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

Monday, January 31, 2011

MON Feb 7: Don Zirilli at Pianos in Bloomfield NJ for Rockstar Poets

SAVE THE DATE: RockStar Poets and Writers [Bloomfield Reading Series]
 featuring DON ZIRILLI on Monday, February 7, 2011

Please beat the cold and join the folks at Pianos Bar & Grill in Bloomfield, NJ on Monday, Febrnuary 7, 2011 at 7:30 p. m. for RockStar Poets & Writers [Bloomfield Reading Series]. The feature is Don Zirilli.

The event is FREE!

Don Zirilli is the co-editor of Now Culture. He has been writing poetry for over 20 years, and has been published in River Styx, Specs, Anti-, Iota, and elsewhere.

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 and publisher appearing on Monday, February 7th. 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.

February 7, 2011 at 7:30PM
RockStar Poets

+ Open Reading
Pianos Bar & Grill
36 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 743-7208
Host: Sanjay Agnihotri
No Cover (Please purchase food or drink to help support the venue.)

I encourage you to come out and support Don Zirilli and hang out with us.

NEXT MONTH: Monday, March 7, 2011, we look forward to poet and musician Joel Allegretti.

Love & Peace,


WED Feb 2: Lisa Sisler & Dorinda Wegener at Willams Center, Rutherford NJ

Dear Family & Friends,

I continue to host this excellent series, now in its sixth year, so please come by for this upcoming reading.

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

The WCW Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County is pleased to invite Lisa Sisler and Dorinda Wegener, both poets, editors, and teachers, as the features on Wednesday, February, 2011 at 7:00 p. m. As usual this monthly program will also feature the words of William Carlos Williams, this time by Dorinda Wegener herself, 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 at the following location:

Williams Center for the Arts
Marcus Theater
1 Williams Plaza in Rutherford, N. J.


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 at 7 p. m. NOTE that these have now been relocated to GainVille Learning Center and Café (http://www.gaincontact.com/ ):

GainVille Learning Center and Café
17 Ames Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Tel. (201) 507-1800 / Fax (201) 507-1888

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,


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Lisa Sisler’s poetry has been described by Brian Henry as, “urgent, skillful, and necessary. [Lisa’s] poems are fiery, command your attention, and, for however disturbing or painful or difficult her poems can be, they often seek and ultimately achieve a sort of cathartic alchemy that we can find only in poetry.”
Lisa is currently working n her manuscript Belly Up and serving as a guest editor for the online journal OVS. She is the editor of Knocking at the Door: Approaching the Other, a poetry anthology forthcoming from Buddhapuss Ink/ Poet’s Lane in November 2010. She holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College and a Masters of Arts in English from Rutgers University. She teaches Writing and Literature at Kean University and at various other colleges in New Jersey where she resides with her boyfriend and their cat army.

Dorinda Wegener holds a MFA from New England College where she was a Joel Oppenheimer Award recipient. Her poems have been published in The Antioch Review, Indiana Review, Hotel Amerika, and Mid-American Review, among many others. Dorinda has had the honor of reading with the louderARTS Project in New York City. Her poems, “The Harvest” and “Evening Service,” were both finalist for the Marlboro Prize as judged by poet Edward Hirsch. She has been a featured poet at the Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Harvard University through her work with Ibbestson Street Press. Walter E. Butts, New Hampshire Poet Laureate, selected Wegener for New Hampshire Poets Showcase, an online gallery hosted by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. She has served on editorial boards at OVS Magazine, Naugatuck River Review, and Summer Home Review. As a child, Dorinda lived in Robert Frost’s first New Hampshire home prior to his famous farm. She currently resides in Staten Island, New York, where she teaches poetry to youths and peers for the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Dorinda is actively seeking a literary press for her first manuscript, All I’s and O’s. In 2011, Wegener will join the editorial staff of Green Mountains Review as a reader.

A Poem by GEORGE HELD on POETRY BAY, Fall/Winter 2011 Edition

January 31, 2011,

Click here: Poetry Bay - Online Poetry Magazine  for a new poem of mine.

