News and Events: Week of September 15th


Karen Chase, Crossfit Great Barrington (11 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA)
Friday, September 19th at 7:00pm
Wine, hor d’ouvres and Polio Boulevard book talk and signing. Co-sponsored by The Berkshire Edge.
Visit Crossfit for more details

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News and Events: Week of September 8th


Jack Ridl, Shores of Lake Michigan (Holland, MI.)
Wednesday, September 10th, 6-9pm
Come Write with Jack (a workshop)
Click here for more info

Howard Levy, Clark University (Worcester MA.)
Wednesday, September 10th, 4:30pm
Click here for more info

Joseph O. Legaspi,Word Bookstore (123 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ)
Thursday, September 11, 7:30pm
Reading with Gina Apostol, Hossannah Asuncion and R.A. Villanueva
Visit Word Bookstore for more info

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News and Events: Week of September 1st


Karen Chase, The Bookstore (11 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA.)
Thursday, September 4th at 7pm
Polio Boulevard Book Launch
Visit The Bookstore for more info

Jack Ridl, Alcona Arts Retreat (P.O. Box 506, Lincoln, MI) Thursday-Sunday, Sept 4-7, all day
Visit Alcona Arts for more info

Dawn Potter, Writers in the Round Retreat (Star Island, NH)
Thursday-Sunday, September 4-7, 2014
Dawn will be teaching poetry at this island poetry and songwriting retreat.
Visit Writers in the Round for more info

Joseph O. Legaspi, Bureau of General Services-Queer Division (83A Hester St., NYC)
Friday, September 5, 7:00pm
Reading with Melissa Febos, Matthew Hittinger and Shelly Oria
Visit Bureau of General Services for more info

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From Poetry Out Loud National Finals

Check out 3rd place winner/NJ state champ Natasha Vargas and her reading of “Ecology” by Jack Collom

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“Blow Out the Candles” by Paola Corso

there was
       no twister
       out her window
no gale

       a black cloud

she mused
       at the shingled pyramid
       floating above her
she dreamt
       her father climbed
       a ladder

and tried to yank
       the roof down

her uncle attempted
       to use reason
       how long
could it defy

       how long

before she pictured
       a baby

in her arms
       each hiccup
       lifting the roof
lowering it

       until she put the child
       on her breast

and the roof grew

but she missed
       the sky
       she missed
its blue mission

       the clouds that pillowed
       her thoughts

and elevated them
       to dream

she blew out
       her baby’s candle
       and as the pyramid
drifted off

       she knew it was
       her own breath

reaching for
       the possibility of air

Paola_corso_BW_webPhoto(1)From The Laundress Catches Her Breath
By Paola Corso

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Events and News: Week of August 18th


Baron Wormser, Greensboro Literary Festival (Greensboro, VT)
Tuesday, August 19th at  7 pm
More info at

Celia Bland and Shira Dentz, The Golden Notebook (Woodstock, NY)
Saturday, August 23rd at 2pm
More info at The Golden Notebook


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News and Events: Week of August 11th


Jack Ridl, The Red Dock (Saugatuck, MI.)
Tuesday, August 12th at 5pm
More info visit


Baron Wormser, Belfast Free Library, Belfast, ME
A reading and talk about poetry and novel writing
Tuesday, August 12th at 7pm
More info at Belfast Free Library


Jack Ridl, Lake Michigan Shore
Wednesday, August 13th from 6-9pm


Karen Chase, The Stanmeyer Gallery ( 2 Main Street, West Stockbridge, MA.)
Thursday, August 14 at 7:30pm
Reading to celebrate Upstreet Magazine’s 10th anniversary
More info at


Joseph O. Legaspi, Audre Lorde Project (147 W. 24th St., 3rd floor, NYC)
Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00pm
Reading with Ocean Vuong, Paul Tran, Jackie Wang and Franny Choi celebrating “Nepantla,” a journal dedicated to queer writers of color
More info at Lambda Literary

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“Notes from a Traffic Jam” by Dawn Potter

Roadmaster truck creaking up from its netherworld,
swaying past the fizzing lights of a diner,
then sliding like a boxy snake into the unremembered night—

Window glimpse of optimists on a couch,
bending forward in eager profile to toast Fortune
with a pair of giant paper cups—

Oh, sometimes I fear I’ve lost the will to imagine
this comedy, this ugly beauty, this moving-picture world.
On and on it runs, trundling out the bumpkin tale of our species

yet wanting nothing from me: neither eye nor heart,
nor sneer, nor timid idle word. I bide my time in this car
like a beetle trapped on a floating weed, biting my nails,

squinting into the disembodied glare of your lanterns,
but you, you, you are a million dream-years away—
You, closing your India-print curtains against the dark;

you, shifting your haunches, humming your tune.
When I remember to hate myself,
I hate myself for not loving you enough—

You, who never lay a thought upon me.

Dawn Potter


From Same Old Story
By Dawn Potter


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“Writing Class” by Howard Levy

Mark the clouds as they settle in,
as they fall asleep over the city.
Mark that the city’s hum
does not rouse them
and note that the gray escaping light
is bent by prisms made from their dreams.

Poll the passersby about those dreams.
A young woman says choreography,
clouds dreaming arabesques.
A man says academia, dreams
that decipher the glyphs of water,
and the oddest person you ask
says snakes
because everything dreams of snakes.

That answer stands you still,
unearths you, separates you
from any cherished sense of progress.
You feel a clinging vine of horror
grow and wrap around your legs,
the very snake of it.

But be larky, challenge those snakes.
Gad about the streets with pens
smoking like six guns.
The world picks up speed
with poets out on the streets.

A poet can make the world spin so fast
that the shallow and the trite
will fly right off of it.

for Ellen B.

LevyFrom Spooky Action at a Distance
By Howard Levy

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News and Events: Week of July 21st


Jack Ridl, Ox-Bow Art School of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Saugatuck, Michigan)
July 25, 10am-5pm
Jack will be teaching a workshop: What Can I Do with the Personal Besides Be Personal


Karen Chase’s lastest collection, Polio Boulevard, was reviewed by Library Journal

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