30 September 2012

This Thursday!!!! 4th October 2012 at the Bean Runner Cafe in Peekskill, NY

Join us This coming Thursday for the 5th Installment of The Poetry Project...

Thursday Oct. 4th @ The Bean Runner Cafe (201 S. Division St. Peekskill, NY)

Doors Open 5:45PM

Workshop & Open Mic Sign Up: 6:15PM 

Open Mic: 7:00 PM

Workshop Facilitated By: Ibrahim Asad Siddiq (aka P.O.E.T) 

Open Mic Hosted By: John "Chance" Acevedo 

This Months Feature: TBA

Hope To See You There... If You Can't Make It, Tell Someone Who Can :-D

***All Artist Collective Events Are Free & Open To The Public***

Halfway to Ninety

halfway to ninety and grey-haired
dotage, the infants born with
indignant screams, flailing their arms
into hers, pillar of salt dissolved
into a river
soaking the scrubs of
the doctor, down to
the soles of his shoes

silver threaded through brown, the
tapestry woven and rewoven whilst
the ghosts of suitors wait in the
anteroom--they are as air, no
burden upon the household

and where, from here? the road,
though straight, crops up, uneven,
stubborn patches creased and
cracked, though her soles,
her soul, has adapted to it all,
ripping the bandages off at intervals,
ruthless, relentless, without a word.

a room perhaps, of quiet, where
burnished-gold afternoon turns
into slate-blue evening, the
birdsong singing her, finally, to sleep

29 September 2012

On Receiving Her Twenty-seventh Rejection Slip From the New Yorker

the envelope slits open easily, as most do.
well. so.

you must go, and write a poem about
hedgehogs, hopefully hedgehogs who know
how to gather blackberries (their eyes glinting
back, fresh and unrelenting) crowding the tin pail,
from which mother will make
comforting puddings in oil-painted Ireland

mend the fence, too, whilst you have
a chance, before the neighbors speak
of it

shred that last renewal notice
and enclosed promotional slips for tote bags and
desk diaries
embossed with the elegant gentleman
who hasn't a whiff of silage about him--
bury 'em deep beneath that stony grey soil....

ah, how the lights dim!
turn up the gas, scald the pot,
and make tea for the both of us
before we're off to bed

