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GV – RWB poets read, Victoria Warne plays

August 28, 2014

On Friday September 5, 2014, Mark Fogarty, the host and producer of the GainVille Café Reading Series, will feature readings from the poets published in Red Wheelbarrow # 7. If you aren’t able to attend the launch on September 3rd please join us on the 5th. If you’ve already read on Sept. 3 come to GainVille and you can read the poems you didn’t have time for at the September 3rd launch!

Musical guest will be Victoria Warne, a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who has performed extensively in the New York Metropolitan area. She has recorded with Danny Gottlieb, Spyro Gyra’s Julio Fernandez, and even shared the stage with legendary jazz great Billy Eckstine. She has recorded 2 CDs as a leader, Live At The Savoy and Fluorescence.

The GainVille Café is located at 17 Ames Ave., in Rutherford, NJ. The festivities start at 7 p.m.

A $7 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert.

Copies of Red Wheelbarrow # 7 will be available for purchase.

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WCW – Launch of The Red Wheelbarrow Poets #7

August 28, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

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Friday, September 5, 2014, 7 p.m.

GainVille Cafe
Seventeen Ames Avenue, Rutherford NJ

The Red Wheelbarrow Poets will launch the gorgeous 7th edition of their yearly publication, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, with readings at the William Carlos Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ on Wednesday, Sept. 3, and at GainVille Café, also Rutherford, Friday, Sept. 5, both at 7 PM.

The book features a stunning cover by Melanie Klein and the poetry and prose of a record 45 area writers who have either participated in the RWP’s long-running weekly poetry workshop or who have read their work at the Williams Center or GainVille Café in the past year. More than 15 interior drawings have been supplied by poet and artist Don Zirilli.

The overall theme of the book again is Dr. Williams’ observation that the epic is the local fully realized. Many of the writers in the volume adhere to Williams’ groundbreaking poetic philosophy of writing about the everyday in vibrant, “live” language.

This year’s featured poet is Mark Fogarty. He is a Rutherford poet, musician and journalist who has written three books of poetry published by White Chickens Press: Myshkin’s Blues, Peninsula, and Phantom Engineer.

The revival of poetry in Rutherford, Dr. Williams’ home town, began when poet John J. Trause, along with Jane Fisher, director of the Rutherford Public Library, founded the Williams Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County. From 2006 through 2012, John J. Trause ran the monthly readings at the Williams Center, featuring poets from the tri-state area as well as from further afield. This First Wednesday series now is run by the “Gang of Four” (Claudia Serea, John Barrale, Don Zirilli and Zorida Mohammed).

The RWP weekly poetry workshop at Rutherford Borough Hall, now in its seventh year, is run by Jim Klein, the leader of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets. It is free and open to all local poets.

The Red Wheelbarrow poets also read at the GainVille Café on the last Friday of each month in a music and poetry event organized by poet/musician Mark Fogarty with the participation of his friends and acquaintances in the music world. Recent featured musicians have included Lisa Bianco, George Pereny and Victoria Warne, who will perform at GainVille Sept. 5.

Both the Williams Center and the GainVille readings offer an open mic to poets who are also invited to submit their work for next year’s publication. Copies of the book will be on sale at both events and are also available online at http://www.lulu.com/shop/red-wheelbarrow-poets/rutherford-red-wheelbarrow-7/paperback/product-21760712.html.

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

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WCW – Adele Kenny, Gail Fishman Gerwin, and Bob Rosenbloom

July 21, 2014


Adele Kenny
Gail Fishman Gerwin
Bob Rosenbloom

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor

Adele Kenny is the author of twenty-four books (poetry & nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published worldwide, and her poems have appeared in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. She is the recipient of various awards, including poetry fellowships from the NJ State Arts Council, first place Merit Book and Henderson Awards, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a Writer’s Digest Poetry Award, and the 2012 International Book Award. She is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and poetry editor of Tiferet. Website: www.Adelekenny.com.

Gail Fishman Gerwin’s memoir Sugar and Sand was a finalist for the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her second collection Dear Kinfolk, (www.chayacairnpress.com) earned a 2013 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. She also is the author of Bella’s Family, a two-act play about a Jewish immigrant family in the early 20th century; Dropping Names, a one-act play about old loves; and Women in Motion, a monologue set. Her poems, reviews, fiction, features, and essays appear in print and online. Gail, associate poetry editor of Tiferet, facilitates writing workshops at varied venues.

