Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology is Here!


 
The Brownstone Poets 2012 Anthology is Here!

A labor of love 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.

Copies will be sold at the readings for $6.

Stay tuned for the Annual Brownstone Poets Anthology Reading. Details to come . . . 


Will bring copies to Poets House for the Annual Showcase.  Details to come . . .  
 

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, plus . . .

Our Guest Poet:
GEORGE WALLACE

List of Contributors:

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

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Yuko Otomo and Larissa Shmailo at Linger Cafe and Lounge





Poetry Grows In Boerum Hill



The Brownstone Poets Presents:
Yuko Otomo and Larissa Shmailo





Tuesday, April 17

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


At Our New Venue,


The Linger Café and 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:



Yuko Otomo is a bilingual (Japanese and English) poet and a visual artist of Japanese origin. She also writes haiku, art criticism, and essays. She has read in Poetry Project at St. Mark’s, Tribes, Bowery Poetry Club, ABC No Rio, La Mama, NY Public Library, the Stone, Queens Museum, PS1, the Living Theatre, Knitting Factory, etc., and in Japan, France, and Germany. Her publication includes Small Poems, The Hand of The Poet (both from Ugly Duckling Press), A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of Museum (Propaganda Press), and Fragile (Sisyphus Press). She has exhibited her artwork at Court House Gallery, Anthology Film Archives, Tribes Gallery and the Vision Festival, etc.




Larissa Shmailo's work has appeared in Gargoyle, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, Fulcrum, The Unbearables Big Book of Sex, and the Penguin anthology Words for the Wedding. Her books of poetry are In Paran (BlazeVOX [books]) and the chapbook A Cure for Suicide (Cervena Barva Press) and Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks — free download at http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/fib-sequence/16347718). Larissa's poetry CDs are The No-Net World  and Exorcism, available through iTunes and other digital distributors. Her translation of A. Kruchenych's Victory over the Sun is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press and is currently featured on the Brooklyn Rail InTranslation Web site at http://intranslation.brooklynrail.org/russian/victory-over-the-sun.

Poetry, The Marriage of Love: Bernard and Diane Block at Park Plaza Restaurant





Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights




The Brownstone Poets presents:
Bernard and Diane Block




Saturday, May 5 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:



 
Bernard Block’s poems have appeared in the NY Quarterly, the Minnesota Review and the Colorado Review. He has published four chapbooks: Quest; Prometheus Returns; Portraits; and To Music. Born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, he attended Cornell University and Brooklyn College. Hitch-hiked out to California in 1965 and lived in the Haight-Ashbury through 1967. Gave poetry readings at the I and Thou Coffee Shop, City Lights Bookstore and Golden Gate Park. He returned to NYC and studied with the poet Colette Inez in the mid '70s. Read at Speakeasy, Emilie Glen’s, Henry St. Settlement and The New School. Recently he has read at Nightingale’s, Cornelia St. Café, The Bowery Poetry Club, Brownstone Poets, Green Pavilion, Phoenix, SOB’s, TOMI Jazz (a Japanese jazz club), Penny’s, StringPoet and Molloy College.  He is presently organizing his many recent poems into thematic collections for future publications.


 
Diane Block is a professional classical violinist who received her training at the Manhattan School of Music, with a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance in 1980.  It was there, at MSM, that she developed an interest in Romantic and Modern Poetry.  This interest was shared by close musician friends at monthly musical and poetry salons.  Diane has free-lanced as section violinist in the metropolitan area for the last 30 years.  She is in her 24th year as Orchestra Director in the Farmingdale School District on Long Island.  She also maintains a private violin studio in her home. Diane met her husband, poet Bernard Block, at the poet Emilie Glen’s home in 1982 and has been connected to the NY Poetry world ever since.  Originally she read other people’s poetry (and still does) but it was Bernie who encouraged her to write her own. There is an intimate link between classical music and poetry.  One seems to flow out of the other and her experience of  both art forms feels very much the same.

