Sunday, June 18, 2017



Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach

Tuesday, June 20, 2017   5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Park Slope Library
431 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Free Admission Open Mic
Host: Anthony Vigoritio
Subways: F to Seventh Ave


INNOCENCE Book Launch at The Cornelia Street Café

Amy Barone, author, Kamikaze Dance, (Finishing Line Press) 

Davidson Garrett, author, To Tell the Truth I Wanted to be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems(Finishing Line Press)

Karen Neuberg, author, Myself Taking Stage (Finishing Line Press)

 Wednesday, June 21, 2017   5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street Café, NY, NY 10014
$10 admission includes a drink

Hosted by Roxanne Hoffman

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


Patricia Carragon’s recent publications include The Avocet, a Journal of Nature Poetry, Bear Creek Haiku, Clockwise Cat, First Literary Review-East, Panoply, poeticdiversity, Sensations Magazine, Sensitive Skin, 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). Her latest book is Innocence (Finishing Line Press, 2017). The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Patricia is an active member of Brevitas, a group fiercely dedicated to short poems, as well as the PEN Women’s Literary Workshop, Women Writers in Bloom, and Tamarind. She is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Patricia Carragon's Innocence at The BookMark Shoppe

Hey Brooklynites, 

You can purchase your copy of INNOCENCE 
for $15

at this lovely bookstore in Bay Ridge

The BookMark Shop 
8415 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11209
(718) 833-5115


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 café, 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)

Review of Innocence by Alison Ross in 
The Zen of Innocence in Thugwise Cat, June 2017

Ms. Carragon's Bio:

Patricia Carragon’s recent publications include The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry, Bear Creek Haiku, Clockwise Cat, First Literary Review-East, Panoply, poeticdiversity, Sensations, Sensitive Skin, 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). The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Patricia hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor in chief of its annual anthology. Patricia is an active member of Brevitas, a group fiercely dedicated to short poems, as well as the PEN Women’s Literary Workshop and Tamarind. She is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

BKLYNER: Patricia Carragon on Innocence & Bath Beach

Happy That BKLYNER, a local online newsletter for Brooklyn, has posted an interview of me for Thursday, June 21, 2017. The link is below:

I'm getting excited about reading for Anthony Vigorito's readings, Tom Kane's BookMark Bards on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Patricia Carragon is a poet from Bath Beach who loves cupcakes, cats, and haiku, and as a child wrote and illustrated a make-believe newspaper. It was her witty pitches for her Brunch ‘n Fun social activities at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan, though, that led to a life of poetry.
Patricia is also the host of the Brownstone Poets reading series and edits its annual anthology.  Her book of poetry, titled Innocence has just been published in paperback, and she will be doing a reading at the Bookmark Shoppe in Bay Ridge on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.
Can you tell us about what prompted you to write ‘Innocence’? Is it autobiographical?
Several of the poems in ‘Innocence’ are based on personal experience—the expectations that withered over the years. No child or adult should be the victim of bullying, ridicule, and loneliness. But it is also about the triumph of the human spirit over hardship. In spite of what has happened to me, I still retain innocence for agape love, peace of mind, sunshine, and the rainbow after the storm.

