October 11, 2014

With the World Series getting underway on October 21st, it is the right time for ED SMITH to be the featured poet in the Magic Circle at GainVille Café on Friday, October 24th. Baseball and other themes (one of his poems has been chiseled into the wall at Penn Station) run through Ed’s book, I Am That Hero, and will be on display for us.

Musical guest will be singer/songwriter JOE JACOVINO on guitar and harmonica.

The Red Wheelbarrow Poets will then sponsor the Bring Your A Game open mic with generous reading times.

Coffee/tea and dessert are included in the $7 cover.

Friday, October 24th, 7:00 PM, 17 Ames Avenue, Rutherford, NJ.


WCW – J. Scott Brownlee

October 9, 2014

J Scott Brownlee

J. Scott Brownlee

Wednesday, November 5, 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

Originally from Llano, Texas, J. Scott Brownlee is a founding member of the Localists, a literary collective that emphasizes place-based writing of personal witness, cultural memory, and the aesthetically marginalized working class. His poems appear in The Kenyon Review, Narrative, Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, Drunken Boat, RATTLE, The Greensboro Review, [PANK], BOXCAR Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of two chapbooks: Highway or Belief, which won the 2013 Button Poetry Prize, and Ascension, which won the 2014 Texas Review Press Robert Phillips Poetry Prize, and is a former Writers in the Public Schools Fellow at NYU. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is the Assistant Director of the University Learning Center for the College of Arts & Science at NYU.

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

Llano River, Sunrise

This morning dark, the light is turning
into morning. Slowly, clouds sift
sand and yellow perch. You walk beside
the river, falling in. Fish swim.
Fish swim the river. Falling in,
you walk beside the sand and yellow perch.
Clouds sift slowly into mourning:
this morning light. The dark turns
into mourning. Slowly, clouds sift
sand and yellow perch. You walk beside
the river, falling in. Fish swim
this morning dark. The light is


WCW – George Witte & Tina Kelley

September 25, 2014

WCW 10 1 14 blog

George Witte & Tina Kelley

Wednesday, October 1, 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

George Witte has published three books of poems: Does She Have a Name? (NYQ Books, 2014), Deniability (Orchises Press, 2009), and The Apparitioners (Orchises Press, 2005). A New Jersey native, he works as the editor in chief of St. Martin’s Press and lives with his family in Ridgewood.

Tina Kelley’s second collection of poetry, Precise, was published in 2013 by Word Press, which also published her first collection, The Gospel of Galore, winner of a 2003 Washington State Book Award. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, (2012) a national bestseller about homeless young people helped by Covenant House. She was a reporter at The New York Times for ten years, shared in a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service Journalism for being a part of the Times’ coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, and wrote 121 Portraits of Grief, short descriptions of the victims. Her writing has appeared in Audubon, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Orion, People, Poetry Northwest, Poetry East, Southwest Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Best American Poetry 2009. She is on the staff of Covenant House and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and two children.

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


GV – A Town Renowned For Poetry

September 23, 2014

AKRAM AL-KATREB will be the featured poet and jazz singer CORINA BARTRA will be the music feature as the Magic Circle returns to GainVille Café in Rutherford, NJ on Friday, Sept. 26.

Akram was born in a city renowned for poetry in his native Syria, and he will be reading in a town renowned for poetry in his adopted America.

Corina has just recorded a CD of songs associated with Peruvian singer Chabuca Grande and has performed it in both America and her native Peru.

The Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ Bring You’re A Game open mic will follow, with generous reading times.

17 Ames Ave, 7 PM.

$7 donation includes coffee/tea and dessert.


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.


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


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


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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