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Thursday, April 26, 2012

40th Anniversary Celebration of the Poet’s Garden in Monroe, NY

Received in my email today—

In 1972 a poet¹s garden was completed at Arrow Park. It includes massive busts of Alexander Pushkin, Taras Shevchenko, Yanka Kupala, and Walt Whitman. Pushkin, Shevchenko, and Kupala were gifts from their respective countries (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus), and the Whitman statue was commissioned by the Park and sculpted by Bruno Luchessi. These poets were chosen because they were committed to the fundamental humanitarian issues of: peace on earth, freedom from slavery and oppression, and the brotherhood of all people's everywhere.

This year will mark the 40th anniversary of the garden, and we are planning a celebration on Sunday, May 27th starting at 2 p.m. Bruno Luchessi will be honored. Karen Karbiener, a Whitman Scholar from NYU, and Julian Henry Lowenfeld, a Pushkin expert and translator, will give short lectures on these poets and read their work, emphasizing the theme of brotherhood. We are going to have readings and songs from all of the poets read in English and their native languages, followed by a polka concert from Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra at 4 p.m. in the pavilion.

The park lodge was built in 1909 at the height of the arts and crafts movement in America—built with amazing attention to detail using local materials and situated above a 52-acre lake. Arrow Park was established in 1948 as a place of rest and recreation for Slavic families from the inner cities who had no green space.

The Arrow Park lake and lodge are at 1061 Orange Turnpike in Monroe. The park opens at 11 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For more information, contact Julia Kole at 845-545-0520.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Albany Poets Has Moved

We have completely overhauled the Albany Poets website. We now have a new home for our blog updates, the events calendar, photos, videos, audio recordings, and work from the poets of upstate New York.

Head on over to or just click on "home" on the navigation bar above and check out the all new Albany Poets.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

COW (Chronogram Open Word) Featuring Donald Lev and Guy Reed


The COW series continues on Saturday, September 3 at 7:00pm with two of the Hudson Valley’s finest poets, Donald Lev and Guy Reed. The series is hosted by veteran Kingston/Woodstock open mic/poetry reading host (and Chronogram Poetry Editor) Phillip Levine.

Here is the info from Mr. Levine:

COW (Chronogram Open Word)
Donald Lev and Guy Reed
Hosted By Poetry Editor Phillip X. Levine

Spoken Word Series
First Saturday, Every Month

* Continues: Sat, Sept 3, 7pm *
w/Wide Open Microphone & Free Drink

COW (Chronogram Open Word): Poetry/Prose/Performance is hosted by Chronogram's poetry editor Phillip Levine, it runs on the first Saturday of every month at 7pm at the BEAhive (314 Wall St).

The series, produced by Chronogram and BEAHIVE, continues on Saturday, September 3rd, 7pm with Donald Lev & Guy Reed.
COW (Chronogram Open Word) — Featuring: Donald Lev and Guy Reed
Saturday, Sept 3, 7pm

Donald Lev was born in New York City in 1936. He attended Hunter College, worked in the wire rooms of the Daily News and New York Times, and then drove a taxi cab for 20 years (with a 6-year hiatus in which he ran messages for, and contributed poetry to, The Village Voice and operated the Home Planet Bookshop on the Lower East Side). His earliest poems appeared in print in 1958 and he started his first small press magazine, HYN Anthology, in 1969. Among his honors have been a Madeline Sadin Award from New York Quarterly in 1973 and a Life Time Achievement Award from the Catskill Reading Society/Outloudbooks in 2003. In 2008 Outloudbooks brought out his The Darkness Above: Selected Poems 1968-2002 a sampling from the first four decades of his writing. A chapbook, Only Wings: 20 Poems of Devotion was published in 2010 by Presa Press in Michigan, and a new collection, A Very Funny Fellow, will be brought out by NY Quarterly Books at a date still to be announced. His brief underground film-acting career pinnacled with his portrayal (he wrote his own lines) of "The Poet" in Robert Downey Sr.'s 1969 classic Putney Swope. He lives in High Falls, NY, where he spends most of his time publishing the literary tabloid Home Planet News, which he and his late wife Enid Dame founded in 1979.