Best, George
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Read "I know a Man" by George Held in the Fall/Winter Edition of  LONG ISLAND QUARTERLY, online line at Poetry Bay, An Online Poetry Magazine for the 21st Century.

George Held is the author of 14 poetry collections and the editor of the anthology TOUCHED BY EROS. A five-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, he has published his stories, poems, book reviews, and translations in such places as THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, CIRCUMFERENCE, THE NOTRE DAME REVIEW, COMMONWEAL, CONNECTICUT REVIEW, and CONFRONTATION. His most recent book is AFTER SHAKESPEARE: SELECTED SONNETS (Cervena Barva Press, 2010). In December 2007, his poem "Aftermath" was read by Garrison Keillor on THE WRITER'S ALMANAC. He has co-edited THE LEDGE POETRY AND FICTION MAGAZINE since 1991, the same year he joined the executive board of The South Fork Natural History Society and Museum (Bridgehampton, NY). A Fulbright lecturer in Czechoslovakia 1973-76, he retired as a professor of English at Queens College in 2004. Held resides in Greenwich Village with his wife, Cheryl.  

His chapbook PHASED: POEMS, ETC. was re-released as perfect-bound print on demand edition by PWP in 2010. 

Fagiani's CHIANTI IN CONNECTICUT on SPD's Recommend New Titles List

Small Press Distribution, a non-profit literary arts organization located in Berkeley, California, highlighted Gil Fagiani’s newly published Chianti in Connecticut (Bordighera Press) in its "Recommended New Titles for Jan. 15-31":
"Gil Fagiani's muse is Italian American memory. These are poems of origins and belonging, of family, culture, politics. These are recollections, both elegiac and ironic, of a world Gil Fagiani observes from the privileged perspective of an insider who does not feel bound to the need to eulogize his community. They function as archival records, a museum of language in which a gallery of characters and objects and moments are captured in lines that vibrate with a sound, a touch, a presence"—Edvige Giunta


Gil Fagiani’s previous collections include A Blanquito in El Barrio (Rain Mountain Press, 2009) set in the streets and to the music of Spanish Harlem and  Rooks (Rain Mountain Press, 2007) recalling his years as cadet at a Pennsylvania military college in the 1960s.  His chapbook Grandpa’s Wine (Poets Wear Prada, 2008) has been translated into Italian by Paul D’Agostino and will be re-released as bi-lingual edition in 2011. His Serfs of Psychiatry is forthcoming  from Finishing Line Press later this year.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sat Feb 12 IAWA Features Giura & Buccino @ Cornelia St. Cafe NYC

The three rules of IAWA: Write or be written, Read each other and Buy our books.

IAWA Presents
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award Honorees
Anthony Buccino  & Maria Giura
Saturday, February 12, 2011
The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 989-9319

New York, NY- On Saturday, February 12, 2011, the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) invites – Anthony Buccino and Maria Giura -- who won Honorable Mention from the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards in 2010.

Anthony Buccino's poem "Something Tells Me You Went To Catholic School" earned Honorable Mention in the 2010 Allen Ginsberg awards and will be published in the Paterson Literary Review; his poem "Ten Minutes" earned Honorable Mention in the 2009 Allen Ginsberg Awards.

He has published 12 books including six poetry collections, which are all available in print, and on Kindle and Nook eReaders: Canned, Sixteen Inches On Center, American Boy: Pushing Sixty, Voices On The Bus and One Morning In Jersey City. The editors for Volume 55 of U.S. 1 Worksheets nominated his poem, "At The Vet" for a Pushcart Prize. His work has also appeared in Celebrating William Carlos Williams and The Poetry of Place: North Jersey in Poetry; Rattlesnake Review; Medusa's Kitchen; Voices in Italian Americana; The Fox Chase Review; and Caduceus.

