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Saturday, March 18, 2017

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 a member 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. She has initiated and run poetry workshops for middle-school students. She draws inspiration from other poets as well as nature to further enrich her own writing and teaching. 

Broeck Wahl Blumberg is a former correspondent for a Tokyo-based weekly magazine for which she did interviews of academics and policy makers. Her poetry has appeared in Snow Monkey, The Meadowland Review,  Ithaca Lit, The Stillwater Review, and as part of a production of an off-Broadway play, On the Outside Looking In in New York. She taught writing at the World Trade Institute and for Cornell University’s Off-Campus College Program. 

Teresa Carson is the author of three collections of poetry, Elegy for the Floater, My Crooked House, and The Congress of Human Oddities. She holds an MFA in Poetry and an MFA in Theatre, both from Sarah Lawrence College. She recently retired from her positions as associate publisher at Cavankerry Press and assistant director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at the Frost Place because she will soon be moving to Sarasota, Florida (aka Paradise).

Jessica de Koninck is the author of one full-length poetry collection, Cutting Room (Terrapin Books) and one chapbook, Repairs. She holds a B.A. from Brandeis and an M.F.A. from Stonecoast. In her spare time she chairs the Montclair Board of Education.

Sandra Duguid is the author of Pails Scrubbed Silver (2013) and has published poems in such journals as Journal of New Jersey Poets, Modern Poetry Studies, America, and the Paterson Literary Review,. She was awarded a Fellowship in Poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and twice received Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest. She is a former assistant director at Caldwell University’s Academic Support Center.

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 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 in Waterloo, NJ, and Ellis Island and is a recipient of fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Deborah Gerrish is the author of two collections of poetry, The Language of Paisley and The Language of Rain. She received an Ed. D. from Rutgers University where she was the recipient of a Fry Fellowship. She holds an MFA from Drew University, teaches a poetry workshop at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and serves on the BOT for WWW, Inc. Her collection of poems, Light in Light, is forthcoming in 2017.

Marcia Ivans has published three collections of poetry, most recently Darkness On Sunny Days. She has facilitated Poetry and Pastries, an open poetry reading, for twelve years. She has given many workshops and her work has been published in several anthologies and newspapers.

Tina Kelley is the author of three collections of poetry. Her first book of poems, The Gospel of Galore (Word Press, 2003) won a Washington State Book Award, and her second book, Precise, was published by Word Press in 2012. Her most recent book, Abloom and Awry, is forthcoming from CavanKerry. She was a reporter at The New York Times for ten years..

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, 2010). Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, 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 chapbook is Tattoos.

Julie Maloney is a poet and novelist. As founder/director of Women Reading Aloud since 2003, she leads workshops and retreats—domestic and international. She is the author of Private Landscape: A Book of Poems. In June, she will return to Alonnisos, Greece to host her 7th retreat on this magical island.

Charlotte Mandel has published nine books of poetry, the most recent, Through a Garden Gate, poems written in response to color photographs of the garden created and photographed by Vincent Covello. Previous titles include two poem-novellas of feminist biblical re-vision—The Life of Mary and The Marriages of Jacob. Her awards include the New Jersey Poets Prize.

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 by Northwind in 2006. In 2010, she won First Prize in St. Catherine’s annual Art and Poetry Exhibition.  In 2013, she won an Honorable Mention in the Allen Ginsberg Contest, and an Editor’s Choice in 2015.

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

Priscilla Orr is the author of Losing the Horizon and Jugglers & Tides, both from Hannacroix Creek Books. Her poems has been published in Southern Poetry Review, Nimrod, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the NJ State Council on the Arts.

Wanda S. Praisner is the recipient of fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Dodge Foundation, and VCCA. She is the recipient of the 2017 New Jersey Poets Prize. Her work appears in Atlanta Review, Lullwater Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her fifth book, Natirar, is forthcoming. She's a resident poet for the state.

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 chapbook, Sometimes You Sense the Difference, and the story collection, Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Awards Finalist and 2015 IndieBooks Finalist), and the forthcoming The Silver Baron's Wife (PEN New England Discovery Award). She has won poetry prizes from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and New Hampshire, and shared third place in the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. She publishes Tiferet Journal.  

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 Blue Fifth Review

Seema Tepper earned her MFA in Poetry from Drew University. She 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.

Madeline Tiger is the author of numerous poetry collections, most recently In the Clearing from Dos Madres Press. Her work has appeared in Marlboro Review, Edison Literary Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and elsewhere. She was for many years a teaching artist in the NJ Writers-in-the-Schools Program and a Dodge Poet.

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 Assistant Professor of English at Passaic County Community College, N.J. 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). Her poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Texas Review, and elsewhere. She founded Adanna, a literary journal that focuses on women’s topics.


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