Poetry Month -musings on my first week!

Whitman statute, Whitman Birthplace Huntington, LI

On Saturday April 1 I read in two very different venues: Passaic County Community College in Paterson,  New Jersey, as I was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and Howl Happening, a East Village arts gallery for a book launch of WORD: An Anthology which featured poets and artists or poets as poets and artists. It reminds me that like Whitman, I contain multitudes.  From the broken city across the Hudson where mill building stand, while wood frame houses fall from fire, neglect, despair to the shiny overpriced formerly bohemian EV where I grew up as a young poet and writer and became the woman I am.  The poets range from the academic to the anarchic–I seem to fit in with them all.  I thank Whitman for that inclusiveness of words and tempo and ideas.

Why because on April 7, I took part in the Walking with Whitman series organized by George Wallace for the Whitman Birthplace and Historic Site in Huntington, LI.  Going to LI is not without trepidation.  It’s a haul and I found one of the few express trains there.  I also encounter the not so gentle racism of the place. I sat down in the train car, took out my book to read on the train and this nice middle-aged woman said, “this train does not stop at Jamaica” assuming that somehow I must be on the wrong train.  I politely told her I knew what train I was on and where I was going.  The provincialism of suburbia always amazes me.

But a new friend picked me up at the train station once I got there.  His car had heated seat (nirvana) and off we went to this lovely center which has a beautiful yard, that was the original one for Whitman’s family.  And all things Whitman and a great list of poets in residence there.  I got there in time to hear the “open mic” which was pretty good–most of the poets were middle-aged or older, one very young person.  Then some pleasant music and then George Wallace introduced me and it was one of my best readings.  I read for about 40 minutes & was given an ovation-my first ever. And it was genuine and surprising and I am glad that it was.  I’ve gone to many venues where poets gin up things emotionally or otherwise to get an audience up and off their feet, but I don’t do that, at least not intentionally.

Afterwards there was a Q&A & the questions, the things on people’s minds are the things on mine:-how are we to be poets in this difficult time; how are we to create; what can we do to sustain ourselves and how and what must we do to consider the Future. Whitman talks a lot about the Future in his work, we do as well but it almost always dystopian.  We have to start to think well if we could make a better place for humans and all other creatures and be of good cheer in this cosmos, well what would that be like?  What does it mean to be inclusive, to allow for a range of expressions of sexuality, talent, civility? What will the family be like 50, 100, 200 years from now, that is if humans are still around.  I don’t know.  But I have faith that many of us are working hard to do as poets have done since the first one sang–we create, we present, we hope to connect. We seek knowledge and we hope for love.

Mark Doty, Richard Michelson, me after Paterson Poetry Prize reading.

medallion Walt Whitman Birthplace, Long Island

Patricia Spears Jones Events Schedule 2017-2015

Moes Books, Berkeley CA

Moes Books, Berkeley CA

JANUARY 2017

January 1 The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church

Annual New Year’s Day Benefit

131 E. Tenth Street or 2nd Ave & 10th Street

3 p.m. to midnight, plus

$25.00 donation

Manhattan

 

January 14  Arts for Art

Evolving Festival, Justice is Compassion/Not a Police State

curated by Patricia Nicholson, co-founder

6:30 pm.

131 Suffolk Street Abrazo at The Clemente

Manhattan

info at  www.artsforart.org

 

January 20 Day One: A Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Organized by Ted Degnan and Jen Fitzgerald

Poets House

10 River Terrace

5 – 7 p.m.

Manhattan

 

February, 2017

February 2  Women Poets at Barnard

w/ Lynn Emanuel

Barnard College

Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd floor, Barnard Hall

7 p.m.

Manhattan

February 11, AWP Conference, Washington DC

Panelist: Writing Capitalism: Chicken Shack to Cloud Corporation; Barmaid to Bureaucrat

Organized by Julie Sheehan

w/ J.  Sheehan, Timothy Donelley, Sarah Vap and Sarah Briante

Marquis Salon 7& 8 Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Washington, DC

 

March 2017

March 11  Second Saturdays @CYRUS

organized by Terri Muss & Matt Pasca

w/ Terri Muss

1 Railroad Plz

7-9:30 p.m.

