World Above Welcomes R.A. Villanueva~Wednesday, 12/13, 7pm

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On Wednesday, December 13th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes R.A. Villanueva as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

The evening includes an Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. Please arrive by 6:50pm to secure a spot in the Open. After the break, participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt; then, R.A. Villanueva will read.

Writer, poet, translator, scholar, R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). A recipient of honors and fellowships from the Forward Prizes, Kundiman, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and The Asian American Literary Review, Villanueva’s work has also been anthologized in Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He holds graduate degrees from Rutgers University and New York University. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and London, England.

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World Above Welcomes Antoinette Tidjani Alou, Wednesday, 11/15/17, 7pm

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On Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomesas the featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, Antoinette Tidjani Alou will read.

Writer, poet, translator, scholar, Antoinette Tidjani Alou is Stockton University’s 2017 International Visiting Writer and a 2017 IWP Fall Resident at the University of Iowa. She teaches literature and directs the Program of Performing Arts at Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey. In addition, she has been the president of the International Society for Oral Literatures of Africa and a collaborator on the “Women Writing Africa” project. Her first work, On m’appelle Nina, retraces the exilic experiences of a woman who leaves Jamaica for France, then Niger. A short story collection, a volume of poetry and a memoir are all forthcoming.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://wwwfacebook.com/sjpoets), and link our website (https://sjpoets.wordpress.com) to your social media.

World Above Welcomes Emari DiGiorgio~ Wednesday, October 25th, 7pm

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5F6A5275On Wednesday, October 25th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Emari DiGiorgio as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

The evening includes an abbreviated Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. Please arrive by 6:50pm to secure a spot in the Open.

After the break, participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt; then, Emari DiGiorgio will read. Q&A and book signing will follow.

Emari DiGiorgio is the author of Girl Torpedo (Agape, 2018), the winner of the 2017 Numinous Orison, Luminous Origin Literary Award, and The Things a Body Might Become (Five Oaks Press, 2017). She’s the recipient of the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She’s received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ.

World Above Welcomes Claudia Cortese~Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7pm

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On Wednesday, September 27th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Claudia Cortese as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, Claudia Cortese will read.

Claudia Cortese is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her first full-length collection, WASP QUEEN (Black Lawrence Press), explores the privilege and pathology, trauma and brattiness of suburban girlhood. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast Online, The Offing, and Sixth Finch, among others. The daughter of Neapolitan immigrants, Cortese grew up in Ohio and lives in New Jersey, where she teaches at Montclair State University.

World Above Welcomes Jonterri Gadson~August 23, 2018, 7pm

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On Wednesday, August 23rd at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Jonterri Gadson as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, Jonterri Gadson will read.

Jonterri Gadson is the author of the chapbooks Interruptions (MIEL, 2014) and Pepper Girl (YesYes Books, 2012) and the full-length collection Blues Triumphant (YesYes Books, 2016). She has received scholarships and fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf, University of Dayton, and the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in Creative Writing. She is also a graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Los Angeles Review, The Collagist, and other journals. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/English at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

World Above Welcomes Joel Dias-Porter

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On Wednesday, July 19th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Joel Dias-Porter as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).
The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, Joel Dias-Porter will read.
Joel Dias-Porter (aka DJ Renegade) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and was the 1998 and 99 Haiku Slam Champion. His poems have been published in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, POETRY, Mead, The Offending Adam, Best American Poets 2014, Callalloo, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Red Brick Review, Asheville Review, Beltway Quarterly and the anthologies ResistingArrest, Gathering Ground, Love Poetry Out Loud, Meow: Spoken Word from the Black Cat, Short Fuse, Role Call, Def Poetry Jam, 360 Degrees of Black Poetry, Slam (The Book), Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapallooza, Poetry Nation, Beyond the Frontier, Spoken Word Revolution, Catch a Fire, and The Black Rooster Social Inn. In 1995, He received the Furious Flower “Emerging Poet Award.” Performances include the Today Show, SlamNation, on BET, and the film Slam.

World Above Welcomes Roberto Carlos Garcia

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On Wednesday, June 28th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Roberto Carlos Garcia as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).
 
The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, Roberto Carlos Garcia will read.
 
Roberto Carlos Garcia’s book, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Engagement, Public Pool, Stillwater Review, Gawker, Barrelhouse, Tuesday: An Art Project, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, and many others. He is the founder of Get Fresh Books, LLC, a cooperative press. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Learn more about him at http://www.robertocarlosgarcia.com/.

World Above Welcomes Marina Carreira

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marinaOn Wednesday, May 24th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Marina Carreira as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, Marina Carreira will read.

Marina Carreira is a Luso-American writer from Newark, NJ. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University and is curator of “Brick City Speaks,” a monthly reading series in Newark. She also works as a poet in the Geraldine R. Dodge “Visiting Poets in Schools” program. Marina’s chapbook I Sing to That Bird Knowing It Won’t Sing Back is forthcoming this summer from Finishing Line Press. Her work is featured in Paterson Literary Review, The Acentos Review, The Writing Disorder, Naugatuck River Review, Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora: An Anthology, Rock & Sling, Paper Nautilus, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, LUNA LUNA, The Harpoon Review, Hinchas de Poesia, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @maketheunknown.

World Above Welcomes Cynthia Arrieu-King

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authorphotoarrieuking (1)On Wednesday, April 26th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Cynthia Arrieu-King as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).
 
The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, Cynthia Arrieu-King will read.
 
Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University and a former Kundiman Fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus 2010), Manifest chosen by Harryette Mullen for the Gatewood Prize (Switchback 2013) and a collaborative book of poems written with the late Hillary Gravendyk, Unlikely Conditions (1913 Press 2016). She is the editor of the Asian-Anglophone edition of dusie and a contributor to Bitch Flicks.

World Above Welcomes Cool Women, Wednesday, March 22nd, 7pm

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cool-womenOn Wednesday, March 22nd at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Cool Women as the featured readers to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

The evening starts with the usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. The break will occur just before 8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, the members of Cool Women will read.

Known for their themed, improv-style poetry readings, Cool Women riff on each other’s poems like jazz musicians, providing an unpredictable and compelling performance. All nine members—Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Lies, Judy Michaels, Sharon Olson, Penelope Schott, Maxine Susman, and Gretna Wilkinson—have deep New Jersey roots. Since their debut in Princeton on Valentine’s Day, 2000, they have given dozens of readings in the tri-state area and as far away as Portland, Oregon.

Each of the Cool Women is widely published; collectively they have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, have won countless prizes, grants, fellowships, and awards, and have written dozens of books. They have taught and mentored all ages, from grade school through older adults. Together, Cool Women have produced six anthologies and two CDs of their work; their most recent book appeared in December 2016. This year they celebrate 21 years as a group and 17 years of performing together.