Happy Passover and Easter From The Brownstone Poets








Happy Passover (Pesach) and Happy Easter From The Brownstone Poets!




There will be no reading on Saturday, April 4 at the Park Plaza Restaurant 220 Cadman Plaza West in beautiful Brooklyn Heights.

But please come back on Saturday, May 5 for the poetic couple, Bernard and Diane Block.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Reminder: Keisha-Gaye Anderson and Charles J. Butler at Linger Cafe




REMINDER:

Poetry Grows In Boerum Hill



The Brownstone Poets Presents:

Keisha-Gaye Anderson and Charles J. Butler





Tuesday, March 20

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:

Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a poet, author, screenwriter, and journalist, whose work has appeared in The Mom Egg, The Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Poetry and Performance, Poems on the Road to Peace, Small Axe Salon, and Caribbean in Transit, and Streetnotes: Cross Cultural Poetics. She is a founding poet with Poets for Ayiti. Proceeds from their 2010 poetry chapbook, For the Crowns of Your Heads, are helping to rebuild Bibliotheque du Soleil, a library razed during the earthquake in Haiti. Keisha's poetry chapbook Circle Unbroken was self-published in 2003. She is currently a master’s degree candidate in MFA in Creative Writing Program at The City College, CUNY. Visit her on the web at www.keishagaye.com .


Charles J. Butler started out reading at the Nuyorican Café when he was seventeen. He has published his work in Abestos, the Brownstone Poets Anthology, and Rogue Scholars, among others.  He has hosted numerous Brooklyn venues; the Park Slope Poetry Project and was the Associate Editor of its publication, Erato, Your Word, at the Brooklyn Lyceum, and the Perch Cafe's Literary Series with Pamela Laskin and Elise Buchman. No Shirt Press published his full collection of poems, 39 Poems, in 2010.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Back to Jack


Back to Jack

Yippie Museum Café
9 Bleecker Street (near the Bowery)

(subway: B,D,F,M, downtown 6 to Broadway/Lafayette)


http://www.hopstop.com/

 

Monday, March 26th, 2012
6:30 – 9 pm

A celebration of the writings of Jack Kerouac

Host – Gordon Gilbert

(no open mic)

$3 suggested donation

Readers

Peter Martin, Demetrius Daniel,Patricia Carragon,

Robin Small-McCarthy, Russ Green, Linda Lerner,

Clare Ultimo, Madeline Artenberg, Orion 0.62,

Efrayim Levenson, Pete Dolack, Rob “Guru” Jones,

Peter Chelnik, Robert Agnoli, Richard Fein,

Roxanne Hoffman, Kim Kalest, Michael Reiss,

Farid Bitar, Zev Torres, Austin Alexis

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Maintenant 6 and the Fifth Annual NYC Dada Poetry and Art Salon

I am happy to be part of Maintenant 6 and one of the many featured readers at the Fifth Annual NYC Dada Poetry and Art Salon.




From Three Rooms Press:


Three Rooms Press and Son of a Pony present:
The Fifth Annual NYC Dada Poetry and Art Salon
Friday, March 16
Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $7


Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street (between Bleecker and 
W. 4th St.)

Subways: E, A, C, F, M, D to West 4th Street   
1 to Christopher Street



Featured Dada performers include:
--NY Dada's JOANIE FRITZ ZOSIKE and 
LOIS KAGAN MINGUS
--Dada Daddy PETER CARLAFTES
--Romanian Dada descendent VALERY OISTEANU
--Underground Comic Book Artist MIKE DIANA 
with CITY SCUM SHOT
--LA Dada's CYNTHIA TORONTO
--NJ Dada's JOHN J. TRAUSE
--and surprise guests


It's back! And better than ever: The fifth annual Dada Poetry and Art Salon, with Dada hostess KAT GEORGES! This year's theme: Declare Art on War!

