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Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7 PM
The North Jersey Literary Community
presents The Palisades Poetry Series
Deborah Gerrish & James B. Nicola
plus Open Mic
7-10 PM in the Special Events Room of the
Classic Quiche Café
330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, New Jersey
 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
Deborah Gerrish is the author of two poetry collections: Light in Light (Resource Publications, 2017); and The Language of Paisley (Xlibris, 2012).  Her chapbook, The Language of Rain, was published in 2008. Deborah’s poems have appeared in Lips, Journal of New Jersey Poets, The Stillwater Review, Adanna, Ararat, Exit 13, Off Line: An Anthology of New Jersey Poets, Bridges, The Paulinskill Poetry Project: Voices from Here 2, META-LAND: Poets of the Palisades II, other anthologies, and in The Paterson Literary Review, where her poems have received Editor’s Choice and Honorable Mention for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.  She was awarded an Edward Fry Fellowship for scholarship research work at Rutgers University and received an Ed. D. in Literacy Education.  She holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University (June, 2015). Deborah taught English for over thirty years in New Jersey public schools. In addition, she served as VP of Programs (2012-2015) and on the Board of Trustees (2015-2016) for Women Who Write, Inc. She teaches poetry workshops at Fairleigh Dickinson University and organizes readings for Visiting Poets.
James B. Nicola’s poems have appeared stateside in the Antioch, Southwest and Atlanta Reviews, Rattle,Tar River, and Poetry East, and in many journals in Europe and Canada. He is the featured poet in the current issue of Westward Quarterly, having once received the same honor from New Formalist. A Yale graduate, he won a Dana Literary Award, a Willow Review award, a People’s Choice award (from Storyteller), and three Pushcart nominations. His nonfiction book, Playing the Audience, won a Choiceaward. His poetry collections are Manhattan Plaza (2014), Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater (2016), Wind in the Cave (2017), and the upcoming Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists (2018).  Lately James has been conducting both theater and poetry workshops at libraries, literary festivals, schools, and community centers all over the country, most notably the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival.  James is also a director, composer, lyricist, and playwright. His children’s musical Chimes: A Christmas Vaudeville premiered in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Santa Claus was rumored to be in the audience on opening night.



Wednesday, April 18 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at New Dominion Bookstore in Charlottesville, VA

Poet Susan Okie will read from her new chapbook, Let You Fly.

Please join us for a reading with poet Susan Okie, who will read from her new chapbook, Let You Fly. This event will be free and open to the public.

Susan Okie is a poet, doctor, and journalist. Her new chapbook, Let You Fly, was published in February and was a finalist in Finishing Line Press’s New Women’s Voices contest. Her poems have appeared in Prairie SchoonerThe Gettysburg ReviewThe Bellevue Literary ReviewJournal of the American Medical AssociationThe Cider Press Review, and other magazines. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A former medical reporter and science editor for The Washington Post, she lives in Bethesda, Md.





Jeanine Stevens, winner of the FLP Prize in Poetry for “Brief Immensity,” will be part of the 16th annual “Authors on the Move 2018,” at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Sacramento, Saturday March 10, 2018, 5-10 p.m. This is the Sacramento Library Foundation’s premier event featuring 40 authors and attended by over 350 avid readers and library supporters. Authors will chat with guests about writing and latest work.


Dear Family & Friends,
Please join us for my feature in this new series.  Here is the announcement from the hosts, Denise La Neve and Paul Nash:
                                  The High Mountain Meadow Poetry Series
Wayne Public Library 
(461 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ)
Sunday, February 11, 2018  at 2 PM 
featuring poets
 John Barrale
John J. Trause
plus Open Mic
sponsored by the North Jersey Literary Community
and hosted by Denise La Neve and Paul Nash
John Barrale’s poems have been published in numerous online and print publications. Most recently, his work has appeared in Unrorean, East Meets West—American Writers Review, Icon, Narrative Northeast, Pidgeonholes, Sensations Magazine, and Molo.  Along with the other members of “The Gang of Five,” John curates and hosts the monthly Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Series at The William Carlos Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ.  In 2012, John joined the volunteer staff of the annual Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Anthology as one of its two managing editors. John was born in New York City in 1949. He attended C.U.N.Y community colleges and earned a English Literature, graduating in 1971. Since 1978, John has lived in New Jersey and is currently working hard at being retired, spending his time writing and hiking in the U.S. and Canadian National Parks.
JOHN J. TRAUSEthe Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of Why Sing? (Sensitive Skin Press, 2017), a book of traditional and experimental poems; Picture ThisFor 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 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 Trause’s 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. His artwork has been exhibited in The Museum of Modern Art Staff Show (1995), at Il Trapezio Café (Nutley, NJ), and in the permanent collection of The Museum of Menstruation (New Carrollton, MD) to whose website he has contributed.  For the sake of art Mr. Trause hung naked for one whole month in the summer of 2007 on the Art Wall of the Bowery Poetry Club.  He is fond of cunning acrostics and color-coded chiasmus.
I hope to see you there.
Love & Peace,
Please remember to mark your calendars for poetry features by John J. Trause in 2018:
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2 p. m. as poetry feature for the High Mountain Poetry Series at Wayne Public Library, Main Library, 461 Valley Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470.  (973) 694-4272.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7 p. m. for Somerset Poetry Group with Barbara Krasner at Bridgewater Public Library1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater,New Jersey 08807.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2:45 p. m. for Halfway There in the Montclair Literary Festival at Montclair Public Library50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07042.  (973) 744-0500.



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(Please note the address, there are
other Green Line Café locations.)

This Event Is Free

Donna Wolf-Palacio is author of What I Don’t Know The Other Side, and Step Lightly, published by Finishing Line Press. She taught a poetry workshop at the University of the Arts and was editor/consultant of the UARTS Poetry Review. She has published her writing in Poetry, The Pennsylvania Gazette, The Musehouse Journal, Intro, The Interpreter, Poems ftom the Heart: Poems about Adoption, and Voices .She has received grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Leeway Foundation, and the Pennsyvania Council for the Arts.




Helen Marie Casey scheduled readings:

April 6th, West Newton Y at 7:00 p.m.

April 18th at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Ma, at 7:00 p.m. 

Scheduled readings for Katherine Edgren:
  • At Crazy Wisdom Bookstore in Ann Arbor, on February 28th, with a musician, who will sing and play along with us.
Carla Schwartz, author, Intimacy with the Wind upcoming events:
 Sunday June 3, 2018, 12 PM
The Art of Words, Mike Amado Memorial Series
Featured Poet, Intimacy with the Wind author Carla Schwartz 
11 North St, Plymouth, Massachusetts


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
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
Senior Center,Westwood, Massachusetts,     11  AM February 5, 2018
Newhouse Center, Wellesley College,  4:30 PM, February 7, 2018
Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA, 7 PM,  April 5, 2018
Ferguson Library, Stamford, Connecticut, April 7, 2 PM, 2018

Barbara de la Cuesta upcoming events:

  • I will be reading Rosamundo aloud to a group of blind booklovers, and concurrently recording the sessions to create an audiobook.  If you are vision impaired and live near or in central New Jersey, We’d love to invite you to this informal event.  Contact Barbara de la Cuesta at 848 210 1735 for details.
  •  I will also be participating in a reading sponsored by the New England Poetry Club at the Yenching Library at Harvard University on March 6, 2018 at 7pm.
Barbara de la Cuesta
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