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Howard Pflanzer and George Spencer at Park Plaza Restaurant

Howard Pflanzer and George Spencer, Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant Brownstone Poets presents Howard Pflanzer and George Spencer, Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy the varied menu at this affordable family-run diner while listening to great poetry. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well. Brownstone Poets presents: Howard Pflanzer George Spencer Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. Park Plaza Restaurant 220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900 Subways: Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street R to Court Street 4 or to 5 Borough Hall For more directions: http://www.hopstop.com/ $4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic Curated by Patricia Carragon pcarragon@gmail.com brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/ patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/ en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712 BIOS: Howard Pflanzer is a playwright, poet and director, who immerses himself in the ebb and flow of the universe, pursuing adventures in life, love and creation. Dead Birds or Avian Blues was published by Fly By Night Press (2011). Last July he created, adapted and directed a hybrid poetic performance work, Walt Whitman Opera, with music by Constance Cooper for the undergroundzero festival. He has written epic plays about Freud (Cocaine Dreams), Walter Benjamin (On the Border), Sartre, Camus, De Beauvoir (Living With History), Ted Bundy (Poetry Class With Serial Killer) and other cultural icons. George Spencer is a writer, film producer and director, and visual artist presently working on a large installation combining found objects, reconfigured furniture, soft sculpture, sound, video and lighting. He is a Director of Millennium Film Workshop. His most recent book of poetry, Unpious Pilgrim, was published by Fly by Night Press/Gathering of the Tribes.

Howard Pflanzer and George Spencer, Saturday at Park Plaza Restaurant

Howard Pflanzer and George Spencer, Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant Brownstone Poets presents Howard Pflanzer and George Spencer, Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy the varied menu at this affordable family-run diner while listening to great poetry. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well. Brownstone Poets presents: Howard Pflanzer George Spencer Saturday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. Park Plaza Restaurant 220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900 Subways: Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street R to Court Street 4 or to 5 Borough Hall For more directions: http://www.hopstop.com/ $4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic Curated by Patricia Carragon pcarragon@gmail.com brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/ patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/ en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712 BIOS: Howard Pflanzer is a playwright, poet and director, who immerses himself in the ebb and flow of the universe, pursuing adventures in life, love and creation. Dead Birds or Avian Blues was published by Fly By Night Press (2011). Last July he created, adapted and directed a hybrid poetic performance work, Walt Whitman Opera, with music by Constance Cooper for the undergroundzero festival. He has written epic plays about Freud (Cocaine Dreams), Walter Benjamin (On the Border), Sartre, Camus, De Beauvoir (Living With History), Ted Bundy (Poetry Class With Serial Killer) and other cultural icons. George Spencer is a writer, film producer and director, and visual artist presently working on a large installation combining found objects, reconfigured furniture, soft sculpture, sound, video and lighting. He is a Director of Millennium Film Workshop. His most recent book of poetry, Unpious Pilgrim, was published by Fly by Night Press/Gathering of the Tribes.

Shadow of the Geode

Shadow of the Geode/ La Sombra de la Geoda- Thur, January 1, 2015 Thursday, January 1, 2015 Shadow of the Geode/ La Sombra de la Geoda The 21st Annual Alternative New Years Day Spoken Word Extravaganza Poetry from 2 p.m. to Midnight I will be performing between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. 3rd St (between Aves. B and C) New York, NY -10009 212- 780 - 9386 Open Mic Available Free Admission Come Celebrate 21 Years with 150 Spoken Word Artists! Through the storms and brutalities–the Alternative New Year’s Day Extravaganza continues! This annual event has become a tradition that gives voice to a culturally diverse group of performers of all ages. It is a multi-media event and includes musicians and artists of all kinds, in addition to the rambunctious, irreverent poets who have gathered together for the last two decades. Join us at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café! Add your poetic language to the mix! Clean out your bookshelves! Paperback books accepted and will be donated to Books Through Bars DIRECTIONS: By subway, F train to the 2nd Avenue stop. Use the 1st Avenue exit and walk north on 1st Avenue away from Houston Street. Make a right on East 3rd Street and walk 2 and a half blocks until you reach #236. By bus, take the M14A to Avenue A and E. 3rd Street or the M15 to 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street and walk east, or the M14D to East 4th Street and walk west. By car, take the FDR Drive to the Houston Street exit and go straight onto Houston Street, make a right on Avenue C and a left on East 3rd Street.

