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. 
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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. 

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.

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.