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.

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