A financial news editor by day, Buccino contributes to NJ.com. He maintains New Jersey Poets and Poetry, a blog of poetry happenings in New Jersey.  Visit http://www.anthonybuccino.com/

Maria Giura's poem, "Mercy" was selected for Honorable Mention in 2010 and will be published in The Paterson Literary Review; in 2005, her poem "Earthly Father" won First Prize in the Allen Ginsberg competition and appeared in Paterson Literary Review; other work has appeared and in Godspy.com, VIA and she has written for the TV show New Morning.   A member of the American Italian Historical Association, she read two chapters of her memoir at the 2009 and 2010 conferences, "Telling Papa" and "The Long Loneliness."

She is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, NJ where she teaches First Year Writing and Memoir and is Assistant Director of their First Year Writing Program. She received her doctorate in English with a creative dissertation from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

The reading takes place Saturday, February 12, 2011, 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., at the Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, (212-989-9319); www.corneliastreetcafe.com). The evening starts with Open Mic readings of five minutes each. IAWA is a 501(3)©not-for-profit corporation. Since 1991, the organization has given voice to writers through its Open Reading series at Cornelia St. Café every month. For membership information, visit www.iawa.net

Visit the Italian American Writers Cafe blog http://www.i-italy.org/bloggers/italian-american-writers-cafe

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Executive Director at the Poetry Center Passaic County Community College, which sponsors the annual Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. For guidelines visit:

For Info on IAWA Reading Series:

Maria Lisella

Authors Available for Interviews

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Karen Neuberg in ROSE & THORN JOURNAL Winter 2011

PWP Author, Karen Neuberg has two poems in the current (Winter 2011) issue of ROSE & THORN JOURNAL: "Maturity" and "Finding. Future. Meaning."
Read her work online at:

Karen Neuberg’s poems have been found in such publications as Barrow Street, Boxcar Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, and Keyhole Magazine. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Detailed Still (Poets Wear Prada Press, 2009) and blogs at  http://karenneuberg.blogspot.com/

"The Entire History of Your Fires," a poem from her chapbook Detailed Still was recently reprinted in Pirene's Fountain, October 2010:


SUN Feb 27: Peter Chelnik's Prairie Fire Jazz Poetry at ATA NYC 5PM

SUNDAY 2/27 - 5:30 p.m. (sign up 5 p.m.)

Peter Chelnik's Prairie Fire Jazz Poetry


Linda Leedy Schneider (poet)


George Wallace (poet)


Host PETER CHELNIK (poetry)


Bob Feldman (tenor sax) & Lawrence Goldman (acoustic bass)


The Open Mic


314 W. 54th St. (bet. 8th & 9th Aves.)
Hell's Kitchen, NYC 10019
Beckman Theater 2nd Floor
(212) 581-3044

By Subway: C or E to West 50th Street
Walk north to West 54th Street, west to theatre

Admission: $5

About the Featured Poets

Linda Leedy Schneider is an award-winning internationally published poet and writer, individual poetry and writing mentor, psychotherapist in private practice, and college writing instructor. She facilitates writing groups at Gilda's Club for people living with cancer. A writer since able to hold a pencil, Linda's volunteer work in orphanages in Albania motivated her to submit her poems and prose for publication. Her work has since been published in over 200 literary magazines including Rattle Magazine, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Pudding Magazine, Driftwood Review, Midwest Poetry Review, Miranda Literary Magazine, ONTHEBUS, and The Pedestal Magazine. Linda has written five collections of poetry including Through the Lattice: Poetry of a Psychotherapist, Argonne House Press, 2002, and Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist, Pudding House Publications, 2007. She has recently been featured poet at The Back Fence, NYC, Peter Chelnik's Prairie Fire Series, NYC and The Saturn Poetry Reading Series, NYC. Her poetry is included in the world poetry anthology, Not A Muse, Haven Press, 2009. Many of her writing students have been published as well. She is currently editing an anthology of her student's poetry. Linda believes that a regular writing ritual leads to discovery, authenticity, personal growth, and even Joy. She can be reached at loschneide@AOL.com.

