Poets Wear Prada is a poetry publishing house with excellent poets and affordable books with beautiful covers. Have you had your poetry today?--Meredith Sue Willis, Books for Readers * * * Stylistically, these beautifully designed and produced chapbooks bear their own distinctive signature.--Linda Lerner, SMALL PRESS REVIEW

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Austin Alexis is Awesome!

Awesome Austin is published again!

His poem, "The Magpie," is in Shot Glass Journal


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fri Oct 8: JOEL ALLEGRETTI rides the Pink Pony /w Jackie Sheeler in NYC

Friday, October 8th, 6PM - 7:45PM:  Joel Allegretti is the featured reader at the legendary Friday Night Pink Pony Reading & Open Mic with host Jackie Sheeler at The Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village NYC. A $7 Cover include one free house drink.  Arrive by 5:45pm to sign up for a 3-minute slot (there are about 20 to 25 slots as time permits) to read a short poem or 2 at the open mic.

Friday, October 8th, 2010
6pm - 7:45pm
w/ Host Jackie Sheeler
Open Mic
The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
Greenwich Village, New York 10014
$7 cover include house drink

Poems by Joel Allegretti
Paperback: 38 pages; Price: $12

Poets Wear Prada (March 1, 2010)
ISBN: 978-0984184446

Joel Allegretti
[Photo Credit: Jon Paul]
Joel Allegretti is the author of two full-length collections from The Poet's Press: The Plague Psalms, which appeared in 2000 and is now in its third edition, and Father Silicon, selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, a list that included novels by Thomas Pynchon and Cormac McCarthy. In March 2010 Poets Wear Prada published his third collection, Thrum, a chapbook of poems, prose poems and brief poetic essays about musical instruments. Raymond Hammond, editor of The New York Quarterly, calls Thrum "an intriguing and must read for anyone who has a sense of all that culminates in the commingling of the arts."

Allegretti's work has appeared in Art/​Life Limited Editions, Rattapallax, The New York Quarterly, Descant, The Laurel Review, Margie, and Confrontation among many other journals, as well as in the anthology Chance of a Ghost (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005) which included work by Billy Collins, Rita Dove and James Tate. His poem in that collection received an Honorable Mention in the 2006 edition of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror from St. Martin's Press.

His website is www.joelallegretti.com.

Wed Sept 29th at 3PM: Listen to TANTRA-ZAWADI on Blog Talk Radio with Kathleen Schmidt

Project Empowerment presents Tantra-Zawadi,  a Blog Talk Radio interview with Kathleen Schmidt, Author of Escaping the Glass Cage: A Story of Survival and Empowerment from Domestic Violence

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 3:00PM EST


Call-in Number: (347) 945-5441

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." —Mahatma Gandhi

Joining us for today's show is Tantra-Zawadi. She best describes her work "by the love that I make through my art to the vision of the unseen reality." As a performance poet and published author, Tantra supports the rights of women to exist, choose, decide and think through the art form of spoken word. http://www.tantra-zawadi.com. Tantra has performed to standing-room audiences at venues as far away as South Africa, London, Germany and Toronto. Her new book: Gathered at Her Sky: Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi, published by Poets Wear Prada. She is the author of alifepoeminprogress and her poetry was featured in Essence Magazine and in spoken word publications such as Redeye, spokenvizions.com, defpoetryjam.com, Platinum Poets, Sunpiper Press, Souled Up and poetswearprada.com. On Screen Tantra-zawadi is the host of her own spoken word series, WORDSPACE, and has made several appearances on cable television, local and satellite radio shows. Music and Poetry Tantra’s poem and video  “Scarlet Waters,” was featured on the Product(RED) video wall to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Her short documentary, “A Silent Genocide ~ A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS” edited by Oliver Covrett, takes another look at the personal impact of this disease. Tantra also participated in a public service announcement for BETAH Associates produced by Marc Herbert Productions aimed at promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and is sharing her one-woman performance pieces “Girl – A Choreospective” and “Soldier Blues” with the world. She is also a Mentor for Girl Child Network Worldwide, http://www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org.

Kathleen Schmidt
 Host Kathleen Schmidt is a full time work at home mom of two Type 1 Diabetic sons and lives in Seattle, WA with her husband of over 11 years.  She is the published author with her debut book, Escaping the Glass Cage: A Story of Survival and Empowerment from Domestic Violence. Her intention is to share empowering stories, people and events that are making a difference in our world. Please check out her website at http://kathleenmschmidt.com/ for updates, speaking and guest appearances and all the fun projects she's working on to help empower others.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cendrine Marrout, Canadian Independent Artist Examiner, Gives GATHERED AT HER SKY by Tantra-zawadi 5 Stars!

