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Poetry and Music at the ANT
Featuring George Witte and Tina Kelley
Saturday, September 19, 2015
7:00 PM
ANT Bookstore and Cafe, 345 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ
http://www.antbookstore.com/

New Jersey poets George Witte and Tina Kelley read from new work and published books for Poetry and Music at the ANT. Witte is the author of three books of poems, most recently Does She Have a Name? (NYQ Books, 2014); Kelley is the author of two books, her new one being Precise (Word Tech, 2013). Open reading to follow. Free.

Hank Quense announced that the second book in the Princess Moxie series, Moxie’s Decision, is scheduled to become available on October 15, 2015. Until then, the ebook edition can be pre-ordered at a reduced price.
This parody about Camelot is available in all standard ebook formats from many book sellers. For a list go to: http://strangeworldsonline.com/wp/?page_id=1163

Hank’s looking for early reviews. If anyone is interested to reviewing the book, contact him and I’ll provide a free ebook in pdf, epub or mobi formats.
Send an email to hanque (at) verizon (dot) net.

Ay me! for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth…

The Montclair Shakespeare Series Presents a Free, Outdoor Concert Reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Van Vleck! This free summer event promises to be a magical evening for the whole family.

Following their inaugural reading Twelfth Night last month, the newly founded Montclair Shakespeare Series will perform an outdoor concert staged reading of Shakespeare’s most popular work, on Tuesday June 30th at 7pm at the Van Vleck House & Gardens (21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ) open to the public and free of charge.

Accompanied by live acoustic music, this series is to be an ongoing celebration of Shakespeare’s work for the cultural community of Montclair.

In this “no-frills” concert reading style, plays are read by the actors with the script in hand with very limited staging. The emphasis is on the classical language and on the actors’ ability to bring the characters to life without costumes, sets, or movement.

This performance will feature a stellar cast of actors from both NYC and the Montclair area.

FEATURING

Justin Cimino

Tristan Colton

Cameron DelGrosso

Terence MacSweeny

Mary Mallen

Mary McTigue

David Meyers

Dan O’Driscoll

Michael Raver

TJ Sclafani

Shayna Small

Meg Kiley Smith

Monique St. Cyr

Doraine Leigh Swain

Melissa Toomey

William J Ward

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a one-night-only event. Tickets are limited, and available by RSVP to montclairshakespeare@gmail.com. Although a free event, donations are greatly appreciated, as we’d love to keep the series alive. Suggested Donation of $10. Audience members may bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.

Seven local writers, Karen Abarbanel, Donna Brennan, Marne Benson, David Holmberg, Priscilla Mainardi, David Popiel and Nancy Burke (Toomey) will share their recent work in fiction and memoir at Watchung Booksellers on Wednesday, June 10th at 7 PM.
This group has critiqued each other’s work for 12 years. The results are several novels, memoirs, non-fiction works, short stories and essays published in a variety of forms. These include mysteries, literary, young adult, middle-grade, historical non-fiction, personal memoir, flash and short fiction.
The public is invited to get acquainted with this eclectic mix of voices at this third reading hosted by Margo Sage El at Watchung Booksellers.
Join their friends, families, fans and fellow writers for this evening of fun, food and fiction…

The Montclair Shakespeare Series Presents a Free Concert Staged Reading of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Beginning with Twelfth Night, at 8 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the downtown Montclair Women’s Club (82 Union Street), the newly founded Montclair Shakespeare Series will perform concert readings of Shakespeare’s work, open to the public and free of charge. The Series will feature a different play each month, accompanied by live acoustic music and performed at various historic venues across Montclair. This is to be an ongoing celebration of Shakespeare’s work for the community of Montclair, which has always had an appreciation for the arts but currently has little professional theatre available. In this “no-frills” concert reading style, plays are read by the actors with the script in hand with very limited staging. The emphasis is on the classical language and on the actors’ ability to bring the characters to life without costumes, sets, or movement. Performances will feature a stellar group of professional actors from both NYC and the Montclair area.

Twelfth Night is a one-night-only event. Tickets are limited, and available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/twelfth-night-a-concert-staged-reading-tickets-16830289850 or by RSVP to montclairshakespeare@gmail.com. Although a free event, donations are appreciated!