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George Wallace (born March 22, 1949 in Hempstead, New York) is an American poet and poetry organizer.

Working from a base of operations in downtown New York City's poetry scene, from his family roots in Brooklyn and Long Island, and from his experiences living and working in Northern California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon and the United Kingdom, Wallace has created a grassroots network of venues for poetry.

His own poetry, in particular his performance oriented work, is imagination-based in its creation, emerging from a process of wordplay, surrealist deconstruction and bricolage into a final form that is typically characterized by accessible narrative and forceful rhythmic impetus. It is built on a foundation of a musical talent that emerged at the age of four, when he began reading and performing music, and shaped by his extensive readings in the literature of European Surrealism, the Whitman/Sandburg vortex, and the Beats. His work also bears the mark of 1960s concerns, particularly the social witness and aesthetic consciousness of that time.

His organizational efforts on behalf of poetry are based on professional training and disposition to community service developed through graduate studies with Guy Stuart and others at UNC-Chapel Hill in the mid '70s.

Afro-Futures: Bianca Dorsey, an exclusive interview by Tantra-Zawadi

Afro-Futures welcomes Bianca Dorsey with an exclusive interview by Tantra-Zawadi.
Tantra-zawadi writes: "Recently, I had the pleasure of spending time with Bianca Dorsey, a beautiful and gifted world artist. Bianca also spoke about the importance of exploring the techniques of our ancestors to create art that endures. Afrofutures welcomes Bianca Dorsey."

Read the rest of the article "A conversation with artist Bianca Dorsey" on-line at Afro-Futures:
Bianca Dorsey is a Brooklyn-based artist, who paints, sculpts and designs jewelry. She is graduate of Pratt Institute, NY receiving a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Sculpture and she received her Master’s Degree in Gallery and Retail Art Administration from Fashion Institute of Technology, NY. Recent gallery exhibitions include group shows, Rising Suns, the Dash Gallery, NY (2010) and The Color of Words, Brooklyn Working Artists Coalition, Bklyn, NY (2009) and a solo exhibit, The Lives of Goddesses, Curated by Carol Blank, Bklyn, NY (2006).

PWP Books published Tantra-Zawadi's second collection of poetry Gathered at Her Sky in 2010.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sat Feb 5 B.E. KAHN Joins Other Phili-based Authors 3PM Big Blue Marble Bookstore's Local Author Day

Saturday, February 5, 3:00pm.
LOVE YOURSELF @ Big Blue Marble Bookstore
 Local Author Day!
Join local authors in readings and discussions that celebrate loving yourself.

  • B.E. Kahn (Landscapes of Light),
  • Trudi Wray (Still Learning Lessons After Forty)
  • Stenell Greene-Myers (Who's Gonna Pay the Mortgage?)

Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Landscapes of Light: Poems
by B. E. Kahn
Perfect bound paperback: 34 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-9841844-8-4
Publisher: Poets Wear Prada
Publication Date: October 28, 2010
 List Price: $12
Available at Amazon.com

Author B. E. Kahn
B. E. Kahn is a grant recipient of both the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts.  Some of the poems in this, her second, collection previously appeared in Arts and Spirituality, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Clockwise Cat, Lifeboat, New Verse News, Poetry Ink, Poetry Super Highway, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. A retired speech therapist, she now lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and has taught poetry to intergenerational, interfaith groups. She is a member of the 34th Street Poets Cooperative. Her previous chapbook, SPRING APPLES, SILVER BIRCH was published October, 2008 by Greenleaf Press. For more information about the author, visit her website: http://www.bekahn.com/.

POSTPONED: Poetry's Last Wednesday Pit Stop w/ JOHN J TRAUSE -- NOW Sat, Jan 29 7:30-10PM

Dear Family and Friends,

Because of the snow storm this event is being postponed  until

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 7:30 p. m. – 10 p. m.

