February 8, 2014 - Charlie Bondhus
Charlie Bondhus' second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag's Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013 and is due out in November 2013. It was also a finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award. Previously, he published How the Boy Might See It (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), a finalist for the 2007 Blue Light Press First Book Award, and two chapbooks, What We Have Learned to Love, which won the Brickhouse Books' 2008-2009 Stonewall Award and Monsters and Victims (Gothic Press, 2010). His poetry appears or is set to appear in numerous periodicals, including The Hawaii Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Alabana Literary Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Cold Mountain Review, The Baltimore Review, and Ribbons: The Journal of the American Tanka Society. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.
March 8, 2014 - 2nd Saturday Haiku Night
Haiku! Music! Fun! Please bring your own original haiku to share. Each haiku should be a very short three-line poem. It doesn't need to have exactly seventeen syllables like classical Japanese haiku. Each poet can read up to ten of his or her haiku. Bring only haiku, no tankas or other longer poems based on traditional Japanese forms. Lisamarie McGrath, professor of flute at Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and winner of the National Flute Association's Orchestral Competition, will improvise musical interludes with her classical silver flute and Native American flute. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Davis at
. As usual, after the featured haiku readings, we will follow with an open mic for short poems and prose of any format.
April 12, 2014- Michael Czarnecki and Ellen Steinbaum
Michael Czarnecki is a poet, small press publisher, oral memoirist and photographer who lives on Wheeler Hill in the far northwest portion of the Susquehanna Watershed in New York State. Michael founded FootHills Publishing in 1986 and has made his living solely through creative work for almost two decades. He has published 12 chapbooks and books of poetry and given hundreds of readings throughout the United States. His most recent tour was "Poems Across America" in 2013, a 14 week tour that featured a reading in each of the 48 states. More information about Michael can be found at: www.foothillspublishing.com/poetguy
Ellen Steinbaum’s third poetry collection, "Brightness Falls," was published in September 2013. Her work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Fulcrum, Prairie Schooner, and Saint Ann's Review; has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize; and is included in two anthologies, Garrison Keillor’s“Good Poems, American Places” and the recently-published “Widows’ Handbook.” She is the author of a one-person play, “CenterPiece,” which she has performed. A former literary columnist for The Boston Globe, she now writes a blog, “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe,” which can be seen at ellensteinbaum.com. She is a graduate of P.S. duPont High School.