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Saturday, March 22, 2014

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 Bernstock lives in Milford, Pennsylvania, where she is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective. Her poetry has appeared in many journals including Connecticut River Review, Paterson Literary Review, and Lips. She has been twice awarded an Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Her chapbook, Don’t Write a Poem About Me After I’m Dead, was published in 2011 by Big Table Publishing.

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 is the associate publisher at CavanKerry Press and the assistant director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching. She holds an MFA in Poetry and an MFA in Theatre, both from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of Elegy for the Floater (2008) and The Congress of Human Oddities (2012). Her new collection of poems, My Crooked House, is forthcoming in May 2014.

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 is the author of three collections: Grave Rubbings, Riding My Tricycle, and Telling Abuse. 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.

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, will be published by Finishing Line Press in May of 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.

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’s fiction, poetry and reviews have appeared in both print and online literary journals. Her poetic memoir, Sugar and Sand, was a 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize finalist and her second collection, Dear Kinfolk (ChayaCairn Press), earned a 2013 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Gail is associate poetry editor of Tiferet and founder of the Morristown communications firm inedit. 

Marion Goldstein, a psychotherapist who practiced in Montclair, NJ, was an adjunct professor at Caldwell College where she taught a course in Poetry Therapy. In addition to two chapbooks, her poetry and essays have been published in several books and literary journals. Her memoir, Hard to Place, was published in 2009 by North Star Press and a volume of her poetry, Architecture of the Unpronounced, was published by North Star in 2012.

Marcia Ivans has facilitated Poetry and Pastries, an open poetry reading, for ten 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.

Vasiliki Katsarou is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet whose first collection, Memento Tsunami, was published in 2011 by Ragged Sky Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Daily, wicked alice, Press 1, and US 1 Worksheets, and in the upcoming anthologies: Rabbit Ears: TV Poems and Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place. She directs the Panoply Books Reading Series in Lambertville, NJ. 

Adele Kenny is the author of several books of poetry and nonfiction, most recently What Matters (Welcome Rain Publishers), which received the 2012 International Book Award for poetry. 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.

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 won first place 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.

Julie Maloney is the founder/director of Women Reading Aloud, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of women writers. She is the author of Private Landscape, a chapbook of poems. She comes to the world of writing after an extensive career as a dancer/choreographer in New York City. This June, she returns to the island of Alonnisos in Greece to lead her fourth international writer's retreat.

Charlotte Mandel has published eight books of poetry, the most recent, Life Work, from David Robert Books. Previous titles include Rock Vein Sky and two poem-novellas of feminist biblical re-vision—The Life of Mary and The Marriages of Jacob. She has also published a series of essays on the role of cinema in the life and work of poet H.D. She was the winner of the 2012 New Jersey Poets Prize. 

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 in 2006. In 2010, her poem “The Music Tree” won First Prize in St. Catherine’s annual Art and Poetry Exhibition. In 2013, she won an Honorable Mention in The Allen Ginsberg Contest.

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.

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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, has won the Egan Award, Princemere Prize, and Kudzu Competition, and has twice been a finalist for the NJ Poets Prize. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she’s read at the Dodge Festival and the Governor’s Conference on the Arts. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Lullwater Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her latest book is Where the Dead Are (CavanKerry Press, 2013).

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.

Christine Redman-Waldeyer launched Adanna, a print journal for women and about women, in January 2011. An Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey, she has published three poetry collections, Frame by Frame, Gravel, and Eve Asks, and her poetry has appeared in Caduceus, Lips, Paterson Literary Review, and elsewhere.

Susanna Rich is the author of Television Daddy, The Drive Home, and The Flexible Writer. She is the founding producer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, through which she tours her one-woman, audience-interactive poetry performances: Back to the 60s; Television Daddy; The Drive Home; ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust; and A Wild Night with Emily Dickinson. She is the recipient of Kean University’s Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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.

Susan Rothbard’s poetry has appeared in The Literary Review, Poet Lore, The Cortland Review, The National Poetry Review, and other journals. She won the 2011 Finch Prize for Poetry and was awarded second prize in the 2012 Beyond Baroque poetry contest. Her work has been featured on Verse Daily, and in 2012, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches English and creative writing at Livingston High School in NJ.

Donna Baier Stein's poems have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, The Literary Review, and other journals. She received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Awards and an award from the Poetry Society of Virginia. Her chapbook, Sometimes You Sense the Difference, was published by Finishing Line Press. She was Poetry Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and now publishes Tiferet Journal

Madeline Tiger’s most recent collections of poetry are From the Viewing Stand, The Atheist’s Prayer, and Birds of Sorrow and Joy: New and Selected Poems. Her work has appeared in Marlboro Review, Edison Literary Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and elsewhere. She is a teaching artist in the NJ Writers-in-the-Schools Program and a Dodge Poet.


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