Gathered at Her Sky 
Life Poems by Tantra-zawadi
ISBN 978-0-9841844-6-0
Paperback: 42 pages
Poets Wear Prada, June 2010

"GATHERED AT HER SKY, Tantra-zawadi’s new book will make you like poetry again. This short but amazing ten-poem collection delivers poignant truths that will tug at your heartstrings and shake your bones. It speaks to the divine in us, a place where Love is not hindered by materialistic considerations. Most importantly, the book asks women to proudly stand up and refuse the dictatorship of closed minds."
-- Cendrine Marrouat, Canada Independent Artist Examiner, examiner.com

To read the rest of Marrouat's review click here:

GATHERED AT HER SKY by Tantra-zawadi is available from Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com and LULU.com and at the Greenpoint Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Good News From Roxanne Hoffman


Dear Friends & Fans,

Maureen Brady & I will be reading at Vittoria Repetto's Women's & Trans' Poetry Jam & Open Mike the last Tuesday of October, October 26 at the Bluestockings Bookstore, located at 72 Allen St. (between Staton & Rivington) about 1 1/2 blocks south from E. Houston. 7pm - 9pm.

Ladies bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word to share at the open mic.  Gentlemen are welcome to cheer us on but this open mic is for us gals only. (Maybe she will let you on if you come in drag!) 8 minute limit, please. Sign up for the open mic at 7pm.
Maureen Brady will read from a new collection of linked stories about a woman who stabs her abusive husband and runs away before knowing if he will survive, and makes her way to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  Yay for Maureen!  Learn more about Maureen at www.maureenbradyny.com.

I will be sharing some work about my multi-ethnic heritage, growing up female in this too often male dominated world, my mother dating at 80, as well as my vampy favorites.  (Heck, it will almost be Halloween!)

Your $5 suggestion donations (that means please give what you can) will be most welcome as they help to pay the featured readers.  We will be bringing our books, cds, and whatever we have to sell too.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit at E. Houston St. and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store.

This event is graciously and generously hosted by Vittoria Repetto, the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side.

Press Contact: Vittoriar@aol.com

p.s. Mobius: The Poetry Magazine accepted "Wind Chimes" for this year's issue due out this November.


FOR LINCOLN by AUSTIN ALEXIS Now Available at Babbo's Books in Brooklyn!

HOLLY, Queen of Babbo's Book and The Real Boss
(Photo Credit: Babbo's Books)

New and Used Books for Everyone

242 Prospect Park West,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

For Info & Directions:
(718) 788 - 3475

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 11ish - 8pm
Sunday 12ish - 7pm
Book Table at The Fez Art Cafe
(Photo Credit: The Fez Art Cafe)
A little bit about the bookstore and it's neigborhood:

Babbo's is located in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn where Authors Isaac Asimov and Pete Hamill grew up. Originally primarily an Italian and Irish-American neighborhood developed after the Civil War, Windsor Terrace borders landmarks like Greenwood Cemetery and Prospect Park and there has been a recently influx of writers and  young professionals.

Authors who live here (or in nearby Park Slope)  include Jonathan Safron Foer, Nicole Krauss, Paul Auster, Arthur Bradford, Siri Hustvedt, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rick Moody, Jon Scieszka, Ned Vizzini, and Mo Willems.

Did you know Windsor Terrace has also popped up (or been a featured back drop) in many films including Dog Day Afternoon and Smoke?

AUSTIN ALEXIS at The Fez Art Cafe at the Labor Day Reading
(Photo Credit: The Fez Art Cafe)

On Monday nights at 8PM, Babbo's Books hosts Poetry & Prose Reading Series at the near by Fez Art Cafe located at 240 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn NY 11215 (http://www.fezartcafe.com/)

FOR LINCOLN & OTHER POEMS by Austin Alexis is also available at Amazon.com.

Tonight Wed Sept 22 JEE LEONG KOH & more at Cornelia St Cafe, NYC

Wednesday, Sep 22 - 6:00PM

Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi co-host
MIRANDA FIELD, featured poet;

Fine poets perfectly presented by generous hosts.

Cover $7

The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St
Between Bleecker and West 4th Streets
Greenwich Village in NYC

Take A, B, D, E, F, M to West 4th Street
or 1 to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square
or NJ PATH to Christopher Street or 9th Street Stations.