Publication News

Sorry for my silence. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to post anything. I’m healing beautifully after my recent bunion surgery on my left foot. I also need to find a less toxic job in January/ February that would suit my needs as a human being and give me time to write and socialize. Will be back with Brownstone Poets Anthology news after Christmas. In February, Brownstones will be back on track with readings and the 2014 Anthology readings at Barnes and Noble and Park Plaza Restaurant. Right now, I need to mend and focus on the present. Have a happy holiday season! Pattie PUBLICATIONS: The 13 Days Of Halloween by Local Gems Press Day 5 – October 23, 2014 Halloween Teeth101 I shared the space with Jillian Roath and Narges Rothermel ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nomad’s Choir, Fall 2014, Vol.22, Issue 4 Saffron and Gold-Haibun (For Sweta Srivastava Vikram) In this issue, there are wonderful poets: Garrett B. Robinson, Alexandra Portal, Steven Baker, Linda Lerner, Bob Heman, Valerie Stephens, Joseph Rebis, Jr., Maria Chisolm, Bill Pyles, Marilyn Thomas-King, Austin Alexis, Richard Fein, Kriste A. Matrisch, and more. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015 Haiku Calendar (Allbook Books) like dervishes seedpods glide off trees --------------------------------- veins on leaves my tree’s hands touch mine --Patricia Carragon Artists in 2015 Haiku Calendar from www.allbook-books.com Nancy Abraham Elena Botts Thomas Brinson Paula Camacho Patricia Carragon Chris Clendenin Jeanne Clendenin steve dalachinsky Betsey Dickerson Adam D. Fisher Tiokasin Ghosthorse Geraldine Green Russ Green Stacey Gunnard Barbara Harris Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) Patrice Hasbrook Linda Marie Hilton Lucas Hunt Bill Kenney Maria Manobianco Sheila Mardenfeld A. Molotkov MariJo Moore Chris Nicola George H. Northrup, PhD Yuko Otomo Kaveri Patel Tony Quagliano Bev Robertson Narges Rothermel Robert Savino Keith Simmons Paul Smith Ash Straw Patti Tana Lynne Weixel, PhD Kay J. Wight Ginger Williams ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Weekly Avocet, #102 November 26, 2014 under Brooklyn sun my hair gets copper highlights treetops airbrushed red --Patricia Carragon -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry Fall 2014 veins on leaves my tree’s hands touch mine ------------------------- lamppost moon sunshine leaves autumn nocturne ------------------------------------------- leaves somersault on sidewalks autumn breeze --Patricia Carragon I am happy to be in this issue with George Held, Mary Jo Balistreri, Charles Portolano, Erica Mapp, and more. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Upcoming: The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry Winter 2014 like confectioners sugar on Christmas cookies snowflakes on pine cones ------------------------------------------ my maple tree stripped down to its “fig leaf” -------------------------------- nighttime silhouettes naked branches shadow dance behind blinds --Patricia Carragon -------------------------------------------------------- The Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word/ Performance Extravaganza 2015 Anthology (Rogues Scholars Press 2015) New Utrecht Avenue

