World Above Free Poetry Night Features Donna Vorreyer

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DVOn Wednesday, April 20th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Donna Vorreyer as featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Dante Hall.

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 Donna Vorreyer will read.

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress Publications, 2013), as well as seven chapbooks, most recently Encantado, a collaboration with artist Matt Kish from Redbird Chapbooks. She has received a residency from the Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska and serves as the reviews editor for Stirring: A Literary Collection. She has only four years left until retirement from her 30 plus years of teaching middle school in the Chicago suburbs, and sometimes it shows.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sjpoets), and even link our website (http://www.sjpoets.wordpress.com/) to your social media.

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

World Above Free Poetry Night Features Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter

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On Wednesday, March 23rd at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter as featured readers to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Dante Hall.

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 Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter will read.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Images of Being (Stone Garden Publishing, 2011); Light’s Battered Edge (Anaphora Literary Press, 2015); and Night Sweat (Red Dashboard Press, 2016). She was awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in 2013; served as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library, (2013-2015): and as Poetry Editor of the Fox Chase Review (2008 – 2015). Diane can be found at http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/.

g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. He has been published widely in the small and electronic press. Ten collections of his poetry and fiction have been published, his latest, From the Valley—Poems will be released in April of 2016. He can be found at https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sjpoets), and even link our website (http://www.sjpoets.wordpress.com/) to your social media.

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

World Above Free Poetry Night Features John McDermott

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On Wednesday, February 24th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes John McDermott as featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night at Stockton University’s Dante Hall.

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 John McDermott will read.

John McDermott has lived in New Jersey for most of his sixty some years, with breaks of two years teaching English in China and two years in Japan, plus shorter trips to Asia to teach and visit. He is professor emeritus of English as a Second Language at Union County College and former poetry editor of US1 Worksheets. He has twice been invited to perform his work at the Dodge Poetry Festival and has served as a Dodge Poet, working with teachers and students for many years. His poems have appeared in magazines including Paterson Literary Review, Lips, and Frogpond, as well as Mainichi Daily. His first full-length book of his poetry The Long Way Home was published in 2005 and the CD version was released in 2010.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sjpoets), and even link our website (http://www.sjpoets.wordpress.com/) to your social media.

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

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Lois Marie Harrod

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Lois Marie Harrod’s 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State).  She is widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read her work on www.loismarieharrod.org.

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On Wednesday, January 27th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Lois Marie Harrod 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 Lois Harrod will read.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sjpoets), and even link our website (http://www.sjpoets.wordpress.com/) to your social media.

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

Looking forward to seeing all of you at Dante Hall on Wednesday, January 27th at 7pm.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Nancy Reddy

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Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), selected by Alex Lemon for the 2014 National Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in Fail BetterTupelo Quarterly32 PoemsSmartish Pace, and elsewhere. Her work has also been featured in Poetry DailyVerse DailyBest of the Net, and Best New Poets. She grew up in Pittsburgh and taught high school English in New Orleans and Houston before moving to Madison, Wisconsin for graduate school. She is now Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year Studies at Stockton University.

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On Wednesday, December 16th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Nancy Reddy 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 Nancy Reddy will read.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sjpoets), and even link our website (http://www.sjpoets.wordpress.com/) to your social media.

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

Looking forward to seeing all of you at Dante Hall on Wednesday, December 16th at 7pm.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Cole Eubanks

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Poetry picCole Eubanks is retired as a public school teacher from the Philadelphia (PA) and Atlantic City (NJ) School Districts. Over the past fifteen years, he has presented in a wide disparity of venues, including a Buddhist monastery, the Tunes against Turmoil Rock Festival, the Café Improv television show, and numerous radio programs. Cole has conducted three workshops for Stockton University’s Teen Arts Festival (Galloway, NJ) and has been the featured poet for the Sovereign Avenue Black History Jazz Celebration for the past seven years. In 2010, he won the Literacy Volunteers of America in Atlantic County’s Poet of the Year contest. Cole’s work can be found in Poet’s against War, Inferno No Boundaries, Apiary, Stray Cat, and E Pluribus Unum.

