALEXIS
BARBARA HANTMAN
BERNARD BLOCK
BOB HEMAN
BRANT LYON
BRENDA J. GANNAM
CAROLYN OTA
CINDY HOCHMAN
DAVID LAWTON
DEAN KOSTOS
DEBORAH HAUSER
DONNA HUNT
DUBBLEX
ELIZABETH HARRINGTON
ELLIOT ABOSH
ELYZSABETH AHNE
ERNEST KYLE WOODLEY
EVIE IVY
G.E. SCHWARTZ
GAIL FISHMAN GERWIN
GEORGE SPENCER
GREGORY VINCENT ST. THOMASINO
IRIS BERMAN
JACOB VICTORINE
JAMES MCMENAMIN
JEFFREY CYPHERS WRIGHT
JOHN A. TODRAS
JOSEPH CHARLES REBIS, JR.
JOY LEFTOW
JUDY KAMILHOR
KAREN NEUBERG
KATHERINE A. HOGAN
KATHRYN M. FAZIO
LAURA BOSS
LINDA CARTER BROWN
LINDA LERNER
LINDA ROTHSTEIN
MARY ASKIN-JENCSIK
MATTHEW ANISH
MAX NEMEROVSKY
MINDY LEVOKOVE
MIREYA PEREZ
MOLLY PEACOCK
PATRICIA CARRAGON
PETER MARRA
RICHARD FEIN
RICHARD MARX WEINRAUB
SHONDA BUCHANAN
SWETA SRIVASTAVA VIKRAM
TANTRA-ZAWADI
TINA CHAN
TOM OLESZCZUK
VALERIE CONTI
VELEZ MOORE
VICKI IORIO
VIRGINIA CRAWFORD
YUYUTSU RD SHARMA
ZEV SHANKEN
ZEV TORRES

Amy Leigh Cutler and Ronnie Norpel Read at Our New Venue, the Linger Café & Lounge

Poetry Grows In Boerum Hill



The Brownstone Poets Presents:

Amy Leigh Cutler and Ronnie Norpel





Tuesday, February 21

Starts at 7p.m. – Sign up at 6:45 p.m.


At Our New Venue,


The Linger Café & Lounge

533 Atlantic Ave. (between 3rd and 4th Avenues)
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 689-4813

Take the N, R, or D to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street
2, 3, 4, 5, B, or Q to Atlantic Avenue
F to Jay Street and change for the R at Metro Tech and get off at Avenue/Pacific Street
G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn and walk along Hoyt Street to Atlantic Avenue

http://www.hopstop.com/

$3 donation + food/drink (wine and beer available) - Open-Mic


Curated by Patricia Carragon









                                    Bios:



Amy Leigh Cutler is a New York City based poet. Amy's "American Woman" tour took her from New York to California, where she performed in National Parks, bars, cafes, and bookstores all over the United States. She has also toured internationally in London, England where she competed in the Farrago Poetry Slam and in Dublin, Ireland where she was featured at The Kilmainham Arts Club. "Orange Juice and Rooftops" is her first published book of poetry and prose, and American Woman is her chapbook of poetry. Amy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in P.P.E. from The King's College. She competes in performance poetry slams and is available for readings and lectures. Her background in spoken word and performance pieces comes largely from her work with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox. MA. Amy is also a photojournalist for The Basics online magazine. Check out her website at www.amyleighcutler.com.



Ronnie Norpel is a performance poet, actor, photographer and jock with a deep passion for the Phillies, where she spent seven seasons as a ballgirl and fan accommodation manager. In New York, “Ronnie G” was the muse and collaborator of Warhol Factory superstar Gerard Malanga, whose photo of Ronnie, “Marble of Light,” was included for the exhibition and catalogue, Artists of the Warhol Circle Then & Now. She studied acting in Hollywood and worked at the Zero One Gallery. Today, Ronnie reads monthly in NYC with the Upper Left Side Writers and Poets. Other readings include the Lower East Side Festival, the SynonymUS collective at Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Wild Angels at St. John the Divine.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Leigh Harrison, Cindy Hochman, Joseph Charles Rebis, Jr. at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat, 2/4



Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights




The Brownstone Poets presents:
Leigh Harrison, Cindy Hochman, 
Joseph Charles Rebis, Jr.




Saturday, February 4 at 2:30 p.m.




Park Plaza Restaurant



220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and 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






For more directions:





$3 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic



Curated by Patricia Carragon email:











BIOS:

LEIGH HARRISON is a life-long writer, poet, and singer-songwriter, creator of the Pentina poetry form, author of three volumes of poetry (Tour de Farce, Our Harps Upon the Willows, and Finding Sermons in Stones), and has two CD’s (Eclectic Chanteuse, and Oh, Wow!) released by SongCrew Music. Her poetry has been widely published in print and online; she is currently co-producing videos of the Poet To Poet (with Robert Dunn) TV show for viewing on YouTube. www.leighharrison.com



CINDY HOCHMAN is a legal proofreader right here in Brooklyn Heights, and does freelance proofreading for Harrison/Hochman “100 Proof,” a company she founded with her beautiful co-feature Leigh Harrison. She is the editor-in-chief of the online journal First Literary Review-East, an associate editor for Mobius, the Poetry Magazine, the associate editor of Poetry Thin Air Cable Show, and a contributing book reviewer for Coldfront Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, New Mirage Journal, and Gently Read Literature. Cindy is a proud member of the Brownstone Poets editorial staff. Her latest chapbook, The Carcinogenic Bride, is on sale today for only 5 smackeroos - - or your best haggle!

