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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Read George Held's Satire on Infauxtainment.com

Read George Held's "Urban Hunting Season To Open Nov. 1 on Infauxtainment.com:

Urban Hunting Season To Open Nov. 1

By George Held

(INS) – Desmond Nerdleman, director of the Department of Social Services, announced today a groundbreaking program for dealing with the city’s mushrooming homeless population. “In view of the huge number of homeless now living on the street and in our parks, the city will open a hunting season for harvesting them and thereby reducing the enormous drain on our budget,” Mr. Nerdleman told the press... (Read more at http://infauxtainment.com/?p=6697 )


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Roxanne Hoffman at Bluestockings Bookstore, Tues, 10/26 at 7 P.M.

Tuesday, October 26th @ 7PM - $5 Suggested

Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Featuring Maureen Brady & Roxanne Hoffman

Maureen Brady reads interlinked stories about a wife who stabs her abusive husband then flees while unsure about his survival.

Roxanne Hoffman is a humorist, poet, storyteller, banker and tonight she shares tales about her multi-ethnic heritage, about her mom dating at 80, and her vampy favorites. 

Hosted by Vittoria Repetto - the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side - the jam has showcased the famous, the infamous, the unknown for over a decade. 

Come out and deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word.

Bluestockings Bookstore

172 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002

Friday, October 22, 2010

John J. Trause and Uphook Press

Dear Family and Friends,

Yup, I’ll be in Massachusetts for this one!

Please join me and the poets listed below representing Uphook Press and its latest publication, hell strung and crooked, at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 8 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.

Outpost 186

186 1/2 Hampshire Street
Inman Square
Cambridge, MA 02141

(617) 876-0860

Here is the list of poets appearing on Saturday, November 6th, so come out and support us.

Thomas Fucaloro


David Lawton

Jane Ormerod

Puma Perl

John J. Trause

Ocean Vuong

Love & Peace,


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Read about Obama's Ten Achievements on Infauxtainment.com

Read George Held's Obama’s Top Ten Achievements on Infauxtainment.com

Obama’s Top Ten Achievements!

By George Held

Washington, D.C. (INS). President Obama told the press today that he intends to campaign hard for his party in the remaining run-up to the mid-term elections, stressing the achievements of his two years in the White House. He then set forth his list of Top Ten Accomplishments: ... (Read more at http://infauxtainment.com/?p=6668)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

George Held's poem, "At My Grave," on Erato

Read George Held's poem, "At My Grave," on Erato:


He's Back!!!!

PETER CHELNIK with Charles J. Butler and Bob Feldman on sax ***
Monday, November 8, 2010
at 7:30pm
Nightingale Lounge
213 2nd Avenue at East 13th Street
New York, NY
Age 21 & up

$3 Suggested Donation + 2 Drink/$10 Minimum at the Bar
Hosted by Su Polo & David Elsasser


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Awesome Austin News...

Austin Alexis has a poem, "Duck at the Gulf Oil Spill," on the Poets for Living Waters literary website:

Monday, October 18, 2010

From John J. Trause: Classic Quiche Café

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, October 23, 2010

The North Jersey Literary Series


poet/publisher/performance artist

David Messineo

performing poems from Act 1 & Act 2 of his book Formal,

reading original formal/structured poetry

while attired in a tuxedo –

audience members are encouraged

to dress elegantly for the evening.

8 PM in the Special Events Room of the
Classic Quiche Café
330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, New Jersey

2 Sets by our feature 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

Though we have a core group of regulars who attend our monthly "fourth Saturday" readings, we welcome new, attentive guests. Formal dress is encouraged for this special reading: Ladies - a nice opportunity to dress to the hilt. Gentlemen - anything other than T-shirts and jeans is preferred. An open reading will be nestled between the two feature sets, as is our monthly custom.

The feature reading will be videotaped. At the conclusion of his set for Act 1 (before our intermission and open mic), Mr. Messineo will debut his most recent poem, "To Be Or Not to Be," which was written in memory of Tyler Clementi and the other gay teens who have taken their lives in recent weeks - and which will be published in Sensations Magazine Issue 48, "21st Century America," coming out this November, and in his seventh book Historiopticon, coming in April 2013.

Though Mr. Messineo has written extensively on harassment, bullying, same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, and American injustice and intolerance in his books Restoration and Formal and has educated the public on inequality issues for 25 years, "To Be Or Not To Be" is his first poem specifically about gay teen suicide - and those who wish to hear what he has to say on this topic are strongly encouraged to attend.