About the Poets:

MIRANDA FIELD was born and raised in London, UK. Her first book, Swallow, won a Katherine Bakeless Nason Literary Publication Award. She has also received a Discovery/The Nation Award and Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear in numerous journals, and several anthologies—including THE PUSHCART BOOK OF POETRY: The Best Poems From Thirty Years of The Pushcart Prize; LEGITIMATE DANGERS: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande), NOT FOR MOTHERS ONLY: American Poets of the New Century (Fence Books), and EFFORTS & AFFECTIONS (Iowa). She teaches poetry workshops at the New School and NYU, in Manhattan, where she lives with poet Tom Thompson and their two children.

JEE LEONG KOH is the author of two books of poems, Payday Loans and Equal to the Earth (Bench Press). His new book Seven Studies for a Self Portrait will be released by the same press in March 2011. Born in Singapore, he lives in New York City, and blogs at Song of a Reformed Headhunter.

LYNN MELNICK's poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Boston Review, Guernica, jubilat, LIT, The Paris Review, and A Public Space. She grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

BRETT FLETCHER LAUER is the poetry editor of A Public Space. His poetry has been published in the Boston Review, jubilat, BOMB, American Poetry Review, Fence, Tin House, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.

Visit JOEL ALLEGRETTI's new Author Page on Amazon.com

Joel Allegretti on Amazon.com

Joel Allegretti is the author of two full-length collections from The Poet's Press: THE PLAGUE PSALMS, which appeared in 2000 and is now in its third edition, and FATHER SILICON, selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, a list that included novels by Thomas Pynchon and Cormac McCarthy. In March 2010 Poets Wear Prada published his third collection, THRUM, a chapbook of poems, prose poems and brief poetic essays about musical instruments. ( To read more click here:  Joel Allegretti on Amazon.com)

Raymond Hammond, editor of The New York Quarterly, calls Allegretti's THRUM ...

"... an intriguing and must read for anyone who has a sense of all that culminates in the commingling of the arts."

Monday, September 20, 2010

More from John J.Trause...

Dear Family & Friends,

Please join us for this eventful evening of poetry and music. Here is the message from hosts Denise LaNeve and Paul Nash:


Saturday, September 25, 2010

The North Jersey Literary Series


poets Jamie McNeely Quirk and Barbara Blatner

8 PM in the Special Events Room of the

Classic Quiche Café

330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck , New Jersey

Teaneck, NJ


2 Sets by our features plus Open Mic

Space and sound are unrivaled by any other venue

Hosted by Paul Nash and Denise La Neve

Café phone: 201 692 0150

Come early and enjoy a relaxing meal.

The quiches are famous, and there are also other wonderful entrees,

as well as coffees, teas, & desserts

JAMIE MCNEELY QUIRK writes, edits, and knits near Princeton , New Jersey , where she works at both a private school and a public library. Two of Jamie’s poems have recently been published in the new anthology entitled Beyond the Rift: Poets of the Palisades, for which she also acted as proofreader. Her work has appeared in various journals, including The Macguffin, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and The Lyric. For four years (1999-2003) she hosted a monthly open mic series in Paramus and led workshops through various adult education programs in northern New Jersey . Having earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College , she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science at Rutgers University .

BARBARA BLATNER is a playwright, poet and composer. Her full-length poetry collection The Still Position has just been published by the New York Quarterly Press. Her play Years of Sky was given a workshop production in New York City last summer by Scripts Up! and is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Driehaus Foundation. Barbara’s verse play for Epiphany No Star Shines Sharper was produced for stage and radio by the Mystic Theatre Company in 2004, having also aired on National Public Radio. Her play Grassy Knoll was produced in the First Annual Boston Theatre Marathon (1999) and appeared in the Baker’s Plays anthology of theatrical productions selected from that event. Barbara has written and produced at least eight other plays and musicals. Her poems, fiction and reviews have appeared in Heliotrope, Beloved on this Earth (anthology), House Organ, Poetry Northwest, The New York Quarterly, Lift, Apalachee Quarterly, 13th Moon and others. Ms. Blatner teaches Creative Writing and Composition at Yeshiva University . She received a Doctor of Arts in English from the SUNY-Albany, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University , and a B.A. in Music Composition from Vassar College .


I hope to see you there!

Love & Peace,



Karen Neuberg has 3 publications for September:

"Ants" in the First Literary Review IIi edited by Cindy Hochman


Other poets listed:

Patricia Carragon, Michael Ceraolo, Mitch Corber, Ted Jonathan, Diane Mofazelli, Michael Reiss, John Todras and Zev Torres

"Fatigue of the Marionettes" appears in the inaugural issue of Stone Telling:

Link to the Table of Contents:


"Grandchild" appears in the anthology, "Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents".

Publisher's website is:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Reminder: FINAL Prairie Fire Reading Sunday September 26


at the 
FINAL Praire Fire Reading Sunday, September 26

SUNDAY 9/26 – 6:30 p.m. (sign up 6 p.m.)

Peter Chelnik's "Prairie Fire Jazz Poetry"


Iris Berman (poet/visual artist/photographer)


Bob Hart (poet)


Jazz by

Bob Feldman (tenor sax) & Jay Shulman (cello)


Host PETER CHELNIK (poetry)


The Open Mic



314 W. 54th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Aves.)

Hell's Kitchen, NYC 10019

Sargent Theater 4th Floor

(212) 581-3044

By Subway: C or E to West 50th Street

Walk north to West 54th Street, west to theatre

Admission: $5

Iris Berman is a visual artist, photographer and poet. Her published journals include Nomad’s Choir, Home Planet News, Errato, Brownstone Poets, Rogue Scholars, Stained Sheets, White Rabbit, MOBLIUS, THE POETRY MAGAZINE, and nationally in the Song of the San Joaquin and Back Street Quarterly. She has also published three chapbooks, Motherlode, The Little Book of Flowers and The Little Book of Fairy Tales and Love Poems – the last published by Poets Wear Prada Press. She has studied with Louise Gluck, William Packard, Barry Goldensohn, Charles Simic, and most recently with Patrick Rosal at Poets House.

Bob Hart has gone from middle age to old age these last years writing poetry.  He has seen word scenes like 77 Barrow Street, Centerfold Coffee House, ABC No Rio and most lately, the new Pink Pony at Cornelia Street Café, hoping they enjoyed him as much as he enjoyed them.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September News from John J. Trause

Dear Family and Friends,

Please join me and the poets listed below representing Uphook Press and its latest publication, hell strung and crooked, at Cornelia Street Café on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 6 p.m. I have one poem in hell strung and crooked, and I am most pleased with the publication as a whole.

The editors, Jane Ormerod, Ice, Brant Lyon, and Thomas Fucaloro have done a beautiful job, and copies will be on sale. See below for publication announcement and more upcoming readings.

There is a $7 cover, which includes a drink.

The Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia Street (between Bleecker and West 4th Streets)

Manhattan, New York

Here is the list of poets appearing on Tuesday, September 21st, so come out and support us.

Joseph Fritsch

Deborah Hauser

Robert Gibbons

Gregory Vincent St.Thomasino

Francesca Sphynx

Bob Quatrone

Geoff Kagan Trenchard

Jacob Victorine

John J. Trause

Stephanie Valente

Christian Georgescu

Love and Peace,



Uphook Press is pleased to announce the publication of

hell strung and crooked

Poetry taken to the edge and back round again

Featuring forty-one poets, hell strung and crooked also includes interviews with National Book Award winner Mark Doty, and the Danish writer-performer Claus Ankersen.

Lenore Balliro, Samantha Barrow, Paul M. L. Belanger, Alex O. Bleecker, Meredith Devney, Malaika Favorite, Joseph Fritsch, Christian Georgescu, Robert Gibbons, Thomas Gibney, Deborah Hauser, Suzanne Heagy, Aimee Herman, R. Nemo Hill, Vicki Iorio, Kit Kennedy, Stephen Kopel, David Lawton, Richard Loranger, E. K. Mortenson, Nancy Carol Moody, Puma Perl, John Marcus Powell, Bob Quatrone, Seraphime Rhyianir, Lynn Samsel, Jackie Sheeler, Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Elliot D. Smith, Laura L. Snyder, Francesca Sphynx, Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino, Charles F. Thielman, Andrew Topel, John J. Trause, Geoffrey Kagan Trenchard, Stephanie Valente, Jacob Victorine, Ocean Vuong, Bruce Weber, and Laura Madeline Wiseman.

hell struck and crooked

published September 1st 2010

ISBN: 978-0-9799792-2-4

144 pages



ArtRage Gallery

505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, NY

Free but donation requested for gallery

Featuring: Joseph Fritsch, Robert Gibbons, Mary McLaughlin Slechta

Plus open mic


the river's end bookstore

19 West Bridge Street, Oswego, NY


Featuring: Joseph Fritsch, Robert Gibbons, Mary McLaughlin Slechta

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Brownstone Poets 2010 Anthology Reading Mon, 9/13 at 7 P.M.


The Brownstone Poets 2010 Anthology Reading
will be held at BookCourt

Monday, September 13 at 7 P.M.

Limited Open Mic - Free Admission

163 Court Street
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone # (718) 875-3677

Take the F or G to Bergen St., R to Court St.,4 or 5 to Borough Hall

The books sell for $6



Come and hear the following "confirmed" readers from the anthology
and possibly more may show up....