Montclair State University and PEN Present
“Guantánamo Diary: A Reading and Conversation” on April 27

Actor/playwright Wallace Shawn, Joshua Ferris and other acclaimed writers will read the first and only diary by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee, Mohamedou Ould Slahi.

WNYC’s Leonard Lopate will moderate the discussion amongst panelists including criminal defense attorney Nancy Hollander, and former PEN Freedom to Write director and Guantánamo Diary editor, Larry Siems.

“Guantánamo Diary: A Reading and Conversation” on April 27 is a free event from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Montclair State’s Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, N.J.

To reserve a ticket to this free event, please RSVP to address-reservations@open.org

Radio Boot Camp – June session

Learn to tell stories in the public radio style!
*There are only three slots left in the June session of Radio Boot Camp

DON’T JUST LISTEN TO STORIES, TELL YOUR OWN!
Do you love Ira, have a secret crush on Terry Gross, or wanna be Audie Cornish when you grow up? Come to Radio Camp’s June Boot Camp and learn how to produce a radio story from start to finish. This hands on class will cover the basics of writing for the ear, (very different than print) and producing for radio using professional equipment and software. The provision of a laptop for financially challenged students is possible. Be prepared to grab your gear and hit the streets. Learn interviewing and mic techniques by doing the real thing. Voicing will also be covered. Students will work on two stories over the course of the weekend.

At UnionDocs, Center for Documentary Arts
322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211
June 13th: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in class, 3 hours homework, on your own
June 14th: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., in class
http://www.uniondocs.org/radio-boot-camp-2015-06-13/

National Poetry Month Readings

MEWSIE George Witte will be doing 3 readings in April for National Poetry Month, featuring selections from his new book Does She Have a Name? as well as new work.

http://books.nyq.org/author/georgewitte

Saturday, April 11 @ 2 PM
Louis Bay 2nd Library
345 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ
Free
Contact: Veronica Ditko, veronica.ditko@hawthorne.bccls.org
To register: http://bccls.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=41783&lib=57

Sunday, April 12 at 6 PM
GEORGE WITTE, JOHN AMEN, DONALD LEV, and MELINDA THOMSEN in New York
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
Free
Contact: Andrea Lockett, alockett@nyquarterly.org
http://www.bowerypoetry.com/

Thursday, April 16 @ 7:30 PM
The Teaneck General Store
502A Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ
$6 Donation
Open reading to follow, along with discussion and book signing.
Contact: Alice Twombly, alictwomb@aol.com
http://www.teaneckgeneralstore.com/catalog/aboutus.php

The Writers Circle Spring Registration is open with new classes starting in Montclair:
• The Art of the Memoir with Laurie Lico Albanese – Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
• Adult Writers Circle with Lisa Romeo – Wednesdays – 7:30-9:30 PM
• Teen Writers Circle with Richard Fulco – Saturdays – 2:30-4:00 PM

Montclair classes will be held at C3 Workplace, 26 Park Street (across from the Montclair Y).

TWC also has a full line-up of workshops for Children, Teens and Adults in South Orange, Maplewood, Summit and Ridgewood, NJ.

Other New Spring Adult Workshops:
• Writing for Children with Lizzie Foley in South Orange
• Writing About Loss with Meg Bloom Glasser in Summit
• Sci-Fi/Fantasy with Paul Witcover in Summit
• Writing Young Adult Novels with Margie Gelbwasser in Ridgewood

Register Today!

Hi All!

Leia here. As you have undoubtedly read by now, Pam is off to new climes and opportunities and although I’m sad to see her go I am sure we are going to hear of all sorts of wonderful things happening from her, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I’ve taken on the task of handling this site and, hopefully, revitalizing the more social aspects of Mewsie as time moves on. I hope you’ll be patient as I work out any kinks moving forward. Gracious comments and help will be welcomed! (If you find yourself overcome by a need to be snarky, surly or curmudgeonly, pray go expend that energy more usefully by killing someone off in a piece of fiction.)

With that said, on to 2015, shall we? And stay warm!