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GV – It’s Here! Red Wheelbarrow 11 Launching

September 12, 2018

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The Red Wheelbarrow 11 is launching at GainVille Café on Friday, September 28, 2018, an event hosted by Mark Fogarty. Mark hosts the GainVille Cafe reading series and is one of The Red Wheelbarrow’ three managing editors.

The feature at both launches is all the poets we are publishing. As your work is in The Red Wheelbarrow # 11, we would be delighted if you join us and read from your poems that we’ve published.

Each year’s Red Wheelbarrow spotlights and presents an in-depth look at the poetry of one of our community’s members. We are very excited and happy to announce that The Red Wheelbarrow # 11’s featured poet is Jim Klein. It is a delight and a true honor to showcase Jim’s work this year. Jim is a true poetry hero, the father of our Red Wheelbarrow community, and a master poet at the top of his game.

An $9 cover includes coffee/tea, dessert.

7 PM, GainVille Café
17 Ames Avenue


WCW-Roger Sedarat

August 20, 2018

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September is National Translation Month! Join us at the Williams Center to celebrate. Our feature this month is the Iranian-American poet and translator Roger Sedarat who will present a dramatic performance based on his recent poetry collection Haji as Puppet: an Orientalist Burlesque, which interrogates and challenges the western gaze toward the Middle East.

For over 15 years, Sedarat has been performing poetry and translation as Haji, a Persian punk persona based on the 19th century stereotypical picaresque British novel The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by J.J. Morier. The translation backstory of this novel has real relevance to Sedarat’s Haji project. The first translator to bring this novel into Persian actually re-appropriated some of the Orientalist depictions. To this end, with Haji, Sedarat attempts to expose American assumptions of Iran and the Middle East. This promises to be a fun and memorable show not to be missed!


“Not since Ali Hakim, the Persian peddler in Oklahoma!has a minor Middle Eastern character lit up the grand stage.
—Roger Ailes, Former Fox News Chief

“Heh heh heh. Heck of a show!”—George W. Bush, Former American President

“O, O, O, that Rumi rag. It’s so erotic. So exotic!”—Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

“With so much trouble in the region, it’s great to let go and laugh at it all.”—Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State

Join us on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 7:00 PM at the William Carlos Williams Center, One Williams Plaza in Rutherford NJ.

Admission is free and there is an open mic with generous reading times.


The Red Wheelbarrow #9 Launch at the Meadowlands Museum

October 8, 2016

Join us for the Red Wheelbarrow #9 launch at the Meadowlands Museum in Rutherford, NJ, on Saturday, October 22nd, at 1 p.m. Contributors will read their poems and celebrate the legacy of Dr. William Carlos Williams in the unique atmosphere of the permanent exhibit dedicated to the Pulitzer-winning poet and hometown physician.

The Red Wheelbarrow Poets will present the Meadowlands Museum with the complete collection of The Red Wheelbarrow journal.

Free admission and surprise musical guest! We hope to see you there.

When: Saturday, October 22nd, 1 p.m.
Where: The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070
Tel: (201) 935-1175

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Launch reading at the Williams Center in Rutherford, Wednesday Oct. 5

October 3, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

The Red Wheelbarrow Poets will launch the gorgeous 9th edition of their yearly publication, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, at a reading at the Williams Center in Rutherford Wednesday, Oct. 5. The launch starts at 7 PM.

The book features a stunning cover illustration by editor Jim Klein (cover designed by Claudia Serea) and the poetry and prose of more than 40 area writers who have either participated in the RWP’s long-running weekly poetry workshop or who have read their work at the Williams Center or GainVille Café (also in Rutherford) in the past year.

Interior drawings have been supplied by Don Zirilli and Janet Kolstein (section cover pages). Mark Fogarty, John Barrale and Melanie Klein are managing editors of the book.

The overall theme of the book again is Dr. Williams’ observation that the epic is the local fully realized. Many of the writers in the volume adhere to Williams’ groundbreaking poetic philosophy of writing about the everyday in vibrant, “live” language.

This year’s featured poet is Anton Yakovlev. He is a Russian-born New Jersey poet and filmmaker who is the author of two books of poetry, Neptune Court and The Ghost of Grant Wood. Anton has also contributed two short essays on the work of Dr. Williams to the book and translations of two poems by Russian writer Sergei Esenin. The book features an interview with Anton by Loren Kleinman and a review of The Ghost of Grant Wood by Mark Fogarty.

The revival of poetry in Rutherford, Dr. Williams’ home town, began when poet John J. Trause, along with Jane Fisher, director of the Rutherford Public Library, founded the Williams Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County. From 2006 through 2012, Trause ran the monthly readings at the Williams Center, featuring poets from the tri-state area as well as from further afield. This First Wednesday series now is run by the “Gang of Five” (Claudia Serea, John Barrale, Don Zirilli, Anton Yakovlev and Arthur Russell). Mark Fogarty curates the monthly reading series at GainVille, which started in 2009.

The RWP weekly poetry workshop at the Williams Center, now in its tenth year, is run by Jim Klein, the leader of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets. It is free and open to all local poets every Tuesday at 7 PM.

Both the Williams Center and the GainVille offer an open mic to poets who are also invited to submit their work for next year’s publication. Copies of the book will be on sale at the Williams Center and are also available online at The book will be available on and other Internet retailers in about two months.


Launch of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Number 9

October 2, 2016

Hello Poets, Poetry Lovers, Family and Friends,

Come experience the launch of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Number 9! Contributors will be reading their poems and celebrating this local phenomenon slash collective.

Please join us on Wednesday October 5th, 2016, 7:00 PM at the William Carlos Williams Center, One Williams Plaza in Rutherford NJ. Admission is free and there is an open mic if time allows.

Please Note: you can follow everything about the Red Wheelbarrow, its events and poets at the following sites:
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Twitter – @RWBPoets.

Best Regards,
John Barrale
Arthur Russell
Claudia Serea
Anton Yakovlev
Don Zirilli


Workshop – new day and new location

September 23, 2016

Workshops will now be conducted every Tuesday (including the first week of the month), and will now meet in the Kindergarten room, first floor of the Williams Center, Rutherford. Be there or be un-workshopped.


WCW—Cathy Cavallone

June 20, 2016


Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
Cinema 3
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams & open readings from the floor

Cathy Cavallone has been a resident of Bergen County for much of her life and studied at Montclair State University. She has been writing for decades, but began pursuing it seriously in 2014. Her last feature was at the Classic Quiche in Teaneck, New Jersey. She has been published in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, The New Verse News, Turk’s Head Review, Rose Red Review, Nerve Lantern, and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and teaches English to middle school students.

Releasing the Burka

First, she will feel the caked earth
under mud huts seeping through
her blistered toes.
Then, the winds will wrap about her ankles
and coil up her splintered calves.
Next, her knees, like desert rocks,
will buckle and shake as she exposes
her heaving midriff to the flagrant sunlight.
Then, her breasts, like two ashen husks,
will quiver in the stagnant air. And finally, her eyes,
like landmines about to detonate onto the world,
will gaze upon the adumbration of where
a woman once stood.