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Saturday, March 5, 2016

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.


Svea Barrett is the author of a chapbook, Why I Collect Moose, which won the 2005 Poets Corner Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her book, I Tell Random People About You, won the 2011 Spire Poetry prize. Her work has appeared in the Paterson Literary Review, Samsara Quarterly, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and elsewhere. She tied for first place in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest in 2013, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart.

Dawn Gunther Bernstein is a member of South Mountain Poets. She has an M.Ed. in Mathematics from Pace University and has worked as a teacher and consultant for over ten years. She has initiated and run poetry workshops for middle-school She draws inspiration from other poets as well as nature to further enrich her own writing and teaching. 

Broeck Wahl Blumberg is a former 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. 

Lauren Cerruto is a poet, fiction writer, and professional medical writer. Her poems have appeared in the Journal of NJ Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Black Fox Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. Her first poetry chapbook, which is on the theme of divorce, is currently in development. 

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.

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. 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 is the author of three chapbooks, most recently What I Would Paint If I Could (Finishing Line, 2012). 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 the author of two collections of poetry, The Language of Paisley and The Language of Rain. The recipient of an Edward Fry Fellowship for scholarship research work at Rutgers University, she holds an Ed.D. from Rutgers and an MFA from Drew University. She taught more than thirty years in the NJ public schools, served as VP/Programs for Women Who Write, Inc., and teaches poetry writing workshops.

Gail Fishman Gerwin is the author of three full-length collections. Sugar and Sand was a Paterson Poetry Prize finalist; Dear Kinfolk (ChayaCairn Press) earned a Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Aldrich Press (Kelsay Books) recently published Crowns. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and plays appear in print and on stage. Associate poetry editor of Tiferet, she facilitates poetry workshops and owns the freelance writing/editing firm inedit.   

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 published three collections of poetry, most recently Darkness On Sunny Days. She has facilitated Poetry and Pastries, an open poetry reading, for twelve years. She has given many workshops and her work has been published in several anthologies and newspapers.

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. She read her work at the 15th biennial Dodge Poetry Festival in 2014.

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. Her work has appeared in various literary journals, and in the anthology Beyond the Rift: Poets of the Palisades (2010), for which she was also an editor. She co-hosts the North Jersey Literary Series in Teaneck, NJ. She is one of five editors of a major new poetry anthology to be published by the Poet’s Press in 2016.

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 four poetry books, most recently The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (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 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, Lips, The Stillwater Review, and Tiferet. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her most recent chapbook is Tattoos.

Julie Maloney is a poet and novelist. As founder/director of Women Reading Aloud since 2003, she leads workshops and retreats—domestic and international. She is the author of Private Landscape: A Book of Poems. In June, she will return to Alonnisos, Greece to host her 6th retreat on this magical island.

Charlotte Mandel has published nine books of poetry, most recentlyThrough 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.

Elizabeth Marchitti's poems have appeared in Journal of New Jersey Poets, Lips, Paterson Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Pause . . . And Begin Again, was published by Northwind in 2006. In 2010, she won First Prize in St. Catherine’s annual Art and Poetry Exhibition.  In 2013, she won an Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg Contest, and an Editor’s Choice in 2015.

Priscilla Orr is the author of Losing the Horizon and Jugglers & Tides, both from Hannacroix Creek Books. Her poems has been published in Southern Poetry Review, Nimrod, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the NJ State Council on the Arts.

Wanda S. Praisner is the 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 books are Where the Dead Are (CavanKerry, 2013) and Sometimes When Something Is Singing (Antrim House, 2014).

Susanna Rich is an Emmy Award nominee for poetry, a Fulbright Fellow in creative writing, and the winner of the 2013 Ekphrasis contest. She is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Surfing for Jesus. As founding producer and principal performer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, she tours her one-woman, audience interactive poetry happenings. She is 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, was published this year.

Donna Baier Stein is the author of the chapbook, Sometimes You Sense the Difference, and the story collection, Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Awards Finalist and 2015 IndieBooks Finalist), and the forthcoming The Silver Baron's Wife (PEN New England Discovery Award). She has won poetry prizes from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and New Hampshire, and shared third place in the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. She publishes Tiferet Journal.  

Carole Stone is Professor emerita, Montclair State University. Her most recent poetry books are Late (Turning Point, 2016), Hurt, The Shadow (Dos Madres Press, 2013) and American Rhapsody (Cavankerry Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in Adanna, Bellevue Literary Journal, Cave Wall, and Blue Fifth Review

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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