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Book Review of Innocence in Mom Egg Review

Linda Lerner, author of Yes, the Ducks Were Real (NYQ Books, 2015), did a fabulous review of my latest book, Innocence (Finishing Line Press, 2017) in the Mom Egg Review. The Mom Egg Review, edited by Marjorie Tesser, is a journal that supports the diverse creativity of mothers and of those influenced by their mothers.

Review by Linda Lerner

In the poem “The Palace,” a child who was never conceived is trapped in a palace destroyed “in seconds” (6)–a repetitive phrase used in the poem–but “still left standing” and she becomes the central metaphor of this collection. This child “caught in between the bricks” (6)is the same one “who drew flowers and animals everywhere” until in Kindergarten “her imagination learned to stay within the lines;” (3)and it is the same child, who “like a dandelion” is playing freely outside her mother’s door—slamming disapproval when the game ends with rain beating down on her.(3) Used in the double sense, the verbs to give birth and to imagine become synonymous. The recurrent art theme in many of these poems works along the same lines. The artist, for now, has vanished in “Picture of Life;” the colors fade; “brushes lie unwashed / too brittle for use.”(4) Her pictures, like the child who wasn’t conceived, never broke out onto the canvas and are lost in “inertia.” There is no birth.

Read more at:

http://momeggreview.com/2017/07/18/innocence-by-patricia-carragon/

Reminder Carragon July Events

Reminder: Patricia Carragon July Events

A Garden Variety of Poetry and Prose at the 6th Street and Avenue B Community Garden

Saturday, July 22, from 3:30 – 5:30

with Patricia Carragon, Arden Levine, and Richard Jeffrey Newman, and friends

A Garden Variety - POETRY and PROSE, hosted by Mindy Levokove.

Words among the bleeding hearts and the tomatoes.

Open mic—Bring your words and sign up to read 

6th Street and Avenue B

New York, NY, 10009

Free Event

FACEBOOK EVENT:

https://www.facebook.com/events/121542351770097/?acontext=%7B"source"%3A5,"page_id_source"%3A501966219997429,"action_history"%3A[%7B"surface"%3A"page","mechanism"%3A"main_list","extra_data"%3A"%7B%5C"pagh

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Berl’s Poetry Shop

Rooms of Our Own: Women Read Poetry and Prose

Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.

With Tsaurah Litsky, Nancy Mercado, Patricia Carragon, Elisabet Velasquez

141 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (347) 687-2375

FREE Event!

F train to York

FACEBOOK EVENT:

https://www.facebook.com/events/148264629073198/

Tsaurah Litzky is a widely published, Pushcart Prize nominated, poet, performer and writer of fiction, memoir, erotica, plays and commentary. Her major poetry collections are "Baby On The Water" (Long Shot Productions) and "Cleaning The Duck" (Bowery Books). The most recent of her sixteen poetry chapbooks is "Full Lotus - Poems about Yoga" (Night Ballet Press). She has performed her work in over fifty venues. Most recently she presented her poetry in Prague at the High Holy Mass of Poetry via Skype. Tsaurah believes it’s a privilege to be a poet.  ~ Nancy Mercado is the editor of the "Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology" published in Voices e/Magazine, an online literary journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College- CUNY. She is a guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics and assistant editor for Eco-poetry.org; a website dedicated to addressing the issue of climate change. The author of "It Concerns the Madness" (Long Shot Productions), her work has been extensively anthologized. For more information, go to:  nancy-mercado.com ~ Patricia Carragon’s latest book is “Innocence” (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and the "Cupcake Chronicles” is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Patricia curates the Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She is a member of Brevitas, Pen Literary Workshop, Woman Writers in Bloom, and Tamarind. She is one of the executive editors of Home Planet News Online. ~ Elisabet Velasquez is a Puerto Rican writer, mother, feminist from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her work has been nominated for Best Of The Net. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including Huffington Post, Muzzle, Latina and Vibe Magazine. She is a VONA alumni, a 2017 Poets House Fellow and the author of the chapbook "PTSD." You can find her online at:ElisabetVelasquez.com

Caro, Cortes, Hernandez, Perez-Bustillo on Sat 8/26

Poetry Grows in Brooklyn Heights 2017

Brownstone Poets Inspiring Brooklyn Since 2005

Brownstone Poets presents Natalie N. Caro, Lydia Cortes, Diana Gitesha Hernandez, Mireya Perez-Bustillo on Saturday, August 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights and there's an open mic as well.

