Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rachel Wiley and Peter Thabit Jones in Distinguished Poets Series April 11

The Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is presenting a poetry reading by Rachel Wiley and Peter Thabit Jones on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

The reading is at 1 p.m. at the historic Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street, in downtown Paterson. The program is free; an open reading follows.

Poetry workshops, conducted by Rachel Wiley and Peter Thabit Jones are 10 a.m. to noon at the same location. Pre-registration required; workshop fee $20.00.

Parking is available at the PCCC parking lot on College Blvd., between Memorial Drive and Church St. Call (973) 684-6555 for more information.

Rachel Wiley's first full length collection of poems, Fat Girl Finishing School, was recently published by Timber Mouse Press. A native of Columbus, Ohio, she has a degree in Theatre Studies and has competed in multiple National Poetry Slam Competitions (she was a finalist twice in 2011). Wiley has also toured nationally at slam venues, colleges and festivals, and she was a featured poets at the 2014 Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival.

She is on staff at Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam, where she occasionally gets to host the night. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Frigg Magazine, Drunken Boat, and Nailed Magazine, and she was profiled alongside several other women writers in Hooligan Mag.

Her website is

Peter Thabit Jones was born in Wales and is the author of ten books. His work has been translated into over twenty languages. He is also the co-author, with Aeronwy Dylan, of the Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village , and Poems from a Cabin on Big Sur.

Peter is the recipient of the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry (The Society of Authors, London), The Society of Authors Award, The Royal Literary Fund Award (London) and an Arts Council of Wales Award. He is the founder and editor of The Seventh Quarry Swansea Poetry Magazine, and The Seventh Quarry Publishing Press.

His website is at

The Hamilton Club Building is wheelchair accessible; large print materials and FM assistive listening devices available on request. The Poetry Center at PCCC has been named a Distinguished Arts Project and is funded, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.