Francesca Sphynx-Ball of The Ain't Never Scared NYC Poetry Collective started a new poetry series at Peanut Butter Blues Café in Allendale (Bergen County), N. J. Francesca and I were both published this past autumn in hell strung and crooked, the latest issue of the Uphook Press anthology.

Rescheduled: I will be featuring for Poetry's Last Wednesday Pit Stop at Peanut Butter Blues Café on Saturday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m.. You will get 30 minutes of John J. Trause, and I promise a rich and diverse presentation. There will also be an open reading.

Sat., Jan. 29, 2011, 7:30–10PM  <==NEW DATE & TIME!
Poetry's Last Wednesday Pit Stop
+ Open Reading
Peanut Butter Blues Cafe
86 W Allendale Ave
Allendale, NJ 07401
(201) 825-5950
Hosted by Francesca Sphynx-Ball

Please see also the updated listing on Facebook:


It would be a pleasure to see you at the reading this coming Saturday, so please come out and support this event.

Love & Peace,


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jan 26 Poet Efrayim Levenson in Brooklyn w/ Dan Brown & Matthew Anish

Hello again.  I have another reading tomorrow night.  I hope you can attend.  Coordinates are below:

Efrayim Levenson

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For A Great Evening of Poetry:

The Green Pavilion Poetry Event

(The gala event for poetry.)

Wednesday, JANUARY 26, 7:00-9:30
The Green Pavillion Restaurant & Sports Lounge
4307-18th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Take the F train to 18th Ave. station. Last car coming from Manh, right staircase to street.
You will be only about 1/2 block away from rest., same block you will be standing on.

Join Us. Come read your poetry, or your favorite poet under the chandeliers!

One of the longest running poetry venues in the NYC area. 

We are looking forward to these two wonderful featured readers:


* * * DAN BROWN * *

+ a mini-feature by well published author of poetry & prose:


+ o p e n r e a d i n g * * * *

$5.00 min. toward rest. (an inexpensive & diverse menu, dinner, or wine with your poetry.) *

$3.00 suggested donation toward reading.Your hosts: Evie Ivy, Cindy Hochman * * *

Some Bio Notes:

Daniel Brown's collection Taking the Occasion (Ivan R. Dee) won The New Criterion Poetry Prize in 2008. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The New Criterion and other journals. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, he has been widely anthologized in volumes such as Poetry 180, edited by Billy Collins, and Fathers, edited by David Ray. He holds a masters degree in musicology from Cornell University, and has taught music history and theory at Cornell and Dartmouth College. He lives in Baldwin, New York. His Why Bach?, an online appreciation of Bach's music, is available at http://www.whybach.com/ .

Efrayim Levenson is the author of 2 chapbooks of poetry, For My Relations (2000) and Dances With Tears (2007). His poem "& Ribbon" was a 2008 Pushcart Prize nomination. Other poems have been published in What Happens Next, Poetica, Poems, Medicinal Purposes, www.chabadrego.org, http://timessquareshoutout.blogspot.com/ , Above Water, ArtVoice, My City Underground, Bflo Journal, The Buffalo News, Pure Light, Foist, Earth's Daughters, Tempus Fugit, Swift Kick, The Grin, and Blatherskite. He is at work currently on a collection of poetic interpretations of the music of Buckethead and a CD with double-bassist Clif Jackson. Efrayim is also blogging at http://efrayimlevenson.blogspot.com/.

Matthew Anish is a widely published poet/writer. He has published work in Aim, Beyond Bree, Voices Israel and in many other publications. He also writes a monthly column for Barr's Postcard News. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and has an ESL Certificate from the New School. He currently works at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

GO CAT GO Jazz Poetry w/ Peter Chelnik on MNN Tonite 4pm EST


Poet: Peter Chelink
Sax Man: Bob Feldman, Bass Buddy: Lawrence  Goldman


Manhattan Network Cable

Sunday, January 23 at 4 p.m. MNN2 Lifestyle (34)

Monday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m. MNN2 Lifestyle (34)

Saturday, February 5 9:30 p.m MNN2 Lifestyle (34)

Monday, February 7 at 5:30 p.m. MNN2 Lifestyle (34)

Click on http://www.mnn.org/ for more info about Manhattan Network Cable


Go directly to  http://mnn2.mnntv.org/OnAir/flash for live streaming!