PLEASE NOTE THAT BROWNSTONE POETS WILL NO LONGER BE ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH!

Saturday, August 26

at 2:30 p.m

Natalie N. Caro Lydia Cortes Diana Gitesha Hernandez Mireya Perez-Bustillo

@ 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:

Please check the MTA's "The Weekender" for all transit updates.

http://web.mta.info/weekender.html

$5 Donation – plus Food/Drink - Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon

FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/136859460233366/?context=create&previousaction=create&sid_create=1793262543&action_history=[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22create_dialog%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22user_create_dialog%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A[]%7D]&has_source=1

pcarragon@gmail.com

brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/

patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/

en-gb.facebook.com/people/Brownstone-Poets/541314712

Bios:

Natalie N. Caro is a Bronx-born artivist, editor, and 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominee. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Lehman College/CUNY where she currently teaches freshman and an MFA in Poetry from City College/CUNY where she was selected as one of the first recipients of the Creative Writing Fellowship. Sometimes, she swears that school saved her, but then she thinks about colonization of the mind and feels some type of way. She used to want to be a mermaid, but she learned to write before she ever learned to swim.

Lydia Cortes is the author of the poetry collections Lust for Lust (Ten Pell Books) and Whose Place (Straw Gate Books). Her work appears in the anthologies Puerto Rican Poetry: An Anthology from Aboriginal to Contemporary Times (U Mass Press, 2006) and Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012 (Editorial Campana). Recent work has appeared on the Black Earth Institute’s 30 Days Hath September poetry feature curated by Patricia Spears Jones; in Poems in the Aftermath and What Rough Beast (both Indolent Press); Resist Much, Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Dispatches Editions); and Upstreet.

Diana Gitesha Hernandez "Gitesha" is an inter-disciplinary artist. Co-founder of the poetic/voice/jazz group, The Artemis Collective. Hernandez is an early member of the Nuyorican Poets Café. She has authored several books of poetry, appears worldwide in performances and anthologies. Raw Lips Melao: A Nuyorican Rhapsody is available on Amazon. Her debut CD IMBUED (2013) weaves her voice with jazz and poetry as Miguel Algarin, founder of the Nuyorocan Poets Cafe notes "makes these words swirl with passion" She is a graduate from the Swedish Massage Institute, has a masters from LIU in guidance counseling and holds a BA from SUNY in Jazz Performance and painting. Her artwork is shown and collected internationally.

Mireya Perez-Bustillo, born in Colombia and raised in New York, writes poetry and fiction in Spanish and English. In her work she searches for that "other voice" breaking through entrapment and oppression, the fragile markers to unearth more hidden voices. Her work appears in Revista del Hada, Caribbean Review, Americas Review, Diosas en Bronce: Anthology of Colombian Women Writers, Vibe Viva, IRP Voices, among others. Her novel, Back to El Dorado, is forthcoming.

FLP Women at the Mulberry Street NYPL

INISHING LINE PRESS Women, Sat, August 19 at The Mulberry Street NYPL

Finishing Line Press Women, A Celebration of Women Writers

Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mulberry Street Branch NYPL 10 Jersey St, New York, NY 10012 (212) 966-3424

Amy Barone, Patricia Carragon, Karen Neuberg, Debora Lidov, Margaret McCarthy, Zara Raab

Hosted by Patricia Carragon

Subways: F and D to Bway Lafayette, 6 to Bleecker Street, R to Prince Street.

Please check the MTA Weekender for scheduled track work info:

http://web.mta.info/weekender/lineview.html?r=r

Amy Barone’s latest chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, is from Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in First Literary Review-East, Gradiva,Standpoint (UK), Paterson Literary Review, and Sensitive Skin, among others. She spent five years as Italian correspondent for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Foothills Publishing published her first chapbook, Views from the Driveway. She belongs to PEN America Center and the brevitas online poetry community. From Bryn Mawr, PA, Amy lives in New York City.

