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- Ellen Steinbaum
Ellen Steinbaum's third collection, Brightness Falls, will be published by CW Books. Her work has been published in the Bellvue Literary Review, Fulcrum, Prairie Schooner, and Saint Ann's Review; has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize; and is included in Garrison Keillor's most recent anthology, Good Poems, American Places. She is a former literary columnist for The Boston Globe and now writes a blog, "Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe" which can be read on her website.