David Messineo is a three-consecutive-year winner in the national American Literary Magazine Awards, including two First Place Awards, and in 2009 was honored with a New Jersey State Jefferson Award for Public Service, for his American history research, publishing, and programming efforts through The Six Centuries Club, and his almost-quarter-century of volunteer service offering Sensations Magazine.

Mr. Messineo is the author of five previous poetry collections: First Impressions, Suburban Gothic, A Taste of Italy, A Taste of Brazil, and Restoration. The final First Edition hardcover copies of his sixth book, Formal, will be available for purchase for $20 (bring cash or checkbooks - checks would be made payable to "The Six Centuries Club"). If he sells out Formal, his literary arts organizations break even financially without government grant funding, making him one of very few literary magazine publishers in the United States to achieve this challenging goal.

Mr. Messineo also will have on hand poetry submission requirements for the Spring 2011 "American Presidents" Poetry Contest (deadline Mon Nov 29, 2010) - and information about ordering a subscription that would include Sensations Magazine Issue 48.

Consider coming early to Classic Quiche for dinner, to celebrate Mr. Messineo's 48th Birthday (October 10), and the other October birthdays in our group.

Learn more about Mr. Messineo and his other Formal tour stops at www.sensationsmag.com, "Upcoming Events" button.


I hope to see you there!

Love & Peace,


Friday, October 15, 2010

Red Wheelbarrow Poets Monday, November 8, 2010

picture from this website, http://red.jerryandmartha.com/

Dear Family & Friends,

I am pleased and honored to be asked to appear along with some of my fellow Red Wheelbarrow Poets in Oradell, N. J. at the Oradell Public Library, of which I have been Library Director since March 2010. A number of us will be presenting our poetry, which has recently been published in the third annual volume of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, on this evening.

The Friends of the Oradell Public Library have arranged for the Red Wheelbarrow Poets to be featured at a special program on Monday, November 8, 2010, and we are grateful to them and to the Red Wheelbarrow Poets, especially Sondra Singer Beaulieu, who helped coordinate this program.

The program is free and light refreshments will be served.

Here are the specifics:

WHAT: Featured poets and an open mic, if time permits.

WHERE: Oradell Public Library, 375 Kinderkamack Road (with the entrance on Church Street), Oradell, NJ 07649. Phone: 201-262-2613 – Website: http://oradell.bccls.org/index.html

WHEN: Monday, November 8, 2010

TIME: 7 p. m. The Library closes at 9 p. m.

Copies of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow will be on sale.

This group just had a very successful reading at neighboring Haworth Public Library on Monday, October 12th.

For me this is an even more special honor, since this takes place at the Oradell Public Library, which has become a second home to me. I am pleased and proud to serve the community of Oradell in such a beautiful place.

Please come out and support us.

Love & Peace,


Short Poem Enthusiasts and Emily Dickinson Fans Get Ready for Brevitas at the Bowery Poetry Club

Short Poem Enthusiasts and Emily Dickinson Fans Get Ready for Brevitas at the Bowery Poetry Club

Short Poem Enthusiasts and Emily Dickinson Fans Get Ready for Brevitas at the Bowery Poetry Club

 New York, NY, October 15, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Short poem enthusiasts and Emily Dickinson fans get ready. City Lore, an organization devoted to urban folk culture, and the Bowery Poetry Club will present the 7th Annual Brevitas Festival of The Short Poem on Sunday, November 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. Brevitas is an internet community of invited poets who email one to two original poems (14 lines max) to the group on the 1st and the 15th of each month. This reading and book release party is the annual occasion for Brevitas poets to actually meet in person. The program features each poet's top hits for 2010. Brevitas’ founders are poets Jim Pignetti and Steve Zeitlin, founder and executive director of City Lore. This year’s host is poet Flash Rosenberg, also known as a cartoonist, photographer, humorist, turtle wrangler and Artist-in-Residence for Live from the New York Public Library.

Brevitas will honor Emily Dickinson as Historical Guest Poet for her divine role as Patron Saint of the Short Poem. Poet and performer, Shelley Miller, will read a selection of Emily’s poems. There will also be a screening of “Emily Dickinson – Her True Self” an animated short by Flash Rosenberg, produced by the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

Also, a special Brevitas poetry dedication will be made for jailed Chinese dissident and recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace prize, Liu Xiaobo.

