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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

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.

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!

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