22 September 2012

EMBARK/Peekskill Performing & Literary Arts Festival 2012

Via the "Peekskill Patch" ---

EMBARK | PEEKSKILL, Performing & Literary Arts PRESENTS 3 DAYS OF PERFORMANCES - Oct. 5, 6 & 7 in Downtown Peekskill
Embark|Peekskill, Performing & Literary Arts, a not-for-profit coalition of performing and literary artists and companies from Peekskill and surrounding communities will host its second Performing & Literary Arts Festival over the weekend of October 5, 6 & 7.  Performances will occur at multiple locations in downtown Peekskill and at Peekskill’s state of the art Middle School Theater.  Local presenters include: YCP TheaterWorksHand to Mouth Players,Andrea Elam’s Synapse Dance Company,Antonia Arts’ The Wiz KidzMark Sinnis,Raygull, and Matt Norris.  Literary offerings will feature Antonia’s South Street Poets and local writers Andrew AcciaroCindy Beer-Fouhy,Ian BergerPatrice Klubnik, MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick, Natalia Ortega-Brown,Dan Shapiro, Maureen Winzig and Elocin Yrneh
On Friday, Oct. 5, Teatro SEA, a returning guest company from NYC, will present their award winningbilingual musical, VIVA PINOCHO! A Mexican Pinocchio with Peekskill’s own and returning guest artist Magician Margaret Steele as the opening act on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 pm at Peekskill’s Middle School Theater.  Tickets at the door $20 Adults, $10 Kids under 12 or for $12 & $8 when purchased in advance through the Dual Language Program or the Oakside School-PTO (contact: 917-692-2372).  Join us at our Festival Opening Night Party featuring Antonia’s South Street Poets and Mary Crescenzo and Friends, featuring David AugustPaul Mesches and Brian Delma Taylor.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Alyssa & Peter Reit of Singing Harp will entertain families with their rendition ofThe Ugly Ducking.  Fusion-belly dancer, Chantal Mariani and local dancer/choreographer, Andrea Elam will capture us with their dances followed by our Literary Director Ian Berger’s SECOND CHANCE, an interactive event featuring local writers while local actress/director, Marilyn Heberling,is performing the one woman comedy Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet at Kathleen’s Tea Room.  Beale Street Barber Shop will host WINE & JAM with a cool line up of musicians including his owner, singer/songwriter, Mark Sinnis while Dylan’s Cellar and Gleason’s provide wine tasting and pizza sampling.  Hand to Mouth Players and YCP TheaterWorks will perform an evening of one acts. The Bitchy Waiter, a returning guest artist, whose hilariously biting blog has landed him a large internet following and a recent spot on the Dr. Phil show, will share his musings with the post-theatre cocktail crowd during Night Cap Variety at the Division Street Grill at 9:00 pm, also featuring, R&B group The Nippy Thieves and storyteller/puppeteer for adults, Sarah W. Young.
On Sunday, Oct. 7, in addition to Hand To Mouth PlayersYCP TheaterWorks encore presentation, we are excited to present from NYC new Guest Artist, Willfull Pictures who will amuse us with their one act, O Feel Ya, a spoof on Shakespeare’s Hamlet at EMC.  12 Grapes will host a Cabaret featuring Embark’s Executive Director, actress/singer/director Katie Schmidt Feder’sLonging, Leaving and Loving and dancer Barbara Nadel’s Sounds of Joy: A Tap Cabaret.  Join us for our FREE Festival Finale CONCERT on North Division Street featuring The Wiz Kidz, Rising Stars, Chordsmen, G-21 Soul and Brian Delma Taylor & Chaka Ngwenya.  Enjoy the theater & music on the showmobile and the restaurants on this Columbus Holiday Weekend!
See performance schedule for times & venues, ticket prices and the amazing individual and family packages.  Many offerings will be FREE of charge.  Also, tickets can be purchased individually at the door of each performance or online at brownpapertickets.com (search by PEEKSKILL).  For more info, visit www.embarkpeekskill.com or email us at embarkpeekskill@gmail.com or Embark|Peekskill on Facebook.
 EMBARK | Peekskill is a coalition of performing and literary artists and community members committed to the establishment and development of a Performing and Literary Arts Center for Peekskill as a home and venue.  It is our goal to be a partner and collaborator with artists, arts alliances, and supporters of the arts.  EMBARK seeks to encourage understanding of the role the arts play in building community and in celebrating diversity.

16 September 2012

EMBARK/PEEKSKILL Performing and Literary Arts Festival 2012, 5th, 6th, and 7th October.

EMBARK/Peekskill - Performing and Literary Arts Festival
5th, 6th, and 7th October 2012

Venues: Energy Movement Center, Peekskill Middle School, Division Street Grill, Beale Street Barbershop, Kathleen's Tea Room, 12 Grapes, City of Peekskill Showmobile on North Division Street.

For FULL FESTIVAL CALENDAR  visit  http://www.embarkpeekskill.com

Many FREE performances.  Festival PACKAGES available!!

Tickets at the door venues have limited seating.....reservations: http://www.brownpapertickets.com
Available 20th September.

Contacts:  embarkpeekskill@gmail.com   or  347-453-3182


EMBARK/PEEKSKILL Performing and Literary Arts Festival

11 September 2012


The Free Art Project......

Bringing poetry to the people....

Click on the link to support this very worthy cause.  Every little bit helps!!   ;- ) 

04 September 2012

Thursday the 6th of September......

The BeanRunner Poetry Project -- First Thursday of Each Month

Poetry Writing Workshop:  6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. 

Poetry Open Mic:  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

BeanRunner Cafe
201 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY  10566




01 September 2012

Reading on 6th October 2012 at the EMBARK/PEEKSKILL Festival!!!

EMBARK/PEEKSKILL -- Festival -- October 5th, 6th, and 7th

Very pleased to have been invited to read on Saturday the 6th of October at the Energy Movement Center, located at 925 South Street, in Peekskill, NY.

Our Writers, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., hosted by Mr. Ian Berger (FREE EVENT) at the Energy Movement Center followed by Wine and Jam at 5:30 p.m., featuring local musicians, wine tasting by Dylan's Cellar, and pizza sampling by Gleason's to be held at Beale Street Barbershop, 907 South Street, Peekskill, NY.

Check out the website: Embark/Peekskill 2012 for a full listing of events!!!