Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tonite May 19 Greek-American Writers' Association at The Cornelia Street Cafe

Tonight, May 19th, I have the pleasure of reading with Larissa Shmailo, Tom Fink, and Penelope Karageorge at The Cornelia Street Cafe.  Greek-American Writers Association hosted by Dean Kostos. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m..  Doors open at 5:45 p.m..

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Writers Fink, Hoffman, Karageorge, Shmailo 
in Greenwich Village 
Saturday Evening May 19th 

The Greek-American Writers’ Association presents four poets, Tom Fink, Roxanne Hoffman, Penelope Karageorge & Larissa Shmailo, Saturday evening May 19th, at The Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. For reservations or more info: 212.989.9319. 


PRLog (Press Release) - May 16, 2012 - The Greek-American Writers’ Association presents four writers, Tom Fink, Roxanne Hoffman, Penelope Karageorge & Larissa Shmailo, Saturday evening May 19th, at The Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. Convening every third Saturday of the month, almost twenty years, for poetry, prose — music, occasionally, and song — the series, with Dean Kostos — his latest book, “Rivering,” soon to be published by Spuyten Duyvil Press — as host, is one of the longest running at the cafe.

"Like the lyre-plucking, ode-spouting Mediterraneans before them, Dean Kostos and a host of writers with Greek heritage give voice to their verses in front of a crowd." writes "TimeOut New York." Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Showtime from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Cornelia Street Café is located at 29 Cornelia Street (off Bleecker, West of Sixth Avenue) in Greenwich Village. Cash-only $7 admission at the door includes a drink. By subway take the A, C, E, F, D trains to West 4th Street, exiting at West 3rd or the Broadway Local #1 to Sheridan Square. From New Jersey take the NJ PATH to Christopher Street. Please call 212.989.9319 for reservations or additional information.

Thomas Fink
Thomas Fink is the author of seven books of poetry, including "Peace Conference" (Marsh Hawk, 2011) and "Autopsy Turvy" (Meritage, 2010), a collaboration with his daughter, Maya Diablo Mason. His work appears in "The Best American Poetry 2007" (Scribner’s). "A Different Sense of Power" (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2001) is his most recent book of criticism, and in 2007, he co-edited "Burning Interiors: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics." Fink’s paintings hang in various collections.

Penelope Karageorge
A freelance journalist, Penelope Karageorge writes frequently about film and theatre. She is the author of a crime novel, "Murder at Tomorrow" (Walker Publishing), "Stolen Moments" (Pinnacle Press) and a poetry collection, "Red Lipstick and the Wine-Dark Sea" (Pella Publishing). Her short stories have been published in journals as diverse as "Mouth Full of Bullets" and "The Charioteer." Penelope began her career as a "Newsweek" reporter, interviewing luminaries including Bette Davis and Cary Grant. She was publicity director of "People" magazine. She's currently developing her original film script, a romantic comedy set on the Greek island of Lemnos, "Drinking the Sun."

Roxanne Hoffman
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 "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" starring Dave Gold and Rick Poli; and several anthologies including "The Bandana 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 started the small literary press Poets Wear Prada with her late husband in 2006, and continues to runs it with the poet, fiction writer and translator Jack Cooper. Her elegiac poem "In Loving Memory" with illustrations by Connecticut artist Edward Odwitt was published as a chapbook in 2011.

Larissa Shmailo
 Larissa Shmailo has been published in "The Unbearables Big Book of Sex," "Barrow Street," "Fulcrum," "Rattapallax," "Drunken Boat," "Big Bridge," "Mad Hatters Review," "Naropa’s We" among other publications. Larissa translated the Russian Futurist opera "Victory over the Sun" by A. Kruchenych for the original English-language production performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, archived at the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. Her CD, "Exorcism" won her the 2009 New Century Music Awards for spoken word with music. "The No-Net World," an earlier CD, is heard frequently on the radio and internet. She has published three books of poetry, "In Paran" (BlazeVox), "A Cure for Suicide" (Cervena Barva Press), and the e-book "Fib Sequence" (Argotist Ebooks).