more october publications

OCTOBER MAY BE ENDING ON HALLOWEEN, BUT I STILL HAVE PUBLICATIONS NEWS TO SHARE BigCityLit My poem, “Birthday Thoughts” in the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 edition of Big City Lit: Please click on this link to read : http://www.bigcitylit.com/fall2013/poetry/poetry.php?page=carragon Also check out the work from the terrific talent below at this link: http://www.nycbigcitylit.com/ Poetry: On Balance: Walking Ten Miles Home: This Fall's 2013 to Spring's 2014 poetry collection includes work by Holly R. Appling, Eileen Brilliant, Patricia Brody, Rosalie Calabrese, Patricia Carragon, Robert Klein Engler, Allen C. Fischer, David Francis, Elisabeth Frischauf, Maria Gregorio, Joanne Grumet, Patrick Henry, Kate Irving, Katrina Kostro, Lola Koundakjian, JKL, Richard Levine, Marina Mati, Michael Morical, B. Z. Nidtich, Eve Packer, Anne Elezabeth Pluto, Jared Smith, Raleigh Thompson, Melinda Thomsen, and Barry Wallenstein. Twelve: Poems by George Wallace Big City, Little: Shiela e. Black: Re-Mix: To My Brothers and Sisters Living in the West Fiction: Roy Robins, Six Stories Thaddeus Rutkowski, Absent Without Leave Articles: Richard Levine A City Story of Residential Radon, Natural Gas and Lung Cancer Christopher Cappelluti, The Recorded Poetry of Barry Wallenstein Essays: Robert Klein Engler, Inaugural Poetry, Clinton and Benghazi Patrick Henry, Strategy at Red Star Belgrade, excerpt from Facing the Music Natasha Lvovich, Renamed and Deleted Reviews: George Drew on Bouncing The Rubble: The Unearthing of Juan J.Morales: Friday and the Year That Followed Pamela L. Laskin's Plagarist, reviewed by Melinda Thomsen Bookshelf: New Additions: Kate Irving, Raising the Arsonist's Daughter from the Dead Quitman Marshall, You Were Born One Time Richard Levine, The Cadence of Mercy Patricia Brody, Dangerous to Know CDs: Raleigh Thompson: Chemistry Field Report: Field Report Cory Branan: Mutt Various Artists: Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The 13 Days Of Halloween by Local Gems Press My poem, "Halloween Teeth," is on Day 5 of the 13 Days of Halloween by Local Gems Press. I share the day with Jilian Roath and Narges Rothermal. HALLOWEEN TEETH HAIKU ---Patricia Carragon the sound of drills jack o'lantern smiles under construction jack o'lantern smiles the curse of too much Halloween candy jagged teeth jack o' lanterns in need of dentures dental phobia your insurance won't cover another crown the economy scarier than being drilled by Freddy Krueger -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Avocet I have three haiku on the Fall 2014 issue of The Avocet. I’m pleased that George Held, Erica Mapp, Mary Jo Balistreri, Charles Portolano, and more are also in this issue. veins on leaves my tree’s hands touch mine --------------------------------- lamppost moon sunshine leaves autumn nocturne ----------------------------------------- leaves somersault on sidewalks autumn breeze

Happy Holidays

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BROWNSTONE POETS Wishing Everyone Peace, Love, and Happiness! The series will shut down for a holiday hiatus from November thru January. Will keep everyone posted on the Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Reading coming to Park Plaza Restaurant and Barnes & Noble Park Slope early in 2015. Will get in touch with all 2014 featured poets and series supporters for the 2015 Anthology in November. Info to come . . . Poetically Yours, Patricia Carragon Curator, Editor-in-Chief Brownstone Poets