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On Wednesday, November 18th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Cole Eubanks 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 Cole Eubanks will read.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sjpoets), and even link our website (http://www.sjpoets.wordpress.com/) to your social media.

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

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, Therése Halscheid

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thereseTherése Halscheid’s latest poetry collection is Frozen Latitudes (Press 53, 2014). Her other collections are Uncommon Geography, Without Home and Powertalk. She received a Greatest Hits chapbook award by Pudding House Publications. Her poetry and essays have appeared in such magazines as The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Sou’wester, Natural Bridge. Since 1993, she has been an itinerant writer by way of house-sitting. Simplicity has connected her to the natural world and has been the focus of many poems. Her photography has appeared in juried shows and chronicles her nomadic lifestyle. She teaches for Atlantic Cape Community College in NJ, visits schools, and has taught in unusual locales such as an Eskimo village in northern Alaska, and the Ural Mountains of Russia. See her website: www.ThereseHalscheid.com.

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On Wednesday, October 28th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Therése Halscheid 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 Therése Halscheid will read.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sjpoets), and even link our website (http://www.sjpoets.wordpress.com/) to your social media.

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

September Surprise: a week of poetry

Five, Count ‘em, Five Poetry Events in Atlantic City!

Monday, September 21, 6pm:
Beach Bards Sea Isle City Library with Blackwelder, Feeley, Kaplan, Libro, Sweeder

Monday, September 21, 9pm – 12 AM
Boneyard Bar & Grill Open Mic

1- Tuesday, September 22 at 6 PM
The Arts After Dark Featuring RAY TYLER and AUBREY GERDHART
The AC Bottle Company
648 N. Albany Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ
Sponsored by Little Wellness Films and Media & Arts After Dark
Free.
Contact: 609-448-6400

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2- Wednesday, September 23 @ 7 PM
EMMA BOLDEN is the featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night
Preceded by an open mic
Noyes Arts Garage
2200 Fairmount Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ
Sponsored by South Jersey Poets Collective
Free.
Contact: emari.digiorgio@stockton.edu.

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3- Thursday, September 24 at 1:00 PM
COLE EUBANKS is the featured reader at the AC Farmers Market
Center City Park
1201 Atlantic Ave (Between North Carolina and South Carolina Avenues)
Atlantic City, NJ
Free.
Contact: Elaine Zamansky ezamansky@njcrda.com

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4- Thursday, September 24 at 8 PM
Bonus – Just outside Atlantic City
TIMOTHY LIU @ Stockton University
Alton Auditorium
101 Vera King Farris Dr.
Galloway, NJ
Sponsored by Ravenswood Wineries
Donations accepted
Contact: Nathan.Long@stockton.edu

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5- Friday, September 25 at 7 PM
Fromage Open Reading: dePRESS
Le Grand Fromage
25 Gordons Alley
Atlantic City, NJ
Hosted by dePRESS
Free
Contact: (609) 347-2743

 