Patricia Carragon’s recent publications include Bear Creek Haiku, Sensitive Skin, and Sensations Magazine among others. Her latest book is Innocence (Finishing Line Press, 2017). The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Patricia hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She is a member of brevitas, as well as the PEN Women’s Literary Workshop, Women Writers in Bloom, and Tamarind. She is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online.

Debora Lidov is the author of the FLP chapbook Trance. Her poems have appeared in Cutthroat, Five Points, Salamander Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky, The Threepenny Review, and Upstreeet. She is employed as a medical social worker and serves as board president for the Indolent Arts.

Maria Lisella is the sixth Queens Poet Laureate 2015-2018. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated work appears in Thieves in the Family (NYQ Books), Amore on Hope Street and Two Naked Feet. Her work is also included in The Traveler''s Vade Mecum (Red Hen Press, 2017). She co-curates the Italian American Writers Association readings. By day, she writes for USA TODAY, Travel Market Report and the bilingual publications, La Voce di New York and Bridge Puglia.

Karen Neuberg is the author of two chapbooks, “Detailed Still” (Poets Wear Prada) and “Myself Taking Stage” (Finishing Line Press). “The elephants are asking” is forthcoming later this year from Glass Lyre Press. Her poems and collages appear in numerous journals including Canary, Forage, New Verse News, Poets for Living Waters, and S/tick. She’s a multiple Pushcart and a Best-of-the-Net nominee, and is associate editor of the online poetry journal First Literary Review East.

Margaret McCarthy's poetry collection Notebooks From Mystery School (Finishing Line Press, 2015) was a New Women’s Voices Award finalist. She writes heightened language plays based on her poems. The Sacrificial King: A Play For John Lennon was produced in NYC; Deirdre Retrograde was read at La Mama Theatre, NYC. McCarthy works as a professional photographer. She publishes A Vision And A Verse, www.avisionandaverse.com an e-broadside combining her images and poetry.

Zara Raab’s books are Swimming the Eel and Fracas & Asylum (David Robert Books, 2010, 2013); The Book of Gretel, and Rumpelstiltskin, or What’s in a Name? (Finishing Line Press, 2010, 2013), the latter chapbook a finalist for the Dana Award. Her book reviews and poems appear in Verse Daily, River Styx, West Branch, Arts & Letters, Crab Orchard Review, and The Dark Horse. New work is forthcoming from Poet Lore, Broad Street, and the Hudson Review.

Publication Catch Up for May and June

Publication Catch up for May and June

Been behind on so many things with my busy schedule, and now I'm posting my publication news dating back from May and June.

Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot #139, May 2017:

in this lovely issue with Jayson Amsber, Steve Austerman, Michael Ceraolo, Corey Cook, Chris Faiers, Peggy Dugan French, Robert Gniewek, Dean Wiseman Golden, Toma Rosen, Dennis Saleh, David, Sermersheim, T. Kilgore Splake, David Stone, June Stuart, Simone Wheeler, P.L. Wick, Paula Yup. Thank you Ayaz Daryl Nielsen

like tombstones the rocks remember each flower that died

sunlight hides sadness the flowers and herbs seek comfort from rocks

blue moods hide in clouds . . . departs whenever sorrow finds closure

resilience the last flower blooms beyond its time

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Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot #140, May 23, 2017:

from bear creek haiku #140: poets Cathy Porter, Toma Rosen, Lone Crow, Patricia Carragon, Ndongolera C. Mwangupili, Joanna M. Weston, and, Paula Yup

mosquito lovefest scratching my way subway in motion through summer wheels sing lullabies passengers fall asleep

^poet Patricia Carragon Brooklyn, New York^

https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2017/05/from-bear-creek-haiku-140-poets-cathy.html