Brevitas 11 Sun, November 2 at 2 pm

Performed Readings! Book Release Party! Short Poem Open Mic! Sun, November 2 at 2 pm Host: Flash Rosenberg • cartoonist, poet, and giraffe-wrangler Co-founders: Poets Jim Pignetti and City Lore Founder, Steve Zeitlin $10 admission includes a complimentary copy of “brevitas 11•anthology of short poems • 2014” Bowery Poetry Club • 308 Bowery • New York City (between Houston & Bleecker Streets) www.boweryartsandscience.org/ brevitas is a community of invited poets who email one or two original poems (14 lines max) to the group on the 1st and 15th of each month. Jim Pignetti and Steve Zeitlin launched brevitas 11 years ago with a small coterie of poet friends. The group has now evolved into a powerful incubator of poetry. ______________________________________________________________________________ Dorothy Friedman August • Amy Barone • Susan Gerardi Bello • Maura Candela • Claudia Carlson Patricia Carragon • Jan Garden Castro • Esther Cohen • Steve Dalachinsky • Gil Fagiani • Christian Garaud Bob Heman • Cindy Hochman • Evie Ivy • Andrew Kaufman • Kit Kennedy • Ron Kolm • Patrick Lee Maria Lisella • Tsaurah Litzky • Karen Neuberg • Helen Peterson • Jim Pignetti • Leslie Prosterman Tom Rigney • Flash Rosenberg • Dorothea Hutton Scher • Zev Shanken • Hal Sirowitz • Ed Smith Esther K Smith • Sparrow • Gerd Stern • Richard Storm • Juanita Torrence-Thompson • John J. Trause Alicia Vasquez • Angelo Verga • Nathan Versace • Carolyn Wells • Jeffrey Cyphers Wright • Steve Zeitlin

October Publication News

"The Wind" by Stephen Martin Gang - woodcut Happy to announce that my poems, “New Utrecht Avenue,” “When I Die,” and “The Little Mouse That Smiled” are in this terrific Puerto Rican Bi-Annual online literary/ arts journal, Solunestrella Caribbean Publications (edited and published by Stephen Martin Gang). I share the space with Flash Rosenberg, Stephen Martin Gang, Alexandra Ostolaza de Jesus-, and Miriam Wold– Nupastel. Please click on the link below. www.solunestrella.com

Jane Ormerod and Richard Loranger at Park Plaza

REVISED LINE-UP: Brownstone Poets presents Jane Ormerod and Richard Loranger on Saturday, October 4 at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy the varied menu at this affordable family-run diner while listening to great poetry. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well. Brownstone Poets presents: Jane Ormerod Richard Loranger Saturday, October 4, at 2:30 p.m. Park Plaza Restaurant 220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 718 – 596 – 5900 Subways: Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street, 4 or to 5 Borough Hall For more directions: http://www.hopstop.com/ $4 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic Curated by Patricia Carragon pcarragon@gmail.com brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/ patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/ en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712 BIOS: Jane Ormerod is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle (Three Rooms Press, 2012), RecreationalVehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, 2009), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Jane’s work also appears in numerous US and international anthologies and journals including Have a Nice NYC (Three Rooms Press, 2012), Maintenant, AND / OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ambush Review, and Sparring with Beatnik GhostsShe is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA, an independent press focusing on edgy and experimental poetry and prose. Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Poems for Teeth, as well as The Orange Book and nine chapbooks, including Hello Poems and the recent 6 Questions (Exot Books). Recent work can be found in the online journals London Grip New Poetry (www.londongrip.co.uk) and The Marsh Hawk Review (www.marshhawkpress.org) and in the just released anthology I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (great weather for MEDIA). You can find more about his work and scandals at www.richardloranger.com.

No More Third Tuesday Readings

Dear Poets and Friends, After several years, I’m sorry to report that I must discontinue all Brownstone Poets Third Tuesday Readings at Café Dada. Due to increased responsibilities at work and the uncomfortable ambiance and pricey food at this café, curating has become way too difficult to handle. But we did have good fun and poetry at The Fall Café, Tillie’s of Brooklyn, Linger Café, and Café Dada, and poetry will continue to grow in Brooklyn Heights with the First Saturday Readings at Park Plaza Restaurant. This restaurant/diner offers great food at affordable prices and the beautiful back room is perfect for a reading. Come to the Heights on Saturday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. for an afternoon with Michael Broder and Richard Loranger and a fantastic open! The series will shut down for a holiday hiatus from November thru January. Will keep everyone posted on the Brownstone Poets 2014 Anthology Reading coming to Park Plaza Restaurant and Barnes & Noble Park Slope early in 2015. Will get in touch with all 2014 featured poets and series supporters for the 2015 Anthology in November. Info to come . . . Poetically Yours, Patricia Carragon Curator, Editor-in-Chief Brownstone Poets