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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.


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 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 or by RSVP to 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

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

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

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.

Saturday, April 11 @ 2 PM
Louis Bay 2nd Library
345 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ
Contact: Veronica Ditko,
To register:

Sunday, April 12 at 6 PM
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
Contact: Andrea Lockett,

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,

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!

Robert Bugai from the NJ Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists
shares the following job opportunity at K@ Intelligence from New York.

Analyst – Investigations Group

K2 Intelligence LLC | New York, NY

Job Summary:

K2 Intelligence (“K2”) is an investigative and risk analytics consulting firm founded in 2009 by Jeremy M. Kroll and Jules B. Kroll, whose former business, Kroll, Inc., was the first true business intelligence company. We conduct investigative, analytic, and advisory assignments worldwide and employ a wide range of traditional fact-finding techniques, often enhanced by a unique suite of proprietary technologies.

K2’s investigations practice uncovers and analyzes critical information that enables our clients to make informed decisions; maximize opportunities; reduce risks; and protect their integrity, personnel, and assets. Our team includes individuals with a broad range of backgrounds including former federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement and intelligence officials, journalists, technology experts, corporate attorneys, management and economic consultants, and finance professionals.

Analysts are vital to our work and gather the building blocks for every investigation. This involves researching and analyzing information about individuals and companies, and addressing bespoke client questions and problems. Analysts identify, collect, and evaluate information from human and public record sources, contextualize the findings, and highlight areas of concern.

Outstanding research and analytical skills are essential, as are exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Research is typically conducted in the context of high stakes, time-sensitive situations, including investigations into fraud, corruption, money laundering, employee misconduct, and intellectual property theft; transactional due diligence; proxy contests; asset searches; litigation support; and vetting candidates for executive or directorship positions. Assignments are both domestic and international in scope.

Essential Job Functions:

– Conduct detailed investigative research on individuals, corporate entities, and issues from a wide range of open sources including: media reports; criminal, civil, and bankruptcy proceedings; SEC and other regulatory filings; business registrations; and real property records.

– Utilize online and subscription databases to collect relevant public records. Examples include property databases with underlying deed and mortgage documents, financial databases with underlying FINRA and SEC records, and litigation databases with underlying dockets and case files.

– Identify and analyze specialized industry, regulatory, and governmental information resources pertinent to the specific project at hand. Examples include campaign finance data for projects involving political influence, drilling records for projects in the energy sector, or liquor licenses for projects involving beverage distributors.

– Conduct research to identify potential human sources, witnesses, and experts, and then perform phone and in-person interviews of those individuals, with guidance from senior personnel.

– Manage and coordinate subcontractors to conduct on-site research at public record repositories, including budget and deadline negotiations.

– Assess whether information developed through research:

Pertains to the correct targets rather than to different but similarly-named targets (“false positives”);
Is comprehensive and from up-to-date, accurate, credible, and objective sources; and,
Is consistent with other findings by seeking corroboration.

– Independently produce high-quality and detailed reports that analyze large amounts of information from all available sources in a clear, concise, objective, and organized manner.

– Conduct verbal briefings for project managers and/or clients.

– Manage multiple projects of a diverse nature.

– Manage project budgets and accrued costs.

– Maintain accurate, detailed, and organized records.

– Contribute to the practice by identifying and developing new resources and tools to improve research and analytical methods.

– Contribute to business development efforts by providing project managers with basic research on potential projects and clients, participating in project planning discussions and client meetings, representing the practice at external events, and identifying potential new clients.

– Other duties as required.



– Bachelor’s degree required.

– Journalism, business, international affairs, political science, or other liberal arts degree preferred, but candidates from other backgrounds will be considered.

Professional Experience:

– At least three (3) years of professional experience, preferably in journalism, intelligence, investigations, or litigation consulting. Previous roles must demonstrate excellence in conducting complex, qualitative, and analytical research with minimal supervision.

– Experience interacting with corporate, legal, and/or government clients is strongly preferred.

Software Knowledge:

– Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, specifically World, Excel, and PowerPoint required.

– Proficiency in public record, investigative, and financial research resources is preferred but not required. Examples include LexisNexis; Westlaw; Bloomberg; Factiva; TLO; Accurint; EDGAR/SEC records; and government-administered civil litigation, criminal record, property, and corporate registration databases.

– Proficiency in conducting advanced Internet-based research, including familiarity with social media, domain registration records, IP tracing, and deep web searches is preferred but not required.

– Proficiency in data analytics tools is preferred but not required. Examples include Palantir, Paxata, and Tableau.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

– Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

– Exceptional attention to detail, thoroughness, objectivity, and precision as reflected in research and reporting.

– Excellent analytical skills to identify, retrieve, organize, and analyze high volumes of information from a wide variety of sources.

– Well-versed in commercial, financial, government, legal, and current affairs topics.

– Ability to draft accurate, concise summaries of complex financial transactions, regulatory proceedings, and civil litigation, working from original documents.

– Ability to contextualize and analyze complex and potentially unfamiliar topics.

– Ability to think resourcefully, creatively solve problems, and adapt to ambiguity.

– Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and in a deadline-driven environment.

– Ability to work with minimal supervision, both independently and as part of a group.

– Strong organizational skills.

– Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with people at all organizational levels, internally and externally.

– Experience conducting investigative interviews.

– Ability to travel, if needed, for certain client engagements.

– Willingness to adjust schedule to complete time-sensitive projects within deadlines and occasionally respond to urgent requests.

– Written and spoken fluency in additional languages preferred, but not required.

How to Apply:

If your qualifications, experience, and aspirations match our requirements, please email a cover letter and resume to:

The file name of your resume and cover letter should indicate your name. Please specify the position for which you are applying in the subject of your email.


This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work typically performed by employees in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for this position; other duties outside of normal responsibilities may be required as necessary to meet the needs of the organization.

Exceptionally well-qualified and experienced professionals may be considered for more senior levels within the practice.

K2 Intelligence is an equal opportunity employer.

The Writers Circle Speaker Series presents Publishing Matchmakers: An Open Discussion with Literary Agents Liza Dawson, Tamar Rydzinski and Marietta B. Zacker. The event will be held on March 8, 2015, 2:00-4:00 PM at MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.

Publishing Matchmakers will be a candid panel discussion where invited agents will give an insiders’ perspective on what agents do, what they look for, and what’s selling – or not – in publishing today. They will also provide insights into the all-important agent/author relationship and how writers can increase their chances of finding a perfect match for their writing career.

The Writers Circle is honored to host three prominent literary agents who represent writers in adult fiction and nonfiction, young adult fiction, children’s books and more. Liza Dawson is the founder of Liza Dawson Associates, Tamar Rydzinski is Vice President of the Laura Dail Literary Agency, and Marietta B. Zacker is an agent with Nancy Gallt Literary Agency

Seats for this frequently requested event cost $75 in advance and $80 at the door. Advance registration is strongly advised. Full details and registration is available via The Writers Circle website,