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Patricia Carragon Reading at The BookMark Shoppe  will be reading poems from Innocence #FinishingLinePress and more. Books will be available for sale.
June Featured poet Patricia Carragon


Tuesday, June 6 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM 

The BookMark Shoppe

8415 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11209


We’re excited to announce Patricia Carragon as our Featured poet for June.

Patricia’s recent publications include “The Avocet, a Journal of Nature Poetry”, “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). Her latest book is “Innocence” (Finishing Line Press, 2017). “The Cupcake Chronicles” is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada.

She hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in- chief of its annual anthology. She is one of the executive editors for “Home Planet News Online”

Please join us for Patricia’s reading, and stick around for the open mic immediately following.


 Sander releases poetry memoir

Apr 21, 2017
BELFASTHawthorne, a House in Bolinas,” a versified chapbook memoir by city poet Ellen Sander, has just been published by Finishing Line Press. The work, 30 some years in the making, is an unfolding narrative poem occupying a chapbook with snapshots.

“Hawthorne” celebrates a legendary West Marin poetic community of the 1970s, its neighbors and the luminaries who visited. Set in Bolinas, the beach, the eucalyptus and the fog, the poetic portrait captures a legendary epoch in the fabled community.

Among the vignettes are stanzas about locals Robert Creeley, Tom Clark, Aram Saroyan, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Richard Brautigan, Lewis MacAdams and Joanne Kyger (and more), as well as visitors Allen Ginsberg, Gerard Malanga and Bob Dylan.

Sander, a pioneering New York rock journalist (author of “Trips: Rock Life in the Sixties”), incubated her poetry in Bolinas, Calif., in the ‘70s. “Hawthorne” is her homage to those poets and those times, when Bolinas was rife with poets and poetry in a thriving and spicy small-town culture.

After a stint in Los Angeles, she was an editor at Women of China magazine in Beijing in 2005, having taught college English in both Xiamen and Beijing. She was the 2013-14 Poet Laureate of Belfast, where she lives near Head of the Tides. Her poetry has been published in Chiron Review, Social Anarchism, Saturday Afternoon Journal, Dongxi, The Maine Review, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Off The Coast and the 2016 anthology “Cross-Strokes,” as well as the re-launch of Oculus Vox. She is the host of “Poetry Woodshed Radio” on WBFY in Belfast and a member of Beyond Baroque.

“Hawthorne” is available from the publisher’s website,, and via Amazon.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

Ellen Sander -  Hawthorne, A House in Bolinas - running in The Republican Journal, the local paper and its online edition, Village Soup 
May 19, 2017  –  book launch at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles
July 13, 2017  –  The Belfast Free Library in Belfast, Maine, will host a book launch reading and signing for Hawthorne on July 13 at 7pm.
Local readings here in midcoastal Maine will be over the summer.
Crackpot Chronicles – older blog
folly me on Twitter
Ellen Sander’s Classic Rock Readers (Kindle Eds.)  No Kindle?  No Problem:
Free Kindle Reader at
Robert Milli in Hamlet and Other Literary Programs at Oradell Public Library
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 AT 7 P. M.
Susanna Rich with “Poetry and Religion”

Susanna Rich, Kean University Professor of English, will be presenting a lecture and poetry reading on the topic of “Poetry and Religion”.
Oradell Public Library
375 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell, New Jersey, 07649
For more information and to download the flyers, see the left column of the Library’s homepage:


Please remember to mark your calendars for all poetry features by John J. Trause in 2017:
Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8 p. m. in Saturn Reading Series at Shades of Green Pub (near Union Square), 125 East 15 th Street, New York, New York 10003.
Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 10 a. m. – 5 p. m. in BCCLS BooksNJ at Paramus Public Library field, moderating the Poetry Tent, including New Jersey poets and editor from Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (New York : NYQ Books, 2015).
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8 p. m. in Meta-Land reading with Poets of the Palisades for the Poets Wednesday series at the Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095.
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 7 p. m. in Meta-Land reading with Poets of the Palisades at Oradell Public Library, 375 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, New Jersey 07649.
Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7 p. m. in Meta-Land reading with Poets of the Palisades at the Poetry & Music series at ANT Bookstore and Café, 345 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey 07011.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2 p. m. in Meta-Land reading with Poets of the Palisades at The Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street, Woodstock, New York 12498.
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7 p. m. in North Jersey Literary Series reading with Rick Mullin at Classic Quiche Café, 330 Queen Anne Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7 p. m. in Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series at Highland Park Public Library, 31 North 5th Avenue, Highland Park, New Jersey 08904.
 I will have copies of my new book Picture This: For Your Eyes and Ears. (Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press, 2016), a book of poetry about art, photography, film, and art reference, along with copies of my other books for sale.  I accept cash and checks.
 All my books would make an excellent present for yourself or literary loved ones.

 For more details, please go to:


Becoming Trans-Parent, One Family’s Journey of Gender Transition by Annette Langlois Grunseth Wisconsin Conference 
Wisconsin Conference, United Church of Christ

June 10, 2017

10:30 am

Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake WI

Transgender Stories | Open and Affirming Team, Annette and John Grunseth, and Joey Hoover-Simon

Transgender Stories


Two families will share their experiences with transgender family members in this workshop. Joey Hoover-Simon will talk about her family’s experience at the intersection of family and faith with a transgender child.  And Annette and John Grunseth will share about their adult child’s transition from son to daughter. Through understandable poetry they offer insight about gender and acceptance. Be prepared to laugh, shed a tear or two and learn something new.  Annette has written a book “Becoming Trans-Parent, One Family’s Journey of Gender Transition” published by Finishing Line Press.

Annual Meeting Workshop Features Author of “Becoming Trans-Parent”

“Becoming Trans-Parent, One Family’s Journey of Gender Transition” is a collection of poems by Annette Langlois Grunseth that shares one parent’s experience of an adult child transitioning from son to daughter. The book’s narrative poems explain changing avatars, using bathrooms, selecting clothing, grieving, passing as a woman, job discrimination, unique health issues, what happens to marriage and family, along with the joy that comes from seeing a child transition into living an authentic life. Annette and John Grunseth will talk about their experiences in this journey.

Workshop co-leader Joey Hoover-Simon will talk about her family’s experience at the intersection of family and faith with a transgender child. The workshop is titled Transgender Stories.  Find all Annual Meeting Workshop infohere>


Lynne Viti -BALTIMORE GIRLS--scheduled readings and programs 2017-2018
Lynne Spigelmire Viti, JD, PhD
Senior lecturer in the Writing Program
Blogging at Still In School
Now reading: Dark Remedy: : The Impact Of Thalidomide And Its Revival As A Vital Medicine, by Trent Stephens and Rock Brynner

 Last read:      Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship,  by Isabel Vincent

October 19, 2017Featured poet, Gallery 55, Natick, MA 01760   –  7:30 PM

November 7, 2017-Bird in Hand –Readings with Ralphie (Ralph   Alvarez) , 11 E 33rd St, Baltimore, Tuesday at 7 PM, Bird in Hand Bookstore Phone(410) 243-0757
MaryAnn L. Miller   (Book title: Cures for Hysteria)

I’ll be reading poems from the book at these readings.

June 3     Hunterdon Art Museum     7 Lower Center St.     Clinton, NJ     2pm

I will be mentioning the book at these readings, but not reading from it.

April 30     Poetry Ink: Moonstone Arts     100 Poets     Philadelphia, PA     Noon start

June 10    Stillwater Review 2017 Release     Sussex County Community College     2pm


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