World Above Welcomes Umar Tumal ~Wednesday, November 14th, 7pm

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On Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, at 7:00pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Umar Timol as featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

Our usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long, will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm. 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, Umar Timol will read.

Umar Timol, Stockton’s sixth International Writer-in-Residence, hails from the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. He is a poet, fiction writer, photographer, teacher, and activist. He has published four poetry volumes and two novels, one of which is being translated into a play. His poetry collection 52 Fragments pour l’aimée [52 Fragments for the Beloved] (2016) won the Poetry Prize at the Moldova Poetry Festival. He also wrote an African comic book, Les yeux des autres [The Eyes of Others], that was published in the anthology Visions of Africa, which won an award.

This series is made possible with support from The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Stockton’s Center for Community Engagement, and the Atlantic City Arts Foundation.

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.

Questions about this series or to apply to be a featured poet, please contact Emari DiGiorgio.

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World Above Welcomes Emily August~Wednesday, September 19th, 7pm

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worldabove1On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 7:00pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Emily August as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

Our usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long, will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm. 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, Emily August will read.

Emily August is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Stockton University, where she teaches courses in 19th-century British literature, medical humanities, and creative writing. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Southern Humanities Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, Quarterly West, and elsewhere.

This series is made possible with support from The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Stockton’s Center for Community Engagement, and the Atlantic City Arts Foundation.

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.

Questions about this series or to apply to be a featured poet, please contact Emari DiGiorgio.

World Above Welcomes Shamar Hill~Wednesday, August 8th, 7pm

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On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 7:00pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Shamar Hill as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

Our usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long, will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm. 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, Shamar Hill will read.

Shamar Hill, a Cave Canem Fellow, is the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a scholarship from Fine Arts Work Center. He has been published or has work forthcoming in: Washington Square Review, Day One, Southern Humanities Review, Kenyon Review Online, and Vinyl. He is working on his first poetry collection, Photographs of an Imagined Childhood, and a memoir, In Defiance of All True Things.

This series is made possible with support from The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, Stockton University’s Center for Community Engagement, and the Atlantic City Arts Foundation.

World Above Welcomes Peter Mishler~Wednesday, July 18th, 7pm

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Peter_bw_hi_002 (3) (1)On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 7:00pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Peter Mishler as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

Our usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long, will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm. 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,Peter Mishler will read.

Peter Mishler is the author of Fludde, winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry from Sarabande Books. His poems have appeared in The Winter Anthology, Oversound, Prodigal, diode, Prelude, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. The title poem from this collection was anthologized in the Best New Poets. As an editor, he presently curates a contemporary poetry feature for Literary Hub. 

World Above Welcomes Kirwyn Sutherland, Wednesday, 6/20/18, 7pm

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On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at 7:00pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Kirwyn Sutherland as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).
 
Our usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long, will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm. 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, Kirwyn Sutherland will read.
 
Kirwyn Sutherland is a Poet and Clinical Researcher whose work seeks to interrogate and push against systems of oppression that subjugate black people while constructing a future blackness which is personal, vulnerable, aware, and ready. Kirwyn is a fellow of The Watering Hole Poetry Retreat and his work has been published in APIARY, BlueShift Journal, Drunkinamidnightchoir, Bedfellows Magazine, and elsewhere. Kirwyn has served as Poetry editor for APIARY and is currently serving as book reviewer for WusGood Magazine and a reader for Gigantic Sequins Magazine. His chapbook Blackness: A Definition Story is forthcoming in 2018 with Thread Makes Blanket!

World Above Welcomes Bernadette McBride, Wednesday, 5/16/18, 7pm

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On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 7:00pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Bernadette McBride as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

Our usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long, will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Please arrive by 6:50pm to secure a spot. And this month, World Above founder Aubrey Rahab will be hosting the Open!!

The cafe should be open, and parking vouchers will be available.

After the break, participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt; then, Bernadette McBride will read.

Bernadette McBride, author of three full-length poetry collections and the forthcoming Everything Counts (Aldrich Press), has taught creative writing and literature at Temple University and is poetry editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Pennsylvania county Poet Laureate, and poetry winner, second place, for the International Ray Bradbury Writing Award, her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including in the UK, Canada, and on PRI’s The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She welcomes your visit at bernadettemcbrideblog.wordpress.com.

Questions about this series or to apply to be a featured poet, please contact Emari DiGiorgio: emari.digiorgio@stockton.edu.

World Above Welcomes Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, Wednesday, 4/25/18, 7pm

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IMG_2383 (2)On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 7:00pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Ysabel Y. Gonzalez as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

Our usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long, will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Please arrive by 6:50pm to secure a spot in the Open. The cafe should be open, and parking vouchers will be available.

After the break, participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt; then, Ysabel Y. Gonzalez will read.

Newark, NJ native Ysabel Y. Gonzalez received her BA from Rutgers University and an MFA in Poetry from Drew University. Ysabel has received invitations to attend VONA, Tin House, Ashbery Home School, and BOAAT Press workshops. She’s a CantoMundo Fellow and has been published in the Paterson Literary Review, Tinderbox Journal, Anomaly, Vinyl, It was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop, Wide Shore, Waxwing Literary Journal, and others.

Questions about this series or to apply to be a featured poet, please contact Emari DiGiorgio: emari.digiorgio@stockton.edu.

World Above Welcomes John Hoppenthaler, Wednesday, 3/28/18, 7pm

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On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 7:00pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes John Hoppenthaler 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 an Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long. After the break, participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt; then, John Hoppenthaler will read.

John Hoppenthaler is the author of three books of poetry, Lives of Water, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Domestic Garden, all with Carnegie Mellon University Press. With Kazim Ali, he has co-edited Jean Valentine: This World Company (Michigan UP, 2012). His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s, Christian Science Monitor, Blackbird, The Literary Review, Southeast Review, among others. His essays, interviews, and essay/reviews appear in such journals as Arts & Letters, Southeast Review, Chelsea, Bellingham Review, Pleiades, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, Cortland Review, and Kestrel, where he served as Poetry Editor for eleven years. He currently edits “A Poetry Congeries” at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University.

World Above Welcomes Patrick Rosal, Wednesday, 2/21/18

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On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 7:30pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Patrick Rosal as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Noyes Arts Garage (2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401).

This month’s event is preceded by a screening of “Our Side: The Other Atlantic City” and Q&A with author Turiya S.A. Raheem from 6pm-7:30pm.

Our usual Open Mic, where participants read one poem that is less than two minutes long, will run from 7:30pm-8:00pm. Please arrive by 7:15pm to secure a spot in the Open.

After the break, participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt; then, Patrick Rosal will read.

Patrick Rosal is the author of four books of poetry: Boneshepards (2011); My American Kundiman (2006), which received a Poetry/Prose Award from the Association for Asian American Studies; and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003), winner of the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea, 2016). In 2009, Rosal was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to the Philippines. In 2017, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden.

World Above Welcomes Cynthia Dewi Oka

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On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Cynthia Dewi Oka 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, Cynthia Dewi Oka will read.
 
Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet and the author of Salvage (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). A two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee, she has received the Fifth Wednesday Journal’s Editor’s Prize in Poetry, scholarships from Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and Vermont Studio Center, and the Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant, with which she created Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia. Her poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Guernica, Black Renaissance Noire, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Blueshift Journal, Best of Kweli: An Aster(ix) Anthology, and elsewhere. Originally born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, she is currently based in South Jersey and works as a community organizer with the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. She is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College.