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KATE PEPER - READINGS 2017 Dipped in Black Water by Kate Peper, NWVS # 133 – Finishing Line Press
July 1st at 1637 5th Ave. San Rafael, CA 94940, corner of “G” St. The Cedar House. Time: 1:30-3pm
July 25th with the Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show, Fairfax Library, Fairfax, CA 94930 at 7:00pm
August 20th at The Event Room at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA  94925 with Doreen Stock, 1pm

The “johnmac Radio Show” with Patricia Carragon, Sun, 7/2 at 7 p.m.
The “johnmac Radio Show” with Patricia Carragon, Sun, 7/2 at 7 p.m.

John F. McMullen will have me as a guest on Sunday, July 2nd at 7:00 P.M. I plan to discuss Brownstone Poets and share my poetry from my new book Innocence from #FinishingLinePress and read an excerpt from The Cupcake Chronicles forthcoming from #PoetsWearPrada.

Join us then at 7:00 PM Eastern time by clicking:
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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”

Patricia Carragon:  Innocence Events
Patricia Carragon July Events
Come get your copy at Innocence at these events:
A Garden Variety of Poetry and Prose at the 6th Street and Avenue B Community Garden
Saturday, July 22, from 3:30  5:30
with Patricia Carragon, Arden Levine, and Richard Jeffrey Newman, and friends
A Garden Variety – POETRY and PROSE, hosted by Mindy Levokove.
Words among the bleeding hearts and the tomatoes.
Open mic—Bring your words and sign up to read 
6th Street and Avenue B
New York, NY, 10009
Free Event
Berl’s Poetry Shop
Rooms of Our OwnWomen Read Poetry and Prose
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.
With Tsaurah Litsky, Nancy Mercado, Patricia Carragon, Elisabet Velasquez
141 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
FREE Event!
F train to York

Tsaurah Litzky is a widely published, Pushcart Prize nominated, poet, performer and writer of fiction,memoir, erotica, plays and commentaryHer major poetry collections are “Baby On The Water” (Long ShotProductionsand “Cleaning The Duck” (Bowery Books). The most recent of her sixteen poetry chapbooks isFull Lotus – Poems about Yoga” (Night Ballet Press). She has performed her work in over fifty venuesMostrecently she presented her poetry in Prague at the High Holy Mass of Poetry via SkypeTsaurah believes it’sa privilege to be a poet. 
Nancy Mercado is the editor of the “Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology” published in Voices e/Magazine,an online literary journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College– CUNYShe is a guestcurator for the Museum of American Poetics and assistant editor for; a website dedicated toaddressing the issue of climate changeThe author of “It Concerns the Madness” (Long Shot Productions),her work has been extensively anthologizedFor more information, go to:



Finishing Line Press Women, A Celebration of Women Writers
Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Mulberry Street Branch NYPL
10 Jersey St, New York, NY 10012
Free Admission
Amy Barone, Patricia Carragon, Karen Neuberg, Debora Lidov, Margaret McCarthy, Zara Raab
Hosted by Patricia Carragon
 Subways: F and D to Bway Lafayette, 6 to Bleecker Street, R to Prince Street.
Please check the MTA Weekender for scheduled track work info:
Amy Barone’s latest chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, is from Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in First Literary Review-EastGradiva,Standpoint (UK), Paterson Literary Review, and Sensitive Skin, among others. She spent five years as Italian correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Foothills Publishing published her first chapbook, Views from the Driveway. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas online poetry community. From Bryn Mawr, PA, Amy lives in New York City.
Patricia Carragon’s recent publications include Bear Creek Haiku, Sensitive Skin, and Sensations Magazine among others. Her latest book is Innocence (Finishing Line Press, 2017). The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Patricia hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She is a member of brevitas, 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.


Debora Lidov is the author of the FLP chapbook Trance. Her poems have appeared in Cutthroat, Five Points, Salamander Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky, The Threepenny Review, and Upstreeet. She is employed as a medical social worker and serves as board president for the Indolent Arts.


