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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.

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,

Free Poetry Workshop, Oct. 17

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Gail Fishman Gerwin, M.A., acclaimed freelance writer, playwright, and poet, will facilitate her third poetry workshop on October 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Fine Grind (101 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, just minutes away from Willowbrook Mall and Wayne Costco).

Come with your creativity (and pen and paper) in hand and take your craft to new levels. Gail will introduce several activities that will let participants surprise themselves. She does have a tendency to channel Dorothy Parker so don’t be surprised if Dottie shows up even without a round table in sight. Oh, look around the house for an inanimate object—a knickknack, favorite dish, dress . . . and bring it with you.

Go to for more info or shoot an email over to See you there!

Who: Paul Ganega & Priscilla Orr
What: Third Sunday Poets Series
When: Sun March 17 from 4:00-5:00 PM
Where: Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield St, Montclair, NJ)

Join us for the launch of a new series with the featured participation of two distinguished poets, Paul Ganega and Priscilla Orr.

The Third Sunday Poets series will present new work by local poets, while offering a forum for discussion and information exchange in a friendly, social environment. Each monthly program will spotlight one or more poets, with open mic to follow if time permits.

Paul Genega is the author of several full-length collections of poetry and chapter books. Over a long and distinguished career, his poems have appeared in scores of periodicals, including Poetry, Washington Review and Joe’s Soap Canoe. Paul has won the Charles Angoff Award of The Literary Review and an individual fellowship from the NEA. He also served as Chair of the Faculty at Bloomfield College.

Priscilla Orr is the author of two poetry collections: Losing the Horizon (2013) and Jugglers & Tides (1997). An associate professor of English at Sussex County Community College, she has been honored in Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, and was a featured poet at the 2012 New Jersey Poets Prize Reading. She is also a recipient of fellowships from New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Yaddo and has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Contact Marina Kramer at Watchung Booksellers for more information: 973-744-7177.

This Thursday, February 7, poet Mark Statman will appear at Watchung Booksellers to read and talk about his new book, Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of Jose Maria Hinojosa, published by UNO Press.  Mark previously translated the poems of Federico Garcia Lorca.


Veteran/Author Launches Poetry Collection: “Gospels of Rage”:Proceeds to Benefit Combat Paper Project

What: Free Poetry Reading
Who: Author Forest F. White
When: Saturday, June 9, 2 p.m.
Where: Newark Public Library

Montclair Write Group member Forest F. White of Verona, NJ, will launch his newly-published book of poems “Gospels of Rage” at the Newark Public Library (5 Washington Street) on Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium, fourth floor. There is access for the disabled. The reading is free and open to the public. The collection costs $9.99.

Sales of his book will benefit the Combat Paper Project. The Project “utilizes art making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture,” as stated in the organization’s website. In the workshops, uniforms worn in combat are cut up, beaten to a pulp, and formed into sheets of paper to be used in various art forms.

White is a 2001 graduate of University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Literature who grew up in Pacifica, California. He is married to the artist Ashli Sisk, who designed the cover of the book, published by Scribbulations LLC.

Other participants—all retired servicemen/women— at the June 9 reading are: David Keefe, Montclair, coordinator of Combat Paper New Jersey, US Marine Corp; Jan Barry of Teaneck, author and poetry anthology editor, US Army; Jake Simmons of Newark, author and poet, US Army; Eli Wright of Pennsylvania, artist, poet, coordinator of Combat Paper New Jersey ,US Army; Walter Zimmerman, South Orange, glass sculptor, poet, US Air Force; Walt Nygard of Teaneck, author, US Marine Corps., and Jennifer Pacanowski of Ithaca, NY, US Army. Keefe will present the Combat Paper Project story.

For more information about the author:
Contact Forest White:
PH: 650-430-5099.

PR Contact: Josie Zeman
Zeman Communications
Montclair, NJ

The Caldwell College Department of English will present its first Elizabeth Michael Boyle Poetry Celebration, featuring nationally acclaimed poet and playwright Jeanne Murray Walker.

“Celebrate Life, Celebrate Faith, Celebrate Poetry,” will take place on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Caldwell College Alumni Theatre. A professor of English and creative writing at the University of Delaware, Walker is co-editor of “Shadow & Light: Literature and the Life of Faith” and for 20 years was poetry editor of Christianity and Literature. Walker is the author of seven volumes of poetry, including “A Deed to the Light” and “Coming into History,” and was featured in Best American Poetry in 2009 and in Poetry Magazine’s Centennial Anthology.

Tuesday, March 29 at 9:30am at The Fine Grind Coffee Bar
“Penning our Pasts”–A Writing Workshop with poet Gail Fishman Gerwin

Gail Fishman Gerwin, from Paterson, received her AB from Goucher College and thirty years later, her MA from NYU’s Gallatin School. A former educator, in 1984 she founded inedit, a freelance writing/editing firm based in Morristown. She currently is working on her second poetry collection.

On Sale at the event: Sugar and Sand (Full Court Press), earned finalist designation for the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. Gerwin earned honorable mention in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards competitions and her poems appear in Calyx, Paterson Literary Review, Cutthroat Journal Online, Lips, Caduceus, U.S. 1 Worksheets, and “I Find My Aunt Frieda in Sepia,” about an aunt lost to the Holocaust, appears in The American Voice in Poetry: The Legacy of Williams, Whitman, and Ginsberg. The memoir Sugar and Sand culminates a three-year exploration into her own past, with links to the previous generations.

the fine grind 101 newark-pompton turnpike little falls, nj 07424 (973)837-0199
RSVP here:

Poetry Club – Bloomfield Public Library

Poets and Lovers of Poetry are invited to join us on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 1 pm to discuss their work.

For more information, call 973-566-6200×502 or email To keep up with news on events at the Bloomfield Public Library, visit us online and join our googlegroup at The barrier-free Bloomfield Public Library is located at 90 Broad Street in Bloomfield.

Poetry Reading 11/18

Caldwell College students host Montclair poets Jessica Dekoninck and Laura Freedgood
Thursday November 18 7:00 pm
The Caldwell Public Library
268 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006

Free refreshments served
Contact: 973- 226-2837