For more info about Peter Chelnik visit his blog:

Additional Contact Information regarding this programming:
Roberto Slaughter  speliotisphoto@yahoo.com  

PWP published PARADISE HIGHWAY by Peter Chelnik in 2007. 
His latest collection is STRAWBERRY HARMONY,
ISBN 978-0-964 270 9-9-3,$12.00, Little Sky Press, Release Date: March 2010.
Peter Chelnik continues his quest of the American Dream on his highway of language in a style evocative of that true American Art, Jazz He forges this highway concrete image by concrete image, and his voice is not only fiercely brave, but also one of powerful affirmation.
Laura Boss, editor of Lips, author of
Arms: New and Selected Poems

PARADISE HIGHWAYPoems by Peter Chelnik
soft cover/saddle-stitched/12 pp.
$6.25 (+ $1.50 S&H)

Poet Efrayim Levenson in NYC Monday January 24

Hello, folks. I have not given a feature poetry reading for @ 2 years. I'm as surprised to tell you as you are to read that I'll be featuring for Saturn Series tomorrow night (1/24/2011)! I'd love to see you if you're available. We should get reacquainted.

Nightingale Lounge
2nd Avenue @ 13th Street

The sign-up for open mic readers begins at 7 PM. The evening should commence @ 7:30-8.

Efrayim Levenson

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PWP originally released Efrayim's DANCES WITH TEARS in 2007. 

DANCES WITH TEARSby Efrayim Levenson
ISBN 978-0-9817678-3-3
soft cover, saddle stitched, 16 pp.
$6.25 (+ $1.50 S&H)

This book is a blast of Hasidic bebop ecstasy.
Craig Fishbane, Brooklyn Poet and resident of Bensonhurst

Thank you for the poem [Mordechai's Day at the Beach]...beautiful...best wishes
John Zorn, American composer and saxophone player

His poems themselves are heartfelt psalms.
George Held, The Art of Writing and Others
To read more about what George Held has to say about Dances With Tears click here to read his review for Small Press Review.

Efrayim (Fred Barry) Levenson began writing poetry, in Buffalo NY, in 1982. He has been published in small press anthologies across New York State, as well as in Missouri and Belgium, and has collaborated with musicians Dave Schmeidler, Rey Scott, and others. Since 2003 he has lived in Forest Hills NY with his wife Devorah and dog Yoffee.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Feb 1: Tantra-zawadi @ Wyandanch Public Library

Tuesday, February 1st
Doors Open at 1:00 PM
Wyandanch Public Library
14 S 20th St Wyandanch, NY 11798

Screening, performance and artist talk of "A Silent Genocide: A Brief insight into HIV/AIDS" - a short documentary by Tantra-zawadi edited by Oliver Covrett, XYAYX Multimedia.

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Saturday, April 2nd
Doors Open at 8:00 PM
595 North
595 North Ave
Atlanta, GA 30354

A tribute to Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets - hosted by U-Nek Reality. Dinner, poetry performances and more!

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Tuesday, May 17th
Doors Open at 7:00 PM
Tillies of Brooklyn
248 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 783-6140

Brownstone Poets - Hosted by Patricia Carragon - Features: PWP Authors Tantra-zawadi and Richard Marx Weinraub.

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Sunday, June 5th
Doors Open at 12:00 PM
Montserrat Poetry Festival
Montserrat Vineyards Knobnoster, MO

The 2011 Montserrat Poetry Festival hosted by Mark Pearce - Details TBA.