Maria Lisella is the sixth Queens Poet Laureate 2015-2018. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated work appears in Thieves in the Family (NYQ Books), Amore on Hope Street and Two Naked Feet. Her work is also included in The Traveler”s Vade Mecum (Red Hen Press, 2017). She co-curates the Italian American Writers Association readings. By day, she writes for USA TODAYTravel Market Report and the bilingual publications, La Voce di New York and Bridge Puglia.
Karen Neuberg is the author of two chapbooks, “Detailed Still” (Poets Wear Prada) and “Myself Taking Stage” (Finishing Line Press). “The elephants are asking” is forthcoming later this year from Glass Lyre Press. Her poems and collages appear in numerous journals including Canary, Forage, New Verse News, Poets for Living Waters, and S/tick. She’s a multiple Pushcart and a Best-of-the-Net nominee, and is associate editor of the online poetry journal First Literary Review East.
Margaret McCarthy’s poetry collection Notebooks From Mystery School (Finishing Line Press, 2015) was a New Women’s Voices Award finalist. She writes heightened language plays based on her poems.The Sacrificial King: A Play For John Lennon was produced in NYC; Deirdre Retrograde was read at La Mama Theatre, NYC.  McCarthy works as a professional photographer.  She publishes A Vision And A Verse,  an e-broadside combining her images and poetry.


Zara Raab’s books are Swimming the Eel and Fracas & Asylum (David Robert Books, 2010, 2013); The Book of Gretel, and Rumpelstiltskin, or What’s in a Name? (Finishing Line Press, 2010, 2013), the latter chapbook a finalist for the Dana Award. Her book reviews and poems appear in Verse Daily, River Styx, West Branch, Arts & Letters, Crab Orchard Review, and The Dark Horse. New work is forthcoming from Poet Lore, Broad Street, and the Hudson Review.



 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.
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 
 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:
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Please remember to mark your calendars for poetry features by John J. Trause in 2017:

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7 p. m. in Meta-Land reading with Poets of the Palisades at the Thursdays Are For Poetry series at Classic Quiche Café, 330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:30 p. m. in ARTS by the People Platform at Short Stories Community Book Hub, 23 Main Street, Madison, New Jersey 07940.
Please join us on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:30 p. m., when I shall be reading from my books and sharing recent work in this in this wonderful series, which includes an interview and Q&A.
ARTS by the People Platform at
Short Stories Community Book Hub
23 Main Street, Madison, New Jersey 07940
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Please go to the Facebook event page: 
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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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4 p. m. as playwright and performer in Boog City Poets Theater Festival, curated by Joel Allegretti, at SideWalk Café, 94 Avenue A, East Village, Manhattan, New York, NY 10009.  

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
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JOHN J. TRAUSE, the Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of Picture This: For Your Eyes and Ears (Dos Madres Press, 2016), a book of poems on art, film, and photography; Exercises in High Treason (great weather for MEDIA, 2016), a book of fictive translations, found poems, and manipulated texts; Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Finishing Line Press, 2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications, 2012); Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; rev. ed. 2014); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996), the latter staged Off Broadway.  His book of traditional and experimental poems, Why Sing?, is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Press in 2017.  His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including The Antioch Review, the artists’ periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant, the journal Offerta Speciale, the Great Weather for Media anthologies It’s Animal but Merciful (2012) and I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (2014), and Rabbit Ears : TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015).  Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets.  He is the subject of a 30-on-30-in-30 essay on The Operating System, written by Don Zirilli, and an author of an essay on Baroness Elsa at the same site, both in April 2016.  He has shared the stage with Steven Van ZandtAnne WaldmanKaren Finley, Andrei Codrescu, and Jerome Rothenberg; the page with Billy Collins, Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, Victor Buono, and Pope John Paul II; and the cage with the Cumaean Sibyl, Ezra Pound, Hannibal Lector, Andrei Chikatilo, and George “The Animal” Steele.  He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and the former host and curator of its monthly reading series.


July 16, 2107
10:30 am – Noon
Continental Breakfast, reading and Question/Answer discussion
First Congregational Church
724 East South River Street
Appleton, WI 54915


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.


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

October 16 2017
  1 PM Dover, Massachusetts, Dover Town Library

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

Monday October 30, 7 PM,  Book Culture,536 WEST 112TH ST.  New York, NY 10024

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
Chelsea Adams, R. Parks Lanier, Jr. and Kevin J. McDaniel at Lucie Monroe's in Christiansburg on Thursday, September 21, at 7 p.m.

Come join us at Lucie Monroe’s in Christiansburg on Thursday, September 21, at 7 p.m. as Chelsea Adams, R. Parks Lanier, Jr., and Kevin J. McDaniel read poems from their respective poetry collections, which are At Last Light and Appalachian Georgics and Collected Poems. As it happens, Kevin is donating $8.00 of each copy sold of his chapbook, Family Talks, at this reading, and others, to Pulaski County Humane Society. Light refreshments will be provided!


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