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

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