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

Gainsville Cafe’s Third Anniversary Poetry and Music!

British singer/songwriter JOY ASKEW will be the musical guest and New Jersey poet JOHN BARRALE will be the featured reader for the Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ monthly reading Friday, June 29.

It’s our third anniversary so come join the festivities! An open mike with generous reading times will follow at the event, which starts at 7 PM at GainVille Café, 17 Ames Ave., Rutherford NJ.

JOY ASKEW has a new CD she will be featuring called Drunk On You. She has played and toured with many of the greats of classic rock, including Peter Gabriel, Jack Bruce, Joe Jackson, and Laurie Anderson.

JOHN BARRALE will be debuting his new book of poetry, SHAKESPEARE’S MOTHS and has had poetry published in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, Journal of New Jersey Poets and many other publicationsHe is a regular at Red Wheelbarrow Poets readings and workshops in Rutherford.

$6 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert.


The last Fridays of both November and December fall into the holiday season, so the Red Wheelbarrow Poets will hold only one reading in these two months. But it should be a memorable one! On Friday, Dec. 16, JIM KLEIN will read his new chapbook of poetry, Trinis Talk Like the Birds. Jim is the author of the classic Blue Chevies and a previous chapbook on his experiences in Trinidad. He leads our weekly workshop. Our musical guest will be the fine jazz guitarist GERMAN GONZALEZ, who will help me present a 60th birthday tribute to the maestro of the bass guitar, Jaco Pastorius. Some amazing music and an extraordinary and tragic life story. An open mic will follow and close the event, to be held 7 PM at GainVille Café, 17 Ames Avenue, Rutherford. A $6 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert.


DON ZIRILLI will be the featured poet and New York City songstress MARION LOGUIDICE will be the musical guest as the Red Wheelbarrow Poets present their monthly poetry reading Friday, Sept. 30, 7 PM at GainVille Café, 17 Ames Avenue, Rutherford. Don Zirilli is editor of Now Culture, an online literary magazine, and has been a frequent contributor to the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow and a reader at many local poetry readings. Marion Loguidice is a singer-songwriter of tremendous passion whose songs manage to be mainstream and highly original at the same time. She has just appeared with Pete Seeger at a Sept. 11 memorial and has dueted with Cyndi Lauper. An open mike with generous reading times follows. $5 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert.


JOHN J. TRAUSE will be the featured poet and LAURA FAY LEWIS the musical guest as the Red Wheelbarrow Poets mark the second anniversary of their monthly reading series at GainVille Café in Rutherford Friday, June 24 at 7 PM. An open mic with generous reading times will follow the feature. JOHN J. TRAUSE has had his poetry published in many magazines as well as his collection Seriously Serial. He leads the monthly reading series sponsored by the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative at the Williams Center in Rutherford. LAURA FAY LEWIS is a multi-talented artist. In addition to being a singer-songwriter she is also a poet, actor, artist, dancer, director, screenwriter, filmmaker and frontwoman for the fine New York City band The Blisstones. GainVille Café is located at 17 Ames Ave., Rutherford. A $5 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert. Come help us celebrate our anniversary!

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