Bayshore, LI,  NY

 

March 21, School of Visual Arts

Voices of Resistance org. by David Pemberton

w/ Lydia Cortes, Sheila Maldonado & Bakar Wilson

SVA Library

380 Second Ave.

Manhattan

7 p.m.

FREE

 

March 26, Bowery Poetry Club

The Golden Shovel Book Launch

Organized by Peter Kahn & Ravi Shankar,

w/ Latasha N. Diggs, Greg Pardlo, Jean Valentine, Elizabeth Macklin, Patricia Smith. et al

308 Bowery

Manhattan

3-5 p.m.

Free

Anthology of poems for Gwendolyn Brooks

Anthology honoring Gwendolyn Brooks-so glad to be in this.

April 2017

April 1  Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Paterson Poetry Prize Winner & Finalists Reading

Organized by Maria M. Gillan

w/ Mark Doty, et al

Hamilton Club Building

Paterson, New Jersey

1 p.m.

FREE

 

April 1, Howl Happening

WORD: An Anthology from A Gathering of Tribes

Emceed by Bob Holman

w/ Sheila Maldonado, Eileen Myles and Edwin Torres

6 E. First Street

Manhattan

7-9 p.m

FREE

 

April 7  Walking with Whitman Poetry in Performance

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association

Curated by Cynthia Shor

6:00-9:30 p.m.

246 Old Walt Whitman Road

Huntington Station, LI, NY

 

April 20  Brooklyn Poets Anthology Reading

Organized by Jason Koo

w/ Timothy Donnelly, D. Nurske, Candace Williams, et al

Smack Mellon

92 Plymouth Street

7 p.m.

$20-$35 at the door

Brooklyn

 

May 2017

May 12, Pete’s Candy Store

w/Sharon Mesmer and Elaine Sexton

curated by Michael Broder

709 Lorimer Street

7 p.m.

Brooklyn NY

http://www.petescandystore.com/


Paterson Poetry Prize Event, April 1, 2017

June, 2017
June 27,  Stanley Kunitz Common Room
w/ Joan Wickersham
Organized by Kelle Groom
Fine Arts Work Center
24 Pearl Street
6:30 p.m.
Provincetown, MA
(508) 487-9960/FAWC.ORG

 

JULY, 2017

July 22, GEMINI Ink

Writers Conference, July 21-23

Reading with Octavio Quintinanilla, Helana Maria Viramontes, Brian Turner

Curated by Alexandra Vanderkamp

1111 Navarro Street

7 p.m.

San Antonio, TX

Information: www.geminiink.org

 

July 26, Cambridge Public Library

The Golden Shovel Book Launch/Mass Poetry

Organized by Maura Snell and Ravi Shankar

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cambridge, MA

 

AUGUST, 2017

August 5, Lincoln Center

La Casita Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Organized by Claudia Norman. LaTasha N. Diggs, C. Daniel Dawson, et al

Hearst Plaza

Noon-3 p.m.

Manhattan

FREE

August 6, Lincoln Center Out-Doors

La Casita at Teatro Pregones

571 Walton Avenue

2 p.m.

Bronx NY

FREE

 

SEPTEMBER , 2017

September 13,  KGB

Inkwell Readings

w/ Richard Hoffman

85 E. 4th Street

7 p.m.

Manhattan

medallion Walt Whitman Birthplace, Long Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

October, 2017

October 21,  Poetry Center

University of Arizona

Thinking in Presence Conference

8 p.m.

https://www.thinkingitspresenceconference.com/

 

October 30, KGB (again)

curated by Jason Schneiderman

85 E. 4th Street

7 p.m.

Manhattan

 

JANUARY 2016

January 12  Poets Settlement

Organized/hosted by Terence Degnan, et al

Breucklyn Colony

274 4th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215

8 p.m.

 

 

FEBRUARY

February 12, Brooklyn Poets Reading Series

Organized by Jason Koo

w/ Rosebud Ben-Oni & Lonely Christopher

BRIC MEDIA ARTS

674 Fulton Street

7 p.m.

Brooklyn

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February 17, Book Launch at BookCourt

Organized by the Poetry Society of America

w/ Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

163 Court Street

Free

Brooklyn

 

February 23, NYU Book Center

Organized by Scott R. Hightower

w/ Barbara Fischer, Terese Svoboda & Jonathan Wells

6 p.m.

