Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mon 10/24 Saturn Series: Sarah Bedell & Roxanne Hoffman 7PM Nightingale Lounge NYC

A couple of weeks ago, Su Polo invited me to read at her Monday night Saturn Series Poetry Reading at Nightingale Lounge in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood.  Regretfully I've been absent from the weekly open mic for quite some time, returning  last week to support wonderful poet and friend, Mary Orovan, who was the feature.  The open mic had several bright spots including two friends of Mary's both named HaroldRichard W. who read a piece inspired by the recent Wall Street demonstrations and a Mr Austin who read a very interesting long narrative about the artist Ray Johnson, known for his "nothing" performances and his final "nothing" -- his carefully planned death by drowning.  I did catch most of Mary's reading on my little RCA Small Wonder and will be sharing some footage on YouTube and BuzzSprout shortly.

I'll be back at Saturn Series next Monday October 24th as a featured poet.  Joining me will be another poetry friend, Sarah Bedell.  I met Sarah for the first time at one of weekly sessions the late Arthur Bitterman's Riverside Poets Workshop at the Riverside Branch of the New York Public Library during the summer of 2003.  One of the steady contributors to the weekly workshop, and an editor of the group's annual chapbook workshop, she and the poet and actor Anthony Moscini now lead the weekly workshop.

Hoping to see many of you in the audience and at the open mic next Monday at 7pm at Nightingale Lounge at East 13th and 2nd Avenue on Monday, October 24th. Here's are the details of the event:

A NYC Poetry Periodical
~ Poetry Open Mic every Monday nite for 18 years ~
Featuring Sarah Bedell and Roxanne Hoffman
Hosted by Su Polo

Date: Monday, October 24th

Time: 7pm - 9pm. (Open mic sign up starts at 6:30pm.)

Place: Nightingale Lounge, 213 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 ( NW corner of East 13th & 2nd Ave) 212.473.9398
Directions: By subway take 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Union Square/14th St. or L to 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue. NJ PATH to 14th Street and head west.

Admission: 2 Drink/$10 Minimum + $3 Suggested Donation. 21+.

About the Featured Poets:

Sarah Bedell is a poet who has been a New Yorker since college. By day she works in a law firm, and in the evening she teaches English as a Second Language and leads The Riverside Poets Workshop with Anthony Moscini. Her poems have appeared in the annual anthology of The Riverside Poets Workshop, including Volume 13 which was published this fall.

Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider. Her work appears in several anthologies including The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates (Soft Skull Press), Love After 70(Wising Up Press), and It All Changed in a Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial). She's run the small independent literary press, Poets Wear Prada, since 2006.

About the Host:

Su Polo is a multi-talented artist. A native New Yorker, her songs and stories convey unusual insights and surprises found in life's everyday events and encounters. She is a singer/songwriter with guitar and dulcimer, Jazz vocalist, photographer, painter and sculptor, set designer, computer graphic artist specializing in print production and created her website . Her book, Turning Stones, a collection of poems and stories is available at St. Marks Books.

She is the founder and host of the Saturn Series poetry reading in it’s 18th year every Monday night at Nightingale Lounge. She hosts the Artists' Lounge Music Showcase & Open Mic, also at Nightingale Lounge. Su is the set designer for the last 6 years of the New Years Day Poetry Extravaganza held at the Bowery Poetry Club. You can find her on Facebook and Myspace.

Su is currently working on her second book and her one woman show.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday October 3 Poetic License Features Poetry, Spoken Word and Music in Central Park

Monday, October 3, 2001, New York, NY -- The public is invited to enjoy free poetry performances by some of the city's most popular poets at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, this Monday, October 3rd,  from 4pm to 7:30pm, at an annual event series hosted by the infatigible poetry powerhouse Angela Peluso.  Budding and seasoned poets of all ages are encouraged to join the scheduled line up by reading their work at an ongoing open mic between the schedule performance. The event known as Poetic License is 17 years old, and celebrates freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, the pursuit of happiness, and mankinds's creative spirit in the glorious public green space at the core of Manhattan.  Poetic Licences has seen may changes, enduring new mayors and their political regimes, Wall Street and the city's real estate booms and crashes, the death of some of the most regular performers, while continuing to welcome new faces from the New York poetry scene as well as old friends. This Monday's stellar line-up include poets Roxanne Hoffman, Evie Ivy, Ron Price, Florence Kindel.

Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park, New York City, New York

Evie Ivy, a dancer and poet who currently curates two reading series, including the long running Green Pavilion Poetry Event in Brooklyn says "I always enjoy reading for Angela at Central Park, in the fresh air, among the trees. And have been happy to read or listen to an always nicely chosen group of poets! Looking forward ..."

Angela Pelusa says,"Come join us to close the seventeenth season. We're still here, no matter what!"

Directions: Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell, South of Bethesda Terrace btwn 66th & 72nd Sts., New York, NY.  By subway take the C train to 72nd Street at Central Park West,  or 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street & Broadway.   Enter the park at 72nd St. & Central Park West.  Walk east towards the Bethesda Fountain, then head south passing the roller skaters on your right to the bandshell on you left.

