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Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Reading in Celebration of Women's History Month

Women Poets Reading Poems That Reflect the Lives of Women

West Caldwell Public Library
30 Clinton Rd.
West Caldwell, New Jersey

Community Room

1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public


Questions to Diane Lockward

Reception Following the Reading

Please join the poets for beverages, cookies, and conversation.


Norma Ketzis Bernstock's poetry has appeared in many journals including Connecticut River Review, Stillwater Review, and Lips. Her most recent chapbook is Don’t Write a Poem About Me After I’m Dead. Previous achievements include a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and recognition by the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.

Broeck Wahl Blumberg is a semi-retired correspondent for a Tokyo-based  weekly magazine for which she did interviews of academics and policy makers. Her poetry has appeared in Snow Monkey, The Meadowland Review,  Ithaca Lit, The Stillwater Review, and as part of a production of an off-Broadway play, On the Outside Looking In in New York. She taught writing at the World Trade Institute and for Cornell University’s Off-Campus College Program, both in New York City. 

Teresa Carson holds an MFA in Poetry and an MFA in Theatre, both from Sarah Lawrence College. She is associate publisher at CavanKerry Press and the assistant director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching. She is the author of two collections of poetry—Elegy for the Floater (CavanKerry Press 2008) and My Crooked House (CavanKerry Press 2014). Her third collection, The Congress of Human Oddities, is forthcoming from Deerbrook Press in 2015.

Jessica de Koninck is the author of Repairs (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared in various publications including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Review, The Ledge, and Lips. She has an M.F.A. from Stonecoast, and recently retired as attorney for the Maplewood / South Orange school district.

Ann M. DeVenezia, a retired English teacher, is the author of three collections: Grave Rubbings, Riding My Tricycle, and Telling Abuse. She holds M.Litt. and D. Litt. degrees from Drew University. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Edison Literary Review, Louisiana Literature, Poet Lore, and Rattle, as well as in the book The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop.

Sandra Duguid is the author of Pails Scrubbed Silver (2013) and has published poems in such journals as Journal of New Jersey Poets, Modern Poetry Studies, America, and the Paterson Literary Review,. She was awarded a Fellowship in Poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and twice received Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest. For twenty-five years she taught literature and expository and creative writing at colleges in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; she is a former assistant director at Caldwell University’s Academic Support Center.

Jane Ebihara is a retired middle school teacher who now nurtures her love of language with a village of poet friends in Allamuchy, New Jersey. Her poems have appeared in several journals and literary publications. Her chapbook, A Little Piece of Mourning, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014.

Laura Freedgood's third chapbook of poems, What I Would Paint If I Could, was released in December 2012 by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in Descant, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Wisconsin Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and elsewhere. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she was also awarded a three-year poetry grant from the City University of New York, where she worked as an Assistant Professor until 2010.

Sondra Gash is the author of Silk Elegy, a finalist for the 2003 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times, Calyx, Paterson Literary Review, U.S. 1 Worksheets and the anthology, Washing Lines. She has read at the Dodge Festival in Waterloo, NJ, and Ellis Island and is a recipient of fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Deborah Gerrish is a poet and teacher whose work has appeared in Ararat, the South Mountain Poets anthology, Goldfinch, and the Paterson Literary Review. She was “Poet in Residence” at the Presbyterian Church of New Providence (2005-2008) and was a featured poet on in April 2010. Her chapbook, The Language of Rain, was published in 2008, and her collection of poems, The Language of Paisley, was published in 2013.

Gail Fishman Gerwin is the author of two full-length poetry collections. Sugar and Sand was a 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize finalist; Dear Kinfolk, earned a 2013 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Her work appears in print, online, and in performance. She is associate poetry editor of Tiferet, facilitates poetry workshops, and owns inedit, a Morristown writing/editing firm.  

Michelle Greco lives and teaches in New Jersey. She holds an MFA from Drew University and is the author of the chapbook, Field Guide to Fire. Her poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Stillwater Review, Edison Literary Review, the anthology Dear Sister, and elsewhere. She enjoys blogging and photography.

Marcia Ivans has facilitated Poetry and Pastries, an open poetry reading, for eleven years. She has given many workshops and her work has been published in several anthologies and newspapers. She has published two books of poetry, Yesterday, a Collection of Thoughts and Over Easy. Her new chapbook, Darkness on Sunny Day, is forthcoming. She has been a member of Women Who Write for nine years and served on the board for eight years.

Vasiliki Katsarou's poems have appeared in Wild River Review, Poetry Daily, wicked alice, Agave Magazine, and Contemporary American Voices. Her first full-length collection, Memento Tsunami, was published in 2011, and one of its poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is founder and director of the Panoply Books Reading Series in Lambertville, New Jersey. This past fall, she was honored to read her work at the 15th biennial Dodge Poetry Festival.

Adele Kenny is the author of several books of poetry, most recently What Matters (2011) and A Lightness, A Thirst, Or Nothing At All (2015), both from Welcome Rain Publishers. Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published in journals, books, and anthologies. The recipient of two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, she is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and poetry editor of Tiferet.