Guy Reed, born and raised in Hopkins, Minnesota, is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. He studied filmmaking in Minneapolis & St. Paul at Film In The Cities. He is the author of the forthcoming chapbook, The Effort To Hold Light, (Finishing Line Press). His poems have appeared in Home Planet News, and several anthologies including: Lifeblood (2011 Chickaree Press), The Goat Hill Poets (2010: Post Traumatic Press) and Riverine (2007: Codhill Press). He lives in the Catskill Mountains with his wife and their two children.

BEAHIVE - 314 Wall St, Kingston, NY
Info: Phillip Levine — (845)246-8565 /
$5 / free for BEAHIVE members

All shows are held at BEAHIVE in Uptown Kingston (314 Wall St.). Doors open at 7pm; start time is 7:30. Features perform for approximately 20 to 25 mins. each, with open mic before and after. Cover charge is $5; free for BEAHIVE members. Drink included.

Phillip X. Levine is a poet, editor and performer. He is poetry editor for Chronogram and president of the Woodstock Poetry Society & Festival ( From 2001-2008, he hosted a popular weekly reading series at The Colony Cafe, one of the most storied venues for poets and musicians in Woodstock, NY. This OPEN WORD series is an evolution of The Colony series.

Chronogram ( is a free monthly magazine that nourishes and supports the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley.

BEAHIVE is a new kind of collaborative space for work and community. Its ultimate aim is to support a Local Living Economy, one that is locally rooted and human-scale. BEAHIVE opened in Beacon in May 2009 as the first such space in the Hudson Valley and partnered with Chronogram to open a second location in Uptown Kingston in December 2009.

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Monday, August 01, 2011

Poetry This Week…

There are a few great poetry events happening this week in the area, from Saratoga to Beacon. Here is a run down of what is going on.

Tuesday, August 2 – Albany Poets Presents at Valentines

image Albany Poets Presents comes to Valentines on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 8:00PM.

Each month we present a No Gimmick Open Mic. Poets, musicians, comedians, spoken word artists are all invited to take the stage at Valentines.

Come over and join local poets and spoken word artists for an evening of conversation, cocktails, coffee, and, of course, poetry.

Sign up begins at 7:00PM, open mic starts at 8:00PM. There is a $3.00 suggested donation for this event. Albany Poets Presents takes place at Valentines Music Hall (17 New Scotland Ave.) on the first Tuesday of each and every month.

Wednesday, August 3 – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic

John Roche The first Wednesday of every month Caffè Lena presents: Caffè Lena Poetry Open Mic
7pm sign up, 7:30 readings start
Featured Poet: John Roche
Hosted by Carol Graser
Info: or 583-0022

John Roche has published three poetry collections. His latest, Road Ghosts, is now available from theenk Books. He’s edited and co-edited a few anthologies including Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind, a collection of poetry by inmates at Auburn Prison. He’s an Assoiciate Professor of English at RIT and has studied with Robert Creeley and John C. Clarke. Roche’s previous poetry collections, Topicalities (2008) and On Conesus (2005) are available from Foothills Publishing.

Saturday, August 6 – 3rd Annual CAPS Poetry Marathon in Beacon

CAPS Marathon This is a 12-Hour “Calling All Poets” event featuring some of the finest poets and spoken word artists in the state at the Howland Cultural Center (477 Main Street, Beacon, NY). Featured poets include Kevin Kenny, Florence Lenhard, Adam Bradley, Tony Pena, Steve Hirsch, Justin Parinello, Christopher Gazeent, Addison Goodson, Frank Boyer, Janet Hamill & Lost Ceilings, Cheryl A. Rice, Samuel Claiborne, Walter Worden, Sharon Butler, Rebecca Schumejda, Tanya Tyler, Haigan Smith, Don Lev, Teresa Marta Costa, Roberta Gould, Dennis Bressack, Barbara Adams, Franklin Schneider, Jim Kenny , Mary Panza, Jill Crammond, Murrow, Don Levy, RM Englehardt, Raphael Kosek, Sonia Lynch, Lynn Hoins, Adrianna Delgado, Glenn Werner, Ken Holland, Marina Mati, Terence Chiesa, Christopher Wheeling, Jim Eve, and Robert Milby. And if that is not enough, there will also be open mic sessions throughout the day.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic Featuring RA Press

Summertime in Saratoga! Poetry at Caffe Lena continues on Wednesday, July 6 as Carol Graser hosts the monthly open mic with featured poets from RA Press.