Ron Price, a Pulitzer-Prize- and a National Book Award-nominated poet, works as Poet in Residence at the Juilliard School . He has taught as a Poet in the Parks, Poet in the Schools and Poet in the Prisons in Tennessee and Pennsylvania – these in addition to an endless string of useless jobs that include mailroom gopher, assembly line worker, forklift driver, leather craftsman, house organ editor, parking lot attendant and bookstore clerk. He has published in "The American Poetry Review," "The Hindu" (India), "Leviathan Quarterly" (U.K.), "The Painted Bride Quarterly," "Poetry," "Revista Forum" (Mexico,) and "Zone3." He is a past U.S.I.A. Visiting Poet to Belgium; has read and lectured throughout India for the Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs; and has twice given readings in Israel at the invitation of the American Center. He is the author of "Surviving Brothers," "A Crucible for the Left Hand," and "A Small Song Called Ash from the Fire."
Evie Ivy, is a professional dancer and published poet in the NYC poetry circuit. She has three chapbooks, her latest, "Cinquain, My Dear Cinquain, Selected Cinquains"  was recently released by Grey Book Press. Her full-lenth collection, "The First Woman Who Danced," includes poetry based on her experiences as a dancer and dance instructor. She co-hosts one of the longest running poetry readings in the city, The Green Pavilion Poetry Event in Brooklyn, as well the Poets-on-White Reading Series in Tribeca, Manhattan.

Roxanne Hoffman worked on Wall Street, now answers a patient hotline for a New York home healthcare provider. Her words can be found on and off the net in such journals as "Amaze: The Cinquain Journal," "Clockwise Cat," "Danse Macabre," "The Fib Review," "Hospital Drive," "Lips Magazine," "Lucid Rhythms," "Mobius: The Poetry Magazine," "The New Verse News," "The Pedestal Magazine" and "Shaking Like a Mountain;" the indie flick "Love and the Vampire"; and several anthologies including "The Banana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates" (Soft Skill Press), "Love After 70" (Wising Up Press), and "It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure" (Harper Perennial). She runs the small press, Poets Wear Prada, since 2006 and blogs at   and .

Florence Kindel is the author of the chapbook Dissolutions (Green Zone, 2009. Kindel was born in Orange, New Jersey. She has her BA in Fine Arts from Kean University, NJ, and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC, in painting and drawing. She has taught at several colleges in NJ. She has been writing since early childhood and left painting to write poetry in 1983. She lives with her husband and dog in NYC

Angela Peluso, long-time model, performance artist and writer, is the author of "Nude Poet," a very personal collection of poems and stories with vivid color and moody black & white photos interspersed.  Angela has been featured and produced shows at The Back Fence, The Yippie Cafe & Museum, Bowery Poetry Club, The Telephone Bar and the Smalls Jazz Club and has been featured on the "Poetry Thin Air" Cable Show.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Poem Reprinted from The Rutherford Red Wheel Barrow 4

Relativity,” M. C. Escher, 1953,  lithograph, 27.7 × 29.2 cm

By Roxanne Hoffman
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
—Albert Einstein

would mean no waiting
no anticipation

never EVER being late
nor early
nor on time

just existing in the moment
always PRESENT
future and past, spun on a dime.

no cause and no effect
no unfolding story to foretell or to retrospect.

if we’re born and we die INSTANTANEOUS
have we even existed at all?
or if we lead schizoid lives, two-faced like Janus,
does polygamy become protocol?

Or are we merely chaste immortals?

FOREVER wandering the door-locked halls…

Poems Published in Literary Anthology Celebrating William Carlos Williams

I am pleased to announce that 3 of my poems "Life With Clocks," "The Family Tree," "The Pursuit of Progeny" appear in the 4th edition of the The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow

The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, No.4 - 2011 reflects a diversity of voices and styles rarely combined in one book. The fourth annual edition of the literary journal was published last month by the Red Wheelbarrow Poets.  A open call to poets connected with the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative Reading of South Bergen County, past features including guest poets from the Tri-State region and regulars open mic readers, as well as participants of the peer-to-peer poetry workshops at the GainVille Learning Center and Café. Thirty poets are featured: John Barrale, Céline Beaulieu, Sondra Singer Beaulieu, Marian Calabro, the late George de Gregorio, Milton P. Ehrlich, Mark Fogarty, Thomas Fucaloro, Davidson Garrett, Elissa Gordon, Roxanne Hoffman, Jim Klein, Melanie Klein, Janet Kolstein, Kathy Kuenzle, Brant Lyon, Zorida Mohammed, Rick Mullin, Mike O’Brien, Jane Ormerod, George Pereny, S. Gili Post, Tony Puma, Dan Saxon, Claudia Serea, Francesca Sphynx, Madeline Tiger, John J. Trause, Dorinda Wegener and Don Zirilli.

In addition to the poetry, four essays give insight into the life and work of the Rutherford doctor/poet: "William Carlos Williams and the Baroness" by John J. Trause; "The Poetry Reading" by Madeline Tiger; "Friendship and ‘The Figure 5’" by Marian Calabro and "Medicine, Languages, a River and the American Muses in the Work of William Carlos Williams" by Céline Beaulieu. Noted poet Jim Klein, who leads the Gainville poetry workshop, shares his thoughts on creating a painting in "Don’t Talk Unless You Can Improve the Silence," and Mark Fogarty gives a preview of his novel in excerpts from "It’s So Easy to Fall in Love."

The journal was launched on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 7PM at the Williams Center in Rutherford, New Jersey.  Copies are available online at ( and will be available through by the end of the year. For more information and mailorders contact the Editors.