Denise La Neve writes both poetry and fiction. Three of her pieces were published in the anthology Beyond the Rift: Poets of the Palisades (2010, Poet’s Press for which she was also an editor. Other work has appeared in the annual Red Wheel Barrow Anthology, Sensations Magazine, and the Istanbul Literary Review. She is currently working on a personal collection of themed poetry, and will be one of several editors for an upcoming poetry anthology due out in early 2016.

Gina Larkin, a retired teacher, is the editor of the Edison Literary Review. Her first book, When the Gods Play Hide and Seek, was published in 2011.

Deborah LaVeglia is director of Poets Wednesday, the longest running poetry series in NJ. She has been published in many poetry journals and anthologies including Lips, Edison Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Ragazine, and Overview, Ltd. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has published one chapbook, Vigil

Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop and three poetry books, most recently Temptation by Water (Wind Publications, 2010). Her poems have been published in such journals as Harvard Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. She is the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts and the first place prize in the 2012 Naugatuck River Review's poetry contest.

Nancy Lubarsky writes from Cranford, New Jersey. She has been an educator for 30 years and is currently a superintendent in Mountainside, New Jersey. She has been published in the journals Edison Literary Review, Exit 13, Lips, and Tiferet, and in Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She takes inspiration and support from her membership in a poetry group.

Charlotte Mandel's ninth book of poetry, Through a Garden Gate, with color photographs by Vincent Covello, is newly published by David Robert Books. Her previous titles include Life Work, Rock Vein Sky, and two poem-novellas of feminist biblical re-vision—The Life of Mary and The Marriages of Jacob. Her awards include the 2012 New Jersey Poets Prize. She has published a series of essays on the role of cinema in the life and work of poet H.D.

Elizabeth Marchitti's poems have appeared in Journal of New Jersey Poets, Lips, Paterson Literary Review, and other journals. Her chapbook, Pause . . . And Begin Again, was published by Northwind in 2006. In Praise of Stillness won First Prize in Bear Publishing’s Mini-Chapbook Contest in 2011. Her poems have been finalists in the Allen Ginsberg Contest four times.

Jean Meyers, a retired English teacher, lives at the Crane's Mill Retirement Community, where she sings in the chorus, writes for the newsletter, attends a monthly philosophy seminar, and takes daily walks. She is a member of a quilting group celebrating its forty-first year and a poetry group celebrating its seventeenth. In recent years she has taken up watercolor painting.

Priscilla Orr, author of Losing the Horizon and Jugglers & Tides, both from Hannacroix Creek Books, has published in Southern Poetry Review, Nimrod, and other journals. She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo and the NJ State Council on the Arts, and was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a Geraldine R. Dodge poet and an English Professor at Sussex County Community College.

Wanda S. Praisner, a recipient of fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Dodge Foundation, and VCCA, She has twice been a finalist for the NJ Poets Prize and has received several Pushcart Prize nominations. A featured reader at the Governor’s Conference on the Arts and the Dodge Festival, her work appears in Atlanta Review, Lullwater Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her latest book is Sometimes When Something Is Singing, Antrim House, 2014.

Linda Radice, a poet and essayist, has had her work published in numerous journals and anthologies and was the second place recipient of the 2007 Allen Ginsberg Award. She is a member of the Fanwood Arts Council and is currently involved in organizing a new reading series in her hometown. She is a Paralegal and resides in North Plainfield, NJ.

Susanna Rich is an Emmy Award nominee, a Fulbright Fellow in creative writing, and the winner of the 2013 Ekphrasis contest. As founding producer and principal performer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, she tours her one-woman, audience interactive poetry happenings: ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust; Television Daddy; and the musical, Shakespeare’s *itches: The Women Talk Back. She is the author of Television Daddy, The Drive Home, and The Flexible Writer; and the recipient of the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching at Kean University.

Wendy Rosenberg is a poet, teacher, Reiki master and  creativity coach. She is an Expressive Arts Educational Facilitator and a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator. She is also a founding member of the Westfield Poetry group. Her poems have appeared in Lips, Edison Literary Review, Exit 13, and Tiferet. Her first chapbook, In the Waiting, will be published this year.

Donna Baier Stein is the author of the chapbook, Sometimes You Sense the Difference, and the story collection, Sympathetic People. She has won poetry prizes from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and New Hampshire, received an Honorable Mention from the Allen E. Ginsberg Awards, and read at the 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival. Donna also publishes Tiferet Journal.  

Carole Stone is a Distinguished Professor of English, emerita, Montclair State University. Her most recent poetry books are Hurt, The Shadow (Dos Madres Press) and American Rhapsody (Cavankerry Press). Her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Journal, Cave Wall, and a Future Cycle anthology. In 2012 she won second place in the Allen Ginsberg Contest.

Christine Waldeyer is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at Passaic County Community College, N.J. She has published three poetry collections, Frame by Frame, Gravel, and Eve Asks (all with Muse-Pie Press), co-edited Writing after Retirement: Tips from Successful Retired Writers (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). Her poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Texas Review, and elsewhere. She founded Adanna, a literary journal that focuses on women’s topics.


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