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Friday, June 1, 2012

Sun., June 3: Phoenix Reading w/ Poets Calabrese, Casey, Ice in Greenwich Village

Three women, all emerging writers, Rosalie Calabrese,  Pat Casey, and Ice Gayle Johnson -- a native New Yorker and management consultant for the arts, an Irish-American storyteller, and a Chicago hair stylist and professional photographer -- will be reading for Michael Graves' Phoenix Reading this Sunday afternoon June 3rd from 4:00 p.m.  to 6:00 p.m. at Scalinatella (formerly Scali Caffe), 245 Bleecker Street (west of Carmine), (212) 255-5353, in Greenwich Village, New York City. 

Sundays at 4PM
@ Scalinatella
245 Bleecker Street
(west of Carmine)
New York, NY 10014
Rosalie Calabrese
[Credit: Penny Jennings]
Rosalie Calabrese, a native New Yorker and graduate of CCNY, with a background in journalism, music administration, and various aspects of theatre, for the past several years has been a management consultant for the arts. In addition to preparing promotional materials, she writes poetry, short stories, and has composed libretti and lyrics for musicals. Her poems have appeared in "Cosmopolitan," "Poetry New Zealand," "Poetica," "Jewish Currents," "Jewish Women’s Literary Annual," "And Then," "Möbius," "Genie," "Thema," "Phoenix," "The Mom Egg," "The New York Times," "Critical Sociology," "Psychoanalytic Perspectives" among other publications, online and in print, including several anthologies, most recently "Miracles of Motherhood" and "To Have and To Hold" both released in 2007 from Center Street/Hachette Book Group USA.

Ice Gayle Johnson
Creator of “The Five-point Cut,” “Graduated Bob” and “Fire Fly,” Chicago-based stylist Ice Gayle Johnson, a member of Intercoiffeur, the international honorarium and organization for hairdressing professionals, served on Clairol’s Presidential Council with First Lady Nancy Reagan’s colorist. An accomplished photographer, she has been represented by the Ward Nasse Galley of New York, her photos appearing on Marcel Schulman Greeting Cards, Signature Greetings, and others.

A founder and shaper of Uphook Press, Johnson co-edited and contributed to its debut collection, “A Cautionary Tale: Peer into the Lives of Seven New York Performing Poets,” in 2008. Three other anthologies have followed: “you say. say.” (2009), “Hell Strung and Crooked” (2010), and “gape-seed” (2011).  Her debut collection of poems,“The Key: Lady Grizzly & Sir Charles Otter,” a very personal account of love and loss, both familial and romantic, was recently released by Poets Wear Prada.

Michael Graves
Michael Graves, author of four poetry collections, the most recent, “In Fragility” from Black Buzzard, hosts The Phoenix Reading Series every Sunday afternoons series at Scalinatella, 245 Bleecker Street (west of Carmine), (212) 255-5353, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. An open reading follows the featured guest writers. There is an $8 food/beverage minimum plus a suggested $3 donation.

By Subway: Take the 1 train to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square; alternatively the A, B, C, D, E, or F train to West 4th Street and exit at the West 3rd Street exit.

From New Jersey: Take NJ PATH to Christoper Street.

The first Phoenix reading took place in 1995 at La Poeme, a venue on Prince and Elizabeth Streets, and in the years since the series has grown and evolved into the friendly forum it is today. Each week, Phoenix features a set of talented and recognized poets (usually two or three) who read for 20 minutes each. Following the spotlight readings, there is an open mic, and any and all audience members are welcome to share 3-5 minutes of their own material. Phoenix also publishes a print review.

For more information about the series and the print review, please contact Host Michael Graves by email to mikegraves50@hotmail.com

About the Host:

Michael Graves is the author of two full-length collections of poems, "Adam and Cain" (Black Buzzard, 2006) and "In Fragility" (Black Buzzard, 2011) and two chapbooks, "Illegal Border Crosser" (Cervana Barva, 2008) and "Outside St. Jude’s" (R. E. M. Press, 1990). In 2004, he was the recipient of a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. He is the publisher of the small magazine "Phoenix." Many years ago, he was a student of James Wright and organized a conference on James Wright at Poets House in 2004. And he became a member of P. E. N. a couple of years ago. In addition to leading a Finnegans Wake Reading Group, he has published thirteen poems in the James Joyce Quarterly and read from them and others of his poems influenced by Joyce to a gathering of the Joyce Society at the Gotham Book Mart.

Our apologies:  Pat Casey's bio was not available in time for this release.

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