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.

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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.
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 Welcomes Sham-e-Ali Nayeem

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On Wednesday, June 29th at 7pm the South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Sham-e-Ali Nayeem as featured reader to World Above Free PoetryNight 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 before8pm, and participants will return to a free take-home writing prompt, introduced by the host or the prompt’s author. Then, featured poet Sham-e-Ali Nayeem will read.

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a poet and visual artist who was born in Hyderabad, India and raised in both the UK and the US. Her poetry has appeared in publications, such as SALT Journal, SAMAR, Roots & Culture Magazine, and Mizna, and can be found in anthologies, including Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2005), Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Beacon Press, 2005) and Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press, 2008). Sham-e-Ali has performed her poetry both locally & internationally, including at the Oxford Literary Festival. She is currently working on her forthcoming book of poetry The City of Pearls (UpSet Press 2017).

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 Welcomes The Outlast Project

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I am thrilled to share that The Outlast Project will be coming to Stockton’s Dante Hall (14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401) on Wednesday, May 4th from 6:00pm9:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

If you are unfamiliar with this project, The Outlast Project is a cathartic poetry event & interactive healing art project designed to empower survivors of sexual assault.

During their cross-country journey, The Outlast Recovery Squad, led by poet, activist, and mental health advocate Rachel McKibbens, performs their original work and then offers an interactive art/writing workshop, helping give voice to survivors of sexual assault.

I hope that you will share this with your friends and colleagues, as well as with community organizations who support survivors of sexual assault.

A special thank you to a private donor, the School of General Studies, Dante Hall Theater, and Stockton University’s Provost’s Office for making this event possible.