West Caldwell Poetry Festival

Sunday, May 17, 2015

1:00 - 5:00 PM

West Caldwell Public Library

30 Clinton Rd.

West Caldwell, NJ 07006


Six Featured Poets

Charlie Bondhus’s second book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won the 2013 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and the Publishing Triangle’s 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Previous publications include How the Boy Might See It (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), and two chapbooks, What We Have Learned to Love—winner of the Brickhouse Books 2008-2009 Stonewall Award—and Monsters and Victims (Gothic Press, 2010). His poetry appears in numerous periodicals, including Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Midwest Quarterly, CounterPunch, and Cold Mountain Review. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, and is the Poetry Editor at The Good Men Project.

Anna M. Evans is the author of Sisters and Courtesans (White Violet Press (2014) and a chapbook, The Stolen From: Poems about Memory & Alzheimer’s. Her poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, American Arts Quarterly, and 32 Poems. She earned her MFA from Bennington College, and is the editor of the Raintown Review. Her awards include fellowships from the MacDowell Artists' Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as the 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize Readers' Choice Award. She teaches at the West Windsor Art Center and Richard Stockton College of NJ.

R.G. Evans' first collection, Overtipping the Ferryman, received the 2013 Aldrich Press Poetry Prize. His poems, fiction, and reviews have appeared in Rattle, The Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Lips, and Weird Tales, among other publications. His original music was featured in the 2012 documentary film All That Lies Between Us. He teaches high school and college English and Creative Writing in southern New Jersey.


Douglas Goetsch is the author of three full-length collections, most recently Nameless Boy, and four prizewinning chapbooks. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, and The Southern Review, as well as in the Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize anthologies. He is a recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His awards include the Paumanok Award, and the Chautauqua Poetry Prize. He is the founding editor of Jane Street Press and has taught at colleges, MFA programs, and dozens of conferences around the country. He leads an ongoing poetry workshop in his Greenwich Village apartment.

Therése Halscheid’s recent book of poems is Frozen Latitudes (Press 53). Other collections include Uncommon Geography, Without Home, Powertalk, and a Greatest Hits chapbook. Her poetry and lyric essays have appeared in many journals, among them The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Natural Bridge. By way of house-sitting, she has been an itinerant writer for several years. Her travels have taken her from the Florida Panhandle to the Arctic north of Alaska, where she lived with and taught poetry to an Eskimo Inupiaq tribe.

Adele Kenny is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently A Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing at All. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the recipient of two NJ State Arts Council poetry fellowships, the first place Merit Book and Henderson Awards, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry, and Kean University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is the founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and the poetry editor of Tiferet Journal. One of her poems appeared on the marquee of the Rialto West Theater in NYC as part of the 42nd Street Art Project. She has twice been a featured reader at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

Two Reading Sessions

Each featuring three of our poets

The Creative Process Discussion

Our six featured poets will discuss how they go about writing poems.

Where do they find ideas, especially when they’re out of ideas? What role does inspiration play?

What interferes with their writing? What promotes it?

The poets will send us home with some writing tips and ideas for our own new poems.


The following nine journals will be on display throughout the day. Editors will be available to provide

submission and subscription information and to answer your questions.


Christine Waldeyer

Edison Literary Review

Gina Larkin

Exit 13

Tom Plante

Journal of New Jersey Poets

Sander Zulauf


Laura Boss

The Raintown Review

Anna M. Evans

The Stillwater Review

Priscilla Orr


Donna Baier Stein

U.S. 1 Worksheets

Nancy Scott


     Schedule of Readings (Please arrive on time to the events.)

     1:00-1:10—Welcome to the Festival

     1:15-2:05—Poets with New Books Reading Session #1

              Charlie Bondhus / All the Heat We Could Carry

              R.G. Evans / Overtipping the Ferryman

              Therese Halscheid / Frozen Latitudes

     (25 minute break)

     2:30-3:20—Poets with New Books Reading Session #2

               Anna Evans / Sisters and Courtesans

               Doug Goetsch / Nameless Boy

               Adele Kenny / A Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing at All

     (25 minute break)

     3:45-4:35—Poets on the Creative Process

               Our six featured poets will gather for this conversation.

     During the breaks, please browse among the journals in the Reference Room.

     The six books by the featured poets will be for sale at the front desk throughout the day.

     Poets will be available to sign books throughout the day and following the final session.

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