*******************************************************

Joseph Charles Rebis, Jr., a noted bus and coach photographer since 1977, was featured in an article, “Ich Bin Ein M4” (The New Yorker, May 26, 2008).  He started writing poetry about five years ago.  In 2009, he began reading his poetry at the Green Pavilion and the Brownstone Poets.




Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Venue: Linger Café & Lounge




I'm happy to announce that the Brownstone Poets will resume our third Tuesday reading series at 

Linger Café & Lounge
533 Atlantic Ave. (between 3rd and 4th Aves.)
Boerum Hill, NY 11217
(347) 689-4813
www.lingercafelounge.com/
 
7 P.M. (sign up at 6:45 P.M.)
$3 donation + food/drink (wine and beer available) - Open-Mic
Take the N, R, or D to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street

2, 3, 4, 5, B, or Q to Atlantic Avenue
F to Jay Street and change for the R at Metro Tech and get off at Avenue/Pacific Street
G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn and walk along Hoyt Street to Atlantic Avenue
www.hopstop.com/ 

Amy Leigh Cutler and Ronnie Norpel will be the opening features on February 21.

Please drop by and linger for a few hours.  Enjoy the spoken word, great Brooklyn cuisine, and good old-fashion fun at this warm and friendly café owned by Jessica Pichardo.

A special "thank you" to Patricia Mulcahy of Tillie's for contacting Jessica.



 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Patricia Carragon's Latest News





                                 © NY Daily News.com


Happy New Year to all and wish you the best of health, wealth, happiness, love, and great writing!




More Urban Haiku and More news:


Linda Lerner has written a terrific review for Urban Haiku and More.  Check it out in the latest issue of Home Planet News, No. 65, 2011. 

Urban Haiku and More by Patricia Carragon (illustrated by William L. Hays), Fierce Grace Press, Pooler, GA, 2010, $7.00


Here are two excerpts from the review:



“Make it new” Ezra Pound proclaimed nearly a century ago, and by implication, make it yours.  He was referring to the tradition which is and has been continually reinvented and reshaped over time, as poets find inspiration in what’s old.  This is exactly what Patricia Carragon has superbly done in this beautifully produced collection, Urban Haiku and More.

She evidences an acerbic wit  when she writes the following:, “your / MetroCard / is not his E-Zpass,”Valentine’s Day / Cupid can’t shoot straight / no wonder I’m still single” and “dry-roasted brains / teaching at universities / …academia nuts.”  She easily segues to the directly personal,  with,“Sunday morning / While people go to church / I file for unemployment;  in others  her presence is merely felt:  “a season for change / trees having a mid-life crisis / as the leave turn red” and “Chanukah candles / plastic cards max out credit / 8 days of oy.”


Publication news:

Mankh’s “Haiku du Jour” published my haiku, Prayers Cover The Earth, back on December 14 and The Year Ends on December 31.


Cheers,
Pattie 

Oy Vey!

                              © NY Daily News.com



Patricia Carragon and Zork have Tea on Sunday, January 22



JujoMukti Lounge


SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012


Patricia Carragon and Zork

211 East 4th Street (between Aves A & B)



New York, NY 10009

6:00pm until 8:00pm
 



Directions:

Subways F, M (2nd Ave & Houston); 6 (Astor Place; 8th St and 4th Ave.); Bus 14A from Union Square (3rd St stop and Ave. A).



Hosted by David Lawton 

Open-Mic 

$5 admission gives you tea or coffee




BIOS:



Patricia Carragon is a New York City writer and poet. Her publications include Best Poem, BigCityLit, CLWN WR, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Ditch Poetry, Inertia, Lips, MÖBIUS, The Poetry Magazine, Marymark Press, Maintenant, Mad Hatters’ Review, The Mom Egg, The Toronto Quarterly, and more. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press). She is a member of Brevitas, a group dedicated to short poems.  She hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor of the annual anthology. Her most recent book is Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). For more information, please check out her Web sites at http://brownstonepoets.blogspot.com and at http://patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/.




Eric ZORK Alan, a 6x National Slam Poet competitor, is probably best known for standing on chairs.  He is also known for gratuitously dropping names . . . like that he is the only poet ever to have his book [appropriately called “I am NOT a poet”] blurbed by Davy Jones, Dobie Gray & Wild Cherry.   Zork has featured at the hottest poetry venues in America including Chicago’s legendary Green Mill where slam started.  He has toured across America visiting High Schools and colleges in his mission  make more poets.  He performs at and hosts ZorkSlams [student based events] at Barnes & Noble Bookstores Nationwide. He hosts Westchester County, NY's largest poetry slam.

George Held and Claudia Serea read at Park Plaza Restaurant Sat, 1/7 at 2:30 p.m.

REMINDER!




Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights




The Brownstone Poets presents:
George Held and Claudia Serea




Saturday, January 7 at 2:30 p.m.




Park Plaza Restaurant



220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and 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






For more directions:





$3 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic



Curated by Patricia Carragon email:













BIOS: 



George Held, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, publishes his poems, stories, translations, and book reviews in such places as Commonweal, Confrontation, Notre Dame Review, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. His poems are included in over two-dozen anthologies, and his fourteenth collection is After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets (Červená Barva Press, 2011).



Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in 5 a.m., Meridian, Mudfish, Harpur Palate, Exquisite Corpse, Word Riot, Blood Orange Review, Zoland Poetry, Cutthroat, Green Mountains Review, The Red Wheelbarrow, and many others. She is the author of two poetry collections: Eternity’s Orthography (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and To Part Is to Die a Little, forthcoming from Červená Barva Press. She co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman Publishing, 2011). She lives in New Jersey and works in New York for a major publishing company.