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JUSTIN PAIGE event - September 8, 2017  - WHITE PORCH GALLERY  6-9pm

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I am excited to announce my collaboration with Author Justin Paige.
Please join us and enjoy the fascinating works and energy at the “Constant Traffic” book release it will be an inspiring fuse bounded by art, live poetry reading, live music and plenty of surprises.September 8, 2017 – 6-9 pm@ R HOUSE WYNWOOD

Constant Traffic by Justin Page– Now Available!

The tension within these quiet poems is almost too much to bear. Each is a little adventure that could take you simply to your backyard or all the way to a new star system, though mainly these poems map the hills and valleys of the mind and heart, the places where the best things await, the ones that haven’t happened yet. –David Kirby

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Tracy Seffers author of Some Other Life events for 2017

Tracy Seffers, West Virginia poet and author of the Finishing Line Press chapbook, ‘Some Other Life‘, published July 2017, will be the featured reader at the Catoctin Voices of Poetry in Thurmont, Maryland, Friday, September 15. The event will be held at The Creeger House at 12607 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788.

Tracy Seffers, West Virginia poet and author of the Finishing Line Press chapbook, ‘Some Other Life‘, published July 2017, will be a featured poet at the 2017 Ten Thousand Poets for Change event, held Saturday, 10am-3pm September 30, near Shepherdstown, WV, at the Timber Frame Folly.

Tracy Seffers, West Virginia poet and author of the Finishing Line Press chapbook, ‘Some Other Life‘, published July 2017, will be one of two local poets reading from their new chapbooks at Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown, WV, 1 pm on Saturday, October 21.

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.



Local readings here in midcoastal Maine will be over the summer.
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Please remember to mark your calendars for poetry features by John J. Trause in 2017:
Dear Family & Friends,
Please join us for this eventful evening of poetry and music featuring me, John J. Trause, and my friend the poet and painter Rick Mullin.
Arts and fun abound!
Here below is the message and attached is the flyer from hosts Denise LaNeve and Paul Nash:

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7 PM
presents poets
Rick Mullin
John J. Trause
plus Open Mic
7:00 PM in the Special Events Room of the
330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, New Jersey
  Space and sound are unrivaled by any other venue
Hosted by Paul Nash and Denise La Neve
$10 minimum.  Come early and enjoy a relaxing meal.
The quiches are famous, and there are also other wonderful entrees, as well as coffees, teas, & desserts. Café phone: 201- 692- 0150

Rick Mullin is a poet, painter and journalist whose poetry has appeared in The NewCriterionAmericanArts QuarterlyMeasureEpiphanyUnsplendid, and other journals, as well as in several anthologies including Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (New York Quarterly Press), and Meta-Lands (Poets of the Palisades). His books include Huncke, a romp through the American end-game inspired by Beat progenitor Herbert Huncke, published by Seven Towers, Dublin, Ireland, in 2010; and Soutine, a terza-rima life of the Belorussian painter Chaim Soutine published by Dos Madres Press in 2012. His Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle has since been published by Dos Madres, as have his collections, Coelacanth, Stignatz and the User of Vicenza, and Transom, which debuted earlier this year. His two chapbooks are Aquinas Flinched (Exot Books, New York, 2008) and the Stones Jones Canzones (Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY, 2013).

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 Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen 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. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011, 2013, 2016).
Painting of John J. Trause by Rick Mullin
Love & Peace,
Please remember to mark your calendars for other poetry features by John J. Trause in 2017:
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 Road, Teaneck, New Jersey 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.
 All my books would make an excellent present for yourself or literary loved ones.

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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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