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.

World Above Welcomes Sam Cha

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sam-chaOn Wednesday, October 26th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Sam Cha as featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University (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 Sam Cha will read.

Sam Cha received his MFA from UMass-Boston, where he was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2016, Damfino Press released a five poem chapbook of his work, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in apt, Anderbo, decomP, DIAGRAM, Cleaver, Printer’s Devil Review, Rattle Poets Respond, Memorious, Missouri Review Poem of the Week, and RHINO. He lives, writes, edits, and teaches in Cambridge, MA.

World Above Welcomes Naomi Extra

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naomi_2On Wednesday, September 28th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Naomi Extra as featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night at Dante Hall (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 Naomi Extra will read.

Naomi Extra is a freelance writer, poet, and doctoral student in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. Naomi is also a Cave Canem fellow and contributing writer to the feminist publication Weird Sister. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Feminist Wire, Day One, Bitch, Racialicious, Apogee Journal, The Paterson Literary Review, and elsewhere.

World Above Welcomes Michael H. Broder

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thumb_IMG_2267_1024 (1)On Wednesday, August 24th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Michael H. Broder as featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night at Dante Hall (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 Michael H. Broder will read.

Michael H. Broder is the author of Drug and Disease Free (Indolent Books, 2016) and This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Assaracus, BLOOM, Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, OCHO, Painted Bride Quarterly, and other journals, as well as in the anthologies This New Breed: Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians 2 (Windstorm Creative, 2004), edited by Rudy Kikel; My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (Terrace Books, 2009), edited by Michael Montlack; Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS (Third World Press, 2010), edited by Kelly Norman Ellis and ML Hunter; Divining Divas: 50 Gay Men on Their Muses (Lethe Press, 2012), edited by Michael Montlack, and Multilingual Anthology: The Americas Poetry Festival of New York 2015 (Artepoética Press, 2015), edited by Carlos Aguasaco and Yrene Santos. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, the poet Jason Schneiderman, and a backyard colony of stray and feral cats.

World Above Welcomes Nicole Rollender

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On Wednesday, July 20th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Nicole Rollender as featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night at Dante Hall (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 Nicole Rollender will read.

Nicole Rollender’s work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Alaska Quarterly ReviewBest New PoetsThe Journal, Memorious, THRUSH Poetry JournalWest Branch, Word Riot and others. Her first full-length collection, Louder Than Everything You Love, was published by ELJ Editions in December 2015. She’s the author of the poetry chapbooks Arrangement of Desire (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Absence of Stars (dancing girl press & studio, 2015), Bone of My Bone, a winner in Blood Pudding Press’s 2015 Chapbook Contest, and Ghost Tongue (Porkbelly Press, 2016). She has received poetry prizes from CALYX JournalRuminate Magazine and Princemere Journal. She is editor of Wearables magazine and executive director of professional development for the Advertising Specialty Institute; she holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from Stockton University and an MFA in creative writing from Pennsylvania State University, where she taught rhetoric and composition and creative writing courses for several years.
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Questions about this series or to apply to be a featured poet, please contact Emari DiGiorgio: emari.digiorgio@stockton.edu.