celesteSo I’ve decided to get serious about promoting my writing and create a website for myself. This past year, I’ve been writing nonstop and publishing a bit, too, thanks to Jersey City Writers pushing me along. I can’t recommend the group highly enough.

Last night I branched out a bit and attended Wordsmithing, an open mic night that Lana Rose hosts. It was a talented and diverse crowd, and very welcoming. I was blown away by the talent of high school student Celeste Sena (pictured), 2016 NJ Poetry Out Loud Champion, who performed some T.S. Eliot, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and more. Carolyn Light of ArtHouse also co-hosted the night, and I loved hearing her voice as she sang an impromptu song in response to one of the writing challenges. Carolyn will be performing at Transmission on Saturday April 16 at 8pm to benefit Art House. Many thanks to Brightside Tavern for having us over last night.

Next Wednesday, April 13th at 7pm at Barrow Mansion, Jersey City Writers, Jersey City Independent, and Art House are hosting a poetry reading for National Poetry Month. We will be featuring poetry by Claudia Cortese, Abigail Pillitteri, Rachel Poy, Kevin Singer, Simon Pereira Shorey, Holly Smith, John Trigonis, Beth Bentley, Carol Lester, Joe Del Priore, Aileen Bassis, Kay Dominguez, and Adriana Rambay Fernandez. I’m very excited about the lineup, as I got the opportunity to be one of the judges who selected the poetry. Hope you can make it!

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