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Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Reading in Celebration of Women's History Month

Women Poets Reading Poems That Reflect the Lives of Women

West Caldwell Public Library
30 Clinton Rd.
West Caldwell, New Jersey

Community Room

1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public


Questions to Diane Lockward

Reception Following the Reading

Please join the poets for beverages, cookies, and conversation.


Dawn Gunther Bernstein is the Vice President of South Mountain Poets. She has an M.Ed. in Mathematics from Pace University and has worked as a teacher and consultant for over ten years. Her passion for merging arts and curriculum led her to partnering with artists in her classroom and later initiating and running poetry workshops for middle-school students. As a poet she draws on inspiration from other poets as well as nature to further enrich her own writing and teaching.  

Norma Ketzis Bernstock’s poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies from the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region and is frequently heard on WJFF Catskill Radio Her chapbook, Don’t Write a Poem About Me After I’m Dead, was published by Big Table Publishing in 2011.

Theresa Burns

Jessica de Koninck is the author of one full-length poetry collection, Cutting Room (Terrapin Books) and one chapbook, Repairs. She is also on the editorial board and is the poetry editor for Jewish Currents Magazine. She finds herself busier in retired life than when working full time.. 

Jane Ebihara is a retired middle school teacher who now nurtures her love of language with a village of poet friends in Allamuchy, New Jersey. Her poems have appeared in several journals and literary publications. Her chapbook, A Little Piece of Mourning, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014.

Laura Freedgood is the author of three chapbooks, most recently What I Would Paint If I Could (Finishing Line, 2012). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Crafty Poet (ed. Lockward). She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, and won a three-year poetry grant from the City University of New York, where she taught as Assistant Professor.

Sondra Gash is the author of Suit and Dress, forthcoming from Kelsay Books, and Silk Elegy, a finalist for the 2003 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times, Calyx, Paterson Literary Review, U.S. 1 Worksheets and the anthology, Washing Lines. She has read at the Dodge Festival and Ellis Island and is a recipient of fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Deborah Gerrish is the author of three books of poems, Light in Light (2017), The Language of Paisley (2012), and a chapbook, The Language of Rain (2008). Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She was awarded an Edward Fry Fellowship from Rutger’s University and received an MFA in Poetry from Drew University,. She plans readings for Visiting Poets and teaches poetry workshops at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Marcia Ivans has published three collections of poetry.. She has been a member of Women Who Write for over 10 years. She recently concluded facilitating Poetry and Pastries, an open poetry reading, after 16 years.

Tina Kelley’s third poetry collection, Abloom and Awry, came out in April from CavanKerry Press, joining Precise (Word Press), and The Gospel of Galore, winner of a 2003 Washington State Book Award. Ardor, her first chapbook, won the 2017 Jacar Press chapbook competition. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, and reported for The New York Times for ten years, sharing in a staff Pulitzer for 9/11 coverage.

Adele Kenny is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Not Asking What If (2016) from Welcome Rain Publishers. Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published in journals, books, and anthologies. The recipient of two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, she is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and poetry editor of Tiferet.

Denise La Neve was a contributor and editor for the 2016 Meta-Land anthology (The Poet’s Press). Her poetry appears recently in Quill and Parchment, the 2016 Red Wheel Barrow anthology, and Exit 13. She co-hosts the longstanding North Jersey Literary Series in Teaneck, NJ, and is writing a chapbook inspired by her childhood experiences in Citers France.

Gina Larkin is a retired teacher and is the founder and editor of The Edison Literary Review. She is also the author of When the Gods Play Hide and Seek.

Deborah LaVeglia is director of Poets Wednesday, the longest running poetry series in NJ. She has been published in many poetry journals and anthologies including Lips, Edison Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Ragazine, and Overview, Ltd. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has published one chapbook, Vigil

Diane Lockward is the editor of The Crafty Poet II and the original The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop. She is also the author of four poetry books, most recently The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (Wind Publications, 2016). Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry, and The Writer’s Almanac. She is the founder, editor. and publisher of Terrapin Books.

Nancy Lubarsky has been an educator for 30 years and is currently a superintendent in Mountainside, New Jersey. She has been published in the journals Edison Literary Review, Lips, The Stillwater Review, and Tiferet. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her most recent book is The Only Proof.

Julie Maloney is a poet and novelist. As founder/director of Women Reading Aloud since 2003, she leads workshops and retreats—domestic and international. Her debut novel, A Matter of Chance (She Writes Press), will debut in April.

Charlotte Mandel's tenth book of poetry, To Be the Daylight, is newly published by White Violet Press, an imprint of Kelsay Books. Previous titles include two poem-novellas of feminist biblical re-vision—The Life of Mary and The Marriages of Jacob. Her awards include the NJ Poets Prize and two fellowships in poetry from NJ State Council on the Arts.

Elizabeth Marchitti's poems have appeared in Journal of New Jersey Poets, Lips, Paterson Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Pause. . .And Begin Again, was published in 2006 by Northwind Press. Her poems have won an Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg contest five times, including 2017. Growing Old Disgracefully, a chapbook, was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press.

Marilyn Mohr is the author of two volumes of poetry, Satchel (CCC Press, 1992) and Running the Track (Aesopus Press). She was  the curator of The Poets' Forum in West Orange, N.J. for twenty years. Her recent work appears in the anthology Meta-Land, Poets of the Palisades II

Wanda S. Praisner received the 2017 New Jersey Poets Prize. A resident poet for the state, her work appears in Atlanta Review, Lullwater Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her sixth collection, To Illuminate the Way, is forthcoming.

Susanna Rich is an Emmy Award nominee for poetry, a Fulbright Fellow in creative writing, and the winner of the 2013 Ekphrasis contest. She is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Surfing for Jesus. As founding producer and principal performer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, she tours her one-woman, audience interactive poetry happenings, including the musical “Shakespeare’s *itches: The Women Talk Back.” She is the recipient of the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching at Kean University.

Donna Baier Stein is the author of The Silver Baron's Wife, Sympathetic People, Letting Rain Have Its Say, and Sometimes You Sense the Difference. She was a founding editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. She lives in Bernardsville.  

Carole Stone is Professor emerita, Montclair State University. Her most recent poetry books are Late (Turning Point, 2016), Hurt, The Shadow (Dos Madres Press, 2013) and American Rhapsody (Cavankerry Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in Adanna, Bellevue Literary Journal, Cave Wall, and in the anthology The Book of Donuts.

Seema Tepper earned her MFA in Poetry from Drew University. Her work has been published in the Paterson Literary Review. She has read her work at the Poetry Center in Paterson and has taken numerous workshops there. She has also won awards for her visual art in the Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show.

Carol Tremper's poetry has appeared in The Journal of NJ Poetry, Voices from Here, Stillwater Journal, and in Grounds for Sculpture’s Art Ten Ways. Her 2012 poem, “Persona Poem in Zimmerman's Voice,” was selected by Pulitzer Prize poet Tracy K. Smith, to be read aloud on WNYC, in a listener challenge. She has written two professional books, many articles, and Cognetics creative challenges, and has edited one national and two N.J. newsletters on education.

Christine Waldeyer is a poet and Associate Professor of English at Passaic County Community College, N.J. She earned her doctorate from Drew University with a focus in creative writing and her certificate in college leadership from Rowan University. She has published three poetry collections, Frame by Frame, Gravel, and Eve Asks (all with Muse-Pie Press), co-edited Writing after Retirement: Tips from Successful Retired Writers (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). She also founded Adanna, a literary journal that focuses on women’s topics.


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