726 Broadway

Free

Manhattan

 

February 25, University of Pacific

Organized by Zhou Xiaojing, Ph.D.

English Department

Free

6:30 p.m.

Stockton, CA

 

February 29 University of California, Berkeley

Anniversary Celebration of Robert Hass’ Lunch Poems

w/ Cecil Giscombe, Brenda Hillman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Lynn Hejinian, et al

Morrison Library inside the Doe Library north entrance

5:30 to 7:30 PM

Wine reception

Berkeley, CA

 

MARCH

March 2, Moe’s Books

w/ Dennis Maloney

2476 Telegraph Avenue

7:30 p.m.

Berkeley, CA

 

March 3, The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University

Organized by Steve Dickinson

w/ Clarence Major

1600 Holloway Avenue

4:30 p.m.

San Francisco, CA

http://poetry.sfsu.edu/

 

March 30-April 2 AWP : readings, signings, panel

March 31  Black Earth Institute Fellows’ Reading

AWP Off site Reading: Stories Books and Cafe

T. Broby, M. Durand, A. Hedge Coke, L. Camp, A. Finch

& A. Fisher-Wirth

1716 W. Sunset Blvd

6-8 p.m.

Free

APRIL

 

April 1, Book Signing

Organized by Pam Ushuk

Best of Cutthroat

1 p.m.

April 1  Book Signing  A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems

Organized by Dennis Maloney, Publisher

White Pine Press, Table 743

2-3 p.m.

BOOKFAIR: LA Convention Center/JW Marriott

w/ Matthew Dickman, AWP Los Angeles, 2016

w/ Matthew Dickman, AWP Los Angeles, 2016

April 2,  Out of LA: A Tribute to Jayne Cortez (1936-2012)

Organized by Laura Hinton.  Panelists: Aldon Lynn Nielson,

Jennifer Ryan and Pam Ward

Room 410 LA Convention Center, Meeting Floor Level

3-4:15 p.m.

Los Angeles

https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/schedule_overview

 

April 21, The Kelly Writers House

University of Pennsylvania

broadside Kelly Writers House

broadside Kelly Writers House

Organized by Charles Bernstein, Al Fireis & Jessica Lowenthal

7 p.m.

3805 Locust Walk

7 p.m.

Philadelphia, PA

MAY 2016

photo by John Casquerelli

Reading at Berl’s Poetry Shop

 

May 26, EARSHOT

Organized by Emily Skillings

w/Larry Kaplun, Nicole Sealy and Christian Smith

8 p.m.

Over the Eight, Union & Richardson

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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JUNE

 

June 17,  Benefit  Reading for Community of Writers

Dedicated to C. D. Wright, organized by Alison DeLauer

W/ Kazim Ali, Bob Hass, Brenda Hillman, Cathy Park Hong

Sharon Olds & Kevin Simmonds

7 p.m.

First Congregational Church (Berkeley)

2345 Channing Way

Berkeley, CA

 

June 23, Staff Reading for Community of Writers

w/ Kazim Ali, Bob Hass, Cathy Park Hong and Sharon Olds

7 p.m.

Poets, Squaw Valley, 2016

Cathy Park Hong & Nikia Chaey at Squaw Valley, June 2016

Olympic Valley, CA

 

 

JULY

July 14, 24th Annual Poetry Showcase Reading

Organized by Stephen Motika

w/ Alicia Jo Rabins, Camille Rankine, Stacy Szymaszek

7 p.m.

Poets House

10 River Terrace

Manhattan

 

AUGUST

August 8,  Local 61 Brooklyn YAWP

organized by Jason Koo

7 p.m.

61 Bergen Street

Brooklyn NY

www.brooklynpoets.org

 

SEPTEMBER

September 11  Group Reading

Jefferson Market Library

organized by Scott Hightower. Sally Davidowff, et al

2-4 p.m.

10th Street & Sixth Avenue

Manhattan

 

September 16, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church

Ted Greenwald Memorial–Group reading

organized by Poetry Project

8 p.m.

131 E. 10th Street

Manhattan

Ted Greenwald Memorial Reading at St. Mark's Poetry Project

Ted Greenwald Memorial Reading at St. Mark’s Poetry Project

September 25  Arts for Art/In the Garden Series

organized by Steve Dalanchinsky

w/ Yuko Otomo,

3-5 p.m.