The first Wednesday of every month Caffè Lena presents:
Caffè Lena Poetry Open Mic
Wednesday, July 6, 7pm sign up, 7:30 readings start
Featured Poets: RA Press Poets Charles Watts, Mary Anne Johnson, Chuck Gibson, and Mary L. Randal
Admisstion: $3
Hosted by Carol Graser

Our feature will be four poets representing RA Press out of Burlington, VT. They will be presenting work from the “Backpack Classics” series, a set of books aimed to enhance any hike in the Adirondacks. Featured readers will be Charles Watts, Mary Anne Johnson, Chuck Gibson, and Mary L. Randall. These writers, all widely published, are featured in the anthology Karma in the High Peaks, RA Press’s newest publication. Karma in the High Peaks won the Peoples Choice award as best publication of 2010 at the Adirondack Literary Awards.

Mary Anne Johnson (author Wandering Through White Church and contributor to Karma in the High Peaks) grew up in Saranac Lake, a small town deep in the Adirondacks. She lived in Syracuse, St. Louis, and Dillingham, a tiny Alaskan fishing village, before she returned to her mountains. She settled down in Crown Point on the shores of Lake Champlain where she has lived in the same house for over forty years, never bothered by boredom. For most of those years she poured her creative juices into high-school classes in Moriah, part of the Adirondack community she writes about. Upon retirement, she realized that creative juices just don't stop, and here she is!

Mary Randall is the author of three novels: Nancy Never Married, Split Infinities, and Brio.  Her short fiction and prose are collected in The Ghost of Starbuckville Dam and Not a Night for Dreaming. Her work appears in many anthologies, including: Christmas in Port Davis, Between Iraq and a Hard Place, Lyrics from a Dark wood, Cold Earth Wanderers, and Karma in the High Peaks.

Early in his career, Charles Watts had an underground play (“Visigoths”) produced in Los Angeles, which led to script writing contracts for several TV series, including Kojack and Here Come the Brides. He soon fled Hollywood, got an MFA in poetry, and went to Iran to teach literature at several Universities. For five years, he edited Seizure, a magazine of poetry and fiction. Do not worry about his sanity; he has done many other things. Recent publications include three stories and twelve poems in lit journals, and ten poems in “Karma in the High Peaks,” an anthology from Ra Press

Chuck Gibson was written three books of poetry, two with Ra Press, and is known for poems that capture the spirit and soul of Adirondack ponds, storms, waterfalls, and other natural wonders. For over ten years he served as Director of Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties, based in Port Henry. He and his wife Ann are in the midst of preparing to move to Oregon in August.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Upstate Poetry News and Events

We have had a lot of news and information on events coming in to Albany Poets headquarters in the past couple of days. Here is what you may have missed.

Poetry Recital at The Bohemian Book Bin, Thursday, June 9

Teresa Marta Costa On Thursday June 9th 7:00 PM with featured poets Aleathia Drehmer & Michael  Heinrich

Plus the Open Reading - Plus the refreshments - Plus  Great people , magical feelings

Fantastical Book Store

Poetry Readings are the Second Thursday of every Month. Everyone is invited

Pass this on..Tell the world....

Bohemian Book Bin, 85 Carle Terrace, Lake Katrine, NY, (845) 336.6450
just off  Rte 9W.  In back of Hanson's Cavier almost across rte 9W from Big Bubbles Laundromat

New Open Mic Series in the North Country

ACW Open Mic Get ready for the Adirondack Center for Writing’s OPEN MIC series! Starting in June, we’ll sponsor a monthly open mic session in collaboration with several venues around the park. The series pairs inspiring readings from a featured author or poet, as well as an open forum to share your own writing.

