Friday, August 26, 2016


Paul Pines and Frank Murphy will be the Featured Readers at Harmony Café in Woodstock. Details:

Monday, Aug. 29, 2016
8 pm (to be followed by an open reading)
Harmony Cafe is located in the Wok & Roll Restaurant on Mill Hill Road

About his co-featured reader, Paul Pines observes, "Frank Murphy is one of the finest poets I know. His poems are nuanced and moving, skilled in a way that doesn't draw attention to itself but to the substance of the poem. It promises to be a spectacular evening."
Harmony Cafe is located in the Wok & Roll Restaurant on Mill Hill Road. The readings start at 8pm, and there is an open reading as well.

Facebook information available HERE.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


You are invited to enjoy John Wisniewski's interview of Burt Kimmelman at AM FM Magazine. You can see the entire interview HERE, but here's an excerpt:
JW: Burt you studied Medieval history—what appealed to you about this period of man’s history? 
BK: I didn’t study medieval history except within the purview of my study of medieval literature. I was lured into medieval studies by Chaucer’s poetry that just simply blew me away. I soon realized, moreover, that there was something special about medieval literature’s ideality and medieval civilization that a professor of mine, Frederick Goldin, described as a very “clean world.” He certainly was not referring to the standard of material living or anything like that, but rather to a clarity within a world in which what was right and what was wrong were easily and surely identifiable. The ambiguities and equivocations of the modern world had yet to come into being (ironic since they do along with the emergence of modern, empirical science).

Sunday, August 21, 2016


CHARLOTTE SONGS, Paul Pines' last collection from March Hawk Press, is reviewed in the Portraits in Poetry section of the American Book Review. Here's an excerpt from Hasanthika Sirisena's piece,  "Masked":
                I’ll admit that when I first picked up Paul Pines’s latest poetry                         collection I didn’t truly  appreciate its subversiveness… It was only                 when I realized how rare such tributes are that I began to                               understand the true importance of these spare, elegant poems.
 You go go HERE for the complete review. We also replicate it here in an image that can be enlarged:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Eileen Tabios has just released a new poetry chapbook from dancing girl press & studio (Chicago). You can check it out HEREHere's a brief description:
The Gilded Age of Kickstarters presents a dozen poems inspired by 12 Kickstarter fundraising pages chosen at random. The covered fundraising projects are varied, ranging over gluten-free bakers, a scientist's documentary, a peace plan by zombies, art and children's books, eyebrow wax strips, French boot designers, a dance company, a game of plastic bones, a banjo pick, a Sri Lankan cuisine cookbook and a vegetal cyborg. They all attest to our shared zeitgeist!

Monday, August 15, 2016


To Celebrate the Beginning of the Poetry Season and
Three New Marsh Hawk Books — Patricia Carlin’s Second Nature,
Ed Foster’s Sowing the Wind, and Burt Kimmelman’s Abandoned Angel

A Reading by the Authors

Thursday, September 8, 6PM
Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
New York City

About the authors:

Patricia Carlin’s previous books include Quantum Jitters and Original Green (poems), and Shakespeare’s Mortal Men (prose).  She has published widely in journals and anthologies such as BoulevardBOMB, VerseAmerican Letters & Commentary, PleiadesPOOL, The Literary Review, The Manhattan Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency; and she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and VCCA.  She teaches literature and poetry writing at The New School, and she co-edits the poetry journal Barrow Street.

Ed Foster has published more than forty books, including volumes of literary criticism, cultural history, and anthologies His recent volumes of poetry, prior to Sowing the Wind (2016), include What He Ought to Know: New and Selected Poems (2006), The Beginning of Sorrows (2009), and Dire Straits (2012). Celebrated as “one of contemporary poetry’s unique voices,” he is the founding editor of Talisman House, Publishers and Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, he lives now on a hilltop near the Massachusetts/Vermont border overlooking the Connecticut River Valley. Examples of his poetry and photographs can be accessed at

Burt Kimmelman has published sixteen books of poetry and criticism, and over a hundred articles on literature, art, and some memoir. He has been featured on National Public Radio, his poems often anthologized, and has been the subject of a number of interviews (available in print or online). His new collection, Abandoned Angel (Marsh Hawk Press), will appear this October; his eighth collection, Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems (BlazeVOX [books]), was published in 2013. He teaches literary and cultural studies at NJIT, and lives in Maplewood, NJ with his wife, the writer Diane Simmons. More about him and samples of his work can be found at

Friday, August 5, 2016


Sandy McIntosh's latest article on Donald Trump, "What Would Donald Trump Do to the White House?" is featured on Long Island Press--go HERE to read.

Sandy McIntosh first met Donald Trump at the Atlantic Beach Club in 1961. They spent the next four years together as military school cadets. He’s written about these formative experiences for the Long Island Press and The Daily Beast, and subsequently been interviewed by Le Figaro (France), Die Zeit and Zeitungsverlag (Germany), Jyllands-Posten(Denmark), Politico and The Washington Post, as well as Israel’s Channel 10, German Public Television’s ZDF, and for an upcoming Frontline program set to air on PBS Sept. 29, 2016. 


Mary Mackey is interviewed in this podcast interview with Martin LaStrapes. She talks about how she got an agent, wrote a New York Times bestseller, and turned her 3rd grade class into a giant beehive and became their Queen.. Martin gives a great introduction. Mary starts talking about 11 minutes into the interview. Here's the link:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


From Sandy McIntosh:
I'll be reading from my memoir, A Hole In the Ocean: A Hamptons' Apprenticeship at Canio's in Sag Harbor, Saturday, August 13th at 5:00 pm 
"DELICIOUSLY DROLL. Stars-in-the- eyes young poet meets literary and art world icons in the Hamptons. And re- meets and reconsiders. And admires. And continues to honor and to create his own work."—Laura Wells, The East Hampton Star
Canio’s Books was founded in 1980 by Canio Pavone, when Sag Harbor was yet a charming fishing village. It is one of the dwindling number of bookstores left on Eastern Long Island--and, perhaps, even in the whole country--that retains the tradition of the neighborhood bookstore as cultural repository: a lovely and mysterious place among the stacks where young readers and writers can discover the magic of the world of literature, as I once did. 
All sales of my book will be donated to Canio's.


Eileen R. Tabios' THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS is reviewed by Leny M. Strobel in the third issue of THE HALO-HALO REVIEW's Mangozine! Click HERE for Eileen's review, but here's an excerpt
Imagine a string of over a thousand lines offering Beauty and Poet whispering: Do not Forget. 
I accept this gift. Here, the Poet’s elision of her authorial voice (I forgot) offers me, as a reader, the gift of renewing my second sight—where its gifts often hide in alleys sidelined by socially-condoned consensual reality shaped by what we are now willing to admit as the failure of the modern narrative.