Poetry & Spoken Word Outlook: Bob Quatrone, 5 Spices and Jon Curley.

February 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

[All performances begin at 6pm unless otherwise noted]

Tuesday, February 16th: Pitchers, Catchers and Hitters, featuring Pete Kearney, Frank Messina and Greg Prince. On this first day of spring training, we celebrate baseball, and for good measure we also celebrate boxing. Playboy calls Frank Messina “One of the most widely recognized young poets in America.” He’s also a die-hard Mets fan who authored four books including the critically acclaimed Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry (Lyons Press).

Greg Prince is the co-author, along with Jason Fry, of the very popular blog, Faith and Fear in Flushing, which was recently featured in the January 27th Village Voice cover story as one of “Gotham’s Best” blogs. He’s also the author of the book, Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets (Skyhorse Press). Greg will be reading from his book as well as sharing insights into what’s in store for the Mets in 2010.

Pete Kearney has boxed for the Floral Park Boy’s Club, the U.S. Navy -McMurdo Sound Antarctica- the New York Daily News Golden Gloves and the Echo Park Boxing Club of West Hempstead. His writing addresses a lifelong interest in getting punched in the face.”

Also on Tuesday at 8:30pm, Sherry Weaver’s Speakeasy: Stories from the Back Room, featuring Greg Walloch, Martin Dockery, Leslie Goshko, Gabrielle Selz, William Mullin and John Flynn.

Wednesday, February 17th it’s the George Wallace Poetry Explosion, an open mic event this week featuring poet Clarity.

Friday, February 19th is the latest installment of the legendary Son of Pony open mic series, hosted by Kat Georges. This week we welcome Bob Quatrone, who has written poetry since the late 1960s at Columbia, where his Master’s study on the creative process in Yeats earned him a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. His poetry has been published in the Aquarian, Passaic Review, Lips and the literary ezine, The 4 Horsemen, where he is editor-in-chief. You can peep the Facebook invite here.

Saturday, February 20th, the Greek-American Writers Association convenes.

Sunday, February 21st, four writers arrive from 5 Spice Press. Lois Adams spent part of her early childhood in the Middle East, in Beirut and in Saudi Arabia, and part of her adolescence in South Korea. She has lived since then in and around New York City, where she works as an editor in the field of children’s book publishing. She is the author of the chapbook Body and Soul, published by 5 Spice Press, and is one of the coauthors of To Genesis, a collection of poems also by 5 Spice Press. Patricia Markert was born and grew up in Syracuse, New York. While she was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, she edited Me Too, a literary magazine, with Mary Swanson. Since moving to New York City, she has worked in the publishing industry and is now a librarian. Constance Norgren is the author of the chapbook Same Boat and co-author (with Lois Adams, Barbara Elovic and Patricia Markert) of To Genesis, both from 5 Spice Press. She has poems published in West Branch, Common Ground Review and Yankee – as well as in other journals. She has been a teacher of young children for over thirty years and lives with her family in Brooklyn. Pui Ying Wong is a native of Hong Kong and is bilingual in English and Chinese. She is the author of two chapbooks: Mementos (Finishing Line Press, 2007), Sonnet for a New Country (Pudding House Press, 2008). Her poems have appeared in The Asian Pacific American Journal, Blue Fifth Review, DMQ Review, 5 AM, New York Quarterly, Poetz. An interview with her at Southern Bookman can be seen here.

Monday, February 21st, readings by…Jon Curley, a poet from the Garden State. His new book is New Shadows (Dos Madres Press), and he is originally from New England. Despite all the Newness, he is an Old Soul. Poet Fanny Howe describes his work as having “an aura of homesickness, both Gnostic and New Englandy.” How(e) right she is. Burt Kimmelman has published six collections of poetry and for over a decade was Senior Editor of Poetry New York: A Journal of Poetry and Translation. He is a professor of English at New Jersey Institute of Technology and the author of two book-length literary studies. Michael Heller’s latest volume is Eschaton, published by Talisman House Press. Uncertain Poetries: Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics appeared in 2005. He is an award-winning author of many books of poetry and criticism.

See you next week!

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