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Sunday, May 19, 2013

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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



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Please join us for the TENTH ANNIVERSARY of this showcase event. Twelve journals will be displayed and available for purchase. Subscription and submission information will be provided. Editors will answer questions about publication. Each journal will be represented by two poets who have published in the journal. Readings will be held throughout the event in the Community Room. Poets' books will be available for sale and signing.

Ample Parking
Refreshments Available
#33 Bus Stop Within Short Walking Distance
Many Area Restaurants



Adanna Literary Journal
Christine Waldeyer

Edison Literary Review
Gina Larkin

Exit 13
Tom Plante

Journal of New Jersey Poets
Matt Ayres

Laura Boss

Painted Bride Quarterly
Marion Wrenn

Paterson Literary Review
Maria Mazziotti Gillan

The Raintown Review
Anna Evans

Schuykill Valley Journal
Peter Krok

The Stillwater Review
Priscilla Orr

Adele Kenny

U.S. 1 Worksheets
Nancy Scott


Program for the 2011 festival



Robert Carnevale's poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and other magazines and anthologies. His and Carol Ueland‘s translations of Russian poet Aleksandr Kushner have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Agni, World Literature Today, and Poetry Daily, and a volume of them is now in the works at Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Mike Cohen has had poems published in the Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and Schuylkill Valley Journal, and aired on SKN radio. He has served as a judge in the Montgomery County Poet Laureate competition and for the past five years has hosted Poetry Aloud and Alive, a monthly poetry program. His articles on Philadelphia sculpture appear in the Schuylkill Valley Journal for which he is a contributing editor.

Lorraine Doran’s collection of poems, Phrasebook for the Pleiades, won the 2012 Cider Press Review Book Award. Her recent poems and essays have appeared in Field, Gulf Coast, Barn Owl Review, and American Poetry Review. She teaches in the Expository Writing Program at N.Y.U.

Juditha Dowd’s poetry has appeared in The Florida Review, Poetry Daily, Cider Press Review, Kestrel and elsewhere. She is the author of three chapbooks and a member of Cool Women, a poetry ensemble performing in the New York-Philadelphia metro area. An editor for US 1 Worksheets, she has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize, as well as a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residential fellowship from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Sandra Duguid’s first full-length collection of poems, Pails Scrubbed Silver, was recently published by North Star Press. Her poetry has appeared in the Journal of New Jersey Poets, Modern Poetry Studies, West Branch, and elsewhere. A recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, she taught for twenty years in several colleges and served as Assistant Director of the Academic Support Center at Caldwell College.

Martin Farawell is the author of a chapbook, Genesis: A Sequence of Poems, and his work has appeared in Cortland Review, Southern Review, Tiferet, and elsewhere. His plays have been performed off-off-Broadway and by regional, college, community and international theaters. He has been the recipient of a writing fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a frequent Pushcart Prize nominee. He is the Director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program.

Andrew "Ink" Feindt is the author of four chapbooks and a full-length collection, Miserable with Fire (2011). His poems have appeared in Edison Literary Review, Mad Poets Review, and Journal of New Jersey Poets. His next book, Death Loves a Drinking Game, is due out in 2013 from Piscataway House Publications.

Jim Gwyn‘s work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Lips, Paterson Literary Review, and Seventh Quarry. In 2011 he was invited to read at the Dylan Thomas Poetry Theatre as part of the First International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales. He was the 2008 First Prize winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry contest and has received several Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry.

Miriam Haier is a senior editor of the Painted Bride Quarterly. Her work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal and West 10th.

Eric Heller has been a teacher, technical writer, web designer and blogger; he’s currently a director of marketing. His poems have appeared in US 1 Worksheets, Thatchwork, and Caduceus, among others. He received a Pushcart nomination in 2010.

Ernest Hilbert is the author of two collections of poetry, Sixty Sonnets (2009) and All of You on the Good Earth (2013), as well as a spoken word album recorded with rock band and orchestra, "Elegies & Laments," which appeared on limited-edition CD. His poems have appeared in Southwest Review, American Literary Review, Fence, and other journals. He works as an antiquarian book dealer in Philadelphia.

Linda Hillringhouse is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has taught at Passaic County Community College and the Princeton Day School. She has also taught literature and writing to New York City police. Most recently, she was the Second Place Winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry given by Nimrod International Journal.

Janet Kirchheimer is the author of How to Spot One of Us, poems about the Holocaust and her family. Her work has appeared in Limestone, Connecticut Review, Natural Bridge, and elsewhere. She is producing Behold: Poems of the Holocaust, Then and Now, a performance film featuring poets, actors, and survivors. She teaches poetry, creative writing, and memoir classes in Manhattan.