Host Dean Kostos of the Greek-American Writers' Association Reading Series
Host Dean Kostos of the Greek-American Writers' Association Reading Series
Dean Kostos is Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of a Yaddo fellowship. He is the authors of "Last Supper of the Senses" (Spuyten Duyvil), "The Sentence That Ends with a Comma" (Painted Leaf Press), and "Celestial Rust" (Red Dust Books). He is also the editor of "Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry" and co-edited the anthology "Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write About Their Mothers." His work has also appeared in "Barrow Street," "The Dos Passos Review," "Rattapallax," "Red Rock Review," "Southwest Review," "Vanitas," and on Oprah Winfrey’s Web site

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Phoenix Rises at Scalinatella on Mother's Day, May 13

This coming Sunday, Mother's Day, May 13th, I will be reading in Greenwich Village at 4:00 in the afternoon at Scalinatella (formerly the Scali Caffe) on Bleecker Street for Michael Graves's Phoenix Reading Series. In honor of Mother's Day, I am sharing several pieces about motherhood and my own mother. Two other guest writers will be featured, Rose Bernal and Michael Labombarda.  I am not familar with Mr. Labombarda nor his work, and am most anxious to meet and hear him.  For a long time, I have been a fan and follower of Ms. Bernal, and so I strongly encourage you to come for this rare opportunity hear her read several of her fine works.

Phoenix Reading Series
Sundays at 4PM
@ Scalinatella
245 Bleecker Street
(west of Carmine)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-5353
Michael Graves

Michael Graves, author of four poetry collections, the most recent, “In Fragility” from Black Buzzard, hosts this every Sunday afternoons series at Scalinatella, 245 Bleecker Street (west of Carmine), (212) 255-5353, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. An open reading follows the featured guest writers. There is an $8 food/beverage minimum plus a suggested $3 donation.

Take the 1 train to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square; alternatively the A, B, C, D, E, or F train to West 4th Street and exit at the West 3rd Street exit. 

For more information about the series, please contact Host Michael Graves by email to

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

At the Jujo 6pm Sunday May 6th: Vanessa Hidary & Roxanne Hoffman

Come to the Jujo this Sunday. The Hebrew Mamita Vanessa Hidary and I will be performing from 6-8pm on May 6th at the JujoMukti Tea Lounge, located at 211 E. 4th St., between Aves. A & B, in Manhattan. $5 Admission buys you a pot of tea and a spot on "unplugged" open. Hosted by David Lawton. Directions: Subways F, M (2nd Avenue & Houston); 6 (Astor Place; 8th St and 4th Ave.); Bus 14A from Union Square (3rd St stop and Ave. A).

"Mixed communities. Different backgrounds. Contrasting styles. Two lovely female poets come together to represent the state of the art with good humor and sex appeal." -- David Lawton


The Hebrew Mamita Vanessa Hidary

Here's a little bit about my co-feature: VANESSA HIDARY aka The Hebrew Mamita, Native New Yorker, solo performer, writer has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and recently published her first book "The Last Kaiser Roll In The Bodega." Visit her at

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Exit Strata's "30/30/30: Inspiration, Community and Tradition"

Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, whom I  had the pleasure of meeting at the Annual Chapbook Festival earlier this month, invited both my co-editor at Poets Wear Prada -- Jack Cooper -- and myself to participate in Exit Strata's "30/30/30: Inspiration, Community and Tradition" celebration of National Poetry Month. Each day a different poet shared their thoughts regarding another with a poem by their poetry muse and one inspired.

Jack's inspiration was Hala Alyan who has been recently making the rounds on New York poetry circuit, reading this April for both David Lawton at his At the Jujo Reading Series and for Puma Perl at her D-Day Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club.  Jack's praises for Hala with his and her poems can be found at:  Hala has a book forthcoming from Three Rooms Press later this year.

My inspiration: Nuyorican poet Urayoán Noel, author of three poetry collections – Hi-Density Politics(BlazeVOX, 2010), Boringkén (Ediciones Callejón/La Tertulia, 2008), and Kool Logic/La lógica kool (Bilingual Press, 2005); Assistant Professor of English at SUNY; a Bronx Council on the Arts fellow in poetry, as well as a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.  Read my essay, poetic samplings of his and mine, and watch a Youtube clip of his performance at

Many thanks to Lynne for organizing this online celebration of National Poetry Month,  with a daily post by a different poet celebrating  our "inspiration, community and tradition."