Wear your favorite Dada fashion, thrill to the excitement of the strangest, most hard-hitting Dada performances ever, and enjoy Dada-inspired poetry read LIVE! from the latest edition of Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art* (Three Rooms Press, 130 pages, 2012).


Featured guest poets include Dada superstar boxer/poet Arthur Cravan, brought back to life for this special event. Plus Live Dada Twitter, and performances by underground comic book artist Mike Diana with Steven Retchard, NY Dada's Joanie Hieger Zosike & Lois Kagan Mingus, NJ Dada's John J. Trause, Romanian Dada descendent Valery Oisteanu, LA Dada's Cynthia Toronto, Dada Daddy Peter Carlaftes, and surprise guests!


Plus: new videos, book giveaways and more. The first 20 people will receive a free copy of the hot-off-the-press Maintenant 6: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Literature and Art (inspired by Arthur Cravan‘s early 20th Century Maintenant ’zine--the first ’zine EVER!).


Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $7 which includes (naturally) a free drink! Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, in the West Village, between W. 4th Street at Bleecker (http://corneliastreecafe.com).


Reservations and additional information: threeroomspress@mac.com


Maintenant 6: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art is the fifth edition of an annual collection of contemporary Dada work inspired by Dada instigator and Three Rooms Press spiritual advisor Arthur Cravan. This issue, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, includes bold poetry, cutting-edge visual art, essays and word art from Neo-Dadaists worldwide, including: Roger Conover, Mina Loy, Jerome Rothenberg, Giovanni Fontana, Fork Burke, Paolo Pelosini, Constantin Xenakis, Vittore Baroni, George Wallace, Scott Wannberg, Duska Vrhovac, Bart Verburg, Mike Mollett and more than 100 other artists. Color cover, with interior black and white text and images. It is now archived in the MOMA library.


The original Dada movement peaked from 1916-1922, primarily involved visual arts, literature—poetry, art manifestoes, art theory—theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. Its purpose was to ridicule what its participants considered to be the meaninglessness of the modern world. In addition to being anti-war, dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchist in nature.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Reminder Hassanal Abdullah and Tsaurah Litzky Read at Park Plaza Restaurant Sat, 3/3 at 2:30 p.m.







Reminder Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights




The Brownstone Poets presents:
Hassanal Abdullah and Tsaurah Litzky




Saturday, March 3 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:




Hassanal Abdullah, poet, novelist, critic, translator, and author of twnty-one books, was born in Bangladesh. He has introduced sonnets with rhyming scheme abcdabc efgdefg and seven lines stanza pattern, called Swatantra Sonnets.  The second edition of the book with the same title was published in 2004. The bilingual collection, Breath of Bengal (2000), which was published by Cross-Cultural Communications, Merrick, NY, and was translated into English by Nazrul Islam Naz, a British-Bengali poet. Hassanal is the editor a bilingual (Bengali-English) poetry journal, Shabdaguchha, which is also available online: http://www.shabdaguchha.com. He has been published in LIPS, the Paterson Literary Review, Poetrybay, Medicinal Purposes Literary Review, Asbestos, Long Island Sound, and more.  He has been honored as the 'Centerpiece Poet' in the Year's End Issue, 2001, of the Medicinal Purposes Literary Review.




 
Tsaurah Litzky is a poet who also writes erotica, fiction, creative nonfiction, art criticism and book reviews. However, Tsaurah says poetry is her heart and she considers it a great privilege to be a poet. She has had published fourteen poetry chapbooks, most recently Blue Blood of Morning from Snapdragon Press, now in its third printing. Her first major poetry collection, Baby On The Water, was published by Long Shot Press in 2003. Her new poetry collection, Cleaning The Duck, is just out from Bowery Books to rave reviews. Steve Cannon calls it "funny as hell." Steve Dalachinsky says it "shows us the soul of a poemlies within its honesty."