Saturday, March 21, 2015

Photos from the Second Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Reading on Thursday, March 19 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Park Slope

Here are the photos taken from the Second Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Reading on Thursday, March 19 at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  I apologize for messing up a few of the shots and for missing out on a photographing a few poets.  The event started out slow, but people kept coming in and so did the excitement, making this event standing room only.  Kudos to our Guest Poet George Held and to the contributors who were able to make the event.  They are as follows:

George Held (Guest Poet)
Alan Braverman
Ronna Lebo (a.k.a Alice B. Talkless)
Austin Alexis
Bob Heman
Boni Joi
Brenda J. Gannam
David Francis
Elliot Abosh
Ernest K. Woodley
Evie Ivy
Joel Allegretti
Karen Neuberg
Mary Askin-Jencsik
Mireya PĂ©rez
Noel David Cohen
Ptr Kozlowski
Richard Fein
Ron Kolm
Rosalie Calabrese
Sarah Sarai
Zev Torres

Will plan to post the first event pictures from Park Plaza Restaurant soon.  Have a slow computer and must start publishing the 2015 anthology ASAP!

Monday, March 16, 2015

REMINDER: Beat Writers Jack Kerouac On the Road Again -- Back to Jack Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. The Cornelia Street Cafe


Beat Writers   Jack Kerouac  
On the Road Again -- Back to Jack

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. 

The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St, NYC-10014
(212) 980- 9319

$8 admission/free drink

Hosted by Gordon Gilbert

The second in a series of readings of the beat generation writers.

A celebration of Jack Kerouac's life and writings with personal
remembrances and a reading of a selection of his works by local
NYC poets and writers: 

Stephen Bluestone, Patricia Carragon, Jack Cooper, 
Steve Dalachinsky, Claire Fitzpatrick, Roxanne Hoffman, 
David Lawton, Michael Lydon, Peter Martin, Roberto Mendoza, Frank Perero, Su Polo, Leslie Prosterman, Griselda Steiner, 
Susan Weiman, Jack Tricarico


A, C, D, E, F to West 4th St.  1 to Christopher St.

REMINDER: Second Brownstone Poets Anthology Reading Thursday, March 19 from 6:30 p.m. Barnes and Noble Booksellers Park Slope


Second Brownstone Poets Anthology Reading



The Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Book Event
A Celebration of Poetry and Prose from Poets from
Brownstone Poets Reading Series

Thursday, March 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers Park Slope
267 Seventh Ave.
Park Slope, NY 11215

Free Admission --LIMITED OPEN MIC !

SUBWAYS: F or G to Seventh Ave., D, R, N to 9th St.

Anthology Poets who plan to come can read whatever they want (1 poem no more than 3 minutes for each reader):

Evie Ivy
Helen Peterson
Sarah Sarai
David Francis
Joel Allegretti  
Richard Klein
Bruce Weber
Joanne Pagano Weber
 Rosalie Calabrese
Ron Kolm
Mireya Perez
Boni Joi
George Held
Brenda J. Gannam
Austin Alexis
Bob Heman
Rona Lebo
Mary Askin-Jencsik
Ptr Kozlowski
Alan Braverman
Ernest K. Woodley
Elliot Abosh
Patricia Carragon
and more to come . . .

Saturday, April 4 No Brownstone Poets Reading - Happy Passover, Happy Easter, Happy Spring

Saturday, April 4

No Brownstone Poets Reading

Happy Passover, Happy Easter, Happy Spring

But our regular schedule starts again
Park Plaza Restaurant 
on Saturday, May 2

with this amazing trio of wordsmiths:

Davison Garrett, George Held, and Claudia Serea 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Femmewise Cat Publication




In honor of International Women’s Day, I am happy to announce that Femmewise Cat, a special e-zine of Clockwise Cat, has published 5 of my pieces:

Sex and the Single Poet
The 4-Dimensional Man
Dandelion Child
PMS Pizza
Birthday Thoughts

Check it out at

Also there’s a second part of this e-zine worth seeing

So many great women are in this issue.  Great job Alison Ross. 


Proud to be part of this group:

Monday, March 2, 2015

REMINDER: Amy Barone, Maria Lisella, and Sweta Srivastava Vikram Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant


Brownstone Poets presents Amy Barone, Maria Lisella, and  Sweta Srivastava Vikram   Saturday, March  7 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy the varied menu at this affordable family-run diner while listening to great poetry. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well.

Brownstone Poets presents:

Amy Barone

Maria Lisella

Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Saturday, March 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

R to Court Street

4 or  to 5 Borough Hall

For more directions:

$4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon


Amy Barone’s new chapbook Kamikaze Dance was published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in CityLitRag, First Literary Review-East, Gradiva, Impolite Conversation (UK), Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets, and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, among other publications. She spent five years as Italian correspondent for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Her first book, Views from the Driveway, was published by Foothills Publishing. A board member of the Italian American Writers Association, she co-organizes and promotes their monthly readings in New York City.  She belongs to PEN America Center and the Brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem.

NYQ Books published Maria Lisella's first collection, Thieves in the Family in 2014. Her work in chapbooks ---Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada) has been twice nominated for a Pushcart-Poetry Prize. She won Honorable Mention from the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and was a finalist for Queens Poet Laureate. Her work appears in Feile Festa, Gradiva, LIPS, Paterson Literary Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Voices in Italian Americana, and online on and First Literary Review East. She co-curates the Italian American Writers Association 2nd Saturday readings; and is a charter member of the online poetry circle, brevitas now in its 12th year.

Sweta Srivastava Vikram (, featured by Asian Fusion as “One of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, Amazon bestselling author of 9 books, novelist, poet, essayist, columnist who currently lives in New York City with her husband. A graduate of Columbia University, when Sweta is not doing yoga, dancing, cooking, traveling, writing books and posts for other magazines, or teaching creative writing, she is working as a digital marketing consultant. Connect with her on

Twitter [@swetavikram] and Facebook (

Sunday, March 1, 2015

More Publication News

Just checked and surprise . . . my poem “Birthday Thoughts” was published in the Linden Avenue Literary Journal  Issue 27, August 2014 (accidentally listed as Issue 28, September 2014)

Also, this issue has pieces from Susan Dale, Melanie Haney, John Garmon, Marion Deutsche Cohen, and Ryan Dempsey.

More Avocet news:

My haiku was in The Weekly Avocet #115, February 25, 2015.  

I am pleased that I share the space with 
George Held, Leslie Thomas, Mac Greene, 
Maggie Westland, Linda Taylor, Leslie Mills,  
Karla Linn Merrifield, and Karla Linn Merrifield

against blue-gray sky
featherlike branches
wait for snow