The Willows Bistro in Warrensburg, NY hosts Open Mic Night on the second Thursday of every month. ACW will co-sponsor those events at the Willows every June, September, December, and March. For our first collaboration, June 9th, the featured author will be Paul Pines, (author of "Last Call at the Tin Palace" and "My Brother's Madness”), Bibi Wein (“The Way Home”) in September, and in December, Mary Sanders Shartle ("Winterberry Pine: Three Poets on Adirondack Winter"). Please visit for more information. The Northwoods Inn at Lake Placid will hold readings on the second Thursday in July with reader Maggie Bartley, October withCharles Watt, and next January and April with readers TBA. The Old Forge Library will host on the second Wednesday in August with reader Paula Roy, and in November, February and May.

All events are free and open to the public, and we’d love to hear you present your work. If you’re interested in sharing, please send us an email ( with the subject line “OPEN MIC” followed by the venue and date you’re interested in sharing. For example “OPEN MIC, Northwoods Inn, July 14th.” And come out and support your local literary scene.

Delmar Writers Presenting an Afternoon of Poetry and Prose

The Delmar Writers will be presenting an afternoon of poetry and prose on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 at the Bethlehem Library.  I know Saturdays in summer tend to be very, very busy, which is why I've put in my order for a cold, blustery day with rain and eventually hail, preventing everyone from working in the garden or traveling out of town.

So come - sit and relax - enjoy a mix of poetry, fiction, personal essay and memoir.  See you there!

Journeys to Strange Places, Wednesday, June 15 at The Arts Center

O Amazonas Escuro Literary reading from two acclaimed New York writers on Wednesday, June 15 at 7PM at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street Troy, NY 12180

During an evening titled “Journeys to Strange Places” Eugene K Garber will read from his new novel “O Amazonas Escuro” and Wesley Brown will read a new short story titled “Women From Mars.” The two readings focus on the journeys we make throughout our lives. Journeys to Strange Places is curated by Lucia Nevai who is novelist and short story writer.

Free admission.

For more information, please see:

Cheryl Rice to be the Featured Poet at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Cheryl Rice On Saturday, June 18th, along with fellow poet Frank Murphy, I'll be one of the featured poets at the monthly reading sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills in Kingston. The reading begins at 7 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

In an unusual twist, admission is a flat $5 for non-readers, and $2.50 for those who sign up for the open mic before and after the features! At last, it pays to be a poet!

The Unitarian, for short, is located at 33 Sawkill Road, just off Washington Avenue and the NYS Thruway Exit 19 roundabout, in Kingston. I hope some or all of you can make it!

Sunday Four Poetry Open Mic with Featured Poet Dale Hobson, June 26

Come out June 26th for the last session of our third season to hear Potsdam’s Dale Hobson read from his latest book A Drop of Ink and other fine poems from his obras. Will be a treat, we can assure you!

If later, you feel compelled, join the regulars at the POETS’ CORNER at Smith’s Tavern, where there is always scintillalting discussions about nothing. Hard to do but sometimes a pint helps!

And be sure to take a broadside from the rack featuring the POET OF THE MONTH.

SUNDAY FOUR OPEN POETRY MIC on Sunday, JUNE  26th, 2011 at Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main Street, Voorheesville at 3 pm with feature DALE HOBSON reading from A DROP OF INK. For more information contact or 469-0202. Hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Mike Burke, and Edie Adams.

Summer Writers Workshop in Woodstock

The summer session of the Woodstock Writers Workshops will start on July 12.  You’re cordially invited—or you can pass on this information to others.

There will be only four sessions of the workshop in the summertime, since we’re sandwiched between two major holidays.  The meetings this summer will take place on July 12, July 26, August 9 and August 23.  Tuesdays as usual, 6:30 to 8:30. 

