WCW – Michael T. Young

The Williams Readings present

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

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

Michael T. Young’s fourth collection, The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost, will be published in spring of 2014 by Poets Wear Prada Press. He received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His work has appeared in numerous journals including The Adirondack Review, Fogged Clarity, The Louisville Review, Off the Coast, The Potomac Review, and The Raintown Review. His work is also in the anthologies Phoenix Rising, Chance of a Ghost, In the Black/In the Red and forthcoming in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. He lives with his wife and children in Jersey City, New Jersey.


None of my dictionaries define it as a color
and yet my wife tells me it’s the color
of our wedding—her dress, my tie.
I take her word for it, but feel no wiser.
I sometimes find it in the tiles of some mosaic
or fired into a mug now on clearance at the store
and I’m suddenly connected, rooted,
though it depends on the light, as color always does,
changing with air densities and angles,
shifting with the hours, aging
like the plant that is this color’s namesake,
its leaves like fingers pointing in every direction,
as if it knew something.

(originally published in Tribeca Poetry Review)

RWP Remembers Jaco Pastorius

Thanks to all who came to the Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ Jaco Pastorius Birthday Party at GainVille Café Nov. 22  and to all who played- VICTORIA WARNE, PETER McCULLOUGH,  MARK FOGARTY and BILLY CARRION Jr.

The set list was AMERICA (Mark); BLACK CROW (Victoria); JACO JAM -THE CHICKEN (Pete and Billy); DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (Pete and Mark) and, via the miracle of technology, Jaco himself on DREAMLAND and CHROMATIC FANTASY.

The spirit of Jaco was very much alive in Rutherford, NJ as the bass maestro’s 62nd birthday was recognized! Other musicians played during the terrific open mike and were named honorary bass players for the night. FRAN LOMBARDI was our fine featured poet.

December is an off month for the holidays but we’re set to be back at GainVille Jan. 24, see you then!

WCW – Marisa Frasca

The Williams Readings present

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

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

Marisa Frasca is a poet and translator whose work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. She was named first-runner up for the 2013 national Bordighera Poetry Prize for her manuscript Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom judged by distinguished poet Lia Purpura. Frasca holds a BA from The New School and an MFA in poetry from Drew University. She serves on the board of The Italian American Studies Association, The Italian American Writers’ Association, and the advisory board of Arba Sicula. Her fluency in Sicilian and Italian has highlighted her participation in bilingual poetry readings and festivals in and around New York City colleges and universities. She was born in Vittoria, Italy; her immigration experience informs much of her work.

Transforming the I (fragment)

The maple leaves danced hip-hop
in the breeze, birds spread their wings and interrogated
the expansive rose colored sky. I couldn’t understand
what they were asking. But for a little while
their song allowed heart to lift and empty its laments
before retracing my steps to a roach infested Brooklyn tenement
lowering my head, hand over my mouth I entered
the old dark and narrow hallway of the immigrant.

Poetry and Remembrance

Join the Red Wheelbarrow Poets at GainVille Café Friday, Nov. 22 as we present the fine poet FRAN LOMBARDI and a special feature, our third annual birthday party for JACO PASTORIUS, the avatar of the bass guitar.

Fran is a member of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ weekly writing workshop and has had her poetry published in our most recent anthology.

Our Jaco b’day salute joins a tradition that has been ongoing every year since 1997. We will have music from THE THREE BASSES (bass guitars, that is) of PETER McCULLOUGH, BILLY CARRION JR. and MARK FOGARTY. And we’re hoping Jaco himself will drop in, through the miracle of technology.

After that we will have our Bring Your A Game open mike with generous reading times. Join us for a special night!

7 PM, 17 Ames Ave., Rutherford.
A $6 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert.

What a magical night! Video highlights of The Red Wheelbarow # 6 launch


As promised, here are some video highlights from the launch of issue # 6 of The Red Wheelbarrow on Wednesday, September 4, at the Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ. We had a great time and the issue looks fabulous!! You can purchase your copy here. Enjoy!

