Monday, March 27, 2017

Reminder: Bob Heman, Rick Mullin, Hilary Sideris, Alison Ross at Park Plaza Restaurant on Sat, 4/1 at 2:30 p.m.


Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2017

Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005

Brownstone Poets presents Bob Heman, Rick Mullin, Hilary Sideris, and Alison Ross, Saturday, April 1 in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well.

Saturday, April 1

at 2:30 p.m

Bob Heman
Rick Mullin
Hilary Sideris
Alison Ross

@ 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 


Bob Heman’s collages, cut-outs and drawings have been shown in a small two-man show at The Brooklyn Museum, in a one-man retrospective of his cut-outs [participatory cut-out multiples on paper] at BACA’s Downtown Cultural Center, and in group shows in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.

His poems and prose poems have appeared in such diverse publications as Sentence, The Prose Poem, Caliban, Otoliths, Kayak, Hanging Loose, Center, and Artful Dodge, and are upcoming in New American Writing and Reaedr.

Rick Mullin is the author of six books of poetry, including the book-length poems Huncke, published by Seven Towers, Dublin Ireland in 2010, and Soutine, published by Dos Madres Press, Loveland Ohio, 2012. His latest collection, Transom, was published last month by Dos Madres Press. His work has appeared in journals including The New Criterion, American Arts Quarterly, and Epiphany; and in anthologies, including Rabbit Ears: Poems about TV. He is a painter and a journalist.  

Clockwise Cat publisher and editor Alison Ross has been published here, there, elsewhere, and nowhere. Alison experienced rave-levels of ecstasy when she found out she was shortlisted for the 2014 Erbacce Prize, down from 5,000 entries. She was also giddily bemused when was nominated for the Best of the Net a few years back, though she lost out to savvier scribes. Alison is also a staff book reviewer for Five 2 One Magazine. Alison has four chapbooksFrom Dancing Girl Press, Monster Sermons; from Fowlpox Press, Miro's Poesie and Clockwise Cats; and from Feline and Nothingness Press, Clockwise Cats: The Prequel

Hilary Sideris is the author of Most Likely to Die, poems in the voice of Keith Richards (Poets Wear Prada 2014) and The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016). Her new chapbook, A House Not Made with Hands, inspired by Vasari's Lives of the Artists, is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. She lives in Kensington, Brooklyn.

Friday, March 24, 2017

MER 15 Launch Party and Reading in the Gallery at LPR

MER 15 Launch Party and Reading in the Gallery at LPR

Mom Egg Review Vol. 15 Launch and Reading
Sun. April 2, 2017 at 5:30 P.M.

The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 (212) 505-3474

Hosted by Marjorie Altman Tesser

Mom Egg Review publishes sharp, lyrical, intelligent literary writing about motherhood. Contributors to MER's fifteenth annual issue will read stories and poems about pregnancy, mothering toddlers to teens and beyond, the body, partnering and un-partnering, and mothering and work, politics, art. Join us for literary transmissions from the mothership!
Admission (includes a book): $12 in advance, $15 at the door

brevitas writers scheduled to read:

Tsaurah Litzky and Patricia Carragon

Featured Readers
Keisha-Gaye Anderson Betsy Andrews
Patricia Behrens Jennifer Brooke Patricia Carragon Guillermo Filice Castro Lorraine Currelley Carol Dorf *

Jessica Feder-Birnbaum Laurette Folk
Atoosa Grey
Heather Haldeman Donna Katzin

Tina Kelley
Sarah Key
Liz Lara
Judith Lichtendorf Tsaurah Litzky Eve Packer

Cathy Mc Arthur Palermo Theta Pavis
Zara Raab
Gwen North Reiss

Lynne Shapiro
Ana Silva
Deborah Staunton Autumn Stephens* Judith Swann
Dara Herman Zierlein * by Nancy Wartik

MER Eds. Jennifer Jean Jennifer Martelli Cindy Veach Marjorie Tesser



A, C, E to Spring Street

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

REMINDER: Pen Women's Literary Workshop at Wow Café, Thur, March 23 at 7 p.m.


Pen Women's Literary Workshop at Wow Café, Thur, March 23 at 7 p.m.

Celebrate spring with poetry and prose 
at the Pen Literary Women's Workshop Reading 
Hosted by Ilsa Gilbert

March 23 at 7:00 P.M. at the Wow Café
in the East Village


Rosalie Calabrese, Patricia Carragon. Ilsa Gilbert, Marni Rice, Caroline Thomas, Anne Weichberger.

Plus Marni Rice solo performance t/b/a

WOW Café Theatre
59-61 East 4th Street - 4th Floor, Buzzer #6
New York, NY 10003
Directions: F train to 2nd Avenue. Walk Northwest
Tickets at the door: $10 suggested donation
$8 Seniors/Students (or pay what you can - no one will be turned away)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Innocence is Here!


Yes, this labor of love is now a realty! 

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)
Bob Heman's beautiful cover collage

Brooklyn writer Patricia Carragon loves cupcakes, chocolate, cats, and haiku. As a child, she’d write and illustrate a make-believe newspaper. However, she wasn’t encouraged to write until the early '90s when she wrote witty pitches for her Brunch 'n Fun social activities at St. Bartholomew's Church. One friend encouraged her to explore her literary muse. Another friend said that her eulogy for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had poetic resonance.

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 littéraire, 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.

Stay tuned to notices on book parties for Innocence.  The book is selling for $14.99. 

You can order your copy at Finishing Line Press:

or at

Pre-Sale People:

To all those who have participated in the Pre-Sale back in November and December, thank you! You should be receiving your copy (s) in about two weeks. 

If you don't receive your copy (s), please contact Finishing Line Press at:

Carragon Publication News : Bear Creak Haiku and The Mom Egg

March Publication News:

Bear Creek Haiku:

Thank you ayaz naryl nielsen of Bear Creek Haiku for posting my haiku online for March 7, 2017, #139.

I share the space with poets, Joy Leftow, Carl Mayfield, t kilgore splake, Don Wentworth, and artists RexSexton and Paula Yup.

like tombstones
the rocks remember
each flower that died  
By Paula Yup

a praia dorme
         a maré, um corbertor
                   a lua assiste

the beach sleeps
         the tide, a blanket
                    the moon watches

         behind Brooklyn Bridge
         walls of gray mist hide skyline
         delusional rain

 Chanukah candles
 8 days of light
 defeat the darkness

              Patricia Carragon
              Brooklyn  New York

The Mom Egg Issue 15

The Mom Egg Volume 15 arrived this month. My fiction piece, "The Snake Pit Night," is in it. It's a story about what happens to my mommy back on 12/12/12. It finally got published after she died.

It's in the "Mother Night" section. Thank you Marjorie Altman Tesser for publishing my work.

Some shoutouts to Eve Packer, Tsaurah Litzky,  Keisha-Gaye Anderson, and Pamela Laskin.