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Newsletter December 2018

Many thanks to the Princeton Public Library staff for all they do to support our poets and readings, and provide the venue, in partnership with U.S. 1 Poets Co-op and Delaware Valley Poets, Inc., to bring poetry to the community.

On Monday, December 10, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, POETS at the LIBRARY presents two very talented poets, Mimi Danson and Hayden Saunier reading from their work. Please come to the PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY located on 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
. Contact: 609-924-9529. Open reading and Book signing follows.
This event is Co-sponsored by the library, US1 Poets’ Cooperative and Delaware Valley Poets; and Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Free and open to the public. Open mic follows.
On street parking is available nearby. The parking garage is adjacent to the library. http://www.princetonlibrary.org/ Contact information for US1 Poets, Lavinia Kumar lakumar@gmx.com
Delaware Valley Poets info contact Pat Hardigree at pathardigree77@gmail.com

Delaware Valley poets will meet on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Room #5 from 7 - 8:30 pm at the Lawrence Branch of the Mercer County Public Library, located at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648. The library is open from 9:30 AM until 9 PM most days.
The contact number for the library is (609) 989-6920.
All are welcome to attend our workshops. Please bring 7-10 copies of your poem.
DVP meeting schedule for 2018:

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Room #5

A link to NJ Poetry Calendar and PCCC Publications: poetrycenterpccc.com/publications/
click on selected month (September through June); Calendar will open with Adobe. Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Founder and Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. Maria's website - mariagillan.com/index.html
Please reference the link to the NJ Poetry Calendar for readings/ poetrycenterpccc.com/readings/

Tuesday, December 18 - PAUL SOHAR Somerset Poetry Group Bridgewater Public Library Meeting Room C 1 Vogt Drive Bridgewater 7 PM Free Open Reading Library: 908-526-4016
Contact: Bob Rosenbloom 732-371-3817 bloom306@yahoo.com

Thursday, December 13 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Lovely as a Tree Poetry Workshop with Poet Maxine Sussman at the Johnson Education Center. Drawing inspiration from model poems and from the exhibit “Lovely as a Tree,” participants will write and share an original poem or short personal essay inspired by the natural world. Beginners to advanced are welcome. RSVP to D&R Greenway: call (609) 924-4646 or rsvp@drgreenway.org to register.

BJ Ward posted in The Gauntlet: A Facebook Link to Poetry series Around the Country and beyond.
Here are the scheduled events for Warren County Community College's 2018-2019 Visiting Authors Series.

Thursday, December 6: A Reading by the
Poet Laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 7, 2019: Meghan O'Rourke
4 pm Master Class; 7:30 pm Reading

All events are free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the
Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Warren County Community College, 475 Route 57 West
Washington NJ 07882 -- (908) 835-WCCC (9222)

Bring the Family: A Two-Day Poetry Workshop
Teaching Artist: BJ Ward
Sun. Feb. 10, 12-1:30pm, and Sun. Feb. 24, 12-3pm
West Windsor Arts Center

952 Alexander Road - Princeton Junction, NJ - 609.716.1931
Regular: $88 | Members: $80
Register: given limited seats, we recommend early registration

A writer’s family life—both past and present—is a bountiful source for the subject matter. Too often though, a poet might become so wrapped up in exploring her/his own personal
remembrance that she/he forgets there’s an audience out there, waiting to be invited into feeling what the poet feels, into discovering what the poet discovers. In this workshop, we will explore the techniques used by others to make the personal public in palatable ways.
In our February 10th session, we will examine poems, all written in the last 50 years, which convey a family memory in a way that feels universal. This session will end with a writing prompt. See the attached flyer, "Bring the Family."
On February 24, we will reconvene to workshop the resultant poems.



Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com
Unlocking the Word: An Anthology of Found Poetry has been published by (Lamar University Literary Press). This 200-page book includes work by 54 contributors from across the country, including three poems by Maria Mazziotti Gillan.
It is the world’s first major anthology of “found poetry” and the poems present a look at how might we use words not originally meant to be a poem and turn those words into a poem. The underlying principle of this book is that a “found poem” works because the poet who discovers it is able to find poetry in ordinary language – even in language that at first seems to struggle against any semblance of the imaginative voice – and thereby discover the aesthetic possibilities of all words no matter where they originally appear.
The sources of “found poems” in this anthology are remarkably varied. They include textbooks, literary and scientific monographs, essays, newspaper and magazine articles, letters, emails, advertisements, speeches, and many other non-creative publications. They all reveal the joy of the discovery of the transformative aesthetic elements in everyday language and show us that poetry resides everywhere around us. ----- mariagillan.blogspot.com/

"ANNA M. EVANS is one of the best practitioners of the sonnet and the sonnet series. Her series on the Titanic is one of the most memorable I have ever read. The technical difficulty of the poem is noteworthy, but it is the construction of the book, based on that poem as a centerpiece, that is genius."
– Kim Bridgford, author of Undone
Available from Able Muse Press, under-dark-waters-surviving-the-titanic-poems
Amazon Under-Dark-Waters-Surviving-Titanic

LAURA BOSS is celebrating her new poetry collection, THE BEST LOVER, New York Quarterly Books, 2017, which continues her signature style of audacious, irreverent, ironic narrative poems. These poems fuse heartbreak, humor and intensity in unflinchingly honest words that explore relationships: both family relationships and lovers. This book examines the grief that follows a long-term relationship, 9/11, internet dating, the randomness of fate and the way choices made or not made affect the course of our lives. Baudelaire said, “the worst sin of poetry is to be boring,” and Laura's poems are never boring.

CLIFTON COORDINATORS ― poet James Gwyn and musician Victoria Warne ― are always looking for interested persons to participate. Contact them at the event or at ergo.therefore@gmail.com

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with award-winning poets, Laura Boss & Maria Mazziotti Gillan

December 7 - 9, 2018 at an English Manor House in Mendham, New Jersey.
This poetry weekend intensive is open to all writers over the age of 18. From 5 p.m. Friday, December 7 and ends 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 9.
Location: English Manor House directly across from the convent of Saint John the Baptist, 82 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ. If you are interested, open the Writing Your Way Home document for all the details and contacts: WritingYourWayHomePoetryWeekendIntensive2018December7to9.pdf


Check out Muse Pie Press: http://www.musepiepress.com/submissions.html

Message forwarded by Arlene Weiner RE: Nourish-poetry & haiku; www.nourish.com
"We are a relatively new journal in the process of inviting poets such as yourself, and your members, to submit poems and/or haiku for publishing consideration in Nourish-poetry & haiku."
To submit your poetry and/or haiku, please click on the link below:

Need a poetry prompt? Go to
The Music In It: Adele Kenny's Poetry Blog
Prompt # 321 – Through the Lens

Hypertrophic Press accepts poetry, fiction and non-fiction

Rattle - Timothy Green, Editor Rattle - tim@rattle.com
Check out the submission page for regular submissions
Rattle : http://www.rattle.com/
12411 Ventura Blvd Studio City, CA 91604

Edison Literary Review (ELR) is a nationally recognized annual established in 2002. Over the past years, they have published poems from well-known, experienced poets as well as from poets publishing for the first time. Now reading for Issue 18. See Website: www.edisonliteraryreview.org & email: info@edisonliteraryreview.org

Clare Songbirds Publishing House

Submission Guidelines: Wordtech reads chapbooks in May; The reading period for full-length
manuscripts is November. They also post calls for manuscripts for specific projects
from time to time. See their Facebook page for the latest news. If you would like to
submit outside of these time frame, please query. No reading fees.

John Irving of Café Improv, seeks to enlist poets, readers or those that recite poetry, for Café Improv, the monthly, [usually the 4th Saturday] televised cabaret at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts that he runs with EmCee Thomas P. Florek and others. You can learn more about Café Improv at www.cafeimprov.com
Call or email John Irving. Gigs are scheduled months in advance.
Café Improv Cabaret
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts - 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542-3204
cafeimprov.com / artscouncilofprinceton.org
John Irving -- Booking / Cafe Improv Cabaret
(609) 933-9155 mobile / (609) 921-3857 home

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Updated on December 5, 2018