The following Brevitas poets will be reading:

D. F. August, Susan Gerardi Bello, Iris Berman, Claudia Carlson, Patricia Carragon, Gil Fagiani, Sanford Fraser, Christian Garaud, Bob Heman, Eileen Hennessy, Cindy Hochman, Judy Kamilhor, Andrew Kaufman, Susan T. Landry, Maria Lisella, Tsaurah Litzky, Georgia Luna, Sue Machlin,James McMenamin, Katrinka Moore, Jim Pignetti, Leslie Prosterman, Flash Rosenberg, Dorothea Hutton Scher, Susan Schipke, Zev Shanken, Hal Sirowitz, Ed Smith, Esther K. Smith, Richard Storm, Juanita Torrence-Thompson, John J. Trause, Alicia Vasquez, Angelo Verga, Carolyn Wells, Steve Zeitlin

The 2010 brevitas book of short poems will be presented to all who attend.

Guest poets will be invited to sign up for the Short Poem Open Mic (14 lines max).

7th Annual Brevitas Festival of the Short Poem
Sunday, November 14 from 2 to 6 p.m
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Houston & Bleecker Streets)
New York City - 212-614-0505

Admission: $7


Thursday, October 14, 2010

By George, Held's Done it Again

Check out George Held's "Sting Like A Butterfly at BAP Quarterly


From John J. Trause

Dear Family & Friends,

The past First Wednesday was another bittersweet one as we shared the news that Jane Fisher will be leaving her position as Director of the Rutherford Free Public Library by the end of the month to accept a position at the New York Public Library in coordinating seventeen libraries in the Bronx.  We know she will thrive personally and improve library services to those communities, but we will miss her and her guiding wisdom very much.  It was Jane Fisher who had the idea of starting the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in response to the success of the first William Carlos Williams Poetry Symposium in September 2005.   Over these past five years, she has done innumerable things to help keep it grow, and in the process she herself became a poet – and a published one at that!  Jane assures us that she will still reside nearby and poke in on our series when she can.

Burt Kimmelman and Jon Curley, colleagues in Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology, shared generously of their work, both published and new, and provided a nice coupling of voices.  To begin the evening Joel Lewis gave a lecture on four of Dr. Williams’s lesser known “disciples”.

I continue to host this excellent series, now in its fifth year, so please come by for this upcoming reading.  Mark your calendars now!

NOTE that this series is held on FIRST Wednesdays each month from now on.

The WCW Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County is pleased to invite Rick Mullin and Colleen Russell, two poets who excel at both formal and free verse and who have made a mark on the online poetry communities, as the features on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 7:00 p. m.  As usual this monthly program will also feature the words of William Carlos Williams (presented this month by me, John J. Trause) and open readings from the floor.  No advanced registration is required and all poets and poetry lovers are invited.  Note that we are now holding the WCW Poetry Cooperative readings on the Terrace of the Williams Center for the Arts (www.williamscenter.org) located at 1 Williams Plaza in Rutherford, N. J.

For more details, please see the program flyer attached to this message as a Word document.

Also, please remember that noted poet Jim Klein leads our peer-to-peer poetry workshops (Red Wheelbarrow Poets) on Wednesdays (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) when we do not have the readings.  These will continue in the Rutherford Free Public Library (www.rutherfordlibrary.org).  Please see the flyer here:

Also, please see the Red Wheelbarrow website here:

Remember that the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets just published volume 3 of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, including three poems of mine, those of many others associated with the WCW Poetry Cooperative and literary life in Rutherford, some excellent essays, and as usual some original, previously unpublished work of Dr. Williams himself.  Copies of the anthology are on sale now, so please contact the editors at redwheelbarrowpoets@yahoo.com, if you would like more information or like to purchase a copy or two.  They make excellent birthday or holiday gifts for poetry lovers and anyone who loves literature and history.

Please come out and support these creative endeavors.

Thank you.

