Saturday, February 1, 2014

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards Reading Today

The winners of the 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards will read their winning poems at a Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony today Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College.

This free program will take place at 1:00 PM in the historic Hamilton Club Building of Passaic County Community College, 32 Church Street, corner of Ellison, downtown Paterson.

The readers include:  First prize—Svea Barrett, Fair Lawn, NJ, “After my son texts me from college…” and Grace Cavalieri, Annapolis, MD, “Gray's Tea Room, 1940”. Second prize—Charles H. Johnson, Hillsborough, NJ, “Sunday Comics.”

Poetry workshops with Barrett or Cavalieri will be held at 10 a.m. on February 1. Workshop fee is $15; pre-registration required (call 973-684-6555 for more information or to register).

Honorable Mention recipients, include: Stanley H. Barkan, Merrick, NY, “The Alleys of Cefal├╣”; Howard Berelson, Teaneck, NJ, “A Weekend of Poetry”; Norma Ketzis Bernstock, Milford, PA, “My High School English Teacher Suggests We Listen to FM Radio”; Laura Freedgood, Montclair, NJ, “Requiem”; Gail Fishman Gerwin, Morristown, NJ, “My Skype Cousin”; Jim Gwyn, Clifton, NJ, “Real Men Read”; Antoinette Libro, Sea Isle City, NJ, “Time and Material”; Michael Lupi, Clifton, NJ, “The Source Code in the Snowdrift”; Elizabeth Marchitti, Totowa, NJ, “I Am Not White Bread”; Francesca Marguerite Maxime, Brooklyn, NY, “Bias”; Frank L. Niccoletti, West Orange, NJ, “The Word Made Flesh”; Joseph Rathgeber, Clifton, NJ, “American Poetry”; Robert A. Rosenbloom, Bound Brook, NJ, “Aaron 24/7”; Donna Spector, Warwick, NY, “When Your Mother is Dying”; Hilde Weisert, Chapel Hill, NC, “Berkshire Summer”; and Cherrie Woods, Baltimore, MD, “Hermoso Negro”.

The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, honoring Allen Ginsberg’s contributions to American Literature, are given annually to poets, both established and emerging. First prize, $1,000; second prize, $200, and third prize, $100. Winning poems and honorable mentions are published in the following year’s issue of the Paterson Literary Review. Winners are asked to participate in a reading and award ceremony that takes place at the Poetry Center. The deadline for 2014 entries is April 1. For further information, see

The Poetry Center strives to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs. Large print materials and FM listening systems are available on request. The Poetry Center was named a Distinguished Arts Project and awarded several Citations of Excellence, 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, and by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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