Individual Flyers Coming Soon…

In 2013 we’ll be starting a new format in which the Open Mic will be followed by a brief reading from one of SJ Poets regular poets.  The featured, visiting poet will close out the mic.  We’re excited about seeing new faces in the crowd in the upcoming months.  Spread the word.  SJ Poets is gaining momentum.  Keep writing poetry.  Keep coming back to World above: Free Poetry Nights to share it with us.

Paul Siegell WLRFPAUL SIEGELL is the author of three books of poetry: wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books, 2010), jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing, 2009) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008). Trailers are yours for the YouTube-viewing [here], reviews for the Goodreads-reading [here], and t-shirts for the concrete poetry-wearing [here]. Paul is a copywriter by day, a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterlyby choice, and has contributed to American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Coconut, Rattle, and many other fine journals. Kindly find more of Paul’s work – and concrete poetry t-shirts – at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL.

yezziDavid Yezzi is the author of The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly, 2003) and Azores (Swallow, 2008), a Slate magazine best book of the year. He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009), foreword by J. D. McClatchy. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its premiere in San Francisco in 2003 and was released on CD from Arsis in 2007. A Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University from 1998 to 2000, his poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry, The Yale Review, Poetry, and elsewhere.  A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is executive editor of The New Criterion. He is currently at work on a libretto of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon for composer Cyril Deaconoff and West Bay Opera. His literary essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Sun, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The (London) Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. As an actor and co-founder of Thick Description, a San Francisco theater company, Mr. Yezzi has performed in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Brecht, Goethe, Williams, and others, in the United States and Europe.

He earned a B.F.A in theater from Carnegie Mellon and an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Western State College in Colorado and in the writing program of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York. He lives in New York City with his family.

Ernest Hilbert Huntley Castle author photo 2Ernest Hilbert: Ernest Hilbert’s debut collection Sixty Sonnets (2009) was described by X.J. Kennedy as “maybe the most arresting sequence we have had since John Berryman checked out of America.” A sequel, All of You on the Good Earth, was published in 2013. He edited Deeper Than Darkness: Essays and Reflections on the Work of Anthony Hecht, which will be issued by Story Line Press in 2013. He supplies libretti and song texts for contemporary composers Stella Sung, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Christopher LaRosa. His poems have appeared in several anthologies, including the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009), Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (2011), and two Penguin anthologies, Poetry: A Pocket Anthology and Literature: A Pocket Anthology (2011). He hosts the popular blog and works as an antiquarian book dealer in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, an archaeologist.

SONY DSCPat-Hanahoe-Dosch: Pat Hanahoe-Dosch has an MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and is currently an Associate Professor of English at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster campus. Her poems have been published in The Atticus ReviewConfrontation, The Red River Review, San Pedro River Review, Red Ochre Lit, Nervous Breakdown, Quantum Poetry Magazine, The Paterson Literary Review, Abalone Moon, Switched-on Gutenberg, andPaterson: The Poets’ City (an anthology edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan), among others. Articles of hers have appeared in Travel BellesOn a Junket, and Wholistic Living News.  Her flash fiction story, “Serendip” is about to be published in the In Posse Review, #31. Her story, “Sighting Bia,” was selected as a finalist for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize for Flash Fiction. Her book, Fleeing Back, published by FutureCycle Press, is available or

mishlerPeter Mishler: Peter Mishler was educated at Emerson College and Syracuse University. He now teaches Creative Writing and English at Liverpool High School, a public school near Syracuse, NY. His poems have appeared in a variety of publications including The Antioch Review, Crazyhorse and Open Letters Monthly. He has just completed the manuscript PERIPHERY, and is at work on a writing project that invites Syracuse community members to record and re-record a significant memory over time to later have their work interpreted and displayed by visual artists.

Maria Gillan Color 5x7 newMaria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). Her latest book is The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books, 2012), and she has a book forthcoming in April 2013, entitled Writing Poetry to Save Your Life:  How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories from MiroLand Publishers (Guernica). She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.  She has published fifteen books of poetry, and with her daughter Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies. Her webpage is