23 October 2012

Poetry Workshop & Open Mic, Bean Runner Cafe, 1st November 2012, Peekskill, NY

The Bean Runner Cafe


Thursday 1st November

Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
Workshop and Open Mic sign-up 6:45 p.m.
Open Mic 7:00 p.m.


(Donations accepted and appreciated.)

The Bean Runner Cafe
201 S. Division Street
Peekskill, NY  10566


13 October 2012

Poetry Reading, via SNACKTOOLS, 13th October 2012


Audio reading.....13th October 2012

Night Time--Blue Shirts, Scorched--Continental Drift--Thick With Superstition--Land of the Badger Warren--Spring-Operated Woman.

04 October 2012

Read these, tonight, at the BEAN RUNNER CAFE in PEEKSKILL, NY.....

The next open mic will be Thursday the 1st of November.......

201 S. Division Street, Peekskill, NY  10566

Bean Runner Cafe

Self-Made Man

be still and know that you are loved
unlike any other

the trees, joining branches over the
road, make a canopy of green leaves
for her to walk beneath

detritus placed out on the curb
for the trashman--Wednesday is
collection day, black bags bulging, larval

in them,
oddments--an alphabet soup of letters, some
errant organs still wrapped in sterile plastic, a
kidney here, a heart there, two eyes (the better
to see you with, my dear, as the old wolf said)

she assembles a whole in half the
time it takes her to walk to Bronxville, the
original reconstituted man, add water and
stir briskly, with your smile lipsticked on

expert, so, at making something from

looping great strands of DNA around
her fingers, fashioning this self-made
man, the codes catching in her

she'll teach him to talk, too,
a word at a time, til they
totter in a tower of Babel, together,

embracing his newness in her
arms, him, slick against her in
an August thunderstorm,

fleshy, this man of remnants, who,
new-born, looks upon her, pale-eyed,
learns love like an old repetition

of sums sung out from a window


they crop up, this time of year, on
lawns untroubled by tubers or the
like, pale vestiges of their former,
workaday selves, clad in old clothes
and caps, to scare off the crows....

now, the mass-produced grins mirror
each other, staked in similar clipped
suburban lawns, reduced to the
decorative, the false pleat, the
row of buttons designed to catch the eye

crows are nonplussed by such fellows,
storebought, their tags still attached
as they are staked into the ground, a
xerographic, sixth-generation copy of their
sterner cousins, trousers cut to

ribbons in the wind, their aspect
fearsome, clad, as they were, in
the clothes of the dead, the tattered
remnants of a Sunday suit, worn
shiny, cuffs and collar frayed

and crows and candy-gorging goblins alike,
pass them by, unseeing, unafraid

02 October 2012



Saturday, 6th October 2012

3:00 p.m.  -  5:30 p.m.

Part of the EMBARK/Peekskill Performing & Literary Arts Festival

Hosted by Ian Berger

Energy Movement Center
925 South Street
Peekskill, NY

Poetry and Prose by local writers!!

A FREE event (donations gratefully accepted)

"WINE & JAM" to follow at the BEALE STREET BARBER SHOP (907 South Street)

5:30 p.m.  -  9:00 p.m.

01 October 2012

Bean Runner Poetry Project, Peekskill, NY

EMBARK/PEEKSKILL Performing & Literary Arts Festival, 5th, 6th, and 7th October, Peekskill, NY

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.