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.

World Above Welcomes Cortney Lamar Charleston

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author-photo-cortney-lamar-charlestonOn Wednesday, February 22nd at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Cortney Lamar Charleston as 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, featured poet Cortney Lamar Charleston will read.

Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. A recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and The Conversation Literary Festival, his poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Beloit Poetry JournalGulf Coast, The Iowa ReviewThe JournalNew England ReviewPOETRYRiver StyxTriQuarterly and elsewhere.

World Above Welcomes Grisel Y. Acosta & Vincent Toro

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On Wednesday, January 25th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Grisel Y. Acosta and Vincent Toro as 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, featured poets Grisel Y. Acosta and Vincent Toro will read.

Grisel Y. Acosta is an assistant professor in the English Department of Bronx Community College-CUNY. She received her Ph.D. in English—Latino/a literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has presented and published her creative and scholarly work in England, Colombia, Spain, and throughout the United States. Her creative work is in In Full Color: A Collection of Stories by Women of Color, Love You Madly: Poems About Jazz, Nineteen Sixty Nine: An Ethnic Studies Journal, Voices de la Luna, MiPoesias, Pembroke Magazine, Private International Photo Review, ¡Tex! Magazine, the NAACP Image Award nominated Check the Rhyme, Chicago’s After Hours Magazine, and the forthcoming Basta!: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women and The Reproductive Freedom Festival Anthology.

Vincent Toro is the author of Stereo.Island.Mosaic., which was awarded the 2015 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. He is a recipient of a Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship in Poetry, and the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award. Vincent has an MFA in poetry from Rutgers University and is a contributing editor for Kweli Literary Journal. His poems have been published in The Buenos Aires Review, Codex, The Acentos Review, The Caribbean Writer, Rattle, The Cortland Review, Vinyl, Saul Williams’ CHORUS, and Best American Experimental Writing 2015. He teaches at Bronx Community College and is a poet in the schools for The Dreamyard Project.

World Above Welcomes Lauren Yates

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ly_dominguez_10252015-50On Wednesday, December 14th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Lauren Yates as 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, featured poet Lauren Yates will read.

Lauren Yates is a Pushcart-nominated poet and therapist-in-training who is originally from San Diego, California. She is currently a second-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. After graduating, Lauren hopes to pursue a PhD in Counseling Psychology in order to develop a trauma-informed method of poetry therapy for the LGBTQ+ community. Lauren is currently a Poetry Editor for Kinfolks: A Journal for Black Expression and a member of The Mission Statement, whose goal is to create a safe space for Black writers in Philadelphia. In 2015, Lauren was a semifinalist at the National Poetry Slam as a member of The Fuze: Philadelphia Poetry Slam Team. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in APIARY, Vinyl, Whiskey Island, and the Bettering American Poetry anthology. When she isn’t writing poems or processing feelings, Lauren spends her time perfecting her side-eye, mourning TV shows that were canceled too soon, and striving toward the perfect playlist.

World Above Welcomes Edwin Romond

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On Wednesday, November 16th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Edwin Romond as featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Dante Hall Theater (14 N Mississippi 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, featured poet Edwin Romond will read.

Edwin Romond is the author of eight collections of poetry and has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Councils on the Arts. His work has twice been featured on NPR and he is the recipient of the 2013 New Jersey Poetry Prize for his poem “Champion.”  A native of Woodbridge, NJ, Romond now lives in Wind Gap, PA with his wife and son.