"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 is one of the finest and greatest female poets who undoubtedly has ushered in a new era and genre that will take the 21st century into one where humanity will move forward. She rejuvenates the weak mind, shakes and moves hard hearts. If one wants the power of poetry, then Tantra's is the holistic package." --Betty Makoni, Founder of Girl-Child Network Worldwide and a 2009 Top Ten CNN Hero

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Groove Assassin FT Tantra Zawadi: LOVE SEEKER Reviewed in TILLLATE

Groove Assassin Feat. Tantra Zawadi: Love Seeker (Gotta Keep Faith), GKF085, Released Dec. 27, 2010 gets the thumbs up (9/10) from  both Lewis Dene and DJ Mannix in Tilllate Magazine: The World's Essential Clubbing Magazine:
"Reminiscent of Ursula Rucker's Firefly Single "Supernatural" of a few years ago, this ethereal, laidback, and sometimes positively chill house offering, comes from Sheffield's Nick Moss (AKA Groove Assassin) and New York-based poet Tantra Zawadi." Sultry and seductive in the main...the vocal makes you all gooey inside."-- Lewis Dene, TILLATE
"Italy's finest address, when it comes to soulful house, Gotta Keep Faith have signed a real nugget here, the new cut from Nick Moss aka Groove Assassin. It's a spoken word flavored old skool record, powered by the tasty vocals of Tantra Zawadi..." -- DJ Mannix, TILLLATE

To preview/buy tracks goto TRAXSOURCE.com:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Connotation Press Features George Held: Poetry & Interview

Saturday, January 15, 2011

George Held
Click here: http://www.connotationpress.com/poetry/713-george-held-poetry

for an interview with and 3 poems by me.

Best, George


Connotation Press, Issue V, Vol. II, January 2011,  features an Interview with George Held by Nicelle Davis and 3 poems by George: "Alien," "At the Marina" and "Typed."

George Held contributes his stories, poems, and book reviews widely, both online and in print, to journals like 5 AM, Confrontation, The Pedestal, and Notre Dame Review. Garrison Keillor read one of George's poems on NPR, he's received 5 Pushcart Prize nominations, and his fourteenth poetry collection is After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets (Červená Barva Press, 2010). PWP published George's chapbook PHASED: Poem, Etc.  in 2008. 

Happy MLK! The New Verse News: I HAD A DREAM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
 January 16, 2011

Dear Friends & Fellow Poets;

Check out Roxy's poem "I HAD A DREAM" on The New Verse News:


Barack Obama
as a boy
on his tricycle

 Have a great weekend!

Roxy & Herb

p.s. To read & remember the entire text of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech go to : http://www.usconstitution.net/dream.html

President Barack Obama
44th President of the United States of America

Our President
Still Riding Strong!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Lisella's AMORE Reviewed in FRA NOI & Interview w/ Fagiani Archived on LiveStream

Fred Gardaphe's review of  Maria Lisella's Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press, 2009) in the February 2011 of Fra Noi ("Books & Beyond") is reprinted below:


Over two dozen poetic gems come in sections on immigrant similarities and clashes, the family here and gone, and travels abroad and inside relationships in Maria Lisella’s Amore on Hope St.. Lisella excels at both lyric and narrative forms, bringing the real to the surface through things like a young girl’s pierced ears, and sometimes through the surreality of a Venetian fog. Through her skills at framing her subjects, she makes the past seem present and the present seem past, creating poetry you want to read and reread. ($14 paperback) http://www.finishinglinepress.com/  ISBN: 978-1-59924-533-1.

New York, December 15th, 2010 – NOTA BENE, a live discussion program, featuring dynamic conversation with leading Artists and Scholars of the Italian American Culture, hosted by Fred Gardaphe, Fulbright Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies at Queens College/CUNY. NOTA BENE re-streams taped LIVE on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 8pm. NOTA BENE can be seen on the Internet LIVE at WWW.LIVESTREAM.COM/ITALICS the third Wednesday of every month. It is then archived on the Livestream.com Site for future viewings.
NOTA BENE with Fred Gardaphe featured PWP authors and IAWA Reading Series Hosts Gil Fagiani and Maria Lisella on December 15th 2010.   The show can be heard by following the link to the archived webcast:

March 6, World Premiere of Song Cycle by Frank Levy on Poems by Joel Allegretti

Sunday: March 6, 2011
obbligato II: Guitar / nostalgic
A Performance by the CANTORI Vocal Ensemble
of New Work:
Night Keeps Its Promise
 A Song Cycle by Frank Levy on Poems by Joel Allegretti.
A Gypsy cycle on Lorca texts by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, both for chorus, baritone and guitar,
 Renaissance music by John Dowland, and madrigals by Paul Hindemith.
Music for guitar. Christopher Kenniff, guitar.

