Sunday, February 3, 2019

Charles Johnson and Donna Baier Stein Poetry Reading February 7

On Thursday, February 7, the Montclair Monthly Poetry Series will feature the poetry of Charles Johnson and Donna Baier Stein starting at 7 pm..

Charles Johnson is a former 1st (Air) Cavalry Division infantry lieutenant who fought in the Vietnam War. He is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation poet and a poetry reviewer and night editor for the Home News Tribune in New Jersey. He conducts weekly poetry workshops for the Middlesex County Youth Shelter and monthly workshops for the Paterson school district.

His third collection Smoke Signals received a 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence for previous winners of that contest. He was a first-place winner of the 1998 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards and is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His website is

Donna Baier Stein was a Founding Editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. Donna’s stories and poems have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Confrontation, Prairie Schooner, New York Quarterly, Washingtonian, New Ohio Review, Ascent, Puerto del Sol, Gargoyle, and many other journals and anthologies.

She is the author of The Silver Baron’s Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award, Bronze Winner in Foreword Reviews 2017 Book of the Year, and Finalist in Paterson Prize for Fiction), Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist and 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Short Fiction), and her poetry is collected in Sometimes You Sense the Difference and Letting Rain Have Its Say.  Her website is


An open reading from 6-7 pm will precede the featured readers who will read from 7 – 8 pm.

This series is held at the Montclair Public Library Auditorium and hosted by Maria Gillan and and Laura Boss.

All readings in this series are free and open to the public.

Location: Montclair Public Library (Auditorium), 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ    For location information, contact the library at 973-744-0500.

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