What would you like readers to know about ‘Innocence’ before they pick it up?
‘Innocence’ is about how reality burns the “cookie-cutter” expectations of childhood and the “success stories” of adulthood. In several poems, reality is the extension of unescapable nightmares—the ones that hit you in the gut. But reality is also the source for inspiration, humor, hope, dignity, and joy. My words understand the complexities of struggle—words that many readers could relate to.
Your first book of poetry published in 2005. What did it feel like to publish your first collection, and how has your work changed since that first book?
Holding my first book, ‘Journey to the Center of My Mind’ (Rogue Scholars Press) brought joy and satisfaction. I was a newcomer to the literary world and was gaining acceptance among peers. My writing style has evolved over the years. I’ve learned to tighten my sentences and make the flow less jarring. Seems as though my style changes every five years. In ‘Innocence,’ I’ve included two re-edited poems, “Humoresque” and “Dead Flower,” from my first book.
What is your writing process for poetry and short fiction — Do you sit down to write everyday or when the mood strikes?
My process for writing is whenever the muse strikes. It could happen anywhere—on the subway or before I go to bed. If I don’t write down my thoughts immediately, my ‘trains of thought’ will travel to some undisclosed destination. LOL!
What are your greatest struggles as an artist? What about your greatest moment of success? 
My greatest struggles are getting my writing in the best shape possible for publication and receiving rejection letters. I’m constantly editing, in search for perfection. I read my work at workshops and readings. I value the feedback from other writers. This is necessary for fine-tuning my work. But it’s tough when those notorious rejection letters from literary journals hit my inbox. It’s part of the process of being a writer—you win one day and lose the next.
My greatest moment of success is when I see my work reach fruition. It could be in its completion, publication, or appreciation.
When (and how) did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Is there a specific moment that you started calling yourself a writer? 
As a child, I created and illustrated a club newspaper. However, I wasn’t encouraged to write until the early ’90s when I wrote witty pitches for my ‘Brunch ’n Fun’ social activities at St. Bartholomew’s Church. One friend encouraged me to explore my literary muse. Another saw poetic resonance in my eulogy for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Since you have an upcoming reading, can you tell us what it feels like to read your work to a live audience?
I like to come prepared. If the feature is ten or twenty minutes long, I would time myself accordingly—usually reading for about a few minutes under my time. I’d rather give those minutes to the open readers. I read a variety of work and use different moods, whether it be prose, poetry, haiku, flash fiction, et al. I want to engage my audience. No “poet voice,” please!
Tell us about your history with Bensonhurst/Bath Beach — when did you move there and why? 
I moved here on June 30, 2014. I needed to be closer to my Brownstone Poets reading series in Brooklyn Heights and my Brooklynite friends. Flushing was too far and Astoria was getting too pricy. You can’t beat the rents in this section of Brooklyn!
What do you love most about the neighborhood? What do you wish you could change?
I love the diversity of the neighborhood. Where can you find cannoli, borsht, dim sum, falafel, rice and beans, and gyros within walking distance? However, we do need more Internet cafés.
Does living in Bensonhurst/Bath Beach affect your work as an artist?
The everyday life in the neighborhood is poetry in motion. Poetry and art are everywhere. A haiku could happen while standing on the 18th Avenue D platform. Simple activities inspire, as well as the backyards, sidewalks, subways, trees, sky, and local cats. I always walk around with a notebook and iPhone.
What is your favorite neighborhood spot? 
Shore Promenade. Now with weather getting warmer, a morning schlep to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge would be as invigorating as going to the gym. Great for photography as well.
You can hear her read from the new collection, Innocence, on Tuesday, June 6 at 7pm, at the Bookmark Shoppe in Bay Ridge.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Gentle Reminder: Hernandez, Degnan, Vacca of Poets Settlement Read at Park Plaza Restaurant, Sat, June 3 at 2:30 p.m.

A Gentle Reminder:

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2017

Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005

Brownstone Poets presents 
Ricardo Hernandez, Terence Degnan, and Samantha Vacca on  Saturday, June 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well.

Saturday, June 3

at 2:30 p.m

Ricardo Hernandez
Terence Degnan
Samantha Vacca

@ 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



Ricardo Hernandez was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 22nd, 1985. Enlisting after graduating from high school, Ricardo served in the U.S. Air Force with the 71st Fighter Squadron, also known as the Ironmen. After the military, and briefly living in Florida, Ricardo returned to Brooklyn where he founded the Poets Settlement reading series in 2013. He was named Brooklyn Poets' Yawper of the Year in 2014, and has appeared on stages across the city.

Terence Degnan is a poet and Spoken Word artist. He produces a monthly storytelling series called "How To Build a Fire" and co-hosts/curates a monthly poetry series entitled "Poets Settlement." Terence's second book of poems, Still Something Rattles, was published in September of last year by Sock Monkey Press. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife a daughter.

Samantha Vacca is a poet and copywriter. Her work has appeared in Typoetic, 20 Dissidents, The Playlist, IndieWire, and Brooklyn Magazine. She is currently at work on her first chapbook. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband, two dogs, and an evil cat.