Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The 13th Annual brevitas Festival of the Short Poem

The 13th Annual brevitas Festival of the Short Poem 

Sunday, December 4, 2016  from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

brevitas poets read their best original poems of the year, which are also projected; the new brevitas Anthology is unveiled; books are signed; and literary fun ensues. Poet Donna Masini will read. Followed by a Short Poem (14 lines or less) Open Mic for guests.

Our invited guest—poet, novelist, and professor Donna Masini will read several short poems. Poet, humorist, cartoonist and Guggenheim Fellow Flash Rosenberg and poet and executive chef Carolyn Wells will co-host. Spoken word performances from brevitas poets, an eclectic group of committed writers, including founder of the Bowery Poetry Club Bob Holman, Queens Poet Laureates Maria Lisella and Hal Sirowitz, City Lore Founder Steve Zeitlin and over forty dynamic poet-members, including Sparrow, Ron Kolm, Gerd Stern, Dorothy Friedman August, Jeff Wright and many more.

$10 at the door. Admission includes complimentary copy of the new 2016 brevitas anthology.



F to Second Avenue
F, D to Broadway/ Lafayette 
6 to Bleecker Street

For more directions:

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

REMINDER: Stephen Bluestone, Noel David Cohen, and Jack Tricarico on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant


Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2016

Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005

Brownstone Poets presents Stephen Bluestone, Noel David Cohen, and Jack Tricarico on Saturday, December 3, 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, December 3, 2016 at 2:30 p.m

Stephen Bluestone
Noel David Cohen
Jack Tricarico 

@ 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:

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

Curated by Patricia Carragon 


Stephen Bluestone was born in New York City. His volume The Laughing Monkeys Of Gravity was nominated for the National Book Award in Poetry. The Flagrant Dead, also nominated for the National Book Award, has been called original and beautiful” by Gerald Stern. Louis Simpson called the same volume delightful and astonishing.” The Painted Clock, a new volume, is forthcoming. Bluestone has won The Greensboro Review Poetry Prize, The Thomas Merton Prize, and second prize in the Robert Penn Warren Competition, as well as other awards. Work has appeared in PoetryThe Sewanee Review, Boston Review, and many other journals.

Noel David Cohen is a writer, editor, and proofreader living in Brooklyn. His interests include art, photography, reading, travel, jogging, and experiencing life and the world. He has been a newspaper reporter, trade magazine editor, and writer/editor/proofreader for the New York Law Publishing Company (currently American Lawyer Media). He has published poems and articles in various newspapers, magazines, and chapbooks. His first chapbook, Signs of Life, includes his best work.

Jack Tricarico is a painter and poet who also teaches tai chi and lives in the East Village.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Extended Date to Pre-Sale Innocence from Finishing Line Press

Advance Sales for 

Innocence by Patricia Carragon


DECEMBER 9, 2016

Advance sales NOW closes for Innocence on December 9, 2016

Please consider pre-ordering a copy or two, perfect Holiday Gifts.

As many of you who have published with Finishing Line Press know, advance sales determine my pressrun.  So every sale counts now.

PRE-ORDERS SHIP Jan. 20, 2017
 "Innocence" Send checks or money orders in the amount of $17.98 to:

Finishing Line Press
PO Box 1626Georgetown, KY 40324

Please send $14.99 + $2.99 shipping (per copy) for a total of  $17.98
 If ordering multiple copies, shipping is $2.99 for the first copy 
and $1.99 for each additional copy.

What they're saying about Innocence:

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)

Who is Patricia Carragon?

Ms. Carragon is an avid writer of short stories, prose, and poetry. Her first book of poems is Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005), followed by Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Her publication credits include Allbook Books, The Avocet, BigCityLit, Bear Creek Haiku, Boog City, CLWN WR, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Drunk Monkeys, Home Planet News, Inertia, Lips, Levure littĂ©raire, Long Island Quarterly, Mad Hatters’ Review, Maintenant, The Mom Egg, Panoply, poeticdiversity, Tribe Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, Word Salad, Yellow Chair Review, and others. She is a member of brevitas, a group fiercely dedicated to short poems, and is a member of Pen Women's Literary Workshop and Tamarind. She is one of the Executive Editors for Home Planet News Online.