Opening words by managing editor Mark Fogarty; featured poet, John J. Trause

Mark Fogarty

Melanie Klein

Don Zirilli

Jim Klein

Anton Yakovlev

Janet Kolstein

Loren Kleinman

Amaranth Pavis

Claudia Serea; George Held, read by Claudia Serea

Jen Wos

Mike O’Brien

Joel Lewis, read by Mark Fogarty

Zorida Mohammed

Fran Lombardi

Tony Puma

Amy B. Barone

David Messineo, read by John J. Trause

Akram Al-Katreb

Fred Duignan

Jim Gwyn

Tom V. Gianni, Jr.

Nicole Zach

Gail King, read by John Barrale

Dan Saxon

Daphne Williams Fox speaks about her grandfather, William Carlos Williams



The Red Wheelbarrow Poets will launch the sixth edition of their yearly publication, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, in a reading at the Williams Carlos Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

The book features the poetry and prose of some three dozen writers associated with the vibrant poetry scene of Rutherford, home of the great poet-physician William Carlos Williams.

These writers have either participated in the group’s lively poetry workshop, now in its sixth year under RWP founder Jim Klein, or have read at monthly readings held at the Williams Center or GainVille Café, also in Rutherford.

The overall theme of the books comes from Dr. Williams’ statement “The epic is the local fully realized.” The group has always favored local work using Williams’ concept of “live language” over the outdated forms of academics and professional poets.

This year’s featured poet is John J. Trause, director of the Oradell Public Library and author most recently of Eye Candy for Andy, portraits of the group of people associated with painter Andy Warhol.

The Red Wheelbarrow poetry workshop grew out of the efforts of Jane Fisher (Director of the Rutherford Library until 2010) to keep poetry flourishing in Rutherford.

John J. Trause, along with Jane Fisher, founded and participated in the Williams Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County. From January 2006 until this year, John J. 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 Four” (Claudia Serea, John Barale, Don Zirilli and Zorida Mohammed).

Some of the poets featured at the readings included Tina Kelly, Maggie Dubris, Harvey Shapiro, Matthew Rohrer as well as John J. Trause. More recently, we were privileged to host the Russian poets Katia Kapovich and her husband Philip Nikolayev, editor and co-editor of Fulcrum, an International yearly anthology out of Cambridge, MA.

The Red Wheelbarrow poets also read at the GainVille Café on the last Friday of each month in a music and poetry event organized by poet/musician Mark Fogarty with the participation of his friends and acquaintances in the music world. Recent featured musicians included Sheri Miller, Eiichi Yamamoto and Brian Princing, and John and Martin Dull.

Both the Williams Center and the GainVille readings offer an open mic to poets who are also invited to submit their work for next year’s publication.

The journal will be launched on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ. Copies will be available for sale that night and many of the poets will read from it during the evening. You can also buy it here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/red-wheelbarrow-poets/the-rutherford-red-wheelbarrow-6/paperback/product-21164095.html;jsessionid=671C82CBD1603B2A9581477146FBFE9D?mid=social_facebook_pubsharefb

Join us to celebrate!

For info, contact John Barrale at john.barrale@gmail.comhttp://www.redwheelbarrowpoets.wordpress.com ###


-1New Jersey poet JOEL LEWIS will be the featured reader and we will have our second annual JACO PASTORIUS birthday tribute at the monthly reading of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 PM. Lewis, a Hoboken resident, has edited several poetry anthologies as well as writing three books of poetry of his own. Bass player BILLY CARRION JR. will play at the tribute to Pastorius, the renowned and influential avatar of the electric bass. Other bass players invited include FELIX PASTORIUS and WILL LEE of the David Letterman show band. $6 includes coffee/tea, dessert. GAINVILLE CAFE, 17 Ames Ave, Rutherford | Tel 201 507 1800

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