Poetry in Atlantic City

The following post does not represent the thoughts or feelings of the South Jersey Poets Collective. This editorial has been written and posted by SJ Poet member Aubrey Gerhardt, an excerpt of which appeared in the Press of Atlantic City.
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When my husband approaches a car in an Atlantic City parking lot the driver locks his door. My husband is white and thin-framed, but he must limp like the alley he grew up in, like the broken glass on Ventnor Terrace. People who walk the uneven streets of Atlantic City are perceived by outsiders as a threat. I don’t belong to the island, but I have been drawn to it, in awe of it, heartbroken with it, hopeful for it. I listen to parents and grands telling stories about what Atlantic City used to be. Atlantic City, you are beautiful in ways that maybe only a mother can love. Your potential is real.
Atlantic City has so many capable people living here that given an opportunity and financial support this island could materialize ideas into livelihoods. The potential exists for residents to produce art that could accurately represent and give voice to the needs of, the pride of and the beauty of local neighborhoods. Voices have been raised that poetry is not what Atlantic City needs. Poetry may not be a priority, like say, a grocery market where one might buy necessities at reasonable rates. Poetry is not as important as, perhaps, a day center where transients could do laundry and take showers, to greatly improve health conditions for those using public spaces. Poetry cannot provide the necessary psychiatric services or employment assistance as Jewish Family Services, One Stop or The Atlantic City Free Public Library.
What poetry can do is remind Trenton, remind Atlantic County, remind Atlantic City itself, that this is a community of people. This is more than an island of servants imported to wait on wealthy vacationers, corrupt politicians and oblivious tourists. A.C. is a series of neighborhoods comprised of beautiful families filling households with the sounds of spoons in cereal bowls, in sinks, of tap water running, a key locking a kitchen door on the way out to work a 12 hour shift. When a resident walks to the Farmer’s Market and hears music, hears poetry, humanity taps that person on the shoulder. Something about poetry can make a woman believe she does not deserve to be beaten. Something in poetry can make a man believe he can get sober. Poetry can give the people of Atlantic City a dose of confidence. A child passes by a drug exchange, an altercation, a man passed out on a stoop. If, on that same day, that same child passes through a park where poetry is being read, when she goes to sleep at night, perhaps it will be poetry that occupies her thoughts.
I want the people of Atlantic City to reclaim Gordon’s Alley, to revive Club Harlem. I want to hear the talent latent in the bellies of a people who have been fed empty promises for too long. I have heard others propose curfews or propose building housing for college-aged students who will allegedly flock to the city. I have heard idea after idea that sounds a lot like Gentrification and very little like Unification. I want to hear the poetry of residents of Atlantic City. I want to hear the guitar, the drums, the horns, the voices that should be filling the evening air without the fees of over-priced venues that too often exclude residents. I want to see local artists beautify neighborhoods, to remind this city of its greatness. No one achieves anything without someone believing in them.
Whether the taxpayers of Northfield, Linwood and the rest of Atlantic County are honest enough to admit it, the fate of the Mainland will mirror Atlantic City’s. In Linwood, I’m trying to keep the house my great-uncle built in our family. My husband and I are trying to keep food on the table and to raise our children lightheartedly in heavy times. In the face of coming lay-offs at the Atlantic City Free Public Library, my husband took a job with the county. I listen to the community as it loses its breath from another wave of lost jobs. Our family no longer lives in Atlantic City and now neither of us are employees, but still, we are inexplicably connected to Absecon Island. I cannot say that I have any ideas that will turn the economic tide for Atlantic City. I cannot tell you why I feel so compelled to involve myself in this conversation. I just know that poetry can’t screw anything up more than it already is. And maybe, just maybe, stumbling upon poetry will shed unexpected light

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015, Emma Bolden

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Emma_Bolden_Headshot Emma Bolden is the author of Maleficae, a book-length series of poems about the witch trials in early modern Europe (GenPop Books, 2013), and medi(t)ations, a book-length poem forthcoming from Noctuary Press. She’s also the author of four chapbooks of poetry — How to Recognize a Lady  (part of Edge by Edge, Toadlily Press); The Mariner’s Wife (Finishing Line Press); The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press); and This Is Our Hollywood (in The Chapbook) – and one of nonfiction – Geography V (Winged City Press).  Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, The Toast, Prairie Schooner, Conduit, the Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, the Greensboro ReviewRedividerVerseFeminist StudiesThe Journal, Guernica, and Copper Nickel, among other journals.  She was the winner of the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose from Gulf Coast Magazine, the Spoon River Poetry Review’s 2014 Editor’s Prize Contest, and the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine 2014 Award for Flash Nonfiction. Her work was chosen for inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2015 and Best American Poetry 2015.

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On Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Emma Bolden as featured reader to World Above Free Poetry Night at the 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 Emma Bolden will read.

Please invite your friends to this event, join and share it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sjpoets), and even link our website (http://www.sjpoets.wordpress.com/) to your social media.

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