Ms. Carragon hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. Since August 2005, Brownstone Poets still continues to be a safe haven for the written and spoken word. It is an open mic reading held usually on first Saturdays with two or three guest readers.

Monday, November 14, 2016



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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Carragon October and November Publication News

Carragon October and November Publication News

Cheers to the publishers and contributors in the following journals, etc.

PPA Literary Review, A Publication of Performance Poets Association, Volume 20, 2016

Performance Poets Association’s Cliff Bleidner for accepting “An Invitation to Taste Plums.”

Hats off to so many poets: John A. Brennan, C.A. Barbour, Louisa Callo, Gil Fagiani, Kathryn M. Fazio, Peggy Fitzgerald, George Held, Evie Ivy, Ptr Kozlowski, Maria Lisella, George H. Northrup, Barbara Novack, Tom Oleszczuk, Barbara Segal, Patti Tana, James P. Wagner, and so many more.

Clockwise Cat’s Catwise Clock, Issue 35, October 2016

Meows to Alison Ross for accepting my poem, “Divine Comedy.”

Purrs to Mike Maggio, Stephen M. Singer, Kathrine Yets, Jeff Bagato, Gerard Sarnat, Andrea, Wyatt, Eva Skrande, Alison Ross, Oscar Varona, Daniel Thompson, John Doyle, Gary Beck, Derek Owens, Nelly Sanchez, Lindsay McLeod, Sergio Ortiz, Beverley Catlett, Dennis Wheeler, Unitas Quick, Cindy Hochman, Tim Lewis, Martin H. Levinson, Jacob Russel, Saira Viola, Lily Tierney, Chani Zwibel, Edwin L. Young, Bob Heman, Irene Koronas,
Lana Bella, Bill Wolak, Peter Davison, and Michael St. Germain

13 Days of Halloween, Day 3, Local Gems Press, October 21, 2016

Thank you Ishwa (James P. Wagner) for publishing my “Halloween Cat Haiku”

Cheshire Cat in black
curls up . . . disappears up-close
            trash bag in disguise

ghostly calicos
toms the color of midnight
catnip bewitches

eyes of the cat witch
hypnotize her devotees
cuteness wins more treats

Purrs to Amie Kachinoski and Joan McNerney

The Weekly Avocet #202, October 26, 2016

Thank you Charles Portolano for posting my haiku:

ghostly calicos
toms the color of midnight
catnip bewitches

Cheers to these nature poets: Patricia Foldvary, Ria Meade, Monica A. Andermann, Julie A. Dickson, Eugene O’Connor, Carol A. Amato, Roselyn Stewart, Barbara Hantman, Kristine Rued-Clark, Dennis Burton, Mary C. Rowin, Meg Neal, Charles Portolano

Haiku du Jour, October 30, 2016

Thank you Mankh for loving this simple poem about my beloved Flushing maple tree

veins on leaves
my tree’s hands
touch mine

Surreal Poetics, Issue 2, November 2016

Thank you Daren Berton for publishing my poem, “Perpetual Time.”

Congrats to the following contributors: Rachel J. Bennett, Joseph Ellison Brockway, Yu-Han Chao, Carol Dorf, Sara Eddy, Bonnie Emerick, Andrew Gent, Tom Holmes, Caroline Johnson, Margie Kivel, Dean Kostos, Socrates Martinis, Toti O'Brien, Basilike Pappa, James Penha, Alison Ross, Ina Roy-Faderman, Matthew W. Schmeer, Michael Dwayne Smith, Taunja Thomson, and Brenda Yates