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.
Music and poetry will celebrate the season on Friday, Oct. 21 as MARIAN CALABRO features along with musical guest Afro-Peruvian jazz pioneer CORINA BARTRA at 7 PM in GainVille Café, 17 Ames Ave., Rutherford NJ. Marian’s poetry has been featured in all four of the anthologies of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets, who are hosting the show. An accomplished musician, Corina Bartra has released eight CDs of jazz and meditation music on Blue Spiral Records. Her music traces the roots of both American and Peruvian music back to their roots in Africa. A native of Peru, she now lives in New York City. There will be an open mike with generous reading times after the featured reader. $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.
Published by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets, this fourth annual edition of the literary journal continues to celebrate the epic in the local and poetic voices in the American grain that so inspired William Carlos Williams, Rutherford’s hometown doctor and poet, whose liberation of the voice of the common man (and woman) in poetry was a true revolution in words during the last century. Thirty poets connected with the ongoing Rutherford, NJ poetry revival carry on that tradition in this year’s publication. They include: John Barrale, Céline Beaulieu, Sondra Singer Beaulieu, Marian Calabro, the late George de Gregorio, Milton P. Ehrlich, Mark Fogarty, Thomas Fucaloro, Davidson Garrett, Elissa Gordon, Roxanne Hoffman, Jim Klein, Melanie Klein, Janet Kolstein, Kathy Kuenzle, Brant Lyon, Zorida Mohammed, Rick Mullin, Mike O’Brien, Jane Ormerod, George Pereny, S. Gili Post, Tony Puma, Dan Saxon, Claudia Serea, Francesca Sphynx, Madeline Tiger, John J. Trause, Dorinda Wegener, and Don Zirilli.
“All of the poets in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow have a deep connection with the town,” said Jim Klein, leader of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets. “Either they have participated in the Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ weekly poetry workshop, now in its fifth year, or the monthly readings at the Williams Center, sponsored by the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative, or the monthly readings at GainVille Café, hosted by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets.”
In addition to the poetry, four essays give insight into the life and work of the Rutherford doctor/poet: William Carlos Williams and the Baroness by John J. Trause; The Poetry Reading by Madeline Tiger; Friendship and “The Figure 5” by Marian Calabro; and Medicine, Languages, a River and the American Muses in the Work of William Carlos Williams by Céline Beaulieu. Jim Klein shares his thoughts on creating a painting in “Don’t Talk Unless You Can Improve the Silence,” and Mark Fogarty gives a preview of his novel in excerpts from It’s So Easy to Fall in Love.
“Featured this year is John Barrale, a gifted poet with a wide poetic imagination and a protean talent for turning observations and memories into cogent poetry,” said managing editor Mark Fogarty.
The journal will be launched on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 700 P.M. in 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. The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow is also available online at Lulu.com (www.lulu.com/content/10922431) and will be available through Amazon.com before the end of the year.
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!
ZORIDA MOHAMMED will be the featured poet and TEDDY JUDGE the musical guest for the Red Wheelbarrow Poets‘ monthly reading at GainVille Cafe, 17 Ames Ave., Rutherford on Friday, May 20 at 7 PM. An open mic with generous reading times will follow. Zorida is an accomplished poet whose insightful work has appeared in more than a dozen journals. One of her lines neatly encapsulates poetic readiness and was used to theme our last anthology: “I was open and at the mercy of the unexpected.” Singer/songwriter Teddy Judge has recorded a batch of new songs since his GainVille appearance last summer. We’ve been making magic at GainVille for the last two years: come and see the unexpected! $5 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert.
On Sunday, April 3, 2011, the Red Wheelbarrow poets performed again for the Red Harlem Readers’ Series at the Indian Cafe in Manhattan. We thank our gracious hosts for a great night of poetry. Here are some pictures from this event, courtesy of Janet Kolstein and Richard Gaffield.
The Red Wheelbarrow Poets invite you to enjoy an evening of Irish music and poetry on Friday, March 18, 7 PM at GainVille Café in Rutherford (17 Ames Avenue). BRENDAN FOGARTY will play Irish reels and jigs on the Irish bagpipes and the tin whistle. The featured poets will be Irish-American poets MICHAEL O’BRIAN and MARK FOGARTY, reading their own work and the words of the great Irish poets like Yeats and Seamus Heaney. An open mike with generous reading times will follow the feature. $5 admission includes coffee/tea and dessert. We’re making magic at GainVille Learning Center & Café each month—join us as we bid you in the Gaelic words “Fleadh agus Failte”—welcome and celebrate!
Ready for a break from the icy grip of winter? MELANIE KLEIN will be the featured poet and dazzling violinist CHRISTINE SCHREMPP from New York City will perform at the Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ reading at GainVille Learning Center & Café (17 Ames Ave., Rutherford) on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 PM. (Snow date Feb. 25.) An open mike with generous reading times will follow.
Klein will read from her new book of poems There Was a Gathering Darkness, an elegy for her grandfather that brilliantly weaves in pieces of his occasional writing into found poetry. Schrempp will play from her extensive repertoire of classical and improvisational pieces. We are making history in our residency at GainVille Learning Center & Café—come be a part of the legend!
A $5 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert.