Posts Tagged ‘Open Mic’

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WCW – Brandon Courtney

May 23, 2017

Wednesday, May 7, 2017, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts

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

Free

Brandon Courtney is a veteran of the United States Navy, and the author of The Grief Muscles (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014) and Rooms for Rent in the Burning City (Spark Wheel Press, 2015), as well as the chapbook Inadequate Grave (YesYes Bøøks, 2016). YesYes Bøøks will publish a full-length collection in 2017-18. He has received fellowships and scholarships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Colgate University, Juniper Summer Writers’ Institute, and Seaside Writers’ Conference. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2009, Tin House, Boston Review, Guernica, Memorious, The Progressive, and American Literary Review.

From from Lazaretto

Without a shipboard morgue,
we kept the dead Iraqi
in the dairy box—his corpse
supine beside the eggs

and sour cream—a figure
draped in cotton sheets,
stretched to keep the still alive
from witnessing the mouth

and eyes of the nameless
drowned, whose tongue,
embalmed in wind and ocean
brine, capsized between

his teeth and, like a ruined
clementine, hung low: a thick
inch of fruit on the branch
of his throat. Yet every look

I stole revealed some skin
still beautiful: oil slick,
sulfuric-sweet beneath a shroud
of faded sheets, quiet

as a Mezzo note. Forgive me:
I saw the man as meat—

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

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GV – Poetry Book Launch Plus The Return of Chelsea Carlson

April 24, 2017

Join the Red Wheelbarrow Poets for music and poetry Friday, April 28!

PAMELA HUGHES will be launching her new book of poetry Meadowland Take My Hand.

Our musical guest will be a favorite young troubadour of ours, CHELSEA CARLSON, making a return appearance with a new CD in hand.

The Bring Your A-Game open mic follows.

$8 cover includes coffee/tea, dessert

GainVille Café
17 Ames Avenue
Rutherford
201-507-1800

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CELEBRATE APRIL, NATIONAL POETRY MONTH, AT THE MEADOWLANDS MUSEUM!

April 12, 2017

Jim Klein, David Crews, and Chelsea Jackson read poetry
The Spondees play music
An open mic follows

The Meadowlands Museum and the Red Wheelbarrow Poets are celebrating National Poetry Month with an afternoon of poetry, music, and open mic.

April 22, 2017, 2 to 4PM. A reception with refreshments will follow and copies of the poets’ books will be available for purchase.

The Meadowlands Museum
91 Crane Avenue in Rutherford
201-935-1175

The Meadowlands Museum is home to the William Carlos Williams Room, the first permanent exhibit dedicated to the poet-doctor’s legacy.

Jim Klein’s books include Blue Chevies (White Chickens Press 2008), To Eat Is Human Digest Divine (White Chickens Press, 2010), a chapbook, Trinis Talk Like the Birds, (Errant Pigeon Press, 2011), and two forthcoming volumes this year. More than 100 of his poems have appeared in literary magazines, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, Poetry Now, Unmuzzled Ox, and Wormwood Review, among others. He was a finalist in both the Anthony Hecht Prize (WayWiser Press, London) and the Sawtooth Poetry Prize (Ahsahta Press). For more than 10 years, he has led weekly poetry workshops in Rutherford, NJ, and edited nine issues of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, the journal of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets who have held monthly readings since 2005.

Also reading are David Crews, author of High Peaks (RA Press, 2015) and Circadian Rhythm (Paulinskill Poetry Project, 2014), and Chelsea Jackson, graduate student in Drew University’s MFA Poetry Program.

“The Spondees” will play music and an open mic will follow.

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GV – Jim Klein! Plus The Fire Catchers

March 22, 2017

Join the Red Wheelbarrow Poets for music and poetry Friday, March 31. Musical guest will be The Fire Catchers (featuring our own WAYNE L. MILLER on percussion). Featured poetry is by Red Wheelbarrow editor and workshop leader JIM KLEIN, reading from his manuscript The Dumb Have the Advantage. An open mic follows.

$8 cover includes coffee/tea, dessert

GainVille Café
17 Ames Avenue
Rutherford
201-507-1800

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WCW – Andrei Codrescu

March 15, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts

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

Free

ANDREI CODRESCU’s new poetry book is The Art of Forgetting (Sheep Meadow Press, 2016). He is the author of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Life & Letters (www.corpse.org). He has broadcast weekly essays for NPR since 1983, has received a Peabody award for his film Road Scholar, and reported for NPR and ABC News from Romania (1989) and Cuba (1996).

If I feel anything stronger than this

I might have to have something stronger than this.
Poison or a seizure or a slide down a forgotten insult
to the island where those things are building courage
to go out and be seen and easily become a nation.
That is, to quote the enemy, “any community that contains
in itself the ability to make war, is a nation.” If that
is still the case, and it mostly is, I want you to let me out
somewhere unsavory with a brown paper bag and a view.
There must still be some of those places.

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

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GV – Irish Music plus The Poets of the Week

February 13, 2017

Join the Red Wheelbarrow Poets for music and poetry at 7:00pm on Friday, Feb. 24. Musical guest will be the duo of BRENDAN FOGARTY on Irish pipes and tin whistle and FIONA CONWAY on vocals playing Irish traditional music. Featured poetry includes a book launch for POEM OF THE WEEK 2016, featuring several of the poets featured in the new book: ZORIDA MOHAMMED, JOHN BARRALE, WAYNE L. MILLER, and MARK FOGARTY. An open mic follows.

$8 cover includes coffee/tea, dessert

GainVille Café
17 Ames Avenue
Rutherford
201-507-1800

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WCW – Arthur Russell

February 13, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts

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

Free

ARTHUR RUSSELL lives in Nutley, New Jersey, where he works as a lawyer. He is the winner of both Providence Fine Arts Work Center and Syracuse University fellowships as well as Brooklyn Poets’ YAWP Poem of the Year for 2015 and YAWPER of the Year for 2016. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Paterson Literary Review, Prelude, Yellow Chair Journal, Muse-Pie Press, Shot Glass Journal, Brooklyn Poetry Anthology (2017), the Red Wheelbarrow #9, and Wilderness House Literary Review.

God

Knock, knock. The vestibule light goes dark.
Then the porch light goes out.

Behind the door
the scrape of a butane lighter wheel
and the little hiss of gas.

God is a shut-in
who turns off the lights
to make you think no one is home

and then stands just inches away
in the dark, smoking a cigarette.

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com