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

10% Off ALL Our LULU Titles with Coupon Code AUTUMN (Expires 9/30/2010)

Here's the link to our storefront on LULU: http://stores.lulu.com/poetswearprada  

Click BUY and Enter 'AUTUMN' at the checkout for 10% off. (Offer expires September 30, 2010)*

* Disclaimer: Enter coupon code ' AUTUMN ' during checkout and save 10% off the purchase price. Discount cannot be used to pay for, nor shall be applied to, applicable taxes or shipping and handling charges. Maximum amount that can be applied to discount is $10.00 per account. Promotional codes cannot be applied to any previous orders. No exchanges or substitutions allowed. Only one valid promotional code August be used per order. Offer expires September 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM EDT. Lulu.com reserves the right to change or revoke this offer at any time. Void where prohibited.

Outside Girl

Outside Girl 

Price: $12.00  With Coupon: $10.80

"Lived through the NYC downtown ’80s? Cyndi Dawson takes you home. And if you were never there, you are now, through the penetrating glare of an "Outside Girl" who brings the reader through the scene, the clubs, the drugs, the grit, and ties it all together with love. With this collection, Cyndi Dawson, who is known largely for her stage performances, establishes herself as fierce, forceful, raw, punk poet in the tradition of Jim Carroll, who holds her own on the page as well as the stage."

Gathered at Her Sky

Gathered at Her Sky 

Price: $12.00 With Coupon: $10.80

“Tantra's writing oozes with the passion of Neruda and the sensitivity of Sonia. Her words can warm the coldest of hearts.”
 — Bruce George, Co-Founder of RUSSELL SIMMONS DEF POETRY JAM

“Tantra-zawadi's poetry speaks of a global consciousness and ambassadorship; each word of every line reminds us of the connection we have to one another in the race to win.”

Tshombe Sekou Harris, Founder/Host of FREEDOM VERSE CAFE

Tantra-zawadi, an award winning poet/artist/filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York, has performed to standing-room audiences in the USA, South Africa, London, Germany and Toronto. GATHERED AT HER SKY contains excerpts from her off-Broadway production SOLDIER BLUES, and her one-woman performance piece GIRL: A CHOREOSPECTIVE, as well as the text of previously recorded spoken word tracks.

Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning

Print: $15.00 With Coupon: $13.50

Author Gene Auprey offers a new collection of poems; a meditation on nature, life and death, and the ever-present possibilities of hope, humor and love.

“At home somewhere between the pastoral and the familial, violence and tranquility (often showing how they are sometimes the same side of the same coin), Gene Auprey’s voice is one of restrained and steady power.”
James Midgely, Editor MIMESIS

THRUM (Saddle-Stitched)

THRUM (Saddle-Stitched)

Print: $12.00 With Coupon: $10.80

“In THRUM, Joel Allegretti, deftly and delightfully, strums his magical musical instrument, which is poetry, as he forges fresh forms of songs and stories that are inspired by strummers’s strings. 'Context is everything,' Allegretti reminds us, and we’re planted in the heart of a global ancient/modern orchestra. Prepare yourself for the revelatory performance.”
Martine Bellen

Sun Sept 12 Poets Wear Prada & Pleasure Boat Studio at Brooklyn Book Festival

Sunday September 12, 2010
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Poets Wear Prada is sharing a table with Pleasure Boat Studio at this year's Brooklyn Book Festival.


We're at booth 172 at the corner of Joralemon & Adams Streets. Please stop by and say hello to publishers Roxanne Hoffman and Jack Estes. Authors from both presses will be stopping by through out the day to meet you and sign your books.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is a huge, free public event presenting an array of literary stars and emerging authors who represent the exciting world of literature today. One of America’s premier literary and literacy events, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. The festival is organized around themed readings and devoted to timely and lively panel discussions. The inclusion of top national and international authors and new partners has expanded the festival’s reach while continuing to celebrate and enhance Brooklyn’s contemporary and historic literary reputation. To find out more about the festival visit http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/BrooklynBookFestival/festival.html

Public Transportation: 2, 3, 4, 5 To Borough Hall; R To Court Street; A, C, F To Jay Street/Borough Hall.
By Car From Manhattan: Coming Over The Brooklyn Bridge, Stay Straight On Adams Street. Turn Right On Joralemon Street.
By Car From New Jersey And Staten Island: Verrazano Bridge To 278west. Take Exit 27/Atlantic Avenue And Turn Onto Atlantic Avenue. Turn Left On Boerum Place. Turn Left On Joralemon Street.