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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,

Upcoming Return to Work Conference

Last year I was in limbo–searching for full-time work as a communications writer, but also trying to hang on to some flexibility. I attended this great conference that helped me define my goals, and gave me the confidence to “jump back in” to a career–not to mention that I found it to be a valuable networking experience. The conference is coming up again and I thought I would share it with this group.

Save the Date: 2014 iRelaunch Annual Return to Work Conference!

Wednesday, October 1; 9am-5pm, Columbia University, Lerner Hall

Learn the Most Effective Return to Work Strategies and Meet Employers Interested in Hiring Relaunchers
Expert guidance, concrete direction, and the opportunity to connect with interested employers — that’s what you can expect at an iRelaunch Return to Work Conference. It’s a one-day event specifically designed to meet the needs of experienced professionals (in all fields including communications, media, publishing, marketing and more) returning from career break and the employers interested in recruiting them. The Conference hosts women and men who’ve taken time from their careers to care for children and parents, or pursue volunteer opportunities or personal interests. Why you took a break (or how long you’ve been out) doesn’t matter. What matters is finding practical, actionable and relevant guidance for returning to work with a purpose.

This event is coordinated by iRelaunch, founded by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, authors of the acclaimed career reentry strategy book, “Back on the Career Track.” For more information,

Mewsie Robert Bugai from The Society of Professional Journalists invites you to participate in annual Rutgers University Meet The Media event.

The Future of Journalism: PRSA NJ’s Meet the Media Event

Tentative Participants: Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Bloomberg, WBGO, NJ BIZ and More!

Newsrooms continue to evolve as the press faces increasing financial pressure, shifting audience needs, and battles for attention in the digital environment. For journalists, that equals less time to get news up, presentation of information across multiple platforms, and changes in what they cover and why.

For public relations pros, that translates into tougher competition to land in the news, changing strategies to reach audiences, and different approaches when working with journalists.

In partnership with the Rutgers University Public Relations Student Society of America, and the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, PRSA NJ presents an engaging panel with top journalists in our region debating their future, relationships with PR pros, and where we go from here.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Rutgers University
Livingston Student Center
84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, N.J. 08854
Free parking at the event, look for signs

Montclair Media Alliance (MMA) will have a social networking event on Wednesday Feb. 5 at 6pm at Just Jakes at 30 Park Street in Montclair.

Since many in the Montclair Media Community have been asking to connect with technology, web or digital producers. MMA has opened the event to include Montclair Tech and Media Startups.

Admission is free. Food and drinks would be purchased by individual attendees.
We are meeting in Just Jakes private room.

The Montclair Media Alliance was created to bring together media professionals in the Montclair, NJ area to network, learn and collaborate.

Visit Montclair Media Alliance on FB, on MeetUp or at

The Writers Circle Speakers Series presents

Jason Allen Ashlock – publishing guru and digital visionary

FEBRUARY 9, 2:00-4:00 PM

at St. George’s Episcopal Church – Parish Hall
550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ

In less than half a decade, the book publishing industry has been entirely transformed. From bookshops to copy-editors, jacket designers to publicists, editors to agents, no one associated with the making and selling of books has been left untouched by a digital revolution that has swept a once-stable industry into total disruption. And no one has felt this more keenly than authors. Their anxiety, produced by publisher’s shrinking advances and celebrity-focused catalogs, is balanced by a cautious hope, born of the innumerable new tools that now enable artists to produce, distribute and connect in new ways. In such a fray, what’s an author to do? As technological advances lurch us ever forward and new market dynamics seem to be reinventing what it means to read and write a book, authors can be frozen into inaction or invigorated to create, experiment, and evolve. In Jason’s energetic presentation, you’ll find the new publishing landscape demystified, you’ll see its opportunities revealed, and you’ll be inspired to find your own path to success.

Advanced Registration Strongly Advised
$50 in advance | $60 at the door

Register at

Creative Breakthroughs Workshop, 2/4

CREATIVE BREAKTHROUGHS Workshop led by Zip Creative’s Joanne Zippel begins February 4th in Montclair

Producer, Manager, Creative Coach and longtime Montclair resident, Joanne Zippel will lead a CREATIVE BREAKTHROUGHS workshop in Montclair NJ beginning Tuesday February 4. The workshop meets every other Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 for 8 sessions over a 16 week period through May 13th, 2014. This workshop is for writers in all genres, filmmakers, performers, directors, producers, visual artists or anyone actively pursuing a creative career.