Love & Peace,


Monday, October 11, 2010

3 Oldies but Goodies Now Available at CreateSpace!

We just converted 3 of our older chapbook titles to perfect bound editions: PAYDAY LOANS by Jee Leong Koh, TWO NAKED FEET by Maria Lisella and PHASED by George Held. They are now available for sale at CreateSpace.com and will soon be available on Amazon.com.

  by Jee Leong Koh
Original Publication Date: March, 2007
Publisher: Poets Wear Prada
ISBN/EAN13:  0981767893 / 9780981767895
Perfect Bound Paper Back: 36 pages
List Price: $10
Smart, irreverent, often unnerving, these sonnets smirk, smile, argue and bless. Jee Leong Koh has taken a month of days and rendered a very contemporary version of the artist as a young man. Cash in your paycheck and buy this book."--Marie Howe

by Maria Lisella
Original Publication Date: September 2009
Publisher: Poets Wear Prada
ISBN/EAN13:0984184414 / 9780984184415
Perfect Bound Paper Back:  34 pages
List Price: $10
TWO NAKED FEET is brilliantly wired with the tension of paradox. It is about exile and the movement of peoples, the destruction and pastiche of cultures, the chasm between the idealized world and the colloquial one. Lisella writes with depth and simplicity. Her "I" rarely steps outside of the observing eye to become autobiographical, and yet the poems are remarkable for their passion.--Stephanie Dickenson, award-winning author of HALF GIRL and ROAD OF FIVE CHURCHES

Poems, etc.
by George Held
Original Publication Date: August 2008
Publisher: Poets Wear Prada
ISBN/EAN13: 098176780X / 9780981767802
Perfect Bound Paper Back: 34 pages
List Price: $10

A delightful, entertaining, and attractively presented collection celebrating our sidereal companion, the moon.

Friday, October 8, 2010

From John J.Trause

Dear Family & Friends,

I am pleased and honored to be asked to appear at the Haworth Public Library in Haworth, N. J. along with some of my fellow Red Wheelbarrow Poets. A number of us will be presenting our poetry, which has recently been published in the third annual volume of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, on this evening.

Susan Rappaport (formerly of the Rutherford Public Library), who now works at the Haworth Library, has arranged for the Red Wheelbarrow Poets to be featured at a special program next Tuesday night, October 12, 2010. Susan herself is a published in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, and we are grateful for her invitation and participation.

Here are the specifics:

WHERE: Haworth Municipal Library,
300 Haworth Avenue (Haworth Avenue and Stevens Place),
Haworth, NJ.

Phone: 201-384-1020

WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

TIME: Program begins at 7:30 and ends at 9:00 (The library is not open on Tuesdays. They have scheduled this as a special event and are opening up for it.).

Here too is the posting from the Haworth Municipal Library website:

Tuesday, October 12th - 7:30-9:00pm -

RED WHEELBARROW POETS which grew out of the Williams Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County, has just published their third volume of poetry.They will be reading from the anthology. Other poets are invited to share their own poetry during the open reading. Please join us for an interesting evening.

Copies of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow will be on sale.

For me this is a special honor, since this takes place at a library near the Oradell Public Library, of which I am the Director, and that is also a member of the same consortium, the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS).

Please come out and support us.

Love & Peace,


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Good News from Karen Neuberg

Karen Neuberg's  poem, "See How Sky Falls," 
appears in the latest issue of Switched-on-Gutenberg.

Table of Contents at

See How Sky Falls at

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sat Oct 9: IAWA features FAGIANI & CALABRO in NYC at Cornelia St. Cafe


This month, the ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION features John Calabro and Gil Fagiani, plus open mic  (5 minute limit).  Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts.  The 2nd Saturday of every  month at The Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village, New York City. 6PM - 7:45pm. (Arrive at 5:45pm to sign-up for the open.) $7 Cover include one house drink.

Saturday October 9, 2010
6PM - 7:45PM
Doors Open at 5:45pm
The Italian-American Writers Association
Plus Open Mic
The Cornelia Street Cafe,
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY,  10014
$7 Cover include one house drink
Your Hosts this Evening:  Maria Lisella & Gil Fagiani

About the Featured Writers:

Of John Calabro ’s work, Nino Ricci, author of Lives of the Saints and the Origins of Species, writesCalabro’s work erases the line between the ordinary and the haunting, as if he has peeled back the skin of the real to make it realer.” An educator, a publisher and a writer, Calabro’s first novella, Bellecour, published in 2005 by Guernica Editions, was named by The Globe and Mail’s First Fiction reviewer as one of the top five books in that category for 2005. He published a collection of short stories called Somewhere Else in 2006. His short stories and essays have also appeared in Italian Canadiana, Strange Peregrination, and More Sweet Lemons (2010). The Cousin is his second novella.

The backdrop for Gil Fagiani’s most recent book of poetry, A Blanquito in El Barrio (Rain Mountain Press, 2009), are the streets and music of Spanish Harlem. “...a story peopled with desperate, decimated and unforgettable characters, whose lives Fagiani never condemns, but uplifts and honors with tough, vivid verses set to the pulsating rhythms of Latin dance halls,” writes Steve Zeitlin, Founding Director, City Lore: The New York Center For Urban Folk Culture. Accompanying his 72 poems is a glossary of Spanish and slang terms, and a discography. Emmy-award winner, Poetry Czar, proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club Bob Holman named Blanquito among 2009’s most compelling reads. Fagiani’s poetry collection Rooks (Rain Mountain Press, 2007) is set at Pennsylvania Military College in the 1960s; his chapbook, Grandpa’s Wine (Poets Wear Prada, 2008) has been translated into Italian by Paul D’Agostino. Forthcoming collections include Chianti in Connecticut (Bordighera Press) and Serfs of Psychiatry to be released by Finishing Line Press in 2011.


Gil Fagiani
[Photo Credit: Maria Lisella]

New from Rain Mountain Press:
Poet Gil Fagiani’s Tribute to East Harlem

A Blanquito in El Barrio
by Gil Fagiani
ISBN: 978-0980221138
Rainmountain Press (December 2009)
Now Available at Amazon.com!

A Blanquito in El Barrio is no mere cautionary tale of a blanquito’s—a white man’s—descent into an inner city hell, but a tribute to the music, language and people of one of America’s truly mythic neighborhoods, El Barrio – East Harlem.

"Out of the squishy swamp of dead personal lyrics that is contemporary American poetry, Gil Fagiani’s hard-boned zombies rise out of his poetry collection, A Blanquito in El Barro. His poems are crafty narratives that sing the music of sex, compassion, friendship, justice, mercy, comedy, betrayal. Fagiani is a poet of unusual power. These poems have strong heart and deep soul. A Blanquito in El Barrio is that rare good thing—a necessary good book.” --Angelo Verga, author of A Hurricane Is, 33 NYC Poems, and Praise For What Remains.

A Blanquito in El Barrio

Iris Berman at STARK REALITY!! Friday, 10/8

Open Mic
6:30 pm Sign up!!!


The Haunting Poet and Mistress of Words!!! 

Musician, Singer, Where jazz meets soul meets rhythm & blues!!




Nola Studios
244 W 54th Street
(bet. Bway & 8th Ave.)
11th Floor Studio C
New York, NY 10019

6:30 PM!! SHARP

Info: (917) 292- 2683

Contribution only!!

Hosted by Viviana

Performance Artists/Comics

An Open Mike
for the Wild Mind!!



Friday, October 1, 2010

Pianos Bar & Grill in Bloomfield, NJ on Monday, October 4

Dear Family and Friends,

Please join the folks at Pianos Bar & Grill in Bloomfield, NJ on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:30 p. m. for RockStar Poets and Writers [Bloomfield Reading Series]. The feature is the noted poet, publisher, professor, and painter Jim Klein.

The event is FREE!

Jim Klein has published more than 100 poems in publications including The Berkeley Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Joe Soap’s Canoe, Oxford Magazine, The Plastic Tower, Onthebus, Pulpsmith, Gandhabba, and many times in The Wormwood Review, including a Feature Section. He has also published articles in The Christian Century, James Joyce Quarterly, College English. He founded two literary magazines, Lunch, at Fairleigh Dickinson, Rutherford, in the seventies, and currently The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow. Blue Chevies, his first book, came out in conjunction with the Williams Symposium in September, 2008. To Eat Is Human Digest Divine, his second, came out this month.

Bloomfield Reading Series, also known as RockStar Poets, is the series for which I (John J. Trause) was the inaugural feature in February 2008, and as we continue in our third year we are pleased to have such a distinguished poet appearing on Monday, October 4th. Note that this series holds a reading every FIRST MONDAY of the month at 7:30 p. m. at Pianos hosted by writer Sanjay Agnihotri. The readings take place on the back stage. Come early and have a drink or dinner. Remember to bring some work of your own as an Open Reading follows the feature.

Pianos Bar & Grill

36 Broad Street

Bloomfield, NJ 07003

(973) 743-7208

I encourage you to come out and support Jim Klein and hang out with us.

Love & Peace,