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Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, June 12, 2017:

our friends, their fine poetry: James B. Peters, Toma Rosen, Carl Mayfield, Patricia Carragon, Peggy Dugan French, Joanna Weston, Ndongolera C. Mwangupili, Rex Sexton, and! Judith Partin-Nielsen

mosquito lovefest scratching my way through summer

behind Brooklyn Bridge walls of gray mist hide skyline delusional rain

like cat's eyes doors to inner peace open and shut

Patricia Carragon Brooklyn, New York

https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2017/06/our-friends-their-fine-poetry-james.html

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Bear Creek Haiku Blogspot, June 21, 2017:

poetry: Lysa Collins! Karen O'Leary! Vivian Bolland Schroeder! Diane Webster! Judy Katz-Levine! Joanna M. Weston! Judith Partin-Nielsen! and, Patricia Carragon!

subway in motion wheels sing lullabies passengers fall asleep

sunrise hearing the birds not the train

Patricia Carragon Brooklyn, New York

https://bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com/2017/06/poetry-lysa-collins-karen-oleary-vivian.html

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One Hundred Voices, Vol. III (Centum Press):

Happy that Centum Press published my short story, "Mural Man," in their One Hundred Voices, Vol. III. Thank you Meredith Anderson and Christian Lee. You can pre-order your copy at:

https://www.centumpublishing.com/product-page/one-hundred-voices-volume-three

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World Enough Writers Beer, Wine, and Spirits Anthology:

Also pleased that "Bird Watch" has found another home in the World Enough Writers Beer, Wine, and Spirits Anthology forthcoming this December. Thank you Lana Hechtman Ayers.

That all folks!

Cheers,

Patricia

Patricia Carragon July Events

Patricia Carragon July Events

A Garden Variety of Poetry and Prose at the 6th Street and Avenue B Community Garden Saturday, July 22, from 3:30 – 5:30

with Patricia Carragon, Arden Levine, and Richard Jeffrey Newman, and friends

A Garden Variety - POETRY and PROSE, hosted by Mindy Levokove. Words among the bleeding hearts and the tomatoes. Open mic—Bring your words and sign up to read 6th Street and Avenue B New York, NY, 10009

Free Event

FACEBOOK EVENT:

https://www.facebook.com/events/121542351770097/?acontext=%7B"source"%3A5,"page_id_source"%3A501966219997429,"action_history"%3A[%7B"surface"%3A"page","mechanism"%3A"main_list","extra_data"%3A"%7B%5C"pagh

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Berl’s Poetry Shop

Rooms of Our Own: Women Read Poetry and Prose

Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.

With Tsaurah Litsky, Nancy Mercado, Patricia Carragon, Elisabet Velasquez

141 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: (347) 687-2375

FREE Event!

F train to York

FACEBOOK EVENT:

https://www.facebook.com/events/148264629073198/

Tsaurah Litzky is a widely published, Pushcart Prize nominated, poet, performer and writer of fiction, memoir, erotica, plays and commentary. Her major poetry collections are "Baby On The Water" (Long Shot Productions) and "Cleaning The Duck" (Bowery Books). The most recent of her sixteen poetry chapbooks is "Full Lotus - Poems about Yoga" (Night Ballet Press). She has performed her work in over fifty venues. Most recently she presented her poetry in Prague at the High Holy Mass of Poetry via Skype. Tsaurah believes it’s a privilege to be a poet. ~ Nancy Mercado is the editor of the "Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology" published in Voices e/Magazine, an online literary journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College- CUNY. She is a guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics and assistant editor for Eco-poetry.org; a website dedicated to addressing the issue of climate change. The author of "It Concerns the Madness" (Long Shot Productions), her work has been extensively anthologized. For more information, go to: nancy-mercado.com ~ Patricia Carragon’s latest book is “Innocence” (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and the "Cupcake Chronicles” is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Patricia curates the Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She is a member of Brevitas, Pen Literary Workshop, Woman Writers in Bloom, and Tamarind. She is one of the executive editors of Home Planet News Online. ~ Elisabet Velasquez is a Puerto Rican writer, mother, feminist from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her work has been nominated for Best Of The Net. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including Huffington Post, Muzzle, Latina and Vibe Magazine. She is a VONA alumni, a 2017 Poets House Fellow and the author of the chapbook "PTSD." You can find her online at:ElisabetVelasquez.com

The “johnmac Radio Show” with Patricia Carragon, Sun, 7/2 at 7 p.m.