An outgrowth of Zippel’s successful seminar “Reaching the ‘Right’ People in Your Creative Career”, CREATIVE BREAKTHROUGHS will go further by offering participants inspiration, guidance and techniques that will deepen their inner support system as well as help them take practical strategic action to move their creative work to a higher level and achieve balance in their professional and personal lives. Among the topics to be covered are: Removing Blocks to Creative Flow; Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs that Hold You Back; Authentic Marketing of Your Creative Work; Making a living as an Artist; Clarifying Your Vision and Crafting a Your Commitment Plan; and Maintaining Work/Life Balance.

The workshop is also a forum for artists to connect with each other, share ideas, resources and create community. Zippel explains, “My experience has been that when artists get together and support each other, synergies and synchronicities can take place that lead to exciting breakthroughs for group members.”

The workshop meets every other Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 for 8 sessions over a 16 week period. The workshop will be held at 12 South Mountain Avenue, building #27, Montclair. The time is 6:30-8:30 pm. For more information and to register for the Workshop go to: To contact Joanne directly call 973-809-4920 or

About Zip Creative’s Joanne Zippel: Joanne’s passion is to help artists break through in their creative careers. Her creative coaching evolved out of her work as a manager of playwrights and screenwriters. She has over 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, working in theatre and live event production, marketing, promotion, sponsorship, development and literary management in the entertainment business and she is a trained life coach. For more information go

We have an exciting several weeks of author’s events coming up at Watchung Booksellers – don’t miss out!

To kick off the month of February, we are delighted to present two major children’s book illustrators as part of our Author/Illustrator Storytime Series!

FEB 1 – Brett HELQUIST, “The Fort That Jack Built” – 10:30 AM at Watchung Booksellers

For our littlest customers, illustrator Brett Helquist will be reading from his latest picture book, Boni Ashburn’s “The Fort That Jack Built.” Young Jack has built an AMAZING fort in the living room using the chairs, blankets, and other objects on hand. Unfortunately, when his family wants their things back—well, there go the walls and roof! Can Grandma save the day? Following Storytime, Mr. Helquist will be available for a meet and greet with fans of the middle grade books he has illustrated, including “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket and “Chasing Vermeer” by Blue Balliett.

FEB 2 – Peter BROWN, “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” – 10:30 AM at Watchung Booksellers

Are you bored with being so proper? Do you want to have more fun? Mr. Tiger does too – so he decides to go wild. But does he go too far? Peter Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many bestselling children’s books, including “Children Make Terrible Pets” and “The Curious Garden”.

Also upcoming at Watchung Booksellers are these exciting events for adults… check back soon for more info!

FEB 9 – Hear a Story, Tell a Story: The Second Installment – 5:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

FEB 26 – Kevin PYLE – “Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun” – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

FEB 27 – Joni Marie NEWMAN – “Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen” – 7:00 PM at Watchung Booksellers

All events will take place at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield St, Montclair, NJ) unless otherwise noted. For more information, feel free to call us at 973-744-7177 or send us an email at

We hope to see you soon!

JAN 23 – Raven MOORE, “Padre!” – Watchung Booksellers at 7:00 PM

In an adventurous and witty telling, Raven Moore – a veteran of the Peace Corps – explores identity as expressed in the Cote d’Ivoire. How do citizens of this intense nation of contradictions create color, class, sexuality, and gender? “Padre!” opens a global dialogue that is not to be missed.

JAN 25 – Author/Illustrator Storytime Series: Fiona ROBINSON, “Whale Shines” – Watchung Booksellers at 10:30 AM

All day, Whale swims through the ocean, wearing a poster advertising a big upcoming art exhibition. Whale wishes he could be an artist too, but he doesn’t know what to make and insists he’s too ungainly to create art. Then one day, with the unexpected help of some bioluminescent plankton, he discovers his own distinct talent. Fiona Robinson’s work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts and has been featured in many gallery shows.

And don’t forget to RSVP for our Featured Author’s Night with superstar Young Adult authors David Levithan and Gayle Forman! Please visit for more info.

All events will take place at our store at 52 Fairfield Street, Montclair, New Jersey unless otherwise noted. For more information, please contact us at 973-744-7177 or, or visit our website at

We hope to see you soon!

Write Group Celebrates 15th Anniversary

The Montclair Write Group will mark its 15th anniversary with a reception and Showcase presentation on Sunday, January 5, 2014 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Ave. In honor of this milestone event, the Write Group created “Ekphrasis” –writing inspired by original  art  by its members — on display  in the library Gallery throughout January. The Showcase will feature readings by select members of the Write Group, a support group for writers of all genres. The public is invited to join in the celebration at no charge. For more information, contact

Come to a talk and Q & A on David Foster Wallace by his biographer, Montclair resident D. T. Max, author of Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story,  7:30 p.m. tomorrow Monday November 18 at the Montclair High School, 100 Chestnut St. $20. Sponsored by the Adult School of Montclair. Bring questions, your own plans as a biographer, or just your interest in David Foster Wallace.