6 BC Garden-E. 6th Street between B&C

Manhattan

 

OCTOBER

October 11,  Reading/PSU, Altoona

Organized by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Noon

Free

Titelman Study of the Misciangna Family Center for the Performing Arts

Altoona, PA

 

October 17, BOOKCOURT/Reading from RESISTING ARREST Anthology

w/ Tony Medina, Marilyn Nelson, Quincy Scott Miller, et al

7 p.m.

163 Court Street

Free

Brooklyn, NY

 

NOVEMBER

November 1, Dia/Chelsea Contemporary Poetry Series

organized by Vincent Katz

w/ Christopher Stackhouse

535 W. 22nd Street, 5th Floor

$10.00 gen admission/$6.00 seniors & students

6:30 p.m.

212-989-5566

Manhattan

 

November 2,  An Openings Roundtable

organized by Sabra Moore

w/ Janet Goldner, Marina Gutierrez,  Cecilia Vicuna, Mimi Smith & K. Miyamota

Rizzoli

6:30 p.m.

 

November 18 The Writers Studio presents

2017 PUSHCART PRIZE ANTHOLOGY Reading

with Charles Baxter, et al & Bill Henderson, Publisher

The Strand Book Store (Rare Books Room)

12th and Broadway

7 p.m.

$15.00 ticket at the desk

Manhattan

 

post reading at The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, Dec. 2015 w/ Lydia Cortes

post reading at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, Dec. 2015 w/ Lydia Cortes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DECEMBER 2015

December 9, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church

Organized by Simone White

w/ Susie Timmons

8 p.m.

Belladonna reading, March 2015

Kimberly Lyons, Laynie Brown, et al,March 2015

131 E. 10th Street

Manhattan

Donation

Home

 

NOVEMBER

November 22,  The Poetry Brothel

Organized by Stephanie Berger, et al

w/ Nick Flynn

New York City

 

November 14, Poets Network & Exchange

Organized by Lorraine Currelley

w/E.J. Antonio, Jacqueline Johnson, Tyehimba Jess

Countee Cullen Branch, NYPL

1 p.m.

Free

http://poetsnetworkandexchange.wordpress.com/

 

OCTOBER

October 19, Tribute to the Poet Ai

Organized by The Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem, et al

w/ Yusef Komunyakaa, Joy Harjo, Sapphire, Timothy Lieu, Susan Wheeler, et al

Prohansky Auditorium, CUNY Graduate Center

Fifth Avenue & 34th Street

7 p.m.

Manhattan

 

SEPTEMBER

September 25, Glitter Pomegranate Series

Bedford Avenue YMCA

Curated by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

w/ Gregory Pardlo, Eugenia Lee and Lynne Procope

1121 Bedford Avenue

6:30 p.m.

Brooklyn, NY

 

 September 20, Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon

Organized by Juliet P. Howard

Invitation Only: Reading/Workshop

TBA

https://www.facebook.com/WomenWritersinBloom.PoetrySalon

 

September 2, The Brooklyn Commons

Music Now! At  Poetry/Jazz
w/Spiritchild XspiritMental, Ras Moshe Burnett, et al  & open mic
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave. btwn Hoyt St. & Bond St.
Brooklyn.
A,C to Hoyt-Schemerhorn/Any train to Atlantic Ave.

6 p.m. -9 p.m.

$11 contribution

 

AUGUST

 August 9, Boog City Festival

David Kirschbaum, et al

Unnameable Bookstore

Vanderbilt Avenue

1:45 p.m.

Brooklyn, NY

 

JULY, 2015

July 25

Merryall Center

Voices of Poetry organized by Neil Silberblatt

w/ Patrick Donnelly, Michael Klein, and musicians

8 p.m.

New Milford, Connecticut

For directions, call (860) 354-7264 or visit www.merryallcenter.org.

 

JULY 26

Fifth Annual The New York Poetry Festival

Organized by Stephanie Berger

w/ Nick Flynn David Matlin and Fran Quinn

3 p.m.

Algonquin Stage, Colonels Row Park

Governors Island

Free

About

 

MAY, 2015

Center for Women Writers

with Metta Sama and Meera Nair at Salem College, North Carolina

May 1, Museum of Modern Art

Debut Reading: Poetry Suite for Migration Series, One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence

Migrations Series and Other Works organized/curated Elizabeth Alexander

w/ Rita Dove, Nikky Finney, Terence Hayes, Tyehimba Jess,

Crystal Williams, et al

6:30 p.m.