Robert Rosenbloom hosts a monthly poetry reading at the Bridgewater Public Library for the Somerset Poetry Group. His poetry has appeared in the Paterson Literary Review, US 1 Worksheets, Lips, Edison Literary Review, among others. He’s the author of a chapbook, Reunion, published by Finishing Line Press. He is a certified civil trial lawyer. He lives with his wife in Bound Brook.

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

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ON TO OUR SIXTH YEAR AT GAINVILLE!

July 19, 2014

Come and join us in the Magic Circle at GainVille Café, Rutherford, NJ Friday, July 25 as we start our sixth year of bringing great poetry and music to Rutherford!

Our featured reader will be MICHAEL O’BRIEN, who will be reading poems inspired by a recent visit to France.

Musical feature will be BRENDAN FOGARTY, who will play the Irish pipes.

That’s followed by the Bring Your A Game Open Mic sponsored by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets.

17 Ames Ave., Rutherford, 7 pm.

A $6 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert.

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WCW – ZORIDA MOHAMMED

June 20, 2014

Zorida Mohammed

Zorida Mohammed

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

ZORIDA MOHAMMED was born in Trinidad and came to the US when she was a teenager. She received an MSW from Fordham University School of Social Work and has worked in the mental health profession for 28 plus years. Her chapbook She Called Me Girlee was published recently by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have been published in The Caribbean Writer, Folio, Poem, The Atlanta ReviewThe Spoon River Poetry Review, Fulcrum #6 and #7, Phoebe, Oyez ReviewCompass Rose, The Dirty Goat # 20, Bayou Magazine, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, The Distillery, Quercus Review, and other publications. She enjoys cooking and has many awards for horticulture. Zorida won a New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant for poetry in 1991-92.

Remember Dadee

I looked for a glow above your bed.
I looked in the rafters and corners,
but your life was gone.
It had slipped out under the eaves,
or the open half
of your Dutch door.

There was nothing but gravel in the street.

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FIFTH ANNIVERSARY AT GAINVILLE!

June 16, 2014

Christine Santelli

Come and join us in the Magic Circle at GainVille Café, Rutherford, NJ on Friday, June 27 for our fifth anniversary of bringing great poetry and music to Rutherford!

Our poetry feature will be an Open Mic sponsored by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets for anyone who has read at GainVille during the past five years, invited poets and open mic readers alike. And bring your A game!

Very excited to have as musical guest CHRISTINE SANTELLI, a bluesy, ballsy belter from Jersey City.

17 Ames Ave., Rutherford, 7 pm.

A $6 cover includes coffee/tea and dessert.

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WCW – Vijay Seshadri

May 14, 2014

Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954, and came to America as a small child. He is the author of four collections of poems: Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow (winner of the Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award), and 3 Sections (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), which have all been published by Graywolf Press; The Disappearances, published by Harper-Collins India; and many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

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The People I Know

“Your friendship has meaning for me,” the people I know say,
“but you didn’t create me. In and of myself,
I’m just like the water pouring through the spillway
or the bird on that wire, bright-yellow, with elegant black piping.
Which is to say, my relationship is not to you
but to my limitless surroundings, and it suffices.”
The days when nothing, or nothing much, happens
are the ones they can’t forget, the people I know.
They take the car in to get its oil changed,
its tires checked and rotated.
She at the grimy counter and He, out back jimmying
the hydraulic lift, aren’t speaking to each other today.
Two people who live in the world, our world,
hate each other everlastingly today.
Anger is blossoming from the heart of the trivial, the pointless.
Self-esteem is leaking and oozing
over the concrete floor to pool around the feet.
Its color is the pink color of anti-freeze. The air is stringent
with the smell of anti-freeze.
“I’ve experienced that feeling, I’ve felt that feeling, too,”
the people I know want to say,
but too long have distance, decorum, and self-consciousness governed
the interactions they have with those
who take care of their machines for them to break out
of the cotton-mouthed suffocations of the same,
of their sameness, which is, to be fair, mystifying to them.
“But . . . but . . . it’s killing me, Jake, the pain is killing me.”
So the people I know wander out
onto Auto Body Avenue, and think about
the explosions of noise on this major artery of their city,
the traffic in the proximate empyrean,
the intricacies of the nitrogen cycle,
the dance of the universe from the atoms to the stars.
The people I know stare into the plate-glass
coffee-shop windows at the shrunken heads sitting at the counter.
No one can tell me anything more about the people I know
than what I know already about the people I know.
One man I know is dining with a man he knows.
One woman I know has met a woman with her exact name,
who is from Bessarabia,
though she herself is from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
One girl I know is waiting to be born.
One boy I know is taking a nap.

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