All four sessions cost $60.  You can mail checks to Iris at 21 Cedar Way, Woodstock, NY 12498. There is an air conditioner, so hot spells are no problem. Sumnmerbirds are welcome.

Iris is looking forward to hearing from you, by email (, telephone (845-679-8256) or snailmail.  Warm regards to you all.

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Women Writers and Artists Matrix Reading in Saratoga

Our good friend Kelly de la Rocha sent us the following announcement regarding a special reading coming up on this Sunday in Saratoga featuring poets from the Women Writers and Artists Matrix.

The Women Writers and Artists Matrix will present a poetry reading entitled A Feast of Words: Readings about Food and Other Delicious Subjects, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Beekman Street Artists' Co-Op, 79 Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs.

Featured poets include: Marilyn Zembo Day, Leslie Neustadt, Kelly de la Rocha, Dorothy Randall Gray, Sandra Balint, Diana Domingo, Kittie Bintz, Lesley Tabor, and Judith Prest

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in conjunction with the Saratoga Arts Fest. Refreshments will be served.

Among the readers are several women who participated in a WomanWords workshop entitled “A Dinner Party of Our Own,” based on the historic feminist installation by Judy Chicago, “The Dinner Party,” which is now on permanent exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Some of the place settings created at the WW event, honoring women of achievement, will be on display during the readings.

Marilyn Zembo Day, founder and facilitator of the WomanWords collective, has had poetry, fiction and nonfiction published in  journals, magazines and newspapers. One of her major passions is organizing venues in which women’s creativity can thrive, their voices be heard. Marilyn is a collage/mixed media artist who is forever wishing she had more time and space for visual art.

Leslie Neustadt, a retired attorney, began writing creatively with WomanWords. She is a member of the International Women’s Writers Guild and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. Her poetry and essays have been published in many journals, magazines and anthologies. Several of her essays have aired on local public radio. Leslie pursues a wide variety of expressive arts.

Kelly de la Rocha started playing with words at the age of six months and hasn’t stopped since. A freelance writer and editor, a poet, a mom and a missionary, she draws inspiration from her mission work, family, nature and her inner child. She is currently working on a book on short-term volunteering opportunities. Join in her adventures by “liking” her Facebook page:

Dorothy Randall Gray is the best-selling author of Soul Between the Lines: Freeing Your Creative Spirit Through Writing(Avon/HarperCollins), as well as six other books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her writings have been published in numerous anthologies and periodicals, and performed in theatrical productions. Dorothy is an acclaimed writing teacher and coach, former NYU faculty member and founder of the Heartland Institute for Transformation. She will be reading from her new book of poetry, "Too Shy Black Girl.”

Sandra Balint is a member of the International Women’s Guild and the Women Writers and Artists Matrix. She is a past recipient of the Womens Studies Writing Award from the College of Saint Rose. Through the Moon Gate: Reflections of a Martial Artist, published in 2011, is her first book of poetry.

Diana Domingo is a writer, singer, composer and performer. She began writing poetry and fictional accounts of her life in her teens when many of her friends would copy her stories to give to their boyfriends, passing them off as their own. Her college thesis covered projecting and integrating one’s flaws and ugliness through creative expression. Diana keeps busy with her work as a voice coach.

Kittie Bintz‘s passions include both art and writing. She has taught art for over 30 years, and her own artwork has been exhibited at the Perella Gallery and at many FOVAPA (Friends of the Visual and Performing Arts) festivals in the Mohawk Valley. Kittie has been writing and creating art with the women of WomanWords for over five years.

Lesley Tabor is a writer, retired therapist, healthcare administrator, and an ongoing seeker of personal and cultural healing. She has published poems and essays in several anthologies, and self-published two poetry chapbooks. She journals for growth and healing, writes poetry for connection, and has written three novels (“Like squeezing toothpaste from a tube, hah!” she quips.)

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Albany Poets at Art On Lark

Albany Poets will be bringing poetry and spoken word to Art on Lark on Saturday, June 11. We will be at the Washington Stage at 12:30pm with some of the finest poets in the upstate New York area.