The “johnmac Radio Show” with Patricia Carragon, Sun, 7/2 at 7 p.m.

The “johnmac Radio Show” with Patricia Carragon, Sun, 7/2 at 7 p.m.

John F. McMullen will have me as a guest on Sunday, July 2nd at 7:00 P.M. I plan to discuss Brownstone Poets and share my poetry from my new book Innocence from #FinishingLinePress and read an excerpt from The Cupcake Chronicles forthcoming from #PoetsWearPrada.

Join us then at 7:00 PM Eastern time by clicking: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/johmac13/2017/07/02/the-weekly-johnmac-radio-show on your browser on your browser and / or by dialing 646 716–9756 on your telephone (use the phone if you wish to join us on the air — John usually holds callers until near the end of the conversation.

You can order a copy of Innocence from Finishing Line Press:

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/innocence-by-patricia-carragon/

or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Innocence-Patricia-Carragon/dp/1635341523/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

No Brownstone Poets Reading in July!

No Brownstone Poets Reading in July!

Happy Semi-Summer Hiatus!

Enjoy the heat and sunshine. We will be back in August with more poetry and prose. Stay tuned to more Brownstone Poets 2017 Anthology readings in September and October. Information to come . . .

Starting in August, the readings will be held on the 4th Saturday, unless there is a Jewish Holiday or Easter. No more readings in December.

Come Saturday, August 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant

to hear three dynamic women:

Natalie N. Caro, Lydia Cortes, Nancy Mercado

Should be dynamite!

Innocence Events

CARRAGON'S UPCOMING JUNE INNOCENCE READINGS

Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Park Slope Library 431 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Free Admission Open Mic Host: Anthony Vigoritio Subways: F to Seventh Ave F, R to 9th Street/4th Ave

Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1769487726714728/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story

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INNOCENCE Book Launch at The Cornelia Street Café

With Amy Barone, Davidson Garrett, and Karen Neuberg

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1145930445513553/?context=create&previousaction=create&sid_create=2052825725&action_history=[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22create_dialog%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22user_create_dialog%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A[]%7D]&has_source=1

Amy Barone, author, Kamikaze Dance, (Finishing Line Press)

Davidson Garrett, author, To Tell the Truth I Wanted to be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems(Finishing Line Press)

Karen Neuberg, author, Myself Taking Stage (Finishing Line Press)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. The Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia Street Café, NY, NY 10014 $10 admission includes a drink

Hosted by Roxanne Hoffman

Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, to West 4th Street #1 to Christopher Street

BIO:

Patricia Carragon’s recent publications include The Avocet, a Journal of Nature Poetry, Bear Creek Haiku, Clockwise Cat, First Literary Review-East, Panoply, poeticdiversity, Sensations Magazine, Sensitive Skin, The Yellow Chair Review, among others. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005) and Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). Her latest book is Innocence (Finishing Line Press, 2017). The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada. Patricia is an active member of Brevitas, a group fiercely dedicated to short poems, as well as the PEN Women’s Literary Workshop, Women Writers in Bloom, and Tamarind. She is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online.

Innocence Events

Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Park Slope Library 431 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Free Admission Open Mic Host: Anthony Vigoritio Subways: F to Seventh Ave F, R to 9th Street/4th Ave

Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1769487726714728/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story

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INNOCENCE Book Launch at The Cornelia Street Café

With Amy Barone, Davidson Garrett, and Karen Neuberg

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1145930445513553/?context=create&previousaction=create&sid_create=2052825725&action_history=[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22create_dialog%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22user_create_dialog%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A[]%7D]&has_source=1

Amy Barone, author, Kamikaze Dance, (Finishing Line Press)

Davidson Garrett, author, To Tell the Truth I Wanted to be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems (Finishing Line Press)

Karen Neuberg, author, Myself Taking Stage (Finishing Line Press)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. The Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia Street Café, NY, NY 10014 $10 admission includes a drink

Hosted by Roxanne Hoffman

Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, to West 4th Street #1 to Christopher Street