David Kozinski won the 7th annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, which included publication of his chapbook, Loopholes. He was the featured poet in the Schuylkill Valley Journal’s 2012 spring/summer edition. He received the Eugene F. Szatkowski Achievement Award from the Americans of Polish Descent Cultural Society for his poetry and visual art. His poems have been published in a variety of journals, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Francesca Maxime is a broadcast journalist currently anchoring the news at Ebru TV. She was previously a reporter with WPIX/PIX11 news in New York City. Her second book of poetry, Re-Routed, will be published in 2013. Her first book of poetry, Rooted: A Verse Memoir, was published by NYQ Books in 2012. Her poems have appeared in New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, and Lips.

Kathy Nelson recently moved from NJ to North Carolina. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including The Cortland Review, Edison Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, and US 1 Worksheets.

Kathe Palka is a member of the U.S. 1 Poets’ Cooperative and coedits the online haiku journal Tinywords. Two poems from her recent book, Miracle of the Wine: New and Selected Poems (Grayson Books), have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. She has had work nominated for the Pushcart Prize and received a 2011 eChapbook award from Snapshot Press for her tanka collection As the Years Pass. Her poems have appeared in Alehouse, Exit 13, Poet Lore, and elsewhere.

Wanda Praisner’s third book, Where the Dead Are, was recently published by CavanKerry Press. She is a recipient of a poetry fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts and has received several Pushcart Prize nominations. She’s won the Egan Award, Princemere Prize, and the Kudzu Competition. Her poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Lullwater Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She is a resident poet for the NJ State Council on the Arts.

Edwin Romond’s most recent book is Alone with Love Songs (Grayson Books.) His poems have been featured on NPR, in anthologies, college texts, and journals such as The Sun, Rockhurst Review, Verse Wisconsin, and Tiferet. He has been awarded poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Arts Councils. He is the recipient of the 2013 New Jersey Poetry Prize for his poem, "Champion."

Linda Stern has published her poems in The New Criterion, Mezzo Cammin, The Raintown Review, and elsewhere. She organized the Sweet Singers reading series. She also co-published the poetry magazine Endymion, and more recently, was associate editor of the online poetry journal Umbrella. She lives in New York City and works as an editor.

Chuck Tripi, a retired airline pilot, is the author of Carlo and Sophia, published in 2013 by Cyberwit. Recent poems have appeared in The GW Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Poetry East, and Spillway. He is founding partner of The Paulinskill Poetry Project, a boutique press and resource for poets of the Upper Delaware River Region.

Emily Vogel is the author of five chapbooks, including Digressions on God (Main Street Rag, 2012), and a full-length collection, The Philosopher’s Wife (Chester River Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, Paterson Literary Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor of the online journal Ragazine, and teaches expository and creative writing at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College.

Joe Weil is a lecturer in the graduate creative writing program at Binghamton University-State University of New York. He is also a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation poet in the schools. His book, Painting the Christmas Trees, was published in 2008 by from Texas Review Press. His latest book, The Plumber's Apprentice, was published by NYQ Books in 2009.

Edyatta Wojnar began writing poetry in Poland in her native language. After college she immigrated to the United States. Her poems have appeared in Mobius, Shot Glass Journal, Wawayanda Review, and Adanna Literary Journal. Her chapbook, Stories Her Hands Tell, has just been published by the Finishing Line Press.


Audience 2011 festival




1:30-1:40—The Stillwater Review: Robert Carnevale, Chuck Tripi

1:40-1:50—Painted Bride Quarterly: Lorraine Doran, Miriam Haier

1:50-2:00—Tiferet: Martin Farawell, Joe Weil

(20 minute break)

2:20-2:30—Paterson Literary Review: Linda Hillringhouse, Emily Vogel

2:30-2:40—Lips: Jim Gwyn, Francesca Maxime

2:40-2:50—Edison Literary Review: Kathy Nelson, Andrew “Ink” Feindt

(20 minute break)

3:10-3:20—Adanna: Janet Kirchheimer, Edytta Wojnar

3:20-3:30—Exit 13: Juditha Dowd, Wanda Praisner

3:30-3:40—Journal of New Jersey Poets: Sandra Duguid, Ed Romond

(20 minute break)

4:00-4:10—Raintown Review: Ernest Hilbert, Linda Stern

4:10-4:20—Schuylkill Valley Journal: Mike Cohen, David Kozinski

4:20-4:30—US 1 Worksheets: Eric Heller, Kathe Palka 


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