Last year poets Jill Crammond Wickham, Ed Rinaldi, Rebecca Schumejda, and Mojavi shared their work with a very enthusiastic audience and this year will be no different. Albany Poets will be announcing the poets who will be performing in the coming days, so stay tuned.

Art on Lark is one of the best arts festivals in the country with its mix of visual art and performance. Musicians (and friends of Albany Poets) Bryan Thomas and Olivia Quillio will be on stage along with local favorites Erin Harkes, Alta Mira, The Red Lions, and more.

Here is the info from the Lark Street BID:

image The Lark Street Business Improvement District is proud to present the 15th Annual Art on Lark 2011 on Saturday, June 11th from 10 am to 5 pm. Art on Lark is Albany’s Premier Arts Festival drawing over 25,000 attendees in 2009 and named “Best Arts Event” in the  Times Union Readers Poll in 2009 and 2010. It is the 2nd largest street festival in upstate New York, second only to LarkFEST! This event will host hundreds of artists, musicians, dance and theatre performances, one-day installations, and many more special events that will showcase Lark Street as Albany's Arts District.

We are proud to partner with WEXT 97.7 FM for the 2nd year at Art on Lark 2011!


Madison Stage
11:00am - Spaceland
12:00pm - Bryan Thomas
1:00pm - Olivia Quillio
2:00pm - Alta Mira
3:10pm - The Red Lions
4:15pm - Erin Harkes

Washington Stage
11:30am - Jake Cohen
12:30pm - Albany Poets
1:30 pm - NeedleGun
2:30 pm - Mike Poupolopous
3:45 pm - Disposable Rocket Band

Come out and support local arts!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Birthday Celebration for Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman Birthday Reading in Washington Park

Each year Dan Wilcox brings the local community together to celebrate the birthday of one of America’s greats poets, Walt Whitman. In previous years many familiar faces from the area poetry open mics including D. Alexander Holiday, Alan Casline, Joe Krausman, Lorre Smith, Sylvia Barnard, David Stasenko, Cheryl A. Rice, Tess Lecuyer, Sally Rhoades, Dain Brammage, Avery Stempel, JJ Johnson, Matt Galletta, Mary Panza, Jason Crane, Carolee Sherwood, Anthony Bernini, Bob Sharkey, Jill Wickham, and Sue Cerniglia have gotten up top the mic to read Whitman’s iconic poem, “Song of Myself” at the foot of the Robert Burns Statue.

This year, the event will take place on Tuesday, May 31 (Uncle Walt’s birthday) starting at 6:00pm. This is a “Rain or Shine” event, so watch the weather and bring the appropriate gear.

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6th Annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival, May 21, 2011

The Council of Literary Magazine and Presses has its big annual festival coming up on the May 21. Here is all of the information on what looks like a great day of poetry and small presses.

6th Annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival On May 21st Hudson is ALL LIT UP!

all events free and open to the public

The 6th Annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival: All LIT Up is back after a one-year hiatus. The daylong festival, produced by The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, with The Hudson Opera House and Hudson Wine Merchants, celebrates literature and literary publishing. From 11 AM – 4 PM a Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair will take place at the Hudson Opera House (327 Warren Street). Hundreds of books and magazines published by regional and national independent literary publishers will be on sale for only $2 an issue and $4 a book, with many publishers there to meet & greet! Shoppers can discover hundreds of literary publications they would never see in a single store and take advantage of the bargain prices.

At 5 PM a reading & reception at Hudson Wine Merchants (3411/2 Warren Street) will feature Rebecca Wolff, Jonathan Dixon, and Monica Youn. Rebecca Wolff is the author of three books of poems (Manderley, Figment, The King) and a forthcoming novel called The Beginners. Jonathan Dixon is the author of Beaten, Seared, and Sauced, a memoir of his recent education at the Culinary Institute of America. Monica Youn’s second poetry collection Ignatz, was a 2010 finalist for the National Book Award. A wine and cheese reception will follow the readings.

This festival is brought to you by CLMP, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (, serving the community of independent literary publishers since 1967. These events are made possible in part through support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


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