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1

Manhattan

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/events/23538

 

May 10, hosting WORDS SUNDAY

Janet Kaplan and Jacqueline Jones LaMon

Calabar Imports

4 p.m.

351 Tompkins Avenue

Brooklyn

 

May 15, Center for Book Arts

The Broadside Series hosted by Sharon Dolin

w/ Ada Limon, Jen Bervin and Genine Lentine

7 p.m.

28 W. 27

Manhattan

 

APRIL 2015

April 2, Hell Yes, Readings from The Inferno by Dante Alghieri

Cathedral of St. John Divine

Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street

9 p.m.

Manhattan

Open to the Public

April 12, hosting WORDS SUNDAY

w/ LaToya Jordan and Ras Moshe Burnett

Calabar Imports Bed-Stuy

351 Tompkins

Brooklyn

info@calabar-imports.com

 

MARCH 2015

March 3, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Women’s Herstory Conference

w/ Lee Briccetti, Elaine Sexton, Nita Noveno, et al

7-9 p.m.

Manhattan

Free

 

March 8 McNally Jackson Books

Curated by Belladonna Collaborative

w/ Laynie Browne and Kimberly Lyons

7 p.m.

52 Prince Street

Manhattan

Free

 

March 18 The Center for Women Writers

Curated by Metta Sama, Director

w/ Meera Nair

Salem College

7 p.m.

601 S Church Street

photo by John Casquerelli

Reading at Berl’s Poetry Shop

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101

http://www.salem.edu/community/cww/

 

 

FEBRUARY  2015

February 5 RESPOND at Smack Mellon
DUMBO FIRST THURSDAY
“Don’t shoot” curated by Samuel Jablom
w/ Anomalous who, Steve Dalachinsky, Joyce LeeAnn Joseph,
Yuko Otomo, and Peter Rugh
7:30 p.m.
SMACK MELLON
92 Plymouth Street @ Washington
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Free

JANUARY  2015

January 1, The Poetry Project New Year’s Day Benefit
Organized by The Poetry Project
w/ a cast of hundreds
2 p.m. to midnight
St. Mark’s Church on the Bouwerie
131 E. 10th Street
Manhattan
Donation: $20

January 3, First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum
Poetry Popup in Crossing Brooklyn
Organized by Alan Felsenthal
w/ Corinna Copp, Ricky Laurentis, and Charles North
Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn
Free w/ Museum Admission

DECEMBER

December 1, KGB Monday Night Poetry Series
Organized by John Deming
w/ Shanna Compton
7:30 p.m.
E. 4th Street
Manhattan

NOVEMBER POETRY EVENTS

November 11, Poets@Pace
w/ Monica de la Torre
Organized by Charles North
Pace University
Once Pace Plaza
Manhattan
6-7:30 p.m.
FREE

OCTOBER POETRY EVENTS

October 12, AiPO POETRY SCULPTURE
w/Christine Malvasi, Sophie Malleret,Najee Omar, &Nikhil Melnechuk
Organized by Samuel Jablon
1-2 p.m. UNION SQUARE
Manhattan
FREE

SEPTEMBER  POETRY EVENTS

September 13, Greenpoint Branch
Brooklyn Public Library
Organized by Melanie Nielsen
w/ Kristen Gallagher
107 Norman Ave @Leonard Street
Brooklyn, NY
718-349-8504

September 24-27, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future
Of African-American Poetry
James Madison University
Furious Flower Poetry Center
Organized by Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
www.jmu.edu/furiousflower

JUNE POETRY EVENTS

June 19, Lunch Poems, Word for Word Series
Organized by Paul Romero
w/ Lydica Cortes,  Jessica Greenbay,  Jocelyn Lieu & Sharan Strange
12:30 p.m.
Free
BRYANT PARK Reading Room
Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street
Manhattan

June 29, Voices of Poetry
Organized by Neil Silberblatt
w/ Chivas Sandage, Vivian Shipley, Mark Statman & Bianca Stone
4 p.m.
$15/$10 students
26 Bedford Road
Katonah, NY.