Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pen Women's Workshop Reading at Pen American Center Tuesday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Proud to be one of the readers:

Pen Women's Workshop Reading at Pen American Center
TuesdayNovember 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Led by founder and director Ilsa Gilbert, and now in its 24th year
the PEN Womens Literary Workshop will present readings of original
work in poetry and prose featuring:

Ilsa GilbertRosalie Calabrese, Bracha Nechama Bomze,
Patricia CarragonCaroline ThomasMarni RiceJan Castro
Roberta GouldAlice JacobyAnne Weichberger, Gloria Vando,
Maria Arrillagra, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, and more.

PEN American Center
588 Broadway #303 
New YorkNY 10012
Admission FreeReception to follow 



DFM to Broadway-Lafayette, 4, 6 to Bleecker St., R to Prince St.,EACto Spring St.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

REMINDER: Concetta Abbate, Jan Castro, Jay Chollick at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat, November 5 at 2:30 p.m.


Concetta Abbate, Jan Castro, Jay Chollick at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat, November 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2016

Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005

Brownstone Poets presents Concetta Abbate, Jan Castro, and Jay Chollick on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

Concetta Abbate
Jan Castro
Jay Chollick

@ 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:

Please check the MTA's "The Weekender" for all transit updates.

$5 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon 


Concetta Abbate, a NYC violinist, violist, vocalist, and composer, began studying classical violin and ear training at age 4. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry in Spanish, and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album Falling in Time in February 2015 (Waterbug Records.) She has performed at The East Indian Music Academy, the Rubin Art Museum, The Eastman School of Music, Cornelia Street Cafe, Columbia University, and more. She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin this past winter. Concetta performed with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), guitarist Charlie Rauh (Brain Plan Records), and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records). She is the musical director of a music education non-profit,”Teacup Music". She’s currently pursuing graduate studies in Music and Music education at Columbia University and has received grants from the Charles Mayer Foundation, as well as The Roothbert Fund.

Jan Garden Castro’s poetry chapbooks—The Last Frontier (Eclectic Press) and Mandala of the Five Senses are out of print. Her poetry and other writings have appeared in periodicals includingAmerican Poetry Review, American Book Review, Sculpture Magazine, Bomb, The Nation, New Letters, Roof, and Telephone. Castro was a finalist for the Adirondack Review Fulton Fiction Prize and received the CCLM Editor's Award as Editor of River Styx Magazine. She blogs monthly at and is Contributing Editor for Sculpture Magazine. She has curated exhibitions for JAMA (Japan Association of Art Museums), and ICPNA (Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano – Lima). See for her books, interviews, and essays. 

Jay Chollick: The word’s most harmless terrorist; shadowy at the open mic; insufferable in print; bookish in slim volumes: Colors; American Vesuvius; FiveO The Stately Poems; prizes & awards but not the bluest ribbons; big mouth on the radio; a tv pipsqueak, for which only his one hand claps.

There's Still Time to Order Your Copy of Innocence

There's still time to pre-order your copy of my latest book, "Innocence," 
                     from Finishing Line Press

Advance sales for "Innocence" is through November 25, 2016. If interested, I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering a copy. Advance sales will determine my pressrun.  Book release date is January 20, 2017.

It took love and courage to persevere in my craft. It took years for my craft to develop, and I'm proud of the results. 

I want to thank my family, friends, poets, etc., Without your support, my poetry wouldn't be what it is today.  

If anyone has any trouble ordering, "Innocence":

Finishing Line Press is accepting checks and money orders at:
Finishing Line Press
PO Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324
Please send $(cost of book) + $2.99 shipping (per copy)
By mail only: If ordering multiple copies, shipping is $2.99 for the first copy and $1.99 for each additional copy.

For those who wish to pre-order, but are having difficulties in doing it on their website, please call them at 502-603-0670.

Innocence by Patricia Carragon

$14.99, paper

Distinguished by subtle story-telling and a deft use of words and metaphor, the poems in Patricia Carragon’s new collection, Innocence, speak to the heart and soul. Vivid backdrops include a Parisian cafĂ©, the circus, a windswept city day, Coney Island, and a bar full of bird-like characters. Color and nature star in many of the poignant poems that draw on elusive love and the setback of time. The poems’ heroine rarely frets, but accepts conflict and missed connections with grace. Readers will delight in Patricia Carragon’s poems brimming with irony, imagination, and ordinary life gone amok. 
—Amy Barone
Author and poet of "Kamikaze Dance"(Finishing Line Press)

With a palette full of confessional colors, and the urgency of Lady Macbeth wailing ‘Out, damned spot,’ Patricia Carragon speaks truth to childhood in a voice that is at once shocking and resonant. While the title of her book is Innocence, these lines are anything but benign. There is, however, a vital remnant of a happy fairytale that survives in Carragon’s poems: the M-A-G-I-C she sprinkles into each and every one of them, reminding us to hold fast to those treasures that give us permission to live happily ever after.
—Cindy Hochman
Editor-in-chief, First Literary Review-East

Patricia Carragon writes with acute sensibility, grace, and pith. She juggles scenes from her life and makes visible what the ‘wind has erased’. Made to feel unworthy and outcast as a child, her self-expression was admonished, and she was forced to keep within the lines. This is a beautiful book of poems about the power of imagination and a resilient spirit that has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of innocence to gift us all with her creative magic.
 ––Karen Neuberg 
Author, "Myself Taking Stage" (Finishing Line Press) 
and "Detailed Still" (Poets Wear Prada)
Patricia Carragon’s recent publications include The Avocet, Bear Creek Haiku, Clockwise Cat, First Literary Review-East, Panoply, poeticdiversity, The Yellow Chair Review, among others. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005) and Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). Patricia hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She’s an executive Editor for Home Planet News Online. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Patricia Carragon November Events

Patricia Carragon November Events:

Proud to be one of the readers:

Pen Women's Workshop Reading at Pen American Center
Tuesday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Led by founder and director Ilsa Gilbert, and now in its 24th year,
the PEN Womens Literary Workshop will present readings of original
work in poetry and prose featuring:

Ilsa Gilbert, Rosalie Calabrese, Bracha Nechama Bomze,
Patricia Carragon, Caroline Thomas, Marni Rice, Jan Castro,
Roberta GouldAlice Jacoby, Anne Weichberger, Gloria Vando,
Maria Arrillagra, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, and more.

PEN American Center
588 Broadway #303 
New York, NY 10012
Admission Free; Reception to follow 



D, F, M to Broadway-Lafayette, 4, 6 to Bleecker St., R to Prince St., E, A, C, to Spring St.



Soldiers', Sailors', Marines' and Airmen's Club 
283 Lexington Avenue (between East 36th and 37th Sts) 
New York, NY 10016 

Hosted by Daniel Fernandez

with Patricia Carragon, Jay Chollick, Peggy Fitzgerald,  
Katherine Hogan, and a lecture by James De Martini

$4 Members, $5 Non-members. Open Mic



6 to 33rd Street,  
6, 4, 5, and Shuttle 
to Grand Central