Church of Holy Trinity (Episocopal)
316 East 88th Street
(1st & 2nd Avenues)
Admission:  Adults $25; Seniors $20; Students/Children $5

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I'm writing a couple of months ahead of time so you'll mark the date. On Sunday, March 6, Cantori, a 36-member vocal ensemble, will perform the world premiere of "Night Keeps Its Promise," a song cycle by Frank Ezra Levy on my poetry.

The performance will take place 5 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues. In addition to "Night Keeps Its Promise," Cantori will sing gypsy songs on poems by Lorca and Renaissance madrigals.

Frank Levy composed the song cycle on three of my poems: "The Italian," published in Voices in Italian Americana in 2010; "Bellman of the Dead," which appears in my first book, The Plague Psalms; and "The Sea at Our Door," published in River Oak Review in 2008.

"Night Keeps Its Promise" is our second collaboration. In 2009, Kean University presented the world premiere of our first song cycle, "A Cycle by the Sea." Frank was for many years a cellist with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. His symphonic work appears in the American Classics Series on the Naxos label. The series includes recordings of works by John Cage, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Ned Rorem.

Here's the link to Cantori's website, where you can purchase tickets. I hope to see you on March 6.



Joel Allegretti

THRUM, a new chapbook by Joel Allegretti from Poets Wear Prada
ISBN 978-0-9841844-4-6, Trade Paperback, 38pp., $12.00

"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' 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
Author of Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems,
1997 National Poetry Series selection

"Joel Allegretti's latest collection of poems is as enjoyable as it is different. Thrum takes the reader on a journey that explores known musical instruments, such as the mandolin, dulcimer and fiddle, as well as some not-so-known instruments, such as the oud, koto and theorbo. But what makes this journey unique is that each instrument is in a sense personified as the emotive element of each instrument is brought to life. Allegretti does a wonderful job tuning every poem so that the music of each instrument is realized again and again in the words on the page. An intriguing and must read for anyone who has a sense of all that culminates in the commingling of the arts."
Raymond Hammond
Editor, The New York Quarterly

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Read Poetry by Karen Neuberg, Eve Packer, Brant Lyon and more in BIGCITYLIT

Karen Neuberg, 2 poems reprinted from DETAILED STILL (Poets Wear Prada, 2009)



"en route"

eve packer, whose 3rd poetry collection is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada in 2011.


"Ya Gotta Be Ready"


"october 16"

Brant Lyon, author of  Your Infidel Eyes (Poets Wear Prada, 2006), Editor for Uphook Press, and Host of Hydrogen Juke Box, and contributing editor at BigCityLit.com

"The Supreme Logic of the Universe"

"Without Insulation"
Also on the poetry roster for the Fall 2010 edition of of BigCityLit are:

William L. Alton
Cnthia Atkins
Patricia Brody
Evelyn Duncan
Graham Duncan
Robert Klein Engler
Allen C. Fischer
David Francis
Wilda Gallagher
JoAnne Growney
Joanne Grumet
Patrick Henry
R. Nemo Hill
Caroline Holme
Kate Irving
Helen Ivory
Dean Kostos
Richard Levine
Quitman Marshall
Stephen Massimilla
Philip Miller
Lynn Patmalnee
Jo Pitkin
Ron Price
Hilary Sideris
Ian C. Smith
Raleigh Thompson
Barry Wallenstein
Michael T. Young